Get Started Team

Get Started is a program of the Archer Foundation. We work with a select group of technology startups, providing the education, resources and hands-on support they need to bring innovative solutions to market. Our goal is to help a new generation of tech companies to grow and thrive in Kansas City, generating value, wealth and opportunities in our local community.

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John Shealy | President

John advises entrepreneurs on pre-incorporation planning, general business strategy and corporate matters, early and late stage equity and venture capital funding, private company liquidity options, joint ventures, financial and risk management, and governance.

John has an extensive background in risk management, accounting and finance, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and personal wealth management. He has held executive-level positions with U.S. Trust and Aquila, in addition to running his own portfolio management company, Shealy Capital. John earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.

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Jeff Glasco | Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services

Jeff leads the Get Started program. He specializes in helping entrepreneurs craft their business model and establish a cadence of execution and delivery. Jeff provides expertise across the entire software development lifecycle, extending into product marketing and customer service functions.

Previously, Jeff held product management and consulting positions with Archer Technologies, EMC/RSA and Accenture’s Global Delivery Excellence practice in the US and Australia. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University. 

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Sarah Nord | Marketing & Communications Director

Sarah guides and supports entrepreneurs as they seek to communicate their value, understand their competitive advantage, and strengthen their customer and employee relationships.

Sarah has been practicing marketing and technical communications in the software industry since 2004. She has held management-level positions with Archer Technologies and EMC/RSA, in addition to running her own freelance writing business, MightyPen. Sarah earned her BA and MA in Professional Writing from Missouri State University.

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Extended Network

Through our relationships with service providers and local experts in the Kansas City community, we can connect you with the right support at the right time. Our network includes:

  • Legal services
  • Insurance
  • Accounting and payroll
  • Banking
  • Tax services
  • Employee benefits
  • Staffing
  • Development
  • Marketing and PR
  • Graphic design
  • Real estate
  • Capitalization