Scott Case

CEO, Startup America Partnership

Scott is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur and inventor, Scott was the founding CTO of Priceline.com, the "Name Your Own Price" Internet service. Prior to Priceline, Scott spent time at Walker Digital Invention Laboratory, where he helped build a portfolio of intellectual property and was named inventor on dozens of U.S. patents, including the underlying portfolio for priceline.com.

Steve Case

Chairman, Startup America Partnership

Steve is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life.

Gabe Cooper

Founder/President: Brushfire

Co-Founder: Shotzoom

Gabe has a passion for creating life changing products and helping organizations re-imagine how to reach their constituents through technology. After receiving his MBA from Arizona State University in 2002, Gabe moved into a technology leadership role as the VP of Software at the ADF, a large non-profit in Scottsdale, AZ. In 2006, Gabe became a founding member of Perk Software (later Brushfire and Shotzoom Software) and went on to build a series of highly successful digital properties in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

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Todd Davis

CEO, Lifelock

As the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Davis has committed the last five years to building an organization at the forefront of helping to combat identity theft crimes. His efforts have been recognized with numerous regional and national business, consumer, and leadership awards, including:

  • The 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for a Top Emerging Company
  • CRM Magazine's Service Elite Award
  • The Arizona Business Leadership Association's Leadership Award
  • Arizona Business Journal's 25 Most Admired CEOs in 2009

Brad Jannenga

Chairman, President & CTO at WebPT

Brad leads the vision of the company all aspects of technology, including development, systems and security. A veteran of the 90’s dot-com boom, Brad has held key roles in several successful technology companies. In 2009, the Arizona Republic named Brad one of the Top Entrepreneurs in Arizona.

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Heidi Jannenga

COO/Co-Founder, WebPT

Heidi has been a practicing physical therapist for over 15 years and continues to complete patient care daily in Tempe, Arizona, splitting her time between clinical practice and WebPT. Her PT specialties include extremity post surgical rehabilitation, ACL prevention programs, and sport specific training. She has completed certifications in Manual Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, Athletic Training and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Jamie Kantrowitz

Partner, Launchpad LA

Jamie is a long-time advisor and angel investor with vast experience founding, scaling, and operating both start-ups and large organizations globally, as well as a deep expertise connecting new technologies with brands, partners and new audiences. 

Most recently, Jamie co-founded LA-based Gobbler, a software company building simple but powerful cloud collaboration, organization and backup tools for media creators.  

From 2004-2009, Jamie held various senior roles at MySpace where she joined early in the company’s inception as the Head of Marketing and Content. She was responsible for launching MySpace’s music and social entertainment platform, and then moved to London to lead the international expansion of the company into 30 countries. For her work at MySpace, she was recognized as one of Billboard Magazine’s “30 under 30” list and was honored in Ad Age’s “Top 50 Marketers.”

Jamie initially found her passion for empowering people with new technology products through her experiences in both digital media and politics. In 2004, as the Digital Director at Rock the Vote, she led development of the web’s first web-based and mobile tools to drive over 1.2 million young people to register to vote. She also served as Deputy Finance Director for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during his 2002 gubernatorial bid. Throughout her career, Kantrowitz has continuously worked on digital product development for such brands as Vodafone, Polo Ralph Lauren, and SonyBMG.

Alan Lobock

Co-founder of SkyMall, Inc., the company whose merchandise catalog is available on most US commercial aircraft

Co-founder of Integrus Analytic Systems, LLC, which is developing a sophisticated SaaS application to address pre-money valuations

Co-founder and Chairman of Convrrt, Inc., an SaaS startup focused on quick and economical landing page creation and optimization to improve conversion of leads into sales

Founder of an Internet marketing company that selects products meeting its criteria to offer via e-commerce & otherwise on a revenue-sharing basis with the product supplier

Managing member of an Arizona-based investment firm focusing on acquiring the rights to commercialize IP dormant within Fortune 1000 companies

Clate Mask

CEO and Co-Founder, Infusionsoft

Infusionsoft is the leading all-in-one sales and marketing software built for small businesses.

I love building small businesses. I went to law school and business school, but I couldn't get excited about going to work for a big consulting or law firm. Small business growth is what I love. I get to do that every day at Infusionsoft... helping OUR business grow by helping tens of thousands of entrepreneurs grow their businesses using our marketing and sales software.

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Hamid Shojaee

Founder, Axosoft

Founder, AZTechBeat

Axosoft is a software company in Scottsdale, Arizona that provides software development tools to thousands of companies worldwide. Hamid has been an active member of Arizona’s entrepreneur community, helping create AZ Disruptors, a software incubator, and AZ Tech Beat, Arizona’s tech news source. He is also an angel investor in several software startups and one of the recipients of Phoenix Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in Arizona.

Tom Smith

Speaker: Tom  Smith

Co-Founder, Taser International

Founder, SetJet

Smith co-founded the company with his brother, Rick, in 1993. They have grown the business to more than $100 million in revenue, primarily selling their electronic stun guns and other equipment to law enforcement and military agencies.

Tom's latest venture, SetJet, Set Jet is a Membership based social network platform, available exclusively for its security pre-screened and approved Members. Membership is exclusive and available to a limited number of approved members in each city.

