America's Venture Capitol Conference - July 2019

DISRUPTION,

DEAL FLOW,

IMPACT!

What

America's Venture Capitol
Conference -

July 2019

When

July 18, 2019

Where

American University Washington College of Law

4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington DC 20016

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Deloitte Consulting and National Security Lawyer

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi, Esq., J.D., LL.M.

Deloitte (Government and Public Services) | National Security Lawyer

Combiz Richard Abdolrahimi is a national security lawyer, an emerging technology and innovation leader at Deloitte, a banking & digital financial services regulatory and policy expert, and until recently, he served as senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Combiz has more than 12 years of experience working with senior executives and world leaders on shaping the business, policy, legal, regulatory, and technology dimensions of blockchain/DLT, AI, crypto, tokenization, cyber, smart city technologies, FinTech and RegTech, energy and utilities, banking, payments, digital identity, ICAM, compliance and risk management, privacy and big data. He serves on numerous professional boards and is the ExecSec for the Federal Identity Forum having served as Treasury’s first Representative. He provides leadership on public-private partnerships, strategic planning, and innovation.

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Dr. Reza Djavanshir

Dr. Reza Djavanshir, Doctor of Science in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2002. He is an Associate Professor in the practice track with expertise in the areas of Global Sourcing and Supply Chains, Technology Transfer & Strategic Planning, Technology Institutionalization, Auto-poetic Meta-Systems Design, and Systems Integration strategies.

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

·        Winner of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010

·        Received Dean's Award for Excellent Faculty, 2017 

·        Also, Received Dean's Award for Excellent Faculty, 2017 

 

Editorial Boards:

·        IEEE Technology & Society, 2010-present

·        IEEE IT Professional, 2004-present

·        Scientific Journal of Administrative Development, 2004-present

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Nayoung Louie, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering

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Professor Johns Hopkins University - Bio-Engineering Expert

Jason Tagler

General Partner - Camden Partners (Venture Fund) Founder - Pitch Creator.

Jason is a General Partner and Managing Member at Camden Partners. He has 13 years of growth equity investing experience in technology-enabled services, software and business services companies. Prior to that, he developed software and provided investment banking advisory services to technology and business services companies.

He currently serves on the boards of OutMatch, Proposal Software and Viventium. His previous board roles include Steelwedge (acquired by E2open in 2017), Prolexic Technologies (acquired by Akamai for $415 million in 2014), IncentOne (acquired by Welltok in 2013), and Ranir.

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Dr. Gil Alterovitz is the inaugural Director of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Based in the Office of Research and Development, Dr. Gil Alterovitz is working on leveraging health data for AI as well as building AI research and development capacity. He was one of the core authors of White House Office of Science Technology and Policy’s The National AI R&D Strategic Plan (2019 version).  He is also a professor at Harvard Medical School and core faculty at the Computational Health Informatics Program, Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

In addition to over 50 publications and 3 books, he has led international projects and has mentored scholars and students from all over the world. Earlier this year, he was selected for the Fed100 Award for “Getting government ready for AI” for his work as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow.

 

He has spearheaded the “AI-able Data Ecosystem” Pilot, creating a new approach for public-private collaborations with personnel/resources across a dozen agencies and working with companies internationally. The results were presented at and are feeding into national initiatives at, among others, the White House and federal agency Chief Information Officers Council. 

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Biomedical & Precision Medicine World Expert

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Government IT Specialist

Ms. Sonia Mundra is the President of Chenega Analytic, an SBA 8(a) certified Alaska Native Corporation (ANC).  Ms. Mundra helps federal agencies implement records management, financial transformation and IT solutions.

 

Ms. Mundra is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Dr. Mihaela Ulieru

President

IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy

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Digital Technology Expert

Entrepreneur and former professional basketball player

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Michael Brown

Michael Brown received his MBA with a concentration in Health Care Management from Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School. He is focusing on the reimbursement procedures and value that medical devices and services need to show to successfully secure market access.

Skills and interests include- business strategy, market research, sales, marketing, customer analytics, Value based reimbursement, product commercialization, value proposition development, Pharmacy Benefit Management, Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Practice Management, Investing, Venture Capital Investing, Post-Market Research.

