Collectively, we've helped over 120 companies Innovate and Grow


We Inspire And Empower Innovators And Change Agents Around The World To Generate Sustained Results

The company’s target clients include C-Suite and Executive Leaders who are looking to scale their organizations more efficiently. Innovation Junkie is not simply a firm filled with consultants. Our team has over 75 years of experience as Operators, Executives, Advisors, and Investors. Collectively, we’ve helped over 120 companies secure investment, innovate, streamline their revenue-producing processes, improve their operations, and grow.


We Have Over 75 Years Of Experience As Operators, Executives, Advisors, and Investors


Managing Director

Dr. Jeff D. Standridge helps organizations and their leaders generate sustained results in the areas of innovation, strategy, profit growth, organizational effectiveness and leadership.

Formerly a Vice President for Acxiom Corporation, he has led established and startup businesses in North & South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Jeff serves as Managing Director for the Conductor, Co-founder of Cadron Capital Partners, and teaches Entrepreneurial Finance & Innovation Leadership in the College of Business at the University of Central Arkansas.

Dr. Standridge has been an invited speaker, trainer, and consultant for numerous companies, institutions, and organizations across five continents. He is also a two-time best-selling author of “The Innovator’s Field Guide: Accelerators for Entrepreneurs, Innovators & Change Agents” and “The Top Performer’s Field Guide: Catalysts for Leaders, Innovators & All Who Aspire to Be.”

Prior to his business career, Jeff spent more than a decade in healthcare, serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and as a member of the Angel Flight Helicopter Transport Team at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He is also retired from the U.S. Army – Arkansas Army National Guard. Jeff holds the Doctor of Education with special work in Leadership & Organizational Development, as well as a Master of Education with special work in Human Resource Development.


Managing Director

Jeff is the Founder and Managing Director of Startup Junkie Consulting. Jeff is one of the key leaders nationally involved with the creation of lasting venture ecosystems. Jeff has held senior leadership positions in nine startups and three Fortune 500 companies, and he has made more than 90+ angel investments into new ventures and small businesses either directly or through the funds he manages. Jeff now leads Startup Junkie Consulting, Cadron Capital Partners, and the Tonic Regional Funds. Jeff served as Associate Vice Provost, Research and Economic Development, and Director of Technology Ventures at the University of Arkansas until leaving to pursue Startup Junkie Consulting full-time in January 2015. His work at the University of Arkansas canvassed every aspect of the commercialization of life science, biotech, medical devices, healthcare information technology, pharma, and other areas of scientific and technical innovation. Jeff is a recognized expert in lean startup methodology and customer development processes.

In addition, Jeff is an adjunct professor and teaches entrepreneurship at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at University of Arkansas. From 2008-2017, Jeff was a retained advisor for Innovate Arkansas, a Winrock International program chartered with the creation and support of a knowledge-based economy in Arkansas and has accounted for $300+ million in public and private financing for Arkansas-based small businesses. Jeff serves on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards for organizations such as Phigenics, Ozark IC, OsteoAdvantage, AR Health Ventures, Arkansas Capital Corporation, and SLS Communities.

Prior to all of this, Jeff served six years as United States Air Force Officer, working in the Strategic Air Command as a missile launch officer and later in research and development acquisition. Jeff graduated from United States Naval Academy in 1984 and holds a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. He is a certified Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP).


Managing Director

Brett is a Managing Director at Startup Junkie Consulting. In this role, he is a leader in developing, deploying, and managing entrepreneurial programs and initiatives across the country. He is also a managing member of the Tonic Fund, a General Partner of Cadron Capital Partners, and co‐founder and former board member of Community Venture Foundation DBA Startup Junkie Foundation.

Prior to this, Brett served five years in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Los Angeles, California, as a United States Air Force Officer specializing in program and project management. Brett led project and contract teams that managed multi‐million‐ and billion dollar service, construction, and aerospace initiatives. Brett began his career as a Financial Analyst at Walmart’s Headquarters in the Optical Department.

He holds a master’s degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas’s College of Engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business. Northwest Arkansas Business Journal named Brett as one of the region’s “Fast 15”. Brett is a certified Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP).

The Innovation Junkie team empowers innovators and change agents in organizations of all sizes. We bring decades of experience helping some of the world’s best known for-profit and non-profit enterprises across multiple industry sectors to develop strategy, build resilient teams, and deliver incredible results.

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