WARF Entrepreneurons Series

The series to take if taking an idea to market is on your mind.

Things that suprise founders


Paul Temple

Paul Temple is an attorney with AlphaTech Counsel S.C., a Madison-based law firm that focuses on emerging companies. He provides transactional counsel related to corporate, technology and privacy-related matters to a select group of businesses in Wisconsin and Illinois, and he works with scientific and technical founders, professional management and in-house counsel. His clients include providers of SaaS, cleantech, software, medical devices, connected devices and marketing & digital advertising technologies. Before joining AlphaTech, he served as in-house counsel to a pair of Midwest software companies.


Mary Jo Gordon

Mary Jo Gordon is a health care industry veteran with more than 35 years experience introducing new diagnostic and therapeutic medical technologies to global markets. She has successfully led early stage companies from concept to commercialization including product development, regulatory affairs, reimbursement, and sales and marketing strategies. Gordon is currently serving as chief executive of a molecular diagnostics startup developing novel technologies discovered at UW–Madison.

Shawn Guse

Shawn Guse is a co-founder and CEO of Intuitive Biosciences, an in vitro diagnostics company serving the research, toxicology, and human and veterinary diagnostics industries. Intuitive has grown from inception to more than $70 million of revenue under contract. Previously, Guse practiced law and was general counsel and VP of international operations for TomoTherapy Inc., helping lead its IPO and its operations in Europe and Asia. He has also founded or managed five companies, including university spinoffs, corporate spinoffs, restructurings and de novo startups. He serves on the board of directors of two private companies and the Overture Center for the Arts. Guse is not just an observer to the financial, emotional, operational and practical highs and lows of founding companies, he is a passionate participant.

Shobhan Thakkar

With a background that includes working at a big four accounting firm, in the New York City office of a global law firm and as an attorney at Epic, Shobhan Thakkar can hold his own on legal and accounting issues. But he also has extensive startup experience, leading a Madison tech company to a successful exit as general counsel, and being on the founding teams of several high-growth tech companies. Originally from the Chicago area, Thakkar moved to Madison to work as the general counsel for Weather Central, which was sold to the Weather Channel in 2011. He then joined Epic Systems as an attorney before leaving to join as chief operating officer of a Madison health-tech company. Thakkar got his law degree and a master's of accounting degree from The Ohio State University. He also has degrees in finance and economics from the University of Illinois. Recognized in 2014's 40 under 40 in InBusiness magazine, Thakkar’s passion is in assisting entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and growing their companies.

Andy Walker

Andy Walker has developed deep operational expertise as employee number one, co-founder/CEO, interim CTO and turn around CEO of four startups, two of which he took to exit and two that are still running. 42six Solutions, which was acquired by Computer Science Corporation (NYSE: CSC), focused on disrupting traditional relational database companies with new uses for emerging open-source big data technologies. In 2014, after two years at CSC as vice president of big data, Walker relocated back to the Madison area where he worked with Fetch Rewards as an interim CTO and early stage investor. Then in 2015, Walker took over as CEO of Channel IQ in Chicago. Channel IQ was an e-commerce intelligence company, funded by Drive Capital and acquired by Market Track. Walker is now co-founder of a new venture capital firm, Rock River Capital Partners, focused on finding great technology disruptors across all industries. Walker has an undergraduate degree from UW–Madison in computer science, a master of systems engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.