Are you interested in becoming a mentor at NoD? E-mail us at info[at]noddfw[dot]com and tell us why you want to be a mentor and be sure to include your social media links! As a NoD mentor, you can host office hours and presentations at NoD, and you also agree to make yourself available to our members for spot consulting or longer term advisory positions.
Mentors bring a variety of skills to our community. Some of our current mentors are listed here. They range from serial entrepreneurs to graphic designers to angel investors.
Brad Bush is the COO at Dialexa. Dialexa builds whole brain technology products. We design and develop both hardware and software for a variety of platforms and technologies such as Internet of Things, Wearables, Mobile applications and Web applications. Our customers include startups and fortune 500 companies (such as JLL, Amazon and Lockheed Martin). More information can be found at www.dialexa.com. It would be our honor to help you or anyone you know create a product or service that users love. We pride ourselves on solving hard problems and creating new business models. Prior to Dialexa, Mr. Bush held a number of positions within GENBAND, including serving as Chief Information Officer and Chief Integration Officer, head of sales operations, Chief-of-Staff reporting to the CEO and most recently Chief Marketing Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Rice University, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Sonia Neameyer, ACC, CPA – Founder of LeadPoint Coaching LLC
Coaching pushes you outside of what is comfortable and supports you in achieving extraordinary results beyond what is predictable in all important areas of your life. Coaching also points out your blind spots (those things you don’t see), addresses what you don’t know you don’t know, and works with you to create new insight/awareness. New Insight + New Actions = Breakthrough Results. Coaching is truly an investment in YOU. You being the very best version of yourself everywhere. You creating your future with a life that really lights you up and turning that possibility into a reality. You being happier and more fulfilled than you’ve ever been before.
Joel Widmer is the founder of Dallas-based Fluxe Digital Marketing—a marketing shop that specializes in content marketing strategy and training for businesses and authors. He has worked with numerous name-brand publishers to help more than two dozen authors and thousands of bloggers create and execute digital marketing campaigns for their book launches. Additionally, his company has assisted national luxury brands, technology companies and restaurants.
Fluxe works by helping smart businesses create world-class content through a customized, one-on-one interview process that ultimately saves Widmer’s clients valuable time via targeted information that ultimately delivers the necessary results for success in the business world. In addition, the company offers automation services for business marketing processes to make them more streamlined and remarkably efficient.
Originally from Tillamook, Oregon, he has always had a passion for communicating ideas and information. Widmer worked as a DJ before relocating to Nashville to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Trevecca Nazarene University.
Ali Mirza is a Dallas entrepreneur who has experience launching mobile app startups, participating incubator programs, winning hackathons, and bootstrapping businesses. In addition to serving as a Mentor to our members, Ali runs Startup Marketing Hacks every Wednesday at NoD. Hit him up on Twitter at @AliMirza2k and check out his latest mobile app: FiveOh – Food Near You For < $5
Your venture is more dependent upon technology for success than any other time in human history. Even more so, maybe technology IS your new venture. For over 15 years I’ve been helping entrepreneurs and companies strategize, build, and leverage technology to grow their business. I’m the founder and president of Burada, Inc., a leading custom software development firm located in Plano, TX. I’m also co-founder of two SaaS technology companies in North Texas with two more startups launching in 2015. I’m the guy who knew what he wanted to do since he was a kid: build software, and be my own boss. Still to this day, building software startups is my passion. If your startup is building technology and you don’t know quite what to do, or more importantly what not to do, let’s talk. Don’t go it alone.
Rai Chowdhary – Author of “10 Mistakes of Risk Management”
Rai is an entrepreneur and got his first taste of business at the age of 16. Over the years he has gained deep business experience and insights from founding and running small businesses, coaching entrepreneurs, and working with several Fortune 500 companies as well. His most recent engagement was with a venture funded start-up producing medical devices, which he co-founded in Salt Lake City. Rai is an engineer by training, certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and Lean Sensei. He has authored two books – Ten Mistakes of Risk Management and How to Avoid Them, and 5S – Foundation for Personal and Business Excellence. His third book “Do Magic with Your Life” is scheduled for publication in Feb 2015.
