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David Adelman is the Founder and CEO of ReelGenie, an online platform that revolutionizes the way family stories are told and shared. David is also Founder of Reel Tributes, the premier producer of high-end documentary films. David is a co-founder of Boston International, a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, and a member of the eCouncil for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. He has been featured in Forbes, FOX News, and a range of other publications. David holds a B.A. from Harvard and a MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar (top 5% in class) and awarded the McGowan Fellowship.
Grant Allen is a VC with ABB Technology Ventures (ATV), the corporate venturing arm of power and automation technology titan ABB. He has led investments in Validus (acquired 19 mos. later), Industrial Defender, TaKaDu and Scotrenewables. Previously, Grant was with Core Capital Partners, a $350M venture firm, where his investments included OLO, Infinite Power Solutions and Univa. Grant has also worked at Microsoft, Jingle Networks (backed by First Round Capital; sold for $63M) and several start-ups including a web services firm he founded as an undergraduate. As founder of Keybridge Venture Partners, he is an active angel investor (investments include LivingSocial, DrillingInfo, Visually, YCharts, Soma, Refinery29 and Alton Lane) and an advisor to Aquicore, Melon (acquired by WegoWise) and Uppidy. Grant holds degrees from Duke’s engineering school and The Wharton School.
Randy Altschuler is the co-founder and CEO of NextLine Manufacturing, a company that integrates additive and traditional manufacturing capabilities. Prior to NextLine, Randy co-founded and was Executive Chairman of CloudBlue, a leading electronics recycling company which was acquired by Igram Micro in 2013. Before CloudBlue, Randy was the co-founder and co-CEO of OfficeTiger, a global business process outsourcing company acquired by RR Donnelley in 2006. Randy began his career in investment banking and private equity at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrett and The Blackstone Group. He graduated with High Honors from Princeton University and received an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School. Randy studied in Vienna, Austria as a Fulbright Scholar.
Pavan Arora is an experienced industry advisor and incubator of new technology. He spearheads Aptara’s innovation efforts by leading its product strategy and product development initiatives. Prior to Aptara, Pavan was a digital innovation consultant to McGraw-Hill, World Bank Publishing, and the Library of Congress. His drive for involvement with cutting-edge technologies has resulted in six start-up launches since graduating from Johns Hopkins University and a three year stint as a venture capitalist in which he helped nurture others’ high-tech ambitions.
Anisha Bhargava is currently a consultant to companies in the ecommerce and children’s space. Prior to consulting, Anisha was an early employee of Diapers.com/Quidsi (acquired by Amazon in 2011) and oversaw all aspects of the children’s toys and books ecommerce businesses. She initially launched the toys business as part of Diapers.com and later launched the toys and books focused website, yoyo.com. Prior to Diapers.com, she focused her career on roles in which she helped management drive growth and change in turnaround situations at Toys R Us, Atari Inc., and Warner Music Group. She began her career in the investment banking group at Bear Stearns, has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Michigan.
Raj Bhaskar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hurdlr, developers of a mobile business management app for busy entrepreneurs. Previously, he was the Owner/CEO of VisualHOMES, a property management software platform that managed over 1 million residents and hundreds of thousands of residential housing units for subsidized housing programs across North America. In August 2010, VisualHOMES was acquired by Yardi Systems, a global leader in real estate software solutions. Raj earned his Bachelor of Business Administration, with honors, at The George Washington University.
Andrew Black is the founder and CEO of Navanti, an award winning company providing elite data analytics solutions to the federal government and private industry. Prior to founding Navanti, Andrew worked in the national security community as a subject matter expert and published author on terrorist ideology and political mobilization as well as security and development affairs in Africa. His work has been featured by Jane’s Intelligence Review, the Jamestown Foundation, West Point CTC, al-Jazeera, and France24. He as an MA in International Affairs from St Andrews University and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Lawrence Black is an active angel investor in the Washington, DC metro area with more than 10 local investments. He sits on the Board of Directors for Project Honduras International, a free medical clinic, health care, and social development initiative to impoverished Hondurans. Lawrence received a B.A. form James Madison University and M.A. from St. John’s College.
