Who’s Who in Columbia’s Startup Scene
It’s not fair boiling down the vibrant activity in a community to a few people. It takes a community to make a community.
But there are always outstanding people who contribute more than their fair share to startup community growth, and we are all grateful for their efforts. Here are 5 people in Columbia who’s disproportionate efforts earn them special thanks.
Brent Beshore is the Owner and CEO of AdVentures (#28 on 2011 Inc. 500), which provides equity investments, marketing resources, strategic planning, and operations management that accelerates growth. AdVentures has founded seven companies, acquired two and exited from two. AdVentures is also the holding company for Musaeo and The League of Innovators, a touchstone of the Columbia startup community. Brent is a Venture Partner at Gen Y Capital, and he has written columns published in Forbes and the Huffington Post
Brant Bukowsky and his brother Brock Bukowsky started a ticket brokerage called ShowMe Tickets in 1997, while attending Mizzou. ShowMe Tickets spawned Buyselltix.com which later received an Inc 500 Award before being acquired by TicketMaster. The two then started Veterans United, a mortgage company employing nearly 1,000 in Columbia, which ranked 96 on the Inc 500 list. And in 2009, the two received an Inc 500 award for a third company, Plus1-Media.
Steve is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Steve acquired Delta Systems in 2005. Delta is a computer consulting company with clients such as 3M, Kraft, and the American Red Cross. Steve has been a member of Centennial Investors since 2008.
Steve Wyatt is the Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development for the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering. In addition, he serves as the Statewide Business Development Program Director for University Extension. Steve began his involvement with the University as a Missouri Small Business Development Centers counselor in 1987. He became the Associate Director for the Missouri SBDC in 1989.
Greg Bier is an Associate Teaching Professor of entrepreneurship at University of Missouri. He is also the Director of the University of Missouri’s Entrepreneurship Alliance. Previously, Greg was a resident “intrapreneur” for the Army’s Engineer School where he conducted several feasibility studies and plans aimed at broadening the scope of training and service of the United States Department of Defense.