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Startup Grind Washington DC Hosts Congressman Jared Polis (TechStar, ProFlowers)

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Congressman Jared Polis, TechStar, ProFlowers

Congressman Jared Polis is the cofounder of TechStars, BlueMountain, and ProFlowers. A Democrat, Polis is the member of the United States House of Representatives for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a former member of the Colorado State Board of Education. Polis along with his parents founded, an online greeting card website, which he sold to Excite@Home three years later in a deal worth $780 million. In 1998, he launched the online florist company ProFlowers that expanded to become Provide Commerce, Inc., acquired in 2006 by Liberty Media Corporation.


6:30 Networking and Food
7:30 Fireside Chat
8:30 Networking

Hosted By Brian Park, Washington DC Chapter Director

Over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. Experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise collaborative web products and services. Has started three previous startups, including one that had $17 million in revenues. Previously worked for AOL and Merrill Lynch. Is a CMUer.
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