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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out DC Early-stage Venture Capital Conference, sponsored by Bingham McCutchen LLP. This event was in Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 21, 2009.

    Photo of Grant Allen, Vice President, Core Capital Partners Grant Allen
    Investment Professional
    Core Capital Partners
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    Core Capital Partners
    Grant Allen joined Core Capital in 2007 with nearly six years of strategy consulting and telecommunications industry experience. Most recently, Grant was at Liberty Associated Partners, where he worked with the CEO of Jingle Networks’ 1-800-FREE-411, and Microsoft Corporation, where he was a Product Manager in the Mobile & Embedded Devices division and developed field-level compete strategy for Windows Mobile.

    Previously, Grant was a consultant at Dean & Company, where he focused on transitioning telecom infrastructure providers to new growth sectors such as mobile media and location-based services, as well as cost reduction strategy for wireline carriers. He began his career working with a number of young companies, including Bates White, an economics consulting firm; Nextera Interactive, a Internet incubator and IT consulting firm; and A-k Presence, a web design and e-commerce services firm he founded. He remains actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations including Washington, DC-based FareShare and the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, which he also founded.

    Grant received his B.S.E. in Civil Engineering cum laude from Duke University and an M.B.A. with an individualized major in Private Equity and Venture Capital from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. There, he was an Executive Director of the Wharton Graduate Association, a Leadership Fellow, and sat on the board of the Wharton Alumni Association.

    Photo of Justin Klein, MD, JD, Principal, NEA Justin Klein, MD, JD
    NEA - New Enterprise Associates
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    NEA - New Enterprise Associates
    Justin joined NEA’s healthcare team in 2006 and focuses on medical device, specialty pharma and biopharmaceutical company investments. He is actively involved with NEA’s investments as a board observer for Carticept Medical, Moximed, Psyadon Pharmaceuticals, TriVascular2, Ulthera, VertiFlex, Viacor, Vibrynt and VytronUS.

    Previously, Justin worked for the Duke University Health System, reporting directly to the hospital CEO on health system strategy, finance and clinical service unit operations. In addition, he has worked at Latham & Watkins LLP in Menlo Park, where he assisted life sciences companies on numerous licensing transactions, regulatory and corporate securities matters. Justin recently completed a term on the Board of Trustees of Duke University, and has previously served on the medical center’s Institutional Review Board. Justin concurrently earned his MD from the Duke University School of Medicine and his JD from Harvard Law School. He received his AB in Economics and his BS in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University.

    Photo of Sever Totia, Principal, Edison Venture Fund Sever Totia
    Edison Venture Fund
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    Edison Venture Fund
    Sever is responsible for leading investments in enterprise software and business services companies primarily located in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area. He focuses on software sectors including business intelligence, securing the enterprise, mobility, real-time infrastructure, information services and on-demand applications. Sever is active in the venture community as President of the Young Atlantic Venture Association, and he also serves on venture committees for MAVA, Deloitte & Touche Technology Venture Center (TVC), Maryland Incubator and National Sciences Foundation Tech Program.

    Prior to joining Edison, Sever was with Lazard Technology Partners (LTP), a $400M early stage venture fund. There he co-led the enterprise software investment practice. He worked closely with management teams and the boards of portfolio companies Vocus (NASDAQ: VOCS), Managed Objects, Intellitactics, NFR Security (sold to Checkpoint), Aptsoft, Cyveillance and BoxTone. He was also a member of the original investment team for BoxTone, AptSoft, FNX (sold to GL Trade), Interwise (sold to AT&T), Intellitactics and Vocus. Before joining LTP in 2000, Sever was a senior Product Manager with Thomson Financial's Equity Research Products division, comprised of the Worldscope, Disclosure, IBES and Datastream business lines. In this role, Sever led teams responsible for software platform development, database architecture, content operations management, as well as implementation of systems for equity analyses and quantitative portfolio modeling. Sever is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute.

    Photo of Gil Beyda, Managing Partner, Genacast Ventures Gil Beyda
    Managing Partner & Founder
    Genacast Ventures
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    Genacast Ventures
    Gil Beyda is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

    In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOL’s acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures in partnership with Comcast Ventures.

    Photo of Prashanth V. Boccasam, Venture Partner, Novak Biddle Venture Partners Prashanth Boccasam
    Novak Biddle Venture Partners
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    Novak Biddle Venture Partners
    Prashanth "PV" Boccasam is a General Partner at NBVP. He has over 20 years of operational and executive management experience. PV is currently on the Boards of Appfluent Technologies (acquired by Attunity (NASDAQ: ATTU), Appian Corporation, Centrifuge Systems and Copiun (acquired by Good Technology). He was also an investor and co-founder of ClearStandards (acquired by SAP). Presently, PV is the Chief Executive Officer of Novak Biddle portfolio company Orchestro (formerly Vision Chain) for which he sets the vision, strategy and governance for the evolving company. He is also on the Board of Directors, working with the management team to refocus and restructure the Company and to position it for high-growth. PV was the founder and CEO of Approva Corporation (acquired by Infor-Lawson) and founder and president of Entevo Corporation (acquired by Bindview Corporation). Both of these enterprise software companies were invested in by Novak Biddle and other top-tier venture capitalists and were successfully acquired. PV launched his career at Microsoft where he managed enterprise-class products and directed consulting services. PV is President and a board member of TiE-DC. PV is also the Chairperson of Pratham-DC, India's largest non-governmental educational non-profit group. He is an investor and advisor in Communikids, the Washington, DC, metro area's only premier bilingual pre-school for children. PV holds advanced degrees in Computer Science from the University of Pune in India and the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at MIT's Sloan School of Management and is a Fellow at the University of Maryland’s Smith Business School.

    Photo of John Moore, Managing Director, Robin Hood Ventures John Moore
    Angel Investor
    Robin Hood Ventures
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    Robin Hood Ventures
    John Moore is a Managing Partner of Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investing group in Philadelphia.

    Prior to working at Robin Hood, John worked at Seton Company as the Controller for North, Central, and South America. Seton Company is among the world's largest suppliers of automotive leather. Before becoming Controller, John was the Special Projects Manager where he did business acquisition and development, product pricing, and the implementation of company-wide strategic initiatives. In addition to his work with Seton, John spent eight years developing cardiovascular catheters for B. Braun Medical, Inc.

    John holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Drexel University.

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