November 15, 2016
CEO and Chairman, Brazen
Managing Partner, Zeitgeist Holdings, LLC
Ed Barrientos is CEO and chairman of the Board of Brazen, a high-growth tech company in the cloud-based, HR software space. He is also managing partner of Zeitgeist Holdings, LLC, an angel investment firm focused on investing in early stage technology companies. From 1996 to 2005, he was president and CEO of Arc Second Inc., a high growth market leader in the field of laser based, high precision GPS. He led Arc Second to a successful exit at the end of 2005. He sat on the Board of Directors of Metris NV and worked as an active Board member through the Company's IPO (2006) and its acquisition by Nikon (Japan) in 2009. From 1993 to 1996, Barrientos served as managing director of Max Schlatterer GmbH & Co KG, a leading German manufacturer of products for the food, drug and machine tool industry. He is an entrepreneur in residence at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland and sits on the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University School of Business. Barrientos is a national faculty member at the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps.
New Vantage Group
John May is the managing partner of New Vantage Group, a McLean, Va. firm that innovatively mobilizes private equity into early-stage companies and provides advisory services to funds, private investors and entrepreneurs. May's experience in private equity capital over the last 25 years ranges from venture capital fund management to angel investing in the U.S. and angel ecosystem development abroad. May has co-founded five Washington, D.C. area angel investment groups. He is chair-emeritus of the Angel Capital Association (formerly a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation) and a lead instructor for the "Power of Angel Investing" seminars, a program of the Angel Resource Institute. He is the co-author of three books: Every Business Needs an Angel, State of the Art: An Executive Briefing on Cutting-Edge Practices in American Angel Investing and Angels without Borders: Trends and Policies Shaping Angel Investment Worldwide. Currently, he is involved with cross-border angel investing and developing angel investment ecosystems in emerging markets. May is also managing partner of Seraphim, a U.K. based global venture fund.
Angel Investor and Chair, Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship
Founder, Best Marketing, LLC
Liz Sara has more than 25 years of experience in the local high tech community as an entrepreneur, business leader, angel investor and arts advocate. In 2001, she founded Best Marketing, LLC to provide early stage tech companies with strategic marketing, PR and business development services. Her company offers all the benefits of a full-scale, seasoned marketing department on a virtual basis bringing an entrepreneur's perspective to solving the challenges of growing a startup. Previously, as co-founder of SpaceWorks, an e-commerce software company, she facilitated its startup and growth to nearly $25 million in revenue; at America Online, she rebranded the company and created the PR program and IPO road show; at United Press International, she facilitated a turn-around strategy targeting the corporate market; and at LEXIS/NEXIS, she was on the startup team that created and successfully launched a new product and division. She chairs the Board of Advisors at the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship where she is an entrepreneur in residence.