Alec Whitters – Co-Founder & CEO of Higher Learning Technologies

[quote style=”boxed”]I recommend reading several books a month, getting 5-6 mentors and then also doing it daily.[/quote] Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Alec Whitters grew up thinking he would be a doctor or a dentist, but things changed just before graduation. During his 3rd year in dental school, he stumbling upon a problem preparing for his […]

Nathan Beckord – CEO of Foundersuite

[quote style=”boxed”]I walk a lot. It clears the brain and helps me focus on core problems. I get off my shuttle a couple stops early to have more walking time. It really makes a difference.[/quote] Nathan Beckord is the CEO of Foundersuite, a comprehensive productivity solution for entrepreneurs. For the past ten years, Beckord has […]

Simon Slade – CEO of Doubledot Media Limited

[quote style=”boxed”]I recommend everyone join me in following the entrepreneurial recipe: Build it, test it, learn from it, fix it. Then rinse and repeat as fast as possible![/quote] Simon Slade, CEO of Doubledot Media Limited, founded the company in 2005 with Mark Ling, director at Doubledot Media. In this role, Slade oversees the strategic direction […]

Tom Haarlander – Entrepreneurship Challenge Award Winner

[quote style=”boxed”]Tireless dedication to the task at hand. Nothing matters more than the task at hand and being fully present to accomplishing one task as a little battle.[/quote] Tom Haarlander is an entrepreneur from Nashville who has an eye for innovation and a passion for wellness. During College, Tom Haarlander combined these interests to establish […]

Ha Phan – Product Design Vision at

[quote style=”boxed”] Design is about solving problems, so ideas have to come from listening to users and observing the world around you.[/quote] Ha leads the Product Design vision at An award-winning designer whose work has won Webbys, Ha is responsible for making the experience beautiful, simple, and engaging. Ha’s goal for is to […]

Rob Biederman – Co-founder and CEO of HourlyNerd

[quote style=”boxed”]I’d try to ramp up even faster. Toward the beginning, we were excessively deliberate or too thrifty in a few key areas, namely technology. I wish we’d spent more on them sooner. Product is king.[/quote] Rob Biederman is the co-founder and CEO of HourlyNerd, a service that connects businesses to top MBA students and […]

Will Mitchell – Co-founder of StartupBros

[quote style=”boxed”]Brute force. Ideas don’t happen unless you make them happen. If you want an idea to come to life, then it’s your responsibility to figure it out and make it happen.[/quote] Will has been an internet entrepreneur since he started skipping school to build businesses in sixth grade. By 16, he had built a […]

Alex Gonzalez – Co-founder and CEO of Chatalog

[quote style=”boxed”]I would have talked to more people about my idea earlier on and I would have released a more minimal MVP to users faster.[/quote] Alex Gonzalez is the co-founder and CEO of Chatalog, an online product reinventing the way people shop online by mirroring the real-time meaningful experiences you have shopping with your close […]

Ioannis Verdelis – Co-founder and COO of Syntellia

[quote style=”boxed”]I just think about our users or clients. How would they use a product? What would an idea mean to them? I draw stuff on our whiteboard, and sometimes, we’ll just sit in the meeting room and argue until we all get our best creative selves out to solve our problems.[/quote] Ioannis Verdelis is […]

Zeke Camusio – Co-founder of Windcatcher

[quote style=”boxed”]”Don’t lose focus and go after the next shinny bubble you find along the way.”[/quote] Zeke Camusio, our head of business development, is a serial entrepreneur who started seven companies and sold three of them. Zeke is also a published author, an avid traveler (96 countries so far and counting), and semi-professional rugby player. […]

Rameet Chawla – Founder and Developer at Fueled

[quote style=”boxed”]”If you have an idea, just make it happen. It’s not worth it to wait.”[/quote] Mr. Rameet Chawla is a developer, product specialist, and the founder of Fueled, an award-winning design and development company based in New York and London. Combining a decade of experience architecting Web and mobile applications with his innate sense […]