As Indiana’s tech community continues to grow and mature, it’s getting harder and harder to narrow down the winners for our annual Tech 25 Awards program. Clearly there is a wealth of tech talent in the Hoosier state, and they are making incredible moves. Join us in celebrating the Tech 25 class of 2020 through this profile series and learn a bit more about each winner.

Geoff came to gener8tor after spending the last 14 years leading different sales, service, and client success teams. Most recently, he worked for UpNest, a bay-area real estate start-up as the director of client success. Throughout his career, Geoff has focused on work that makes an impact both on customers and their community. An Indiana native, Geoff graduated with his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Franklin College in 2006. He is also an avid musician and loves to talk about music.

What led you to get into tech and what was your first job in tech?

My first job in tech was the director of customer happiness for One Click Ventures. After helping scale One Click’s service team, the company was acquired by FGX International. Following the acquisition, I moved on to the director of client success for UpNest, one of Inc 5000’s fastest growing companies with a location in Indiana, before joining the gener8tor team last year. After the first opportunity to work in tech, I knew that I would be in tech going forward.

What are the main work activities you do or responsibilities you have?

My day-to-day activities as a gBETA Director include being a resource for start-ups in Indiana. I work with entrepreneurs offering support, connections, and mentorship opportunities for early-stage companies in our local tech ecosystem. I make connections with corporations, subject matter experts, and investors to new company founders and entrepreneurs to help level-up those companies to make an impact on our communities as-a-whole.

Which resources would you recommend to those who want to advance their skills?

Geoff Zentz is a Tech 25 winner who is helping to grow and improve the tech landscape of Indiana. He was nominated by his Managing Director, Chelsea Linder. To learn more about the Tech 25 Awards, click here.

Visit the Indianapolis Business Journal website to see the full listing and celebration of the 2020 Tech 25 honorees in the joint CTO of the Year and Tech 25 Awards supplement. You can also watch a video of the livestream from the CTO of the Year and Tech 25 Awards virtual event.