A half dozen founders have already applied to the recently announced program in the Washington DC area. Congratulations! Anyone interested in learning more about the Founder Institute program in the Washington DC area is invited to a special event at George Mason University on the evening of October 13th, 2009. Half of the seats at this free session have been filled in just a couple of days, so please register today:

Tonya Harmon has done an amazing job organizing the local program, recruiting over a half dozen world-class local Mentors listed below:

  • Clara Conti, CEO, OnDialog
    Highly accomplished chief executive officer with nearly 20 years of experience in directing product and service development, operations and marketing for multimillion dollar companies. Expert relationship builder capable of forging new partnerships and alliances generating millions of dollars in fresh revenue. Innovative problem solver, instructor, communicator and staff leader with a proven ability to drive productivity while controlling costs and streamlining operational efficiencies company-wide.
  • Arman Eshraghi, CTO and Founder, LogiXML
    Mr. Eshraghi is a successful, long time serial entrepreneur. Mr. Eshraghi founded LogiXML with a vision to provide superior, innovative report development and analysis solutions. He holds a BS in Electronics Engineering from Ferdowsi University and has successfully led two other software companies before starting LogiXML.
  • Steve Goldenberg, Founder/CEO, Interfolio
    Steve is the founder and CEO of Interfolio, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown in the MBA program, where he teaches Entrepreneurship. Steve launched his company, Interfolio, in 1999. Interfolio, Inc. pioneered the concept of delivering secured and trusted confidential letters of recommendation for people applying to graduate school. It has since expanded to provide credential management and delivery services for educational program applicants, job seekers, colleges and universities, and centralized application services. With the launch of its innovative portfolio product in 2009, Interfolio now offers a rich, multimedia enabled web presence for professionals and academics who wish to showcase their life's work.
  • Rob Hisel, Founder/CEO, Preferred System Solutions
    Rob Hisel is a serial entrepreneur, with two highly successful company exits. His most recent company was Preferred System Solutions, which he sold in 2007. Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc. offers information technology, engineering, logistics management support, and consulting services to government and commercial customers in the United States. It also offers enterprise resource planning, software development, emergency response and preparedness, physical security, and information assurance services. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in Fairfax, Virginia with additional offices in Virginia Beach and Newport News, Virginia; and Patuxent River, and Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Joshua Konowe, Founder/CEO,
    A serial entrepreneur who would classify himself as a doer and one that enjoys getting his hands dirty in order to build something great. I love networking, have a natural affinity towards solution based marketing, and am a huge proponent of the web. Most recently in June 2009, I sold my second start-up to Frazoo, LLC. This deal consummates nearly two years of work on creating an in-text advertising network that provides a non-intrusive method for publishers to monetize their content.
  • Marissa Levin, Founder/CEO, Information Experts
    As Founder & CEO of Information Experts, Marissa leads IE’s efforts to create integrated communications solutions, human capital strategies, and learning strategies for government agencies & organizations. Information Experts, an 8(a) certified, award-winning consultancy founded in 1995, helps companies & agencies align their business & human capital strategies, and fulfill their missions through the development of integrated communications & learning products. Marissa has led IE's entry into the federal market to achieve a sizeable presence in more than 14 agencies spanning all facets of government (civilian, defense, and intelligence), the capture of multiple GSA schedules, the award of the highly competitive OPM TMA Human Capital and Training Contracts, and many others.
  • Reid Lewis, Founder/CEO, GroupLogic
    As Group Logic’s President, Mr. Lewis is deeply involved with the strategic direction and growth of the company’s product lines, and in ensuring the success of customers who use MassTransit and ExtremeZ-IP. His operational duties include leading the company’s management team, encompassing sales, development, support, marketing, and finance. Mr. Lewis also is active on online discussion lists and forums related to Group Logic’s products, customers’ successes and related technologies. Prior to co-founding Group Logic, Mr. Lewis managed a software consulting business, Advanced Micro Research Associates, Inc. (AMRA), which developed software applications tailored to meet its clients' specific needs and specialized in networked database systems. The firm’s clients included US Sprint, MCI, American Management Systems, Coopers & Lybrand, McGraw-Hill and the Reserve Management Company. Mr. Lewis has a B.S. in computer science and a minor in economics from Duke University.

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