My primary business, MarketBeat, empowers individual investors to make better trading decisions by providing real-time financial information and objective market research. We do this through our daily newsletter, which has attracted more than 900,000 subscribers and through our suite of web-based research tools on MarketBeat.com. We also operate a network of financial news websites which attract more than 5 million page views each month, including American Banking and Market News and Ticker Report. MarketBeat was recognized as the fastest-growing privately-held company in South Dakota in 2016 by Inc. in its annual Inc. 5000 rankings and has made the Inc. 5000 list for the last three consecutive years.
I am also the co-founder of GoGo Photo Contest, which provides web-based fundraising software to animal welfare groups. The company has helped animal shelters and humane societies raise more than $9 million since it launched in late 2013 through its donate-to-vote photo-contest fundraising software. I co-developed the GoGo Photo Contest software platform with Jason and Stevie Shea and currently manage the company’s financials and marketing efforts.
Through my books, my community building efforts and my private equity investments, I teach others to leverage the power of entrepreneurship in their lives. I am the author of eight personal finance and entrepreneurship books, including “Online Business from Scratch”, “Email Marketing Demystified”, “The Ten-Year Turnaround” and “Automatic Income.” I have also organized a local community group of entrepreneurs called Startup Sioux Falls which boasts more than 5,900 members and I regularly host entrepreneurship and networking events in the Sioux Falls area, such as 1 Million Cups.
As an angel investor, I have invested in more than forty early-stage, high-growth companies in a variety of verticals. Some of my notable investments include Buffer, Cafe X, Dollar Shave Club, Lyft, Ripple and Wikia. I also served as the chairman of Falls Angel Fund, a regional angel fund that raised $2.35 million to in early-stage, high-growth companies in South Dakota and surrounding states.
I proudly serve on the Board of Trustees at Sioux Falls Seminary, which equips pastors, therapists and leaders for ministry throughout the region. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship and on the Eide Bailly advisory board.
I hold a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Information Systems from Dakota State University. I also hold an M.A. in Christian Leadership from Sioux Falls Seminary. I live in Sioux Falls, SD with my wife, Karine, and my children, Micah and Adylin.
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