Founder Circles

Telos brings together circles of up to twelve entrepreneurs from all over the world to love, support, encourage and equip one another and to be loved, supported, encouraged and equipped by the entire Telos Ventures community for the startup calling to which God has uniquely brought each of them.

Entrepreneurship is often a lonely pursuit, but that’s not the way God intends for it to be. We focus on building mutually loving relationships with other entrepreneurs, partners and investors through which God-glorifying Gospel-centered ventures are built.

Founder Circles are ongoing communities that are tightly aligned to our advisory services that serve as the foundation for our accelerator.

Patrick Houston
Community Shepherd
Patrick Houston
Community Shepherd

Patrick is the founder, editor-in-chief, and publisher of CloudBase3. He has been editing, building, and operating digital tech-related properties for the past 16 years — and that was after an earlier life as a newspaper reporter, magazine correspondent, freelance writer and book author. Most relevantly, Patrick served as editor-in-chief at CNET where he led a staff of editors who reviewed and compared electronics of all kinds — an experience that of course imbues CloudBase3. He also served as a founding general manager for Yahoo! Tech.

Just before starting Cloudbase3, Patrick served as a senior vice president for NetShelter Technology Media, a network of 150-plus independently owned and operated tech sites. More recently, Patrick has been writing a column for Information Week, one of the leading sources for news and perspective for IT professionals. It may be that experience that, more than anything else that goes to the heart and soul of CloudBase3, which is devoted to helping business managers choose the services on which they’re increasingly betting their fortunes.

Debbie Nogawa
Debbie Nogawa

Debbie is the founder or GalaxZ, a kids fitness company currently in stealth mode. She comes from a personal fitness background including six years at the Director of Membership at the Pacific Athletic Club, the top health and lifestyle facility on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Debbie also has sales and marketing experience, most recently at a marketing and branding startup Zuberance.

Enoch Hwande
Enoch Hwande

Enoch Hwande is a founder of AllVirtuous a start-up developing a products authentication gateway. He has worked globally with multinational companies to develop strategies to protect their brands against counterfeits. He has been an innovator for emerging and global organizations in Africa, Australasia and Europe. His passion is creating innovative ideas that help people live in a virtuous way. As a result, he has spoken at the United Nations on partnerships between private and the public sector based on his award-winning work.

In his previous career he worked for several years with Ogilvy & Mather, and then founded the Dicomm Group, an integrated marketing communications network. The group was chosen to represent Grey (a WPP company), in southern Africa for multi-national clients such as Barclays Bank, Visa, Nokia, as well as CPG powerhouses P&G, Mars, SABMiller & Econet Wireless. Enoch’s innovative thinking led to his winning ten creative awards and a board seat with Grey Global Africa, and the African Broadcast Network. He is a product of the Harare Polytechnic.

Jennifer Quan
Jennifer Quan

At work and in her personal life, Jennifer always has made time to volunteer and support causes she believes in. Her observation of the frequent struggles non-profit organizations endure to raise adequate funds to sustain themselves and their causes, year after year, became highlighted as a challenge she wanted to help find a resolution to.

Jennifer founded milk & honey play café (a dining establishment that brings families together through food, fun and service) as a way to make a sustainable impact through a social enterprise while delivering wonderful experiences and memories for its patrons.

Jennifer attended Johns Hopkins University from 1997-2000 where she earned her BA, then joined IBM upon graduating where she would spend the next twelve years running and growing $100M+ (annual) sales territories, leading high performance teams, innovating and implementing global sales strategies and processes, and developing an ecosystem of partners and partnerships. From 2004-2006, she earned her MBA from the Haas School of Business and rekindled her entrepreneurial spirit. Her most cherished milestones – her three daughters – arrived in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

David & Peter Jung
David & Peter Jung

David, MEng and Peter, MBA are brothers working on two separate projects Claypost and Eherit. Claypost is an app based tool that improves how people share prayer and bible study. Eherit is an app that helps people leave behind legacy in their lives.

David attended University of Sydney where he earned his BE in Electrical Engineering (Information Systems). Since then, he worked for numerous engineering companies including 10 years at Cisco Systems. He earned his MEng in Telecommunications Engineering at University of Technology, Sydney.

Peter started his career at a very young age working as Warehouse Manager for an Australian cable manufacturer. He earned his BA in Economics at University of New South Wales while working full-time. After graduating, he moved to South Korea to work for leading Internet companies including Daum and Interpark Communications. From 2004-2006, he earned his MBA at Seoul National University.

Both David and Peter each have a son and a daughter. The blessing of a brotherly bond has been extended to the next generation.

Annie Tsai
Annie Tsai

Dr. Annie Tsai is an advocate for Kingdom-minded living and excellence within higher education. She studied Social and Cultural Psychology at Stanford University and spent the past few years as the chair of the Psychology Department at Azusa Pacific University. Annie now serves as the Vice President for Alumni, Vocation, and Innovation at APU where she is rethinking and redeveloping how the university thinks about career, calling, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Annie is deeply passionate about discipleship, especially when it comes to seeing young people use their lives for the kingdom and activating people to think creatively about how they can steward their lives and resources or Jesus.

Olivier Jerphagnon
Olivier Jerphagnon

Olivier Jerphagnon is the Founder and CEO of PowWow Energy and a serial entrepreneur with a talent to bring new technology to market. He grew up around farms and he is an expert in applying data analytics techniques to solve infrastructure problems. He founded PowWow Energy to address the growing energy-water nexus in the agricultural sector using Big Data. PowWow Energy won Cleantech Open in 2013, and recently received a grant of $2.3M from the California Energy Commission in collaboration with the University of California. Prior to that, Olivier was CEO of Monitoring Division Inc., which sold professional services to telecom carriers worldwide using patented data sensing and machine learning technologies from Melbourne University. He started his career in fiber optic networks at Calient where he held positions of increasing responsibilities in R&D, Marketing and Sales. Mr. Jerphagnon holds a M.S. from the UCSB, and he graduated from the Grenoble Technology Institute in France.

Edward Jonathans
Edward Jonathans

Edward Jonathans is an native of East Palo Alto, a Silicon Valley community with a long history of violent crime.  With the helpDefyVentures.org, a NYC based organization that helps formerly incarcerated individuals to become entrepreneurs, and now Telos Ventures, he founded GoForth.pro, an organization that hires ex-offenders and teaches them to become professional sales development rep’s for early-stage startup founders and social entrepreneurs.  Edward won the Top Business Plan award from Defy in March of 2014 and incorporated GoForth.pro in May of the same year. Today GoForth.pro provides outsourced sales for Engajer.com, HireAnyone.com, MealLogger.com and Voomwell.com.  He is an active member of Westgate Church in San Jose, and resides in Campbell with his wife, Diana and their adult children, Parker and Brooke, a dog, Tenne and Hobbes the cat.

Edsel Clark
Edsel Clark

Dr. Edsel Clark is the CEO & Co-Founder of myOWNedu – a parent engagement platform designed to help parents play an informed and active role in their children’s education. 
 
A husband, father of three and educational leader for the past 15 years, Edsel has played an active role in nearly all facets of education.  Starting his career as a high school math teacher, he has since held positions in school administration, district leadership and as a graduate level faculty member.  A first generation college graduate, Edsel now holds advanced degrees in Educational Leadership and Administration, having completed his research on Servant Leadership and earned his doctorate in 2011 through Aurora University.  He has extensive experience in program evaluation, strategic planning, curriculum development, and leadership training.

Albert Lee
Albert Lee

Albert Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Gatheric, a crowdfunding platform for events. Albert is passionate about building new products that bring the world closer together. Albert is a seasoned mobile, commerce, and marketplace leader, who has built out the world’s leading platforms: eBay, PayPal, oDesk, and StudyBlue. He is a graduate of Duke University and has an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Albert current lives in San Francisco, and cheers on his hometown Buffalo Bills with his wife and 7 month old daughter.

Alex Lim
Telos Seoul
Alex Lim
Telos Seoul

Alex is the Founder and Executive Director of Five Two Foundation, a nonprofit organization that builds online donation platforms for nonprofits.

Alex worked as a management consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IBM Consulting, and Deloitte Consulting garnering expertise in data architecture, systems analysis and design, and electronic billing and payment platforms. He has delivered solutions for leading Fortune 500 companies, the federal government, and nonprofit organizations.

