Mentor Gallery

//Mentor Gallery

Check out a sample list of our mentors who have recently offered advice to our portfolio companies.

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Mark Achler

Math Venture Partners
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Bob Adducci

Adducci Partners LLC
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Shradha Agarwal

Outcome Health
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Chris Althoff

West Monroe Partners
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Esther Barron

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
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Dennis Barsema

Northern Illinois University College of Business
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Nicole Chavas

Fresh Coast Capital
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Sean Chou

Catalytic
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Lon Chow

KDWC Ventures
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Chris Conley

Two Bit Ventures
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Aimee Daniels

Vistage International
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Linda Darragh

Investment Committee
Linda Darragh recently joined the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University as the executive director of the [...]
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Linda Darragh recently joined the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University as the executive director of the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice and the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital. In this role, she is Kellogg’s senior administrator overseeing and integrating the school’s curricular, co-curricular, and alumni outreach activities in entrepreneurship, social enterprise, venture capital and private equity. Linda is a cornerstone of the Chicago entrepreneurship community and recognized globally as a leader in entrepreneurship education. Prior to Kellogg, she served as the director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she was instrumental in furthering entrepreneurship. Linda received her Master’s degree from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University.

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John DeBlasio

Bootstrap-Capital LLC
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Thomas Dee

AveXis, Inc.
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Jeff Eschbach

Page Vault
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Mike Evans

GrubHub, GiveForward
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Steve Farsht

Corazon Capital
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Jason Fried

Basecamp
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Mike Gamson

LinkedIn
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David Gardner

ColorJar
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Cory Garfin

Slover Linett Audience Research Inc.
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Sonny Garg

Uptake
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Deepak Goel

KarmaCircles
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Derek Groothuis

RKR Capital
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Kathryn Hayley

United Healthcare, First Midwest Bancorp
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Troy Henikoff

MATH Venture Partners
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Jason Henrichs

FinTech Forge
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Ryan Jeffery

BUILDERS VC
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Gregg Kaplan

The Pritzker Group Private Capital
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Gary Kaufman

Silver Chalice
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Nick Kellermeyer

Blackbird Garage
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Scott Kluth

CouponCabin
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Amanda Lannert

The Jellyvision Lab
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Amanda Lannert, Chief Executive Officer of Jellyvision Lab, poses in the newest addition to the company's office in Chicago, Friday, July 13, 2012.  (Brent Lewis/Photo for the Chicago Tribune) B582231269Z.1 ...OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS,  NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION...
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Paul LeFort

LeFort Investors L. P.
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Brian Lernihan

Unilever
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Greg Lernihan

Investment Committee
Greg Lernihan is an impact investor, committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others and has refocused his [...]
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Greg Lernihan is an impact investor, committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others and has refocused his life with this purpose. He currently dedicates his time to mentoring budding entrepreneurs and helping others who are passionately serving the nonprofit world.

Greg is co-founder of Convergint Technologies, an electronic security, life safety, and building management company. Started in a basement in 2001, Convergint Technologies has grown from two colleagues to 1,600 in 2014 with 45 offices throughout the world. Passionate about helping others, Greg instilled a sense of social responsibility in Convergint’s culture through their unique values and beliefs, and recently led multiple company mission trips to Haiti. Greg now serves as an active board member. Prior to starting Convergint Technologies, Greg spent 20 years in various roles at Siemens Building Technologies before leaving his last position as senior vice president for North America.

Active in professional and civic organizations, he has been involved in mentoring inner city youth for many years. He is a board member and teacher for the Barrington High School Incubator program, a partner at Social Venture Partners, a board member at Impact Engine, and an advisor to the Center for Companies that Care. He is also actively involved in philanthropy and social investing.

Greg holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from Purdue University. Greg is married and has been blessed with three children and one grandson.

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Larry Levy

CFO Options, Inc.
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Roger Liew

ShopRunner
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Brian Luerssen

Quantitative Insights
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Ameena Majid

Seyfarth Shaw
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Bret Maxwell

MK Capital
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Matthew McCall

Pritzker Group
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Matt Moog

PowerReviews
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Suzanne Muchin

Mind + Matter Studio, The Big Payoff
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Lindsay Mullen

Prosper Strategies
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Thania Panopoulos

The Perissos Group
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Sampo Parkkinen

Revieve
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Gustavo Razzetti

Liberationist Change Leadership School
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Dan Ratner

Investment Committee
Dan Ratner is Executive Chairman and co-founder of Public Good Software, which is redefining online philanthropy. Prior to [...]
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Dan Ratner is Executive Chairman and co-founder of Public Good Software, which is redefining online philanthropy. Prior to PGS, he was Director of Development helping to build the technology team for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Before the campaign, Dan served as co-founder and COO/CTO at Sittercity, the nation’s largest service dedicated to helping parents find quality childcare online. In addition to his startup and campaign work, Dan is on the boards of Open Books, a Chicago literacy organization, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. When not working, he loves to write and has published two non-fiction books on nanotechnology and is working on an upcoming novel. He lives in Chicago with his wife Genevieve Thiers and their amazing twin sons Ari & Leo.

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Christian Rudder

OkCupid
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Sharon Schneider

Walton Family Foundation
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Paula Sneed

Phelps Prescott Group LLC
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Kimberley Silver

The Silver Line
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Michael Slaby

Timshel
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Matt Spiegel

MediaLink
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Peter Tarsney

Enlivant
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Bruce Taylor

MB Financial Bank
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Chuck Templeton

Chairman, Investment Committee
Chuck Templeton is passionate about early stage and emerging companies, and is focused on using business principles to find [...]
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Chuck Templeton is passionate about early stage and emerging companies, and is focused on using business principles to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. He has had the pleasure of being involved with over two-dozen startups as an investor, board member, or advisor, but spends the majority of his time helping impact companies as Chairman of the Board for Impact Engine.

He took his first big step as an entrepreneur in San Francisco when he founded OpenTable, which went public on the NASDAQ in May of 2009 (OPEN). He helped build an industry leading company that changed the way full-service restaurants manage their top-line growth and diners make their dinner reservations. While CEO, he recruited and hired the first management team, obtained and allocated company resources, led the business and product strategy, and carefully crafted a highly dedicated culture. OpenTable is the global leader in restaurant reservations with customers in all 50 states and more than a dozen countries.

He used that experience to support the GrubHub team as an Advisor and Director. They grew to be a national leader in providing hungry diners with food delivery and take-out options, while also helping independent restaurants use technology to operate more profitably.

Chuck also serves on the Board of Directors for Juhl Energy, ThinkCERCA, and Getable.com.

He spent three years serving in the US Army, becoming Ranger and Sniper qualified. Most importantly, he has an amazing wife and two awesome daughters.

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Nasrin Thierer

Entrepreneur
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Eric Wasowicz

Greenbrier Group
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Peter Wilkins

Hyde Park Angels
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Kevin Willer

Chicago Ventures
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Desiree Vargas Wrigley

GiveForward, Pearachute
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Sam Yagan

ShopRunner
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Michael Yoch

Shiftgig
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