FOCUS100| Global Mobile Hackathon - Sponsored by digitalundivided
FOCUS100 | Global Mobile Hackathon sponsored by digitalundivided
digitalundivided’s Global Mobile Hack is an overnight hackathon dedicated to creating innovative ways to increase access to data/information on mobile platforms in urban communities around the world.
This year, the hackathon will be held during FOCUS100, October 5th-6th, 2013 and is open to all developers. Space is LIMITED and you MUST pre-register. For more information on judges, mentors, and rules, please visit the Global Mobile Hackathon Hackerleague
9 AM | Hackathon Starts & Breakfast
930 AM | Welcome
10 AM | Hacking Begins
12 PM | Lunch with FOCUS100
1 PM | Hacking
10 PM | Nap Room Opens
12 AM | Midnight Snack
9 AM | Breakfast
10 AM | Hackathon Ends
1030 AM | Closing Ceremony/Presentations
Speakers & Judges:
Keynote Speakers |
>Lisa M. Lambert - Vice President, Intel Capital/Managing Director, Software and Services
Lisa M. Lambert is vice president, Intel Capital and managing director of the Software and Services sector. She leads a team of senior investment directors responsible for identifying, sourcing and managing equity investments in businesses of strategic interest to Intel Corporation in software and services areas.
Lambert joined Intel Corporation in 1997 as a product marketing manager in Intel’s Desktop Products. She joined Intel Capital in 1999 and has held several management positions in Intel’s venture capital investment organization. Lambert serves as a director of X+1 Solutions and as an observer on the board of directors for VCE, CollabNet, Zend Technologies, and Joulex.
Lambert received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1997 and a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the Pennsylvania State University in 1989.
>Majora Carter - Founder MCG Consulting/ Co-Founder Startup Box: South Bronx
Majora Carter is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. From 2001-8, she founded and led Sustainable South Bronx and through it, was responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems. Majora built on that foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.
In 2012, she co-founded Startup Box South Bronx, a technology education and entrepreneurship program in, and for the South Bronx community, designed to seed the ground for community participation in accessible and lucrative economic growth trends. She continually sets new standards of excellence with projects within the South Bronx, while expanding her reach nationally and internationally.
>Stacy Brown-Philpot - Chief Operating Officer, TaskRabbit
Prior to joining TaskRabbit, Stacy served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Google Ventures, lending strategic expertise to the firm’s portfolio companies. She had spent nearly a decade leading global operations for Google’s flagship products, including Search, Chrome, and Google+, and serving as Head of Online Sales and Operations for Google India. Stacy founded the Black Googler Network, a seminal component of diversification initiatives at Google and the larger technology industry. She also brings a background in finance from her time at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Goldman Sachs.
Stacy resides in Palo Alto with her husband, daughter, and Zeus, the greatest Yorkie in the world. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Magna Cum Laude, and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
>Angela Lee - Founder, 37 Angels
Angela is an educator, entrepreneur, and angel investor. She started her career in product development and digital marketing, and moved on to consulting at McKinsey. She currently helps pharmaceutical and financial services firms innovate from a marketing standpoint. She is passionate about education, and has started several companies in that space. She also teaches at Columbia Business School, UC Berkeley, and General Assembly on the topics of Strategic Consulting Skills, Executive Communication, and Entrepreneurship.
>Anil Dash - Co-founder, Activate / CEO & Co-founder, ThinkUp
Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, technologist and writer acknowledged as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker for having started his site Dashes.com in 1999 as one of the earliest and most influential blogs on the Internet. Dash is cofounder of Activate, the strategy consulting firm which helps the world’s major media and technology companies reinvent their businesses, and cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, a new startup which helps make social networking more meaningful. Dash also has a monthly column in Wired which explores the intersection of consumers and technology companies. In addition, Dash is an active advisor to several of the most prominent and innovative technology startups and non-profit organizations. Dash lives in New York City with his wife Alaina Browne and young son, Malcolm.
