Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus, powered by Grow with Google

    Friday, September 7 - 9, 2018


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus, powered by Grow with Google

Friday, September 7 - 9, 2018



Friday, September 7 - 9, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Grange Insurance
671 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43206

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Idea to Prototype in 3 days!

Building on the existing entrepreneurial momentum in Columbus, Startup Weekend has partnered with Grow with Google to bring the Columbus community an event unlike any other.

Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus: is the best place to learn how to build a startup in a weekend and connect with your community. It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems. You'll get to work alongside some of the top entrepreneurs, designers, coders, and innovators in Central Ohio. This is the place for you if you're looking to create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, and find/join a team in building a startup business; all in one weekend.

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through Grow with Google, Google aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Learn more about this initiative by visiting the Grow with Google website.

Please refer to swcbus.com for the weekend schedule. We'll update this site continuously with more mentors and judges over the next few weeks. 

This September, Columbus Startup Weekend is fully sponsored by Grow With Google, through a Techstars Startup Weekend Scholarship by Grow with Google. One person per ticket. Full participation is required throughout the entire weekend beginning Friday evening through Sunday. You wouldn't want to let your team down!

If you are unable to attend the event for the entire duration of the weekend, please email columbus@startupweekend.org to let us know so we can relinquish your ticket to someone on the wait-list for the event. If you have any questions about the event, you can message the Startup Weekend Organizing Team at that same email.

Everyone is welcome and no previous entrepreneurial experience is necessary!

Looking to watch and not participate for the whole weekend? Pick up a Demo Day ticket to watch the final pitches on Sunday evening. This applies to Sunday only.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus powered by Grow with Google, is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • A weekend-long event to build and launch a business concept with a collaborative team
  • Space to work for the weekend at the beautiful Grange Insurance office in the heart of Downtown Columbus
  • Invaluable access to a community of entrepreneurs, mentors, and experts (even more coming soon!)
  • Access to Google mentors and experts throughout the weekend
  • 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts (We feed you good food!)
  • A sweet t-shirt
  • All the coffee, soda, energy drinks, and water you could ever need
  • An amazing experience and an opportunity to immerse yourself in entrepreneurship
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

We look forward to you joining us for another great event! In the meantime, also check out our blog at columbus.up.co.

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “
columbus@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 7th


5:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your quick 30-second pitch (totally okay if you don't too)


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming around those ideas and discuss plans for executing throughout the weekend


10:00 pm
Wrap Up
Finish formalizing teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. Once your team is formalize, come see us and we will assign your team a table. We will need to be out of the venue by 10pm on Friday night.

Saturday September 8th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Meet back with your team at your designated area and start setting up workspace for the weekend.


11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive and will be walking around from team to team providing help. Take a look at the swcbus.com website for the list of mentors. Not all mentors will be available on each day. Come ask an organizer if you have questions. Coaches will be here from 11am - 2pm on Saturday.


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help, and continue the coach meetings if needed in the afternoon.


5:00 pm
Disruptive Innovation & Insurtech Panel
The Saturday night keynote speaker will be a panel discussion between five business leaders in the insurance industry where they will discuss the disruptive innovation that's taking place in the insurance industry currently and what's driving the recent momentum. They will explore the technologies, trends, startups, and innovation programs that are creating this groundswell.


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


9:30 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 10pm. Everyone will need to be out of the venue by 10pm on Saturday evening. Begin wrapping up by 9:30pm for exit by 10:00pm.

Sunday September 9th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Quick morning touchbase with all of the teams to get final help from each other and coaches.


11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS and seek help from them as you prepare you pitch/demo.


12:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Dinner
Dinner for attendees before final pitches begin. This dinner is not open to Demo Day attendees.


5:00 pm
Demo Day - Final Pitch Presentations
Pitch your final presentation and prototype in front of the Startup Weekend community and a panel of judges.


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
The judges will head out to vote on the top three winning teams (1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place). Top teams will receive in-kind prizes to help keep pushing their startup business forward.


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up
Final wrap-up for the entire weekend long event. Clean up your stuff and trash.


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Sean Erikson
AVP, Architecture & IT Strategy

Senior Technology Executive with over 25 years of experience in technology, including Enterprise Architecture, Large-Scale Application Development, System Integration, Production Support and Infrastructure Management.


Andrew Hellard
Director of Product Management

Andy Hellard is Director of Product Management at Matic. Matic is a Series-A funded startup that embeds buying home insurance directly into the mortgage process, speeding the process for both borrowers and loan officers. Andy has experience in product management, technology, and marketing in a variety of areas, including insurance, enterprise software and healthcare. He has led global teams conceptualizing and implementing new technology solutions for the financial services and insurance industries. He holds an MBA from the Ohio State University and an undergraduate degree from Miami University.


