MindShare Class of 2017 Members Announced

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Invitation-Only Program for CEOs of Emerging and Fast-Growth Companies Welcomes Its Twenty-First Class

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Mindshare's 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.

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 21st 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 more than 200 nominations and 59 CEOs will enter the Class of 2017. The entrepreneurial community across the board will be well represented in this class, with companies representing industries ranging from cyber security to e-commerce to wearable tech to mobile solutions to enterprise software.

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 1,000 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 2017

The 2017 class kicked off on April 4th with a special event at the Verizon Center hosted by Ted Leonsis and the MindShare Board. The 2017 class members are:

Anwar Allen, Revecent.com
Justin Antonipillai, WireWheel
Naren Aryal, Mascot Books
Scott Balwinski, Propane Taxi
Ed Barrientos, Brazen
Eric Bednash, Racktop Systems
Mary Ellen Beliveau, Knowledge to Practice (K2P)
Scott Berg, Authentag, LLC
Marla Blow, FS Card Inc.
Kristian Bouw, Notion Theory
Pavol Cekan, MultiplexDX Inc.
Jonathan Chashper, Wolfpack
Harish Chidambaran, IHealthEngines inc
Kendall Clark, Stardog Union
Marie Crump, Datum
Sunil Dorairajan, Pype.io
Veronica Eklund, Orate
Richard Faulkner, IQ Exchange
Amit Ganjoo, ANRA Technologies
Neal Gupta, KiwiTech & KiwiVenture Partners
Vernon Howard, NextGig (fka Clinchr)
Justin Howell, Rize
Param Jaggi, Hatch
AJ Jaghori, Solebrity
Hao Jiang, BigSpool
Brian Johnson, DiivyCloud
Brian Kathman, Signal Vine
Aden King, Mplace
Rachel Koretsky, Upaceapp
Michael, Madon, Ataata
Karen McCord, Breezio, Inc
Mack McKelvey, The Credentialed
Charles Miller, NexGen Space LLC
Chip Moldenhauer, LawIQ
Shawn Olds, Campaign Partners, Inc.
Tony Orlando, DubLabs
Jeb Ory, Phone2Action
Shy Pahlevani, Hungry Marketplace
Greg Parchment, ValBoost
Mano Pillai, Nikaza
Tricia Ratliff, Scaled Markets
Adam Rogas, NS8 Inc
Steven Schneider, Logi Analytics
Neil Shah, Aspire
Michael Shinn, Atomicorp
Chris Skelly, Chatlogix
Rob Sobhani, Sparo
PV Subramanian, Visybl
Adam Sutherland, Applications Technology (AppTek) LLC
Pawel Swiatek, LOKL
Yedidiah Teitelbaum, Huddle Parenting
You Mon Tsang, ChurnZero
Sarah Van Dell, Plum Relish, LLC
Stacie Whisonant, PYT (Pay Your Tuition) Funds Inc.
Laurie Wiggins, Sysenex, Inc.
Brent Wrisley, Avalon Cyber
Will Yafi, TidWiT
Shaofeng Yang, Locus Social
Jeehye Yun, RedShred

MindShare is run by co-chairs Harry Glazer, Creator, Director, Co-Producer, Founder & CEO of SPROCKIT; April Young, Managing Director of Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc.; and Gene Riechers, Vice Chairman of EverFi. The Board’s Executive Committee also includes Steve Balistreri, Managing Director of Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and Michael Lincoln, Business Department Chair of Cooley, LLP. MindShare is supported by a board of industry veterans who are committed to building a strong ecosystem for success.

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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