April 23, 2015
Lawrence R. Bard
Morrison Foerster LLP
Lawrence Bard is a partner in the firm's corporate practice, resident in the Northern Virginia office. Bard's practice is focused on corporate finance and securities law matters, including public and private offerings, venture capital transactions and other financing transactions. He advises companies on issues of corporate governance, business planning, securities law compliance, executive compensation, commercial contracts and joint ventures. Bard primarily represents public technology companies and financial institutions and has successfully completed many of the most important initial public offerings for companies in the mid-Atlantic region. He also has extensive experience in private equity and public/public mergers & acquisitions.
Bard is a highly regarded corporate securities lawyer and is frequently sought after to speak and write articles on corporate and securities law topics. Bard served as adjunct professor of securities regulation at The George Washington University Law School from 2002-2005. He has written articles appearing in The Legal Times
, The Corporate Analyst
, The Journal of Corporate Governance
, and The National Law Journal
Bard is a frequent speaker and writer on corporate and securities law, and is recommended as a leading corporate M&A lawyer by Legal 500
. Bard is also a certified public accountant.
Center for Innovative Technology
Dan Henderson joined CIT GAP Funds in 2013 and is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, deal structuring and investing. His areas of focus include enterprise software, Internet infrastructure/datacenter and digital media. Henderson comes to the GAP Fund with 18 years of experience driving growth in software and technology companies, and over the past 13 years he has been a founder or early employee at four startups. With leadership experience and expertise in customer development, product marketing and product strategy, Henderson has an understanding of both venture-backed startups and large enterprise organizations.
Henderson most recently ran business development and strategy for BeClose, a venture-backed healthcare startup. Before that, he ran all aspects of marketing for FastSoft, a Los Angeles-based venture-backed cloud software company spun out of the California Institute of Technology, which was acquired by Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM). Prior to FastSoft, Henderson founded and ran Bhavan Media, a digital media company that streams Indian TV for Indian ex-patriots living in the U.S. Before that, he founded and ran i-Vantage, an IT services business, which he successfully sold in 2003. Previously, he spent several years as an IT consultant at top-tier consulting firms including Deloitte & Touche.
Henderson has been published multiple times and has served as panelist and featured guest at numerous industry events. He also has held several leadership positions within his community and presently serves on the board of a national nonprofit, City Hall Fellows, and is the Falls Church Commissioner of the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging. Henderson earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.A. from Oberlin College.
Co-Founder and CEO
Brian Johnson is co-founder and CEO of DivvyCloud, a next generation cloud management technology company. Johnson has been coding software since he was 12 years old. He is a seven year veteran of the online gaming industry. He and his co-founders worked at Electronic Arts, where they ran large scale global infrastructure for massive, multi-player online games. Johnson managed one of the first migrations to the Amazon cloud of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), and broke new ground in hybrid cloud deployment. Johnson also spent time on the "dark side" conducting exploit R&D, where he came to appreciate "it's a question of when, not if" your systems will be compromised. Johnson is a deeply committed technologist who enjoys exploring the future of cloud computing and sharing his insights from the front lines.
Maryland Venture Fund
James Keeratisakdawong is a principal at the Maryland Venture Fund (MVF). MVF is the State of Maryland's early-stage investment arm and has been investing in innovative companies across the full range of technology and life sciences industries for nearly twenty years. MVF manages a $100 million AUM evergreen direct investment fund and a $56 million AUM venture capital fund of funds. Prior to joining MVF, Keeratisakdawong was with Longstreet Partners LLC, a Washington, D.C. private investment and strategic advisory services firm focused on technology and services companies in the enterprise and public sectors. He also has direct involvement in the founding of two technology startups, one focused on collaborative consumption and the other on paid search keyword bid optimization. He has a B.S. in marketing from George Mason University and a MBA from Babson College.
Core Capital Partners
Evan MacQueen joined Core Capital Partners in 2011 and focuses on investments in the analytics, cloud, cybersecurity, mobile and technology infrastructure spaces. Previously, MacQueen was an associate at BIA Digital Partners, a family of mezzanine funds focusing on the media, telecommunications and technology-enabled services sectors. MacQueen is a mentor at Acceleprise, an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, and a frequent speaker and panelist on venture capital and entrepreneurship. He also heads VC in DC, a networking group for D.C.-area investors at D.C.-area seed, venture, and growth investors. MacQueen holds a B.S. in business administration from Washington and Lee University.
Co-Founder and CEO
William Weil is a co-founder and CEO of Tales2Go. Tales2Go believes that every student can achieve academic success through repeated exposure to sophisticated words, spoken fluently and in context. The company, known as a Netflix for kids' audio books, breaks new ground and makes it easier and more cost effective to surround students with spoken sophisticated vocabulary in the classroom and at home. Literacy experts have long understood that children need to be good listeners in order to become proficient readers.
Prior to Tales2Go, Weil was COO of National Geographic Entertainment, a business unit he created, which produced various film and television projects, including the Academy Award-winning film "March of the Penguins". Weil was also COO of eAgents.com, a startup company that was sold to American Greetings, where he helped them roll up Blue Mountain Arts and eGreetings. Prior to eAgents, Weil led the strategy and business development group at Nickelodeon Networks, worked in brand management at Walt Disney Home Entertainment and was an analyst in the media group at Lazard Freres. Weil is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.
Co-Founder and CEO
Dave Weinberg is the Co-Founder and CEO of loop88, where he is responsible for the day-to-day management, new business development and marketing of the leading marketing services on Pinterest. loop88 works with Fortune 500 corporations and brands, as well as the top marketing and advertising agencies, to better identify leading Pinterest influencers and create and support marketing campaigns on the platform.
Prior to loop88, Weinberg's career was focused on social activism and justice, as well as finding the right influencers across various social media networks to spread messages. While in college, Weinberg founded Not Now Not Ever which evolved into the Save Darfur Coalition, an organization that raised the profile of the issues in Darfur on the international stage.
Weinberg was also involved in the founding of various socially-conscious ventures including Jewneric.com, ParnasaFest, the Future of Jewish Nonprofit Summit and is a founding partner of the Elul Fund, a social impact venture capital fund.
Weinberg lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and two sons, and was born and raised in Toronto and Montreal, Canada before moving to the U.S. for college and his career.