Sung Kim – Founder of Gestures, Inc.
51st Best Designer in Technology in 2013 by Business Insider
Founder of Gestures, Inc.
Currently UX/UI Consultant at Samsung
Designer for various startups, including Blownaway, Matter, Olé, and ModelRevolt
Lead designer for the Sam’s Club Android app, Bud Light’s first mobile site for touchscreen devices, Joinred.com in 2008, which was lauded by Bono
Optimized the 7-Eleven.com interior pages and restructured the Fedex Office Workstation login process that’s currently being used nationwide.
Jared Carrizales – CEO of Heroic Search
Jared is the founder of Heroic Search. He has been helping clients get results through search marketing for over 5 years in consultant roles, as well as a director of search marketing on the agency side.
Craig Fisher – CEO of Talent Net Live
I am the CEO of TalentNet, LLC. We do social strategy training and events for sales and recruiting worldwide to teach the latest cool tools for prospect and talent sourcing, attraction, and connection. The TalentNet Live conferences are the most strategic Social Recruiting/HR learning and networking events in the U.S. Featuring the top minds in Social Media, HR, Sourcing, and Recruiting from all over the world, helping to make social media a practical part of your recruitment strategy.The TalentNet Live conferences have recently merged with the #tru unconferences to form GlobalTRU, the largest series of HR and Recruiting conference events in the world. www.globaltru.com. I host a podcast on Cool Tools and tips for sales and recruiting with Lars Schmidt, and guests from the makers of our favorite apps. Join the conversation @cooltoolshow on Twitter, and hear episodes on itunes and Soundcloud.com/cooltools. I am always learning from the smart people with whom I am fortunate to work. And I have found that sharing makes work meaningful.
Rahul Varshneya – Co-Founder of Arkenea
Rahul is the co-founder of Arkenea, a mobile app consultancy helping startups and businesses build experience-rich products
He continues to consult mobile-first startups through Clarity.fm in product and growth strategies. Rahul took everything he learned in his career and wrote a book on Appreneurship to help entrepreneurs build successful mobile app businesses.
Download his latest ebook: Appreneurship – Build A Mobile App Business With No Technical Background
A veteran of the industry formerly known as advertising, Eric Harris saw an opportunity to change the way ideas are bought and sold in business. The biggest barrier to others seeing value in our work? Our addiction to presentation software like PowerPoint. In order to wean today’s leaders from this dependence, Eric started Campfire and now teaches Persuasion Design to those who are ready to quit presenting and start creating, changing and reinforcing beliefs.
Mark Langford – President of Aberfoyle Associates
Mark Langford, President of Aberfoyle Associates, has more than 25 years of experience in executive level Sales, Marketing, and Business Development with a variety of technology and telecommunications companies. He was awarded Salesman of the Year, twice, by a Fortune 100 company, has lived and worked in four countries, and holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Management.
Mark is currently consulting to technology companies to develop their go-to- market strategies and organizational development plans for the purpose of getting to revenue quicker. Mark can be reached at mark[at]aberfoyleassociates[dot]com.
Josh Tarin – Co-Founder of Visionary Playground
Basically born with marketing and finance in his DNA, Josh was an entrepreneur at an early age. In elementary school, he would sell and trade his pens, pencils and gum for Pokemon cards. Fast forward many years of studying and hard work, he earned his BBA in Finance at Texas A&M, and received his MS in Finance with a focus in entrepreneurship. While in graduate school, Josh and Justin founded their company, Visionary Playground. Immediately after graduating, Josh helped to grow Visionary Playground into what it is today.
Justin Tarin – Co-Founder of Visionary Playground
Imagine a 14 year old designing and winning t-shirt design contests, then running out to the garage to play guitar in his “band”, that was Justin. Basically born a creative director slash musician, Justin is a Grammy nominated music producer and DJ, he has produced a handful of hit singles, including two Top 20 Billboard charted songs. Alongside his brother, Josh, they started Visionary Playground. Over the years, Justin has had the opportunity to work with musicians and companies such as David Guetta, Krewella, Forever 21, and lululemon, to name a few.