Austin Mentors

 

I'm a dad, a husband, a Colorado native, and a Marine Corps veteran. I've spent my career building early- and growth-stage teams, facilitating rapid business growth and program development, and helping people work better together and be happier and more effective at work. I've worked with massive technology and management consulting companies, and with several startups, growth-stage companies and nonprofits. I am currently Chief Operating Officer of Patriot Boot Camp presented by Techstars. patriotbootcamp.org

I'm a dad, a husband, a Colorado native, and a Marine Corps veteran. I've spent my career building early- and growth-stage teams, facilitating rapid business growth and program development, and helping people work better together and be happier and more effective at work. I've worked with massive technology and management consulting companies, and with several startups, growth-stage companies and nonprofits. I am currently Chief Operating Officer of Patriot Boot Camp presented by Techstars. patriotbootcamp.org

Josh Anderson

Mentorship: Hiring a team, Building a cultureBusiness development and partnershipsWork-life balance & integrationPersonal & professional development

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Founder of Uvize, Techstars alum, Navy Vet, Product manager, teacher at CU, Boulder

Founder of Uvize, Techstars alum, Navy Vet, Product manager, teacher at CU, Boulder

Dave Cass

Mentorship: Product management, First-time founderBusiness modelingPersonal & professional development

Availability: Varies

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OC Executive Search was founded in 2001 by Michael Mitchel - as a boutique search firm, consulting companies ranging from startup to Global F10. With a national and local footprint, Michael completes executive searches across all verticals for Director, VP, SVP and CXO level positions. Serving as a trusted adviser for clients in areas including candidate profile creation, market intelligence, and search project completion, and clients receive best-of-breed service. Michael served as the Executive Director for Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1 from 2013-2016 with distinction. In 2014, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (DMCC) named VFW Post 1 the Small Non Profit of the Year and 9News selected him as a 2016 Leader of the Year Finalist. He was also selected to the DMCC Leadership Denver Class 2017.

OC Executive Search was founded in 2001 by Michael Mitchel - as a boutique search firm, consulting companies ranging from startup to Global F10. With a national and local footprint, Michael completes executive searches across all verticals for Director, VP, SVP and CXO level positions. Serving as a trusted adviser for clients in areas including candidate profile creation, market intelligence, and search project completion, and clients receive best-of-breed service. Michael served as the Executive Director for Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1 from 2013-2016 with distinction. In 2014, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (DMCC) named VFW Post 1 the Small Non Profit of the Year and 9News selected him as a 2016 Leader of the Year Finalist. He was also selected to the DMCC Leadership Denver Class 2017.

Michael Mitchel

Mentorship: Hiring a team, Business development and partnerships, Post-military transition and reintegration, Networking and community building, Resume writing

Availability: Wednesdays
11 - 1pm, and 3rd Friday
11 - 3pm.

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Mark Frank is a healthcare and technology entrepreneur who founded and sold Next Oncology, a management service organization for radiosurgery centers, and SafeImageMD, a SaaS platform for storing, viewing and sharing medical imaging data. He also co-founded TermScout, a data company providing sales intelligence to large enterprise customers. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board for After Ours, Inc., which provides urgent care for patients in California, New Jersey and Colorado. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of SonderMind, whose goal is to reduce the stigma around mental health and, ultimately, to help behavioral health become more accessible, approachable and utilized. As an early-stage investor since 2012, Mark has invested in a variety of companies, with themes including healthcare technology, data and B2B SaaS. Previously, Mark was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley, focused on healthcare mergers and acquisitions. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Master of Engineering from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and a BS from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Mark proudly served as a Captain in the U.S. Army for more than five years, deploying to Iraq for the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mark Frank is a healthcare and technology entrepreneur who founded and sold Next Oncology, a management service organization for radiosurgery centers, and SafeImageMD, a SaaS platform for storing, viewing and sharing medical imaging data. He also co-founded TermScout, a data company providing sales intelligence to large enterprise customers. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board for After Ours, Inc., which provides urgent care for patients in California, New Jersey and Colorado. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of SonderMind, whose goal is to reduce the stigma around mental health and, ultimately, to help behavioral health become more accessible, approachable and utilized. As an early-stage investor since 2012, Mark has invested in a variety of companies, with themes including healthcare technology, data and B2B SaaS. Previously, Mark was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley, focused on healthcare mergers and acquisitions. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Master of Engineering from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and a BS from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Mark proudly served as a Captain in the U.S. Army for more than five years, deploying to Iraq for the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mark Frank