Gregory Tacchetti
Chief Information Officer at State Auto

Gregory (Greg) A. Tacchetti has been the State Automobile Insurance Companies (State Auto) Senior Vice President and Chief Information & Strategy Officer since August 2015. Greg was a co-founder and owner of AssureStart. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of The AssureStart Insurance Agency LLC since July 2014. He served as Senior Vice President of Property and Casualty Financial Operations of Safeco Insurance Company of America Inc. since February 2006. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company since September 11, 2008. Prior to joining SAFECO, he worked for GEICO in operational and product line positions for seven years.   Greg began his insurance career with GEICO in 1991. He served as Senior Vice President of P&C Business Process and Operations of Safeco Insurance Companies of Safeco Corp. since February 2006. He served as Senior Vice President of Field Planning of Safeco Insurance companies of Safeco Corp. from November 2004 to February 2006. He joined Safeco in 2001 as an Assistant Vice President of Personal Lines Underwriting. Before joining Safeco, he served as an Operations Director of Northeast Region of GEICO Insurance from July 1999 to September 2001. He worked as an Underwriter and Product Manager of GEICO. He served as a Director of The AssureStart Insurance Agency LLC since July 2014.Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Maryland and an Executive MBA in Business and Finance and Strategy from the University of Washington.   In his current role, Greg has been charged with transforming the State Auto IT organization and developing overall business strategy. As part of a larger transformation effort, he is also crafting a long-term plan to build a multimodal IT organization that can work across the enterprise to create systems architecture and revamp business processes to increase efficiencies, lower costs of system ownership, and make State Auto’s offerings more profitable.   He was named “One of the top 15 People to Watch in Insurance Technology” in 2015 by Insurance Networking News.


Bobbi Jo Allan
Innovation Leader

Bobbi Jo Allan leads the Nationwide Financial Innovation team and serves on the leadership team. In this role, she provides support for core innovation to all lines of business and leads development of adjacent innovation opportunities. She partners closely with the P&C and Enterprise Innovation teams to drive innovation best practices throughout the company. Prior to leading NF Innovation, Bobbi Jo spent four years in the Nationwide Office of Corporate Strategy (OCS), most recently leading Enterprise Strategic Planning and, immediately prior, providing strategic planning and development support to Nationwide Financial.    Bobbi Jo has held a variety of innovation and strategy positions throughout her career at Nationwide. She has led partner engagement initiatives in Retirement Plans, served as a long-term planning champion for Life and Annuities, and provided market research support – with an emphasis on product development and customer engagement – for Life, Annuity, Bank and Nationwide Financial Network (NFN).   Prior to joining Nationwide, Bobbi Jo was Manager of Core Business Innovation for Wendy's International.  She started her career with several market research companies and gained experience across multiple product categories, including consumer packaged goods and pharmaceuticals.    Bobbi Jo has a Master of Political Science, concentration in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Business Administration from Capital University, and a Bachelor of Communications from Marist College.

Event Judges


Alice Lee
Program Manager, Cloud for Startups Ops at Google

Alice has been at Google for 6 years, starting off as an account manager for Wildfire, a social media marketing company Google acquired in 2012. After Wildfire was integrated into Doubleclick, she moved on to solutions consulting for ad agencies and large clients on the Doubleclick platform, where she realized her love for project management. She decided to move to the Eng org to program manage M&A technical integrations, handling vendor & contract management for multiple Google acquisitions (like Wildfire!). Seeing the growing number of Cloud acquisitions convinced her to join the Cloud for Startups operations team this May, and she is super excited to be more involved with startups at Google! Originally from Columbus Ohio, Alice graduated from Stanford with a BA in Human Biology and has lived in the Bay Area ever since (13 years and counting).


Josh McAdams
Software Engineer at Google

Josh McAdams has been at Google for over ten years. In that time he has worked as a Software Engineer on DoubleClick Search, served as a Site Reliability Engineer for Ads frontends, and currently is a Software Engineer working on Cloud APIs. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science. During undergrad he worked for a small startup making niche desktop software. Later he worked for Performics, which was acquired by DoubleClick, which was later acquired by Google. Outside of Google he co-owns a small recreational vehicle rental company that finally turned a profit this year!

Josh has been developing software for over 20 years across a variety of platforms. He's fluent in multiple programming languages and can help you with your hosted, desktop, or mobile apps. He also has experience working with machine learning and digital assistants if you are interested in integrating those into your project.


