The Team

Todd Goldstein, CEO / Partner


Todd Goldstein co-founded LaunchHouse with the mission to invest, develop and foster promising idea-stage startups in NE Ohio. Since Launchhouse first opened its doors, Goldstein has helped grow a diverse portfolio of 40 portfolio companies including Intelligent Mobile Support, Knowta and Good Greens Bars. To date, the Launchhouse portfolio companies have raised more than $9 million in follow-up funding.

Prior to his ventures with LaunchHouse, Goldstein worked in business operations for various Cleveland-area companies. While working for Crestview Management, Goldstein managed a 40 person team and quadrupled the revenue of his division. In 2005, Goldstein joined Franklin & Seidelmann in which he worked alongside the CFO and President, growing the company to over $20 million a year in revenue. Goldstein remains an active investor through his private holdings company and sits on an array of boards.

In 2011, Goldstein was featured on Crain’s Cleveland Business “Forty Under 40”, a list of established business professionals. Goldstein was recently featured on Crain’s Cleveland Business “Who’s Who: 150 names to know in Cleveland”, a list of business leaders and innovators. In 2012, Goldstein was recognized as a Rising Star in Business by Smart Business Magazine.

Katie Connelly, Director of Entrepreneurial Programming


Katie started with LaunchHouse in October 2012. She has a hand in many of LaunchHouse events, programs and genreral goings-on, especially the accelerator program. She graduated from THE Ohio State University in 2011, where she majored in Strategic Communication and duel-minored in Professional Writing and General Business. Katie also works as a freelance social media / blogging / PR consultant and writer in conjunction with LaunchHouse portfolio company, Babl Media. As an advocate for growing the entrepreneurial community in Cleveland, Katie has taken on many roles including Tech Cocktail's Cleveland Ambassador and many other roles in the works. Katie is a former champion Irish dancer, and she still loves all things related to Irish culture. You can find Katie at LaunchHouse at almost any given time because when the inspiration hits, she wants to be able to jam on ideas. A current passion of hers is exploring live-work communities.

Stephanie Bartolone, Director of PR/Marketing / Partner


Stephanie joined the LaunchHouse team in 2009 following graduation from John Carroll University where she majored in Communications. Stephanie has extensive experience working in the startup world.  Previous companies include Inuvate, and Flexhire in which she was responsible for social media and blogging campaigns.

LaunchHouse and its portfolio have been featured in numerous publications and blogs throughout the Cleveland area, including the front pages of The Plain Dealer and Crain's Cleveland Business. LaunchHouse has received notable accolades in business as well as in entrepreneurship, and was recently awarded for Fostering Entrepreneurship at the Team NEO Economic Development Awards.

One thing you may not know about Stephanie is her left eye is ½ brown, ½ green. Her favorite food is PASTA! (She's Italian!) When she grows up, Stephanie wants to be a novelist.

Bob Means, PhD, Chief Learning Officer / Partner


Bob discovered and joined LaunchHouse three hours after retiring from the Department of Veterans Affairs following 31 years serving our Nation’s Veterans.  His work was primarily in the Veterans Health Administration  where he served as Chief Learning Officer and  founder the VA University. Bob was also Director of Postgraduate Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School. Bob’s passion and life’s work has been researching how individuals and groups learn best and building innovative learning/work spaces to accomodate their needs. He remains an active member of the American Society for Training and Development’s  International Benchmarking Forum. Professor Bob is the Director for the LaunchHouse ONE Fund Accelerator Program and a Partner.

Outside of LH Bob’s passions are Family, particularly grandchildren and trying to find a way to simplify the game of GOLF! One thing you may not know about Bob is that he has two left feet. When he grows up he wants to be an anthropologist.

Shannon Lyons, Partner


Shannon joined the party in January of 2011. She has her hands in many LaunchHouse ‘cookie jars’ including: development of the LaunchHouse Accelerator Program, documentation of internal business processes, alignment of growth opportunities, consulting to entrepreneurs, grant writing and throwing awesome parties. She graduated from Youngstown State University in 2004, where she majored in Pre-Law and Philosophy. She went on to get her masters from Case Western Reserve University in Organizational Development & Analysis. She hopes to start her Ph.D in 2013, where she will bring together the disciplines of OD, design and entrepreneurship.  Prior to joining the LaunchHouse team, she founded an OD consulting firm (Innovatree, LLC) in 2007, and worked in research/development within the federal government.

Something you many not know about Shannon is that she plays the violin. Her favorite activity besides helping entrepreneurs include boating with her son. When she grows up, Shannon wants to be: A Painter & Master Conversationalist.

Sam Krichevsky, Partner


Sam Krichevsky is CEO and Co-Founder of TanZ Group, a fast-growing production and event company focused on creating novel experiences and content to connect musicians and artists with their audiences in exciting new ways. He started the company to follow his passions for startups, music, and one-of-kind live events. Since launching in late 2013, TanZ has raised $1.1 Million; Is in the midst of producing two major music endeavors, Electronic Opus and Transmit Festival; developed a new music licensing and publication platform SpringBoard Tracks;  and ran one of 2014’s most successful music Kickstarter campaigns raising more than $250,000.

A passionate leader in his community, Sam is a partner at LaunchHouse, where he helped develop LHX, a nationally recognized accelerator program designed to cultivate top entrepreneurial talent through senior-level mentorship, strategic business development resources and seed funding. Since joining the LaunchHouse team in 2010, he has been instrumental in growing a diverse portfolio of 61 innovative startup companies, which have raised more than $20 million in follow-on funding.

Dar Caldwell, Partner

Dar is a co-founder of LaunchHouse, a Cleveland-based business accelerator and collaborative, entrepreneurial co-working space. LaunchHouse invests money, mentor-ship, and business development resources into promising entrepreneurs to quickly turn their ideas into start-up companies. In collaboration with the City of Shaker Heights, LaunchHouse transformed a 23,000 square foot abandoned car dealership into a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that is home to over 100 startups and entrepreneurs. Dar is passionate about cultivating strong local and regional support for the entrepreneur community in NE Ohio. He serves as a board member for several young professional organizations and start-ups as well as the Cornell Center for Transformative Action, Cornell Club of NEO, Ohio Homecoming, and IngenuityFest. BS Landscape Architecture, Cornell University '04. Caldwell was recently featured on Crain’s Cleveland Business “Who’s Who: 150 names to know in Cleveland”, a list of business leaders and innovators.