>Carlos McKinley - Senior Director, Microsoft
Carlos McKinley currently serves as Senior Director, East Region Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) Team at Microsoft. His team partners with large commercial ISVs, consumer partners and startup companies to bring their apps and services to market. He also currently serves as the US Diversity lead for DPE with a particular focus on Women in Technology and highlighting technology innovations in diverse communities.
Carlos joined Microsoft in 1999 as one of the first technologist focused on e-commerce. Throughout his 13 years at Microsoft, he’s held various technical and leadership roles primarily in the Communications Sector or DPE.
Prior to Microsoft, Carlos held a variety of technical and software developer roles in companies ranging from research & development firms to e-commerce companies.
>Dr. Juan E. Gilbert - Chair, Human-Centered Computing Division – School of Computing, Clemson University
Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is the Presidential Endowed Chair in Computing, an IDEaS Professor and Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division in the School of Computing at Clemson University where he leads the HCC Lab. He is also a Professor in the Automotive Engineering Department at Clemson University. He is a PI on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Accessible Voting Technology Initiative. Dr. Gilbert is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement Science (AAAS), an ACM Distinguished Scientist, National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society. In 2011, Dr. Gilbert was given a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Mentoring by President Barack Obama.
David Tisch - Managing Partner, BoxGroup
David is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City based seed-stage capital firm, which has made over 60 investments in NYC based technology companies. David is also the Co-Founder of TechStars NYC, where he previously served as Managing Director. David was named to NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and serves on the Investor Board of Venture for America. He also writes for the Wall Street Journal “Accelerator” blog and is an EIR for Wharton’s Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is an alumnus.
>Eghosa Omoigui - Founder and Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners
Eghosa Omoigui is the founder and Managing General Partner of EchoVC Partners, a seed/early-stage technology venture capital firm investing in North America & Africa. Before this, Eghosa was with Intel for nearly 10 years and his last role was as Intel Capital Director, Strategic Investments, Consumer Internet & Semantic Technologies, where he acted as a senior investment professional focused on platform-agnostic consumer, web services and digital media-based investment opportunities.
Prior to this role, Omoigui was Chief of Staff to the President of Intel Capital, and, before that, Chief of Staff for Intel’s Treasury organization, helping oversee an $18B cash platform. Omoigui attended UPenn Law School and Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
Eghosa is a member of the ASTIA Venture Advisory Board, winner of the Moss-Adams ASTIA Women Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year award, and a Pipeline Angel Fellowship Mentor.
>Emile Cambry Jr - Founder, BLUE1647
Emile Cambry Jr founded the technology incubator and fabrication lab, BLUE1647 as well as is president of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Emile Cambry, Jr. received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Featured on CNN, Emile also founded the award-winning 21st Century Youth Project, teaching middle and high school students to create mobile and web apps, and now 3D printing and the maker movement. Emile is also a board member of DePaul University’s Social Enterprise Collective. Emile was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the City of Chicago’s Technology Diversity Council and is the Chair to Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s Technology Innovation Council.
>Heather Hiles - Founder & CEO, Pathbrite
Heather Hile’s leadership experience spans more than 15 years, during which she has founded and led several private and public sector organizations. Her roster of leadership roles include being the former Commissioner of San Francisco Unified School District, Executive Director of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), CEO of Hiles Group (a philanthropy consultancy firm), Co-Founder of EARN (Individual Development Accounts program), CEO of SFWorks (an NGO to place women from welfare into careers) and COO of Break the Cycle (K-3rd grade tutorial program). Heather has served on the board of Leadership Public Schools; Social Venture Network; the Liberian Women’s Sewing Project; and three startup companies. When Heather is not involved with Pathbrite (which doesn’t happen very often) she likes to spend time with her family and three dogs in Oakland, gardening and playing basketball. Heather received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her MBA from Yale University.
