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Made in DC Tech Panel {Sponsored by Microsoft}

  • Jun 24, 2014 · 6:30 PM

With DC quickly rising through ranks as an East Coast Tech Hub, Tech in Motion thought it’d be fun to highlight some of the prominent companies and figures that the DC Tech community has come to foster and cultivate! 

Our panel discussion will consist of top industry leaders and notables who will focus on the trials, tribulations, and successes of those who have had personal experience fostering a company from the ground up in D.C., with a specific emphasis placed on tech companies. We’ll hear from our panelists about best practices when starting a company in D.C., along with what worked and didn’t work for them. 

Moderator Greg Coleman COO and Co-Founder, Nexercise

Greg is the President, COO and Co-founder of Nexercise,where he runs the business side by leading operations, business development, marketing, legal, and finance. With nearly 20 years of leadership experience, Greg has extensive experience leading teams through complex and rapidly changing situations and has advised early-stage, mid-stage, and Fortune 100 companies in a number of critical areas. Prior to co-founding Nexercise, Greg co-founded the boutique strategy consulting firm C.Y. Strategy and provided advisory services to early-stage, mid-stage, and not for profit organizations. Greg also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard where he is a squadron commander. Previously, Greg was the deputy commander of a seven-department U.S. Air Force operations organization where he led all facets of daily operations.  Greg received a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School with a dual major in finance & entrepreneurial management. He has also earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.


Ghafran Abbas Chief Architect, SocialRadar 

Ghafran is the Chief Systems Architect at SocialRadar. He helped drive the company’s technology strategy and worked with the engineering teams towards continued innovation and product development. Ghafran has a passion for building high scale mobile applications and solving challenging problems. Prior to joining SocialRadar Ghafran was the Chief Architect at TenPearls and Principal Engineer at Time Warner Cable. He has received his Masters and Bachelor degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Information Systems. Ghafran is married and has three boys. He also maintains active involvement in several community service organizations.

Ian Lotinsky VP of Engineering, LearnZillion

Ian got hooked on starting web-based businesses in the mid 90’s and has worked as a skilled software engineer, leader, and company builder at places like LivingSocial, Lockheed Martin, and Razoo during his career. Ian received a Computer Science degree from the University of Maryland and Masters in Human Computer Interaction from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has a passion for delivering value to customers by solving their biggest challenges and making their lives more enjoyable.

Chuck Ghoorah EVP, Cvent

Chuck Ghoorah is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Cvent, a publicly-traded cloud-based software company focused on event management. Ghoorah has been instrumental in Cvent’s growth from a four-person startup to a 1,450-person company with a 1 + billion market capitalization. Chuck is responsible for Cvent's top line revenue across all product lines worldwide, including the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN), the world's largest free online marketplace that connects event planners with hotels and venues. Prior to joining Cvent, Chuck was a corporate attorney with Hale and Dorr, where he specialized in venture capital financing and technology transactions. Chuck graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University. He then earned his master's degree in political science from Duke University’s Graduate School and his Juris Doctorate with honors from Duke University School of Law.

Evan Burfield Co-Founder, 1776

Evan Burfield is a cofounder of 1776, driven by his passionate belief in entrepreneurship as the engine for solving the major problems facing America and the world today—from education to energy efficiency. Evan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. In 2006, Evan returned to Washington, D.C. to found Synteractive, a consulting firm that builds innovative social apps for startups, corporations, and government agencies.

6:30pm-7:00pm Networking
7:00pm-8:00pm Panel Discussion
8:00pm-8:30pm Q&A

Big thanks to our sponsors, Workbridge AssociatesJobspring Partners and Microsoft for their gracious financial support!

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  • Claire S.

    Hi Everyone-

    We wrote a blog post recapping the highlights of the event! Check it out:

    August 26, 2014

    • Victor H A.

      Bitly doesn't like the link, or did I get that wrong.

      August 26, 2014

  • Montaign G.

    Great panel and discussion! Would love to see more of this in the future! Definitely bullish on DC's tech future and present growth and success!

    3 · June 25, 2014

  • Seth K.

    Really enjoyed the topic and speakers. Felt energized following and inspired.

    3 · June 25, 2014

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