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Jeff Barnes is a former US Navy Nuclear power plant operator on a Submarine, Navy diver, risk management director, technology enthusiast, business growth expert, advisor and management consultant. Mr. Barnes sits on the boards of startup companies lending his time and expertise to help them grow. As a nuclear trained mechanic and scuba diver on a US Navy Submarine, Jeff Barnes traveled the world underwater at extreme depths, running a nuclear power plant and sleeping with torpedoes while learning invaluable skills. His innate leadership ability and understanding of complex systems allowed him to run the largest division on his submarine and take charge of the ship’s quality control program.

After an honorable dis charge from the Navy, Mr. Barnes took his expertise and experience to Corporate America, helping clients grow their businesses as a risk management consultant and helping entrepreneurs develop strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Barnes spearheaded internationa l projects as an Innovation and technology director working with Corporate VC’s, strategic partners, and other Fortune 500 leaders to bring new technology and ideas to the global marketplace.


In 2018 Mr. Barnes took over the CEO role at Angel Investors Network to help more entrepreneurs bring their products, services, and technology to the market as an advisor, mentor, coach, and venture fund manager. Having personally spent over $5 Million on digital marketing campaigns, mentoring, and advising over 1,000 companies, and helping companies generate over $50 million in investment capital, Jeff is uniquely positioned to scale fast growth companies

Mr. Barnes has owned, operated, or advised companies in the finance, insurance, investing, real estate, health care, IoT, AR/VR, FinTech, eCommerce, and mobility verticals. As the manager of
both the Angels & Heroes Venture Growth Fund he finds opportunities for his investors to make great returns through angel and other private investment opportunities.

Jeff earned his Leadership MBA in 2011 from the University of Washington and now mentors young professionals and entrepreneurs alike. During his free time, he sits on the board of Lifeschool, a nonprofit helping kids gain life – skills they don’t learn in school, as well as a great deal of time coaching his two boys’ sports teams, enjoying the outdoors and traveling.