>Jeanne Sullivan - General Partner, StarVest Partners
Jeanne M. Sullivan has been investing in and growing tech companies for many years. She is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners, a New York-based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management. Jeanne has over 20 years of venture capital experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. Prior to her venture experience, Jeanne gained her operating experience with AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles.
>Kathleen Utecht - Investment Professional, Comcast Ventures
Kathleen Utecht is an investor in the New York office of Comcast Ventures responsible for co-running their $20MM seed-stage fund and also investing out of their larger seed-to-growth equity fund. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Kathleen worked in venture capital for Core Innovation Capital and WVP Ventures. Prior to her venture roles, Kathleen invested in and led Green Rock Entertainment, a start-up toy/game manufacturing company whose main product was Cahootie. She won Ernst & Young’s Winning Women Award for its success. Before her operational adventure, Kathleen was an investment banker in the financial services group of Raymond James and a graduate of General Electric Capital’s Financial Management Program. Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree from Babson College and an master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School.
>Kathleen Warner - Strategic Advisor, UP Global
Kathleen Warner is a connector, catalyst and strategist who currently serves as a strategic advisor to UP Global, the newly formed entity launched by Startup America and Startup Weekend. Kathleen also serves as Entrepreneur-In-Residence to the Whiteboard and as an advisor and coach to a number of early stage ventures. Kathleen was also part of the founding team of and served as Chief Operating Officer to the Startup America Partnership. Prior to this role, Kathleen had spent two years in public service, serving as District Director for Congressman Jim Himes.
Kathleen had previously spent over 10 years in the private sector, as an attorney. Kathleen received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
>Kathryn Finney - Managing Director, FOCUS100
Kathryn Finney is the founder of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that is changing the digital space by increasing the number of Black and Latino women digital entrepreneurs. She is also the CEO of TBF Group, LLC, and its flagship site, The Budget Fashionista, as well as the Editor-At-Large at BlogHer, Inc, a global media company serving over 40 million women.
An honors graduate of Yale and Rutgers Universities, Kathryn is considered an expert in building branded, women-centered online properties and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences such as Professional Business Women Conference, Women’s Funding Network, BlogHer, South by Southwest (SXSW), and New York Women in Communications. She was named one of AOL’s Top Women in Money, Black Enterprise’s “40 Stars Under 40″, an Essence Magazine Woman of Style and listed on Ebony Magazine’s Cool List 2012.
>Kendra Bracken-Ferguson - Co-Founder, DBA
Kendra Bracken-Ferguson’s background includes online interactive and integrated marketing with specialties in mobile marketing, influencer relations, digital communications, and viral/Word-of-Mouth marketing, event management and youth marketing.
Before co-founding DBA, she worked with Ralph Lauren to launch its first dedicated global social media department, navigating brand management, marketing, advertising, and public relations. She helped create one of the first Cingular and MySpace mobile music studios, and went on to become the youngest Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard New York, one of the largest PR agencies in the world
She was featured as one of the most influential African American women in Essence Magazine in October 2011, and among Mobile Marketer’s “Mobile Women to Watch in 2010.” She is also on the Foundation Board of New York Women in Communications.
Kesha Cash brings a unique mix of experience from traditional finance, consulting and impact investing. Prior to Jalia Ventures, Kesha worked as a Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst at a top-tier investment bank for three years and then founded a consultancy that focused on business development and fundraising for inner-city entrepreneurs. In 2009, she worked in London at Bridges Ventures, a leading UK community investment firm that delivers both financial returns and social / environmental benefits.
Kesha received her BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and her MBA from Columbia Business School. Kesha served as co-chair for the Columbia Business School Bernstein Leadership and Ethics Board and received the 2010 Nathan Gantcher Prize for Social Enterprise. Kesha is also a member of the Columbia Advisory Committee on Social Responsible Investing.
>Lauren Maillian Bias - CEO, Luxury Market Branding
Lauren Maillian Bias is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding, a strategic marketing company, and is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm.