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Jeffrey Hausfeld, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.,  has served on the national board and committees of specialty medical societies since he began his practice in Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery in 1982. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at George Washington University School of Health Sciences and an alumnus of the Yale University School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Hausfeld is widely published in the medical literature, is the pioneer of innovative laser surgery techniques, is the author of a lay oriented medical book on snoring and sleep apnea, and has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio shows as a medical expert. He has also served as a health care consultant, spokesperson, and executive coach for multi-national pharmaceutical companies, health care firms, as well as the U.S. military. Dr. Hausfeld  stepped down from his clinical duties after receiving a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Dr. Hausfeld is presently developing assisted living facilities specializing in Alzheimer's and dementia care. He serves as a consultant to several healthcare/life science startups in diagnostics, devices, biotech and Health IT. He also serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Center for Innovation Technology's Life Science Gap Fund. The fund supports promising healthcare and life sciences ventures in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Hausfeld is the Chairman and Founder of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (www.sopenet.org ), a global network focused on educating healthcare and life science professionals in Bioentrepreneurship and Innovation.

 

Dr. Hausfeld is orchestrating the Series B Financing of BioFactura (www.biofactura.com) for the development of their Biosimilar assets. He serves as Chairman of the Board of BioFactura as well as their Chief Medical Officer as the company develops its Biosimilar platform as well as its novel Bio-defense therapeutics..

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Shawnna Hoffman

IBM Client Partner & Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader 

Blockchain Subject Matter Expert

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Sarayu Srinivasan

White House Presidential Innovation Fellow

Sarayu Srinivasan is a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow working to increase engagement between venture capitalists and private sector actors with federally funded technology and innovation, accelerating lab to market deployment.
Sarayu is a venture capitalist, founder and long-time technology executive. Prior to her Fellowship, Sarayu was the Founder & CEO of KAARGO, a mission driven consumer transport and logistics marketplace backed by the CEO/Chairmen of Intel and Loews. She is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, a visiting EIR at Arizona State University, and a guest lecturer at universities worldwide including Copenhagen Business School, Hult Business School, Columbia University, MIT, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Mines, Harvard and NYU.

Sarayu earned a BA in Architecture from Barnard College/Columbia University (Mount Holyoke Alumnae Scholar and National Zoological Park Architectural Design Fellow), a Certificate in Medieval European Studies from Cambridge University, an MBA from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and held a research fellowship at the Harvard Business School pre-PhD.

Earlier, Sarayu was with Intel Capital investing in global technology businesses with a focus on India, the US and the emerging markets. Sarayu helped deploy Intel’s first targeted $250M emerging markets fund. Select investments include IndiaMART (IPO), Comat (acquired by Glodyne), and Microland. Prior to Intel, Sarayu was a venture partner co-founding and building companies alongside scientific principals and running a growth acceleration consultancy for tech and retail businesses.

National TV News Reporter, Media & Digital Media Expert

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Blockchain & Legal Expert

Carol Van Cleef

CEO at Luminous Group, LLC

CEO of a blockchain technology, growth advisory, and risk management solutions company.  Former law partner at major firms.

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Adele Gambardella-Cehrs

CEO & Founder

When and How Agency

After speaking at the United Nations twice in the past 12 months -- and as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Inc. Magazine -- I've had the pleasure of interviewing the majority of Chief Marketing Officers of the Fortune 500 companies. I also wrote a book called SPIKE Your Brand ROI that demonstrates how to understand timing for your brand.

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PR Specialist

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Business & Networking Expert

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Kevin Preskenis

Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary and CFO

U.S. Department of Commerce

Kevin Preskenis graduated from Georgetown College in 2012 with a degree in government. He was an undergraduate fellow at the Berkley Center during the spring semester of 2012 and contributed to a report on peacebuilding strategies.

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David Potenza

President & CEO at Strategyn Management Group

President of Aperture Bio

Leveraging over 30 years of senior leadership experience in the healthcare sector, Mr. Potenza is the President & CEO of Strategyn Management Group (SMG), a Texas based, privately held “HealthTech” consulting firm. SMG provides early to mid-phase providers, and emerging technology developers, the senior management experience, organizational resources, market intelligence and access to capital markets needed for rapid growth, market adoption and possible acquisition.


Prior to heading his own firm, Mr. Potenza resigned from a combined 11-year career as Vice President of Healthcare Economics at Kimberly Clark Healthcare (KCH), and an incumbent position as Zone Vice President of I-Flow Corp, which was acquired by KCH in a highly profitable transaction. Mr. Potenza also enjoyed 10-yrs of senior business development/leadership position(s) at Baxter Healthcare and served as Senior/Executive Vice President at three early and mid-phase start-ups that would be acquired in private transactions. All total, Mr. Potenza has been involved in over $1-billion in equity buy-out transactions.

