Raising the Probability of Success with MOJO/MN Member and Serial Entrepreneur. Get to Know #15: Jeff O’Dell


Jeff ODell MOJO/MN member and Serial Entrepreneur Having started, managed and exited multiple high tech startups, Jeff O’Dell epitomizes the phrase serial entrepreneur. With origins tracing back to the University of Minnesota, where he was trained in the field of engineering, Mr. O’Dell has since been involved with forming and building early stage Minnesota tech companies – primarily within the semiconductor sector.

His first notable win was MicroVision Corporation, which develops and manufactures robotic and inspection systems.  He was intimately part of the company from inception and in 1997, MicroVision was acquired by the publicly traded Electro Scientific Industries (ESI) based out of Portland Oregon.

In 1992, he Co founded August Technology Corporation which he ultimately led for 14 years in both the private and public markets. August Technology went IPO in June of 2000 and later merged with Rudolph Technologies in 2006.

BeWiki, his 3rd major endeavor, laid out a roadmap described as “complimentary to search” in that it addresses the emerging market for information discovery, augmentation and consumption .  BeWiki is currently sidelined, as the project has yet to receive the attention necessary to reach its full potential.

More recently, Mr. O’Dell has been taking active director roles amongst multiple early stage technology companies, including EcoVoltz, a startup focused on the development of low cost, scalable “flow battery” systems within the energy market.

Jeff O’Dell is a member of MOJO Minnesota and will be keynoting tonight’s launch event.