At age 19, Lauren became the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as its Chief Operating Officer from inception through acquisition in 2011. Lauren has spoken at Harvard, Columbia University, and the University of Virginia. She judges at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Start Up Chile. Lauren is an active startups advisor and is a mentor to the Pipeline Fellowship and the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator. She has been featured in Forbes, American Express OPEN Forum, Business Insider, and Black Enterprise. In 2011 she was recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as an Empact100 Award honoree.
Lauren has a Bachelors of Science, Magnum Cum Laude, in International Trade and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
>Mandela Schumacher-Hodge - Co-Founder & COO, Tioki
Tioki is an award-winning online professional network exclusively for the education community. Dubbed “The LinkedIn for Teachers,” Tioki helps people passionate about education connect to one another, discover opportunities, and share information. After winning Startup Weekend Education in 2011, Tioki has expanded into an international platform, used by educators in over 28 different countries, as well as many of the nation’s top-performing schools and education organizations. Tioki is currently backed by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K-12. As COO, Mandela Schumacher-Hodge has led Tioki’s product development from vision to implementation and is responsible for driving strategic partnerships, sales, and overall marketing strategy.
Mandela was a Ph.D. candidate at the UCLA Graduate School of Education, as well as a Teach for America corps member and Lead Teacher. She has a Masters Degree in Education Administration & Policy from Loyola Marymount University, and a B.A. in Intercultural Communication from Pepperdine University.
>Marcia Talbert - Tech Editor, Black Enterprise
Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. She writes and assigns stories about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and STEM education/careers.
Marcia was recognized by Blacks in Technology as one of the Top 10 Black Achievers in technology for 2011. She has spoken about technology at Social Media Week 2011 and at the 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit. She was named one of the 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web in 2011 by SocialWayne.com, and was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0’s/HP’s 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010.
Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
>Marlo Rencher - Founder, GoodSweat
Marlo Rencher is a passionate social entrepreneur with deep experience in small business development. She founded Good Sweat,a platform for people who run, walk and move for a cause to tell their stories more powerfully and to raise more money.
Prior to this, Marlo co-founded and headed jazzdigital Marketing for four years, handling huge clients including UAW-Ford, BMG Entertainment, GlobalHue and Henry Ford Health System. After the dot-com crash, she moved to Detroit’s premier tech incubator, TechTown. She was its first managing director.
Marlo is a Michigan State University graduate with a BA and MBA at the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan. Marlo also holds a PhD in anthropology from Wayne State University. Her research interests include entrepreneurship, design, technology and culture.
Melinda F. Emerson, SmallBizLady, is an author, speaker and small business coach with expertise in start-up, business development and social media marketing. She is a New York Times weekly columnist and a publisher of SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com, which is syndicated through the Huffington Post. She also hosts a weekly Twitter talk show called #Smallbizchat for small business owners. As a brand, she reaches 1.5 million entrepreneurs a week on the internet. As CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, Melinda develops audio, video and written content to fulfill her mission to end small business failure. Forbes Magazine named Melinda Emerson one of the #1 Woman for Entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter.
Melinda has been featured on MSNBC, Fox News, NBC Nightly News, and in Fortune, The Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Black Enterprise. She is also a proud graduate of Virginia Tech.
>Monif Clarke - CEO & Founder, Monif C. Plus Sizes
Monif Clarke is the CEO & Founder of Monif C. Plus Sizes, a contemporary plus size ready-to-wear clothing brand. Prior to launching the business in 2005, Monif Clarke earned her B.A. in Math and Computer Science at Rutgers University.
Awarded “Best Plus Size Fashion Designer” by Full Figure Fashion Week, “Best Plus Size Clothing Store” by City Search, “Best Store For Plus Size Evening Wear” by Time Out New York and featured in the October issue of Essence Magazine’s “Leaders Of The New School”, Monif C. has also been featured on Fox Business, NBC’s Today Show, ABC News, Barbara Walters’ the View, The Washington Post, Latina, Crain’s New York Business, Essence, Glamour, TLC’s What Not to Wear, Seventeen Magazine, Ebony, Jet and many more.
