At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top Columbia based CEO’ operating in the Software space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
CEO of Endgame
Nate Fick is CEO of Endgame. He has more than a decade of experience in the security community, and is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he focuses on defense and intelligence technologies. Before joining Endgame, Nate was CEO of the Center for a New American Security, a national security research organization. He served as a Marine Corps infantry officer, including combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. His book about that experience, One Bullet Away, was a New York Times bestseller, a Washington Post “Best Book of the Year,” and one of the Military Times’ “Best Military Books of the Decade.” He graduated with high honors in Classics from Dartmouth College and holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and MBA from the Harvard Business School. Nate serves as a Trustee of Dartmouth and a Director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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About Bessemer Venture Partners, Endgame, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: Endgame’s endpoint protection platform protects the world’s data from advanced attacks.
CEO & Co-Founder of EquipmentShare
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About EquipmentShare, Scale: EquipmentShare is an equipment and digital solutions provider serving the construction industry to help contractors accelerate productivity.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EVERFI
Tom Davidson picked the “CEO” slip out of the hat at a recent EverFi staff party and has yet to be fired by the Board of Directors. Davidson ran for the Maine State Legislature while a senior at Bowdoin College in 1994 and spent the better part of three terms working to bring education technology to students in the Pine Tree State. As Chairman of the Utilities and Energy Committee, Davidson led a successful effort with Governor Angus King to provide laptops to every Maine seventh grader as well as to create a major expansion of the wiring of schools and libraries across the State. After deciding that he needed to tell his children one day that he actually once earned a paycheck, Davidson left the Legislature in 2000 and began investing in early-stage technology companies in the education and social media spaces. He was a Venture Partner with Village Ventures, a network of venture capital firms across the U.S. Davidson graduated from Bowdoin College devoid of any academic honors of any consequence.
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About EVERFI, GrowthSpur: EVERFI is an education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world.
Partner and CEO of STG Group
Dan is an established political voice in the beltway, featured frequently on MSNBC, CNN, FOX news and FOX business, as well as being on the record in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Politico. Dan Kanninen has spent more than 15 years in influential positions at all levels of government and politics, playing key roles in policy making, campaigns, and political management. He has advised presidential candidates, cabinet members, governors, major private sector CEOs, non-profits and coalitions, and foreign heads of state. He is a Partner and CEO of the political and public affairs consulting firm STG. Dan played a critical role in President Obama’s 2008 election as the State Director in Wisconsin after working in leadership positions in Wisconsin, Ohio and North Carolina during the primaries. Dan served the re-elect by overseeing the northeastern United States (a nine state, $20 million operation including the critical battlegrounds of New Hamp- shire and Pennsylvania) from Chicago headquarters before leading the Virginia operation as Senior Advisor, turning that state blue for just the second time since 1964.
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About STG Group: STG Group is a provider of mission-critical technology, cyber, and data solutions.
Co-Founder and CEO of Slack
Stewart Butterfield serves as the CEO and Co-Founder at Slack Technologies, Inc. Stewart Butterfield serves as the President of LudiCorp Research and Development Ltd. Stewart Butterfield directed the 11-member design group (creative/visual/UI, production & QA) at Communicate.com, where he acted as design lead or managed teams on millions of dollars worth of projects for companies like HSBC and Sears Travel. He co-founded Flickr at Yahoo! Inc. Stewart Butterfield has served in the W3C’s XForms working group and has been active in many other professional organizations. He has also a long consulting interaction design career, most recently with Telus, the CBC and The Economist. Stewart Butterfield founded the 5K competition, a lo-fi, high-profile design award, which has been featured everywhere from Playboy to Le Monde to USA Today. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Wantoo Networks Incorporated. Stewart Butterfield is a frequent speaker on design and technology topics at professional and academic events across Europe and North America. He was recently named to the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and is a nominating judge in the Webby Awards (for Best Practice). In 2001, he was nominated for a Chrysler Design Award. In 2006, Time magazine’s put him on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Stewart Butterfield received a BA (Hons. with Distinction) in philosophy from the University of Victoria, and an MPhil in philosophy from Cambridge University, graduating with a First.
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About Slack: Slack is an enterprise software platform that allows teams and businesses of all sizes to communicate effectively.
Co-founder, CEO, & Board Member of LoginRadius
Rakesh is a startup enthusiast, a tech entrepreneur, and an engineer. He is currently working as the Co-founder and CEO of LoginRadius, a SaaS company securing over one billion digital identities worldwide.
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About LoginRadius: LoginRadius is a SaaS based CIAM platform offering Customer Registration Services, Profile Data Storage, SSO, and more.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Urgently
Chris Spanos is the Co founder and CEO of Urgent.ly. He is the Advisor of Startups. Prior to this, he worked as General Manager at Repair.com. He was the Founder & CEO of SeniorChecked. He worked as General Manager, Vice President, Director, International Product Management, Sr. Manager, Brand Development and Marketing Consultant at AOL LLC. He worked as Award Winning Producer at Independent Film Producer. He was the Consultant to CEO of 1-800 Members/DHL. He worked as Consultant to President at VidiSolutions. He served as Consultant to VP Product Management at RealNetworks. He worked as Consultant to U.S. Director of Business Development at Moonfruit. Before that, he worked as Consultant to VP of Broadband at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
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About Pax Momentum, Urgently: Urgently features a roadside assistance industry to the benefit of global brands and roadside assistance professionals.
Reggie Aggarwal (CEO and Founder)
Founder & CEO of Cvent
Reggie Aggarwal is the CEO and Founder of Cvent, the leader in meetings, events and hospitality software. A lawyer by trade, Reggie founded Cvent in 1999 as a two-person startup, with the goal of making meeting planning easier for his peers in the business community. Reggie was named the #1 SaaS CEO by The SaaS Report in their 2019 Top 50 SaaS CEO list and Entrepreneur of the Year for the Washington, DC area by Ernst & Young. He was also named the most admired CEO in the Washington, DC area by the Washington Business Journal, one of the 100 most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs, and a rising star by Forbes Magazine. He has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes and Business Week. He has also been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, the BBC and several other popular news shows.
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About Cvent: Cvent delivers the most comprehensive event marketing & management platform, maximizing the impact of in-person, virtual, and hybrid events.
Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Ziva Dynamics
James Jacobs is the co-founder and co-CEO of Ziva Dynamics.
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About Ziva Dynamics: Ziva Dynamics is a software company that specializes in character creation and human simulation.
CEO and Co-Founder of engageLively
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About engageLively, US Ignite: Jupyter Hubs as a Service, with built in presentation, visualization, interaction, and a built in point-and-click chart editor
CEO of Beanworks
Catherine is passionate about business process improvement and leads with a vision of making accounting easier and more enjoyable while increasing efficiency and reducing costs. As a CMA professional, she knows first-hand the challenges with financial management and is dedicated to driving change through innovation. Catherine is a co-founder.
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About Beanworks: Beanworks is an accounts payable automation solution that helps companies eliminate paperwork and reduce invoice processing costs.