Mr. Potenza did his under-graduate studies at Ithaca College in upstate NY, where he studied Business Management, played Div III football, and completed course work at Cornell University. He completed his post-graduate executive education studies at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is certified in Six-Sigma and LEAN, a student of Deming (CQI), is married and a father of two boys, and contributes his time and resources by sitting on several corporate, charity and community boards and organizations.

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Successful Executive & Entrepreneur

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Venture Accelerator & Entrepreneur

Duane Rollins

Vice President of Impact and Research

SEED SPOT

At SEED SPOT Duane works with entrepreneurs to accelerate their growth.  Duane is an experienced entrepreneur and understands both the technical and business aspects of success.  Duane has a masters in industrial design from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BA in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.

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Shadi Wahba

CEO & Co-Founder

Ember Medical

Engineer turned digital health pioneer. CEO at EMBER Medical. We’re leading the #modernizeEMS movement because we believe you deserve better when it comes to medical emergency response—and we know crowdsourcing is the way to do it.

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Political Advisor, Strategic Innovator,

Team Builder.

Michael D. Gallagher

Founder & CEO

Intrepidity LLC

Michael D. Gallagher is a retired president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, a trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers, until he stepped down in October 2018.[6] Prior to his appointment to head the ESA in 2007, Gallagher was the Assistant Secretary for Commerce and Information in the United States Department of Commerce and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He was the chief technology advisor to former President George W. Bush.

Gallagher previously served as administrative assistant to Washington Congressman Rick White and co-chaired the government relations practice group at the law firm of Perkins Coie.

Gallagher received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

A recognized leader who builds impactful teams, communicates an inspiring vision, develops innovative strategies, and overcomes great challenges. Engaged at the highest levels of government, industry, and globally for the last 20 years.

Launched Intrepidity, LLC in 2019 to team with leaders and companies to deliver outstanding impact and results. See and anticipate the whole field, and once focused – drive every detail. Add connected perspective that provides unique leverage and avoids resource-sucking obstacles.

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Yaniv Sofer 

Software Developer & CGP Blockchain Advisor

 Ernst & Young LLP

Yaniv Sofer is a technical consultant in the Advisory Services practice of EY, specifically aligned to Blockchain. Yaniv has extensive experience with emerging technologies, including founding one of the first digital currency exchanges in the US. His areas of delivery include full-stack software development, product management, business case development, go-to-market strategy, and business intelligence (BI) and analytics.

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Blockchain & Software Expert

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Angel Investing & Startup Expert

Paige Cantlin

Executive Director at K Street Capital

With nearly 15 years of financial experience and 4 years in C-suite level or executive management roles, Cantlin delivers a rare combination of operational excellence and strategic fundraising advice to her clients and colleagues. With proven success in, and passion for – early stage financings, executive financial leadership, and projection-based cash flow analysis – Cantlin has provided senior counsel to a diverse set of clients ranging from early-stage, venture-backed startups to later stage $70M-revenue corporations. In addition to her consulting engagements, Cantlin also manages K Street Capital, an early stage investment firm. Outside of work, Cantlin is an avid international marathon runner, an avid reader, and an avid world traveler. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance.

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Cody Anderson

Certified Equity Professional

Carta

Cody Z Anderson is a Certified Equity Professional (CEP) and is an early employee of Carta.  He's helped scale the organization from 30 employees and $1m in ARR to over 630 employees and $55m in recurring revenue. 

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Startup Equity Expert

Supply Chain, Tech , and Complex Project Expert

Associate Professor Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Venture Capital & Health Care Expert.

Alex Antoniou, MD,MBA,MA Economics

Medical Director of Innovation (Venture Investor) CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Venture/Innovation investor for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.  Working on deals in the healthcare space.  @Hopkins & @McKinsey alumnus; Interested in innovation, and partnering with enterprising folks in the tech space.

Faculty, Johns Hopkins University

Teach technology commercialization courses (Technology Entrepreneurship, Medical Device and Diagnostics, Discovery to Market) and statistical analysis courses.

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Venture Capital and Startup Pitch Expert

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Technology and Government Expert

Oki Mek

HHS CTO for Division of Acquisition

Focus on initiating and leading changes through digital transformation that aims to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans; by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services. Focus on strategic analysis; scalability, sustainability, feasibility, and most importantly marketability.

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Communications & Startup Expert

Brandon Chicotsky, Ph.D

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Integrated Marketing at New York University

A communications "wizard" and startup expert.  Professor Chicotsky has been involved with the venture and startup space globally.

Professor Chicotsky teaches course at both NYU and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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Negotiation and Communication Expert

James Calvin, Ph.D

Professor of Management and Organization

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

James is a negotiation and communications expert.

