MC Head Shot - colorMichael Coates
Michael’s background as a business and M&A consultant, business broker and entrepreneur has dominated his professional background. As the Organizer of Startup Weekend Portland (Oregon), he helped jolt the startup scene in the community. A mentor and advisor, he spends much of his time counseling fledgling companies in the Startup Your Startup program offered at Portland’s NedSpace. In addition, he was the Organizer for the first Portland Startup Riot. Currently, he is in negotiations with teams to begin his next startup company.
John FriessJohn Friess
John Friess is focused on the process of founding and building the marketability, viability and exit ability of idea and emerging stage companies. The current company that he and his team are building towards a positive exit is Journey Gym. Before co-founding Journey Gym, he co-founded wired.MD, StarveUps, and was a Marketing Agent who helped with the launch of a venture backed online convenience delivery service for food and household goods.
Founder of TenX.orgCarolynn Duncan
Carolynn Duncan is the founder/CEO of, a business education company which helps emerging entrepreneurs and business owners sharpen their business skills and as a result, exceed the $100K and $1MM revenue milestones: under Carolynn’s direction, TenX alumni have generated more than $20MM in revenues and funding since 2009. Prior to TenX, Carolynn was affiliated with EPIC Ventures, a Salt Lake City-based venture capital firm, developed an entrepreneurial finance program and ran LivePitch events for FundingUniverse (now Lendio), assisted in launching the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center in partnership with BYU-Idaho and EPIC Ventures, founded the Hundred Dollar Business
Grimes Bio photoMark Grimes
Mark Grimes is a social entrepreneur and angel investor who has started each of his businesses over the last 20 years with cash on hand, no business plan and all have been profitable within 90 days. Founder of Eyescream Interactive an advertising agency with clients such as P&G, Nextel, Disney, and The agency was one of the top 20 interactive advertising agencies according to Adweek magazine and annual billings over 7.1 million dollars. Current businesses include NedSpace co-working for startups, innovative tech companies, and social entrepreneurs; and Maker Faire Africa a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation, invention and social entrepreneurship.
Thubten Comerford
Acknowledged by Business Insider as one of the best connected entrepreneurs in the world, Thubten is a seasoned entrepreneur who actively mentors startup founders in Portland, Oregon, and across North America. He has interviewed hundreds of startup founders for his blog, Startup Weekly, which he has published since 2010. Thubten also co-hosts The Startup Show.
Max Holfert Max Holfert
Max is a microfinance loan officer and business support specialist at Mercy Corps Northwest. After growing up in Kodiak Alaska and working as a commercial fisherman in the summers through his pre-med degree, he opted for work as a commercial crab fisherman over med school to fund his entrepreneurial instincts. He flipped a house and invested the profits into starting an energy efficiency focused construction business, which he ran for 5+ years. As his business grew, Max sought to have a deeper societal impact, decided to pursue a MBA to help build a career that could more responsibly direct the flow of resources in society. He then came back to Portland and cut his teeth on business credit at a Commercial Bank, which led to the opportunity to serve as a microfinance loan officer and business support specialist at Mercy Corps Northwest.
jerry-carletonJerry Carleton
Jerry, founder and principal of the Immix Law Group, is a corporate and securities attorney who counsels private emerging and growth-stage companies on corporate, finance and securities issues. Known as the entrepreneur’s attorney, Jerry’s resume includes Co-Founder of Keen Healthcare, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Incight Foundation, and Founder and Chairman of the Board for the Hope Squared Foundation. He sits on a variety of non-profit boards throughout Oregon.

robert-scottRobert Scott
Robert is an Attorney at Immix Law Group where he primarily assists clients in the areas of entity selection and formation; securities compliance; corporate governance; intellectual property; angel, venture, and commercial financing; and general business advising. Robert is entrepreneurial by nature and is heavily involved (in varying capacities) in several local startups currently. He has practical experience in diverse industries including arts and entertainment, food and beverage, retail, hospitality, and winery production and operations.

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