• Kelsey August

    Board Member, CTAN

    Kelsey is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor for the last two decades. Currently she has an active portfolio of 40+ companies which she advises as needed. She is a Board Member of CTAN and mentor at ATI.

    Contact me about: Fundraising, strategic planning

  • Nagendra Bandaru

    Investor, CTAN

    Nag is an early stage venture investor and has been an investor advisor for the last 20 years . He has over 26 years of experience in information technology

    Contact me about: Consumer, healthcare, financial services and technology

  • John Berkowitz

    CEO, OJO Labs

    John is the CEO & Founder of OJO Labs, an Austin-based real estate technology company that matches people with the right tools and trusted providers to equip anyone to unlock the abundant benefits of home ownership. Founded in 2015, OJOLabs has raised more than $140 million and placed 29th on the Deloitte Tech Fast 500 and 49th on the Inc. 5000 in 2021. John has received numerous leadership accolades, including EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Central Texas, Austin Business Journal’s Best Company CEO, Austin Under 40 Award, HousingWire Vanguards, Swanepoel’s SP200, and The Most Powerful Technology Executives in The Residential Real Estate Brokerage Industry.

    Contact me about: Real Estate, Proptech, Fintech

  • Donna Bragg

    CEO/Publisher, Texas CEO Magazine

    Donna has more than 30 years’ experience in broadcast news media, journalism, communications, public relations, marketing and publishing. An experienced team builder and storyteller.

    Contact me about: News Coverage, Branding, Marketing and Advertising

  • Maureen Brown

    CEO & Co-Founder, Mosie Baby

    Maureen is the CEO & Co-Founder of Mosie Baby. Mosie Baby is the developer and inventor of the Mosie Kit, a groundbreaking at-home insemination product that’s safe, simple, affordable, and clinically proven to be as effective as IUI for conception. The Mosie Kit features Mosie, the first patented syringe designed for home insemination.

    Contact me about: Navigating FDA for consumer medical products, brand building

  • Haynes Dallas

    Owner & CEO, Managed Facility Solutions (MFS)

    Haynes is the Owner and CEO of Managed Facility Solutions (MFS), which has been an industry leader in commercial logistics since 1984 in Silicon Valley, and now also is operating out of Austin, TX. Prior to joining MFS, Haynes served as Associate General Counsel for a large, nationwide privately held corporation. He was previously a Partner at a well-established litigation and transactional law firm, and also worked as an Associate Attorney at a regional commercial real estate firm representing a multitude of Fortune 500 companies in purchase and lease transactions. Haynes double-majored in Economics and Business Management at UNC-Chapel Hill; received both his MBA and JD from Elon University; and also completed the Executive Program for Growing Companies at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

    Contact me about: Startups, Scaling, Turnaround Management, Leadership, Legal & HR Considerations.

  • Joyce Durst

    Founder & CEO, Growth Acceleration Partners

    Joyce is a visionary leader, Founder and CEO, guiding Growth Acceleration Partners (GAP) through 15 years of profitable growth. GAP has been recognized by Inc. 5000, A-list, Greater Austin Business Awards and Austin Fast50, and has become one of the fastest growing technology consulting companies in the Americas.

    Contact me about: Business building – reviewing business plans/models, Bootstrapping & Funding strategies, Market validation, Technology

  • Katy Fang

    Founder & CEO, SchooLinks

    Katie is the Founder and CEO of SchooLinks, an education technology company that offers the most advanced college and career planning solutions on the market. As of 2021, SchooLinks is a venture-backed series A startup headquartered in Austin, TX.

    Fang was named Forbes “Top 30 under 30”, Top Texan under 30, the Young Woman to Watch, and has been featured on the cover of Austin Woman Magazine.

    Contact me about: Education technology, product market fit

  • Bril Flint

    Chief Strategy Officer, HumanN

    Bril has served on the Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the Board of one of the most active and pre-eminent early-stage investment groups in the country. As a senior executive, Bril has led Strategy, Planning, Finance, and Operations teams at Apple, Dell, and EMI Music (owner of Capitol Records, Virgin, Records, Blue Note, and other labels).