President & CEO of Clarabridge
Mark Bishof is a seasoned CEO with a track record of creating high performance organizations, shaping new markets and delivering world class solutions and results. – Served as CEO of Flexera Software. – Held senior executive positions at IBM, Deloitte Consulting, Macrovision, Crossworlds Software, and Booz Allen Hamilton. – Serves as a Board Director of Infogix and Pace Harmon, and is a Board of Trustee member of The Nature Conservancy (Virginia Chapter).
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About Clarabridge: Clarabridge is a Customer Experience Management platform that provides insight from customers.
President & CEO of Thycotic
Responsible for day-to-day operations, James creates and executes growth strategies and initiatives designed to propel Thycotic to the next level. James has amassed over 25 years of managerial and sales experience in guiding technology companies to accelerated, sustained growth. Most recently, he served as EVice President and GM of Unitrends, Inc., after serving as CEO of PHD Virtual, acquired by Unitrends in 2013. Previously, he served as Vice President of worldwide sales for Idera Corporation, and was Vice President of sales at NetIQ Corporation, having come there via the acquisition of PentaSafe Security Technologies, a remote access, vulnerability assessment and intrusion detection solution provider.
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About Thycotic: Thycotic protects companies from cyber attacks with innovative technologies that secure privileged accounts across the modern enterprise.
CEO and Co-Founder of Finger Food Studios
Ryan Peterson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Finger Food Advanced Technology Group. He sets the course for the organization with his extraordinary vision, strategic planning, and unshakeable passion. Under Ryan’s leadership as CEO, Finger Food has seen tremendous growth, transforming from a small basement startup to a multi-million dollar company with 180+ employees. Finger Food builds custom technology solutions to solve some of the most complex and challenging problems faced by businesses today in industries including games, retail, oil & gas, education, healthcare, mining and more. The company creates a competitive advantage for its clients by helping them own their technology stack, rather than simply deploying on the same technology platforms as their competitors. In-house expertise in AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Robotics, and IoT, enables Finger Food to create impactful and elegant cloud, web, mobile, machine and advanced-interface solutions built on top of emerging technologies. Finger Food sees an unprecedented market opportunity. Within 3 years, the cumulative R&D spend of the Global 1,000 will reach USD 1T. A conservative estimate would put the innovation spend of each of these companies at around USD 100MM annually.
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About Finger Food Studios: Finger Food delivers technology-driven business solutions that enable companies to move and innovate faster.
Chairman and CEO of Systems Engineering Associates (SEA)
Mr. Kapani has over 20 years’ experience in the information technology industry. He founded ECS in 2001, with one contract and a handful of employees. Beginning in 2004, Mr. Kapani began hiring strategic personnel, and the company began to double in size at a rapid pace. He infused his beliefs in the corporate culture by creating a professional services firm focused on excellence, discipline and process. His management style places an emphasis on customer satisfaction and methodologies to ensure the highest levels of quality. Mr. Kapani was the Chief Executive Officer until he promoted George Wilson in February 2014. Mr. Kapani previously held executive leadership positions with Computer Based Systems, Inc. (CBSI), and AverStar. Mr. Kapani holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park. He earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from George Washington University. Mr. Kapani is on the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation Board and the National Cathedral School Board. He is also an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Economic Club of Washington, DC.
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About ECS Federal, Systems Engineering Associates (SEA): Systems engineering associates corporation is a veteran-owned business focusing on systems engineering.
Chief Executive Officer of Privacy Vaults Online, Inc., d/b/a PRIVO
Denise Tayloe co-founded PRIVO in early 2001, inspired by the opportunities and challenges of implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which became effective in 2000. Denise has become a subject matter expert, recognized leader and authority in permission and identity management, has been an invited speaker on the subject at conferences regarding identity and children’s privacy issues across the globe, and has been published in numerous publications. Denise has more than 20 years of experience in business development, sales, finance, and the development of companies providing business and technology related services. She was a senior auditing consultant with Arthur Andersen for small business and developing tech companies. She completed her CPA after graduating Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University with a degree in Accounting and Finance. Outside of work, Denise can be found hanging out with her dog Nuckles, riding her motorcycle and watching football with the guys.
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About Privacy Vaults Online, Inc., d/b/a PRIVO: The leader in minors privacy, customer identity and permission management.
Co-Founder & CEO of Enquire AI
Cenk has been global risk executive for 12 years before launching GlobalWonks as the CEO. He has worked extensively assisting top financial institutions, multinational corporations, risk management firms, and legal firms operating in high-risk regions. Cenk holds an MA degree in international economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, a postgraduate degree in European studies from SAIS’s Bologna Center in Italy, and a BA degree in business administration and international relations from the Istanbul Bilgi University.
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About Enquire AI, Sidar Global Ventures: An insights software company that provides enterprises a comprehensive toolkit to easily discover and leverage expert knowledge in real time
Brandon Torres Declet
Founder & CEO of Measure
Brandon is widely considered a leading thinker and entrepreneur in the drone industry. He co-founded Measure, an aerial intelligence company, in June 2014 and, as CEO, grew the company to the top 5% of drone firms by revenue. Brandon began his career in the private sector supporting the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. In public service, he has served in senior level positions for the NYPD, the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, and the House Homeland Security Committee. Brandon served on the FAA Drone Registration Task Force, and he authored the largest Section 333 exemption ever granted by the FAA. In 2018, Brandon was appointed as a Senior Advisor to Oxford University’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs and named by Washingtonian Magazine as a 2018 and 2019 Tech Titan. Measure was recently recognized by Frost & Sullivan with the 2019 Frost Radar Best Practices Award for Growth Excellence in the Drone Services Provider market.
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About Measure: An aerial intelligence company offering world-class software for drones and drone data analysis.
Jay Sunny Bajaj
Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Digital Management
Jay Sunny Bajaj is Digital Management, Inc.’s (DMI) Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Sunny was raised in the technology industry, where both of his parents independently built successful IT services businesses. In 2002, he leveraged his deep understanding of the industry to found DMI. Under Sunny’s leadership, DMI has grown to become a recognized leader in enterprise mobility, big data analytics, strategic consulting, managed services, application development and cybersecurity. The company continues to experience dramatic growth, with an expanding client base that includes all fifteen U.S. Federal Departments and hundreds of Fortune 1000 commercial clients. DMI has received accolades for its growth, innovation and outstanding client service. The company has been honored as one of the top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the country by Inc.com for the last seven years and was also recognized as one of the Top 50 Best Places to Work in the Greater Washington Area by the Washington Business Journal. Growing more than 900 percent in the past three years, and employing more than 1,500 professionals, DMI recently received Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Award and was ranked as the 9th largest private job creator in the U.S. in 2013. Sunny is a multi-year winner of the Washington SmartCEO Future 50 award. In 2009 and again in 2010, he was honored as a Smart100 CEO, an exclusive group of 100 top-performing and highly respected CEOs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Sunny earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland. Prior to founding DMI, he worked at e-business pioneers AppNet and CommerceOne, as well as Goldman Sachs.
