Mat Ellis founded Cloudability in April 2011 and is its CEO. Prior to Cloudability, Mat held executive positions with four start-ups, and key technology roles at Frito-Lay, Pepsi Cola and Goldman Sachs. He currently sits on the boards of Help Autism Now Society and the Technology Association of Oregon.
Originally from the UK and now residing in Portland, Mr. Ellis is well known as a mentor and advisor to start-ups across the US.
Diane Fraiman serves as a Partner with Voyager Capital, a leading West Coast information technology venture capital firm that provides entrepreneurs with the resources, experience, and connections to build successful companies. Her focus is on software and digital media investments in the Pacific Northwest. She is also on the boards of TiE Oregon, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN), Portland Seed Fund, and Oregon Israeli Business Alliance (OIBA).
Ms. Fraiman has over 30 years of technology company experience in leading marketing, strategy, and business development. She is a leader and believer in the Portland start-up community.
John Friess is a successful entrepreneur who is focused on the process of founding and building the marketability, viability, and exit ability of idea and emerging stage companies. In 2008, he founded journey fitness Inc. – a company that has invented the world’s first truly portable universal gym. Journey gyms are now distributed in over 20 countries and hold four patents. Prior to journey gym, he co-founded wired.MD, a leading health education company that grew from conception to full acquisition in an eight year period.
Mr. Friess is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Starve Ups, Oregon’s first accelerator. Starve Ups is an exclusive grass roots entrepreneurial organization for founders of idea and emerging stage start ups in Oregon and Washington. Today, Starve Ups and its “proven peer mentoring for founders” model has been argued in international news as the most successful accelerator in the world.
In June 2014, Janet LaBar joined Greater Portland Inc, the regional public-private partnership that helps companies expand and locate to the Portland-Vancouver area, as its President and CEO. Under her leadership, GPI is driving Greater Portland 2020, a comprehensive five-year action plan, which covers the bi-state, seven-county metro, and is guided by a broad coalition of industry, elected and non-profit leaders with the purpose of increasing the region’s competitiveness for jobs and investment.
Ms. LaBar is a member of the Oregon Business Plan Steering Committee, the Governor’s Regional Solutions Team, sits on the board of Portland Business Alliance and volunteers for March of Dimes. She has extensive experience in communications, strategy and operations, and is passionate about economic development and community building.