Our Incubator Members
Tech Alpharetta Mentors
A seasoned senior operating manager with 22 years of big company experience and 23 years of start-up company experience in telecommunications and high tech including working within the venture capital community for 6 years. CEO of seven start-ups with exits >$260M. For the past 7 years, acted as an independent coach/consultant to startup and private companies, mostly on a pro bono, “give back” basis. Tom has a free website CxO-Atlas.com that contains almost 600 articles on starting and running a business
Strategy / Positioning
Revenue / Sales Strategy
Quality Sys Implementation
Joe Briner is the Managing Director of Vertical Capital Advisors, LLC, his Alpharetta-based, boutique investment bank. (The bank doesn’t invest in tech startups). Joe is available to assist our startups in refining their presentations/pitches to investors, their pitch decks and materials, and in telling a compelling story. He’s heard hundreds of pitches and seen hundreds of presentations, and he knows what’s needed to make a compelling presentation to investors and to tell an effective story.
Funding and Investing
Pitching to Investors
Growth, expansion &
Acquisition capital, M&A
VP, Functional Learning & Development
Synchrony, formerly GE Capital
Josh Crafford is an expert in organizational design and innovation. He has over 10 years of leadership experience inside 4 different fortune 200 companies. Josh works with teams to provide fresh perspectives, maximize efforts and enhance creative intelligence. Josh played a critical role in the IPO separation of GE Capital to Synchrony (valued at ~$19 billion) as VP, Leadership Learning & Development. He has started and led numerous, local and international, L&D departments focusing on maximizing several areas of business. He also serves as an inside consultant for strategic initiatives, innovation, customer journeys and human centered design. He holds a master’s degree in Design and Innovation from SCAD.
Leadership Skills & Development
Adult Learning Styles
Chief Operating Officer, Voxie
Stuart Granger is a technologist, entrepreneur and advisor with extensive operating experience across multiple industries on 3 continents. With 30+ years of global experience, he has served in senior roles ranging from Fortune 500 companies to founder and CEO his own startups. He has successfully started, scaled and sold technology companies as well as guided the SasS strategies and IT operations of a successful IPO as the company’s CIO. He now works as an advisor, consultant and mentor to technology focused companies as they navigate through startup, growth and scaling phases. His areas of focus include product/market fit, team assessment and development and fundraising preparation. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems and an M.B.A from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University
Product/Market Fit Strategy
SaaS Operations Planning
Investor Due Diligence &
Organizational planning &
Seasoned executive, serial entrepreneur and board member with 20+ years of experience building and scaling companies. Paul’s experience is especially deep in digital disruption, having built several industry disrupters, as well as in marketplaces – having built five marketplaces. Pau also has operating and investment experience in insurance tech, fintech and other tech sectors. He has advised investors and company founders and currently serves as an independent board member of a seed stage company.
Go to Market
Business models for:
Marketplaces, Saas, Transaction fee companies, Advertising, Insurance, Automotive, and Real Estate industries
Co-Founder & Board of Directors, Flexential
David co-founded Peak 10 to be the leader in hybrid data center operations, hosting and managed services east of the Mississippi. David chose to serve on the board of directors to provide guidance as the new company continues the growth of its strategic and tactical journey. Flexential, a national, hybrid colocation, hosting, network and managed service data center company resulted from the late 2017 combination of two market leading data center companies, ViaWest headquartered n Denver, and Peak 10, headquartered in Charlotte. This combination created the largest national hybrid, facilities-based, hosting services company in the United States. He has 40 years of combined local, long distance telecommunications and IT executive leadership experience in sales, marketing and operations, working for GTE (Verizon), Telecom*USA, MCI and ITC Holding Company. David holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and completed the Executive Development Business Program at George Washington University. He is an operating director for the IDEA Fund, a venture capital firm in Durham, NC and is chairman of Innovate Charlotte, a public-private fund fueling entrepreneurial growth in the Charlotte Region.