Simita Bose is a Partner at Novak Biddle, a venture capital firm with $600 million under management, and invests in early stage technology companies. She is also the CEO of Centrifuge Systems, a pioneer in big data analytics and visualization. Simita has held senior management positions at leading companies including Boeing, where she led the stand up of its multi-billion dollar cyber security business as well as new market strategy development and merger & acquisition evaluations. During her tenure in the U.S. government, Simita gained extensive international experience and received recognition from the White House for helping to establish the first free elections in Afghanistan. Simita holds a B.S., summa cum laude, from Northwestern University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Joshua Bogart is a seasoned entrepreneur and active angel investor. He is co-founder of Catapult Consultants, an Inc. 500 fastest growing company and a member of its Board of Directors. His background includes corporate infrastructure, government contracting, and tech startups. Josh is currently focused on investing in startup companies and distressed residential real estate. Josh is a CPA and holds a B.S in Accounting from George Mason University.
Danny Boice is the CTO of Speek – a 500 Startups funded startup that lets users do conference calls with a simple link rather than using phone numbers and PINs. A serial entrepreneur and executive, Danny started his career as a software engineer working for startups like Network Solutions and MusicMaker.com in the 90′s. Danny founded his first company, Jaxara in the early 2000s (exited via acquisition). Danny attended Harvard and is a guest contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Fast Company and Pando Daily as an expert on startups, product, technology and user experience. He was recently named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine and is currently the subject of a documentary on Startups by The Wall Street Journal.
Christopher Brown is the Co-Founder and CTO of Revmetrix, the leading provider data intelligence software for retail eCommerce. Previously, he was the Co-founder and CEO of TapMetrics, a mobile analytics platform that was acquired by Millennial Media (NYSE:MM) in 2010. At Millennial Media, Chris held a variety of positions including Senior Engineer and Vice President of Performance Advertising. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Chris holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Alex Calic is the Chief Revenue Officer of The Media Trust, an automated monitoring and verification service to companies across the entire online and mobile advertising ecosystem. Previously, Alex was part of the original management team at Clearspring Technologies(now AddThis) and prior to that helped take InPhonic public in 2004. His writing on topics ranging from adtech, mobile, platforms, social and video have been featured on AdExchanger, AdMonsters, ReadWrite, SiliconAngle and TechCocktail. Alex holds and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a B.S. from Pepperdine University.
Michael Chasen is the CEO and Founder of SocialRadar, a company that is building applications for the iPhone, Android and Google Glass that give you real time information on the people around you. Before starting SocialRadar, Michael co-founded and was CEO for 15 years of Blackboard Inc., an eLearning software company used by over 20,000 institutions in more than 70 countries. In 2004, he took Blackboard public and seven years later sold the company to Providence Equity Partners for $1.7B. Michael is an entrepreneur, innovator and visionary. Michael holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from American University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Tim Chi is Co-Founder and CEO of WeddingWire, a purpose-built vertical marketplace for the weddings and event industry. Prior to founding WeddingWire, Tim was a co-founder of Blackboard Inc, a global leader in eEducation. Tim is a member of the Young President’s Organization in Washington, D.C. Tim holds a B.S. from Cornell University and received his M.S. from Tufts University.
Ross Cohen is Senior Director of Marketing & Analysis with Capital One. Ross previously founded, ran, and sold Triumph Dining, a gluten free publishing and direct-to-consumer marketing company. He was formerly an M&A attorney with the Boston office of Skadden Arps. Ross serves on the Board of Directors of The Intersect Fund, a non-profit lender to entrepreneurs in New Jersey. Ross holds a BA from Amherst College, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Jen Consalvo is Co-Founder and COO of the tech-focused media company, Tech Cocktail, as well as the Founder of Thankfulfor, an online gratitude journal community. She has worked in product development for over a decade, leading large and small teams in a range of product areas such as digital imaging, community & social platforms and personalization. The majority of her career was at AOL, planning and building products used by millions of people globally. Jen is a graduate of Semester at Sea and holds an MBA from American University.
Peter Corbett is the founder and CEO of iStrategyLabs – a digital agency that develops solutions to clients’ challenges and brings them to life in the online and offline world. His client work includes such high-profile brands as Disney, ESPN, GE, Nickelodeon, Hilton and Coca-Cola among others. Peter is the founder DC Tech Meetup an attended Emory University’s Goizueta Business school.
