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 their startups. This means that 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 Years ago, Valerie foraged into the burgeoning world of social media with her own private consultation practice – long before the landscape looks the way it does today. Her speciality orbits around branding and social, but more importantly, she’s been forced to become in expert in seeing ‘what’s next’ in both of those worlds.