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Bret Fund

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Denver Area, US

Founder and Managing Partner, Entrepy, Previous: Founder, Gogy, Inc. and Faculty Director, Deming Center Venture Fund.

Founder and Managing Partner, Entrepy, Previous: Founder, Gogy, Inc. and Faculty Director, Deming Center Venture Fund.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Operations
I have an idea I'm commited to
Not currently looking for a cofounder
ADVISES ON

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Operations

Involved In

Founder

Gogy, Inc.

Advisor

SnuggHome
SpyderLynk

Positions

Managing Partner Entrepy September 2014 - present
Faculty Director Deming Center Venture Fund April 2009 - present
Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship University of Colorado Boulder May 2008 - present
Founder Gogy, Inc. January 2011 - June 2014
Research Fellow Northwestern University June 2002 - July 2003
Business Analyst / Internal Consultant Novell January 2001 - June 2002
Internet Marketing Manager, Net-bizz January 1999 - July 2001

Education

Pennsylvania State University Strategic Management August 2003 - April 2007
Brigham Young University Organizational Behavior September 2000 - April 2002

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Individualized Learning
  • • Edutainment
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Higher Education
  • • Information Security
  • • Cybersecurity

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Venture capital • Entrepreneurship • Social Network Analysis • Startups • Corporate Governance

Key Accomplishments

I am passionate about working with and in startups. I actively seek to bridge the community and university here in Boulder and love watching things grow. I have experience on both the entrepreneur and investor sides of the table and believe that provides a unique vantage point in helping myself and others succeed. I am a networker and startup enthusiast!

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I bring experience of starting companies, working for startups and investing in startups. I am happy to wear multiple hats, but am most comfortable on the business side of the business.

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Garett Shulman
We worked together  •  Ninja: Software & Systems Engineer, Account & Project Manager, Dojo4 and Owner, Technical Advantage, LLC.. University of Colorado Boulder grad.
Recently I had the opportunity to help Bret with the Gogy project (http://pedago.gy/) which he was championing. Working together it became ... clear that Brett possesses an articulate intellect, a broad domain knowledge of business and eduction, and an effective focus which make him an excellent entrepreneur.
David Cass
We worked together at University of Colorado at Boulder
Bret is thoughtful, hardworking, and combines lofty vision with pragmatic skills.
Ben Buie
We worked together
He doesn't just talk about stuff, he does it. He isn't afraid to challenge the status quo.
Julia Gentry
They're my friends
It's who he is. Some are BORN to be entrepreneurs and others have to learn how to be... Bret was born to be an entrepreneur. It oozes from w ... ho he is. He has made more of a difference in my life and in the walk I have had being an entrepreneur. He has helped me see what I can't see, asked me the tough questions, and supported the process of figuring out what is from what could be. He knows more than most, he has a drive to exceed that outreaches more than most, and he will be on the front of Forbes magazine one of these days.
James
We worked together
Bret would be a great entrepreneur because of his ability to think strategically on two highly important levels: 1) What are the objectives ... we need to achieve to reach our collectives goals, and how do we go about meeting each of those objectives? -- and 2) WHO are the people we need to reach and persuade and HOW can we get their buy-in and resources? In addition, Bret is a resourceful, patient, and thoughtful/conscientious leader who leads by example and makes a genuine effort to bring out the best in those that he works with. Bret's drive to succeed, his high IQ AND EQ, and his ability to strategically lead make him a great entrepreneur.
Jose Vieitez
We worked together  •  Venture Fellow, Access Venture Partners and Co-founder and Co-director, Boomtown Accelerator. University of Colorado Boulder grad.
Bret is a tremendously insightful mentor, advisor, and strategist. He always offers his time to those who need it and those who meet with hi ... m always tell me of how much they learn from him.
Paul Jerde
We worked together  •  Previously Former, Exec. Director, Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder.
Bret is a perfect advisor. He is himself an entrepreneur, he has worked with investors, he is a researcher and skilled educator, and he has ... been masterful at integrating his practical experience and his academic knowledge. I enthusiastically endorse him, without reservation, as a superb advisor to an entrepreneurial venture.
Matt Reisman
We worked together  •  Previously Co-Founder & CEO, rachio. Previously Corporate Relationship Manager, Global Accelerator Network.
Bret has an incredible ability to understand both the bigger picture for a business as well as the details for planning and execution. He h ... as been immensely helpful in figuring out a plan toward reaching a vision with an awareness of the obstacles that may stand in the way. Beyond that, he's an incredible person to be around. He has helped many people stay motivated and focused, even during the toughest times of a startup.

James Hathorn
They're my professor
James is intelligent, charismatic and extremely capable. He is a team player and is able to handle conflict in a productive and professiona ... l manner. I enjoyed the time we worked together building a team of students to manage a small venture fund. Would always welcome the opportunity to work together in the future.

Garett Shulman
They're my friends
Garett is not only a talented software engineer, he is also a thoughtful and astute manager of time and resources. All of these attributes ... make Garett an excellent co-founder/entrepreneur. I enjoyed working with Garett in the early phases of a education software project and would gladly work with him again.

Nicole Glaros
Board Member, Application Developers Alliance and Board Memeber, Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado. University of Florida grad.
Nicole is smart, super business saavy and has an uncanny ability to call it as it is. I highly recommend Nicole as an advisor to any busine ... ss seeking a fresh and experience perspective as they try to build their startup.