Entrepreneur Spotlight Event

May 5, 2011

John Backus
Managing Partner
New Atlantic Ventures

John Backus is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing, high-technology companies. Prior to founding New Atlantic Ventures in 1998, Backus was a founding investor and the president and chief executive officer of InteliData Technologies, a Fast 50 growth company in both 1997 and 1998. Backus led InteliData's predecessor, U.S. Order, through a successful $65 million IPO in 1995.

Backus currently manages a $225 million venture portfolio at New Atlantic Ventures. He serves on the board of directors of AppTap, Ftrans, Invincea, Koofers, MyWinesDirect, Qliance and RemitPro. He is the past chairman of the Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors, the past chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Board of Directors, the founding chairman and current Board member of the NVTC TechPAC, and was appointed by former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to co-chair the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission, on which he served for four years.

Backus began his career at Bain & Co. and Bain Capital, where he was the first Bain & Co. management consultant to take a full-time operating role (as CFO) in a portfolio company. He received his B.A. in economics from Stanford University, and received his M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Matthew Calkins
Chairman & CEO
Appian Corporation

Matthew Calkins has been Appian’s chief executive officer and chairman of the Board since 1999. Prior to Appian, Calkins was an executive at MicroStrategy, a global leader in business intelligence software (he currently serves on the MicroStrategy Board of Directors.

Calkins has been recognized as an Innovator and Influencer by InformationWeek, as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, as Executive of the Year by the American Business Awards and as a top D.C.-area entrepreneur by Bisnow on Business.

Calkins earned a B.A. with honors in economics from Dartmouth, and won Dartmouth's prize for top graduate in that field.

Jim Chung
GW Office of Entrepreneurship

Jim Chung is the director of the GW Office of Entrepreneurship, where he is responsible for entrepreneurship programs and technology transfer. As the director of the Mtech VentureAccelerator at the University of Maryland before joining GW, Chung worked with faculty and students to launch startup companies based on University of Maryland technology. Prior to that, he served as the director of new business development at the Corporate Executive Board, and helped establish the company's mergers and acquisitions capabilities. He also served as vice president at Cherington Capital (now Intervale Capital), a middle market private equity firm.

Chung started his private sector career as an early-stage venture capital investor, most recently at incTANK Ventures, where he was the managing director. Before becoming an investor, Chung was an academic researcher studying how business, government and academia work together to create new innovations in high technology industries. He was a research fellow at MIT (Security Studies Program), Harvard (Center for Science and International Affairs), the University of Tokyo (Fulbright Fellow), and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (NSF Fellow). He received his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University, and was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.

Participating Companies

CVCertify will be disruptive to the $100 billion plus staffing industry as Expedia and Orbitz were to the travel agent industry. Our patented ProofSheet™ product allows recruiters to more efficiently find superior candidates while driving up to 40 percent of costs out of the current recruiting process — on the order of $2,000 in savings for a mid-level hire today. In the Washington, D.C., Metro area alone with our initial target of technical resources — some 250,000 people — we can drive up to $500 million in costs out of the market. Recruiters pay us to access validated candidates and we also up-sell candidates with value-added services such as background checks and skills testing. We are an early-stage venture on track to deliver a beta product for our first staffing firm customers in June 2011. Our team includes veterans of successful startups like Clearspring and Inphonic as well as consulting firms Deloitte and McKinsey.

Efficient Photon designs and builds highly energy efficient, long-lasting light fixtures for high-bay warehouses and other industrial applications. The device reduces power consumption by up to 70 percent, while maintaining light levels for no less than five years of continuous usage, resulting in significantly less downtime due to maintenance for customers. Efficient Photon is currently seeking funding to move its lead product through the regulatory approvals necessary to begin the sales process.

GeoSkipper allows anyone to make their website content locally relevant, increasing conversions and user engagement. It is the only plug-and-play tool that allows any website to customize content for site visitors based on their geographic location. Marketers, business owners and others with minimal technical skill can use GeoSkipper to keep their site's messaging locally relevant and up-to-date for users in different cities and countries.

KinergySM - Each day more than 67 million Americans face the challenge and emotional toll of managing the care of their aging loved ones. The difficulty of coordinating care, sharing information, tracking medications, handling finances and dealing with insurers can be overwhelming for senior patients, their families and their Caregiver Network: the medical and social service professionals, insurance companies, pharmacies and service providers that all impact a patient's care. KinergySM connects this Caregiver Network through a HIPAA-compliant social network that improves communication, collaboration and care plan execution. Kinergy means improved treatment efficiency for providers and happier, better cared for patients.

TenPearls is an applications development company focused on mobile, social media, gaming and the Web. Founded in 2004, TenPearls' clients include both Fortune 2000 companies and small businesses. TenPearls has recently focused on creating products of its own. One product, uTrack, is an award-winning task management mobile app that won Nokia's first prize for the most innovative application. TenPearls' other apps include mobile games: World Mania - an educational game for older kids and grown-ups, and Animal 101, a fun and entertaining game catering to 3- to 7-year-olds. The company recently launched Mobeezo, a cloud-based product that enables the creation of mobile sites through an easy-to-use, fast and affordable online service. The sites created through Mobeezo are optimized for mobile and makes your presence felt on the new Web - the mobile Web.

XaaS is a secure cloud computing company with the primary focus of delivering "Anything as a Service" through its highly secure cloud computing platform, which has been custom built by XaaS to strict military guidelines. Founded in 2010, the company is a continuation and evolution of over 15 years of cooperation and experience among the core founders. XaaS is a pioneer in the field of unified public and private cloud computing, and is the first company capable of moving systems geographically from point-to-point with zero down time to end users. The XaaS cloud platform can also be physically extended on-premises into an organization to meet application performance or regulatory compliance requirements. With customers ranging from small businesses to the White House, the company utilizes its breakthrough technologies to build and deliver radical performance, productivity and efficiency gains to enterprises of all sizes.