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About Digital Management: Digital Management provides mobile solutions and services that include enterprise mobility and cyber security.
Founder & CEO of Prefect
Jeremiah Lowin is the Founder and CEO of Prefect.
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About Prefect: Prefect is a workflow management system that helps to eliminate data flow problems for companies’ data teams.
CEO of Babel Street
Jeffrey Chapman is the Chief Executive Officer of Babel Street, a firm specializing in software solutions for multilingual text analytics and media monitoring. Before founding Babel Street, Mr. Chapman served as a senior executive at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he developed financial strategies concerning the government overhaul of domestic capital markets and terrorism finance regulations. Prior to his Treasury appointment, he co-founded, led and sold a software and consulting company formed to meet post-9/11 needs of the homeland and national security. Mr. Chapman is a former intelligence officer and decorated combat veteran. He is an alumnus of the United States Naval Academy and holds graduate degrees from the University of Virginia and Harvard University.
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About Babel Street: Babel Street provides real-time situational awareness and intelligence on global topics of interest.
CEO of Omidyar Network
Mike is a partner at Omidyar Network, where he leads research and analysis to help the firm and others in the field direct resources to efforts with the potential for scale and social impact. Mike’s work spans the firm’s five global initiatives–Consumer Internet & Mobile, Entrepreneurship, Financial Inclusion, Government Transparency, and Property Rights, as well as broader trends and developments in philanthropy and impact investing. Based in Washington D.C., Mike brings Omidyar Network nearly 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, in addition to deep expertise in strategy, impact investing, and business at the base of the pyramid (BoP). Before joining Omidyar Network, Mike spent more than 10 years as a consultant at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). In 2007 he co-founded and led the Monitor Inclusive Markets practice. He and his team analyzed more than 1,000 innovative market-based approaches to poverty that serve BoP customers, suppliers, and distributors across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Mike also led many sector-based research and consulting efforts in financial services, health care, agriculture, water, energy, livelihoods, and impact investing for a range of commercial, donor, and investor clients. His work has been published in several prominent environments including Harvard Business Review, Brookings Institution, USAID, and reports by major U.S. foundations. In between stints at Monitor, Mike worked for the World Bank for more than five years, as part of the East Asia management team and directing the Bank’s flagship innovation grant program, Development Marketplace. Earlier in his career he worked in global telecommunications Mike earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University.
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About Omidyar Network: Omidyar Network is an investment firm.
CEO of Appian
Matthew Calkins has been CEO & Chairman of the Board since founding Appian in 1999. He has been recognized as an Innovator by InformationWeek, Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a top entrepreneur by the Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal. Matt worked at MicroStrategy (MSTR) from 1994-1999, serving on the board from 2005-2014. As a board game designer and player, he won “Wargame of the Year” and finished third in the 2012 World Boardgaming Championships.
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About Appian: Appian provides a low-code software development platform that enables organizations to rapidly develop powerful applications.
CEO of KORK
Improving the world one day at a time with technology.
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About InvestorLift, KORK: Building the worlds #1 consumer data platform.
Co-founder and CEO of Blockchain Foundry Inc.
Dan Wasyluk is the founder of HashtagTV. He is a full front-to-back end developer. Dan has experience in a variety of coding languages and technologies. His career has focused on User Interface Development and User Experience. He also has experience managing teams both in a professional capacity and in a startup capacity. Dan has brought several products to market both on his own and with a team.
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About Blockchain Foundry Inc., Snipt.org: Blockchain Foundry is a blockchain software development company.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Deltek
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About Deltek: Deltek is an enterprise software and information solutions provider for professional services firms and government contractors.
Founder, CEO of SkyHive
As an experienced global business leader with an MBA from Queen’s University, Sean possesses substantial expertise in skills development and is considered a thought leader on the Future of Work. With the mission of combating poverty and unemployment through the use of exponential technology, Sean strives to set a positive example for other entrepreneurs that a successful business can be built in a way that truly helps people.
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About SkyHive: SkyHive is an artificial intelligence technology that drives rapid reskilling of workforces and communities across the world.
Founder & CEO of LCA Vantage
Vincent Lopez is a Mexican-American entrepreneur, and the founder & CEO of LCA Corp., which manages investments in various industries, including healthcare, technology, and media. Mr. Lopez is the founder & CEO of LCA Vantage Healthcare, a transformative cost-saving market-disrupting solution to America’s crippling healthcare system. Throughout his career, Mr. Lopez has held several esteemed positions including a 2015 nomination by Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Board of Governors. He completed a Fellowship in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) education targeted in minority neighborhoods, with President Obama’s Organizing for Action. He’s served as a law enforcement officer. He’s worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Subsequently, he went on to work for notable U.S. Government Contractors. He is the founder & CEO of the Lopez Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, which focuses on establishing lifelong success in our schools, communities, and our working world. The Foundation believes in its core principles to “Teach, Inspire, Empower, & Lead” the next generation. He studied at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in English, political science, and government (Pre-law). He’s an avid fan of Formula 1 racing, horse racing, and fishing.
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About LCA CORP, LCA Vantage, The Lopez Foundation,Inc.: Electronic Health Records, Remote Physiological Monitoring, Biometrics, FHIR Complaint, Health Subscriptions
Co-Founder & CEO of Hazel
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About Hazel: Hazel’s software gives clarity on where your managers are struggling, and effective growth plans to help develop their skills.
Founder & CEO of Ordway
Sameer’s track record designing many of the world’s leading ERP and financial billing systems equipped him with the knowledge and desire to found Ordway. As one of the first Product Managers at Zuora, Intacct, and Workday, to product leadership at First Data, Sameer developed a deep understanding of the heartbeat of a business – billing and finance. An entrepreneur at heart, Sameer is also an active angel investor including investments in UrbanStems, Social Tables, TrackMaven, and Advantia Health. Throughout the excitement, strains, and challenges of building enterprise-level products, he constantly reminds his colleagues to “win or learn.”
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About NextGen Venture Partners, Ordway: Ordway is a smart billing and revenue automation platform for growing businesses.
CEO and Founder of Pani Energy
Devesh Bharadwaj is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Pani Energy.
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About Pani Energy: Pani Energy is a water treatment optimization technology company located in Victoria.
