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"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." - Henry Ford

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Andrew Bart

Chief Growth Officer & Managing Partner

Andrew Bart is an early and growth stage venture capital investor, advisor, and C-Suite executive. His passion for emerging technology as well as the startup incubation and acceleration process drives Andrew to serve as a fractional Chief Growth Officer and foster growth on a granular level.

Andrew’s 15+ year career initiated on the startup team at iCrossing which ultimately exited to Hearst Corporation for $325 million. As a tech entrepreneur, Andrew founded, bootstrapped, and successfully exited a supply chain management and lead generation technology platform to a global pet product manufacturer.

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Barbara Bickham

Chief Technology Officer & Executive Tech Advisor

Barbara Bickham has extensive experience in technology, monetization, digital, mobile, and entrepreneurship. Her current areas of expertise are in Internet of Things, augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

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Chad Horstman

Entrepreneur-In-Residence & Executive Venture Advisor

Chad Horstman is a serial entrepreneur with exits on record. In 2005, he founded after he noticed "lingerie" was a top search term with little competition online. Utilizing his expertise in internet marketing and SEO, Chad built Yandy from a garage startup to a company featuring 50M+ in annual revenue offering women, of all sizes, more than 40,000 unique styles of lingerie, costumes, in-house designed swimwear, and an exclusive lingerie of the month subscription service, Club Yandy. In 2016, Chad successfully exited to a private equity group.

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Jeffrey Freedman

Chief Digital Officer & Executive Product Advisor

As a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for Startup Growth Advisors, Jeffrey Freedman serves as the intersection point between product development, product design, and product marketing.

For early to growth stage technology ventures, he is the management liaison between the Tech Advisor and/or Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the various software engineering and UX/UI resources.

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Yanni Gu

Chief Content Officer & Executive Content Advisor

Yanni Gu is a seasoned digital marketing and business professional with background and experience in growing digital businesses, online traffic and lead generation, creation and execution of digital marketing strategy, market and consumer research, business plan development, consultative selling, proposal creation, P&L management, talent sourcing, and leadership and management of teams.

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Monica Preston

Chief Experience Officer & Executive UX/UI Advisor

Monica Preston brings executive-level creative talent in the form of UX/UI design and development. As a Digital Consultant and Principal Designer, she has extensive hands-on experience both executing projects and managing creative teams.

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Heather Ferris-Lehman

Chief Social Officer & Executive Social Media Advisor

Heather has been in marketing for 10 years, with the past eight spent specifically in digital marketing with a focus on social media and content production.

Her professional experience includes content marketing, tech writing, editing, advertising, and the development and implementation of social-networking and inbound marketing strategies for a variety of businesses in both the B2C and B2B arenas.

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