Jeff Sloan – Founder / Managing Partner
Jeff is one of America’s leading entrepreneurial and small business experts. The website he co-founded in 2002, known as StartupNation, has become a leading provider of high-quality content relating to starting and growing a business. In his role at StartupNation, Jeff has co-hosted the award-winning nationally syndicated call-in StartupNation radio show – which has aired in over 85 markets; keynoted numerous conferences – including the Microsoft Small Business Conference and the Small Business Administration of America annual conference. He’s appeared on numerous national television news networks as an entrepreneurial expert – including CNN, CNBC, Fox and others. He’s authored a highly acclaimed book on starting a business known as “StartupNation: Open for Business” published by Doubleday; and has received numerous awards – including U.S. Small Business Administration “Journalist of the Year.”
As the lead partner at Aria Ventures, Jeff guides a portfolio of fast growing startup ventures from startup to exit including strategic planning and modeling to fundraising to marketing and sales to team-building.
Jeff’s expertise has been earned from his own lifelong journey as a serial entrepreneur across a broad range of businesses ranging from traditional businesses to high tech ventures, including the development and commercialization of his own invention, the “Battery Buddy” to the launch, growth and successful exits of a variety of ventures ranging from Clarity, Genego, Aereous and Rubicon Genomics.
Currently Jeff leads the startup he founded known as FanLabel, and has a strong passion for supporting local commerce through Aria Ventures portfolio ventures ShopLoyal, NeedAnything and Main Street Nation.
Rich Sloan / Partner
Rich Sloan is a seasoned, successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in launching and growing businesses that have positive social and environmental impact. Rich co-founded StartupNation in 2002 with his brother, Jeff Sloan.
As chief startupologist, Rich has co-hosted StartupNation’s award winning nationally syndicated StartupNation radio show and co-authored the acclaimed how-to book, “StartupNation: America’s Leading Entrepreneurial Experts Reveal the Secrets to Building a Blockbuster Business.”
Rich is recognized as one of America’s most passionate evangelists for entrepreneurship, whether in the small business or corporate environment. He has been a contributor and expert source to major media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Costco Connection, Fox Business Channel, CNN, CNBC MSNBC, ABC News and NBC.
Rich’s current portfolio also includes CEO and founder of FWD:Energy, Inc. and co-founder of Fan Label, LLC.