CEO of Ridgeline International
Erik Wittreich is an experienced Leader/Army Green Beret with a track record of developing complex strategies, executing long-term innovative plans, analyzing international trends, and managing high-profile client relationships. Wittreich maintains a reputation for building and growing cross-cultural teams to thrive during high-pressure situations in both military and corporate settings. Pat Tillman Scholar and Sloan Fellow at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Key specialties include: ● Managing Operations ● Strategic Planning ● Lifecycle Planning ● Qualitative/Quantitative Analysis ● Global Alliances ● Contingency Planning
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About Ridgeline International: Technology, Digital Signature Management
CEO & Founding Partner of Dering & Estrada
Mr. Dering has over 25 years experience in successfully managing and growing technology firms. Mr. Dering specializes in supporting both the executive management team and the board of emerging growth companies. Mr. Dering often provides both CEO mentoring services as well as help with a company’s growth and strategic direction. Mr. Dering is an active board member and consultant for a number of very successful high tech companies in the greater mid-Atlantic region. Prior to forming D&E, Mr. Dering was President and CEO of ServiceBench. ServiceBench experienced rapid growth by developing innovative “Service Management On-Demand” solutions, attracting prestigious new customers and expanding internationally. As a result, ServiceBench was recognized by Deloitte as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America. ServiceBench was sold to NEW in January 2008. Prior to ServiceBench, Mr. Dering served as President and CEO of CrossAccess Corporation, a multi-national venture-funded software infrastructure company that focused on integrating corporate business functions with new e-business applications. Prior to joining CrossAccess, Mr. Dering served as President and CEO of two publicly traded Bell & Howell companies. Under Mr. Dering’s leadership, Bell & Howell Mail and Messaging Technologies (MMT) doubled its profits and grew its revenue to $500 million while cultivating a broad customer base that included telecommunications carriers. At Bell & Howell Publishing Services (PSC), Mr. Dering launched its European operation and implemented a focused sales program that resulted in increased market share. Previously, Mr. Dering had a 20-year career at TAB Products Company, a $170 million publicly traded manufacturer of information storage and retrieval solutions for office environments. He initially served in a variety of sales and marketing positions, and, in his last five years, was TAB’s President and CEO, helping turn around the company and making it the dominant industry leader. Mr. Dering holds multiple board positions including 3PillarGlobal, Valencell, HelloWallet, Fishbowl, Bridgeborn, Washington Management Group/CCS, StrikeIron, The Royalty Exchange and MindShare. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
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About Dering & Estrada, eTrans Systems, Valencell: Dering & Estrada is a consulting firm providing project management, software development, and other services to businesses.
Founder, CEO of Spark CRM
Founder at Spark CRM
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About Spark CRM: Spark is simplifying new home sales with smarter software.
CEO & Co-Founder of Sayari Labs
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About Sayari Labs: Sayari Labs is a provider of financial intelligence and supply chain risk solutions for analysts and investigators.
CEO, RISC-V International of Linux Foundation
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About Linux Foundation: The Linux Foundation builds sustainable ecosystems around open source projects to accelerate technology development and industry adoption.
CEO of Trippeo
Adarsh Pallian is COO at SoleSavy.
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About SoleSavy, Trippeo: Trippeo Technologies develops a mobile application that automates business expense management process for business travelers.
CEO of AppBridge
Cameron Wallin is founder and CEO at AppBridge.
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About AppBridge: AppBridge is a application developer and facilitating the transformation of work.
Founder and CEO of Base Operations
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About Base Operations: Base Operations uses AI to aggregate and visualize threat data to help companies keep their people and operations safe around the world.
CEO & Founder of Engaging Networks
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About Engaging Networks: Engaging Networks is the technology used by many of the world’s leading charities to power their digital strategies.
Founder & CEO of Aquicore
Prior to founding Aquicore, Logan worked extensively in the IT and Telecom industries and has delivered numerous complex multi-million dollar management systems both domestically and internationally for high-profile global telecom and media operators. Logan also helped start a research initiative based on highly secure Quantum Encryption. Logan Soya received a BS in Physics, an MS in Systems Management and has his MBA from Georgetown University and London Business School. During his MBA at Georgetown he worked with Foundation Capital, a top-tier Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm. Logan has always had a passion for energy and is excited to take some of the best practices in IT and Telecom management systems to create better building energy management.
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About Aquicore: Aquicore is an information technology company that offers a cloud-based software designed for asset operations platform for the CRE sector.
Founder and CEO of AppsTech
Rebecca Enonchong is founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech, a leading global provider of enterprise application solutions. She is cofounder and Chair of ActivSpaces (African Center for Technology Innovation and Ventures), a tech incubator in Cameroon and Board Chair of the Afrilabs Foundation, a network of 50 tech hubs in Africa. She also cofounded ABAN (African Business Angels Network) and CAN (Cameroon Angels Network). She is an advisor to Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa), the largest online community dedicated to entrepreneurs and investors building companies in Africa. She has been a board member of award winning social enterprise Salesforce.org since 2002.
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About AppsTech, Salesforce: Enterprise Application Solutions
CEO of Next Decentrum Technologies Inc
Founder and CEO of Next Decentrum, a blockchain company focused on helping museums, galleries, and leading artists create, manage, and promote NFT art and digital collectibles. In 2006, I launched CreativeArab, the world’s first and largest marketplace for Middle Eastern art focused on connecting artists across the Arab world with a global audience (acquired). Then I launched The Content People in 2010, an award-winning content marketing agency with clients that included Virgin Mobile, Pfizer, and Starbucks. In 2016 I joined Launch as General Manager. Launch is one of North America’s top tech hubs and startup incubators. We helped over 6500+ founders and 500+ startups raise over $1 billion. In 2019 I joined 3 tier logic as VP of Products & Strategy, I worked with some of the world’s most valuable brands including Universal Studios, P&G, and Kimberly Clark. I write and speak about startups, blockchain, and NFTs, and advise several blockchain and tech startups including Ami Pro, Gigr, Mobile Art School, Fintrux, Majik Bus, Traction Health, Cloud Nine, and Peace Geeks. Recognized in 2019 as one of 30 Vancouver tech thought-leaders and influencers to follow. Featured in Forbes, BBC, BetaKit, Entrepreneur, DailyHive, Notable, and CBC. When not building products, I enjoy writing, reading, and engaging in meaningful conversations over good coffee. My favourite pastimes are playing chess with my kids, binging on good drama and science fiction, drawing, and learning new guitar licks, sometimes all at the same time 🙂
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About Next Decentrum Technologies Inc: Next Decentrum enables access, empowers users, and unleashes an ever-evolving future through collaboration.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of myDigitalOffice
Ali Moloo is the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of myDigitalOffice.
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About myDigitalOffice: myDigitalOffice is an easy-to-use hoteliers data visualization, process automation, and performance management software.
CEO and Co-Founder of Dooly
Kris Hartvigsen currently works as Chief Executive Officer and the Co-Founder of Dooly.
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About Dooly: Dooly is a sales enablement platform that collects information and insights essential to close business sales.
CEO & Co-Founder of Certn
Andrew McLeod is a 2x Forbes 30 Under 30 Nominee and the C3O at Certn. Published as somebody to watch in business, Andrew is an investor and advisor to some of North America’s most innovative companies and has many successful ventures to his name. Recognized as an innovator, entrepreneur, and business strategist, he holds a BBA from Acadia University and a Masters of International Business and Law from the University of Sydney, Australia. Along with his education and start-up experience, Andrew has worked with marketing and communications agencies representing Canada’s largest financial institutions. He has developed investor proposals and business plans for some of Canada’s most innovative companies and has consulted on over a dozen business triage and international expansion projects.
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About Certn: Certn is a simple, comprehensive solution for applicant screening backed by great customer service.
