Hello, We’re The BetaBlox Team
Our incubator’s team is one of the main reasons why we are the premier early stage incubator in the world. Each batch of companies is treated like its own venture capital fund, and the soon to be mentioned ladies and gentlemen are the general partners. Unlike most venture capitalists, or even most entrepreneurship-support organizations, these are all active entrepreneurs at the helm of growth stage ventures. This creates an incredibly RELEVANT coaching environment for entrepreneurs that are awarded a spot in BetaBlox. If that wasn’t enough, they all share in the equity that BetaBlox acquires from its portfolio entrepreneurs. This means not only are they proven, and relevant – but they’re compensated in a way that will only make them money if the entrepreneur they’re coaching turns into a success. It’s the most truly hands-on and mutually aligned team you could ever ask for. You know you’re supposed to accumulate a board of advisors. Well, this is like that; except far more organized, with a better structure.
Expertise in location based services, mobile apps, micro-location and Bluetooth beacons. Current startup: Diem. He formerly co-founded Lantern, which is reinventing the fan experience sports fans across the globe – this includes partnerships with multiple Fortune 500 companies, innovative startups, and sports teams in the NFL and MLS.
Aaron is a Co-Founder of Progenex, the official performance nutrition product of the CrossFit Games. He’s also the team owner at J2Mayfield Racing, taking racing back to its roots with former Nascar driver Jeremy Mayfield. Head of Strategic Partnerships at LyteShot, an augmented reality-based mobile gaming platform (think Wii for Everywhere meets Real World Hunger Games).
Alex is the Co-Founder and CEO of Job Pact, a technology firm that empowers HR Managers to connect with and hire the best passive candidates. It’s main purpose is to find the correct company/employee fit, faster. He was Tulsa’s 2015 1 Million Cups Organizer, and is a licensed Project Management Professional,
Benjie is a serial entrepreneur that has a profound ability to sniff out market opportunities and capitalize on consumer trends. In 2009 he sold his online tee time company to The Golf Channel. Today, he is back in the saddle as the founder of what will become a market leading software in his industry of expertise.
Chase is an innovative digital health expert and clinical exercise physiologist with a strong expertise in developing mobile software solutions within the medical, sports and fitness markets. Chase has an academic and research background in biomechanics, exercise physiology and neuroscience with published research in each field. Chase has been recognized as a pioneer in the mobile health space with the first ever FDA clearance for a software only mobile medical device. He has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, Forbes, Pando Daily, Mobihealthnews, the Grey Sheet and many other mainstream and medically focused publications. YouTube has also named Chase NextUP for his work in video instruction content reaching 30 million viewers.
Chris is the Product Director at Cox Automotive and the President of Leap Product Management. They empower companies to build strong product management teams. Chris is our resident product management guru and adheres to several of the most well adopted and proven frameworks for doing so.
Chris brings 18 years of strategic digital/interactive marketing experience to the table, including: social (media) influence, search engine marketing, email communications, and web analytics. He’s essentially an expert in all things digital. He’s had the opportunity to work with many Fortune 500 and other top-tier brands – but more importantly many startups.
Clay Slaton bootstrapped his first two businesses in product design, each from zero to multi-millions before their respective successful exits. During which he also started, purchased or partnered in 10 other businesses, was instrumental in growing the Oklahoma Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization as a founding member and past president, and in addition recognized along the way with accolades such as: Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Fastest Growing Firms In Tulsa (4 years in a row), Top Firms To Work For In Tulsa (2 years in a row), Men Of Distinction Honoree, and Achievers Under 40 honoree.
Dan’s experience has made it possible for him to be a freelance business model consultant in the Kansas City region. He has a wide spectrum of skill-sets that he captured working for Hallmark, Coca-Cola, and in advisory roles at more than a handful of startups pre-BetaBlox.
Dixie is the Owner and Founder of Switchgear Search and Recruiting firm. It was born out of the idea that they can create a better world by helping to create better places to work! They’re experts in human resources, placement, and hiring. In 2014 she was named as the 387th fastest growing female-led companies in America by Inc.
Greg is the Director and Co-Founder of Momentum3, which offers a full spectrum of technology services and project delivery. He’s also the first Tulsan investor in a Kansas City BetaBlox startup, which represented the first of many tangible benefits of BetaBlox’s sister-city approach to incubation in both Tulsa and Kansas City. Formerly, he was the Co-Founder and Director of SolArc which was a member of the Inc. 500 fastest growing companies in the nation.
Just 9 years ago, Jayme Thomason took a leap from Jr. Copywriter to startup founder, and she’s never looked back. Jayme has built several successful companies, including her current venture, Brink Insights, an applied innovation firm for growth hungry companies. She’s especially talented in all things digital marketing, especially whilst using inbound strategies.
Jeremy is currently the Director of Small Business for H&R Block, which gives him an inside perspective on intrapreneurship from a big and Kansas City based corporation. Previous to this gig, Jeremy was the Chief Strategy Officer at SecondMarket, a firm that helps investors liquidate typically ill-liquid assets. They developed revolutionary software to help employees of pre-IPO unicorns sell equity; Facebook being their first and biggest proof case.