During his graduate studies, Alex researched the impact of social networks and crowdfunding technologies on microfinance, which led him to start the Five Two Foundation. He provides the vision and strategy for Five Two as well as designing and executing the product development roadmap, managing client and partner relations, and fundraising.

Alex graduated with a double major in Management Information Systems and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. He then attended Yonsei University and graduated as the valedictorian with a Masters in International Cooperation and Development.

Alex currently lives in Seoul, Korea and serves as an Elder at Jubilee Church. He cheers on the Redskins with his wife Heather and two children, Jacob and Katherine.

Sejun Ra
Telos Seoul
Sejun Ra
Telos Seoul

Sejun was born in Korea and has lived and worked in Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom and is now back in Korea. He is married to a gorgeous woman with two of the cutest kids.

Sejun has two degrees in science but most of his work experience is in technology in many different functional areas (dev, PM, BD, sales, etc.). However, what fundamentally drives him is a love for coming up with new ideas and then building them. And he doesn’t think of himself as a geek but everyone else seems to.

Sejun loves to travel, having been to every continent except Africa and Antarctica. He also enjoys basketball (but his back doesn’t).

And finally he is self admittedly a baby Christian. He loves the Lord but still learning to abide in Him.

Ian Carpenter
Alumni
Ian Carpenter
Alumni

Ian was born in South London UK and has lived and worked in France, Germany and United States, and spent much time in East Asia. He is married to Winnie and has two very active boys. Ian has a degree in Information Systems engineering from the University of Surrey and is President of Valid8.com, a leader in mobile network testing. Ian wants to help stop human trafficking.

Dave Kim
Alumni
Dave Kim
Alumni
We Believe (Chicago, IL)

David is a Chicago native with deep roots in his community serving as an active member of his church and working alongside his father for many years as a partner in his father’s accounting firm. Faced with the challenge to keep his two tech-savvy boys, ages 4 and 3, engaged in regular bible studies, he knew he had to get creative. So, with a team of experts, he founded Sprout Ministries, an organization that is passionate about creating bible-centered products that incorporates technology to help facilitate a fun and interactive bible study. He is excited and hopeful families will become closer to each other and most importantly, to our heavenly father. David graduated from DePaul University with a major in accounting. He currently resides in Chicago, with his wife, Myung, two boys, Justin and Brandon, and dog, Cooper.

C. Jimmy Lin
Alumni
C. Jimmy Lin
Alumni

Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS, is a 2012 TED Fellow and Founder & President of Rare Genomics Institute, the world’s first platform to enable any community to leverage cutting-edge biotechnology to advance understanding of any rare disease. Partnering with 18 of the top medical institutions, such as Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford, RGI helps custom design personalized research projects for diseases so rare that no organization exists to help. Dr. Lin is also a medical school faculty member at the Washington University in St. Louis and led the computational analysis of the first ever exome sequenching studies for any human disease at Johns Hopkins. He has numerous publications in Science, Nature, Cell, Nature Genetics, and Nature Biotechnology, and has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.

Tae Young Kim
Alumni
Tae Young Kim
Alumni

Tae Young (David) Kim works at e3 Empower (founded by CEO Ji Young Rhee), a Kingdom-focused company based in Santa Clara that brings sustainable change to developing communities around the globe. Through e3 Empower, David travels many parts of the world and works in impoverished communities in places like Haiti, Lebanon, Africa, and the Amazon. Our vision is to see nations being restored through the native leaders that we empower through the opportunities we provide.

David was born in South Korea, and has spent most of his life in the Bay Area since age 13. He studied economics at UC Berkeley and has worked in Korea as a consultant at Blackboard Inc., a provider of online education platform.

Currently David attends Lord’s Baptist Church in Santa Clara, CA.

Sean Coughlin
Alumni
Sean Coughlin
Alumni

Sean Coughlin is the CEO and co-founder of FaithStreet. Sean is passionate about bringing great technology for faith communities. Sean leads FaithStreet’s partnership with over 10,000 churches and Christian communities across America. In college, Sean served as the President of Harvard’s Reformed University Fellowship and did missions work in Asia with Campus Crusade. Sean graduated from Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Sean is a member of the core team at Dwell Church.

