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Ryan Rutan
Ryan Rutan
Founding Partner

Ryan Rutan has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and readily gave up searching for the cure long ago. Most recently as a founding partner in Fundable, and creator of his consulting practice, Ryan has had the pleasure of working with and managing teams that have consulted over 1000 startup companies as they prepare to seek funding for seed, or growth capital initiatives.

His entrepreneurial experience spans technology, consumer facing web, market research and the SMB sectors – with exits in each. It also spans three continents and many more countries. Ryan has consulted for Google, WPP, L’Oreal, Samsung, Staples, IMS Health, Nationwide Insurance, The Ohio State University, and beyond.

Fundable is the creation of a group of serial startup founders who have collectively raised funding from dozens of angel investors and venture capitalists. They understand the challenges you face as you create a business, and the Fundable team are happy to offer their personal expertise to all clients looking to crowdfund. What separates Fundable from other crowdfunding platforms?



Del Heles
Del Heles
Computer Market Research

Del Heles founded Computer Market Research in 1984. With over 30 years of providing channel services to companies like Acer America, Samsung and Fujitsu, Del is unparalleled in his knowledge and expertise in the industry. His passion and dedication to helping channel businesses proves to be an invaluable resource to building a successful channel strategy.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, Computer Market Research, Ltd. (CMR) delivers cost effective, web-based applications and services to channel vendors across the globe. CMR aims to assist manufacturers in managing channel data, optimizing trade promotions, and maximizing the effectiveness of indirect sales channels. Can you talk a bit about the art and importance of cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship between vendor and partner?



Digitech Systems
Sean Morris
Digitech Systems
Director of Sales

Digitech Systems offers a comprehensive Enterprise Content Management (ECM) product suite that enables businesses to more effectively manage information of any kind—from paper documents and electronic files to print streams, forms and even email. Choose an on premise system or move your ECM to the cloud and get access to any document, anywhere, anytime on virtually any device. How can ECM help a business that is overwhelmed by their current information management system?



Brent Warrington
Brent Warrington

With over 18 years of experience in advancing commerce in the payments industry, Brent Warrington delivers skilled leadership for SecureNet’s growth initiatives and market expansion strategy as Chief Executive Officer.

SecureNet is streamlining the way thousands of businesses accept payments. Their integrated suite of payment tools is the simplest and most advanced way for merchants – from small businesses to enterprises – to manage commerce in any environment: in-store, online and via mobile devices. The platform is backed by detailed business analytics that help merchants make informed decisions to grow their business. SecureNet has a direct connection to card networks, which allows them to offer the most transparent and straightforward pricing in the industry. What are some ways that you help pass on significant cost savings to merchants?



Travis Freeman
Travis Freeman
Four Seasons Financial Education

Travis Freeman is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and President of Four Seasons Financial Education. Travis is also the author of the book, Make Your Money Work, a member of the Board of Directors of the FPA of Greater St. Louis, and a regular guest on Fox 2 news.

Four Seasons Financial Education specializes in helping companies focus on profitability by addressing the #1 cause of stress in the workplace – personal finance. Between retirement planning, increasing healthcare costs, college planning, budgeting, coordinating benefits, and more, personal financial planning is a never-ending, and often overwhelming, job for employees. The team at Four Seasons have the systems, tools, and experience necessary to help curb this profitability issue for your company, just as they have done for over 200 other organizations across the country. Can you explain the meaning behind the term “financial wellness?” How does it differ from having financial security or wealth in general?



Brandon Bauer
National Factoring Group

Brandon Bauer and his wife Brandi started their company to be an advocate that would look out for the best interest of companies looking for factoring and also for the factoring companies. National Factoring Group allows customers looking for factoring to compare the differences between the funders, not just their marketing material, and select the best options for their needs.

MO: What exactly is Factoring? Who is your target market?




Nick Braun is the founder and CEO of, which is the premier shopping and comparison website for pet health insurance. Braun started his career at Huntington Bank as a senior analyst in the commercial banking division. In 2006, he joined NCT Ventures as a general partner where he oversaw investments in insurance, media and logistics. Braun holds a degree from Miami University and obtained his MBA from The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business in 2007. Braun’s experience and business background have helped him gain the experience necessary to consult entrepreneurs and small business owners. He lives in Columbus with his wife Melissa. is the quickest and easiest way for pet owners to get quotes and compare plans from all of the leading pet insurance companies.

In addition to providing free quotes they also offer tools and resources to help educate pet owners about pet health insurance and help them choose the right plan and company for their dogs and cats.

MO: Can you talk a bit about your journey from working in venture capital to becoming an entrepreneur? What did your turning point look like and what did your friends and family say about your decision?



Wayne Gathright
Tenant File

W G Software, Inc. is the parent company of the Tenant File Property Management Software, one of the leading rental property software products for landlords and owners of rental property. It was established in 1992, and incorporated in 1998.

The software line includes rental accounting software, work order software, tax software, word processing software, lease designing software, ACH software, and rental syndication software. They have expanded into other areas and host websites for rental property ( and home sales (

MO: How did you come up with the idea for Tenant File Property Management Software?



Steven Bristol
Less Everything, Inc.

Steven Bristol’s programming adventure started as a 9 year old writing BASIC. In the past 28 years he’s written many languages, become a Ruby on Rails core contributor, 2007 Google Summer of Code Mentor and has never ever written a bug.

Less Everything, Inc. is based out of Jacksonville, Florida. The company has been a successful web firm for several years and began pursuing Ruby on Rails product development in 2007. In the beginning, they struggled with accounting, because accounting is scary, accounting is boring and quite simply, no one likes accounting.

So, they created LessAccounting to help. Over time they expanded the app to include online invoicing, client proposals, mileage tracking, bank integration, payables and more. They hope it brings clarity to your small business accounting needs.

MO: Can you talk a about the creative process behind building a bookkeeping system for entrepreneurs? What kind of challenges did you face in the early stages and how did overcome them?



Rob Ripp
Founder & President

Rob Ripp is the founder and President of Fintelligent, a company’s on-demand financial department. He has over 25 years operating and financial experience serving emerging companies as a C-level executive as well as stints at Fortune 500 companies. For the past 134years Rob has been a CFO to entrepreneurial companies in the IT, defense and healthcare fields. In that role he grown companies by securing customer contracts, raising capital, improving operations and negotiating exits.

Fintelligent was created to provide growing companies a professionally managed financial department at less cost and greater effectiveness. Utilizing the latest cloud technology, proven processes and trained experts, clients improve their financial performance with services that provide them accurate, real-time financial information any time on any device.

MO: How has your experience working at Fortune 500 companies helped shape the vision and direction of Fintelligent?



Kate Ross
Ross Business Management

As a small business owner, Kate Ross knows first-hand the value of streamlined operations and smart bookkeeping to achieve financial and career goals.

Through strategic growth planning, risk assessment, and cash flow management, Kate helps small businesses exceed their goals. To her clients, Kate is more than just a consultant: she’s an advisor, a mentor, and a friend.

The team at Ross Business Management is committed to making the highest level of financial and operational integrity available to creative, passionate small-business owners. They are experts at streamlining operations and offer financial solutions (accounting, strategic planning, financial management, operations and HR) for small businesses so that entrepreneurs, artists, and business owners can focus on what they really love to do, and not worry about back of house management.

MO: Have you always had an entrepreneurial spirit?

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