Justin Talbot Stern

CEO/Founder, B2GNow

B2Gnow (“B2G” = Business-to-Government) provides software to city, state and local governments to track participation of small businesses in their contracting programs and ensure their compliance with complex Federal, state, and local laws. Organizations are able to measure and assess the impact of small business programs in their communities, thereby quantifying the creation of local jobs and wealth through tax-funded projects.

Justin was originally trained as an aeronautical engineer, attended MIT, and worked at NASA, but found his true calling as an entrepreneur and headed West in the dot com gold rush of the late 1990s to start a business with like-minded friends. They dreamed of success, but every version of the business they tried failed to gain traction. Then something beautiful happened – the first paying customer. The company’s new public sector product rapidly gained traction with governments across the country, with accelerating revenues qualifying it for a place on the Inc5000 list in 2013.

Due to his experience with B2Gnow, Justin is a big believer in “enterprise” and loves to trash-talk the consumer space. He views education and mentoring as important building blocks of business success, supporting Phoenix technology entrepreneurs by co-coordinating StartupWeekend events at Co-Hoots and Thunderbird School.

Our Hosts / Organizers

Here are the fine folks who made this event possible

Scott Cate

CTO and Co-founder, EventDay

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona. EventDay is an Online Event Management product, used to manage in person events, sponsors, speakers, and attendees.  Scott has been recognized by Microsoft for over 10 years as an MVP (most valuable professional) and titled a Microsoft Regional Director.

With Events, Public Speaking, and Technology as a passion, it's easy to see where EventDay was born.

NOTE: Check out the footer of this site. EventDay is powering the Summit!

Isha Cogborn

Founder, Epiphany Institute

Isha believes that work doesn’t HAVE to be a four-letter word.  That’s why she launched Epiphany Institute, an national support group for entrepreneurs. Epiphany Institute specializes in helping people transition from employment to entrepreneurship with the talents and expertise they already possess. She’s been featured in media outlets across the globe, including Cosmopolitan.com, Ebony Magazine and ABC TV and is the author of the book, 5 Rules to Win in the Business of Being You.

Courtney Klein Johnson

Co-founder, SEED SPOT

Courtney is an Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University where she received her undergraduate and master’s degree in Nonprofit Management.

Previously, Courtney served as the Co-Founder & CEO of New Global Citizens, the result of a nonprofit organization she launched in her senior year of college on a $1,000 seed grant with a mission to educate, empower, and invest in young people to change the world. New Global Citizens now serves youth in 14 states across the country and works with grassroots partners in over 30 countries around the world. Additionally, Courtney worked as the Director of Strategic Planning & Development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

In 2011, Courtney was recognized by Splashlife Magazine as one of the nation’s top 30 Civic Leaders under the age of 30. In 2009, Courtney was named “One of 12 Women Who Move the Valley” by Arizona Foothills Magazine. In 2008, Courtney received the first Athena Award for young professionals, and was honored by bizAZ as one of “35 Entrepreneurs under 35”.  In 2007 she was named one of “20 Woman to Change Arizona by 2020” by Arizona Woman Magazine and the Arizona Republic. In 2006, Courtney was profiled in the Arizona Republic as one of Arizona’s most intriguing Chief Executives, highlighted as one of the six to watch. Additionally, she was honored by the Phoenix Business Journal’s Power Book as a “Power Generation Up-and-Coming Leader.” In 2005, Courtney was honored as a Hon Kachina Honoree and in 2002 was named Woman of the Year by the Diocese of Phoenix.

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Scott Mitchell

Co-Founder: LoopLogic and EventDay

Scott is a technologist with a couple of patents that helped to launch his first startup.

Co-Founded LoopLogic (trackable video and documents); EventDay (all-in-one online and mobile event management); and OCEG (40,000-member nonprofit).

Featured in the Wall Street Journal, and Institutional Investor as a business leader; and recognized for his work in corporate governance by Business Finance, Treasury and Risk, and Directorship magazines. Angel investor with exits to NCSOFT, DHX Media, SkillSoft, and SonicWALL/Dell.

Scott also serves on nonprofit boards of Children's Museum of Phoenix and Walk with a Doc.

Chris Petroff

Co-Founder, SEED SPOT

Chris is an Arizona native and graduate of Northern Arizona University where he received his undergraduate degree in Business Management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. Additionally, he has a Certificate in Global Leadership & Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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James Poplawski

Speaker: James  Poplawski

Advisor, IQzone

Board Member, TOMCAR

Managing Member, Arcapita

Investor: WebPT, Limos.com, Etoro.com, Stocktwits, FirstBest, EquipRent

James has been involved in real estate asset management for over 12 years. He has managed more than $300 million in real estate assets of all property types including hotels, office, retail and multifamily properties. He's has held various positions with the RTC, JER Partners and the Archon Group, an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

James held the positions of Founder and President of Resort Development Group, which managed and marketed five resort properties totaling more than 500 units located in two different states.

He was the Co-CEO and Founder of Cable Shopping Network, a subscription-based multichannel retailer which has an annual revenue of $70 million and employs a staff of approximately 100 people.

James was also the Managing Director of Canal Partners that provides professional investor capital to technology companies.