This Week's Interview
Chief Financial Officer of MycoTechnology
Jonathan Jachimiec is the Chief Financial Officer of MycoTechnology, a food ingredient company that is on a mission to solve some of the hardest challenges in the food and beverage industry. Jonathan has helped MycoTechnology raise over $225M in funding and recently negotiated a joint venture in the Middle East. He is also the Co-founder of Molly Brown, a true "Grain to Glass" spirits company.
Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Broom Ventures
Joe Musselman is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Broom Ventures, a Venture Firm backing some of the most mission-oriented founders out there with the belief that Teams, Leadership, and Culture are the critical factors to the ultimate success of an organization. Prior to Broom, Joe was the CEO and Founder of the Honor Foundation, America’s first career transition institute for Navy SEALs and the U.S. Special Operations community. He also served on the board of the NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurship in San Francisco.
Co-Founder & Board Member, Propeller
Jeff Foley is the Co-Founder and Board Member of Propeller, a management consulting firm he grew to two hundred employees and $40M in revenue. Jeff also sits on the advisory board of Wishlist, Energy Keepers and is now an investor through Oregon Venture Fund.
CTO & Co-founder
Dustin Watkins is the Co-Founder and CTO of DataBased, a data driven company that uses visualization tools that empower sales teams with performance standardization, development, and goal-setting efficiency. DataBased recently raised a $3M seed round with a $40M pre-money valuation with investors from SAP, HubSpot, Carta, Verizon, Klayvio, and Qualtrics.
CEO & Co-founder
Niji Sabharwal is the CEO & Co-founder of AgentSync, an insurtech company he co-founded with his wife Jenn that grew from a valuation of $22M to $220M in just 8 months. AgentSync’s growth has caught the attention of well-known investors Marc Benioff, David Sacks, and Elad Gil who are now all investors in the company.
Last week we hit our 10th interview! In celebration of that milestone and going into a holiday weekend we are sharing the best advice so far. Enjoy and have a wonderful Independence Day!
Devin Eldridge is the COO of RADAR, a blockchain company that is laser focused on reshaping the financial industry. In just three short years, RADAR has helped users in over 175 countries trade $300M+ worth of digital assets. Prior to joining RADAR, Devin founded STOW IT where he is a board member.
Managing Partner, SpringTime Ventures
Matt Blomstedt is the Managing Partner of SpringTime Ventures, an $8M seed fund focused on startups in the Mountain Region where they have invested in over 20 companies. Prior to founding SpringTime, Matt worked in M&A in Oil & Gas for over 9 years in Texas.
Dr. Robert Groves
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Banner | Aetna
Dr. Robert Groves is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Banner | Aetna, a new insurance company in Arizona formed by a joint venture that leverages the strengths of the number one healthcare delivery organization in Arizona (Banner Health) along with the National insurance brand (Aetna). Prior to his current role, Dr Groves also led a highly successful private practice for nearly thirty years before stepping into a larger leadership role as the Vice President of Health Management at Banner Health.
CEO & Co-Founder
Raise Commercial Real Estate
Justin Bedecarre is the Co-Founder and CEO of Raise Commercial Real Estate, a technology powered commercial real estate brokerage, working with companies like Palantir, Notion, and Brex to make searching and managing their workplace seamless and intelligent. Raise is backed by Point72, Founders Fund, and Initialized Capital. Prior to Raise, Justin was the Co-Founder of 42Floors and a broker at Cushman & Wakefield.
CEO & Co-founder
Daniel Faber is the CEO & Co-Founder of Orbit Fab, a space company building “gas stations” in space to provide the infrastructure necessary to create a lively in-space economy. Orbit Fab recently raised $10M in seed financing from numerous investors including Lockeed Martin Ventures and Asymmetry Ventures who led the round. Prior to Orbit Fab, Daniel was the CEO of Space Arena and Deep Space Industries.
Chief Clinical Operations Officer, Virta Health
Amit Shah is the Chief Clinical Operations Officer at Virta Health, a tech company that has reached a $2B valuation by creating a new method for diabetes care and is on track to reverse diabetes in 100 million people. Prior to the role with Virta, Amit held numerous operations roles including being the Market Leader & VP Operations of Everside Health which recently filed for their IPO.
VP, Mainsail Partners
Phil Stern is a Vice President at Mainsail Partners, a growth equity firm that has raised over $1.2B and invested in over 50 growing companies. Phil is an expert in growing software companies and prior to his current role in leading the Sales Center of Excellence at Mainsail he was the Head of Payroll Sales at Gusto and General Manager at Zen Planner.
COO & Co-Founder, Cipher Skin
Shaka Bahadu is the COO & Co-Founder of Cipher Skin, a high-tech company that revolutionizes the way data is collected and analyzed on the human body or any physical object. Shaka is an experienced operator and also holds degrees from Harvard, an MBA from Stanford, and a M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College.
Nicole Kennedy is one of the youngest female CFO's in Colorado and has found a niche in high growth technology companies. She currently serves as part of the executive team at FluentStream, a private equity backed communications company.
Co-Founder & CEO of Fulfilld
Yosh Eisbart is the Co-Founder & CEO of Fulfilld, an intelligent location-aware warehouse management platform, which recently raised a $2.5M seed round that included former Amazon exec Jeff Wilke. Prior to Fulfilld, Yosh co-founded NIMBL which he and his team built to over $50M in revenue and over 300 employees before they were acquired by Techedge.
Intrado Digital Workflows
Vik Krishnan is the General Manager of Intrado Digital Workflows, which includes the organization’s Healthcare, Education, and Utilities businesses. Prior to Intrado, Vik also held roles at Bain & Company, the Boston Consulting Group, and was the Co-Founder and CEO of CipherHealth. Vik has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
CEO & Co-founder
Jesse Randall is the CEO & Co-Founder of Sweater Ventures, a VC fund that gives access to venture capital to everyone, regardless of your wealth or accreditation status. Sweater raised $2.3M earlier this year in order to build the technology to put an investment team in the palm of your hands via a mobile app where you can keep up to date on your portfolio.
Vice President Thoroughbred Holdings
Alysha Cooke is the VP of Finance for Thoroughbred Holdings, an investment firm that has quietly invested $400M spread across five portfolio companies over the last 15 years in the energy sector. In her role as VP, Alysha has overseen $60M in acquisitions since joining the firm and sits on six corporate boards as part of her responsibilities within the company.
CEO, Tattered Cover
Kwame Spearman is the CEO & Co-Owner of Tattered Cover Bookstore where he is reinventing what a bookstore means in today's world. Prior to Tattered Cover, Kwame ran real estate expansion for Knotel, was a consultant at Bain & Company, and has degrees from Columbia, Yale, and Harvard.
CEO & Co-Founder, PolyPort
Chloe Kettell is the CEO & Co-Founder of PolyPort, a cybersecurity company that has won numerous awards at SXSW and are setting themselves apart in the industry. Chloe has also served in the military as a Marine, was a previous fitness entrepreneur, and is now an avid skier and Olympic lifter.
CEO, Western's SmokeHouse
Ben Rudman is the CEO of Western’s Smokehouse, a portfolio company of Charis Consumer Partners where Ben is the Managing Director and Founder. Prior to starting his own private equity firm, Ben worked in investment banking for 8 years at SDR Ventures.