By: Josh Wilson
“Caesar A. Medel, was born and raised in the Central Florida area. Growing up in Winter Park, FL and attending Lake Howell High School, provided him the initial community and foundation that would later change his life entirely. Early on, he became a successful Mortgage Broker, that lead him down the entrepreneurial path. Having had started/sold businesses, he quickly mastered the lifestyle of a serial entrepreneur. In 2015, he started his Web Development agency focused on creating websites and apps for local businesses. Caesar is a self-taught leader and businessman, with a 21st-century progressiveness. As an experienced, creative CEO, I am passionate about creating beautiful simple and easy-to use consumer experiences. I also love to bring talented people together to form exceptional teams and to learn from each other. What motivates me is creating products that are enjoyed by millions of people and that positively impact a generation. Changing the education landscape is both my dream and goal.”
“Raised as a Florida native and brought up through the public school system, Alfonso Morales was always eager to make an impact. Maintaining top ranking positions through the JROTC program at Cypress Bay High School, he was responsible for the operations of the program and its population of cadets. No stranger to technology and the development of businesses, he was instrumental in the inception of multiple companies in the field of augmented reality, web development and app development. Serving as CTO and COO for said companies with a derived focus on organization, scalability, and technology he quickly married this passion with another, education. Alfonso spent time working at multiple public schools with a variety of educators and students. In doing so, he was engaged in the struggles that many educators and students face on a daily basis, leading him to work towards a solution.”
About the company: Leap With Alice
Orchestrating a revolution of the outdated education system, Leap With Alice presents a platform and an exchange with the capacity to create, buy, and sell enhanced educational content. Through the use of Augmented Reality, we bring old forms of education to life. Pairing AR with Blockchain technology, LWA incentivizes the creation of quality content in a secure ecosystem where each user’s content, data, and funds are safely stored. Simple drag-and-drop tools and templates present teachers the resources needed to generate interactive content that increases engagement, resulting in a higher level of education. Leap With Alice, an Ed-Tech tool that transforms the classroom from a work environment to an immersive experience where teachers and students can mutually thrive.
Here is how to connect with Leap With Alice:
By: Josh Wilson
Gordon is a 24-year-old Orlando Native. He graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a degree in Economics, minor in Psychology, and a certificate of competency for the application of unmanned air systems within emergency management.
He founded Archer First Response Systems at the beginning of 2014 during his sophomore year. Archer First Response Systems was accepted into FSU’s Business Incubator called the InNOLEvation center. While in the incubator Gordon was awarded the Geneva Grant for technological innovation. He has been building and Flying Multi-rotor SUAS since 2013 and is passionate about their positive integration into society to solve big, life-threatening problems. When he is not working on Archer, Gordon enjoys sailing, wakeboarding/surfing, and skateboarding.
Here is how to connect with Gordon Folkes:
By: Josh Wilson
Ed is a technology business guy turned lawyer. He’s written software, designed circuits, and worked as a product marketing manager, and has been a business lawyer for the past 24 years. Because of his experience inside technology businesses, he’s been representing entrepreneurs since he became a lawyer. In that role he’s has seen the good, the bad and the ugly in high growth venture backed companies, as well as closely held multi-owner businesses in general. Ed has successfully completed equity capital transactions, co-founder agreement arrangements, growth acquisitions, and exits.
As the founder of Alexander Abramson, PLLC (formerly Entrepreneurship Law Firm), in Orlando, Florida, Ed has represented closely held businesses and professionals in corporate, business, and commercial law, securities, technology and intellectual property licensing, and corporate finance. Since becoming a lawyer in 1993, he has been primary counsel to clients for business acquisitions and sales, financing transactions, technology licensing and intellectual property assets, creation of partnership agreements, LLC operating agreements, shareholder agreements, employment agreements, and stock-option plans. He is admitted to practice law in both Florida and New York.
Ed is the author of two books: The Guide to Selling Your Florida Law Practice (2018), and10 Common and Costly Business Killing Legal Mistakes and How to Avoid Them: A Business Law Bible for Entrepreneurs (2010). Ed is also a Florida licensed business broker and a shareholder of Fitzgibbon Alexander, Inc., a Central Florida consulting, business valuation, and business brokerage firm.