Mentorship: Hiring a team, Business development and partnerships, Post-military transition & reintegration, Personal & professional development

Availability: Not currently available for 1-1 mentorship. 

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Marine turned entrepreneur. I specialize in early stage startups on the business side. I've helped grow companies in headcount from 18 to 30, 6 to 20, and 5 to 0 as well as revenue from 10MM to 14MM, 700K to 5MM and 0 to 250K, respectively. I can help with finding a repeatable business model, product-market fit, growth hacking, UX feedback and KPI focus.

Marine turned entrepreneur. I specialize in early stage startups on the business side. I've helped grow companies in headcount from 18 to 30, 6 to 20, and 5 to 0 as well as revenue from 10MM to 14MM, 700K to 5MM and 0 to 250K, respectively. I can help with finding a repeatable business model, product-market fit, growth hacking, UX feedback and KPI focus.

Bo Bergstrom

Mentorship: Building a sales processProduct managementDesign and UXFirst-time founderPost-military transition & reintegrationNetworking & community-building 

Availability: 1st Wednesday, 
2 - 4pm.

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Matt is an emerging community leader who is dedicated to helping mission driven organizations launch and grow operations across numerous functions. He is passionate about helping people take next-steps in their life and career and most recently launched a talent consulting organization in Colorado in order to match top talent with growing teams. If you can’t find Matt at a local coffee shop getting to know his new community, it’s likely he’s tied to a rope on his way up a rock wall.

Matt is an emerging community leader who is dedicated to helping mission driven organizations launch and grow operations across numerous functions. He is passionate about helping people take next-steps in their life and career and most recently launched a talent consulting organization in Colorado in order to match top talent with growing teams. If you can’t find Matt at a local coffee shop getting to know his new community, it’s likely he’s tied to a rope on his way up a rock wall.

Matt Conforti

Mentorship: Hiring a team, Networking & community-buildingResume writingPersonal & professional development, 1:1 Mentorship

Availability: Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 9 - 12 or 2 - 5pm.  

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Principal at PV Ventures, a seed stage venture fund that invests primarily in software companies. I've seen hundreds of investment pitches and can help founders think about their options for funding and how to get ready to pitch. Although never an entrepreneur, I have second-hand insight into how our portfolio of almost 30 companies have navigated the ups and downs of startup life. I served for ten years in the army as an aviator and also spent almost two years at a large mining company doing M&A and investor relations work after getting my MBA.

Principal at PV Ventures, a seed stage venture fund that invests primarily in software companies. I've seen hundreds of investment pitches and can help founders think about their options for funding and how to get ready to pitch. Although never an entrepreneur, I have second-hand insight into how our portfolio of almost 30 companies have navigated the ups and downs of startup life. I served for ten years in the army as an aviator and also spent almost two years at a large mining company doing M&A and investor relations work after getting my MBA.

Aaron Stachel

Mentorship: Fundraising, Post-military transition & Reintegration, Developing your pitch, Finance & accounting, Business modeling

Availability: Varies

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I am a 25 year Army Green Beret with 8 years of business experience focused on US Government contracting. I bring a unique set of skills and experience to the team because of my special operations, business and coaching experience. Since retiring from the Army, I have also been a high school rugby coach. I am currently working on my professional coaching certification through iPEC with a completion expected in Sep 17, and certification in Oct 17. Coaching is what I love to do and I do it well.

