Ernie is an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship at Babson College as well as at Olin College of Engineering where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship and venture capital. He currently serves as an advisory board member of the Middlebury College Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts. Ernie is also a strong supporter and participant of Middlebury’s MiddCORE program, an annual winter-term course taught at Middlebury and soon at the Monterey Institute, which invites industry experts to mentor students, and to challenge them with weekly projects and competitions. Ernie’s wife Kim Collins Parizeau ’79 is a member of Middlebury’s board of trustees. Two of the Parizeaus’ children attend Middlebury.
Ernie was a Partner at Norwest Venture Partners, a 40-year-old venture capital firm with offices in Wellesley, MA, and Palo Alto, CA. He joined the firm in 1984 and opened the east coast office in 1989 and worked with them for over 20 years. Ernie has invested in early stage companies in the software, semiconductor, communications, healthcare, education and retail industries.
Ernie is a trustee of the Newton Wellesley Hospital, the Noble and Greenough School, the Charles River School and the Cape Eleuthera Foundation – The Island School. He is also on the Board of Advisors for North Bridge Venture Partners, Weston Presidio Capital, and Skypoint Capital, and a member of the Computing Advisory Group at Dartmouth College. Prior to Norwest Venture Partners, He has held technical marketing positions at Texas Instruments, and Data General.
Ernie is a graduate of Dartmouth College (AB in Engineering Sciences and MBA).