Prior to attending law school, Ed held technical and business positions with technology companies, including with a pacemaker manufacturer, custom integrated circuit manufacturer and laser bar code manufacturer. He has been part of teams that coded software and designed hardware for the first generation of defibrillator pacemakers, as well as custom analog and digital integrated circuits used in, among other applications, automobiles and hearing aids. In 1995, Ed was awarded U.S. Patent, No. 5,468,952, for his 1992 invention of a combined miniature high-speed scanner and portable handheld computer.
Ed is the 2018 Chair of the Small Business Resource Network of the University of Central Florida Small Business Development Center, has taught New Venture Finance as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Central Florida (School of Business), and was 2007 Chairman of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce. He volunteers with the Orange County Legal Aid Society as a guardian ad-litem for abused and neglected children. In 2014, Ed was awarded the Orange County Legal Aid Society Distinguished Service Award for his long term dedicated services to the Central Florida community and contribution of time and professional skills. Ed’s passions include mountain and road biking, kayaking, and backpacking.
Here is how to connect with Ed
By: Josh Wilson
Brett Burky is part of the team at Paperstac.com – Paperstac is an online marketplace for home loans in the $260 billion non-performing mortgage space. Brett has been in the marketing industry running traffic for over a decade. To learn more about Brett find him on Linkedin.
I drive the ROI and growth for paperstac using cutting-edge marketing and growth hacking tactics.
I manage and handle traffic generation and customer retention through paid media, social media, SEO, marketing automation, CRM systems to conferences to cold emails and cold calls.
Basically, if there is a traction channel, bet we’re testing it out.
We do demos of the software every Wednesday, learn more @ https://blog.paperstac.com/weekly-webinars
By: Josh Wilson
Julian Correa is a Colombian American entrepreneur and a graduate of the University of Central Florida. He currently serves as President and CEO of Knightspeed Moving, a full-service moving and transportation company. Julian recently received the State of Florida’s Young Entrepreneur award from Florida Governor Rick Scott.
He graduated from the University of Central Florida College of Business with a degree in Finance and interned with Lockheed Martin while in school. During his junior year, he participated in UCF’s Blackstone Launchpad, where Knightspeed was a finalist in the College of Business’ annual business plan competition. Knightspeed Moving, est. 2013, was originally founded to solve the problem of the massive amount of students at UCF who needed moving help, with no available solution. Due to a reputation for exceptional attention to the customer, the company evolved into a full service, door-to-door moving company. Knightspeed now serves a wide range of clients across the state of Florida, from families to corporate relocations.
By: Josh Wilson
George Rosen is the CFO of Contango Investments, Inc. and the Managing Member of Florida Business Valuations, LLC. He has extensive experience (25-years) in small business sales, mergers and acquisitions and has valued and sold hundreds of privately held companies. He holds an active Florida Real Estate Brokers License, is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, Appraisal Institute, and Business Brokers of Florida.
In addition to his role with Florida Business Valuations, George is the Director of Business for Sale Florida, a business brokerage company. On a personal note, My wife (Cathye) is the most wonderful Mom to Scott, our autistic son. Her drive to enable him to achieve his full potential, unwavering dedication and her indefatigable commitment is the epitome of perfect love. We are lucky to have the support of many professionals through the Orange County Public Schools, Glenridge Middle School, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and our extended family and friends.
By: Josh Wilson
Britt Kane is a technology entrepreneur, based in Orlando Florida, who focuses on disruptive low-cost technology solutions for large-scale mission and business critical operations. Britt has been part of several leading-edge innovation companies throughout his career, including Bell Laboratories and Martin Marietta Laboratories; he also holds numerous patents, inventions, and publications for mobile smart device applications, digital communications, signals intelligence and various RF transceiver technologies. Britt is currently the co-founder and CEO of Intrepid Networks, where his talented team creates mobile embedded software and hardware platforms that allow operators government and commercial organization to easily communicate, coordinate and collaborate.