Tom Cox is Vice President of Corporate Development at Gannett where he is responsible for the company’s mergers and acquisitions as well as investment activities. During his tenure at Gannett, he has executed over $2.3 billion in transactions. Tom currently sits on the board of 4INFO, Livestream, and Sherman’s Travel. Tom previously held positions at Fox Digital Media, Aol, and Friedman Billings Ramsey. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee and holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. Tom resides in Potomac, MD with his wife and two sons.
Guggan Datta is currently invested in various industries, awaiting the next opportunity. Previously, he co-founded and managed operations for Ignited Discovery, an e-Discovery company providing electronic evidence discovery services to law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments. With no outside capital the company grew for seven years, securing a contract with the US SEC, and working with a large number of AM Law 100 firms before it was acquired by Navigant Consulting in 2011. Guggan holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Steve Davis is the Director of Advanced Projects at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). He has worked at SpaceX since 2003 and was the 14th employee in the launch vehicle company which has grown to 3500 employees. Steve has founded and still owns several retail food businesses in Washington DC, his favorite concept being the Mr. Yogato frozen yogurt store and Thomas Foolery restaurant/bar. Steve has a B.S. in Finance and a B.A.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Particle Physics from the University of Durham, an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. His dissertation title was “The Trend Towards The Debasement Of American Currency.”
Joe Del Guercio is a Managing Director with CNF Investments, a division of Clark Enterprises. Prior to joining CNF in 2004, he was a director with LPL Financial Services, an independent broker dealer technology company, with responsibility for strategic planning, new product development, and acquisitions. Joe started his career as an investment banker was with Goldman Sachs and Robertson Stephens, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, private and public equity financings, and restructurings. He sits on the boards of Cytomedix (OTCQX:CMXI), Terrago Technologies, Flyby Media, Verax Biomedical, Orchestro Inc., and American Honors College. He also sits on the advisory board of a number of CNF’s fund investments. Joe has an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School and a B.S. degree from Boston College.
Matt Fedors is an active investor and venture capitalist with the Leaf Clean Energy global sustainable technology fund. Matt is responsible for investments in renewable power generation, resources and chemicals, and water. Prior to Leaf, Matt worked with venture capital firms in the US and Europe in the energy and technology sectors. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker on JPMorgan’s Energy team. He was also a co-author of the Carbon Principles, a voluntary agreement among investment banks, electric utilities, and environmental advocacy groups. Matt holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvanie and graduate degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Virginia.
Lee Finkel is the Founder of Brave UX, a User Experience agency creating a better world by design. He plays a pivotal role in the oversight and strategic direction of the organization. Lee is also a co-founder of MyClean, a New York based e-commerce platform for home and office cleaning services. Lee attended the University of Maryland and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Citations in Entrepreneurship and Public Leadership. He was also a member of the nation’s first living-learning entrepreneurship program, Hinman CEOs. Lee has guest lectured at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, hosted and spoken at multiple marketing conferences, and been featured as a keynote speaker for the American Marketing Association.
Hemang Gadhia is an active advisor and angel investor in several companies that focus on big data, adtech, mobile or ecommerce. He is formerly the Founder & CEO of Condaptive, a mobile big data startup that derived behavioral insights by deploying advanced data mining techniques while processing large data sets. Within a year of its founding Condaptive was acquired by Millennial Media, the leading mobile ad network. After the acquisition, Hemang was SVP Audience Intelligence for Millennial Media where he was responsible for building the company’s industry leading data platform. Hemang is currently working on starting up his next company, which now makes him a 4x startup founder.
Sonny Ganguly is the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder of WeddingWire, the largest vertical marketplace serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, which reaches 40 million visitors each month and features over 200,000 local merchants. Sonny has extensive general management experience from Wal-Mart and Kraft Foods, including leading consumer brands such as JELL-O with P&L responsibility for over $800 million. Sonny holds a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Management and Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he served as President of the Marketing Club. Sonny currently serves as a Board Member for Encore Alerts, a mentor at Acceleprise and an active member of the CMO Club.
Brett Gibson is the Managing Director of NextGen Angels. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, an Army Ranger with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he previously managed global corporate development at LivingSocial, an ecommerce platform operating in over 18 countries. Prior to LivingSocial, Brett was in private equity at the DC-based Carlyle Group. Brett has been featured on CNBC “Squawk Box,” CNN-Fortune, and the Huffington Post. He was recently appointed by the governor of Virginia to serve on his advisory board on Volunteerism and National Service.
