J.D. is the founder of SmartMoney Startups and SmartMoney Veterans. He is a Marine Corps veteran with over 25 years of experience in the startup world. Following his military service, J.D. served at the C-level in 8 startups in roles including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer. He has orchestrated and completed over $1 billion dollars in financial deals throughout his career. His 8 startups include 6 exits and 2 learning experiences. J.D. is an alum KPMG and of THE Ohio State University.
Amanda is an Air Force Veteran and a serial entrepreneur with 20 years of global expertise with startups and Fortune 500 companies. She has an extensive M&A background with $4B in acquisition execution in the past 10 years. Amanda is Founder & CEO of Kardia Ventures where she invests in and advises tech startups in Silicon Valley and Southern California. She is also CoFounder and COO of Simple Disability, a data analytics startup. Amanda holds an MBA, a Business Advisor at The Founder Institute and EvoNexus and Board Advisor at Girls in Tech San Diego and SmartMoney Veterans.