CEODan is a serial entrepreneur with proven leadership and critical thinking skills. A summa cum laude graduate of St. Luke’s College; he went on to work in well-respected emergent and critical care positions including leading a 32 bed urban ICU. Dan started his first marketing company in 2008 and soon found success leveraging medical journal subscriber data as targeted advertising tools for companies like GE and Phillips. He has over a decade’s worth of experience in building, scaling, and managing data intensive marketing campaigns and has developed a robust knowledge base on digital marketing and data driven marketing. Most recently, Dan acquired and led the corporate turnaround of a 143 acre Adventure Park. Growing the business to 48 employees and developing a work place culture of customer centric excellence. Linkedin
CSOAs a pioneer in both the Social Web and Big Data revolutions, Mr. Neal was the first to identify the need for a construct of multidimensional comprehension in the emergent digital domain. Through constructing the new science of Digital Sociology, Rich created the vernacular necessary for business to understand and leverage actionable intelligence from diverse online sources. His book, “Expanding Sentience”, focuses on Online Collectivism based from Mathematical Epidemiology and has been used in several Universities’ Marketing Science courses and continues to be purchased worldwide. Mr. Neal has over 15 years in technology and business leadership. He is a serial entrepreneur with three businesses and multiple IP sales to his name, and is routinely invited to speak to prestigious institutions on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data. Linkedin
CROBrendan has a decade’s worth of experience in technology, software, sales, sponsorship, and sports marketing. He was Co-Founder and CEO of EON Sports VR, a VR/AR company that provided solutions to the sports industry’s elite, including MLB, NFL, PGA Tour, ACC Network, and NCAA teams. Brendan was featured on ESPN, MLB Network, Fox, MSNBC, CNBC, Fortune, Forbes, and more as a leading pioneer in technology in sports. He is often found presenting on topics of emerging technology having been the keynote speaker for conferences and groups throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Brendan sold EON Sports in January 2018. Prior to doing Lelex Prime full time, he worked as a consultant helping technology companies in sports, marketing, and technology scale efficiently, fund-raise, and find product-market fit. Linkedin
CTOChris Weber, has passion for technology and has been in leadership roles in early stage / startup companies for 16+ years. Chris co-founded and served as the Chief Software Architect of Netchemia, a SaaS edtech company. Netchemia developed into a provider of cloud-based HR management solutions to over 2,500 K-12 school districts nationwide. Netchemia was acquired in 2015 by Vista Equity Partners/PeopleAdmin. After acquisition, Chris served as PeopleAdmin's Chief Architect overseeing technology and staff integration through multiple acquisitions. PeopleAdmin was acquired in a multibillion-dollar transaction in 2018. Desiring to return to the startup community, Chris joined LendingStandard, an early-stage financial tech company as CTO, where he reshaped the company tech stack for growth after institutional investment. Chris remains a technology advisor to LendingStandard and other startups. Chris is also an active angel investor in early-stage companies, an avid snowboarder and car racing enthusiast. Linkedin
UK Managing Partner
UK Managing PartnerNick is an experienced Executive Board Director and Business Consultant, with over thirty years of achievement in the analytics, retail, real estate, leisure and food services industries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His specialist knowledge of retail analytics and retail technology solutions, coupled with deep market insight and commercial focus, deliver consistently successful and profitable outcomes across complex global environments. From the earliest point of his career as Trade Director with leading market research firm, The Nielsen Company, Nick demonstrated an intuitive ability to recognise and exploit the huge potential of business information. He played a key role in the launch of the UK’s first EPoS barcode scanning service and exceeded targets for sales of HBA and EPoS-based services to major retail clients. In successive senior positions at Business Blueprints, FootFall and ShopperTrak RCT, his strategic focus on in-store analytics solutions for Shopping Centre and retail client markets led to multiple high-value contracts, dynamic business growth and £MM revenues. Nick is an astute business consultant, providing start-ups and established companies with sound advice and expert support for new initiatives and projects throughout the UK and EMEA regions. He is committed, creative and decisive, analysing complex market opportunities and developing strategies for sales growth and long term profitability. He steers companies through organisational change, process improvement and business restructure, providing clear direction to achieve challenging goals and targets. A resourceful and confident communicator, Nick has a special aptitude for team building and project leadership across multiple locations and countries and is skilled at negotiating with internal and external customers to encourage consensus and performance improvements Linkedin
UK Managing Partner
UK Managing PartnerJohn is a seasoned entrepreneur in the marketing services space having co-founded multiple advertising and sales activation agencies, and taken these through growth cycles and trade sales. His last business (of which he was a co-founder and major equity holder) was acquired by Sapient in 2011. Sapient was itself acquired by Publicis in 2014. Post earn-out, at Publicis he was a key member of the leadership team for Sapient and Digitas as Managing Partner until the end of 2018. In 2019 he set up his own advisory business focused on "Customer & Growth". He has worked with clients spanning start-ups, scale-ups and global enterprises across a variety of verticals including technology, media/entertainment, telecoms, financial services, CPG, retail (online and physical) and B2B. His sweet spot is D2C subscription based businesses particularly converged media across pay TV, broadband and mobile. He has worked as a close strategic counsel to Sky (now owned by Comcast) across Europe for 20 years and for many other Pay TV/streaming brands globally. John currently provides advisory and virtual agency services (communications and CX) through his new vehicle, FoeNetics AI which, with its focus on Customer & Growth, fuels transformation and performance improvement through the fusion of data, tech and content. He also holds multiple positions as an Advisor/NED supporting new model agencies’ growth. Linkedin
UK Managing Partner
UK Managing Partner
Piers has over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience and significant expertise and operational skills across many areas and disciplines in business. He is an active non-executive director, business coach and advisor. He is the UK Managing Partner for TechCXO, the On Demand executive advisory business that works with business owners and leaders of growth companies to advise/coach and support teams to accelerate growth and drive business performance.
