Leadership

Joe Austin

Joe was the founder / CEO of Miva, a leader in e-commerce, and he lead it to a successful sale to a public company among numerous other business experiences. He is one of the first C programmers in the world and understands assembly code at the hardware level. His technical and business work is found in commercials offerings that range from Ashton Tate, CyberSource (acquired by Visa), Authorize.Net, Hostway and other companies. Joe is an experienced sailor and enjoys taking guests out on the ocean.

Jake Fields

Jake Fields

Founder & Board Director

Jake Fields is a leader in tech product development and IoT innovation. He co-founded his first tech company at age 22 and 3 additional companies over a the past decade. Jake helps large corporations radically reinvent themselves, while also fostering a supportive structure that helps startups iterate and get to market.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Steve is an entrepreneur and a financial strategist with an extensive background raising capital for young companies. At age 23, Steve joined his first startup and experienced his first successful exit. He has since started 6 companies with a continued passion for startups. He stimulates company growth and development while positioning companies to attract investment. For the past 12 years, Steve has successfully financed companies and projects across a multitude of industries and enjoys structuring creative deals.

Paul Peterson

Paul Peterson

VP Marketing

Paul has nearly 20 years of experience leading brand awareness and data-driven marketing campaigns. Most recently he worked as Director of Branding for Miva, a SaaS ecommece software company. He also holds a degree in film from Prague Film School and has worked as a cinematographer and director.

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