>Navarrow Wright - CTO, Interactive One
Navarrow Wright has more than 20-years experience in the technology and media industry. He is the CTO of Interactive One, a digital media arm of Radio One focusing on the African-American and urban market. He also founded Maximum Leverage Solutions, a social media and technology strategy firm. Prior to that, he and Russell Simmons founded Global Grind.com, a social media hip-hop site. He recently launched the “Close the divide project”, which educates underserved communities about the opportunities that technology can provide in key areas such as education, healthcare, career growth and entrepreneurship.
Navarrow has appeared in Network Journal Magazine’s “ 40 under Forty”, Innovation Generation’s Top 100 GenerationNEXT, and Black Enterprise Magazine’s The 10 People to Watch in Technology. He also appeared in the CNN Black in America series and Verizon’s “Celebrate Our Stories” campaign.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Rider University.
>Rachel Brooks - Founder, CitizenMade
As founder and CEO of the e-commerce software company Citizen Made, Rachel Brooks makes it possible for brands and makers to sell their custom products online. Her work with Citizen Made is cited as the potential catalyst for mass customization, bringing innovation to manufacturing & supply chain management.
Focused on making powerful technnology accessible for those who make, Brooks is named by Women 2.0 as a “Founder to Watch” and cited in Business Insider as a leader in one of the “Top 25 Coolest New Companies in Chicago”. She was recently honored on the Dell Inspire 100 list, which recognizes thinkers, designers and risk takers. Her strategy work reaches notable brands such as Reebok, Gatorade, Discover, and Got Milk?.
>Rachel Sklar - Co-founder, Change The Ratio and TheLi.st
Rachel Sklar is the co-founder of Change The Ratio and TheLi.st which increase visibility and opportunity for women in tech & new media. A former lawyer, she was also a founding editor at Mediaite and the Huffington Post. She has written for New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Financial Times, National Post, Glamour, Elle; and online for The Daily Beast, Mashable, and more.
Rachel is a TechStars mentor and an advisor to several startups, and is a member at She’s The First, Reboot, TED & Summit communities and of the Lean In Foundation launch team. She founded Charitini, a social enterprise to facilitate group giving around events, and CTRComedy – an all-women comedy initiative at SXSW.
Rachel was named to the Silicon Alley 100 in 2009, 2010 and 2011, FastCompany’s “League of Extraordinary Women,” Forbes’ “Women Changing The World,” and has earned numerous honors and awards for her writing and her activism.
>Rebecca Enonchong - Chief Executive Officer, AppsTech
Rebecca Enonchong is founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech, a leading global provider of enterprise application solutions. She currently serves as advisor to several Africa based technology startups and is a director of the Salesforce.com Foundation.
She founded the Africa Technology Forum, and served on the UN Women Global Advisory Committee on the Digital Divide and the UN ICT Task Force. A recipient of Enterprise Africa’s African Entrepreneurship Award, Rebecca was also named a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the World Economic Forum.
>Ryan Seashore - Founder / Executive Director, CodeNow
Ryan is the founder and Executive Director of CodeNow. He believes it essential to lower barriers normally associated with technology, giving students exposure to programming at an early age. In effect, this empowers them while they are beginning to explore their options and opportunities, giving them a unique ability to innovate and create. His diverse background in community organizing, politics and technology has allowed him to create forward-thinking strategies for the organization. Ryan launched CodeNow in February of 2011 with a passion for technology and social activism. He holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Southern California.
>Scott Hanselman - Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft
Scott is a web developer who has been blogging at http://hanselman.com for over a decade. He works in Open Source on ASP.NET and the Azure Cloud for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland. Scott has three podcasts, http://hanselminutes.com for tech talk, http://thisdeveloperslife.com on developers’ lives and loves, and http://ratchetandthegeek.com for pop culture and tech media. He’s written a number of books and spoken in person to almost a half million developers worldwide. Scott’s spoken at SXSW, BloggingWhileBrown, BlogWorld and dozens of other conferences on a variety of topics.
