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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 Amazon.com. Before Amazon.com, 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 Pepperspectives.com.

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Glenn J. Platt - Miami University, Interactive Media & Marketing

Glenn is the C. Michael Armstrong Chair in Interactive Media, Professor of Marketing and has been Director of the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies since 2000. Glenn is also President Emeritus of the International Digital Media & Arts Association. Glenn, along with his colleague Prof. Lage, coined the phrase “inverted classroom” with a 2000 seminal work outlining the benefits of using technology to move active learning into the classroom and lecture outside of class. He also founded and leads the AIMS Digital Innovation Center in San Francisco. He has won the School of Business Teaching Effectiveness Award, the Associated Student Government Effective Educator Award, and the University’s Knox Award for Teaching.
Glenn Platt received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Florida and his MS and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. Besides directing AIMS, Glenn teaches the Social Media Marketing, Digital Branding, Internet Marketing (MBA), and the IMS/AI capstone consulting course. He consults in areas of Social Media and Internet Marketing.

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Jonathan Poma - Rocket Code, Partner & CEO

Jonathan Poma is the founder and CEO of Rocket Code, a software company that is proud to build ecommerce solutions that fuel revenue and profit growth for clients such as Chubbies Shorts, P&G, ’47 Brand, Rhone Apparel, and other best-in-class brands. Prior to starting Rocket Code, Jonathan led user experience-centric technology solutions for exciting Columbus-based companies like HOMAGE, Whence, and Dynamit. Jonathan believes in the exponential value of performance-driven designs and “cultures of testing” that, when combined, promote objective decision-making, foster true collaboration, earn trust, and build product roadmaps that maximize future potential. When he’s not leading a conversation about how ecommerce is reshaping the world of retail, you can find Jonathan working on his golf game or nerding out on Twitter (@pomajp).

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Brian Powell - CompleteSet, CTO

Brian Powell has spent more than 10 years building companies around solutions in emerging device and technology markets. His technology leadership and development experience ranges from interactive television to mobile applications to big data/cloud solutions. As the CTO of CompleteSet, he leads a team of talented developers on the quest to overhaul the way people find, exchange, and value collectables.

Prior to CompleteSet, Brian served as the CTO of Strap (Brandery 2014), VP of Engineering for Ensequence, founded Devici and Inset Solutions, and managed competitive intelligence for Maritz. He is a mentor and advisor for Atumsoft (Brandery 2016), ButterflyHub, and Wyzerr (Brandery 2015). He utilizes his love of building technology and businesses to help early-stage companies approach their technology solutions in ways the expedite their time-to-market while anticipating scale. He was named AngelHack’s “2015 Global Mentor of the Year.” Brian holds a Masters in Software Engineering from California State University Fullerton and a BSBA in Marketing and International Business from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Jim Price - The Empower Group, President & CEO

Jim Price, The Empower Group CEO and President of Empower MediaMarketing. At Empower, Jim built a Media Innovation team from scratch, when the Internet was still considered an emerging advertising medium and established a full array of best in class services including Digital Strategy, Digital Media, Web Development, Digital Creative, SEM/SEO, Mobile, Word of Mouth Marketing and Social Media.

Jim was promoted to President of the agency in December 2009 and CEO in December of 2010.

Since 2009 the company has grown 22% during a recession and added to its offerings to include a full array of marketing services. Jim’s twelve year career at Empower has been spent leading the agency as media continues to diversify across channels all while creating an agency that is built for the future. Empower MediaMarketing works with a variety of clients including Bush Brothers, US Bank, Meijer, LCA-Vision and Hoover Vacuums focusing on leading them in their strategic marketing communications, decision sciences and media planning and buying efforts.

In early 2012, through two acquisitions, Jim engineered the start of the Empower Group to include the aforementioned Empower MediaMarketing and the strategic creative group Powerhouse Factories. Jim had the foresight to see the agency trends across paid, owned and earned media and successfully engineered a new model for a 28 year-old independent agency allowing it to do what it does best while adding the services of earned media, data analytics and creative design in Powerhouse Factories.

All together the Empower Group has 190 employees and more than $250 million in billings.

Jim previously held roles with ABC Radio, Beyond Interactive and Bush-Cheney ’04. In 2011 Price was chosen by Ad Age as a Media Maven and in 2010 he was named a “40 Under 40” award recipient by The Cincinnati Business Courier. He is also most proud of Empower’s designation by Ad Age in 2010 as a top place to work in marketing and advertising. He frequently speaks on his expertise in the business, Digital media, at industry-leading conferences such as AdTech and iMedia. Price is also an instrument-rated pilot and very active in the community, mentoring with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and serving as President of the board for the Starfire Council.

@cincinnatijim

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Bryan Radtke - Rockfish Interactive, VP of Business Innovation

Bryan Radtke is Vice President, Strategy at Rockfish Interactive. Bryan helps lead strategy and execution with client partners to realize full business potential, while adding a brand-building lens. Prior to joining Rockfish, Bryan served as the Brand Manager of Household Care Scale, leading commercial innovation and CRM projects across multiple Procter & Gamble brands including Pantene, Herbal Essences, Swiffer and Tide. He also worked in retail innovation at P&G to lead purchase barrier understanding, loyalty, merchandising strategy and shopper-based design. In addition to delivering long-lasting and business-creating partnerships, Bryan leverages his extensive brand and retail marketing background to bring new capabilities and growth to the company’s idea incubation division, Rockfish Labs. @bryanjradtke

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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 Advertising.com (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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Nick Seguin - CoverMyMeds, Sr. Manager

Nick works on new product and innovation at CoverMyMeds – one of the fastest growing healthcare IT companies in the country. He also serves as the president of the board of MoreStarts (formerly UP Global – the parent to Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Week and Startup Next), an advisory board member to the Miami University Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies San Francisco Innovation Center, and an advisor to the Miami University Institute for Entrepreneurship. Nick’s past experience includes leading a custom software engineering firm, building and managing a grant portfolio for The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and service on the External Technology Review Board at The Ohio State University office for Technology Commercialization. Nick’s strengths and expertise center on corporate development, business development, product, people, and strategy. @nickseguin

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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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