Past Speakers

Mike Adams


Musician, writer, TV host | Combine 2018 Emcee

Musician, writer, TV host, parent, humorist, friend, nimble agitator, these are all adjectives that describe Mike Adams, the man. But, in another realm, he’s a complex mixture of Star-stuff, somehow equally at home whether he’s at home, or performing for a captivated drooling audience. Mike leads the band Mike Adams at His Honest Weight, and hosts The Mike Adams Show on local CATS-TV.

Julie Alano


Chair, Hamilton SE High School Applied Science Department | President, Hoosier Heartland CSTA

In 20 years of teaching at Hamilton SE High School, Julie Alano has led major advances in computer science education as chair of the Digital Age Information Technology Academy and the Applied Science Department. Also a teacher of teachers, she provides professional development through Julie is also HSE’s Girls Track Head Coach and President of the IN Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches.

Haley Altman


Founder and CEO, Doxly

Indiana University alumna Haley Altman has over a decade of experience working on complicated legal transactions in the corporate, private equity, and venture capital verticals. She is CEO at Doxly, a secure transaction management platform that automates the deal-to-deal workflow.

Jay Baer


Internet pioneer, entrepreneur, author

Jay Baer helps businesses clone their customers. He has created five multi-million dollar companies, is the President of Convince & Convert, a consulting firm that helps the world’s most iconic brands like The United Nations, Nike, 3M, and Oracle use technology to win new customers, and is a New York Times best-selling author of five books.

Brad Beutler


Director of Marketing, Sigstr

Brad Beutler leads all content marketing initiatives for the Sigstr team. Before coming to Sigstr, he was Content Marketing Manager for hc1. Brad is a graduate of the Purdue Krannert School of Management, and was a Fellow with the prestigious Indiana Orr Fellowship.

Travis Brown

Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering

Dr. Travis Brown has spent his career at the intersection of business and technology. He is Assistant Dean for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, & Commercialization with the Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing & Engineering. He is also, among many other roles, faculty advisor for the Ideation & Creation Entrepreneurs, the Shoemaker Scholars, and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

Brian D. Casserly


Attorney, Gutwein Law

Brian Casserly focuses on business law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities and startup law. He earned an MBA from Ball State University and graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law. Outside of Gutwein Law, Brian is a small business owner and aspiring entrepreneur. He is a board member of the Open Information Security Foundation, using his tech industry knowledge to support the non-profit’s curation of open-source malware software.

June Choi



June W. Choi is the CEO of Serval Ventures, launched in 2015, and Serval Lab, launching this year. Serval Ventures is focused on datatech investing, and Serval Lab will be focused on datatech venture building at scale with a focus on data and artificial intelligence.

The Doubleclicks


Folk-pop sister duo, The Doubleclicks sing about Dungeons & Dragons, social awkwardness, and believing in yourself. Fans have funded their albums and videos on Patreon and Kickstarter, where the band has raised $300,000. In 2015, the band started “Doubleclicks Records” to help other musical acts leverage crowdfunding and online resources to engage with fans and create music and videos.

Josh Driver


Founder, Open for Service | Founder,

Tech entrepreneur Josh Driver started Open for Service in 2015 as a positive response to the Religious Freedom Act (RFRA) in Indiana, with its now ubiquitous window stickers welcoming all people to Hoosier businesses and merchants. Josh is also founder of, a new Software as a Community platform designed to connect volunteers, businesses and nonprofits.

Pat East


CEO, Hanapin Marketing | Exec-Dir., Dimension Mill

Pat East is the Executive Director of the Dimension Mill and the CEO of Hanapin Marketing. Pat will serve as Combine question master with Brad Wheeler, Indiana University CIO.

Jeana Finlinson

Global Learning and Talent Development, Cook Group Incorporated

Jeana Finlinson is responsible for growing employee potential through learning and development at Cook Group Incorporated. Prior to joining Cook Group in 2010, Jeana was Director of Basketball Operations for Indiana University, and has been a professional golfer.

Arlan Hamilton


Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Arlan Hamilton built venture capital fund Backstage Capital from the ground up, while homeless. The fund is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into over 80 startup companies led by underestimated founders.

Kelli N. Jones


Co-founder and CEO, Be Nimble | DisruptIndy | From Nap, With Love

Kelli Jones is CEO of Be Nimble, a social enterprise aiming to create fully inclusive tech ecosystems, focusing on K-12, workforce development, and start-up and entrepreneurship support. She’s also Co-Founder of From Nap, With Love, dedicated to creating a collaborative social culture in Indy. In 2017, she co-founded DisruptIndy, the Midwest’s first summit on diversity and inclusion in tech.