Justin is the owner of Custom Trailer Pros, which was one of BetaBlox’s first companies to reach a million dollars in annual sales. They are one of the countries largest virtual dealers of enclosed trailers and food trucks. This provides Justin with an unfair advantage on both the digital marketing side of things, as well as the path that many early-stage foodpreneurs take.
Kevin is obsessively curious about eliminating barriers to growth for businesses, principles and their teams. He has over 20 years of experience with both B2B and B2C business, most recently as CMO of an Inc 5000 global franchise organization. He’s the founder and CEO of a martech and strategy firm serving middle-market companies.
Kirk is an executive with 20 years of experience creating growth at cutting edge technology companies, with experience in tech startup world, venture funding, and mobile technology development. He’s the Founder and President of RareWire. RareWire built and brought to market a SaaS platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish native apps to iOS and Android mobile devices. RareWire worked with hundreds of companies around the globe such as Cerner, Forever 21, CA Technologies, Atlantic Magazine, West Point, Black & Veatch, and others to provide their enterprise mobile solution. RareWire was acquired in 2015 by DSI.
Luke is a veteran entrepreneur, and by that we mean he owns multiple successful businesses – as well as the fact that he’s also been to war. He owns the largest intramural sports league in Kansas City with major partners such as Sporting Kansas City; he’s a senior web developer; and the founder of a 501(c)(3).
Matt is the CEO and Co-Founder of Medefy, a revolutionary smartphone app that reveals the costs and quality of common medical procedures from within your provider’s network, making it easier to choose the lowest cost, and highest quality care. Medefy was awarded by Tulsa World as one of The Hottest Tech Firms of 2015. He has his MBA from Oklahoma State University, and is a winner of the 2014 & 2015 Tulsa Innovation Award.
Matt is a Co-Founder and CEO of Infinite Composites Technologies. They launched their first product, the iCPV in 2013, offering the compressed natural gas (CNG) industry the first liner-less, all-composite storage vessel. The technology increases fuel storage by 15%, and reduces weight savings by 90% for mobile natural gas refueling stations.
Melissa is the Co-Founder of Locked In Sports, which provides athletes and coaches with a software platform designed to significantly enhance player development across multiple sports. The core technology is designed to combine custom workouts, video instruction, and player-versus-player competition coupled with robust analytics and an interactive native and web experience. She’s also the CEO of 9Tribe, a software development firm.
Michael a co-founder of ICT, which offers technology solutions for lightweight, pressurized gas storage and high-performance composite structures within the aerospace, oil & gas, and transport industries. He’s an Entrepreneur in Residence at SURGE Ventures, a startup accelerator in Houston, and is on the Cultivate918 Steering committee. He’s been awarded grants from OCAST/ Oklahoma Applied Research Support Grant, the National Science Foundation STTR; NCIIA Advanced E-Team, and the state of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Generating Excellence (EDGE) Innovative Ideas Program.
Mike is the Co-Founder of Verinovum, a health information technology provider focused on reimagining clinical and social data interoperability. Verinovum provides the technical foundation for health information exchange, community-wide care coordination, and a robust decision support platform to enable care quality improvement in the face of overwhelming data availability.
Ntuna is the co-founder of Hire.360, which is a B2B SaaS company that creates hiring technology for people who don’t have a recruiter background. We automate the entire recruitment process, allowing users to input a job description and get matched to local, relevant candidates that they can call within a matter seconds. Throughout his career he has been a technical recruiter, marketing consultant, brand strategist and IT business analyst.
Dr. Raina is an inquisitive, energetic executive combining rigorous systems focus and organizational improvement approaches through problem solving and technology. Obsessed with all things planning: long and short term plan development and execution, developing and implementing measurement systems, facilitating change throughout the organization, and improving leadership effectiveness. She is the Founder and CEO of Stratex Solutions, THE solution to the problem of strategic planning failure. She is tied with Justin as the first alumni of BetaBlox to then turn into a team member.
Russ McGuire is a trusted advisor with proven strategic insights. He has been blessed to serve as an executive in Fortune 500 companies, found technology startups, be awarded technology patents, author a book and contribute to others, write dozens of articles for various publications, and speak at many conferences. He currently the acting CEO of VisuALS, an assistive technology solution for helping ALS sufferers communicate. He’s also the Executive Director of Eagles Ventures, a OCU program for incubating and accelerating early-stage startups.
Over the last 10 years, Seth has built more than ten businesses and sold several, consulted with thousands of now successful businesses, and started the entrepreneur revolution in Kansas City by co-founding StartKC. Seth has even built a half dozen entrepreneur communities and helped hundreds of startups and growing businesses in those cities become successful.
Simon has proven himself as a successful businessman in both small and early-stage companies, as well as in executive positions for a Kansas City-based Fortune 100 company. As an active startup investor Simon helps BetaBlox founders prep for future relationships with other KC angel investors.
Tim is the Founder and CEO of Integrated Roadways. They design factory built, modular, removable, utility accessible pavements for municipalities. Tim is at the forefront of making Kansas City the pioneer of smart roads.