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Our Leadership

StartupBus is run by the alumni community. The community consists of people that have participated in the annual competition.

Alumni of the experience become Buspreneurs, which can then volunteer to become Producers the following competition, running all that is StartupBus.

When a Producer has successfully fundraised and produced a bus, they become a legendary... (wait for it...) Conductor (!!!) the moment they step upon their bus.

The best Conductors progress into director roles, under the appointment of the Board, and focus on driving strategic organizational functions at the continental and global level.

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Elias Bizannes

Founder

Elias Bizannes is an Australian entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley working on Utmost. He also founded StartupHouse, StartupBus, the Aussie Founders Network, and silicon beach.

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Mitch Neff

Executive Director

Mr. Mitch Neff serves as Vice President of Business Development at gr8code, llc. Mr. Neff skills include Digital media strategy, brand development/management, digital analytics and data analysis and product management. He has worked with the largest tech companies, sports brands and military agencies to improve digital strategies and deliver value from chaos.

The StartupBus North America 2018 Crew

Director

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Madelena Mak

National Director - 2018
Lead Conductor - 2017
Buspreneur - 2014

Madelena wants to take you to your next level. She is the founder and designer of MiniMap, and had previously designed Trillian, a chart-topping instant messenger, as well as ZocDoc and FindDoc. Numerous hackathon experiences aside, she was a finalist in StartupBus 2014 on the Northeast bus, and conducted the New York bus in 2017.

Conductors

A stunning photo of Ajay Desai

Ajay Desai

Conductor - 2018
Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Theresa Hines

Theresa Hines

Conductor - 2018
Conductor - 2017
Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Jalil Alchy

Jalil Alchy

Conductor - 2018

A stunning photo of Robert Blacklidge

Robert Blacklidge

Lead Conductor - 2018
Buspreneur - 2017

A stunning photo of Chris McElveen

Chris McElveen

Conductor - 2018

A stunning photo of Luis Raymundo Perea Kuri

Luis Raymundo Perea Kuri

Conductor - 2018

A stunning photo of Raúl González García

Raúl González García

Conductor - 2018

A stunning photo of Colleen Wong

Colleen Wong

Conductor - 2018
Buspreneur - 2017

A stunning photo of Colleen Lavin

Colleen Lavin

Conductor - 2018
Buspreneur - 2017

A stunning photo of Kristine Jennings

Kristine Jennings

Conductor - 2018
Buspreneur - 2014

A stunning photo of Roy Chan

Roy Chan

Conductor - 2018
Conductor - 2018

A stunning photo of Priya Jhingan

Priya Jhingan

Conductor - 2018

A stunning photo of Benjamin James Linville

Benjamin James Linville

Conductor - 2018

A stunning photo of Keit Kollo

Keit Kollo

Conductor - 2018
Mentor - 2016
Europe Director -

Mentors

A stunning photo of Nick Persico

Nick Persico

Mentor - 2018
Mentor - 2017

A stunning photo of Prateek Gupta

Prateek Gupta

Mentor - 2018
Mentor - 2017
Conductor - 2016
Board Member - 2016
Conductor - 2014

And also...

A stunning photo of Alice Ng

Alice Ng

Head of Event Production - 2018
Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Dave Steck

Dave Steck

Head of StartupBus TV - 2018
Buspreneur - 2016

A stunning photo of Akira Mitchell

Akira Mitchell

Production Manager - 2018

A stunning photo of Carl Shotwell

Carl Shotwell

Advisor - 2018
National Director - 2016
Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Will Yaworsky

Will Yaworsky

Advisor - 2018
National Director - 2017
Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Advisor - 2018
National Director - 2017
Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Jonathan Gottfried

Jonathan Gottfried

Judge - 2018
National Director - 2014
Conductor - 2013

A stunning photo of Andrew Pinzler

Andrew Pinzler

Judge - 2018
Director of Operations - 2014
Conductor - 2013

The StartupBus North America 2017 Crew

Directors

A stunning photo of Will Yaworsky

Will Yaworsky

Advisor - 2018
National Director - 2017
Conductor - 2016

Adding things to the internet one toaster at a time.

A stunning photo of Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Advisor - 2018
National Director - 2017
Conductor - 2016

Co-founded Wastebits on the 2012 StartupBus out of Las Vegas. Since then Wastebits as Ray have been especially dedicated to giving back to the community that started it all - StartupBus.