Corben A. Lee


Attorney, Gutwein Law

Corben Lee’s practice focuses on startup law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate counsel. He graduated with a BS in Management and a concentration in Corporate Finance from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management before moving on to earn his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

David Lidz


Co-Founder and Executive Director, Ladders to Leaders

David Lidz, having climbed out of alcoholism himself, offers safe sober residential settings, as well as jobs, vocational training and enterprise incubation to others recovering from addiction. Social enterprises he has founded include Appalachian Field Services, Appalachian Recovery Room and Ladders to Leaders.

Dora Lutz


Founder, GivingSpring

As founder of GivingSpring, Dora Lutz helps businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies to leverage social entrepreneurship and community engagement to create both greater social impact and profitability. Dora also serves on the board of Cancer Support Community, and recently chaired the Global Council for the United Nations’ Impact 2030 Initiative.

Christine McDonnell


Co-Founder and CEO, Codelicious

Christine McDonnell provides coding curriculum for youth through Codelicious. While VP of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, she led the team that developed what is now the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Christine has Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degrees from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Shane Mac


CEO Assist

An entrepreneur, investor, and musician, Shane is the CEO and Co-Founder of Assist, a platform that is automating messaging for businesses. He is also the author of Stop with the BS, a best selling business book.

Tina Peterson


CEO, Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc.

Tina Peterson is President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County and CEO of Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc. Tina will be The Combine moderator of the Tomorrow’s Tech Talent Today panel.

Jeff Ready


CEO, Scale Computing

Jeff Ready is CEO of Scale Computing with experience in creating multiple startups from scratch, raising venture capital, and guiding companies from idea through exit. Jeff defines a serial entrepreneur – starting his first company at the age of 11.  For his workshop, he will be speaking on rapid startup methods for entrepreneurs.

Paul Singh


Entrepreneur, speaker, investor and Airstreamer

Paul is co-founder of Results Junkies, a team that travels across North America to visit, mentor, and invest in the places that startups actually start (and grow) their businesses. Since 2016, he has driven 35,000+ miles and visited 50+ cities across North America. Over the past 5 years, Paul has raised tens of millions of dollars for his venture funds and invested in hundreds of companies.

Ellie Symes

Co-Founder, The Bee Corp

Ellie Symes is co-founder and CEO of The Bee Corp, an internet-of-things tech startup focused on helping bee colonies thrive by tracking the health of their queen bee. Ellie will be The Combine moderator for the Tech for Social Good panel.

Armin Vit


Founder, graphic designer, writer

Armin Vit is a graphic designer, writer, and co-founder of UnderConsideration who recently made Bloomington, Indiana his home. He has co-authored four books on graphic design with his wife and partner, Bryony Gomez-Palacio. Through UnderConsideration’s Department of Design, he develops corporate identities, books, and websites for clients.

Laura Walker McDonald


Independent consultant

Laura Walker McDonald helps people solve problems at the intersection of technology and social change. She is a former humanitarian aid worker, lawyer and veteran of two social change tech start-ups, including SIMLab and FrontlineSMS. She is a consultant, writer and speaker.

Brad Wheeler


Vice president, professor

Dr. Brad Wheeler is Indiana University’s vice president for Information Technology and CIO, and professor of Business Information Systems at IU Kelley School of Business. He has co-founded and led many multi-institutional collaborations across IU’s 8 campuses in Indiana, and through his visionary direction, has helped elevate the university as a technology leader.

Past Speakers

Jimmy Wales

@jimmy_wales Founder Wikipedia

Ari Weinzweig

Co-owner and Found Partner The Zingerman’s Community of Business

Tara Hunt

@missrogue Founder Citizen Space and Pioneer, online and social media marketing

Ben Huh

@benhuh CEO Pet Holdings, Inc.

Michael Ian Black

@michaelianblack Comedian, Chief Content Officer

Chris Wanstrath

@defunkt CEO & Co-founder GitHub

Max Temkin

@MaxTemkin Designer Cards Against Humanity; Founder, Humans vs. Zombies

Ade Olonoh

@adeolonoh CEO and Founder Formspring

Katherine Hague

Founder Female Funders

Lil Bub and Mike Bridavsky

@IAMLILBUB Internet cat sensation and her dude

Mike Kelleher

Computer Graphics Supervisor Blizzard Animation

Max Yoder

@MaxYoder CEO, Co-Founder Lessonly

Laura Gomez

@laura CEO and Founder Atipica