Chief Executive Officer of Bellwether Coffee
Nathan is a veteran entrepreneur in renewable energy. Nathan is currently Chief Executive Officer of General Fusion, a worldwide leader in developing fusion energy. General Fusion is backed by venture capital firms and family offices and is based in Vancouver, Canada, and has raised over $100 million in pursuit of its breakthrough energy goals.Nathan is a frequent speaker on energy policy and recently testified at the U.S. Congress on energy innovation. From 2008 until 2012, Nathan was President and co-founder of Harvest Power, a leading renewable energy company that creates electricity and soil products from organic waste materials. He was also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with VC firm Kleiner Perkins. Prior to Harvest, Nathan was an Executive Vice President at Bain Capital, a consultant at Bain and Company, and graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with highest honors.
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About Bellwether Coffee: Bellwether Coffee develops hardware and software platform to transform the coffee industry.
Co-Founder, President and CEO of LTN Global Communications
Javadi is a co-founder of LTN and its President and CEO. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive leader in both telecom services and IP technology. Javadi brings over 25 years of experience at starting, growing, and running global businesses. Most recently, Javadi was President of NexTone Communications, a privately held provider of software products. Earlier, Javadi was President of Sprint International, where he ran all of Sprint’s businesses, alliances, and relationships outside of the U.S. Under Javadi’s leadership and direction, Sprint built its next generation global Internet backbone. Prior to that, he held increasingly important corporate executive positions, including: head of the billion dollar North American operations of Primus Telecom; president of a wireless messaging unit at G.E. Capital; and vice-president of global sales and marketing at OTI, a start up satellite company that was sold to MCI. Javadi holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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About LTN Global Communications: LTN provides IP-based video transport solutions focusing on the quality and reliability of videos delivered over the Internet.
You Mon Tsang
Founder & CEO of ChurnZero
Before assuming his current role as CEO of OutMarket, Tsang held positions as CMO and senior vice president of product at Vocus. Prior to Vocus, he was CEO of Engine140, a company Vocus acquired and subsequently integrated into its product portfolio. A serial entrepreneur, Tsang also founded and was CEO of Biz360, a market intelligence company that helped Fortune 500 companies compile and analyze media content. He founded Boxxet, a consumer content aggregation engine with 4 million unique visitors a month, as well as Milktruck LLC, an Internet pioneer in offline browsing and “push” software. Tsang holds a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from Yale University and an MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.
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About ChurnZero: ChurnZero is customer success software for growing SaaS and subscription businesses.
CEO of GovCloud Network
Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing expert, Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 100 Cloud Computing Influencer and Brand” (Onalytica 2017), a “Top Federal IT Blog” (FedTech Magazine 2015,2016). Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored blog posts authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft and IBM. Mr. Jackson has also been featured in podcasts and online video with Dell, IBM, Intel Corporation and National Public Radio. In May 2018 he was awarded an Information Security Leadership Award for his work in the US Federal Government Sector by the President, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and Engility Corporation Director Cloud Solutions. Recently he served as part of a team responsible for onboarding mission applications to the US Intelligence Community cloud computing environment (IC ITE). Publications include, “GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government” (Government Training Inc., 2011), “GovCloud II: Implementation and Cloud Brokerage Services” (Government Training Inc, 2012), “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016), and “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018). Mr. Jackson also delivers online training through Pluralsight.
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About (ISC)2, AT&T, GC GlobalNet, GovCloud Network, IBM, Intel Corporation, International Training Consortium, LinkedIn, Packt, Pluralsight, SourceConnecte, Supply Chain Now, The Social Movement, Total Network Service, Tulane University School of Professional Advancement, wikibooks.me: GovCloud Network helps it’s clients better leverage the global and parallel nature of cloud computing.
Co-founder, CEO & Instructor of Thinkific
Greg is passionate about education. His past experiences as a securities lawyer and teacher fuelled his desire to use technology to improve the learning and teaching experience. Greg has taught thousands of students online and in person. His latest addictions are learning new kiteboarding tricks and playing euro boardgames.
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About Thinkific: Thinkific is a software platform that enables entrepreneurs to create, market, sell, and deliver their own online courses.
CEO of Land Intelligence
Gore Bolton is the Chief Executive Officer at Land Intelligence, Inc.
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About daGROUPusa, Land Intelligence, Piranha Tank: Land Intelligence provides reports, analysis, and advisory services to all stakeholders involved in land development and acquisition.
Chief Executive Officer of Traction on Demand
Greg founded Traction on Demand, a Burnaby-based cloud technology consultancy and software development firm, in 2006. His original intention was to serve a small number of clients by helping them unite their sales and marketing teams; however, Traction has since grown into a nationally-recognized brand with offices and 250+ employees across North America. It is now ranked as one of the continent’s fastest growing technology companies. Greg’s commitment to workplace culture and community has landed Traction on Demand on Canada’s Top 10 Best Places to Work list for the past three years. Additionally, Traction is a current finalist for Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies in Canada. Individually, Greg has been recognized for both his unconventional leadership style and expertise in cloud computing and data. In 2013, Business in Vancouver named him one of the Top Forty Under 40, awarding him once again with CEO of the Year in 2016.
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About Traction on Demand: Traction on Demand is North America’s largest dedicated Salesforce consulting firm delivering cross-platform solutions and SaaS products.
President & CEO of ePlus
Marron joined ePlus as senior vice president of sales in 2005, and was promoted to COO in 2010 and to CEO and President in July 2016. A 30-year IT industry veteran, Marron served as senior vice president of worldwide sales at NetIQ, and was general manager of worldwide channel sales for Computer Associates International, Inc. He has extensive sales and operations experience both domestically and internationally. Marron holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Montclair State University.
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About ePlus: ePlus is an technology solutions provider of professional & managed services for cloud, security, data center, and digital infrastructure.
CEO & Co-Founder of PLAYR.gg
Entrepreneur, CEO, Strategist, Content Creator
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About PLAYR.gg, The Human Startup: PLAYR.gg was a technology platform that enables enterprise brands to generate, segment, and activate first-party customer data.
CEO and Founder of Kingmaker Labs
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About Creator Institute, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, Intrapreneur Institute, Kingmaker Labs, NextGen Venture Partners: Startup studio developing new products are services focused on our changing habits at home, at school and at work.
CEO of Ion Channel
JC Herz is cofounder of Ion Channel, a data and microservices platform that automates situational awareness and enables risk management of the software supply chain. She has 15 years of analytics experience in healthcare and national security. JC was a White House Special Consultant to the Pentagon’s CIO office and coauthored the DoD’s Open Technology Development roadmap. A published author, she has been contributing to Wired magazine since 1993.
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About Ion Channel, National Security Institute (NSI): Ion Channel is a data platform and service that allows organizations to risk-manage their software supply chain.
President, CEO & co-founder of Federated Wireless
Iyad Tarazi is CEO at Federated Wireless. He joined the company from Sprint Corp., where he served as vice president of Network Development and led the Network Vision network modernization project. Prior to the Sprint-Nextel merger, Iyad led Nextel’s Network Engineering organization, managing network planning, integration performance engineering, testing, and core deployment initiatives. He also held positions with MCI and served as a board member for CafeX Communications. Iyad has a masters in engineering management from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.
