Reston, VA (PRWEB) March 05, 2014
MindShare, an exclusive organization designed for CEOs of the most promising high tech companies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, announces the members of its 18th MindShare class.
Launched in 1997, MindShare handpicks CEOs every year from the area’s hottest emerging growth companies to come together in a private, intimate setting. Its mission is to help CEOs build long-term, sustainable companies by creating opportunities for growth, building a sense of community, and fostering teamwork in a collegial environment.
This year MindShare received a record number of nominated companies, and as a result, the class size is the largest it has been since its inception, at 85 CEOs who will enter the Class of 2014. The breadth of companies is almost larger than it has been in years past, with companies representing industries ranging from cyber security to e-commerce to wearable tech to mobile solutions to SaaS enterprise software. The entrepreneurial community across the board will be well represented in this class.
Candidates for MindShare are typically first-time CEOs for companies under $ 10M, although the expectation is that they won’t be there for long. The class will hear from notable speakers, enjoy old-fashioned networking, and discuss critical topics for building a business at the CEO level. More than 700 CEOs have graduated from MindShare, creating a deep and valuable alumni network. The MindShare Alumni Network has grown into a powerful voice for the region’s entrepreneurs, and has plans to become an even stronger force in 2014.
The 2014 class kicks off tonight with a special event at the Verizon Center hosted by Ted Leonsis and the MindShare Board. The 2014 class members are:
Jenny Abramson, LiveSafe, Inc.
John Ackerly, Virtru
Noble Ackerson, Byte an Atom Research
Eric Allen, Admit.me
Pamela Arya, Optensity, Inc.
Ara Bagdasarian, Omnilert
Anne Balduzzi, SameGrain, Inc.
Brian Ballard, APX Labs
Luis Benavides, Day1 Solutions, LLC
Ray Bolouri, Txtmequick
Derek Brinkmann, Citadel Studios
Tiffany Hosey Brown, BuilDATAnalytics
Christopher Brown, Revmetrix
David Caruso, HighRoad Solution
Jay Chapel, Ostrato
Chris Craig, Unanet
Craig Cummings, RideScout
Joe Deal, Degree Prospects, LLC
Rich Ellinger, Wealthminder
Rami Essaid, Distil Networks
Tedd Evers, TripTuner
David Fairbrothers, Dorsata, Inc.
Payam Fard, Subject7
Suhail Farooqui, K12 Insight
Simon Fitall, Galileo Analytics
Jason Force, E-Mow
Mike Fulkerson, Bizy, LLC
Allen Gannett, TrackMaven
Stuart Gavurin, Mission Data LLC
Michael Geppi, Integrata Security
Tom Giannattasio, Macaw
Dwight Gibbs, Contraqer
Aviva Goldfarb, The Six O’Clock Scramble
Derek Goldstein, CasaPlex
Ben Grimley, SpeakAgent
Darren Gruendel, Longevity Alliance
Shameem Hameed, ZH Healthcare
Daniel Hanks, SnapDash
Rich Harris, AddThis, Inc.
Justin Harrison, Vinolovers
Gary Hensley, EdBacker
Greg Hiemenz, InnoVital Systems, Inc.
Louisa Imperiale, Photox, LLC
Jason Kaplan, Milestone Sports Ltd
Sean Kelly, Mosojo
Jay Leveseque, QR F.I.T. Trail
James Li, Encore Alert
Felix Lloyd, Zoobean
Tony Lopresti, Intellinote
Kevin MacDonald, Kit Check, Inc.
Justin Maddox, CrowdTrust
Paul Maguire, Knowmadics
Tom Matzzie, Ethical Electric
Shavanna Miller, Bloompop
Fernando Murias, Digital Global Systems Inc
Praba Murugaiah, TechFetch.com
Tina Tran Neville, CollegeAppz
Hossein Noshirvani, BISGlobal
Nikhil Palekar, Nveloped
Steven Pinchotti, Altum, Inc.
Tom Pines, Real Magnet
Chris Plourde, Gannett Broadcast
Pramod Raheja, MyStaffNow, Inc.
Mahi Reddy, SemaConnect Inc
Jamie Resor, groSolar
Gregory Roberts, Rosoka Software, Inc.
David Rosenthal, FoundationDB
Aaron Rosenthal, Golfswell
Sujoy Roy, VisitDays
Michael Sanders, Intra-Mail Network
Jos Schaap, StayNTouch
Khurrum Shakir, Carsquare, LLC
Jason Shrensky, Complex Interests, LLC
Logan Soya, Aquicore
John Mark Suhy, eGovernment Solutions Inc
TJ Sun, Avodigy
Joe Tiano, Legal Decoder LLC
Madhvi Upender, Awarables Inc.
Lee Wang, WeddingWire Inc
Dave Weinberg, loop88
Randy Wimmer, Analytic Strategies, LLC
Marybeth Wootton, Berico Technologies
Danny Zadoff, Nutritionix
Over the past 17 years, some of the region’s most successful CEOs have become a part the ever-growing MindShare Alumni Network , including Joe Payne of Eloqua (2012 IPO and acquired by Oracle for $ 871M); Tim O’Shaughnessy of LivingSocial (raised over $ 180M in 2010); Reggie Aggarwal of Cvent (raised $ 136M in one of the largest Series A rounds on record in 2011); Rick Rudman of Vocus (2005 IPO); Hemant Kanakia of Torrent Networking Technologies (acquired by Ericsson for $ 450M); and Phillip Merrick of webMethods (the most successful first day software IPO ever).
MindShare is run by co-chairs Harry Glazer, Sprockit; April Young of Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc.; and Gene Riechers of EverFi. The Board’s Executive Committee also includes Steve Balistreri of Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and Michael Lincoln of Cooley, LLP. MindShare is supported by a board of industry veterans who are committed to building a strong ecosystem for success.
Founded in 1997, MindShare’s mission is to help CEOs from the most promising high tech emerging growth companies in the Greater Washington Metropolitan region build long-term, sustainable companies by providing mentorship, creating business opportunities and a sense of community, and fostering teamwork in a collegial environment. Year after year, the CEOs who graduate from MindShare reaffirm its enduring value through continued business opportunities and lasting friendships.