Dayna Grayson joined NEA in 2012 and focuses on investments in business-to-business companies including SaaS (software-as-a-service), digital media, financial technology and business services. She is a Director of OnShape Technolgies and SocialRadar, and she founded the NEA Studio. Prior to NEA, Dayna was an investor at North Bridge Venture Partners. She started her career as a product designer, and she has a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems Engineering and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Frank Gruber grew up in the Midwest heartland and is an entrepreneur, new media journalist and investor. He is the author of Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide To Building, Growing and Celebrating Startup Success published by Wiley. He co-founded Tech Cocktail in 2006, which has grown into a hub for the creative class, offering tech startup focused news, events, and resources. Frank has built and launched products for the masses while at AOL, Tribune and Classified Ventures along with startup efforts like Thankfulfor, Splog Reporter and more. As a journalist his works have been featured in a number of top media publications like TechCrunch, Fortune, HuffPo, etc. He was named by Forbes as one of the most connected people in tech. His alma maters include Purdue and Northwestern respectively. While living the startup life, he also enjoys swimming, strumming his guitar and/or ukulele, warm weather, beaches and sports – especially baseball.
Sameer Gulati is currently the Chief Product Officer at Spree Commerce, responsible for driving the overall product strategy and vision for the company. Prior to this he was the founder and CEO of GrubBeat, a mobile commerce company building self checkout solutions for small businesses. Sameer has a strong track record of launching and managing enterprise software products as well as consumer apps – helping multiple startups become billion dollar companies. He launched FrontierVille for Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) and oversaw it to generate $300m in revenue in the first year. He was also an early member of Workday (NYSE: WDAY), Zuora and Intacct – and launched products that are market leaders in their categories.
Joe Harar, Joe is a Principal at TDF. Joe focuses on investments in fixed and wireless communications, software and technology services companies. Prior to that, Joe served as an Acquisitions Analyst at Billing Services Group, where was involved in all aspects of global mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Joe was also employed in Investment Banking group at Morgan Joseph & Co. and as an Analyst for The Thurston Group. He serves as a Director at EdgeConneX, Inc. and holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Management from The University of Virginia.
Gill Haus is the CTO of Paid Services, at AOL, where he is leading the modernization of systems and processes enabling the transition to an engineering-centric organization. Before joining AOL, Gill managed the teams that built and scaled the technology behind Taxi Magic, one of the premier mobile on-demand car booking services. Gill was also part of the team that scaled and sold the online credit platform Bill Me Later to eBay/PayPal. While at eBay/PayPal, he managed go-to-market technology strategies, open platform API/SDK program creation, transitions to Agile methodologies and holiday readiness/scaling and availability planning and execution. Gill is a prior member of Vistage, a regular speaker at Loyola and Hopkins, and a huge supporter of the DC Metro area Meetup scene. He holds a Bachelors in Decision and Information Systems from the University of Maryland and now lives in Fairfax with his wife and two children.
Kiran Hebbar is a General Partner at Valhalla Partners. He has over ten years of technology, software development and marketing experience in companies spanning software, Internet, and technology-enabled services domains. Prior to joining Valhalla Partners, Kiran was the Director of Product Management at RichFX, a venture-backed rich media applications company targeting e-commerce retailers. He orchestrated the conceptualization, development and market launch of RichFX’s SaaS platform and marketed products to over 200 online retailers. Kiran has an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was Chairman of the Wharton India Economic Forum. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and an M.S. from the University of Maryland, both in Mechanical Engineering. Kiran is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.
Jennifer Hsin is the CFO at CNF Investments LLC where she is responsible for the financial management of the fund as well as actively sourcing, screening & managing portfolio companies. She has over fifteen years of operational and investment experience in various industries including enterprise software, banking, healthcare, real estate and oil & gas. Prior to CNF, Mrs. Hsin worked at BenefitNation, Inc. and Arthur Andersen, LLP. Mrs. Hsin currently serves as a board member for Tarp Worldwide and Speek. She is also a board observer for Reel Genie and works closely with other various portfolio companies. Mrs. Hsin is a CPA with a BS in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Jamey Jeff is currently SVP of Operations at TrackMaven, a real-time, proactive analytics tool for markets. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of RemarkableHire, a talent sourcing platform that uses social evidence to help recruiters and hiring managers find and evaluate the best technology job candidates. Prior to RemarkbleHire, Jamey was a VP at Discovery Communications where he co-founded a new mobile products division, executed digital media M&A transactions, and ran the technology organization that developed Discovery’s portfolio of 15 consumer-facing websites and online video products. Jamey began his career at Accenture, where he started as a software engineer and rose to lead North American Portal & Content Management consulting services for the Communications, High Tech, Media & Entertainment industries. Jamey holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he earned the distinction of Palmer Scholar.
