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Exec TechBreakfast: Doug Humphrey, Founder of Digex & Father of Managed Hosting


Doug Humphrey is an Internet pioneer and “Father of Managed Hosting” who resides in Laurel, Maryland. Perhaps best known for co-founding Digex in 1992 with business partner Mike Doughney, Humphrey took the Internet Service Provider public and sold it in 1997 to Tampa, Florida-based Intermedia Communications Inc. WorldCom then bought Intermedia in 2001, taking control of Digex to complement its subsidiary, UUNet Technologies. It is now a part of Verizon.

Humphrey also founded broadcast media company SkyCache in 1997. This satellite communications firm focused on all types of Internet media. The name was changed to Cidera shortly before an IPO. From there, Humphrey started a 10-year run with Coloco, a colocation corporation that handled Internet hardware. He has been the CEO of Joss Heavy Industries since 2004 where he also directs the Joss Research Institute, a 501(C)3 non-profit doing scientific research in a wide array of subject areas. He also mentors startup companies at the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurs.

He also owns an ex-British Royal Navy warship, but he can tell you more about that in person.

Why Should I Come to This? What Will I Take Away?

* Learn about how Doug made it big

* Raising money and working with Angels in the DC, Maryland, Virginia Region

* Going Public - the IPO... and Getting Acquired

* "Hacking" the Board & Building your inner circle.

* What did it take to create a successful tech startup in the DC/Balt area back in 1992 and how have things changed?

* Hear about the first year / two of Digex, critical inflection points, and deal making back

* Where do you get the audacity to think you can pull off something as big as Skycache? How do you get such a big ball rolling?

* How do you convince early investors and initial customers to believe in/try something novel and new and get them to see your vision?

* What do you know today that you wish you knew back when you were starting?

* How do you keep your initial team together and on the same page while keeping morale high?

* How do you wrestle those times when things look truly grim, when you are on the edge of a cliff?

* What is Doug working on NOW and how can YOU get involved?

Registration and Details

Just $29 if you register on or before January 31, 2013. $39 after that! So sign up today if you want to attend.

Registration is limited to 60 attendees!

Yes, we're serving an upgraded, HOT breakfast at this one!

What is the Exec TechBreakfast?

Introducing a new kind of TechBreakfast with a new format!

Want to meet and chat with the luminaries in the industry but never had the chance? Want to get a one-on-one style of question & answer with folks who have made it in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" style interaction?

Then Exec TechBreakfast is for you! This monthly event will bring together some of the most notable and well-known movers and shakers in the technology industries here in our tech region. Each Exec TechBreakfast will follow a strictly no-presentation format with the guest presenting their background and achievements, and then the floor is turned over to you, our attendees to dig deep! Think of this as "Office Hours" for those looking for advice and guidance from those who have already been there and done that.

Exec TechBreakfasts aren't free (they're just $29 if you register early), but they are high value. Oh, and we'll upgrade the breakfast too. Tired of bagels and coffee? Me too. Come to Exec TechBreakfast and get a nice, hot meal along with some warm conversation and rich interaction.


DLA Piper is hosting us in their amazing space in Mt. Washington that can handle 200 or more people, with plentiful parking, and convenient access for those that live outside the city. What more can you ask?

The DLA Piper building is in the Mt. Washington Conference Center campus (up the hill), and it is a totally amazing building. Check it out:

To get to the venue, use the Smith street entrance (and not the entrance that weaves its way through the Mt. Washington Conference Center). See below map for detail.

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Parking is plentiful and there's a lot right next to the building, with plenty of room for all attendees. And it's free. Use the UPPER LOT.

Leave the few visitor spots that are right in front of the building available for the use of the offices. They have some elderly clients who aren't able to walk up the walkway to the building. The lot is really big and very close so you shouldn't need those spots anyways.


Public Transportation

The Mt. Washington campus is located very conveniently near the Light Rail stop, which is literally just down the hill from the venue. Get off at the Mt. Washington Light Rail station, and then climb the steps to the Octagon Building at Mt. Washington and from there you can get to the DLA Piper building. It's a 15-20 minute walk at most.

There are also shuttles from the JHU Homewood and JHMI campuses right to the Mt. Washington Conference center, including one that leaves at 7:40AM from Homewood getting in by 8AM, and leaving at 9:35AM to return to Homewood. Very convenient.

See you all there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time at this event. It was great to meet Doug and talk with him about his experiences. I look forward to the next one.

    February 6, 2013

  • Jonathan R.

    This was absolutely great!

    February 6, 2013

  • Ron S.

    Awesome event - let's get more of these successful folks sharing their insights and lessons for us. Happy to bring these to DC and NoVA as well!

    February 6, 2013

  • Denee B.

    Very informative and engaging
    Easygoing friendly approachable manner

    February 6, 2013

  • Sam

    Where should we park cars?

    February 6, 2013

    • Ron S.

      Oops! Looks like the venue information got whacked - I just updated the description with the details including parking info.

      February 6, 2013

    • Sam


      February 6, 2013

  • Ron S.

    Venue details posted - use the Upper Lot for parking. Don't park on the curb. Leave the visitor spots for DLA clients if you can. There's plenty of parking.

    February 6, 2013

  • Denee B.

    I would love to go just wondering if the time of the event will be changed because I am already attending an event on this day in the evening. If I do miss this Exec Tech event I look forward to attending another one in the near future, Great Idea!

    January 31, 2013

    • Ron S.

      Denee - it's looking like it will stay in the morning. But if you plan to come, you should register - we're using the registration count to determine what to do. A registration for the session as it's scheduled speaks a LOT louder than a vote in a poll where there's no commitment at stake (and the poll is anonymous too).

      1 · January 31, 2013

    • Denee B.

      Great Ron, Thanks a Bunch!

      January 31, 2013

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