The organizers of Columbus Startup Weekend are proud to announce the updated roster of mentors for the upcoming event. We take great care in selecting incredible individuals to help mentor our attendees, and are proud to announce this year’s list!
Rich Langdale – Managing Partner at NCT Ventures
Rich is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor. In 1986, while attending The Ohio State University, Mr. Langdale founded Digital Storage, Inc. (“DSI”). Since that time he has founded, co-founded, acquired or invested in several more under the umbrella of NCT Ventures. Through his capacity as a Managing Partner of NCT Ventures, he is still actively involved with several portfolio companies.
In 2001, Mr. Langdale (along with other persons affiliated with NCT Ventures and OSU) founded and developed the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, which quickly earned a tier one ranking from Entrepreneur Magazine. Mr. Langdale helped develop the Entrepreneurship curriculum in addition to teaching undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA courses on Entrepreneurship. Mr. Langdale has been an executive board member of The Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, OSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Columbus Technology Council, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Research Board).
Leah McDougald – Director, Design Research at Design Central
As an Engagement Strategist Leah works to create authentic involvement and participation with a Brand’s purpose to help achieve the goals of the marketing plan.
Formerly a Design researcher with a focus on experiential research. Eight years experience in gathering and translating research findings to improve human and brand interaction on both emotional and functional levels.
Passions include public speaking and providing user insight to inform great design / brand messaging, or to fuel innovation.
Matt Scantland – Co-Founder at CoverMyMeds and President at Innova Partners
Matt can build and sell software to the health care industry, and does what needs to be done at startups.
He is a co-founder at CoverMyMeds, one of the fastest growing healthcare technology companies in Ohio. CoverMyMeds is well on its way to fixing the prior authorization process, one of the most painful parts of healthcare. CoverMyMeds’ customers include more than 300,000 physician users, most of the country’s largest pharmacy chains, and more than 35 pharmaceutical brands. Strategic partnerships include McKesson Corporation and NaviNet, Inc.
Matt co-founded and is now President of Innova Partners, a thriving software development company serving the healthcare industry. Founded in 2004, Innova was responsible for development of key systems at MemberHealth, winner of the Inc. 500 for 2007, and now operating one of the largest Medicare Part D plan in the country as part of CVS Caremark Corporation.
Heather Whaling – Founder at Geben Communications
As president of Geben Communication, Heather leads new business development, client relations and strategic planning for the firm. Plus, she is heavily involved in implementation, helping clients integrate traditional and digital PR strategies to excel in today’s social world.
An avid Twitter user, Heather can trace 75% of Geben’s business back to relationships that began online. This ability to turn social networking into business outcomes has helped Geben evolve into a highly respected, sought-after, award-winning PR firm. In addition to helping clients secure coverage in a range of high-profile media outlets – from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal … to Huffington Post and TechCrunch – Heather has been quoted in Inc.com, Entrepreneur and BusinessWeek about technology’s impact on business communication.
Heather was selected as one of Columbus Business First’s “Forty Under 40” and named one of Columbus’s top 10 entrepreneurs. In addition to authoring her own public-relations blog (www.prTini.com), Heather contributes to Mashable and AmericanExpress Open Forum, and co-moderates the popular PR 2.0 chat (#pr20chat on Twitter), a virtual discussion of social media trends and best practices.
Mac Liaw – CTO of BringShare.com
Mac Liaw is currently the CTO of BringShare.com and became known throughout the technology community when he entered The Ohio State University’s Masters Program in Computer Science at age 15, now has more than 20 years of professional experience as a master programmer and technical strategist to internet-based companies.
Prior to joining BringShare, Mac Liaw served as CTO for GoAntiques Network, an online retailer of antiques, collectibles, and estate items. He continued as CTO for WorthPoint when it acquired GoAntiques in 2008.
Additionally, Liaw has numerous accomplishments throughout his career including serving as a member of the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) development team that established HTTP and HTML, and he is still active in the development of the Linux Kernel, and the development of the Groovy and Haskell programming languages.
Sean Lane – Serial Entrepreneur and Investor
Sean Lane is an award winning entrepreneur and ’02 Miami University alumnus. Sean spent the first 6 years after graduation as an Air Force Intelligence Officer where he served four tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Since 2008, Sean has founded several technology companies in Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas. His first company, Battlefield Telecommunication Systems (BTS), based in Baltimore, MD has generated over $100M in revenue and employed over 100. BTS continues to build technology to support the military on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
Sean is the CEO and Chairman of BTS and a Founding Partner at OmniScience Technology Partners (OSTP), and early stage venture capital firm. Through his investments, Sean serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for CrossChx, Digital Harbor Real Estate Development, Betamore, and Lane Capital. Sean also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council.
In 2011, Sean was chosen as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Maryland Award winner and is now a competition judge. His company, BTS Software Solutions, was chosen as a Best Place to Work by Baltimore Magazine for 2011, 2012, and 2013.
David Geiger – Vice President, Business Development, CrossChx
Entrepreneur with a history of quickly generating profitable revenue streams at Startup, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Fortune 500 companies including Pfizer and Black & Decker. David specializes in building scalable customer acquisition and business development systems proven to grow sales pipelines, generate revenue and retain customers. David pioneered the concept and launch of ePAY Healthcare. David currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development at CrossChx.
CrossChx develops and deploys real-time behavioral intelligence solutions to prevent medical identity fraud. By scanning the patient’s fingerprint, CrossChx instantly verifies a patient’s identity and links the patient to their medical benefits so no one else can use them. The biometric technology protects the patient’s medical identity against fraud and efficiently enables access to personal health records across health systems.
We cannot wait to introduce our attendees to our incredible mentors and see what you can build together. See you Friday July 26, and if you haven’t bought your tickets already, do so here!