Fletcher Jones is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fishbowl Labs, a startup community on the AOL campus in Dulles, VA. A long time employee of AOL, he has held a number of leadership roles in product, marketing and business operations. Fletcher started his Internet career as a product manager at Netscape Communications which was acquired in 1999. Fletcher earned a BSE and MBA from the University of Michigan.
Alexis Juneja is Vice President at Vox Media where she oversees Finance, Corporate Development, HR, and Office Management. Alexis joined Vox Media through the acquisition of Curbed Network, a NY-based digital media company which she co-founded. Prior to Curbed, Alexis helped launch the investment office of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as Director, Non-Marketable Investments. Her non-profit and investing career included positions at Cambridge Associates, Goldman Sachs, Lincoln Center, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and FLAG Capital. Alexis received a BA from Wesleyan and MBA from Harvard; she has also earned the CFA designation.
Steve Kaplan is an attorney who helps entrepreneurs build successful business. Steve represents high-growth companies across a number of technology-related industries in corporate formation and governance matters, fund raising and, ultimately, the sale of the company or IPO. Steve also represents VCs and angel investors in connection with their investments in technology companies. Steve has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine for both Virginia and DC and is a frequent speaker on legal issues faced by startups. Steve holds a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was an Olin Scholar for Law and Economics.
Laura Kennedy is head of Business & Corporate Development at LivingSocial. Previously, she served in Corporate Development, Mergers & Acquisitions with AOL after working in Investment Banking for Bear, Stearns & Co. Laura is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Eric Koester is the cofounder and COO of Main Street Genome, a technology company providing tools and resources to Main Street business owners. Prior to Main Street Genome, Eric was the cofounder of Zaarly, a leading online marketplace to discover and work with talented local small business owners and service providers. Zaarly was named one of the world’s Fifty Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2012 and is backed by investors including Kleiner Perkins, Ashton Kutcher, Meg Whitman, SV Angel, Marc Ecko and others. He was named one of the 40 Under 40 for Washington, DC in 2011, the Tech Hire of the Year in 2010, Young Lawyer of the Year in Washington State in 2009 and the 2013 Young Alumnus of the Year by Marquette University’s School of Business. Eric is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Law and the Marquette University business school.
Justin Langseth is CEO of Zoomdata, a next generation user interface and stream-processing server for real-time and historical big data. Previously, he co-founded Augaroo, Clarabridge, Claraview, and Strategy.com. Justin holds a BS in Management of Technology from MIT.
Tatiana Langseth is the founder and CEO of Augaroo, a consulting and software development company that specializes in BI, Mobile and Web Development, Big Data, Augmented Reality applications, Marketing and Branding, and Data Management. Her background is in advertising, marketing, and branding, for more than 14 years she’s been doing print ads and commercials not only in the US, but also in Europe and Asia. She had the privilege to work with many incredible directors, producers, designers, and photographers. She is currently the face of Leslie Gwenn Jewelry.
An entrepreneur at heart, Michael Lastoria began his career in 2002, founding Innovation Ads, a leading marketing and media services company. While acting as CEO, Michael oversaw the successful sale of the company to Seaport Capital, a New York based private equity firm, in 2006. Since 2006 Michael has founded several other notable ventures in both performance-based advertising and hospitality. His ventures have received national recognition being featured in a variety of entertainment publications and well as twice in entrepreneur magazine. Michael is a well-recognized leader in interactive marketing and speaks regularly on sales, marketing and entrepreneurship topics. Michael holds a B.A. in Economics and Business from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
Will Lee is a partner at Recoup, an e-commerce and f-commerce platform where millions of people support causes they care about by purchasing products from businesses that want to do good. In 2010 he founded ForkingDeals, a Georgetown-based hyperlocal promotional website focused on food and beverage establishments, which was acquired in 2012. Previously, Will was a part of the investment sales team at Grubb & Ellis. Will holds a B.S. from the University of Dayton.
