Kodestarters Advisors

You need great people to accomplish great feats. Software is no exception. 

Meet the Kodestarters Advisors - a team of experts available to lend advice on a wide variety of topics related to software, marketing, business, financials, legal, manufacturing, and more. Another added value in working with Kodestarters.


Edward Wiley, PhD

Edward Wiley, PhD is a senior executive with a proven record of building and leading world class data science teams at companies at stages from startup to Fortune 50.  Ed has served as Chief Data Scientist at Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD), where he built and led a newly-formed team that developed production-scale solutions to identify and capture $100M+ margin enhancing opportunities in the areas of pricing, offers and other sales and marketing instruments.  

After receiving his PhD in Statistics and Psychological Studies at Stanford, Ed spent four years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he led engagements with senior management at top financial services and high technology organizations.  Ed is former Chair of the Research & Evaluation Methodology doctoral program at U. of Colorado, and has advised federal governmental agencies/projects in Colombia, Germany, and the U.S.

Expertise: Data Science/Analytics, Predictive Analytics


Michael Hempel, PhD

Michael Hempel, PhD is in expert in security, embedded systems, and IOT hardware development.  A research professor for University of Nebraska Lincoln.  Michael has led integrated circuit development for a number of teams including goidit.com, and the development of wireless system to monitor rail components in real time.  

“For us it’s not about publishing research papers it’s about solving critical problems” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh5psZ-j_Qs

Expertise: Embedded software development, IOT, Encryption, Wireless network protocols

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Jason Steele

Jason Steele is the co-founder and CTO of Mortech.  He successfully built Mortech into a premier player in the Fintech world driving mortgage recommendations for Google, Lending Tree, and Zillow.  Jason’s technology lead to the successfully acquisition of Mortech by Zillow in 2012.  Jason still serves product manager and is passionate about infrastructure, architecture, and aligning development goals with business priorities. 

Expertise: Software Development, Technology Strategy, Fintech


Rex Lamb

Rex Lamb is a 30 year veteran in the technology development and start up space. Lamb founded a process automation software company that was one of the first to provide the solution as a web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) before it went public in 1997. Rex also founded Marex Group and developed Filebound in 2001 which was a cloud based workflow platform that was used globally by 1000s of organizations. Rex sold his interest in Marex Group and Filebound to a VC group in 2013, which later went public. Rex has served as founder & President for:

  • MicroScan, Inc.
  • DocuTech, Inc
  • Filebound Solutions Inc
  • Marex Group, Inc.
  • goIDit, LLC

Expertise: Leadership, Software Organizations, Strategic Thinking


Luke Prussa

Luke Prussa is a strategic visionary with demonstrated success developing high performing teams. Seasoned leader skilled in the direction of profit and loss achievement, strategic planning, and product management. Dynamic team builder with proven skills in developing strong relationships among clients, peers, and subordinates. Trusted decision maker skilled in assessing priorities and managing risk.  

Expertise: IOT integration within OEM, Business Plans and Strategy, B2B Marketing