    Contact me about: Technology and Media, Strategic Planning, Analysis, M&A, Operations, and Finance

  • Anthony Gellert

    Investor, CTAN

    Anthony is the founder of Livingston Capital, a multi-strategy investment partnership based in New York City that invests in startup companies and publicly traded securities. Also, Community Partners, a pro bono consulting arm run by HBS graduates, is an important part of his life. Mr. Gellert is a graduate of Harvard College and The Harvard Business School.

    Contact me about: Pitch Consulting, Financial Projections, Fundraising Strategies, Financial Technology

  • David Gino

    Consultant, Strategic Adviser and Private Investor, CTAN

    With over 35 years as a C-level executive at two international public companies, several technology startups, university, and corporate spinouts and six successful business exits Dave has a wealth of knowledge to share. His recent transition from establishing and growing technology startups, including raising the necessary capital to fund those businesses to now evaluating and making investments in emerging companies gives him a great breadth of experience that he enjoys sharing with entrepreneurs that are looking for some advice or simply want to run an idea, financing, or business arrangement by him.

    Contact me about: Raising startup capital, Angel investments, Venture investments, private and public funding, other forms of creative financing, and benefits and risks of establishing commercial partnerships.

  • Tom Kieley

    Co-Founder & CEO, SourceDay

    Tom is a dad, lover of sports and exercise fanatic. He loves cars and anything outdoors. He co-founded SourceDay in 2015 after managing a manufacturing team at Dell and was a technical subject matter expert with enterprise software companies like Boomi and Pervasive. Tom and his co-founder Clint started SourceDay to transform how manufacturers, distributors, and retailers collaborate with their suppliers in order to solve supply chain challenges they both faced early in their careers.

    Contact me about: Fundraising, Go-to-market strategy, hiring and recruiting a leadership team

  • Darren King

    General Partner, Unbridled Ventures

    Darren has over 30 years of operating and investing experience in small businesses as a CEO, CFO, CPA, angel investor, and currently early-stage venture capitalist.

    Contact me about: I assist entrepreneurs in all facets of running a small business but generally focus on sales and marketing, finance, and operations

  • Richard Lebovitz

    President & CEO, LeanDNA

    Richard is the Founder & CEO of LeanDNA, a cloud-based platform for aligning materials procurement to production plans. Prior to LeanDNA, Richard was the founder and CEO of Factory Logic, Inc., which was acquired by SAP. He has led lean conversion projects in 15 countries and he is a board member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). Richard was awarded the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence in 2001, and was named Supply and Demand Chain Executive’s 2021 “Supply Chain Pro To Know.

    Contact me about: Supply Chain, Tech Founders, Late Stage Startups

  • Jeff Levine

    CEO, Advanced Scanners, Inc.

    Jeff is a serial entrepreneur, with startups and exits in customer and employee modeling, financial and HR risk management, call center and product distribution, health and fitness centers, last-mile delivery of video, voice, and data, and more. He is passionate about delivering solutions that excite users and reward founders.

    Contact me about: Business models and strategy, pitch decks, early medical device startups, and founder therapy

  • Joseph Liu

    Investor, CTAN

    Joseph has worked in the IT industry since 1998, with overseas experience in Taiwan, China, and Singapore. Joseph has a MBA from UT Austin and a Master of Jurisprudence from St. Mary's University School of Law. He is currently pursuing a BioTechnology certificate and a master of Industrial-Organizational Psychology degree from Harvard. He has experience in Business Consultancy, IT Consultancy, Sales & Marketing, Product Management, Supply Chain Management, and Fundraising.

    Contact me about: Business Strategy and Fundraising Strategy, Sales Pitch vs Investor Pitch Success, Elements in specific industries

  • Evan Loomis

    Co-Founder, ICON

    Evan has been an entrepreneur for more than nearly 20 years and most notably as the co-founder of ICON where he currently oversees business development for the Austin-based startup that develops advanced construction technologies that advance humanity.