Bram Levy is an entrepreneur residing in Washington, DC. Most recently, Bram built and managed the national events division of LivingSocial upon their acquisition of his former business, Urban Escapes. Prior to his years in the social events business, Bram was a teacher in Washington, DC and Spain and subsequently served in Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations Consulting practice. Bram’s passionate about building and scaling consumer businesses backed by strong brand loyalty and incredibly good people. He holds a BA from Harvard and an MAT from American University.
Matthew Lynch is the Managing Partner of District Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm / merchant banking platform based in Washington, DC. Prior to founding DCP, Matt led Corporate Development at Blackboard, where he managed the successful completion and integration of 9 acquisitions, as well as Blackboard’s sale process and $1.7 billion take-private transaction in 2011. He began his career at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citi), advising on technology mergers & acquisitions transactions worth over $300 billion in total, including Xerox/ACS, Hewlett-Packard/EDS, Oracle/PeopleSoft, Hewlett-Packard/Compaq, Alcatel/Lucent and AOL/Time Warner. Matt has a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois.
Eric Malawer is the founder and CEO of DeepMile Networks, a data science and social analytics technology company that addresses the “big data” challenges of name brand commercial companies and prominent national security clients. He co-founded the D’ArchAngels, the first angel investment group focused exclusively on the US National Security community and is an active investor in a number of startups – AllergyStrong, ChalqMark, XtremeFalcon Gaming and Ortho4G. Previously, Eric worked on Capitol Hill and in the Department of Defense and State Department. Eric holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a MSc from the London School of Economics.
Tim McLaughlin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Siteworx, LLC, a digital agency and system integration consultancy built on the premise that design and technology can and should work seamlessly. Formerly CTO at Iteration Zero, Inc., Tim has a degree in mechanical engineering, with educational excursions into music, language, art, and artificial intelligence. Tim is a member of Young Professionals Organization, a global network that connects business leaders with successful young chief executives.
Renny McPherson is the co-founder and vice president of strategy and business development for RedOwl Analytics, a software company that applies statistics to the ever-growing corporate digital trail to examine organizational dynamics. Renny has more than a decade of experience as a leader, an analyst, and a strategist at start-ups, a F500 company, and as a Marine Corps intelligence officer in Iraq. He has been interviewed by NPR, the Discovery Channel, Fox News Live, and Inc. His writing has appeared, among other places, in The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, and Harvard Business Review online edition. Renny’s work has been highlighted and documented by the Freakonomics blog, The Wall Street Journal, and Tyler Cowen’s economics blog Marginal Revolution. Renny holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chris Mehrabi is a founding member of the newBrandAnalytics team. At nBA, he focuses on Natural Language Processing technology, predictive analytics, market research, data visualization, back end infrastructure, new verticals and strategic partnerships. In addition, Chris is a Venture Partner at Blue Tiger Ventures where he focuses on generating deal flow, evaluating business plans, conducting due diligence, making strategic investments and serving as an advisor to the portfolio companies. Earlier in his career, Chris worked on political campaigns and in consulting. Chris holds a Masters in Econometrics from Johns Hopkins University and Bachelors in Economics from Virginia Tech. He is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Alexander Michael is the General Manager of Entertainment at LivingSocial. Before joining LivingSocial, Alex was the Vice President of Business Development at MSG Sports, a division of publicly held Madison Square Garden (MSG). Prior to MSG, he was the Director of Business Development and Strategy for Ticketmaster (now part of Live Nation). Alex has also held business development roles at ESPN and online education start-up Distance Learning. He started his career as an Investment Banking Analyst for ING Barings. Alex holds a B.A. from Brown University and a MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Dan Mindus is Investment Director at CIT GAP Funds, where he manages initial company screening, due diligence, and deal structuring. Prior to joining CIT GAP Funds, Dan was Vice President at the New Vantage Group, an early-stage investing company, where he led more than 20 investments. Dan has done stints at two consumer Internet startups, and in public policy, where his work was featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The BBC, Good Morning America, CNBC, and many other media outlets.