As an experienced business leader, he was recently CEO for ImagIT Solutions in Chicago and played a central role throughout 2018 in migrating the business from an historic break/fix operation to an Managed Service Provider.
Piers was previously the founder and CEO of BrightMove Media in London, the world’s first digital taxi top advertising network on London black taxis and was responsible for the launch of the business in 2013. He has decades of experience in technology sales and marketing and is an avid fan of driving business growth. In the late 2000’s Piers launched, built and sold a successful garden leisure retail business. Prior to this he managed the turnaround of a European telecoms business on behalf of a prominent US VC. In 2000, he was VP of Business Development for YAC, an Internet-based unified communications provider and was the founder of the UK operation. Before 2000, Piers co-founded Dimension M, a 25-person technology marketing agency. He is passionate about innovation and growing businesses.
Piers is an active networker, business advocate and passionate technologist, and engages with other like-minded business owners/leaders on all aspects of business.Linkedin
Innovation EngineerAdam leverages his background in investment finance, sales, and engineering to support innovation and business development efforts. His professional experience includes financial modeling, product development, and outside technical sales. He has advised startups in areas of retail apparel, consumer goods, manufacturing, and technology. He’s earned a B.S in Business Administration and graduated summa cum laude with an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Kansas. He also later earned a B.S in Mechanical Engineering to enhance his mathematical and mechanical aptitude. Linkedin
Software EngineerZak is a student at the University of Kansas studying Computer Science. At KU, he is a SELF Engineering Fellow and University Scholar. He has previous experience with software development in the financial sector and he is passionate about the KC startup and venture capital space. Linkedin
ML developerMonica is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her research focuses on Big Data systems to study user interactions on social media. She has experience in distributed systems, software development as well as machine learning. She has worked as a software intern in MA, as well as a mobile application developer in an IT firm in India. She is passionate about data and how every information has a different story to convey. Linkedin
Software EngineerCale is currently a senior in computer science at Kansas State University, graduating in the Fall of 2020. At Kansas State University, Cale has been active in clubs related to topics such as game development, cyber security, and web development. Cale has professional experience through both internship and research positions. In his research, he focused on natural language processing such as sentiment analysis, entity recognition, and semantics. With these experiences, Cale has shown a passion for software development, machine learning, and much more. Linkedin
UK Business Development
UK Business DevelopmentSam is a passionate and highly motivated person that likes finding and creating opportunities, using drive, creativity and enthusiasm to deliver results. He recently graduated from Oxford Brookes University in the UK, having studied Business & Management. He has a passion for AI & emerging technologies and driving sales enablement, BD & awareness in technology business ventures. Since graduating, he has divulged in various business fields. His most recent work was for a Cyber Security service where he focussed on driving sales & marketing for the company's biggest client. He is excited to see what role technology will play in our future. Linkedin
Consulting Practice Advisor
Consulting Practice AdvisorRobert Howard is an experienced retail & technology leader, advisor, and entrepreneur with expertise in customer experience management, digital strategy, new business startup, venture investing, merger & acquisition, and comprehensive growth strategies. Over his 30- year career, he has served Fortune-500™ companies across retail, consumer goods, and telecommunications industries around the globe. He is a recognized leader in Digital, Technology, and Direct to Consumer strategies, has been a frequent keynote speaker, and has authored and published numerous articles and books including “AI – A Retail growth opportunity hiding in plain sight” and The Customer Experience Fiasco. Most recently, Robert served as the practice leader for the retail digital strategy and innovation practice within Accenture Strategy. He has also been the lead Partner for Kurt Salmon Digital, served on the executive leadership team at Service Management Group, founded startup ClearBrick LLC, and was a Partner with Deloitte Consulting. Linkedin
Tech AdvisorBrian McClendon is a Research Professor at the University of Kansas after spending 2 years at Uber leading their Maps and Business Platform efforts. For 10 years prior, Brian was a Vice President with Google and led the entire Geo business unit including Google Maps, Street View and Google Earth. He was a co-founder and angel investor in Keyhole, Inc., a geospatial data visualization company that was purchased by Google in 2004 which led to Google Earth. In the 1990s, He spent 8 years at Silicon Graphics, designing 3D graphics workstations. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas. He holds thirty issued patents, including many relating to KML, the XML-based language schema for expressing geographic annotation and visualization in two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers. Linkedin
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