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Governor of Colorado
Techstars and Foundry Group
John Hickenlooper is a lifetime entrepreneur who ran as a “dark horse” to become Mayor of Denver in 2003. He led the campaign to pass FasTracks, the largest regional transportation initiative in U.S. history, and helped convince the 34 metro mayors (2/3 Republican) to unanimously support and pass the 0.4% sales tax increase at the ballot. In eight years he had streamlined the total workforce by 7%, the first such reduction in Denver’s history. When he was inaugurated Governor of Colorado in 2011, having run on his history of collaboration for community good, he became the first Denver mayor to be elected governor in 150 years. Governor Hickenlooper’s goal is to create the most pro-business state government, but with the highest environmental and ethical standards. His administration created the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and provided Advanced Manufacturing Grants to accelerate start-ups and early stage technology businesses. They are building an integrated workforce training system, in conjunction with the Markle Foundation and LinkedIn, that will create a single, seamless continuum for education and workforce preparation, from childhood to old age.
Chip Wilson is an entrepreneur, business leader and a proud father of five sons. Chip is best known as the founder and former Chairman of the yoga-inspired company lululemon athletica. He founded his first retail apparel company, Westbeach Snowboard Ltd., in 1979. The venture sold apparel targeted at the emerging surf, skate and snowboard markets. He went on to sell Westbeach in 1997 and founded lululemon athletica in 1998. He is currently an advisor to Kit and Ace, a company his family started that
specializes in technical apparel for everday wear.
Greg Glassman is the founder and CEO of CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, moms, dads, grandmothers and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. Glassman was an elite level gymnast and athlete all his life. In 1995, he began training officers at the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department. In 2001 Glassman started crossfit.com and began affiliating gyms under the CrossFit name. Today there are over 13,000 independently-owned CrossFit affiliates in over 130 countries, and the annual CrossFit Games, which attracted 273,000 participants in 2015, are televised on ESPN.
Michelle Phan is a digital pioneer and entrepreneur, who trail-blazed her way in the world of fashion and beauty on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 8 million, Michelle’s videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital space. She is an award-winning content creator, honored with the first-ever Streamy ICON award and the 2015 People’s Voice Webby Award. Michelle produces, directs, stars in and edits all of her own work, and has released over 300 videos since 2007. In 2011, Michelle co-founded ipsy, the world’s largest and most passionate online beauty community. ipsy is centered around the monthly Glam Bag, a personalized beauty sampling service based on individual style, beauty habits, coloring and preferences. Today, ipsy boasts over 1.5 million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.
Frederic Kerrest is the COO and co-founder of Okta, the foundation for secure connections between people and technology. As techs execs, Frederic and Okta co-founder and CEO Todd McKinnon (who is also a regular contributor to Inc.com) have decades of experience and insights to share from building and scaling technology companies. Frederic currently serves as an advisor and mentor to early-stage software companies at the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and the Stanford StartX Accelerator program. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading historical biographies, playing ice hockey, and supporting the San Jose Sharks.
Nicole is a Partner and Chief Product Officer at Techstars, a global ecosystem for entrepreneurs based out of Boulder, Colorado. With Techstars since its early days in 2009, has run 8 programs and has close to 90 companies in her portfolio. She helps spin up new programs, train new managing directors, and is always on the lookout for companies that are a great fit for the Techstars Venture Fund. She’s on the Board of Directors for SimpleEnergy, Owlet, and the Entrepreneur’s Foundation of Colorado. Follow Nicole at www.nearlynicole.com and @nglaros.
Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. Brad is also chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of Path Forward. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution, and Ask the VC. Follow Brad at feld.com and @bfeld.
Smashburger Co-Founder and Chief Concept Officer Tom Ryan is a food scientist who earned his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Flavor and Fragrance Chemistry from Michigan State University. He is the creative mastermind behind iconic menu items, including McDonald’s McGriddles and Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza. In 2007, Tom Co-founded Smashburger with Rick Schaden. The better burger concept has become an industry icon for quality, growth, and business acumen.
Rick Schaden established Consumer Capital Partners in 2006 in partnership with his father Richard Schaden and currently serves as the CEO at the Denver-headquartered investment, advisory, and marketing company. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Smashburger, which he co-founded with Tom Ryan in 2007 to restore greatness to America’s favorite food and has become a leading fast casual “better burger” restaurant.
During the four years Eric Schurenberg has presided over Inc., the magazine has seen a 24 percent increase in ad pages and received numerous journalism awards and a National Magazine Nomination for general excellence. Prior to his tenure at Inc., he had leadership roles at Money, Fortune, Business 2.0, the CBS Interactive websites Bnet.com and MoneyWatch.com, and the Goldman Sachs Group’s personal wealth management website, Goldman.com. In addition to hosting Inc. live events, Schurenberg is an occasional contributor to CNBC, MSNBC, and the Today show.
Tyler Mathisen co-anchors CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” one of the network’s longest-running program franchises, as well as “Nightly Business Report,” an award-winning evening business news program. NBR was named Best Radio/TV Show in 2014 by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
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