Haroon Mokhtarzada is a Co-Founder and CEO of Webs.com, a free, do-it-yourself website creation platform. After growing to tens of millions of users, Webs was acquired by Vistaprint where Haroon serves as VP of Digital Products. As CEO of Webs, Haroon also led several additional product launches including the creation of the Social Gaming Network (SGN) which was spun out of Webs in 2008, and Pagemodo.com, a popular social marketing suite for small businesses. Haroon is an active startup advisor and angel investor. He also serves on American Express Open’s Digital Advisory Board and is a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. Haroon received B.A. in economics form the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Gareth Moore is a Principal at Adelphi Capital, and concurrently serves as a Partner at Ravensdale Capital. Adelphi Capital is a middle-market merchant banking business in Washington, DC. Ravensdale Capital is an investing platform created to provide venture investments to startup and early-stage technology businesses. Gareth joined Adelphi in 2008 – in this role, Gareth supports a range of transaction-focused activities including transaction sourcing and acquisition due diligence, deal structuring and documentation, financial modeling and analysis, and industry research. Additionally, Gareth serves as the Chairman of the Virginia Distillery Company, a new spirits business in Nelson County, VA. Gareth received an BA in Computer Science from Boston College and an MBA from Georgetown.
Jen O’Daniel is a Senior Investment Associate at CIT GAP Funds, and is responsible for sourcing, diligencing and closing of seed and early stage investments. As part of the investment team, O’Daniel has been part of transactions in over 60 seed and early-stage companies via CIT GAP Funds, which has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual VC100 list since 2006. O’Daniel currently sits on the board of directors for The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council and The Richmond Venture Forum, the board of advisors for Foster.ly, and is a mentor for Founder’s Institute.
Will Peppo is CFO of Placecast, a location-based mobile marketing company based in San Francisco. Previously, Will was CFO of TxVia (acquired by Google), a mobile payments company based in New York City. Prior to TxVia, he spent a number of years as a technology investment banker at Revolution Partners in Boston. Will holds a BSE from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Alexander Pessala is Principal of Middleland Capital, a DC based private investment firm that specializes in venture capital and private equity investments worldwide. Prior to Middleland Capital, Alexander was director of business development at Frontier Strategy Group and an analyst at Merrill Lynch. Alexander holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where he was also an NCAA All-American track and field athlete.
Andy Powers is the CEO and Co-Founder of CommuniClique, a platform which enables reliable, scalable and secure communications across a variety of platforms. Andy has been a successful entrepreneur for nearly 20 years and has been a part of numerous successful startups including RCSI, Push Inc. and most recently Reggie Software. Andy founded Reggie Software in 2002 and in 2006 the company was acquired by Blue Phoenix Solutions (NASDAQ: BPHX).
Raymond Rahbar is the CEO of UberOffices, a coworking office space for the most promising startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, & freelancers in the Washington, DC metro area. In addition to UberOffices, Raymond also sits on the Board of Advisers for John Marshall Bank and is a Partner in American Majestic Development, a leading custom home developer in Northern Virginia. Raymond holds a BS in Finance and Accounting from George Mason University, a JD from Georgetown University and an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University.
David Sandrowitz is VP, Client Services of Optoro, a DC-based and Revolution-backed startup offering a market leading set of solutions and services for returned and excess inventory. Prior to Optoro, he was Director of Client Services at TARGUSinfo, an information services provider in the internet and telecommunications space that was acquired by Neustar in late 2011. Dave received his B.S. in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior at Cook College, Rutgers University.
DJ Saul is the CMO of iStrategyLabs, focusing on new products and ventures while exploring partnerships & opportunities for iSL and its team members. He is a co-organizer for the DC Tech Meetup and is a DC Ambassador for Sandbox, a group of 900+ inspirational leaders from over 60 countries under the age of 30. DJ sits on the board of Think Local First, and serves as an Acceleprise mentor. DJ holds a B.A. from GWU.
Jason Shrensky is a serial entrepreneur, former intellectual property attorney, and current Entrepreneur in Residence at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Jason is also the co-founder of co-working space provider UberOffices. Formerly, Jason was the founder and President of Reqwired, a learning management system for law firms and accounting firms, that was acquired in 2007 by Thomson Reuters. Jason holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Cornell.
