After working as the Program Director at 504ward for about a year, Jessica was promoted to Executive Director of the collaborative initiative designed to retain the young talent of New Orleans. On LinkedIn.504ward on Twitter.
Jimmy is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the New Orleans Startup Fund in addition to working as a consultant at MakeBuzz, LLC. He specializes in starting up small tech firms and taking them through the initial few rounds of venture capital. Jimmy is experienced on both the business/finance side and the technology side. On LinkedIn.
Joe is the Lead Developer at Squarefour Digital Media, a New Orleans based web development firm specializing in building niche websites and rich internet applications. He is influential in the New Orleans developer community with a big hand in RubyBayou, HackDat code competition, and the RubyConf #ampblock party. He is also a developer at Audiosocket. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
Along with fellow Tulane graduate Brendan Finke, Joe founded ChapterSpot to solve the problems of group management. ChapterSpot’s online application allows groups (initially fraternities and sororities) to communicate efficiently, collect membership dues, share important files, maintain a member database and design a website all on one platform. He is also a driving force behind NOLA Meetup. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
Joe is a managing partner at 504ensics Labs. His company, while only a year and a half old, has already hired several full time people and regularly subcontracts with local information security specialists to fulfill specialized client needs. He is also one of the co-organizers of the monthly NolaSec meetings. Joe was also a co-organizer of the first annual BSidesNOLA conference that was held in 2013 during Memorial Day weekend. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
Dr. John Elstrott is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Emeritus Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association. He is an active entrepreneur in the venture capital, wetlands mitigation banking, pharmaceutical, financial services, medical and functional food, and authentic herbal remedy industries. Dr. Elstrott is well known for his conscious capitalism courses and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Whole Foods Market. Dr. Elstrott is also the Executive Director of the management consulting firm, EMH Strategy and serves as the Investment Committee Chair for the New Orleans Startup Fund. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
John is making a name for himself in the New Orleans startup scene through his company, Operation Spark, which teaches local kids how to code and gives them the skills needed to enter into the workforce and do great things. Prior to launching the company in 2013, he was a developer at companies such as Behaviour Interactive and Ludia. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
John is the Executive Director of CoHabitat Shreveport with a social IQ higher than many. Some even call him a social guru because of his knack for creative energy he keeps flowing through the co-working space that was created for developers, creatives and entrepreneurs. Grindley also works at Network Foundation Technologies and has previously worked at the Robinson Film Center.On LinkedIn.
Jon serves as a managing director for South Coast Capital Management and fund executive for South Coast Angel Fund II in New Orleans. Jon manages day to day operations of the fund and is responsible for pipeline development, coordination of due diligence, and negotiation and closing of investment opportunities. He is also an adjunct professor of Finance at Tulane University. On LinkedIn.
Kenneth is the founder and CEO of iSeatz, a company providing integrated transaction and booking engines to travel providers worldwide. Their customer lists includes Air Canada, Amtrak, CitiBank, Delta Air Lines, KLM, MasterCard and Northwest Airlines. iSeatz continues to grow and prosper with a team of over 50 employees. Outside of his day job, Ken is a mentor for Launch Pad Ignitionandblogs on the iSeatz website. On LinkedIn.