We are a team of technology entrepreneurs with operational experience. We lean on our own entrepreneurial journeys to inform our investment approach and our partnerships with portfolio companies and their founding teams – aiming to help them accelerate their timeline to success.
Keith Molzer – General Partner
Keith has been an entrepreneur more than 25 years and started a variety of companies in the Kansas City region. For the last nine years, Keith served as Founder and CEO of Balance Innovations, a leading developer of cash office software solutions for the retail industry. Keith founded the company in 2004 and has led it through its growth from a staff of five and several hundred installs to a multi-product company with more than 75 team members and 8,500 contracted installations in North America. Prior to starting Balance Innovations, Keith founded a consulting practice, Entrepreneurial Consulting Corporation that advised start-ups, economic development agencies, non-profits and the federal government. Keith is active with many local startups as an angel investor and currently has eight active investments.
Keith was awarded the Central Midwest winner for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 for Technology and has received the Kansas City Champions of Business award three times for Balance Innovations LLC. Keith currently sits on the board of Balance Innovations and KCNext and serves as the Network and Communications chair for the Kansas City chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Keith was active in Kansas Pipeline and served as a mentor in 2010 and 2011. Keith attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earned his BA from Baker University and MBA from Rockhurst University.
Thad Langford – General Partner
After establishing his business chops in both Fortune 500 and early-stage environments, Thad is one of the founding partners at Flyover Capital. Before Flyover, Thad was President and CEO of Zave Networks (acquired by Google), a venture-backed digital advertising tech company. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Sprint leading several businesses during the formative years of mobile data and wireless wholesale services. One of his executive positions included managing Sprint’s Innovation program and co-founding Sprint Nextel Ventures.
Since moving to the Midwest after stints on both coasts, Thad is committed to bolstering the regional early-stage technology scene. As such, he co-founded BlackOps Development, a high-quality software development company, and serves on the Board of several rapidly developing companies. Thad graduated from the University of Arizona where he played on the Wildcat’s nationally ranked NCAA tennis team. He also earned his MBA from the Kenan Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Marty Bicknell – General Partner
Marty, along with seven others, founded Mariner Wealth Advisors in 2006 with a goal of keeping the client at the center of all we do. He wanted to build a firm that could simplify our clients’ lives by having all the resources they need under one roof. The day the doors opened, Marty made the promise to put the clients’ interests before anything else…a promise he still holds dear to this day.
Marty has a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.
He serves on the board of directors for the KU Advancement Board for the University of Kansas Medical Center and on the MRIGlobal Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is a board member for the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. He is also involved in supporting several organizations through his sponsorship and committee participation, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), KU Med Cancer Care, Youth Entrepreneurs, Global Orphan, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Marillac.
Marty was named in Investment Advisor’s 2016 Top 25 Influential People in the investment/financial industry, the Kansas City Business Journal’s 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Power 100 List and, under Marty’s leadership, Mariner has had the privilege of being ranked in the top two 2017 and 2016 Independent Advisory Firms by Barron’s.
Tim Foote – Principal
Tim joined Flyover Capital in March of 2015, bringing with him his enthusiasm for working with early-stage technology startups. In his role as Principal, Tim is highly involved throughout the various stages of evaluating investment opportunities. Tim has experience working in both the startup setting as well as at large corporations like Apple and Eli Lilly. Prior to Flyover, Tim developed his due diligence skills at Mid America Angels.
Tim graduated with honors from Ithaca College in Upstate New York and is currently pursuing his MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. When not reviewing pitch decks, Tim enjoys visiting new places with his wife Caitlyn and their daughter Azalea.
Dan Kerr – Principal
Dan brings to the Flyover team more than 10 years of financial and operational experience. He has worked at both early stage technology companies and large financial institutions. Prior to joining Flyover, he worked for UMB Financial Corporation in corporate strategy and development. He played a key role in merger and acquisition (“M&A”) transactions for the company, including leading deal evaluation, financial modeling and due diligence efforts. His responsibilities also included consulting with lines of business on their M&A and growth strategies and assessing early-stage investments in the financial technology space.
Dan graduated from the University of Kansas and went to work for a local startup. Afterwards, Dan spent several years in Chicago where he worked for the Federal Reserve Bank and received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Dan returned to Kansas City in 2012.
Nicole Bentz – Analyst
Nicole joined Flyover Capital in February of 2018 eager to work with early-stage technology companies. As an analyst, Nicole is focused on aspects of due diligence including financial analysis and research. Prior to joining Flyover, Nicole worked within the Risk Assurance practice at PwC working primarily on third-party assurance and regulatory compliance reporting with a focus on clients within the technology and financial services industries.
Nicole graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors in Accounting and went on to pursue her Masters in Accounting from the University of Kansas as well. After receiving her Masters, Nicole became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is licensed in the State of Missouri.