Crunch Time: Startup Weekend Sundays


Today is the last day of Startup Weekend Jackson 2013! Teams have made leaps, bounds, and strides towards their final presentations for this afternoon in front of a panel of experienced judges. Our judges range in expertises across the entrepreneurial and business field, they boast startups of their own and have seen the ins and outs of the operations of corporations and small companies. We cannot wait for their feedback and the question and answer portion of the presentations today at five. It definitely will be an event you shouldn’t miss!

Our judges:

1. Bruce Deer – President & CEO Neopolis Technologies

Visionary and progressive executive for companies with national and international operations with a focus on emerging business opportunities. Extensive experience in strategic planning, business development, product development, technical operations, engineering, software and systems development, management consulting, and development of consumer products and services.

2. Nathan McNeill – Chief Strategy Officer at Bomgar Corporation

McNeill co-founded Bomgar in 2003 when he was 22 and is responsible for aligning Bomgar’s long-term product strategy with the needs of Bomgar’s over 5,000 customers. He interacts closely with this growing customer base to communicate Bomgar’s future plans and gather real-world feedback. McNeill is active as an evangelist for the remote support market and speaks at many Bomgar and industry events, including TSIA, HDI, Service Desk and IT Support Show, and CIO Synergy.

3. Ashby Foote – CEO, Vector Money Management

A native of Jackson, MS, Ashby received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy in 1974. Ashby served as an Artillery Officer in the Army until exiting the service in 1980 as a Captain. He then returned to Jackson to work as a retail securities broker with the firm of McLarty & Duddleston. In 1984, he left the firm to be the Trust Officer at Sunburst Bank. During his four year tenure with Sunburst, Pensions & Investment Age\’s Performance & Evaluation Report ranked the Sunburst Fixed Income Fund first for the 12 month period, second for the 36 month period, and third for the 60 month period ending September 30, 1987, from a universe of over 300 banks and investment companies tracked by the magazine. In 1988, Ashby founded Vector Money Management and has served as President and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) since. As CIO, Ashby is responsible for formulating investment strategy, portfolio management, and asset allocation – managing the investment portfolios of individuals, foundations and institutions. Currently, Ashby serves on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Technology Alliance, the Institute of Technology Development, and the MBFC-CDE. In the past, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation and the Mississippi Development Bank.