What does your company do?
StartUpNV is a state-wide non-profit business incubator for scalable startups in Nevada. We help member startup companies and founders on their journey from idea through going to market to a successful exit. We provide three critical services over the course of their journey: 1.) a place to work (through great partners like Innevation); 2.) an incubation program of goal setting, expert education and specialized mentorship and 3.) access to capital at key times.
What is your role?
I am one of four co-founders and serve as President of StartUpNV.
Where did you grow up and attend school?
I grew up all over the US. Born in Pittsburgh, PA spent my “growing up years” in Cincinnati, OH; Jacksonville, FL; and Indianapolis, IN before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to finish high school at De La Salle and attend college at California State University (East Bay).
What brought you to The Innevation Center?
Zach Miles introduced StartUpNV and me to The Innevation Center. Zach was instrumental in our founding — and is a key board member. We are grateful for the introduction and his continued leadership on our board.
How has technology changed your business?
The startups we incubate are focused on creating the technologies of our future – so it is the very basis of our business in every way.
What is your favorite local spot?
I don’t have a single favorite — I like to support our local places, staying away from national chains and the tourist attractions.
Phone call or text message?
Twitter or Facebook?
Both — but if I have to choose, Facebook
Who would you most like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
Thomas Jefferson, Ayn Rand, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you could time travel, would you go forward or backward?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Learn and get context from the past. Focus on the future, but not exclusively.
Recognize when it’s time to “be present” – that’s where your most meaningful relationships are.