Nick Colella

Nicholas Colella
Co-Director at Incubic Management, LLC

Nick Colella is a Co-Director at Incubic Management, LLC. Prior to joining Incubic in January 2007, he was Senior Vice President at Tessera, Inc., reporting directly to the CEO in a flat organization. During his nearly five year tenure at Tessera, he was the internal man who was a key executive team contributor to executing a turn-around of the company, taking it public in 2003, and subsequently growing its value to approximately $2 billion. He built and led the company’s Product Miniaturization Division and contributed to corporate strategy.

Before Tessera, Nick was the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of R&D at PolyStor Corporation, a lithium-ion battery company in the cell phone and hybrid electric vehicle market segments. In 1995, he co-founded Angel Technologies Corporation, a broadband, wireless communications company and served as that company’s CTO and Executive Vice President.

Earlier in his career, Nick held senior positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he led strategic and theater missile defense programs, and, while there, co-founded nChip, Inc., a multi-chip module electronics company later sold to Flextronics International. He is a Corporate Advisor to mBio Diagnostics, a medical diagnostics company. Nick served on the Board of Grandis, Inc., a spintronics company, acquired by Samsung in 2011. He served as:

  • Corporate Advisor to Greystripe, in the mobile advertising space, acquired in 2011 by ValueClick.
  • Board member for Ultracell Corporation, a portable fuel cell developer sold to Brentronics.
  • Board member for the Science Advisory Board of Zyvex Corporation, one of the first nanotechnologies ventures in the world.
  • Reviewer of SBIR Programs at the Missile Defense Agency and the National Science Foundation.

Nick co-founded the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon, and served for several years thereafter on its Advisory Board, including Chairman. He serves on the Board of Visitors for the College of Science and Technology at Temple University. He earned a B.A. in Honors Physics from Temple University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is an Alumni Fellow of Temple University. Nick is active in the Italian-American community and maintains a keen desire in developing businesses in Western Pennsylvania. Nick enjoys mentoring students and entrepreneurs and can be persuaded to give an hour of his time free with a fine cup of coffee.