Entrepreneur Spotlight

May 3, 2012

Duke Chung
Chairman and Co-Founder

Duke Chung leads Parature's corporate development and strategy to include overall corporate development, new products, acquisitions and partnerships. He co-founded Parature in 2000 with a vision to provide superior customer support software accessible via the Internet, and today, Parature's software-as-a-service product suite supports millions of end users worldwide in diverse industries from associations to higher education, gaming and interactive media, services, software and technology.

Chung has been widely recognized for his efforts in pioneering innovation. He has been named to Fast Company's Fast 50, Washington Business Journal's 40 under 40, Washington Techway's Top Technology Executives, SmartCEO magazine's Smart100, Washingtonian magazine's Power 150 and Bisnow Media's 'Top 35 under 35 Entrepreneur' in the Washington, D.C., region.

Chung provides thought leadership and serves as the chief evangelist for Parature. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences throughout the country including Digital East, the Customer Management Summit, CRM Magazine, SearchCRM, the Ernst & Young Cloud Computing Summit, the Social CRM Expo and Executive Biz. His speaking engagements also include the Stanford Business School, Darden School of Business, The George Washington University, Georgetown University and the MIT Enterprise Forum. Outside of Parature, Chung enjoys basketball, biking, skiing and collecting.

Dan Gordon
Director of Research
Valhalla Partners

Dan Gordon has more than 30 years of experience working with technology as a computer scientist, software developer, manager, analyst and entrepreneur.

Prior to joining Valhalla Partners, Gordon was a director and senior staff member at the PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Technology Centre, analyzing technology trends and consulting on technology-oriented strategies in the software, e-business, wireless, optical, networking, semiconductor IP and life sciences arenas. He worked with clients from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Gordon was a contributing writer and contributing editor to the Technology Centre's annual Technology Forecast, and a frequent speaker at industry and general business meetings.

Prior to joining PwC, Gordon spent 20 years in Silicon Valley as a software technologist, manager, director and entrepreneur, including senior technical roles at well-known Silicon Valley firms including Symantec, Intuit and Oracle. Gordon has also been involved in startup companies in the applied artificial intelligence and Web applications fields.

Gordon received a B.A cum laude from Harvard University and an M.S. degree from New York University in computer science. He is a professional member of the IEEE and ACM. Gordon lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.

Dr. Jorge Haddock
Dean of The School of Management
George Mason University

Jorge Haddock joined the School of Management at George Mason University as dean in July 2009. Prior to coming to Mason, he was dean of the University of Richmond's Robins School of Business and associate dean and professor of management science and information technology in the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Haddock has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications. He has been a consultant to several companies, including Mackie Designs, CSX World Terminals, Citicorp, Citibank (Wall Street) Bendix, Jiffy Lube and others. Haddock is a co-inventor of the patent "Method of System for Providing Credit Support to Parties Associated with Derivative and Other Financial Transactions."

Participating Companies

Common Curriculum
SpydrSafe Mobile Security Inc.

Common Curriculum

Common Curriculum makes planning and sharing curriculum streamlined and efficient. Planning curriculum is a hassle and teachers just do not have the time to share their plans. Teachers and districts use Common Curriculum to create highly structured unit and lesson plans with the speed and ease they would expect from products like Microsoft Word. Common Curriculum automatically maps their lessons and units to calendars and timelines, tasks that word processing software makes very difficult. Plus, any two users can edit the same units and lessons in real time. Because teachers, publishers and districts create their plans on the site, they can share any part of their curriculum at any time without uploading a single file.


The nonprofit sector has a $5.5 billion problem. Thirteen percent of the $42.9 billion in grants made annually by foundations is spent on grants administration. PhilanTech reduces grant transaction costs with an all-in-one institutional fundraising platform that helps nonprofits find new funders, get more grants, and free up resources to spend on program and service delivery. The PhilanTrack® online grants management system also helps grantmakers reduce expenses, facilitate better decision making and due diligence, and evaluate the impact of grants.


SCIT Labs is a George Mason University spin off, licensing the technology from GMIP - a Mason affiliate. We focus on defining and building servers that exploit Self-Cleansing Intrusion Tolerance (SCIT) technology. SCIT provides mission resilience - the ability to work through an attack without having to know the specific threat or attack methodology. Current security products are reactive and dependent on a priori knowledge of the attack like threat signature. Unfortunately, the bad guys are always a step ahead with new threats and new malware, leading to an unrecognized threat. SCIT Labs' solution is a paradigm shift - our focus is on limiting damage and automated recovery to a known good state. SCIT is threat independent, even protecting against zero days. SCIT shortens the exposure of a server to the Internet, and automatically restores it to a known good state. Currently SCIT is provided as software appliance - hardware appliance is planned. SCIT has minimal impact on server performance. SCIT software is loaded onto the server and requires very little administrative oversight, and its operation is transparent to the server operation. (Load and forget software that runs in the background.)


Skeptive.com is a tool that determines whether Internet content is true or false - a lie detector for the Internet. Skeptive does for factual accuracy what spell-check does for spelling: if a given sentence on the Internet is false, the Skeptive plugin underlines it in red. Truth and falsehood are determined in a unique way - a given sentence is determined to be "false" if it is contradicted by more trustworthy sources. So, if a blog says that, say, cell phones cause cancer, but reputable news agencies say that they do not, then the Skeptive plugin will flag the sentence "Cell phones cause cancer," wherever it occurs on the Internet.

SpydrSafe Mobile Security Inc.

SpydrSafe Mobile Security Inc. is developing a mobile security solution that prevents the loss of enterprise data due to the intentional or inadvertent misuse of mobile applications deployed on smartphones and tablets. The solution addresses the issues created by BYOD (bring your own device to work) enabling the secure use of mobile devices in the workplace by providing enterprise IT departments with the tools necessary to safeguard sensitive data that are accessed and used by mobile applications.