INNOVATE is bringing two experts in funding to the stage for the ultimate Face Off.
Will Price, founder of Next Frontier Capital, a venture capital firm with a mission to drive talented entrepreneurs to build Montana technology companies of impact, utility, and value, has a career that spans from venture capital investing to operational, transactional, and advisory roles at both public and private companies. With a Montana family history dating to the 1850s, Will is passionate about investing in the state’s promising future. Will’s ancestor, Telesphore Jacques deMers, was one of early Montana’s most dynamic entrepreneurs with investments in cattle, freight, retail, ferrying, hotels, and founded DeMersville, precursor to modern day Kalispell.
Prior to Next Frontier Capital, Will served as CEO of Flite, an advertising and analytics platform. In 2016, Flite was acquired by Snap, the parent company of SnapChat. During his six year tenure, Will built a market leading organization capable of serving and analyzing billions of ad interactions, sold enterprise customers such as Procter & Gamble, The New York Times, and LinkedIn, raised capital from leading venture capitalists, including Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst, and strategic customers Conde Nast, Jive Software, and Publicis.
His opponent, Justin Bigart, is the founder of Wisetail, an online learning platform designed for workforce enhancement, which Bigart built from a grassroots movement. A serial entrepreneur, Justin has started multiple business and served on national boards including, the Board of American Wildlands. An outdoor enthusiast, Justin spends as much time as he can meditating while ultra-distance trail running, biking, skiing, climbing and traveling. Justin is a graduate of the University of Montana with degrees in Finance and Information Systems. After Wisetail sold in 2017, Bigart remains heavily engaged in the Bozeman community and has captured some incredible moments with his photography.
These two will take the stage at INNOVATE, October 15th, to debate "Venture Funding vs. Bootstrapping." This "panel" will be an experience to remember as you hear both sides of a pretty heated subject from two experts. Don't miss this moment! Reserve your ticket to INNOVATE 2019.