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About Federated Wireless: Federated Wireless develops a spectrum controller for wireless networks and communication intended to revolutionize the wireless industry.
Chief Executive Officer of eXeBlock Technology Corp.
Klassen has 25 years of experience in public company management, public relations, government affairs and entrepreneurialism. He is the President of a North American mineral exploration company and sits on the Board of Directors of several private and public companies.
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About eXeBlock Technology Corp.: eXeBlock Technology Corp. is a developer, blockchain decentralized applications (DApps).
Co-Founder & CEO of Dobby
Satadru Sengupta is the Co-Founder & CEO at Dobby.
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About Dobby, First Round Capital, Techstars: An AI-powered home management platform for owner-occupied, single-family homes.
Founder & CEO of Mark Labs
Kevin is a recovering lawyer, banker, and management consultant. A serial social entrepreneur, he has worked on startups dealing with education, environmental protection, campus safety, mobile health, and rural broadband access. He describes himself as a passionate believer in people and has a knack for understanding and engaging complex systems.
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About Mark Labs: Mark Labs uses data analytics and AI to assess Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risk and opportunity for sustainable investing
Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of ACL Services
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About ACL Services, Allocadia, Boast.AI, The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, UserZoom: ACL Services is an enterprise governance software powered by data automation for audit, compliance, and risk management.
Founder & CEO of Technology Exploration Group
Greg Deeds is a Founder & CEO at Technology Exploration Group.
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About Technology Exploration Group: The Technology Exploration Group was born out of a vision to provide customers with customized and comprehensive technology solutions.
CEO & Founder of iComply Investor Services Inc.
Matthew Unger is Founder & CEO of iComply.
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About iComply Investor Services Inc.: iComply Investor Services (iComply) is an award-winning software company focused on reducing regulatory friction in financial markets.
Co-founder & CEO of Hurdlr
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About Hurdlr: Hurdlr helps the self-employed economy track their real-time business numbers and profitability.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of LifeBooster
Bryan is the original founder and the CEO of LifeBooster Inc. He provides strategic consulting, including business plan, and sales and marketing strategy development, as well as the scientific insight and vision into the LifeBooster system. With a background in biomedical sciences and sales and marketing, Bryan’s ability to drive the business development of our innovative health and safety solution has been a natural process. He is an outstanding problem solver and natural team leader with the proven ability to deliver quickly in complex environments. By identifying and building high-quality client relationships with Fortune 100 companies, actively sourcing strategic partnerships throughout diverse industries, and conducting high-level market analysis, Bryan’s vision drives LifeBooster to be a leader in wearable technology for the future of occupational health and safety.
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About LifeBooster: Leading connected worker and risk analytics platform for industrial health and safety – ensuring every worker gets home safe every day.
CEO & Founder of Cortex Sustainability Intelligence
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About Cortex Sustainability Intelligence: Your Effortless Solution to Office Building Sustainability
Richard D. Calder
President & Chief Executive Officer of Global Telecom & Technology (GTT)
Richard “Rick” D. Calder, Jr. is GTT’s president and chief executive officer, appointed by GTT’s board of directors effective May 2007. He brings over two decades of experience in the telecommunications arena to GTT. In his role, Mr. Calder has full strategic and operational responsibility for the company and also serves as a director on the company’s board of directors. Mr. Calder joined GTT from InPhonic, Inc., a leading provider of wireless services and products, where he served as the president and chief operating officer. Prior to InPhonic, Mr. Calder was president of Business Enterprise & Carrier Markets at Broadwing Communications. He held senior management positions at Winstar Communications and prior to Winstar, Mr. Calder co-founded GO Communications, a wireless communications company. In his early career, Mr. Calder held various marketing and business development positions at MCI Communications, and various marketing and engineering positions at Tellabs, Inc. Mr. Calder received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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About Global Telecom & Technology (GTT): Global Telecom & Technology provides custom-fit cloud networking services and enterprise mobility solutions.
Co-Founder, President & CEO of LabArchives
Mr. Dunie has founded or co-founded three information and content application services companies: including Insight Publications, RefWorks, and LabArchives, where he also serves as President. He was also president of academic publisher and technology provider Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (now ProQuest) for eight years. Mr. Dunie has held numerous board positions and currently serves as a Director of ThirdIron, LLC. Bachelor of Science, College of Journalism, University of Maryland at College Park.
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About LabArchives: LabArchives provides a web-based software solution for storing, organizing, sharing and publishing scientific data.
CEO of iGMS
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About iGMS: iGMS is an all-in-one vacation rental management software for Airbnb/Booking.com/VRBO/HA management companies and property managers
CEO of Lightspark
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About Lightspark: Lightspark is software company that provides SaaS based engagement, e-commerce and rebate management tools to make energy efficiency easier.
Chief Executive Officer of StoryBlocks
TJ is the CEO at VideoBlocks, where he has been working since 2013 to bring high quality, affordable stock media to the creative community. VideoBlocks now supports more than 300,000 creatives through its unique membership model, and in 2015 launched its revolutionary video Marketplace which pays contributors 100% commissions. Prior to joining VideoBlocks, TJ led the marketing teams at BabbaCo, a subscription service offering creative, educational products for parents and toddlers, and Vlingo, Android’s first voice-enabled mobile virtual assistant. He currently lives in Washington DC with his wife, two kids, dog, two cats, and the occasional fish.
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About StoryBlocks: StoryBlocks is a subscription-based video and audio stock that provides unlimited download access to its users for royalty free content.
Founder & CEO of Deque Systems Inc
Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems, Inc. (Deque), co-founded Deque in 1999 to pave the way for digital equality both from both user and the technology perspectives. Under Preety’s vision and leadership, Deque has developed a uniquely robust suite of software tools that include WorldSpace and Amaze and become a market leader and a thought leader in digital accessibility software and services. In June 2013, Deque was awarded the Computerworld 21st Century Achievement Award for Innovation for the Amaze technology, and the company has been recognized four times in the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Preety was recognized for her contributions to the field of accessibility by being offered the position of vice-chair of the GSA-sponsored Accessibility Forum. She serves on the board of the USBLN, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), and the Yes I Can Foundation. Preety is an active member of the World Wide Web Consortium, and is a member of Women in Engineering, Women in Technology, Northern Virginia Technology Council, IEEE, and the Association of Computing Machinery. Preety is also a contributing author to a book published by the United Nations G3ICT to promote information accessibility to countries around the world.
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About Deque Systems Inc: Deque invents software that makes the web accessible.
Chief Executive Officer of Teneo
Piers co-founded Teneo in March 2000 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as Chief Executive Officer. Piers inspires the Teneo team to realise customer service excellence and has his own personal vision to impact the education of one million children in Africa.
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About Teneo: Teneo is the specialist integrator of next generation technology, offering the strongest mix of optimization solutions for networks.
