D.C. Entrepreneurship Week, to be held during Global Entrepreneurship Week, was created out of a desire to bolster the thriving business community in the Washington DC area; a region that boasts the 5th highest concentration of entrepreneurs in the country (Grasshopper Group, July 2010). Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, the multi-faceted symposium aims to answer... Read More About DCEW »

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Ted Leonsis

ted-leonsis Vice Chairman and President of AOL Core ServiceAs of 2008, Leonsis is the chairman of SnagFilms, a social media website that lets viewers watch and share documentary films. He is also chairman of Clearspring Technologies and Revolution Money, a subsidiary of Revolution LLC, the investment company created by Steve Case. In December 2008, Leonsis was...

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Grant Allen

grantallen Grant is a Vice President at ABB Technology Ventures. Grant received his B.S.E. in Civil Engineering cum laude from Duke University and an MBA with an individualized major in Private Equity and Venture Capital from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. There, he consulted for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was a...

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Thomas D. Heffernan

heffernan Thomas D. Heffernan, age 40, the founder of Business Shapers, an entrepreneurial CFO, controller, and outsourced bookkeeping firm.  He is an accomplished serial entrepreneur having founded, built, developed, and grown numerous multi-million dollar businesses across multiple industries since 1993. During recent years, Mr. Heffernan has built a team focused on providing young companies and their...

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Thanasis Delistathis

06a61d3 Thanasis is an experienced investor and advisor to growth companies.  He has a strong 12 year track record of coaching managers on growing technology companies.  Since joining New Atlantic in 2000 he has invested, advised or served on the boards of a dozen portfolio companies, including Mobile365, DivX and GlobalLogic.  Prior to joining New Atlantic,...

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Jesse Thomas

jesse-thomas 28 year old Jesse Thomas is the CEO and Founder of JESS3. A creative interactive agency specializing in social media data visualization, JESS3 has architected visual masterpieces and interactive solutions for IBM, Intel, Microsoft, MySpace, Pfizer, Time Warner, NASA, Nestle, Pepsi / Tropicana, the Wall Street Journal and many other blue chip companies.

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Mark J. Johnson

mark_johnson_small Mark J. Johnson is a Principal in the U.S. buyout fund. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry during which he has been involved in the investment of over $1.6bn of equity in leveraged buyout, growth equity and venture capital transactions. Much of his career has been spent in the...

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Justin P. Stach

Prior to joining Spring Capital in November 2008, Justin was an analyst with BNY Capital Markets, a broker-dealer serving over 200 pension funds, hedge funds and other various institutional clients. During his time with BNY, he worked with members of the firm’s proprietary research team covering high yield fixed income securities. Justin is a graduate...

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Jeff Reid

jeff_small Jeff Reid runs the Entrepreneurship and real estate  initiatives at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business to build world-class programs in each of these important industries. In doing so, Reid seeks to leverage the real-world experience of local business leaders to enhance student learning. His two-fold vision is to make Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business...

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Matt Vandergoot

matt van Matt VanderGoot concentrates in the representation of emerging growth companies as well as venture capital firms and strategic investors in connection with corporate and securities transactions including equity and convertible debt financings, mergers and acquisitions and recapitalizations. He also provides strategic counseling and advises clients on a broad range of legal issues including corporate governance,...

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Ryan Naftulin

ryan Ryan Naftulin, is a partner in the Cooley Business department and is partner-in-charge of the Firm’s Washington, DC office.  He joined the Firm in 1998 in the Firm’s Silicon Valley offices, and moved to the firm’s metro-DC offices in 2002. Mr. Naftulin’s practice focuses on the representation of issuers and investors in the formation and financing of emerging technology and life sciences companies,...

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Rick Kohr

RickKohrWeb1 Rick is a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Advisors LLC. Rick has over 25 years of experience in advising early stage growth and middle market, closely-held companies. He advises clients on various exit strategies as well as financing alternatives that can increase shareholder value. These strategies and alternatives include merger, sale, ESOP,...

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Simita Bose

bio_bose Simita brings a unique combination of business and federal government leadership experience to Novak Biddle. Prior to Novak Biddle, Simita held senior management positions at multiple leading companies. At The Boeing Company, Simita led the stand up of Boeing’s multi-billion dollar cyber security business. She also led new market strategy development and merger & acquisition...

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Bobby Ocampo

Bobby sized for website 2 Bobby Ocampo joined Grotech Ventures in 2009 and is an Associate at the firm. He focuses primarily on investment opportunities in software, internet and digital media, communications, and IT services. Prior to joining Grotech Ventures, Bobby was an Analyst with Piper Jaffray’s Technology Investment Banking group. Previously, he was a Research Associate with Lux Research,...

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Evan MacQueen

EM_small Evan MacQueen joined Core Capital Partners as an Associate in 2011 and focuses on early- and growth-stage investments in the Internet, new media, analytics, wireless infrastructure and business services spaces. Previously, Mr. MacQueen was an Analyst and an Associate at BIA Digital Partners, a family of mezzanine funds focusing on the media, telecommunications, and technology-enabled...

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Joe Harar

Joe_Harar Joe joined TDF in 2007 and is a Principal at the Fund. He focuses on investments in fixed and wireless communications, software, and technology services companies. Previously, Joe was BSG, a publically-traded global communications service provider, where he was involved in all aspects of global M&A and corporate finance. While at BSG, Joe was instrumental...

