Jacob manages the PitchForce process vetting new startups to present at our weekly events focused startups seeking their Seed and A Round investments. He individually coaches the pitching entrepreneurs on their pitches before they present. Jacob manages our investor panel and supports the sponsorship partner programs. He works individually with all of our presenting companies to help them perfect their pitch to investors. He is a Rockstar at organizing events and meeting with all the founders to help them tell their stories.

In his free time, Jacob enjoys exploring the great city of San Francisco and the surrounding areas. Having recently moved to the bay area he is loving all the outdoor activities the west coast has to offer! Having grown up Cleveland, Ohio, he spends time off with family boating on Lake Erie.

Jacob Lonsway

PitchForce, Event Manager
Max is the founder and CEO of PeopleConnect, bringing remarkable energy, a rare blend of experience, a sense of creativity, and a tenaciousness that has made it possible for many startups and established companies to add key talent to their teams. A lifelong entrepreneur, a consummate networker and a business strategist, Max understands the minds and passions of startups and companies focused on growth.
Max has always been an expert in finding talent; he was the youngest talent scout in the history of the NBA, serving as Chief Scout for the Phoenix Suns. He owned and operated a company that produced sports camps for children, and baseball and basketball fantasy camps for adults, where he partnered with some of the biggest names in sports, including Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Pat Riley, Magic Johnson, John Wooden, and Billy Casper.
Max founded PeopleConnect in 1999, where he currently focuses on business development and client relations. He is an active member of several angel investment groups, and his passion for finding talent extends to introducing PeopleConnect clients to the professional resources they need to bring their company to the next level.