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Des Moines, Iowa

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Hey there, you found Geoff. 

My name is Geoff Wood. I'm an entrepreneur and connector based in Des Moines. I'm married to Hope and we have one son. I'm working on several startup-related projects through Welch Avenue & Startup Genome

I know the difference between CST and CDT.

The stuff I'm working on ...

Geoff Wood is an entrepreneur, connector and the founder of Welch Avenue, an umbrella company that houses several initiatives related to the Iowa startup community including the Welch Avenue Weekly (a curated digest of the top startup and technology news for community in Iowa delivered each week) and the Welch Avenue Show (a web show/podcast highlighting founders across the state).

He's also the COO of Startup Genome, a project working to build the most comprehensive and accurate database of startup activity around the world.

He was previously the COO of Silicon Prairie News (SPN), a digital media and event production company. At SPN, he was the company’s second employee and managed the operations of the business as it grew tenfold.

Geoff has co-founded several startups, including VolunteerLocal, Eggcrates, and CampusAuthority. He earned a B. Sc. from Iowa State University and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

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I like to talk ...

I enjoy presenting on topics related to entrepreneurship, technology, community and developing ecosystem. I've presented to conferences, university classes, user groups, Rotary, breakfast clubs and more. I host a weekly podcast where I interview entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts from across the region.

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Select recent presentations:

  • Social: IRL Conference on technology & innovation in Des Moines
  • New Leaders Council (Des Moines) Institute on entrepreneurship
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Caucus & Community Panel on “the next generation”
  • Startup Storm event at Simpson College on the startup ecosystem in Central Iowa

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Photo Credits: headshot by Malone & Co. Inset photo by Malone & Co/Big Omaha