Arnab Nandi
Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

Arnab Nandi is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on big data analytics and next-gen query interfaces. His work has been cataloged through several journal articles, publications, patents, and open-source software. Arnab has received the IEEE TCDE Early Career Award for his contributions towards user-focused data interaction research, the Google Faculty Research Award, and the Yahoo! PhD Fellowship. Arnab is also a cofounder of the OHI/O Hackathon Program, and a founder of The STEAM Factory, a collaborative interdisciplinary research and public outreach initiative. Prior to Ohio State, Arnab received his PhD from the University of Michigan.


Brent Hammer
AVP, Enterprise Innovation Officer

As Enterprise Innovation Officer for Grange Insurance, Brent guides investment decisions around innovative solutions, drives innovation efforts forward in support of corporate strategy, and aims to boldly position the company for an exciting future.   He has 15+ years of industry experience, including Big-4 public accounting and Fortune 500.  Brent has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ohio University, MBA from the University of Dayton, and is a licensed CPA and Property & Casualty Insurance agent in the state of Ohio.  He also has several other insurance industry designations, including Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM).


R. Brian Stone
Associate Professor of Design at The Ohio State University

R. Brian Stone is an Associate Professor of Design at The Ohio State University, USA. His award-winning work and teachings are centered in the areas of motion design, interaction design, information visualization, and user experience. Professor Stone is co-organizer of the Motion Design Summit conferences [MODE] and is editor of the recently published collection of essays entitled, “The Theory and Practice of Motion Design: Critical Perspectives and Professional Practice.” Professor Stone has held visiting appointments at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial (ESDI) in Brazil, and Universidad Americana Managua, Nicaragua (UAM). Apple Computer recognized Professor Stone’s teaching with the Apple Distinguished Educator award. He is also a recipient of the 2017 Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award and the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from The Ohio State University, as well as the Order of Omega Faculty Recognition Award.


Coaches and Mentors


Mark Harris
Agile Innovator and team builder at Fuse by Cardinal Health

I am passionate about building high-performing software teams and always eager to connect with similar leaders. While I enjoy many aspects of software development, like many engineers, I enjoy seeing the results of our labor, and I have been lucky to see our work used by millions of people around the world.

I hold an MS in Computer Science from University of Washington, and a BS in Computer Science from The Ohio State University. If you're a former colleague, manager, or just a passionate software engineer, I'm always interested in hearing from you.

Specialties: software program & project management, Agile software development (Scrum), large-scale distributed systems, and iPhone application development. Some of the technologies I have experience with include Azure, AWS, Ruby on Rails, Elixir, iOS development with Swift & Objective-C, C#, C/C++, and JavaScript.


Christopher Slee
Principal @AWHNET

Christopher Slee is a Principal at AWH, which is a digital products firm in central Ohio, and helps run the Dev:Launch apprenticeship program. With close to 40 years of software development he is passing that knowledge down to groups of apprentices that get their careers going at AWH and now at The Ohio State University.


Marty Neider
Strategic Initiatives Manager

Marty is the Strategic Initiatives Manager for State Auto's personal lines technology. He overlooks the system health of their quoting system for their agents and internal associates as well as overlook projects directed towards making State Auto a digital company. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with an MBA from Franklin University. He has an extensive background in Property and Casualty Insurance with a CPCU designation. He has held several roles during his tenure at State Auto that include Business Analyst, Product Specialist, Underwriting Support Supervisor, Underwriter, and Claims Adjuster.


Amelia Gandara
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Amelia joins Nationwide’s ventures team to manage strategic partnerships having been an early team member of two corporate innovations teams within GE where she contributed to product development efforts ranging from novel home appliances to industrial inspection technologies. She also managed an evergreen startup seed fund in Louisville, Kentucky. She is former professional ballerina and actively supports dance and visual art in the Columbus, OH region. Amelia earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering.


Marcus Mattson
Sr. Data and Analytics Architect

Marcus works at Vintage Point Logistics. He is a technologist and data lover. His expertise ranging from data management to systems administration. Familiarity in non-profit, insurance, financial services, logistics, and education. He brings a unique perspective to projects using his background in business, technical, and leadership roles. 


Josh McAdams
Software Engineer at Google

Josh McAdams has been at Google for over ten years. In that time he has worked as a Software Engineer on DoubleClick Search, served as a Site Reliability Engineer for Ads frontends, and currently is a Software Engineer working on Cloud APIs. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science. During undergrad he worked for a small startup making niche desktop software. Later he worked for Performics, which was acquired by DoubleClick, which was later acquired by Google. Outside of Google he co-owns a small recreational vehicle rental company that finally turned a profit this year!

