Four Startups to Celebrate Learning from the Verge Stage

At the end of the year, it’s common (and, in fact, highly advisable) to take pause and reflect on what you have accomplished over the past year and what you hope to achieve over the next one. As the Verge community prepares for 2014, we’re coming together to share what we’ve learned in 2013 and celebrate the progress we’ve made.

These four founders have certainly made plenty of progress lately. And as their startups continue to grow, Grant, Ashton, Greg and Max are looking forward to big years in 2014. Get to know them below and meet them in person at the Verge Education Celebration on December 11th, where they’ll share some of the key insights they’ve picked up that have helped them get to growth stage.

Grant Glas: Eternal Optimist and Lover of Meticulous Design

Grant GlasHe’s helped build more than 50 mobile apps for iOS and Android that have resulted in more than 1 million collective downloads. In addition to his UX and mobile wizardry, Grant Glas has has a knack for marketing, especially when it comes to the Apple and Google Play app stores.

Grant’s Business: App Press

App Press® is a code-free solution for creating Android and iOS apps on phones and tablets. Now, anyone using App Press can build, manage and distribute apps to the massive app store audience (Apple, Amazon, Google). Companies use App Press to develop apps faster, and to


save time and money on production costs. In the past 6 months, over 3,000 students, designers and professionals representing media, publishing, education, government, non profits, healthcare and financial companies worldwide have joined.


Ashton Chaffee: Boundless Builder and Marketing Mastermind

Ashton Chaffee

Since graduating from Butler, Ashton Chaffee has been a chameleon, of sorts. During her time at Slane Capital Partners, she has gained experience as a start-up co-founder, brand strategist, co-author, and marketing coordinator, to name a few. In addition to being involved with all of Slane’s companies and projects, Ashton is currently pursuing her MBA at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. If she’s not at school or work, you’ll probably find her obsessively training at CrossFit Indy North.

Ashton’s Business: Slane Capital

Slane Capital PartnersAshton is a Partner at Slane, a serial start-­up team. Slane identifies, de-­risks, launches, and builds enduring companies. We also support other entrepreneurs (usually as the first money in).

For outside projects, Slane looks for three things:

  1. a quantifiable problem
  2. capable founders
  3. a way to defend


Greg Kraios: Creative Connector and Master in the Science of Email Deliverability

Greg Kraios

Greg Kraios is an email geek dedicated to helping deserving businesses deliver more messages to inboxes. As an established thought leader within the email deliverability industry, his expertise in dealing with receiving networks has made him a highly sought-after consultant with some of the largest email volume organizations around the world.

Greg’s Business: 250ok

250ok250ok was born out of our passion to serve the evolving needs of email deliverability managers at companies of all sizes and industries. We are excited to introduce products that help advance the email deliverability space and the opportunity to work with brands as passionate as us. 250okworks exclusively with legitimate senders, helping them to connect and win.

Max Yoder: Working to Make the Complex Simple

Max YoderMax Yoder‘s passion for clean, functional design helps his work stand out in more ways than one. He’s always pushing to make complex problems like education and scholarship simple, and now that he’s on this third startup, he’s getting quite good at it.

Max’s Business: is a corporate training application that helps businesses get their stakeholders up-to-speed and keep them there.


From employee on-boarding to ongoing corporate education to client on-boarding, makes it easy to build, distribute, and measure the effectiveness of company’s learning materials via user-friendly, web-based software.

Learn what makes these founders tick:

Come meet these founders in person. These four entrepreneurs will present at Verge’s Education Celebration, next Wednesday at The Conrad in downtown Indianapolis, alongside other founders eager to share what they’ve learned with the community.

Here’s a sneak peak: