Quality mentorship lies at the center of how SixThirty works with its portfolio company founders. Effective mentors force founders to ask themselves tough questions and offer different perspectives to challenge assumptions. Mentors keep founding teams honest and accountable for the decisions and commitments they make for their companies. We find that founders learn best from other successful entrepreneurs, and so we place a high value on recruiting mentors with startup experience – individuals who have built, scaled and sold companies.

At SixThirty, we engage mentors in two different capacities: lead mentors and subject-matter experts.

Lead Mentors
Each company in a portfolio is assigned a lead mentor over the course of the program. The lead mentor meets with the founding team on a weekly basis, keeps them on track, and reports back to the other lead mentors for advice on direction and strategy.

Subject-Matter Experts
In addition to our capable team of lead mentors, SixThirty companies can also rely on the expertise and insight of our extensive list of subject-matter mentors, experts in a variety of fields including, but not limited to: sales, fundraising and customer acquisition.

Mentor Directory

  • Jim Bafaro

    Internal, External and Executive Communications and Innovation, State Farm
  • Kelle Bub

    Innovation Manager, RGAx
  • Brett Whitaker

    Information Security Manager, State Farm Bank
  • Jacquie Ward

    Capital Market Analyst, UMB Bank
  • Jim Blatt

    Vice President of CRM Solutions, Ellie Mae
  • Kirk Fuemmeler

    Bank Information Technology Officer, State Farm
  • Frank LaQuinta

    Principal of Information Systems, Edward Jones
  • Jeff Burgess

    Director of Business Development, Commerce Bank
  • Terrence Freeman

    Digital Strategy Leader, Edward Jones
  • Jeff Kenney

    FSO Market Leader, Ernst & Young
  • Tim Hosler

    Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Shanna Phillips

    Bank Manager, State Farm
  • Richard Ryffel

    Senior Lecturer in Finance, Washington University
  • Jim Whalen

    Senior Vice President, Mastercard Worldwide
  • Jay De Long

    General Partner, SixThirty
  • Atul Kamra

    Managing Partner, SixThirty
  • Dave Bauer

    Sr. Vice President / Region Manager, Business Banking at UMB Bank
  • Scott Jenkins

    Principal, Detalus
  • Tim Stern

    Co-Founder, LendersOne
  • Barry Sandweiss

    Co-Founder, LendersOne
  • Bryan Garcia

    Former Senior VP of Technology at TALX and CTO of Equifax
  • Doug Wilber

    President, North America at Assembly Payments
  • Brian Matthews

    General Partner, Cultivation Capital
  • Steve Harris

    UMA Platform Management Leader, Edward Jones
  • Farron Blanc

    VP Innovation Studio Lead, RGAx
  • Michael Oberlander

    Former General Counsel, Caleres
  • Brian Estes

    Venture Capitalist / Blockchain Investor