Josh Hernandez

As the Co-Founder of Tap.Me, Josh Hernandez represents an extraordinary fusion of creativity and passion for community development and interaction. A seasoned leader, designer and developer, Josh has formal training in the video game development pipeline from Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago, IL. and has transitioned years of experience to become a strong producer of talent.In 1999 Joshua founded a peer-to-peer musicians community branded the “Original Electronic Music Underground” where musicians would swap music projects with each other, collaborate and review iterations. Over time the quality of the community spawned SectionZ Records and helped launch the careers of some very well known electronic musicians including Deadmau5. In 2006 Joshua launched a PlayStation 3 and Wii gamer ID card service called TripleTags which at it’s peek catered custom gamer cards to over 2.5M gamers around the world.His previous experience includes 10+ years working in the advertising and marketing industry serving clients like @properties, Bayer, Caterpillar, Radio Flyer, True Value and more. Joshua also attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Jon Kiehnau - Struts & Springs, Founder

Jon was an early investor in social media, helping launch and build as the first “people-powered” brand-activation network. He founded Meitimedia in 2003 to provide strategic insight on agile commerce platforms. Not long ago, Jon was VP of strategy and innovation at American Express. He acted as entrepreneur-in-residence for Enterprise Growth, the elite unit responsible for bringing new types of experiences to digital platforms to add value to buyers and sellers through online, offline, social, mobile and location-based services. He is a veteran of Time Warner, serving as president Emphasis, a business focused on monetizing content, business insights and customer behavior data. He held leadership positions in sales, marketing, business development and strategic planning and was honored with the President’s Award, “the company’s highest honor recognizing innovative problem solving and extraordinary performance.” @explore360

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Joe Medved - Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Partner of SB Capital

Joe Medved is Partner of SB Capital at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Previously, he was a Partner at SoftBank Capital, where he focused on early stage digital media investments for a decade. Prior to SoftBank, Joe was an investor at Constellation Ventures and an investment banker with JPMorgan’s Tech, Media & Telecom Group. He is Chairman Emeritus of the New England Venture Network and was selected for Boston Business Journal’s 2011 40 Under 40 class.

Joe received a Bachelor of Science, with honors, from Boston College’s Wallace E. Carroll School of Management, and completed The General Course at the London School of Economics.

You can follow Joe on his blog ( and on twitter @joevc.

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Chris Olsen - Drive Capital, Co-Founder

Chris, a native of Cincinnati, is building his career partnering with entrepreneurs striving to create the best companies in the world. He co-founded Drive Capital in 2012 to focus on entrepreneurs based in the Midwest, where he believes the next great companies will call home. Before Drive Capital, Chris was a partner at Sequoia Capital where invested over $200M in technology and services companies, including Lightpoint, Klarna, Weebly, Electronic Arts, GSI Commerce and eMeter.

Prior to Sequoia, Chris worked at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he invested in growth stage IT companies. He started his career on the UBS Investment Banking team in the healthcare practice in New York and San Francisco. Chris graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. He took a hiatus during college to play professional squash and became one of the highest internationally ranked players from the US.

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Doug Pepper - Shasta Ventures, Managing Director

Doug Pepper has been with InterWest’s IT group since 2000, investing in SaaS, Mobile and Consumer Internet companies. Doug is a board member of Badgeville, CarWoo, INVIDI, Marketo, Spredfast,Tapjoy, and Varolii. He led InterWest’s investment in Flurry and Optimizely, and also serves as a board observer of Doximity.

Prior to joining InterWest, Doug worked in business development at Before, he was a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York. In this role, he also spent time in Hong Kong, working with technology clients in China, India and Korea.

Doug received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, and his M.B.A. from Stanford University. Doug lives in Burlingame, CA with his wife, Kim, and their three children. He shares his perspectives on venture capital and entrepreneurship at

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Tim Schigel - Refinery Ventures, LLC - General Partner

Tim is the Fund Manager for Cintrifuse’s Fund of Funds. The fund has closed $51 million to date and is believed to be the largest privately funded, first-time regional fund of funds in the country.
Tim is also the Chairman and Founder of ShareThis. Prior to founding ShareThis, Tim was Director with Blue Chip Venture Company, where he led the firm’s investment in marketing and technology leaders such as (AOL/TW), Nielsen Buzzmetrics (Nielsen) and Third Screen Media (AOL/TW). Prior to Blue Chip, he was an entrepreneur and international consultant leading innovative projects for Apple Computer, Hitachi, Hallmark Cards, Motorola and Procter & Gamble. Tim received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.@schigel

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Ted Serbinski - Techstars, Managing Director

Ted is an early stage software VC, successful tech entrepreneur, and open source hacker. In 2011, he relocated to Detroit from San Francisco, joining Detroit Venture Partners as a founding team member, after having sold his company to Lifetime Television in 2008.

He is widely regarded as one of the most influential, emerging venture technology partners in the Midwest and a key player leading the startup renaissance in Detroit.

He has been a founding or 1st institutional investor in more than a dozen startups, nearly always getting involved at the company inception phase.

Ted is an internationally recognized web architect that has been building websites for 15+ years, including 7 years as a lead, open source developer for Drupal.

Ted earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

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Justin Thompson - CinRx Pharma, Senior Director of Business Development

Justin Thompson is the Senior Director Business Development at CinRx Pharma, an early stage biotech venture. Prior to CinRx Pharma he spent 8 years at CincyTech, a seed stage investment fund. At CincyTech he focused on new company investment, portfolio company management, and internal operations. He received his Master’s in Finance from the University of Cincinnati and his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, specializing in Finance and Marketing, from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Jonathon Triest - Ludlow Ventures, Managing Partner

Jonathon Triest is currently the Managing Partner for Ludlow Ventures. In 2011, Jonathon was awarded the Crain’s Detroit Business award for 20 in their 20’s. That same year, he co-founded Funded by Night, a vehicle to help internet startups launch and get discovered. Previously, Triest served as creative director for New York’s Discovery Productions. In 2005 he launched the Atlanta-based Triest Group, a mid-level advertising firm. In addition to his role at Ludlow, Triest is a mentor at The Brandery and a board member of The Trico Foundation, and Venture for America. previously creative director for New Yorks Discovery Productions. In 2005 he launched Triest Group, a mid-level advertising firm. Jonathon sits on the Board of the Trico Foundation, and the Board of Investors for Venture for America. He is currently Managing Partner of Ludlow Ventures.

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Mike Venerable - CincyTech, President

Mike Venerable is the Managing Director of Digital Investments at CincyTech. He evaluates investment opportunities, advises startup companies and helps them prepare to receive venture capital. Venerable has more than 20 years of experience as a software industry entrepreneur and executive. He was co-founder and CEO of Talus, a leading data warehouse consultancy, from 1993-1998. Talus was then acquired by Sagent Technology, where he led the company’s services organization through the company’s successful IPO in 1999. Prior to joining CincyTech he was a managing director of Scius Capital, a NY-based boutique investment bank focused on early-stage capitalization and liquidity strategies for intellectual-property owners in biosciences, information technology and industrial technology. At Scius he assisted in raising capital for companies in the life sciences, software and advanced manufacturing markets.

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