CEO at Lessonly
Max Yoder is CEO and co-founder of Lessonly, powerfully simple training software that helps millions of people learn, practice, and Do Better Work. His first book, Do Better Work: Finding clarity, camaraderie, and progress in work and life, was published in February 2019. No matter your rank or role, if you want to see more understanding, accountability, and progress on your team, this book is for you.
America and Penelope Lopez, a.k.a the CyberCode Twins, are hackathon experts with awards in tech competitions, including the NASA International SpaceApps Challenge, AT&T Developer Summit, NEM Global Challenge, IBM Global Innovators Challenge, Intel’s US-China Maker Competition, and Money2020.
Designer and Sketchnoter
Designer Mike Rohde is on a mission to humanize boring and impersonal corporate communications using hand-drawn sketchnotes. He evangelizes visual thinking literacy around the world and is the author of two bestselling books: The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook. Mike has also illustrated the bestselling books REWORK, REMOTE, The $100 Startup, and The Little Book of Talent.
Senior Vice President at 50 South Capital
Aaron is Senior Vice President in the Private Equity Group for 50 South Capital. He focuses on sourcing, evaluating and executing primary fund investments and direct co-investments for the Indiana Next Level Fund. He has 15 years of experience in venture capital, tech startups, strategy and restructuring consulting to Fortune 500 and middle market companies. Aaron has an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and BA from the University of Michigan.
Frm Dir. of Experience Design for Vice President Biden
Kara DeFrias is the former Director of Experience Design for Vice President Biden at the White House. Kara received an appointment to the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows, where she served as entrepreneur in residence, reimagining the relationship between government and the people from a technology perspective.
Executive Director at Launch Indy
Long-time organizer, first-time stage-goer: Katie Birge mics up as this year’s Combine emcee! Katie is the Executive Director of coworking space Launch Indy. An avid creator of programs and initiatives designed to grow the tech and startup sector, Katie has spearheaded coding and accelerator programs in Bloomington and Indianapolis. She is also a 2019 TechPoint Mira Award nominee for Community Champion of the Year.