>Shaun Johnson - Co-Founder, Startup Institute
Shaun Johnson is a technologist, early adopter and helper of people. He is the Co-Founder of the Boston Startup School. Previously, Shaun was an Associate at TechStars, the #1 startup accelerator providing seed stage investment and mentorship. He is a recovering management consultant and has advised companies in various spaces across the emerging technology landscape. Shaun is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Georgetown University and has helped numerous startups with product roadmapping, getting off the ground and taking market share.
Shaun holds a B.A. in computer science & sociology from Georgetown University and an M.S. in information systems from The Johns Hopkins University.
>Simone Castillo - Angel Investor
Simone Castillo has over ten years of experience in providing fiscal management and operational advisory services to nonprofits and other charitable organizations. During her free time, she volunteers with organizations that assist underserved communities, such as Harlem Children’s Zone and Harlem RBI. Simone holds a BA in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University. She completed the Pipeline Fellowship in 2012 and currently serves as a member of the Pipeline Fellowship Alumnae Council.
>Tara Walker - Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Tara is a Microsoft Technical Evangelist the MS employee formerly known as a Developer Evangelist working in the Developer and Platform Evangelist group. She has been with Microsoft for 10+ Years, but has also previously worked for several years at various Fortune 500 companies in the Atlanta area as a Software Engineer/Software Developer and Development Lead working with several different languages and platforms.
Tara spreads the “good word” about all things development and software engineering. Now she is focusing on helping programmers and developers build tablet, mobile, and cross-platform applications with Microsoft technologies and languages. She has had the opportunity to work with all types of professional developers and students from the Greater Southeast. Tara currently resides in Atlanta.
>Tracey Solomon - Co-Founder, Hoseanna
A New York resident for the last ten years, Tracey Solomon has made a career of solving complex business problems and building brands for top tier companies in diverse industries. Tracey’s career started at Accenture where she learned the fundamentals of business consulting from Fortune 100 companies such as GE Capital, Lucent Technologies and Siemens AG. After Accenture, Tracey turned her focus to the healthcare industry and the world of branding. She went on to hold Senior Director and Managing Director posts at InterbrandHealth (an Omnicom company) where she led brand strategy engagements for several of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, Wyeth, Eli Lilly and Johnson&Johnson.
Presently, she is the Co-Founder of Hoseanna.
>William Crowder - Managing Director, DreamIt Ventures
William is a Managing Director with DreamIt Ventures, a leading global startup accelerator that operates programs in New York, Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Tel Aviv, Israel. He is also the Lead Advisor for the Comcast Ventures Opportunity Fund, a $20 million early stage venture fund. Throughout his professional career he has served as a trusted advisor to senior executives at companies such as AOL, Radio One, Interactive One, and Thomson Reuters. He has over 15 years of strategy and operations consulting experience; many of them with technology and digital media businesses.
William received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.
>Zuhairah Scott-Washington - Founder, Kahnoodle
Zuhairah is an entrepreneur, investor, and seasoned business professional with over a decade of digital media, private equity, and business development experience in global markets including London, New York, and Dubai. She is the Founder of Kahnoodle, a patent-pending mobile platform that makes it easier for busy couples to do more of the fun and thoughtful stuff that brought them together in the first place. Kahnoodle was named one of the Most Innovative Companies of 2012 by Entrepreneur magazine and has been featured in The Washington Post and TechCrunch.
Born in Newark, NJ, she is well aware that the opportunities she has been afforded are not accessible to all. Consequently, she founded The Billion Dollar Girls Club, a not-for-profit that teaches financial literacy skills to young women of color. Zuhairah graduated magna cum laude from UCLA and earned her JD/MBA from Harvard.
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