Brett Jurgens, CEO & Co-Founder of Notion, was inspired to create peace of mind for homeowners after receiving a call from Co-Founder & CTO, Ryan Margoles, who came home from work one day to find his dog spooked by a smoke alarm. During the call, Jurgens and Margoles resolved to create a smoke alarm that could send alerts to users anywhere. The two moved forward and conducted market research, which revealed that homeowners wanted to monitor other things…
Mark Tomasulo, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of PeakMed, returned home after practicing medicine in the military and wasn’t certain how to continue his career in healthcare. Outside of the military, Tomasulo saw insurance creating barriers for individuals to afford and access healthcare, which made it difficult for patients to access their primary care doctor and prevented primary care doctors from practicing to their full ability. In 2014, Tomasulo founded PeakMed to focus on primary care and bring back the patient-doctor relationship.
pril 4, 2018 (Denver, CO) – The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) announces Bonsai Design, headquartered in Grand Junction, as a new member of their network. BEN is funded by a $3 million gift from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to the State of Colorado and is administered by the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.
Joshua Hunt, Founder and CEO of TRELORA, has been in Real Estate long enough to understand the industry’s need for innovation. Since Hunt’s beginning as an agent in 1997, he held a wide variety of real estate roles ranging from Producing Agent to Franchise Owner and realized the real estate model was problematic for customers...
For Brian Beyer, Co-Founder and CEO of Red Canary, exposure to the inner works of businesses started at a young age. Beyer’s grandparents owned and operated nearly a dozen companies in the forestry, stone, and trucking industry. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue, Beyer built software for the intelligence community and satellite data processing systems and ran programs at a cybersecurity company.
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation had the opportunity to interview Janey Hubschman, President of Epicurean Butter, for their ongoing #WeAreEntrepreneurs series. If you like delicious, buttery food, read on!
When Scott Shatford, AirDNA Founder & CEO, was laid off from his desk job in 2012, he turned newfound free time into an opportunity for extensive travel throughout Asia. Instead of storing his belongings and renting out his desirable Santa Monica home, a neighbor suggested Shatford could list his property on Airbnb. This proved an ideal solution; renting out through Airbnb covered all of Shatford’s expenses in a matter of weeks. After returning home, Shatford focused on maximizing the effectiveness of Airbnb’s platform with his listing...
Andrew Fischer, Co-Founder and CEO of Choozle, knew there was growing demand for a more intuitive programmatic advertising platform: a system that allows users to buy advertising media using automated software. According to Zenith media, “The U.S. is the biggest programmatic ad market, worth $24 billion in 2016 and accounting for 62% of total global programmatic ad spend.” However, when Choozle began in 2012, programmatic advertising was a complicated process that required considerable technical knowledge and few knew how to use it. Andrew saw an opportunity to create an easier and more navigable platform with Choozle.
Matt Talbot, CEO of GoSpotCheck, initially had a different business model in mind when entering the Techstars Accelerator Program in 2011. As a new father, Matt wanted to create a Netflix-style rental model for maternity clothes, but quickly learned the idea wouldn’t scale. He took a step back to assess his team’s expertise in retail and the market, which led to the realization that there was an opportunity to create IoT-enabled retail software for field teams: an idea that would eventually become GoSpotCheck.
Before FullContact’s comprehensive contact management platform, Co-founder & CEO Bart Lorang had thousands of contacts in disarray. When he met his wife in grad school and saw her contacts in Outlook, he noticed each person was neatly organized with information ranging from birthdays, spouse names, anniversary dates, work addresses, and fax numbers. “… I thought, why doesn’t someone focus on this?” Bart said in an interview.