Small Business and Entrepreneur Committee Event

March 19, 2015

David J. Miller
Executive Director
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
George Mason University School of Business

David J. Miller is the executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the George Mason University School of Business. Miller brings more than a decade of entrepreneurial experience as well as academic research on universities and entrepreneurship. At Mason, Miller oversees a range of innovation and entrepreneurship programs and teaches classes in entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. Miller works with Mason colleagues and external partners to grow and deliver hands on opportunities for Mason innovators including experiential coursework, the Mason Innovation Lab Accelerator and special events such as startup trips and the annual Dean's Business Plan Competition.

Miller has been part of multiple new ventures since the Internet rush of the late 90s, most recently serving as the founder and CEO of FamilyFantasySports.com, an online platform for family-friendly fantasy football. Miller also co-founded the Creative Class Group (CCG), leading business development, new product and service creation, and strategy. Prior to CCG, Miller operated a commercial real estate firm in San Francisco, was the director of Operations and Strategy for MachineWeb.com and managed e-commerce and digital music for Rollingstone.com.

MIller has an MBA from the University of Chicago (specializing in entrepreneurship, finance and strategic management), a Master of Science from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, and a bachelor's from the University of Michigan. Miller is a Ph.D. candidate at Mason's School of Public Policy, exploring the campus ecosystem and high impact ventures created by students at U.S. universities and colleges (e.g., Facebook, Under Armour, Groupon, Tough Mudder).

Lincoln Essig
Knobbe Martens

Lincoln Essig, a partner in Knobbe Martens' Washington, D.C. office, focuses on optimizing the commercial value of his clients' intellectual property, and routinely counsels his clients on strategic actions for patent portfolio development, intellectual property transactions and licensing. The clients that Essig serves vary from sole inventors and medium-size companies to large multi-national corporations, all in a diverse set of industries, including health IT, consumer electronics, analog circuit design, database management, wireless network communications, non-invasive patient monitoring, and medical device guidance during surgical procedures. Prior to joining the firm, Essig worked as an electrical engineering assistant at Space Dynamics Laboratory and as a law clerk for Senator Orrin G. Hatch on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, working on intellectual property issues. In addition, Essig is involved in a variety of startup groups in the Northern Virginia region and routinely advises entrepreneurs and startup companies on identifying and securing strategic intellectual property (IP) and effectively maximizing IP protection with limited resources.

Kathleen Hale
Co-Founder and CEO
Rebel Desk

Kathleen Hale is a Co-founder and the CEO of Rebel Desk, a company that designs and sells standing and treadmill desks to help people be more active while they work. Hale and her co-founder brought Rebel Desk from concept to launch in just seven months. They have bootstrapped their way to more than $1 million in sales in the first year and continue to grow the company with a lean approach to operations. Now they are developing a new smart desk to help people get the most benefit from their standing desk experience. Hale also is the creator of Chair Free Project, a resource to help people reduce time spent sitting in chairs. She is passionate about helping people push their chairs aside and start living better.

Ashish Kachru
Co-Founder and CEO
Altruista Health

Ashish Kachru is the co-founder and CEO of Altruista Health, a healthcare technology company that focuses on creating innovative clinical analytics and care-coordination solutions. In this role, Kachru has successfully led the evolution of the organization from a startup to expanding business in 33 U.S. states with more than 10 million patients under management. Altruista's GuidingCare platform today is nationally recognized as an innovative care management, care-coordination platform that integrates the various participants involved in the care of a member seamlessly and provides guidance that leads to better health outcomes for the patient. Prior to co-founding Altruista Health, Kachru served as the national director for United Health Groups Business Risk Management (BRM) division. He also earned his MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Kachru lives with his wife and two kids in Northern Virginia.

Eric Koefoot
Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Eric Koefoot is an Internet pioneer, having either founded or served as a senior executive in Internet companies since 1996. He was CEO and publisher of U.S. News Ventures, CEO of Five Star Alliance, and CFO and later vice president of sales at Washington Post Digital. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, he was an executive at Ford Motor Company and Deloitte Consulting. Koefoot has an engineering degree and an MBA from M.I.T.

An accomplished Olympic-distance and Ironman-distance triathlete, Eric is a co-founder and managing partner at PublicRelay, a market-leading enterprise software company providing media intelligence solutions to Fortune 1000 companies.