    Evan is a start-up mentor at Techstars, SKU, and Praxis. Evan is a graduate of Mays business school at Texas A&M University where he earned his BBA in finance. He lives in Austin, TX, with his wife, Dr. Brandi Loomis, a pediatrician, and four children

    Contact me about: Fundraising, robotics, defense technology

  • Antti Nivala

    Founder & CEO, M-Files

    Antti Nivala is Founder and Chief Executive Officer at M-Files and also serves as Chairman of the Board. Antti conceived the vision of M-Files and continues to lead the direction and development of the company and the product. Antti has grown the enterprise SaaS company to become a global leader in information management, earning recognition as one of the world’s most innovative technology companies by leading industry analyst firms, including Gartner, Forrester, and Nucleus Research. A trusted partner to thousands of customers in 100 countries, M-Files now has more than 500 employees and 11 offices across the globe. Under Antti's leadership, M-Files secured growth investments of over $150 million, helping the company deliver new innovations in product development, AI and the company's cloud platform. Antti has been named both Software Entrepreneur of the Year and CTO of the Year in Finland, and Executive of the Year for the BIG Awards for Business in North America.

    Contact me about: SaaS, leadership, scaling beyond $50M of ARR

  • Eric Olson

    Founder, Chairman, & COO, Babson Diagnostics, Inc.

    Eric is a 20-year veteran of the diagnostics industry. Prior to incubating Babson Diagnostics at Siemens Healthineers, Eric was Siemens’ VP, Portfolio & Product Management, responsible for its $3 billion global product portfolio of central laboratory technologies. He was also responsible for the company’s web properties and $1 billion in e-commerce operations as the global head of Siemens’ clinical laboratory automation and IT business, which advanced from #2 to #1 in market share during his tenure. Eric earned his BS in Biology from MIT and his MS in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Contact me about: Diagnostic blood testing, clinical laboratory technology, medical device development, medical device regulatory environment, early stage startup fundraising, healthcare business modeling

  • John Paulos

    Investor, CTAN

    John is an active Angel Investor and past Board Chair of the Central Texas Angel Network with prior experience in technical and business management and academia. He has invested in more than 70 early stage companies while serving on the Board of 16 of those companies. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Contact me about: Raising money from Angel Investors. Early-stage governance, organizational management, and planning

  • Dave Perry

    Mentor, Capital Factory
    Entrepreneurship MBA Professor, Acton School of Business
    Board of Trustees, Marbridge

    Dave is currently an active technology advisor and investor of startup tech companies, consultant, and entrepreneurship educator. Focused on the areas of Enterprise B2B in AI, SaaS, Robotics, FinTech, and infrastructure, Dave serves as senior advisor to Apptronik (Robotics), RackN (Infrastructure as Code), and several others. With a 35-year professional career in technology-oriented sales, marketing, and P&L leadership with companies such as XOR, Texas Instruments, Avocent Corporation, Zebra Imaging and Tenduit Software, Dave’s broad career achievements span large multinational technology companies to early-stage startups. Dave is a veteran of the US Air Force and earned his bachelor’s degree at Texas State University, an MBA at Hardin-Simmons University, and is a 2003 alumnus of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

    Contact me about: Enterprise B2B in AI, SaaS, Robotics, FinTech, and infrastructure

  • Sarah Puil

    Founder & CEO, BOXT

    Sarah is the Founder of BOXT, a venture-backed, female-led and founded Austin startup that's changing the way we all enjoy a glass of fine wine at home. In just 18 months, Sarah has grown BOXT from an idea and three people to an award-winning, direct-to-consumer fine wine experience with 20 employees and an ethos of simplifying fine wine, helping the environment and giving back.