INTREPID NETWORKS MISSION
Our mission is to provide critical operational support to both government and commercial organizations so that team members can instantaneously communicate, collaborate, and coordinate their operations utilizing low cost, easy-to-use and simple to deploy web and mobile applications. The Intrepid Suite empowers your organization to eliminate mistakes and enhance processes to perform at the highest operational potential
By: Josh Wilson
In this episode, David and I interview Dennis Pape at Catalyst Spaces at their location in downtown Orlando. Dennis gives us his insights into startup funding and the entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Orlando. He is the founder of VentureScaleUp and the Managing Director of Catalyst Spaces. My primary expertise is in advising and directing new venture business, technology, and product development. I have strong technical, communication, organizational, and business skills with technical expertise in optics, photonics, optical networks, acoustics, electronics, communications, and medical devices. I have authored or coauthored numerous business plans and investor presentations that have resulted in over $200M in institutional venture capital funding. I have hands-on experience as both a CEO and CTO during a new ventures’ formative stage. I was a key player in a number of corporate technology spin-outs while I was at Milcom Technologies, a venture capital-backed corporate technology commercialization firm in Orlando, Florida.
Here is more information about Dennis
Prior to joining Milcom, I founded and was President of Photonic Systems Incorporated (PSI) in Melbourne, Florida. This firm specialized in the development of optical information processing technology products for both government and commercial customers. I secured venture capital funding for the firm and was responsible for the firm’s technical leadership position in its field, which resulted in the award of over $7 Million of government research and development contracts which he managed. Before founding PSI, I worked as a Group Leader at Harris Corporation and as a Member of the Technical Staff at Texas Instruments. I am a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of UTEK Corporation. I was previously an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Central Florida Technology Incubator. I am a member of AUTM, IEEE, SPIE, and OSA. I ams the coeditor of a book, the author of 3 book chapters and some 50 publications, and was the organizer of numerous national and international conferences in the field of optical information processing.
I earned an A.B. in Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Duke University.
Specialties: My firm, AlphaLaunch, is a leading consulting group providing technology startup launch services. We are technology entrepreneurs with business experience. We are focused on providing your startup or early-stage technology business with the tools it needs to get noticed and funded
By: Josh Wilson
Rupert Meghnot started his first business at 20, and is still going strong. Originally a poli sci major, he has an M.B.A. from Rollins, and patents in consumer electronics, motion simulation, and virtual reality. He taught at UCF (Entertainment Technology at Rosen College) and Full Sail (Project Management in their Game Design Masters program), the former students of which are now managing $2+ billion in game IP.
Having consulted 350+ high-tech startups in the areas of project management, product development, strategic & market planning, and capital acquisition, he’s now incubating game startups via Burnout Game Ventures, LLC. Called a “venturator”, BGV is more than an incubator/accelerator/publisher. They provide startup Clients with all the people, resources, processes and motivation to create quality products fast.
With more than 450 people in their Talent Pool, 95 of whom are working on 9 projects for six startups, they have 38 game releases scheduled over the next 24 months, and have already begun ROI payments to investors. His goal is to help make Orlando the “engine” of the $110 billion game industry, creating 50 companies and 500 high paying, high-tech jobs in the process. In addition to his role at Burnout Game Ventures,
Rupert is also a mentor for entrepreneurs at Starter Studio and through his “meal with a mentor” initiative. He was previously a co-organizer of Orlando’s 1 Million Cups, a program to foster entrepreneurship in local communities developed by the Kaufman Foundation. During this role he was tasked with identifying, reviewing, mentoring and selecting startups for presentation at their weekly “Guppy Tank”. During this position he also focused on raising the awareness of the 1 Million Cups event and brand, to attract entrepreneurs, investors and service providers to each event
Burnout Game Ventures
◊ “BiT Evolution” – Major Games, Inc. (BGV Client Partner) – 2D retro-platformer on Steam (PC, Mac & Linux)
◊ “Chopper Assault!”™ – Simulation Entertainment Group, Inc. – First person helicopter shooter for full-motion video game (simulator) of same name (PC)
◊ “Ardent Dawn” – Faerie Fire Studios (Global Game Jam 2014)
◊ “AMazeD” – Incidental Vector Studios (Global Game Jam 2014)
◊ “Duncan’s Knight” – Krooked Mimes Studios (Global Game Jam 2014)
◊ “Victim 146” – Sour Foot Games (Global Game Jam 2014)
◊ “VRtifact” – Burnout Studios (Global Game Jam 2015)
◊ “DESTROIDS” – Burnout Studios (Indie Galactic Space Jam 2015 – Microsoft Kinect Challenge Winner)