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Chuck Cullen

bioImage_Cullen_Charles Chuck Cullen joined Grotech Ventures in 2000 and is a General Partner and Grotech Ventures’s Chief Financial Officer. Chuck is responsible for all financial, accounting and administrative functions for the Grotech Ventures funds and works on selected investments. Chuck’s investment activities focus on technology-leveraged services, e-commerce and healthcare IT. Chuck is active on several portfolio...

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Jim Condon

jimcondon Jim has more than thirty years of broad-based management experience over the course of a distinguished executive career with such companies as CyberCash, KPMG, Legent, Marriott, Exxon and a host of venture-backed start-ups. After graduating from Johns Hopkins with a bachelors degree in Mathematical Sciences and earning an MBA with a concentration in Finance from...

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Jonathan Aberman

AbermanJonathan Jonathan Aberman is the founder of and Managing Director of Amplifier.  Amplifier is composed byAmplifier Ventures, a group of early stage venture capital funds, and Amplifier Network an online social community that provides educational content, relevant news and business advice to a growing community of entrepreneurs and selected investors and service providers in the Mid-Atlantic market. ...

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Dr. Dean Chang

dean_chang208 Dean Chang oversees all of the Mtech’s award-winning and nationally acclaimed venture creation programs at the University of Maryland (UM), including the TAP incubator, the VentureAccelerator program, the UM Technology Startup Boot Camp, the UM $75K Business Plan Competition, Entrepreneur Office Hours, Faculty Venture Fairs, and other related offerings at the University.  A strong advocate...

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Adam Viener

adamveiner Adam has over 18 years of experience in the Internet marketing world. Adam co-founded one of the first Internet access companies in 1993, Cyberia. After selling Cyberia in 1998, he continued to manage the acquiring company’s direct and online marketing efforts. After leaving EarthLink, Adam joined the marketing and product development team at Network Solutions,...

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Clara Conti

clara Clara M. Conti served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of OnDialog, Inc. Ms. Conti served as the President of IPIX Corp. since September 16, 2004 and served as Interim Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Conti has over 20 years experience in the information technology field to IPIX as a leader, innovator and entrepreneur. Previously,...

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Lindsey Mask

Mask-Bio Lindsey Mask is a Principal at Global Vision Communications (GVC), a strategic public relations firm for the business leader, specializing in integrated communications for associations & corporations. Mask has a keen focus on public & media relations, new media strategy, stakeholder outreach, business development, and manages the women’s initiative practice. Prior to joining Global Vision...

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Tara Silver

tara silver Tara Chantal Silver is the Founder and Managing Director of SilverStrategy, a woman-owned and operated boutique public relations and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. Having over 13 years of experience as a media consultant, Silver is adept at finding innovative approaches to elevate her clients in the media and marketplace.

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Jonathon Perrelli

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Fortify.VC General Partner Jonathon started Fortify.vc in May of 2011 after founding, leading and exiting four startups over the past 17 years. His experience ranges from founding pre-IPO venture backed startups to executive level roles with publicly traded firms. He has been a successful Angel, investing in startups such as Plaxo, FormSpring, and numerous Cyber-Security...

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Simon Dixon

simondixon Simon Dixon founded Rock-it! Media in 1991 as a company specializing in advertising, media brokering and promotions. Simon saw an opportunity to take advantage of the large amounts of media inventory that go unused every day in media outlets around the world. The media broking system Simon developed allowed his clients to buy major market...

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Jennifer O’Daniel

jenodaniel Jennifer O’Daniel is responsible for sourcing, diligence and closing of seed and early stage investments.  Throughout her career, O’Daniel has invested in 52 seed and early-stage companies via CIT GAP Funds which has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual VC100 list since 2006.   O’Daniel is an active member of the Young Atlantic Venture Association (YAVA), MIT Enterprise Forum,...

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Raymond Fan

Team-Ray03 Ray is an Associate of Arborview Capital and is focused on screening and conducting diligence on potential Arborview investments, and working with Arborview portfolio companies. Prior to joining Arborview Capital, Ray was a member of Banc of America Securities’ Investment Banking Business and Information Services Group. As an analyst in the Business and Information Services...

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Neil Hartz

neilhartz Neil Hartz joined Updata Partners in 2009.  He supports the firm’s business development, deal sourcing and due diligence efforts. Prior to joining Updata Partners, Neil worked as a Senior Analyst in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Montgomery & Co., where he provided strategic advisory services to growth-stage companies.  While at Montgomery, Neil focused on...

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Navroop Mitter

navroop Navroop Mitter is the CEO/Founder of Gryphn Corporation a mobile security and privacy startup based out of the Washington, DC metro. Previously, Navroop was a Senior Manager within Accenture’s North American Security Practice.  He spent a significant portion of his security career building information security practices in emerging markets, leading international security engagements, and growing...

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Stefen Smith

Stefen Smith Chief Security Officer SECUREFORCE As CSO, Stefen directs the application of technologies and procedures utilized in all SecureForce engagements. As the “security expert in residence” Stefen ensures SecureForce is on the leading edge of all cyber security initiatives. Stefen is a Security Engineer with over ten years of experience, beginning with active duty...

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