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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Georgetown Panelists

  • 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 MSG Group LLC, the merchant account company created by Stephanie Case. In December 2008, Leonsis was…

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Discovery & Roundtable Speakers

  • 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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  • Navroop Mitter


    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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  • Neil Hartz


    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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  • Raymond Fan


    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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  • Jennifer O’Daniel


    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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  • Simon Dixon


    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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  • Jonathon Perrelli


    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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  • Tara Silver

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    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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  • Lindsey Mask


    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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  • Clara Conti


    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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  • Adam Viener


    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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  • Dr. Dean Chang


    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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  • Jonathan Aberman


    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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  • Jim Condon


    Jim has more than thirty years of broad-based management experience over the course of a distinguished executive career with such companies as CyberCash, EZ Payments, 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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  • Chuck Cullen


    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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  • 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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  • Evan MacQueen


    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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  • Bobby Ocampo

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    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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  • Simita 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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  • Rick Kohr


    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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  • Ryan Naftulin


    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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  • Matt Vandergoot

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    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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  • Jeff Reid


    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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  • 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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  • Mark J. Johnson


    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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  • 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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  • Thanasis Delistathis


    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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  • Thomas D. 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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  • Grant Allen


    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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