Whether you live in Cleveland or California, building a world-class startup requires you to think on a global scale. In this session, a panel of experienced NEO entrepreneurs will share real stories from real startups about getting the most out of your local resources, while also keeping your eye on the big picture.
Startup Stories is a new JumpStart event series that examines what it takes to be tech entrepreneur from the perspective of those who have already been there. Meet and mingle with some of the best and brightest NEO entrepreneurs, while exploring topics such as fundraising, teambuilding, investor relations, customer discovery and more.
Xyla Foxlin, CEO, Parihug
Inspired by a long-distance relationship, Xyla, a Case Western Reserve University engineering student, built a pair of plush toys that could transmit touch through technology. Realizing the greater impact the product could have on kids, allowing them to connect with faraway relatives, Xyla founded Parihug in order to bring the product to the general public. She is currently preparing for the April launch of Parihug’s Kickstarter campaign.
Amit Patel, Co-Founder, Quo
A native of Cleveland, Amit left the region to pursue a Master’s degree at New York University. After graduation, Amit served as a Management Consultant for IBM Consulting in NYC prior to returning to Cleveland in 2009 to run his family’s real estate business. In 2014, he co-founded Quo, an app that acts as a simple collaboration tool for agents to engage with clients in finding the best homes from start to finish.
Ed Buchholz, Founder & CEO, ExpenseBot
Ed is Founder & CEO of ExpenseBot, an automated expense management solution. Prior to ExpenseBot, Ed founded 60mo, a web-based financial forecasting software tool that was acquired by Edinburgh-based accounting software provider FreeAgent. After joining FreeAgent, Ed led their US localization and mobile product efforts. As a strong advocate for Cleveland’s startup scene, Ed actively advises numerous founders and businesses in the Northeast Ohio area.
Reginald Cash, Founder, Markers
After spending 10 years working on Wall Street in New York, Zurich and Frankfurt, Reginal returned to his native Cleveland to found Markers, an organization that builds software that pulls together all of the information needed for investor relations officers at public companies to communicate with their institutional shareholders. Markers helps companies comply with regulatory requirements and win shareholders.