I am a 25 year Army Green Beret with 8 years of business experience focused on US Government contracting. I bring a unique set of skills and experience to the team because of my special operations, business and coaching experience. Since retiring from the Army, I have also been a high school rugby coach. I am currently working on my professional coaching certification through iPEC with a completion expected in Sep 17, and certification in Oct 17. Coaching is what I love to do and I do it well.

Otis McGregor

Mentorship: Hiring a team, Building a culture, Business development and partnerships, Post-military transition & reintegration, Developing your pitch, Work-life balance & integration, Networking & community-building, Personal & professional development

Availability: 10am-2pm first Tuesday. I can arrange for additional time depending on scheduling.

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Gordon Bronson is the Director of Strategic Communications at Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs where he is focused on working with industry leaders and policy makers to find uncommon solutions to big challenges. Gordon has successfully garnered support for foundations, positioned elected officials, raised investments for early stage companies, and managed major political campaigns. Experienced in tech policy, he has driven legislation and partnerships to support small business, encourage workforce development, and foster innovation. Gordon began his political career on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. He then served in President Obama’s administration under Sec. Ken Salazar at the Department of the Interior and later at the White House. After leaving the federal government, Gordon turned to the startup community. He managed candidate recruitment for democracy.com, coordinated strategic partnerships for Growtainers, and built corporate relationships for Mission Hub LLC. In 2015 Gordon returned to Colorado to launch his own public affairs and political consulting practice. Gordon is a graduate of the University of Denver and has been asked to return for frequent lecturing opportunities. He is also the recipient of Agora Partnerships 2013 Disruptive Award. He was named one of Colorado’s Top Young Professionals by ColoradoBiz Magazine in 2016. A Colorado native, he was previously a competitive skier.

Gordon Bronson is the Director of Strategic Communications at Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs where he is focused on working with industry leaders and policy makers to find uncommon solutions to big challenges. Gordon has successfully garnered support for foundations, positioned elected officials, raised investments for early stage companies, and managed major political campaigns. Experienced in tech policy, he has driven legislation and partnerships to support small business, encourage workforce development, and foster innovation. Gordon began his political career on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. He then served in President Obama’s administration under Sec. Ken Salazar at the Department of the Interior and later at the White House. After leaving the federal government, Gordon turned to the startup community. He managed candidate recruitment for democracy.com, coordinated strategic partnerships for Growtainers, and built corporate relationships for Mission Hub LLC. In 2015 Gordon returned to Colorado to launch his own public affairs and political consulting practice. Gordon is a graduate of the University of Denver and has been asked to return for frequent lecturing opportunities. He is also the recipient of Agora Partnerships 2013 Disruptive Award. He was named one of Colorado’s Top Young Professionals by ColoradoBiz Magazine in 2016. A Colorado native, he was previously a competitive skier.

Gordon Bronson

Mentorship: Hiring a teamFirst-time founderBuilding a sales processBusiness development and partnershipsMarketing & brandingDeveloping your pitchResume writing

Availability: Second Thursday 9 - 11am. 

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Patriot Boot Camp Founder. Managing Director at Able. Venture builder.

Patriot Boot Camp Founder. Managing Director at Able. Venture builder.

Taylor McLemore

Mentorship: First-time founder, Hiring a team, Business development and partnerships, 1:1 Mentorship

Availability: Schedule is variable, so happy to do Advisory Hours by appointment

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Former active duty army officer still currently serving in the Army Reserves (USMA '03). Have spent time at high growth technology companies and startups but now best described as a Cybersecurity business development executive. Entrepreneurship is hard-wired in my DNA so happy to help however I can.

Former active duty army officer still currently serving in the Army Reserves (USMA '03). Have spent time at high growth technology companies and startups but now best described as a Cybersecurity business development executive. Entrepreneurship is hard-wired in my DNA so happy to help however I can.

Michael Euperio

Mentorship: Hiring a Team, Building a Culture, Building a Sales Process, Business Development and Partnerships, Post-military Transition and Reintegration, Networking and Community building, Personal and professional development

Availability: 3rd Wednesday
4 - 6pm

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