Founded on Bastille Day, 2014, we are a team of unabashedly visionary and optimistic entrepreneurs passionately committed to our mission of breaking down the barriers that restrain employee innovation.

Our Team

Gray Somerville

Gray Somerville

Co-Founder & CEO

Gray is an innovation expert and serial entrepreneur who has played a leading role in the founding and development of three other companies besides LaunchPath, including: Telogical Systems, the leading provider of competition-aware marketing systems to the US telecommunications industry; and Adacus, a Silicon Valley based advertising technology company.

Gray is an active community volunteer, the founder of the “Entrepreneur Bootcamp” entrepreneur development program; the author of 365 Days to Launch, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Helping people and organizations harness the power of their innovation potential is Gray’s undisputed passion, vocation, and sport.

Laura Knotts

Laura Knotts

Co-Founder

Laura discovered the power of scalable innovation at the age of 14 when she created a line of audio books for the blind by borrowing six different audio cassette recorders from friends and family and having her 3 younger brothers and sister push all the record buttons at once as she began to read aloud. That early foray into the world of social ventures would prove a harbinger of Laura’s long and fruitful work as a social intrapreneur within the domain of education, where she successfully created, launched, and operated a variety of innovative new programs that positively impacted education within the State of South Carolina on a local, regional, and statewide level.

In January of 2014, Laura attended one of Gray’s free, weekend-long, Entrepreneur Boot Camps for aspiring high-impact entrepreneurs, saw the potential to expand the reach of the program, and became an invaluable collaborator in both the expansion of the 365 Days to Launch entrepreneur development program and the development of LaunchPath, which, in many ways, was inspired by her vision.

Mannie Schumpert

Mannie Schumpert

Co-Founder

Mannie has been designing and developing for the web for 17 years, and has built web applications for Fortune 500 companies as well as software that is used by thousands around the globe. A recognized expert in his field, Mannie co-organizes and speaks at tech conferences in the local community.

A voracious lifelong learner, Mannie has devoted much of his time to studying the varied disciplines of music, visual arts, technology, and cognitive and behavioral science, all of which he applies to his role as software architect at LaunchPath.

Andrew Woessner

Andrew Woessner

Advisor

Andrew is the CEO of Telogical Systems, Chairman of the Board of Project Horse, and one of Gray’s best friends and advisors since 1995 when he dared to give Gray a job in corporate America.

Steve Weinstein

Steve Weinstein

Advisor

Steve currently Assists teaching Entrepreneurship with Steve Blank at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He is also co-founder of Kine Trope, a board member of Net Power & Light, a former Founder President & CEO of MovieLabs, and has worked in c-level roles in various companies in fields as diverse as mapping, games, and interactive television.