Dream Big. But are you thinking big enough? From humble beginnings to a couple funding rounds in, many founders fear stagnation at each new level. With 9 out of 10 ventures failing, you’ll need more than just a great idea, website, MVP and a few customers.
Learn how Founders can prevent startup stagnation by reframing their perceptions! Thinking bigger and smarter about execution challenges, investment & capital needs, talent management, and relationship skills will create a greater chance to sustainably thrive. Join the conversation.
About the Speakers
Tyler Scriven is an entrepreneur, early-stage technology investor and Managing Director of Techstars Atlanta, one of the world’s leading venture accelerators. Techstars companies have raised more than three billion dollars in venture capital since completing the accelerator. Prior to launching Techstars Atlanta, Tyler was a member of the executive team at Palantir Technologies, where he served as Chief of Staff and Head of Operations. During his nearly six years at Palantir, he was broadly engaged in scaling the operations of the business from 100 to nearly 2,000 employees and saw the company grow to become one of the most valuable in Silicon Valley.Tyler co-founded ThinAir Labs, a Y-Combinator-backed data security company. He is also the President of one of the leading African-American hair care products companies in the U.S.
Tyler began his career with J.P. Morgan and worked in the fields of private equity and investment banking. He is an active angel investor and advises several startups, including Grab, AlphaFlow, Landed, MyLumper and Storj. He received a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Economics from The University of Virginia. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and young son.
Rachel Orston, CEO of UserIQ, is a customer success pioneer with deep experience launching and marketing new products for some of the world’s most recognizable technology brands including Microsoft, Sony and IBM. Her experience includes driving customer success and SaaS growth across IBM’s global SaaS portfolio. Today, Rachel leads UserIQ in helping companies foster growth and deepen customer engagement.
Rachel is passionate about mentoring and growing strong leaders. She enjoys sharing her start-up lessons learned and mentoring other aspiring entrepreneurs in the areas of customer development, product-market fit and fundraising. She serves as an advisor to TiE Youth Entrepreneurs as well as Points of Light Civic Incubator.
Guillermo Sohnlein is a serial entrepreneur with almost 20 years’ experience launching 7 for-profit ventures and 3 non-profits in technology innovation, space commercialization, and ocean exploration.
He is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Blue Marble Exploration, an exploration-focused media company. Most recently, he was Co-Founder and CEO/COO of OceanGate, a Seattle-based venture that designs, builds, and operates manned submersibles for commercial, government, and nonprofit customers. He was also Co-Founder and CEO of Atlanta-based Ansible Space Communications Systems (merged with RBC Signals), which provided communications “infrastructure-as-a-service” to satellite operators, as well as Founder of Space Angels Network, a global group of individual accredited investors focused on early-stage aerospace ventures. He started his entrepreneurial career in Silicon Valley as Co-Founder and CEO/COO of Milo, a speech recognition technology venture that was acquired by Voxeo (subsequently acquired by Aspect Communications).
Beyond his various business ventures, Guillermo is also an ocean explorer, expedition leader, and submersible pilot. A former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he earned his A.B. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.
Anand Thaker is a 15 year veteran in marketing technology and growth strategy. His expertise includes sales enablement, marketing operations, data-analytics management, intelligent systems and deep knowledge in the energy and financial industries. He founded IntelliPhi to research, develop and advance human and digital decision-making in an increasingly dynamic marketplace, big data and use of intelligent solutions.
His experience spans high-growth startups concentrated in MarTech, consulting and enterprise firms such as Siemens, Silverpop/IBM, Microsoft, Blackstone, Capgemini, GTRI, Salesforce.com, Fidelity, NYSE, and Ebay. Anand also serves as a liaison and subject matter expert to VC, strategic investors, executives, and analysts on MarTech. He also is an active investor, advisor and has a knack for identifying rising sales and marketing talent.
In addition to advocating the Atlanta startup ecosystem, Anand has worked with the team at Atlanta Tech Village to build a reimagined mentor/advisor program. The mission is to reimagine and change social proof on mentor relationships for high-potential, high-growth entrepreneurs and innovators.