Law, VC, Startup, IPO & M&A Expert

Steven Meltzer

Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Steve Meltzer is a partner in the law firm’s Corporate practice, where he focuses his activities on information technology, life sciences, health care, defense and intelligence-related projects.

Steve represents numerous private and publicly held businesses in a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, divestitures, joint ventures, international and domestic licensing and distribution agreements, venture capital financings, public and private securities offerings, “going private” transactions and financial restructurings. He counsels companies and investors in capital formation, governance, securities compliance, employment and compensation matters and shareholder issues. He is a former member of Pillsbury’s Managing Board.

Gil Alterovitz, PhD, FACMI

Faculty, Harvard Medical School

White House Presidential Innovation Fellow

White House Precision Medical Task Force

Sonia Mundra, CPA

President at Chenega Analytic

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Technology Alchemist Innovating at the nexus AI/IoT/Blockchain.  Consulting widely internationally on the adoption of cutting edge information communication technologies to improve productivity and wealth creation in all areas of society and all sectors of the economy.

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Former NBA player, Entrepreneur

Ivano Newbill

Founder

Ovaus Technologies

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Healthcare Venture Capitalist

Senior Corporate Development Advisor

Healthworx

Medical and Biotech Expert

Jeffrey Hausfeld, M.D., M.B.A, F.A.C.S.

Chairman of the Board and Chief Medical Officer at BioFactura, Inc.

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Ms. Hoffman is an Automotive, Aerospace and Defense Client Partner and serves as the Global Co-Leader of the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice. She is a sought after Blockchain Subject Matter Expert and recently spoke at the United Nations at the Blockchain for Impact Summit and GlobalMinded on the subject “Blockchain, Financial Fuel for Sustainable Development”. In September 2018, she was appointed as Chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) Distributed Ledger Technology and Market Infrastructure Subcommittee for the 2018 - 2020 term. In March 2019, she testified in front of the CFTC on “The Current State of Blockchain Adoption”. She has one published patent for Detecting Clusters and Relationships in Large Data Sets (20180096047) and one pending for Method and System for Pattern-based Home Network Configuration (END820160894). She also co-authored the book "eDiscovery Plain & Simple" (ISBN-13:97814394079), is the Co-Founder of Women in eDiscovery (Founded in 2007) and the Co-Founder of Diversity in Blockchain (Founded in 2017). In 2017, Ms. Hoffman became an Advisory Board Member for Integra Ledger and became a pioneering member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium. In 2015, she was certified as an IBM Thought Leader. In 2017, she was awarded the Certificate of Leader Development in National Security and Strategy by the U.S. Army War College.

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Healthcare Venture Capital, Operations, and Incubator Expert

Michael Thomas

Director - Venture Capital

Inova Personalized Health Accelerator

Seasoned CEO, serial entrepreneur, and innovation catalyst in medtech, digital health, med device, and healthcare services.
Extensive experience as a Chief Executive Officer in building and funding innovative startup, early, and growth stage healthcare technology, digital health, healthcare services, and medical device ventures, including turn-around situations, into paradigm shifting commercial successes.  Successfully built 3 VC backed startups in disease management, healthcare services, and medical device spaces, raised over $125MM in VC and public market funding over six startups, achieved two liquidity events (one IPO, one sale), founded a mobile health and medical device/medical technology start up for sleep apnea, co-founded bio-marker start up to diagnose pediatric OSA via urine test, raised over $25MM on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), increased asthma medical device ASX listed company’s market capitalization 6,200% from $4MM to $246MM within 18 months, and delivered investor returns ranging from 4x to 80x with 6 early stage healthcare technology startup ventures.
Specialties: Innovation, M&A, VC fundraising, startup to hyper-growth executive management, IPO, public company and institutional investor management and fundraising, international public company exec management and fundraising, business development, corporate governance, turnaround opportunities, digital healthcare, disease management, artificial intelligence (AI) applications, FDA regulatory approvals, global reimbursement, OTC and DTC wearable device commercialization, connected health, accelerator management.