Co-founder & CEO of Taloflow
Entrepreneur who focuses on health, 3D printing, cloud infrastructure and AI.
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About Taloflow, Turnyp: Find the best cloud and dev tools for your use case
CEO and Co-Founder of The Tuesday Company
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About The Tuesday Company: The Tuesday Company builds software that helps organizations strengthen relationships with supporters to drive community, activism.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Allocadia
As CEO and Co-Founder, Kristine Steuart leads the Allocadia team in realizing their vision of a world where marketers make every dollar count. To rally behind their mission, Kristine is focused on building a world-class team and a culture of radical transformation + we’re in it together. Kristine Steuart and her twin sister Katherine Berry co-founded Allocadia in 2010 after experiencing first-hand the difficulty in gaining insights into marketing investments and measuring marketing performance. Kristine has led Allocadia from a bootstrapped start up with a handful of customers to a global organization with hundreds of enterprise customers worldwide who manage billions of dollars in marketing spend in Allocadia, $30m in venture funding, and partnerships with marketing cloud leaders like Oracle, IBM and Marketo. With a radically better way to plan, budget and optimize their marketing investments, Allocadia’s enterprise software is helping propel marketers on a journey they have embarked upon: leading in their companies by driving real business impact. Kristine is a speaker at local and global events, and writes a CMO Leading in Change blog series. Kristine was named among the Top Forty Under 40 by Business in Vancouver, the Top 10 Women in Tech to Watch in 2015 by inc. magazine, and one of BC’s top 35 most influential women in business. Allocadia has also received recognition as one of the Top 100 Tech Companies in BC and was awarded the 2015 Gartner Cool Vendor for CRM Marketing Applications.
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About Allocadia, BC Tech Association: Allocadia empowers marketers to run marketing more effectively by providing them with greater control over their marketing investments.
Founder and CEO of FreshCar
Co-founder at @Meritful • PhD Comp Sci from @UMich • Research Engineer at @LinkedIn, @Microsoft • NSF Research Fellow • Undergrad Biz Degree • On 2nd Startup
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About FreshCar: FreshCar specializes in vehicle subscriptions and they provide the most advanced software platform for car subscriptions.
CEO & Co-Founder of Sepio
As CEO of Sepio Systems, Inc., Yossi is responsible for North American operations at Sepio. He brings 25 years’ experience in security, networking, and computer science and control systems, along with a wide-angle perspective to cyber security threats and unique security solutions. In the early 1990s, Yossi joined the technology unit of the Israeli Army Intelligence Corps (Unit 8200). As team leader and chief architect, he focused on design and development of critical infrastructure network monitoring and security systems. In 1998, Yossi co-founded WebSilicon, a company dedicated to delivering advanced networking and security systems. As VP of research and development, Yossi was involved in the design and implementation of numerous systems for government agencies, integrators and vendors worldwide. In 2007, Yossi became the company’s CTO, responsible for North American business activities. In this role, he worked with key customers to develop next-generation network monitoring and security systems. In 2013, WebSilicon was acquired by Magal (NASDAQ: MAGS), one of the world’s largest physical security integration companies. After the acquisition, Yossi led the integration of the company into Magal and was instrumental in rebranding WebSilicon as CyberSeal. Yossi served as CTO for cyber security of Senstar, the North American division of Magal, and relocated to the United States to work closely with key customers and partners. As CTO, Yossi was involved in all phases of development of the Tungsten Cyber Security Appliance and the Rubidium Central Monitoring Systems. These solutions converge physical and logical security and introduced a higher echelon of cyber security to the market.
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About Sepio: Sepio helps enterprises managed hardware related risks using physical layer information.
CEO and Co-Founder of Upskill
Brian Ballard passion is pioneering new technology developments and catalyzing the evolution of mobile paradigms. As the CEO and Co-Founder of APX Labs, Brian uses his background in national intelligence systems and computer engineering to position APX Labs as a competitive business in mobile application and wearable computing development for military and industrial markets. He previously served as the Chief Technology Officer of Mav6, where he was involved in the development of emerging networking technologies and embedded systems for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance applications in government and the military intelligence. Brian spent more than a decade working as a field operations officer and engineer and for the National Security Agency where he developed cutting edge solutions for the intelligence community. In support of technology policy and decision making, Brian served on the Technology Insight-Gauge, Evaluate, Review (TIGER) committee of the National Academy of Sciences, focusing on modeling and simulation and the impacts of technology decisions on national policy. Brian holds an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a MBA and Masters of Technology Management from the University of Maryland.
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About Upskill: Upskill provides wearable technology to connect hands-on workers from the factory to the warehouse to the jobsite.
Managing Director & CEO of Diligent
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About Diligent: Diligent is the largest GRC SaaS provider, with 1M users, across 23,000 organizations, valued at $7B+ and $500 million+ in revenue.
Founder & CEO of WireWheel.io
Justin Antonipillai is the Founder & CEO of WireWheel since 2017.
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About WireWheel.io: WireWheel.io is a software company that revolutionizes data privacy and protection as-a-service for companies.
Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein One
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About Henry Schein One, Waterline Ventures: Henry Schein One is the world’s largest dental practice management software company.
President & CEO of Apivio
Technology luminary Mr. Bakshi is a seasoned entrepreneur with a proven track record for successfully developing market success. As the co-founder Silent Witness Enterprises, a technology company that was listed on the TSX and NASDAQ, he lead the company’s growth strategy until it was acquired by Honeywell for approximately $90 million in 2003. Since then, he has been involved with industrial land development, including building a Convention Centre in Calgary and other strategic investments. In 2009, Mr. Bakshi began working with a South Korean company to establish Apivio Systems Inc. He led the transformation of the business into a Canadian technology company, putting together an independent board of directors, financing, and corporate governance in his capacity of Executive Chairman. In 2013, he was appointed CEO to execute the global business strategy and was responsible for taking the company public. Mr. Bakshi has a Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University with a major in Business and minor in Computer Science.
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About Active Witness, Apivio: Apivio Systems Inc.(“Apivio” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:APV) is a Canadian technology company.
Founder & CEO of Blackpurl
Mike Wyrzykowski is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Blackpurl.
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About Blackpurl: The first cloud-based dealership management platform built for the dealer who needs more then a DMS.
Co-Founder & CEO of PayWith
A respected entrepreneur and small business owner with a passion for developing game-changing solutions and technologies in the mobile payments, social media, lead generation and daily deal space.
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About PayWith: PayWith is a mobile application development firm that enables businesses to track data and run gifting, marketing, and loyalty campaigns.
Partner, CEO of Omelas
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About Omelas: Omelas maps the online information environment
CEO of Aderas
A founding member of the company, Jimmy Nguyen currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and oversees the strategic vision and direction of Aderas. A former Big 5 consultant, Jimmy Nguyen is technology proficient, business savvy and an expert at developing and executing alliances and leading corporate growth strategies for Aderas. Well known for his entrepreneurial stewardship, Jimmy Nguyen’s charismatic, passionate, inspirational and confident leadership has created an environment that encourages all employees to approach their work with equal dedication, determination, energy and enthusiasm. Jimmy Nguyen has spent the majority of his 20-year career in Department of Defense and Federal Civilian space. Jimmy Nguyen holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
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About Aderas: Aderas specializes in implementing, extending, managing, applications servers as well as custom software and IT development.