Josh has been developing software for over 20 years across a variety of platforms. He's fluent in multiple programming languages and can help you with your hosted, desktop, or mobile apps. He also has experience working with machine learning and digital assistants if you are interested in integrating those into your project.


Alice Lee
Program Manager, Cloud for Startups Ops at Google

Alice has been at Google for 6 years, starting off as an account manager for Wildfire, a social media marketing company Google acquired in 2012. After Wildfire was integrated into Doubleclick, she moved on to solutions consulting for ad agencies and large clients on the Doubleclick platform, where she realized her love for project management. She decided to move to the Eng org to program manage M&A technical integrations, handling vendor & contract management for multiple Google acquisitions (like Wildfire!). Seeing the growing number of Cloud acquisitions convinced her to join the Cloud for Startups operations team this May, and she is super excited to be more involved with startups at Google! Originally from Columbus Ohio, Alice graduated from Stanford with a BA in Human Biology and has lived in the Bay Area ever since (13 years and counting).


Josh Whitt
Director of Business Development

From 2014 - 2015 he was a Regional Account Manager at a wholesale and value-add produce supplier, R.S. Hanline.
From 2015 - 2016 he led the Project Management and Business Development arm of a small graphic design and strategic marketing company, ZoCo Design. In 2016, he joined a cloud-based SaaS company, Facilities Management eXpress, where he started as an Account
Executive, advanced to a Senior Account Executive, and then became the Director of Sales &
Business Development, where he stands today.

Josh is currently focusing in Finance and Entrepreneurship at the Ross School of Business,
where he’s on track to graduate with high distinction. Additionally, he’s the Co-Founder of a local based podcast, Conquering Columbus, which interviews individuals across the city doing extraordinary things in the fields of medicine, business, athletics, and more. Their guests have
ranged from Olympic Gold Medalists to Billionaires & members of the Forbes 400.


Andrew Frank
Instructor

Throughout his technical journey, Andrew Frank has had the opportunity to solve complex business problems as a Developer, Architect, Development Manager, and Technical Lead at companies ranging from startups to established enterprises. Technologically, he has had the chance to work with many technologies and frameworks, including ASP.NET [asp.net], C#, Java, Ruby, PHP, JavaScript, and Angular. Along the way, he has also had the privilege and joy to coach and mentor developers looking to establish and further their careers in meaningful ways.


Nick Potts
Founder of ScriptDrop

Nick has 6 years of experience in Healthcare IT. As the Founder of ScriptDrop, he loves the intersection of technology, startups, and healthcare. ScriptDrop's flagship product is a prescription delivery service that they are currently scaling nationally.


Matt Carlson
Manager, Design

For over 20 years Matthew has worked with both small and large businesses to craft engaging user experiences and designs. He brings a proven knowledge of branding, creative strategy and leadership to print and digital projects. From designing logos, laying out brochures, developing websites or mobile apps, to building and leading creative teams, he has the vision, creative direction and business understanding to ensure a successful delivery of all types creative projects.


MacKenzie King
Director, User Research and Design

Mackenzie believes in customer led innovation and has worked with clients across industries to help them integrate their customers' voices in their innovation process from the fuzzy front end of a business challenge to co-creating a design strategy or business model, to iteration and implementation.  She has engaged physicians to design smart devices that integrate into complex hospital informatics systems; NYC students to create a hip hop-themed college prep high school, Millennials to design the car of the future and community leaders to envision an innovative live-work development. With over 10 years experience, she now serves as Director of Design Research and Insight Translation at Lextant. Her clients have included Best Buy, Nissan, P&G, Pepsico. Mackenzie holds a design degree from Pratt Institute and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University.


Dr. Elizabeth Sanders
Founder of MakeTools & Associate Professor at the Design Department - The Ohio State University

Liz Sanders has worked as a design research consultant in industry since 1981. She introduced many of the methods being used today to inspire design from a human-centered perspective. Her many design awards, patents, publications, presentations, and her proven track record in the marketplace have established her as a global leader in the field of design research. Liz joined the Design Department at The Ohio State University as an Associate Professor in 2011. She is also the founder of MakeTools, LLC where she works at the front end of the changes taking place today in design. Liz is co-author of the book Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design (BIS, 2012).


