Values are the bedrock of the best organizations.

From GAN's staff culture, to the accelerators in our community, to the companies we partner with, and the ventures we fund, you're looking at a network firmly rooted in these beliefs.

Our Values

Culture at GAN


Create environments where people are empowered to fulfill who they set out to be.


Exhibit a level of selflessness that makes people question our sainthood.


Deliver what we say we’ll deliver, and be honest early and often when we face challenges.


Get stuff done. Continually grow and evolve based on the needs of our community, and work to proactively know those needs.


Pop a cork when people reach greater heights. After all, getting stuff done doesn't mean you have to be boring.


A deep determination to do whatever is appropriately necessary to support our clients, colleagues, and ourselves.

Our Staff

Patrick Riley


Pat has a healthy obsession with supporting startups, strongly believing that founders and entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned to positively impact the world. When he's not too busy cracking jokes in the office, he loves spending time with his wife and daughters around Denver, and helping empower startups around the world. He's proud to be GAN because we’re giving startups the opportunity to create impact in their communities.

Reilly Flynn

Reilly has driven the mission and investment thesis of GAN Ventures since its very beginning. He works hard every day to build a community of engaged investors who bring value to startups as the GAN Ventures portfolio grows. He loves biographies, drinking La Croix, spending time with his family and employing puns at every opportunity. He's proud to be GAN because he gets to work with world-changing founders and organizations every day.

Lizzie Crough

Head of Insight, Data, and Community

From orchestrating incredible events to addressing community needs—Lizzie is the glue that brings our accelerators together. She loves family time, bluegrass music, sub-freezing temps, and her happy place is on a running trail hours before the sun comes up. But after spending her day nurturing accelerator relationships, she feels proud to be GAN because she leaves every day feeling humbled to work with such an inspirational community.

Regan Smith

Chief of Staff

Regan is a Denver local who's passionate about giving back to the community she grew up in. She has a background in marketing and entrepreneurship and an obsession with planning. From curating events, to travel, to day-to-day schedules, she thrives in an environment where she can bring order to chaos. She loves bonsai trees, dinner parties, and dancing. And, she's proud to be GAN because she believes building meaningful community is essential to human growth and happiness.

Gus Gehlen

Global Partnerships Manager

Gus helps founders get the resources they need to grow their business by expanding GAN's network of Fortune 500 companies and top accelerators around the world. Gus loves music, exploring the outdoors, and working on his startup. He is proud to be GAN because GAN not only supports startups, but also founders and their well being.

John Moore

With a passion for the startup ecosystem, John is responsible for facilitating relationships between corporate partners and startups in order for both parties to achieve their maximum potential. He loves all things outdoors, but primarily skiing in the winter and backpacking in the summer months. When not outside, he’s in Denver hosting friends and family for dinner parties and get-togethers. John is proud to be GAN because the connections made here have the potential to be truly life-changing for founders.

Sean Duffy

Head of Global Partnerships

Sean is passionate about connecting people and driving innovation forward through creative partnerships. As the Head of Global Partnerships at GAN, Sean focuses on building strong connections between the startup community and amazing business partners around the world.

Besides a deep love of helping connect people, Sean also loves coffee, traveling, traveling to drink coffee around the world, and using coffee to fuel early morning adventures, especially if they are in far-flung places! He is proud to be GAN because the startups that start here are changing the world!

Madeline Wallace

Corporate Partner Manager

With a passion for working with startups that can push slower-moving corporations forward, Madeline is responsible for facilitating relationships between our corporate partners and startups.

She loves spending time with her family & friends, traveling, and volunteering within her community. She is proud to be GAN where our values live within our daily work.

Emma Rosse

Emma Rosse

Director of GSSN

With a history of working with early-stage startups, Emma lights up when unprecedented ideas are introduced to the world. She finds inspiration connecting with leaders and creators and strives to help them on their entrepreneurial journey.

Today, she helps startups get the resources they need to grow by expanding the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN). She loves skiing, mountain biking, and making pottery for friends and fam. She's proud to be GAN because of the opportunity to build a global community with a shared goal: to learn from one another.

Sole Mingo-Ordónez

A love for people and service fuels Sole’s drive to connect at a deeper level. As part of GAN’s Community Success team, she cheerfully takes care of the needs of our accelerator members and supports their founders – in a couple of different languages.

She loves traveling anywhere and everywhere, spending time with her two teenagers, trying new recipes, and celebrating life with friends at the table. She is proud to be GAN, where our values are put into action on a daily basis.

Julie Phifer

Community Coordinator

With an unwavering belief that every entrepreneur is to be celebrated, Julie loves connecting members to our GAN communities and supporting resources. Her ability to relate to people around the globe and understand their startup needs serves as a pivotal step in building strong foundations and lasting bonds.

Her love for the outdoors is only surpassed by her passion for family and friends. She is proud to be GAN where connecting people is at the start of everything better!

Marty Foy

Growth Marketing Manager

Marty walks a tightrope between marketing and technology at GAN. In his role, he supports our team by thinking through how GAN uses technology to communicate to our many communities and their members.

He loves opening his home to friends for parties and BBQs. On the weekends, you can find him in the mountains, hiking trails, or on a lake paddleboarding his day away. He is proud to be GAN because the work we do here is important to building a whole economy that works better for many people the world over.

Steve Hayton

Community Content Coordinator

Steve believes that startups are inherent to the very fabric of humanity and loves the ‘go-getter’ mentality of entrepreneurs across the globe. At GAN, Steve works on the marketing team, and with a passion for data, creates content to help promote and facilitate our communities.

Having recently become a US citizen, he loves everything that is homesteading, in his spare time you’ll find him growing hydroponic vegetables and crafting tables from wood. He is proud to be GAN because community is life!

Want to join the GAN Team?

If you’re interested in working with this incredible crew, check out our open positions. You can also find our team manifesto for how we work together here if you want to read more about our company culture.

Advisory Board

Jose Deustua

Managing Director

Dina El-Shenoufy

Chief Investment Officer

Adrian Garcia

Founding Partner

Brett Holland


Robb Kunz


Eric Mathews


Candice Matthews Brackeen

Founder and CEO

Marc Nager


Timothy O'Connell


Liz Roberts