Our specialists are domain expert partners beyond just service providers.
They understand early-stage company challenges and have built support programs to support the core needs of early stage companies with a tailored approach. The Combine has selected a short list of pre-vetted providers in each category that we feel comfortable recommending. We expect a great deal out of our specialists in that they need to be able to leverage best practices, yet be nimble enough to work with each individual company's needs. Thespecialists provide direct services to each company. We vet them, define requirements, and bring the partners to the table. We do not select, as our portfolio companies' boards require independence. Our partners know that they are held accountable to the individual company's success.
Our specialists help with:
- Real Estate
- Accounting & Finance
- Payroll & HR
- Marketing Services
- IT & Hosting
J Cornelius is the Founder and CEO of Nine Labs, an experience and strategy consultancy in Atlanta GA. His work focuses on the psychology of customer experience, and how to use technology to solve business problems. He has worked on projects with organizations like The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office, Coca-Cola, UPS, General Electric, and the State of Georgia. He also served as a mentor at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech; and as a private consultant to numerous other organizations.
Matthew is a certified public accountant and managing partner with Acuity. Matthew works with entrepreneurs by helping them navigate finance, tax, and accounting. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Matthew was a part of the Austin technology community both as an adviser and as a part of a start-up that had a successful $100 million exit in November 2000. He is now an active leader in the Georgia technology community.
Peter Baron serves as a senior-level consultant, offering advice to clients on product positioning, lead generation and nurturing, and digital marketing. Through more than two decades of technology marketing and PR experience, Peter has the skills to recognize new trends and opportunities, helping companies plan strategies accordingly. His client experience spans telecommunications, networking, healthcare technology, mobile computing and myriad software solutions. Peter received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and PR from the University of Utah.
Soon Mee is executive vice president and Atlanta technology practice director for Porter Novelli, an international public relations consultancy. A dreamer and a doer, Soon Mee drives purposeful action for a broad range of agency clients from startups to large enterprises. She is a proven leader and creative problem-solver with a passion for disruptive technologies, innovation, social impact, diversity and multicultural communications. Her forte is in uncovering and articulating the reasons why people should care about complex issues, systems and technologies. Formally and informally, her favorite roles are that of mentor, coach and student. She is a graduate of Emory University with a B.A. in political science.
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