About Barista Ventures
Barista seeks to be the most hands on and high touch venture partner group in Texas. We don’t just provide technical solutions. We build businesses. Barista is an incubator in the words purest form. While we have several wholly owned and revenue generating properties under our umbrella what really excites us is improving a new business. Our experience with food and logistics tech based companies has been a focus for our own expansion. As we move into 2017 Barista seeks to bring it’s own brand of problem solving and cutting edge technical solutions to your company. There is no substitute for work ethic and a passion to learn, and Barista puts it’s passion into every project we take on. We would love to meet you for a coffee (What else?!) and discuss your needs for the future.
Together, we build.
Joshua Stramiello, CEO.
Joshua, or “Stram” as he is known around the office, is intensely passionate about applying technology to business solutions. After studying philosophy and religion in undergrad at Hendrix College, Joshua would go on to Law School only to drop out in his final semester to pursue tech full-time. Joshua takes a hands-on approach to leadership and believes in a bright future for the Dallas Tech Ecosystem. Joshua also serves on the board of directors for an education nonprofit, and does motivational speaking for underprivileged groups.
Chan Walker is a partner at Barista Ventures providing business development, strategy, and operations leadership. Prior to joining Barista, Chan was the VP of Operations and General Manager for Zomato (formerly Urbanspoon). He established the North American headquarters and built a large multi-function team responsible for launching the service across multiple new markets, and driving traffic and sales. He was responsible for all aspects of P&L ownership: sales, marketing, recruiting, operations, content, and business development.
Prior to Zomato, Chan was the divisional CFO at CompuCom, a $2B global technology outsourcing firm. He was a trusted partner to the senior leadership; responsible for driving insightful analysis and managing the day to day financial operations for a $100M business vertical.
Matthew “Tyler” Brown
Tyler is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Whether that means connecting them to the right people, or consulting them on their growth strategy, he always carries a “what can I do to help you” mindset. After years of working corporate automotive in Arkansas, he moved to Dallas and immersed himself into the growing technology field, often found providing free beers to thirsty networkers in Dallas’ flourishing tech scene. Finding new ways to scale a company and new marketing angles is what fuels Tyler on a day-to-day basis. He is an advisor to multiple companies in the Dallas area, and is always eager to hear about new opportunities to help businesses scale.
Affectionately referred to as the resident wizard, Mark Hopkins is a partner at Barista Ventures. A tech journalism luminary, he achieved notoriety in the formative years of Mashable as an associate editor. In 2009, he co-founded SiliconANGLE Media and created the groundbreaking video tech program, TheCUBE. Prior to his decade in the field of journalism, he had two careers, one in the tech and media startup space, and one in large corporate, working for companies like Nokia, Apple, and IBM. In late 2015, he co-founded the Dallas-based digital creative agency Roger Wilco, and in 2016 was named an IBM Futurist.