Karen D. Cuthrell
Founder & CEO of The Feeling Friends
Hi, my name is Karen Cuthrell and I am the founder of The Feelings Company, a cutting-edge educational company that creates tools for educators to teach children emotional intelligence at and early age. Our mission is to grow children emotionally stronger. I am an entrepreneur, educator, author, researcher and creator of The Feeling Friends Educational Kit, an engaging and all-inclusive educational kit that gives educators the tools to make sure that early learners have the foundation to become emotionally successful. I am the CEO (Chief Emotions Officer) and I am responsible for running the day-to-day operations of The Feelings Company. My passion is creating and teaching everyone that I meet that LOVE is the most important Feeling!
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About The Feeling Friends: Feeling Friends is an aromatherapy sensory tool for kids and teens to help manage moods to promote an overall well-balanced child.
Founder and CEO of Spocket
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About Spocket: Dropshipping marketplace serving 40,000 merchants
David H. DeWolf
CEO/President of 3Pillar Global
David DeWolf is the founder and CEO of 3Pillar Global, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s fastest growing technology companies. In this role he has guided 3Pillar to a leadership position within the Product Development Services sector, establishing 3Pillar as the go-to innovator for content, information, and data-rich companies looking to grow revenue through software. David is passionate about software product innovation, entrepreneurship, and principled leadership. He is an active member of the business and technology communities in Northern Virginia and sits on multiple boards. David is a member of Legatus and is a graduate of Mindshare, a forum of CEOs of the D.C. area’s most promising technology companies. He is an angel investor in various software startups, and he enjoys providing leadership advisory services to entrepreneurial companies and philanthropic organizations. In 2012, David was named one of SmartCEO Magazine’s “Future 50.” In 2011, he was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of “40 Under 40” who are Washington, D.C.’s brightest young business leaders. In 2010, he was selected a winner of the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. David is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Franciscan University and previously held advisory positions with iMPACT Ventures and Verdant Strategies. He also sat on the Development Advisory Committee of the Franciscan Sisters of the 3rd Order Regular. Before founding 3Pillar, David was a Principal at Digital Focus, where he oversaw the development of custom software solutions. He has consulted for a wide variety of businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to startups. David earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he studied Communications and Theology. He and his wife, Teresa, have six children.
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About 3Pillar Global: 3Pillar Global is a software product development company providing solutions in the areas of mobile applications and SaaS-based enablement.
Co-Founder & CEO of Circus
CoFounder/CEO @CircusHR – Cutting the HR headache for film & TV. #CanadianScreenAward nominated Producer (#HelloDestroyer, #TIFF16).
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About Circus: Powering studios, behind the scenes.
Co-Founder & CEO of CustomerAdvocacy.com
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About CustomerAdvocacy.com: CustomerAdvocacy.com is a gamification-enabled advocate engagement platform that offers solutions for businesses.
CEO of MAI
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About MAI: MAI specializes in the field of medical VR innovations to create maps of the human body.
CEO of IT Glue
Chris is a recognized technology leader, strategist and investor. He has been actively involved in the MSP industry since 2002 having led, acquired and exited multiple businesses. Through his investment firm, Chris has created and invested in several high-growth software and services companies. As chairman of the board, Chris oversees the long-term strategy and execution at ScalePad.
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About IT Glue, ScalePad: Best practices-driven IT documentation platform packed with features designed to help you maximize the efficienc.
Co-Founder & CEO of Fugue
Josh Stella is CEO & founder of Luminal, producers of Fugue. Josh was previously a principal solutions architect for Amazon Web Services, where he assisted federal and enterprise customers adopt cloud technologies. Josh has held leadership roles in technology for 20 years, including CTO and VP engineering roles.
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About Fugue: Fugue ensures cloud infrastructure stays in continuous compliance with enterprise security policies.
Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Posse
As Founder and CEO, Jon Jackson provides the vision and leadership behind Mobile Posse’s mission to create a revolutionary and trusted mobile channel through the active idle screen. Jon envisioned a proactive mobile delivery channel equally well-suited to the needs of carriers, content providers, and brands. In response, Mobile Posse developed a turnkey mobile delivery platform which activates the phone’s idle screen to seamlessly deliver advertising and CRM messages– while ensuring a superior experience for end users. Advertisers use the platform to deliver full-color, interactive and timely mobile advertising messages to consumers. Carriers rely on the platform to keep their customers informed about wireless products and services, and to enhance the overall customer experience. Through industry-leading consumer engagement rates and proven technological leadership, Mobile Posse is defining the next generation of mobile marketing and mCRM.
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About Mobile Posse: Mobile Posse turns telecom companies into mobile media leaders through its Firstly Mobile™ content discovery platform.
CEO & Co-Founder of MarginEdge
Prior to founding MarginEdge, Bo was the founder of Wasabi. Wasabi is a group of conveyor belt sushi restaurants currently operating in DC and Boston. Prior to Wasabi, Bo was in the US Peace Corps serving in Macedonia, earned an MS in Finance from London Business School, and founded an educational software company, Prometheus, which he sold to Blackboard in 2002.
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About MarginEdge: MarginEdge develops food and beverage tracking and analytics.
CEO, Partner of Anant Corporation
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About Anant Corporation, Appleseed Portal: Business Platforms, SaaS, Cloud
Founder & CEO of Gazelle
Mr. Verne C. Harnish is a Co-Founder and Principal of Gazelles Growth Institute. Mr. Harnish also serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gazelles, Inc. He is employed at Legend Ventures, LLC. Mr. Harnish is the Founder of two worldwide entrepreneurship organizations, Young Entrepreneurs Organization and Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs. He serves as a Director of Private Company Composite Index, Inc. He serves as a Director at The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. He is also the author of the best selling entrepreneurship book “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm”.Mr. Harnish was named one of the “Top 10 Minds in Small Business” by Fortune Small Business magazine and has appeared on several national television and radio programs including Smart Money, CBS News, and Nation’s Business Today.
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About Gazelle, Gazelles, Gazelles Growth Institute, Legend Ventures: Gazelle is an e-commerce platform for buying and selling used electronic gadgets.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Bit Stew Systems
Kevin has more than 20 years’ experience in architecting and designing world-class technology solutions, both as an entrepreneur and as a corporate executive. Kevin has extensive domain knowledge in the utility sector having assisted BC Hydro in all aspects of its smart grid program from concept through operations. Before founding Bit Stew, Kevin worked for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Navio Systems, a Silicon Valley technology company, and Motorola. As CEO Kevin established the vision and direction for Bit Stew, leads the evolution of the Grid Director platform and acts as chief customer advocate.
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About Bit Stew Systems, Charli AI: Bit Stew Systems is the creator of the platform for Software Defined Operations for the Industrial Internet.