    Contact me about: Leadership, startups, visionary thinking

  • Shay Sabhikhi

    Co-Founder & COO, CognitiveScale

    Akshay (Shay) is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer responsible for Operations, Management, and Marketing. Shay has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial leadership, product development, and management experience with growth-stage, venture-backed companies and high-growth software divisions within Fortune 500 companies. Shay has worked tirelessly to create an award-winning company defined by ground-breaking products and an inclusive culture that places people over process every time. His vision and guidance are critical in continuing to drive record-breaking year-over-year growth. He has a BS & MS degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Acton School of Entrepreneurship.

    Contact me about: Operations, entrepreneurial leadership, product development, and marketing

  • Rohit Seth

    Managing Director & Founder, Outcomes Collective Growth Capital

    Previous to founding Outcomes Collective, Rohit was a Partner with Duchossois Capital and held a variety of roles for The Duchossois Group. Over his 13 years there, he started and led the firm's growth equity practice and held other executive roles where he managed fund investments, worked with operating companies on growth initiatives and acquisitions, and managed the venture capital portfolio.
    His current focus is on investment opportunities in technology or tech-enabled services in the healthcare and education sectors. He is particularly interested where technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud architectures, social networks, mobility, data analytics, and software are being used to drive change, improve outcomes, and drive efficiencies in these sectors.

    Contact me about: Healthcare and education sector related companies

  • Samantha Snabes

    Co-founder & Catalyst, re:3D Inc

    Samantha Snabes is an Officer in the Air Force on the weekends while serving as a Co-founder and a Catalyst for re:3D where she facilitates connections between others printing at the human-scale and using virgin or recycled materials to access locally-driven manufacturing in 60+ countries.

    Contact me about: 3D printing, manufacturing, social entrepreneurship, bootstrapping

  • Krishna Srinivasan

    Co-Founder, LiveOak Venture Partners

    Krishna is a Co-Founder of LiveOak Venture Partners and has been investing in early-stage Texas based companies and entrepreneurs since 2000. Prior to co-founding LiveOak, Krishna was a Partner at Austin Ventures and previously he was with Motorola where he wrote large scale optimization software for supply chain planning and worked with a variety of business units on strategic and operational issues.

    Krishna received his MBA from Wharton where he graduated with highest academic honors as a Palmer Scholar. He also has an MS in Operations Research from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, where he graduated with high all-round honors.

    Krishna currently serves as Chairman of the Miracle Foundation board, an Austin-based organization that supports orphanages in India and foster care programs in the United States. He also serves on the board of PBS Austin, an organization dedicated to preparing children for success in school and creating lifelong opportunities for all. When he’s not working you can find him running the trails of Austin, practicing yoga, and spending time with his wife and three kids.

    Contact me about: Early-stage Texas-based companies and entrepreneurs, proven technology investor with a focus on opportunities in tech and tech-enabled services.

  • Brian Trotter

    Investor, CTAN

    Brian is trained as an electrical engineer and has been part of Austin's semiconductor industry since 1996, starting as a circuit designer at Crystal Semiconductor (now Cirrus Logic) designing audio chips. Later, he was Executive Director of the IC Design team at Maxim Integrated (now Analog Devices), building audio amplifiers and processors for mobile phones and tablets. In 2019, Brian started Bishop Rock, an IP consultancy helping startups and Fortune 500 technology companies develop their IP strategies and grow their portfolios.

    Contact me about: Intellectual property, patents, technical & competitive landscapes for products & services, hardware options for rapid development & design.

  • Henry Yoshida

    Co-Founder & CEO, Rocket Dollar

    Henry is Co-Founder & CEO of Rocket Dollar, a web platform that lets people invest IRA money into private and alternative investments. Henry founded venture capital-backed robo-advisor Honest Dollar[acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2016, now Marcus Invest], was the founder of a $2.6B assets under management RIA, and spent 10 years at Merrill Lynch. Henry is a Certified Financial Planner and has brought multiple innovative products and methodologies to the market. Yoshida graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, has an MBA from Cornell University, and lives in Austin with his wife and two daughters.

    Contact me about: Financial Technologies, Entrepreneurship, startup and technology fundraising/venture capital