Quarterly we bring the Columbus startup community together to build and foster relationships to connect and support Founders. Make new relationships and hang out with some old friends. Founder Forum is intended to provide a social environment and time for Founders to get to know each other, support each other, and for the startup community to come together as a whole.
The Founder Forum events are content free. No presentations, no talks...just friend making.
Product EvangelistSee Bio
Lucas La Tour is a life-long learner with passion at the intersection of business development and technology. Through serving in leadership roles in several companies, Lucas’ work has created relationships with Fortune 500 companies, Shark Tank investors, and thousands of SMBs. As a former founder and startup operations leader, he gets excited to help others create better businesses and products. Now at AWH, he leverages this drive to help businesses solve problems with data and software.
Ryan Frederick is a Founder and product person at heart. Ryan has had the privilege of being part of starting and growing several software and service companies. He has helped companies grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. During the evolution of these companies, Ryan has served on company boards and been instrumental in capitalization activities. He has also helped companies to expand to international markets. Ryan combines a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge having originally been a developer who migrated to the business side. He now helps companies build great software products and solve data challenges for competitive advantage as a Principal at the product and data consulting firm, AWH. Ryan is an active angel investor, mentors and advises entrepreneurs and startups, as well as corporate innovation leaders. He launched a non-profit workforce development program to train under-employed adults on digital skills called i.c.stars. Ryan has authored a book on increasing the odds of success in creating products, being a Founder, and starting companies called The Founder’s Manual: A Guidebook for Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur. Ryan speaks frequently about the product, Founder, and startup journeys.