Sheren Chiang
Alumni
Sheren Chiang
Alumni

Sheren Chiang is the Founder of Breadcrumb Health, a healthcare company focused on improving the patient experience. Prior to joining the Telos Community, Sheren spent 15 years in a variety of Human Resources roles in the manufacturing, high technology, and retail industries. As a HR Leader, she was responsible for developing and implementing talent attraction, development, and retention strategies. To this day, her greatest joy came from connecting people with opportunities that allowed them to be at their best.

After surviving the heatlhcare system while dealing with a life-altering illness, Sheren decided to start Breadcrumb Health to help patients find the care, information, and support they needed to effectively manage their illness. Breadcrumb Health is currently in the ideation phase focusing on solutions related healthcare navigation, healthcare social media, and measurement of patient engagement.

Nicole Flowers
Alumni
Nicole Flowers
Alumni

Nicole Flowers was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a lover of both fashion and people from a young age, it seems inevitable that she would find herself merging the two in her home city. During an eight-year tenure in the corporate world, Nicole realized that not only did she want to do more for those around her but she wanted to do it in a way no one else had yet thought of.

“I love the idea championed by the One for One movement and wondered how I could translate that concept to something I love, in an area that I truly care for.” says Flowers. In September of 2011, that desire became an idea and by mid-2012, the idea became a reality. “No one else has touched an affordable fanny pack in years and hiip took a chance on something many people have questions about. To me, fashion has to be about what is. But style? Style is how you interpret fashion and how you wear it. At hiip, we wear our style, we wear our charity, and we wear it boldly.

Aside from the risk factor of re-branding the hip bag, being made in San Francisco is an important part of the hiip story. Flowers notes, “While hiip can be sewn here, hiip will be sewn here. We are made local and we donate local. Our brand is national but our focus is right here at home. I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”

Buz Allen
Alumni
Buz Allen
Alumni

K. S. “Buz” Allen is retired after 35 years in the investment industry beginning in 1974 as a customer’s man with Thomson McKinnon Auchincloss Kohlmeyer (broker/dealer) and ending as marketing director for Aspen Capital Partners (hedge fund) in 2009.

Along the way, he held various posts (retail and institutional sales, public and corporate finance and private placements) at Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Dean Witter (twice), and DC-based New Venture Capital. He has held over a dozen NASD licenses and certifications during his career and worked here and abroad.

He has been involved in many startup ventures over his long career. He volunteers time with several organizations and advises a handful of for-profit and non-profit ventures on innovation, strategic planning and policy, management development, and capital fundraising.

He has also raised funds (grants and HNW) for major charitable organizations in Cambridge and San Francisco and sat on boards of some, including the Harvard-Radcliffe African American Students Association (now called the Harvard Black Students Association), Circle Community Development Corporation and the Greater Bay Area American Red Cross.

Zigmars Rozentals
Alumni
Zigmars Rozentals
Alumni

Zigmars is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nowte, an international startup that provides solutions and services in optical character and object recognition. Nowte’s current focus is on an App that will let customers to take photo notes with unique auto-tagging features.

Zigmars has been involved in the tech industry since 2000 and in 2004 he founded his first company HTML LTD that provided technical, e-commerce and design solutions for local and global clients. His expertise include graphical design, social marketing strategies and business development.

Zigmars and his wife Liga are living in Riga, Latvia and are proud parents of their children Samuel and Anna. Zigmars serves his church through Alpha Course and in addition his Old St. Gertrude Church Riga, he has given many talks and lead discussions in many other churches and in Alpha Course Prison ministry. He is also studying theology in Luther Academy and serving in his church as warden.

Danny Bridgens
Alumni
Danny Bridgens
Alumni
Via Vetera (San Mateo, CA)

Danny Bridgens is the founder of Via Vetera, a non-profit organization specializing in spiritual formation. As a spiritual director, he received his training at the esteemed Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot Theological Seminary.

Danny also has over 20 years of experience as a worship leader and pastor. This all adds up to a passion to help all believers live from the deep places of their hearts and not just from the surface – to become whom we contemplate – so that we live the Christian life not out of duty or responsibility or obligation, but out of our relationship with Christ.