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Joshua Westover

Entrepreneur • Advisor Provo, Utah Area, US

Investor, Advisor, Entrepreneur. Two of the three startup companies I helped build have already been acquired. I love startups.

Investor, Advisor, Entrepreneur. Two of the three startup companies I helped build have already been acquired. I love startups.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Enterprise Sales
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Part-time now, full-time soon

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Enterprise Sales

Involved In

Founder

Software Company- Confidential

Advisor

Kadince
Zinch.com (Acquired by Chegg)
Aztek Arms

Positions

Investor AztekArms.com January 2013 - present
Partner TrendEthic January 2005 - present
Investor Mission Possible Motors January 2003 - present
Area Director Utah NetSmartz 2013 - 2014
Interim CEO Software Company- Confidential September 2010 - December 2010
Co-Founder / Chief Evangelist / Investor Software Company- Confidential October 2007 - August 2010
VP of Strategy Zinch.com 2007 - 2008
Vice President eChazen Internet Solutions 2005 - 2006

Education

Brigham Young University Chinese and Business 2001 - 2005

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • CRM
  • • Web application
  • • Mobile development
  • • Mobile App Design
  • • Mobile Apps
  • • Mobile Software Development
  • • Software Architecture and Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Events
  • • Family
  • • Financial Services
  • • Healthcare
  • • Individualized Learning
  • • Int'l Development (Outside US/Canada)
  • • K-12
  • • Local
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Payments
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Youth Leadership

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fundraising • Sales Strategy • B2B sales • Business Development • Startups

Key Accomplishments

While I definitely like the strategic planning part of startups and business, I also enjoy getting my hands dirty and be in the trenches with my teams. I am a people person who loves to build and grow startup companies. The base of experience I have comes from playing key management team roles in multiple Web-based software startup companies, including some which are noted below:

Zinch.com - At Zinch I worked for equity and a small salary wearing multiple hats including cleaning up the financials / accounting to help raise angel investment for the company, design our initial sales CRM that we built and deployed internally, represented the company at industry events / trade shows with the founders (My good friends), and helped engage / close some of our first clients. I am still a shareholder in what is now Chegg.com (Zinch was acquired by Chegg- all stock deal), and Chegg recently IPO'd.

Talent Acquisition / HR Recruiting Software Company- As co-founder, I was fully invested (cash, time and talent) in the company. I eventually filled the interem CEO role for the final phase of the company's life cycle before it was acquired by Neutron Interactive. I helped build our sales / marketing teams, established industry expert panels and our advisory board, managed our business development team for a time, was personally responsible for engaging and closing critical, early-adopter client deals with fortune 500 companies, including IBM and adidas, and helped attract $1m round of strategic investment from $1billion publicly traded company.

FinTech Software Company- At this company, I invested personal capital, and I filled the roles of Chief Evengelist, represented one of the early board seats, and handled Strategic Channel Partnerships. I helped design, attract and manage our talented sales / marketing teams. I was personally responsible for phase one marketing plan execution. I conducted all large webinars with our channel partners / clients. I was tasked with establishing and monetizing key distribution partnerships, and did just that. By the end of 2012, the company attributed me with bringing almost 1/3 of the company’s booked annual and projected revenue to the sales team from both the credit unions and banks that pay monthly for the company's software solution.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I enjoy helping to create a clear vision and game plan. I can provide seed capital for ventures I like. I have co-founder energy, passion, and drive. I have solid past startup experience. I can leverage my existing network of connections, and if I don't know the right people already, I have the proven ability to create business relationships and partnerships that will generate revenue and increase shareholder value. I can help attract, motivate, and manage our team.

As an Advisor

I generally work for equity, but my hourly consulting rate is $100 / hr.

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Rob Segall
Author, Founder & CEO, CareerUnderground. Previously Calix Recruiter, Calix.
J.Tyler McGraw
Founder, VideoDatalytics. Previously Senior Technical Account Manager, Actian Corporation. University of Utah grad.

Parker Garlitz
VP of Web Marketing, Crexendo and Vice President - Co-Owner, Living Whole Foods, Inc.. Brigham Young grad. Brigham Young grad.
Parker is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable, talented, yet down-to-earth online strategy advisors I have ever worked with.

Jarod Reid
Senior Software Developer, Sleepy Giant. Previously Mentor, Bloc.
Jarod worked at one of the startups I personally invested in recently. He is a great entrepreneur with real life startup experience and valu ... able technical skills that can help any team.

John Richards
Presidential Executive in Residence for Entrepreneurship at Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University. Brigham Young grad.
John has been at the center of the UTAH startup scene since it started heating up. He's been an investor and on the board of multiple compan ... ies I have worked with, and he has literally seen it all. His wealth of experience / connections could add critical value to your startup.