Board of Directors

Ben Oelsner

Benjamin Oelsner – Ben is a business attorney with over 20 years of experience counseling entrepreneurs and startup companies on virtually any type of commercial contract and all forms of intellectual property and technology transactions.  Over the years, he has helped startups and small businesses negotiate hundreds of deals against large business and public companies.



Ian Netherton

Ian NethertonTreasurer of Startup Longmont. Ian owner of Eight One Partners, LLC, an accounting firm focused on growing and emerging companies. The preponderance of his efforts are directed at supporting startups with their planning, financial reporting, and capital raising efforts.




Eben Johnson

Eben Johnson – President Startup Longmont. From Production Planner to CEO, with both start-up and large-corporate experience, Eben has enjoyed launching and growing companies and bringing new technologies and products to market. With a focus on strategic and tactical marketing, he has also worked domestically and abroad in manufacturing, supply-chain management, field sales & service, engineering, finance, corporate strategy, and mergers & acquisitions. Email: 


Chris Salter

Chris Salter – Founder of Music Play Land Inc. and designed Allegro Multimedia Inc.’s award winning product lines and content architecture, including multiple forms of intellectual property. Speaks several languages, and holds degrees in Music and Linguistics, including a Master’s degree from UCLA (research thesis: how music can be taught as if it were a native language). Closed multiple licensing deals with Fortune 500 strategic partners, including Fisher-Price, Mattel, and Disney.



Darren Elven

Darren Elven – An innovative technology leader with multi-industry experience spanning local startups through to global brands such as Disney and Crocs. A mentor and advisor with a passion for being a lifelong learner. As a technologist, Darren holds a degree in AI and IT. His career includes being a founding software engineer, CIO/CTO and Chief Strategy Officer. Darren focuses on technology, strategy, marketing and growth opportunities.


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