Startup Weekend Athens, OH
Friday, October 23 - 25, 2015
Friday, October 23 - 25, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm
Ohio University Innovation Center
340 W. State St.
Southeast Ohio's Best Way to Learn How to Start a Business
Friday October 23rd
Saturday October 24th
Sunday October 25th
Mike has built a strong reputation as a builder. He has intimate knowledge of consumer behavior online and very practical experience in building heavily used consumer centric Internet product solutions.
Prior to joining ShareThis, Mike helped manage and grow companies that have become household names such as CompuServe, Netscape, and America Online. He most recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer at ShareThis and formerly was Senior Vice President of Products & Services at HighSpeed America, a broadband infrastructure company. Prior to that Mike had a very long and successful career with CompuServe, Netscape and AOL where he led the AOL Search Technology Product Development and Netscape Product Management. AOL and CompuServe Search had unprecedented revenue and usage growth under his leadership. In the CompuServe days Mike received accolades for running their customer technical support group which was recognized by Tom Peters in one of his books concerning exceptional customer service models. Later, Mike moved through various product groups including VP of Web Services, AOL Web Properties, Media Solutions and AOL Search. Mike was a contributor to patents related to AOL Instant Messenger and the Netscape Browser and headed up the AOL Search Technology Team's relationship with Google.
Matta is recognized for his use of student engagement techniques that are flexible and dynamic and has genuine concern for his students in management information systems. Though teaching complex subjects, Matta has developed teaching methods that inspire learning.
Dr. Vic Matta doesn’t hide his excitement when he says something he knows has blown your mind. He feeds off of it, encourages it, peppers you with questions to make you think about your own choices. Your answers, after all, fuel one of his greatest passions — data collection. Matta can’t help himself. He loves analysis, loves human reasoning, and loves teaching most of all. He loves watching people grasp a new concept with his help, whether it is something tangible like technology or intangible like personal motivation.
As a Venture Executive, he works with both University and private technology inventors to commercialize their technologies through new venture formation and execution. He helps entrepreneurial teams navigate intellectual property protection, appropriate legal work, regulatory affairs, business planning, capital acquisition, technology licensing, execution, and exit strategy planning.
He was certified by NCIIA in 2014 as a Lean Launchpad Certified Venture Instructor and has led multiple teams on proper instruction for the lean innovation/venture process.
Coaches and Mentors
Michele is an Executive in Residence at TechGROWTH Ohio, a Venture Development Organization funded in part by the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Fund. Michele is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ohio University where he teaches the Entrepreneurship Business Consulting course. Recently Michele was Commercialization Alliance Manager at Innovation Works, the seventh most active seed stage investor in the United States, where he managed the relationships between member organizations to provide world-class commercialization expertise and take the lead on accelerating technology transfer of federal research performed at the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
Previously, Nathaniel directed the CREATE_space, an Ohio University resource focusing on Creative Research Exploring Arts, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. His experience in fine arts and information technology has been ongoing for over a decade, working in the digital arena since 1997, producing both interactive and static media, and digital systems, specializing in interactive digital technologies research. Nathaniel works extensively with businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, students and educators developing objective specific solutions that both demonstrate the IT-centric and humanistic qualitative aspects of society.
Assistant Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, College of Business, Ohio University
In a past life, he founded The Red Apple Consulting Company, served as Director of Marketing for Rexarc International, and was a clinical assistant professor of marketing and management at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for eight years.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Athens, OH team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
TechGROWTH Ohio is a program funded by the state Third Frontier program, Ohio University and industry sponsors to provide investments and business expertise for startup companies in southeastern Ohio. It is part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that includes programs supporting university and regional technology commerc
Techstars Startup Weekend Athens is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here