Eric Olson (@ericolson) is a software project manager at McMaster-Carr and a student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he is pursuing his MBA. Olson is also a Massachusetts native and Bentley College alumnus. At Bentley he earned a bachelor of science degree in finance with minor in information technology and graduated magna cum laude.
Prior to business school Olson worked as an Associate at DFJ Portage Venture Partners where he focused on financing and building globally leading technology companies in the Midwest. Before joining DFJ Portage Olson worked in Partner Development at Google and in Business Development for Chicago-based startup FeedBurner, which was acquired by Google in June 2007. (He even co-authored a Harvard Business School case study with Noam Wasserman about FeedBurner.)
Olson co-founded Tech Cocktail, but has since turned over the keys to his co-founder Frank Gruber. Olson now spends his spare time helping to curb illiteracy in Chicago as a Board Member of Open Books.
Outside of going to school and working, Olson spends his time drumming, writing, reading, thinking about the “big questions” through the lenses of economics and physics and watching both the Red Sox and the World Rally Championship.
Olson resides on the north side of Chicago with his wife.