Rob Zwink
Safechain, CTO and Co-founder

Rob is the CTO and co-founder of SafeChain Financial Inc.  At SafeChain he believes that property transactions should be seamless and completed within a matter of seconds. He led the development of the groundbreaking application of blockchain technology within the software to prevent fraud in real estate transactions. Prior to Safechain, he served as an Executive Director at JP Morgan Chase & Co. He has expertise in enterprise system architecture, information management data & analytics, software development, data science, enterprise application development best practices.  He is also specialized in large scale, low latency, integrated systems. He has three pending patents and two of them two leveraging blockchain. He started career at Lucent Technologies.  Later worked at Micro Electronics Inc., then JP Morgan Chase & Co. He was the sole developer of New Albany Community Authority in 2008 which digitized Auditor records for special tax district in 2008 and for Great Tyrant.com, a digital download code service for musicians in 2010.  He attended Franklin University and studied Computer Science, graduated Bachelors Science 2013.


Frank Rosile
UX Designer

Frank is a User Experience Designer currently helping to build the UX discipline at CoverMyMeds, with the goal of leveraging design to help more patients get the medications they need to live healthy lives.    Over the past six years in the UX field, Frank has taken advantage of the opportunity to learn from a few key mentors and stretch his UX muscles in several different directions: from rethinking the ATM experience, to understanding a design target called Google Bot, to building a design system that would be used across products at the nation’s largest used car retailer. Diversity in industries, user types, and organizational structures has been key to his ability to build a multi-faceted UX toolbox.  


Matt Rumer
UX/UI Product Designer

Matt Rumer is a UX/UI Product Designer at Updox, LLC and works hand-in-hand with a very talented team to turn complex problems into usable and desirable products. Over the past 8+ years, Matt’s expertise has been leveraged by a range of companies such as GE, Kimberly-Clark, KeyBank, Lubrizol, John Deere, Cleveland Cavaliers and The Ohio State University. Matt was also a co-founder of his own start-up company which sold in 2015 and has been a mentor to many start-ups in the Cleveland/Akron area. He has a BFA: Graphic Design from The Myers School of Art (University of Akron) and an MS: User Experience Design (Kent State University).  


Khanh Tran
UX and Visual Designer

Khanh is currently a UX and Visual Designer at Lextant, a design research firm. He has various experiences ranging from automotive user interfaces to mobile app designs. He also has experience with generative and evaluative research. When not designing he enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing video games.


Laura Jordan
Lead User Experience Researcher

As a Lead User Experience Researcher, Laura focuses on strategy and user research to deliver insights to inform the digital product development 
process. Throughout this process she collaborates with other researchers, designers and developers, as well as business and technology stakeholders to help craft the best possible digital user experiences. Laura has a Masters degree in Design Research and Development with a specialization in Human Computer Interaction and a 
Bachelor degree in Industrial Design, both from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.


Matt McNamara
Head of Organizational Growth at SafeChain

As Head of Organizational Growth at SafeChain, Matt focuses on building company culture with intent, with a particular focus on diversity, inclusion, and pro-employee processes.  Prior to his work at SafeChain, Matt spent six years at Expensify, starting as a mid-level generalist software engineer and growing along with the organization until eventually leading the engineering, design, infrastructure, and operations teams as the Director of Engineering.  With deep roots in Ohio (Go UD!), Matt now calls Portland, OR home when he isn't on-site with the SafeChain team in Columbus.


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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Matt
    Chimes
  • Yi-Ruei
    Chen
  • Andrea
    Ewing
  • Eric
    May
  • Vijay
    Yadav
  • Sandhya
    Elango
  • Trevor
    Bennett
  • Ryan
    Haury
  • Jeff
    Sheen

Facilitators


Jay Clouse
Founder, Unreal Collective

I am a writer, entrepreneur, and community builder. After discovering the power of small groups of driven individuals who meet regularly to make rapid progress, I founded Unreal Collective. Unreal Collective creates micro-communities to help individuals accomplish more, faster. 

Previously, I spent several years in tech startups as COO of a ticket exchange called Tixers (sold in 2015) and a product manager at CrossChx, a healthcare startup. Now, I serve as a Create Columbus Commissioner and Facilitator of Startup Weekend. The Create Columbus Commission exists to advocate for young professionals to the city officials in Columbus, Ohio. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour community event that teaches individuals how to conceptualize, build, and launch a startup company. 

My mission is to help and empower others to achieve more through community. With a love for music, I am exploring the intersection between entrepreneurship and the arts. I once bought 500 Startups founder Dave McClure a beer and he said that my pitch “didn’t completely suck.”

I write a daily newsletter on life, learning, and personal growth at https://jayclouse.com


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