Manpreet Singh is President & COO of Seva Call, Inc, a search engine for services that connects consumers with quality local companies over the phone in minutes. Prior to founding Seva Call, Manpreet was essentially employee number one at Profit Investment Management where he was involved with all facets of the firm via stints in trading, marketing, research, investing and operations and helped the firm grow its assets 100x. Simultaneously, Manpreet became one of the youngest CFA charter holders in the world. Manpreet holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and an MBA the University of Pennsylvania.
Paul Singh is an entrepreneur and investor based in San Francisco and Washington, DC. Currently, he is the founder and CEO of dashboard.io – a community and benchmarking platform for startups as well as founder of the Crystal Tech Fund. Paul is a partner at 500 startups – a “duper angel” fund headquartered in Mountain View, CA and founded in July 2010. To date, 500 has invested in 500+ companies in nearly 30 countries. A graduate of George Mason University, he current serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and DHS/USCIS.
Stephen Smoot is a Senior Associate at Blu Venture Investors. Previously, he was an analyst at BB&T Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in North Carolina. He has held various positions at a small technology start-up, GE Healthcare, and GE Capital, where he completed a management training program in corporate finance. Stephen holds a BS from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Brian Smith joined In-Q-Tel, the not-for-profit, strategic investment arm of the U.S. Intelligence Community, in 2006 and focuses on investments in cyber security, mobility and advanced analytic technologies. Prior to In-Q-Tel, Brian was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch where he held several positions within Corporate Strategy and Finance, and was an Assistant Vice President within the strategic venture capital arm of the Private Client division. He currently serves as a Board Observer to several IQT portfolio companies. Brian earned his BA degree in Economics from Bucknell University and an MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
Angie Teates is the Director of Advertising Operations at Targeted Victory and was previously EVP of Business Operations at Remedy Health Media where she oversaw P&L across a broad portfolio of ad products and led operations teams. Angie began her career as an application developer at Cerner Corporation and then transitioned to Accenture’s global technology group, where she lead and managed development teams in rolling out commercial enterprise content management systems at SonyMusic.com, Nokia.com, and WashingtonPost.com. Angie holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.
Susan Tynan is founder and CEO of Framebridge, a venture-backed company focused on making custom framing easy, stylish, and affordable. Prior to Framebridge, Susan held positions at Accenture, Revolution, and LivingSocial. At LivingSocial, Susan launched and managed three business units with $80M in annual gross sales. Susan worked for The White House as a management advisor in 09-10. Susan has a BA with distinction from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Oltac Unsal leads infoDev’s global Access to Markets and Finance programs that bridge the gap between technology entrepreneurs and funding sources, customers and partners globally by developing innovative financing facilities (eg. angel co-investment facility) and also strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem (eg. creative technical assistance to infoDev incubator and accelerators). Oltac has been angel investor in the US and globally, a semiconductor and software entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and was the founding advisor to the first intellectual property commercialization incubator/fund in Turkey. He also held a variety of management positions with Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse before joining the World Bank. Oltac holds an MBA from Stanford University, BA in Economics, Politics and Philosophy from Whitman College, and pursued Intellectual Property LLM at UW Law School.
Joshua Wu is an investor focusing on tech, energy, fashion, food, and entertainment. In addition to NextGenAngel portfolio companies, his investments include Efficiency Exchange, an energy efficiency platform for Chinese factories; One World Entertainment, a Sino-U.S. joint venture; Toki Underground, the first ramen house in DC; and Mockingbird Hill, a critically acclaimed Spanish bar, among others. Previously, he worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he focused on innovation policy for small and medium sized enterprises. Joshua Wu holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and also studied at Peking University. He has significant experience in China, having both worked and studied in Beijing.
Max Wessel is the vice president of business innovation at SAP AG, one of the world’s largest enterprise software companies. Previously, Max was a research fellow at Harvard’s Forum for Growth and Innovation, where he authored cover articles for the Harvard Business Review and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He has advised various venture backed and early stage companies. Max was recently nominated for the 2013 Thinkers50 award for thought leadership in innovation and holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nithi Vivatrat is Chief Product Officer at Clarabridge. Prior to Clarabridge, Nithi was the Chief Operating Officer of Ntrepid Corporation, a provider of specialized cloud services for the national security sector. Prior to that, Nithi was co-founder and partner at Claraview, a professional services firm specializing in data warehousing and business intelligence, that was sold to Teradata Corporation in 2008. Nithi holds a B.S. in Economics from MIT.