May 22, 2012
CIT GAP Funds
Dan Mindus is investment director at CIT GAP Funds, where he manages initial company screening, due diligence, deal structuring and serves at the board level on several portfolio companies. Prior to joining CIT GAP Funds, Mindus was vice president at the New Vantage Group, an early-stage investing company, where he led more than 20 investments. Mindus has done stints at two consumer Internet startups, and in public policy, where his work was featured in The New York Times
, The Financial Times
, USA Today
, The Washington Post
, BBC, Good Morning America, CNBC and many other media outlets. He started his career at the Gerson Lehrman Group, an independent investment research firm in New York City. Mindus holds a B.A. from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bryan Rakes is a partner in Venable LLP's Corporate Group. Rakes represents emerging growth companies in the areas of private equity and venture capital transactions, commercial loan transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate planning. His practice also includes the representation of lenders engaging in subordinated loan transactions and related equity investments. Rakes also represents private equity groups in connection with equity investments and mergers and acquisitions, and regularly serves as counsel to their portfolio companies.
Rakes has been a participant on panels speaking in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, commercial loan transactions, drafting commercial agreements and general corporate planning. He has also presented at continuing education seminars held by the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers. He has written and co-written several articles on various topics related to business transactions. Rakes teaches in the entrepreneurship and management program at The Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the board of directors of the Maryland Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, of Everyman Theatre and of Civic Works, a Baltimore nonprofit organization. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the American Bar Association (Business Law Section). Rakes is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, magna cum laude, where he was an executive editor of the Syracuse Law Review
Steven L. Woda
President, CEO and Co-Founder
As president and CEO of uKnow.com, Steve Woda leads the company in its mission of providing parents with peace of mind by helping them protect their kids from child predators, sexting and cyberbullying. He is responsible for guiding the company's strategy and overseeing day-to-day operations.
Previously, Woda was the founder and chairman of buySAFE, the world's leading e-commerce trust and safety company, which is now partially owned by Symantec (formerly Verisign) and The Hartford. During his nine years at buySAFE, Woda led almost every aspect of operations and co-raised almost $30 million in venture capital. As senior vice president of product and strategy, he was responsible for leading the company's business intelligence, professional services, and product management teams that developed all of the company's core products. He also previously led the marketing, sales, and business development teams as senior vice president of strategic growth during the company's initial years of rapid growth.
Prior to founding buySAFE, Woda led USF&G's New York City surety bond operations where he managed a $1.5 billion portfolio of surety bond guarantees and built the business from $3 million to more than $10 million annual revenue in just two years. Woda began his career at Travelers, and also worked at PayMyBills.com, an idealab! company focused on online bill management and payments.
Woda is a recognized expert and regular public speaker on the subjects of Internet/mobile safety and security, e-commerce and information economics, and he serves on the Advisory Boards of buySAFE, Arcus and LaunchBox Digital. He was appointed to the Virginia Joint Commission on Science and Technology's Cybercrimes Advisory Committee in 2006. Woda earned his MBA in both entrepreneurship and operations and information management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. With the help of a collegiate golf scholarship, he earned his B.S. in business administration, finance and marketing at Florida Southern College.