MindShare Class of 2013 Members Announced

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Invitation-Only Program for CEOs of Emerging and Fast-Growth Companies Begins Its Seventeenth Year

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 17th MindShare class.

Launched in 1997, MindShare handpicks 50 to 60 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. 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 660 CEOs have graduated from MindShare, creating a deep and valuable alumni network.

The 2013 class will kick off this year with a special event at the Verizon Center on April 2, 2013, hosted by Ted Leonsis and the MindShare board. The 2013 class members are:

  • David Adelman, ReelGenie
  • Bill Anderson, Oculis Labs
  • Ara Bagdasarian, Omnilert LLC
  • Mark Barrett, Crelate
  • Jay Bass, Payment Partners, Inc.
  • Robert Bohorad, Okapi Technology Solutions
  • Andrew Bolt, SphynKx Therapeutics LLC
  • John Bracken, Speek
  • Eric Burnquist, ThinkingStorm
  • Jeff Butler, Privia Health
  • Mike Corkery, Deltek
  • William Desrosiers, MEBS Global Reach, LC.
  • Chris Duffus, LEAF College Savings, LLC
  • Gail Embt, Kinergy™ Health
  • Ken Fang, Mobomo
  • Derek Gabbard, Lookingglass Cyber Solutions
  • Dahna Goldstein, PhilanTech, Inc.
  • Sean Griffey, Industry Dive
  • Larry Harding, High Street Partners
  • Doug Howard, VBrick
  • Antonio Jackson, Uncovercare, Inc.
  • Jamey Jeff, Remarkable Hire
  • Charles Johnson, Cyber IQ
  • Keith Kelly, Mortgage Harmony Company
  • Nadeem Khan, Vidizmo
  • E.A. Koester, Capital Swift
  • Nick Lavezzo, FoundationDB
  • Dawn Li, Data and Analytic Solutions, Inc.
  • Raj Malik, Infusd
  • Josh Marks, masFlight
  • David Marra, 25K Digital, Inc
  • Sean McElrath, Hallway
  • Mark McGovern, Mobile System 7
  • James McKenna, Trupath
  • Patrick Mish, M-Edge Accessories
  • Charles Moore, LightPath
  • Todd Moore, TMSOFT LLC
  • Byron Morgan, Vinylmint
  • Mark Norris, Ekahau
  • Dr. Ade Oni, Pathevo®-STEM
  • Gaige Paulsen, ClueTrust
  • Michael Pratt, SpydrSafe Mobile Security, Inc.
  • T.J. Radtke, Acertiv
  • Dhruva Rajendra, LearnShark
  • Steven Rao, Telematch, Inc.
  • Mohamed Reda, Allied Soft
  • Emily York Richards, SADE Wellness
  • Jeff Ross, Treater
  • Juan Pablo Segura, 1eq Inc.
  • Patrick Smith, Power Supply
  • Zubair Talib, YaSabe
  • Nicholas Tolsen, COR
  • Yiannis Velissarakos, PersonSpot
  • Pranav Vora, Hugh & Crye
  • Micha Weinblatt, Betterific
  • Rob Wenger, Higher Logic
  • Laura Lee Williams, Laura Lee Designs
  • Tammy Wincup, EverFi
  • Gerald Young, Mobile-TeleMed

Over the past 16 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, Founder and CEO of the World Series of Start-Ups: the creator, director and co-producer of Sprockit; April Young of Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc.; and Gene Riechers of EverFi. The executive committee 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. Board members include:

  • Steve Balistreri – Deloitte, LLP
  • Bob Connolly – Lockton Companies
  • Keri Day – Ernst & Young LLP
  • Michael Dering – former CEO, ServiceBench
  • Mark Esposito – Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Mark Ezra – The Ezra Company
  • Harry Glazer, Kelley Drye, Co-Chair
  • David Greene – Bernstein Global Wealth Management
  • Carter Griffin – Updata Partners
  • Kristi Hedges – The Hedges Company
  • Kevin Johnson – Comerica Bank
  • Elizabeth Lewis – Cooley, LLP
  • Mike Lincoln – Cooley, LLP
  • Mary MacPherson – M2Works LLC
  • John May – New Vantage Group
  • Ed Meehan – Arcady Bay Partners
  • Edwin Miller – 9Lenses
  • Kathy Penny – KAT Consultants Inc.
  • Don Rainey – Grotech Ventures
  • Gene Riechers, EverFi, Co-Chair
  • Gary Roberts – Cabot
  • Elizabeth Shea – SpeakerBox Communications
  • Charlie Thomas – Razorsight
  • April Young, Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc., Co-Chair

About MindShare
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.

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