Conductors

A stunning photo of Madelena Mak

Madelena Mak

National Director - 2018
Lead Conductor - 2017
Buspreneur - 2014

A stunning photo of Ajay Desai

Ajay Desai

Conductor - 2018
Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Theresa Hines

Theresa Hines

Conductor - 2018
Conductor - 2017
Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Max Gaudin

Max Gaudin

Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Alyson Kilday

Alyson Kilday

Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Kyle McKee

Kyle McKee

Lead Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Ian Schwarber

Ian Schwarber

Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Katherine Martin

Katherine Martin

Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Kevin Mircovich

Kevin Mircovich

Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Brent Henderson

Brent Henderson

Conductor - 2017

A stunning photo of Arianna Pacheco

Arianna Pacheco

Conductor - 2017
Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Daniel Yubi

Daniel Yubi

Conductor - 2017
Conductor - 2016

Mentors

A stunning photo of Nick Persico

Nick Persico

Mentor - 2018
Mentor - 2017

A stunning photo of Prateek Gupta

Prateek Gupta

Mentor - 2018
Mentor - 2017
Conductor - 2016
Board Member - 2016
Conductor - 2014

The StartupBus North America 2016 Crew

Director

A stunning photo of Carl Shotwell

Carl Shotwell

Advisor - 2018
National Director - 2016
Conductor - 2015

Conductors

A stunning photo of Theresa Hines

Theresa Hines

Conductor - 2018
Conductor - 2017
Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Will Yaworsky

Will Yaworsky

Advisor - 2018
National Director - 2017
Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Advisor - 2018
National Director - 2017
Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Arianna Pacheco

Arianna Pacheco

Conductor - 2017
Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Daniel Yubi

Daniel Yubi

Conductor - 2017
Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Rui Da Costa

Rui Da Costa

Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Giovanni Barbieri

Giovanni Barbieri

Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Prateek Gupta

Prateek Gupta

Mentor - 2018
Mentor - 2017
Conductor - 2016
Board Member - 2016
Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Justin Davis

Justin Davis

Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Ashley Mooney

Ashley Mooney

Conductor - 2016
Buspreneur - 2014

A stunning photo of Donald Whyte

Donald Whyte

Conductor - 2016

A stunning photo of Laura Cartagena

Laura Cartagena

Conductor - 2016

Mentors

A stunning photo of Chris Bue

Chris Bue

Mentor - 2016
Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Christopher Laco

Christopher Laco

Mentor - 2016

A stunning photo of Gordon Schorr

Gordon Schorr

Mentor - 2016

A stunning photo of Bill Brister

Bill Brister

Mentor - 2016
Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Keit Kollo

Keit Kollo

Conductor - 2018
Mentor - 2016
Europe Director -

A stunning photo of Andrew Noonan

Andrew Noonan

Mentor - 2016

The StartupBus North America 2015 Crew

Directors

A stunning photo of Cole Worley

Cole Worley

National Director - 2015
Conductor - 2014

Head of Talent & 2015 Director of North America for StartupBus; Select Cars Co-Founder; 1Million Cups Organizer; CLE GiveCamp Volunteer; former expatriate; espresso enthusiast.

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Ricky Robinett

National Director - 2015
Conductor - 2014

I am a New York City based app developer focused on creating fun and entertaining apps. My apps have been used by hundreds of thousands of users and covered in multiple media outlets including CNN, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Mashable, VentureBeat and the Today Show.

Conductors

A stunning photo of Carl Shotwell

Carl Shotwell

Advisor - 2018
National Director - 2016
Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Chris Bue

Chris Bue

Mentor - 2016
Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Bill Brister

Bill Brister

Mentor - 2016
Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Jennifer Shaw

Jennifer Shaw

Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Edwin Rogers

Edwin Rogers

Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Benjamin Hernandez

Benjamin Hernandez

Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Paulina Arreola

Paulina Arreola

Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Shane Needham

Shane Needham

Conductor - 2015

A stunning photo of Ryan Sorfe

Ryan Sorfe

Conductor - 2015

The StartupBus North America 2014 Crew

Directors

A stunning photo of Jonathan Gottfried

Jonathan Gottfried

Judge - 2018
National Director - 2014
Conductor - 2013

A stunning photo of Andrew Pinzler

Andrew Pinzler

Judge - 2018
Director of Operations - 2014
Conductor - 2013

Conductors

A stunning photo of Alice Ng

Alice Ng

Head of Event Production - 2018
Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Prateek Gupta

Prateek Gupta

Mentor - 2018
Mentor - 2017
Conductor - 2016
Board Member - 2016
Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Cole Worley

Cole Worley

National Director - 2015
Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Ricky Robinett

Ricky Robinett

National Director - 2015
Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Tedd Fox

Tedd Fox

Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Marcello Schermer

Marcello Schermer

Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Lindsey Nickel-de la O

Lindsey Nickel-de la O

Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Taylor Wallace

Taylor Wallace

Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Will Mitchell

Will Mitchell

Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Steve Repetti

Steve Repetti

Board Member - 2015
Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Nate Cooper

Nate Cooper

Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Eme Morato

Eme Morato

Conductor - 2014

A stunning photo of Derina Man

Derina Man

Conductor - 2014
Director of Operations - 2013

The StartupBus North America 2013 Crew

Director

A stunning photo of Derina Man

Derina Man

Conductor - 2014
Director of Operations - 2013

Conductors

A stunning photo of Jonathan Gottfried

Jonathan Gottfried

Judge - 2018
National Director - 2014
Conductor - 2013

A stunning photo of Andrew Pinzler

Andrew Pinzler

Judge - 2018
Director of Operations - 2014
Conductor - 2013

The StartupBus North America 2012 Crew

Director

Conductor

A stunning photo of Mike Caprio

Mike Caprio

Conductor - 2012

The StartupBus North America 2011 Crew

Director

Conductor

A stunning photo of Justin Isaf

Justin Isaf

Conductor - 2011


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