I'm driven to lead, manage, and work on teams solving important problems with innovative solutions. I do this by combining strategic thought with disciplined action.
I am VP of Services at 120Waterhaving joined the company in 2018 in it's earliest formative stage. My resume offers a broader view of my professional background.
I created Basecamp in spectacular southwest Colorado as a personal and family getaway for play, rest, and recharge. I also see it as a fun change of work scenery as a work from camper (WFC). In doing so I wanted to allow others to use as their own getaway too so book away!
As an active participant within Indiana's entrepreneurial ecosystem (and a side hustle entrepreneur myself) I am deeply committed to helping founders who are building companies that are solving problems with innovative solutions. I do this through two organizations that I co-founded and founded respectively as well as pursuing my own side hustle startups in the fly fishing industry.
zWORKSentrepreneurial and coworking center is a nonprofit that I co-founded in 2015 and has become the Zionsville area's leading organization for supporting and catalyzing entrepreneurship. zWORKS has become a truly "notable node" in the Indiana entrepreneurial ecosystem as to date 28 startups have incubated and grown through zWORKS and collectively raised over $25M in angel and venture capital and created 100 jobs.
Stryde Ventures is my personal venture platform through which I focus exclusively on helping first-time founders in the pre-seed stage -- Indiana's next generation.
Catchflo is fly fishing footwear company I founded in 2021 that creates and sells limited edition artist designed fun fly fishing themed footwear. It is a fun and rewarding side hustle that is a quadruple intersection of my passions for fly fishing, business, product design...and yes, the expressive fun of footwear.
Catcha is a first of its kind fly fishing knowledge marketplace company that I co-founded in 2018. It is another fun and rewarding side hustle that is a triple intersection of my passion for fly fishing, recurring revenue digital businesses, and digital products.
In addition to zWORKS, Stryde, Catchflo, and Catcha, I co-founded a SaaS startup in home healthcare CRM space in the mid-2000's and have been a very early employee at a number of startups including 120Water.
I have also helped several founders go from the idea stage to creating and bringing their products to market, and I have advised a number of other early-stage founders directly as well through Gener8tor'sgBeta Indiana pre-accelerator program.
Supporting founders and their startups through seed investing in tech and tech-enabled companies is a passion and strategic business pursuit for me. I do this through Stryde Capitalwhich is an investment partnership I co-founded.
Additionally, along with my co-investing partner John Demaree, I am an LP in M25 Ventures'Fund III as part of our diversified strategy to invest throughout the Midwest in promising seed phase companies.
I also work to cultivate relationships with other early-stage investors throughout Indiana and the Midwest and connect founders to these sources of seed capital.