Первая тема: Creating a Concept of MVP
Первый спикер: Jeff Reid, Founding Director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative & Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Jeff Reid is a catalyst for entrepreneurship and a well known leader in entrepreneurship education. In 2009, Reid launched the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative to catalyze entrepreneurial thinking and activities across Georgetown University and impact the growing DC startup community. The initiative has grown rapidly, with Georgetown recognized in 2012 by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, and in 2017 by the AACSB, as a global leader in entrepreneurship education. In 2020, Georgetown MBA graduates were rated as the #1 “most innovative and creative” in the world and 5th in the world for “exceptional entrepreneurial skills and drive” by recruiters in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Global MBA Recruiter Survey.
Earlier in his career, Reid founded UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Entrepreneurship and grew it from inception to a No. 1 national ranking by Forbes and Princeton Review, and was chosen by his peers and Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top five entrepreneurship center directors in the United States. He was elected in 2014 by entrepreneurship faculty peers nationwide as Senior Vice President of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Recently, Washingtonian Magazine named Reid a “Tech Titan” (2015, 2017) and DC Inno named him to its inaugural “50 On Fire” (2013) list. Before coming to Georgetown, Reid held leadership roles at NFTE, DLA Piper, and DigitalBridge Communications.
Вторая тема: Developing and Practicing Agile Technology
Второй спикер: Ash Rofail, Founder of ICAgile; Partner at Openner.vc
Ash Rofail (Ph.D.) is the General Partner of Openner Venture Capital and Chairman of Santeon Group In (a Publicly Traded Company) and a nationally recognized business and technology leader with 6 published books, several artificial intelligence patents, adjust professor at the Johns Hopkins University and a frequent speaker at conferences and international panels.
In 2015, Ash received the distinguished award of Most Influential Executive in Washington DC by SmartCEO Magazine across all industries and companies with Headquarters in Washington DC Metro area.
Ash started his technology career in the software industry over 30 years ago with influential positions such as Chief Architect at Microsoft ERP systems, Technology Advisor for White House (George W Bush Administration) and Chief Technology Officer of one of the largest Federal Consulting practices in DC with over 1000 employees reporting to his organization which he sold for $75m to British Aerospace Engineering (BAE.)
In 2001 Ash launched his first company which he grew to a multi-million-dollar technology platform and within 3 years has taken the company public, a few year later Ash started his 2 nd company grew in 4 years to become the largest Healthcare Enrollment Platform in the United States valued at over $300M. Since then Ash led several M&A transactions in Media, Healthcare, FinTech and Enterprise Software.
Throughout his career Ash built all his companies and ventures organically without raising capital; focused only on the fundamentals and the discipline of building sustainable ventures. It’s that mindset that drives Ash to not only financially invest in start-ups, seed stage and growth stage companies but to also focus on the other disciplines required for business to succeed
and reach an exit.
Openner Venture Capital funds startups that demonstrate innovation, improves the quality of living for individuals, creates job opportunities and enriches communities and foster growth and prosperity for individuals and communities.
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