Bion Ludwig

Venture Capitalist (Growth Equity) & Former Successful Entreprenur

Partner

Savano Capital

Bion has been active with startup companies and an entrepreneur since founding his first venture in 2002. While in college, Bion founded numerous companies as well as an undergraduate entrepreneurial club. Through these ventures, he gained experience working with growth companies and entrepreneurial finance. The last of his companies grew to be one of the top 800 sites on the Internet and was acquired in late 2006.
Prior to co-founding Savano, Bion worked with Tom and Gus at SmithDefieux Capital Partners. Before teaming with Gus and Tom at SmithDefieux, he was with GE Capital's finance assurance arm, Genworth Financial, as a member of their Financial Management Program.
Bion is a published author and his book about his last startup company sold over 25,000 copies worldwide. Outside of Savano, Bion is a private pilot, avid cyclist and sits on the Gen C Board of the Nature Conservancy. Bion is a Kauffman Fellow and member of Class 18. Bion graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Economics.

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Experienced Venture Capitalist  & Successful Entreprenur

John (J.D.) Steuart

Experienced Venture Capital Investor

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

School Duels

Mr. Steuart is an active entrepreneur and venture investor in emerging fast growth projects. His career spans 30 years seasoning as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and executive in public and private healthcare, technology, and real estate sectors.

In 1988, J.D. and Michael Kraszulyak co-founded Savvy Properties, a student housing investment company. Later, J.D. served as managing director of the venture capital firms Claremont Creek Ventures (co-founder), Prolog Ventures, and Steuart Ventures.

In 1995, J.D. co-founded CyberGold (CGLD), an Internet payments and loyalty marketing company. As the CFO, the company grew from three co-founders to 150 employees through a successful IPO in 1999. In 2000 he merged CyberGold with a competitor, Mypoints (MYPT). As CFO of the combined company, Mypoints was acquired by United Airlines (UAL) in 2001 where John served as SVP of Strategic Relationships.

In 2005, Mr. Steuart co-founded Claremont Creek Ventures raising over $300 million in two funds. At Claremont, John led early-stage investments in Natera (NTRA), GeneWeave (sold to Roche for $425 million), and Assurex (sold to Myriad for $410 million).

Mr. Steuart currently serves on the boards of Natera (NTRA), SmartZip (co-founder), Rally4 (chairman), and Savvy Properties (co-founder). John is a graduate of UC Berkeley and St. Paul's School where he wrestled and ran cross country.

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Successful Entrepreneur

Neil Kleinberg

Founder & CEO

DiliVer

As founder & CEO of DiliVer, an award-winning financial technology (FinTech) mergers and acquisitions (M&A) due diligence software company, and inventor of its intellectual property, Mr. Kleinberg is responsible for leading the company’s performance and growth functions. With 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive, management consultant, and lead technology engineer, his expertise spans the commercial and government sectors, including the information technology, healthcare, financial services, national security, judicial, public safety, and telecommunications industries. In his previous role, Mr. Kleinberg led corporate development buy-side and sell-side M&A activities at enterprise software market leader ASI, and participated in 20+ initiated transactions, including a private equity raise. Prior to ASI, as President of VerticalFalls Software, which developed CRM solutions for financial advisors working in brokerage firms, Mr. Kleinberg orchestrated a successful exit as the company was acquired by strategic partner Sage in 2007. Before VerticalFalls, he was a founder/owner in two other prosperous high-growth technology companies—EIC, a management consulting firm, and NTC, a specialized high radio frequency electronics firm. Mr. Kleinberg is also currently an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he teaches M&A, Entrepreneurial Finance, and Corporate Governance courses, and he serves on many boards across Johns Hopkins University, where he received his MS in Computer Science and BS in Bioengineering. Mr. Kleinberg is also a mentor at the Washington, DC Metro Chapter of the Founder Institute, the INOVA Personalized Health Accelerator, the MACH37 cybersecurity accelerator, and the Maryland Tech Council; is an advisor at Angel to Exit; is an ambassador at the Center for Advancing Innovation; and was elected to the MindShare CEO Network and Alumni Association

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Susana Marino, M.S Ed

President & CEO

Northern VA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Susana Marino is the Founding President and Chair of Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NOVAHCC). The chamber seeks to train and grow the 21st century business leaders and their global workforce by building a multi-cultural business community that provides access to business connections,opportunities, and resources.

Susana launched NOVAHCC to fill a service gap for Latino, veteran, and other minority-owned businesses in Northern Virginia. Ms. Marino’s seeks to delivery a community-building approach coupled with providing bottom-line results for CEOs and business owners, catalyzing access to capital, workforce development, leadership training, veterans transition programs, and international trade an investment missions to expand business impact in the U.S and Latin America.

Susana's strategic direction, energy and leadership have procured herself over 130 new members and partners in the first year of NOVAHCC operations and she has organized over 10 groundbreaking events bolstering and expanding business for member companies, expanding members and constituents international capacity to explore overseas markets to Latin America

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