Treadwell is a former board member of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation, a state-run seed capital fund dissolved in 2003. He's a commissioner with the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and a senior fellow at Institute of the North, a think tank at Alaska Pacific University.
Treadwell said he's has been an angel investor for more than a decade.
Venture Ad Astra plans to make early stage investments in a variety of companies, particularly ones that focus on imagery and mapping companies.
"In some ways, it's like a mother hen sitting on a bunch of eggs," Treadwell said.
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