Success! After nearly 3 full days of exciting activity, the 2013 Startup Weekend Madison event is now all wrapped up. […]
Mark McGuireCo-founder of Jellyfish.com, Alice.com, and Nextt | TwitterLinkedIn
Mark McGuire, is the President and co-founder of Nextt. Over the past 14 years, Mark has co-founded and helped lead three successful high-tech start-ups, two of which have already had successful exits that have generated over $75 million of shareholder value. Most recently, Mark co-founded Alice.com (2008), an online marketplace and platform for Consumer Packaged Goods. Under Mark’s leadership, Alice.com has become an innovative leader in the online CPG market, with hundreds of thousands of customers, relationships with over 300 CPG manufacturers, and operations in both the U.S. and Europe. Prior to Alice.com, Mark co-founded Jellyfish.com (2006). As President, Mark helped lead the company from conception to a private acquisition by Microsoft Corporation in less than two years. Mark’s first start-up, NameProtect.com (1997), was acquired 2007 by Corporation Services Company after carving out a successful and profitable position in the online brand protection and monitoring market. Mark holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin (BA with honors) and the University of Minnesota Law School (JD magna cum laude) and is a member of the Wisconsin Bar.
Alisa ToninatoFounder of FeLion Studios | Twitter
Wisconsin born sculptor & 2005 graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Alisa Toninato is the owner, designer & creator behind FeLion Studios LLC, located in Madison WI. FeLion Studios is a design / build sculpture studio specializing in cast iron art and cookware, commercial commissions & industrial manufacturing. Her credits leading up to the position at FeLion Studios include artist internship with public artist Jin Soo Kim, being lead thematic sculptor & fiberglass technician with Cost of Wisconsin building museum exhibits, and a 4-month residency at Franconia Sculpture Park in 2008.
Her pattern making and foundry work grew into the professional and commercial field through artistic mentorship and work experience inside Smith Foundry with artist and technician John Poole, founder of the Kohler Arts & Industry program. Further mentorship with the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network spawned new directions for her cast iron sculptures, including the iconic state pan series titled, “Made In America”, 2011.
Alisa has most recently showed her works in Manhattan’s Grand Central Station, New York, as an Honoree for Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards, 2012. Previous to this, her cast iron map had been presented in full on the Martha Stewart Show, April 2012.
Other group shows include the James Watrous Gallery, the Kohler Arts Center, Harley Davidson Museum, Brook Stevens Gallery, Soo Vac Gallery, Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham Alabama, AFA Gallery in Scranton, PA, Dowd Gallery in SUNY Cortland New York, and reaching the top 25 spot at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Monty SchmidtFounder of Sonic Foundry and wuntusk | LinkedIn
Only a few years after graduating with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Monty Schmidt Founded Sonic Foundry in 1991. Working alone in his apartment in downtown Madison he wrote the first 2 versions of the company’s flag ship product Sound Forge. For the next 10 years he served as the company’s president continuing to be crucial in the development of the company’s major audio/video products Sound Forge, CD Architect, ACID and Vegas. In 2003 after the company sold these products to Sony he became CTO to lead the development of the Mediasite product helping to take it from 0 revenue to over $20 million in 2011. In 2011 he left the company he founded to focus on the entrepreneurship community in Madison. He consults with startups in the Madison area and is involved in promoting makership to kids as early as middle school. An avid gamer since he was young, he relaxes by writing code, loading the latest MMORPG or playing live tournament poker.
Natasha VoraCo-Founder and CEO of Iristocracy.com | LinkedIn
Vora has experience as a small business owner, having owned a high-end furnishings store in Madison. She also has extensive knowledge in e-commerce, merchandising, supply-chain management and international sourcing from positions with Lands’ End and Rayovac Corporation. Currently Vora is a partner in the exclusive U.S. distributorship for ZIG Eyewear and is the co-founder and CEO of Iristocracy.com - an e-commerce start-up that will launch in Summer 2013. Iristocracy.com will offer a cutting-edge 3D virtual try-on technology to sell eyewear and coordinating fashion accessories. Vora is a serial entrepreneur with bachelor degrees from UW-Madison in French, Spanish and an emphasis in International Business.