Starting a business is hard. Building it into a successful company is even harder. What if you could learn firsthand from the entrepreneurs who have already done it? Already had failures, successes?
Sessions, Tech Cocktail's new speaker series, brings the experiences of successful entrepreneurs to you so you can learn valuable lessons for your startup. Hear their stories in their own words and ask them your questions in an intimate setting.
Please join us for our next Tech Cocktail Sessions DC Event
Getting From Idea to Product
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Sanders Partee, Co-founder & President, RideCharge/TaxiMagic
Will Fuentes, Founder & CEO, Lemur IMS
Rachna Choudhry, Co-founder & CMO, POPVOX.com
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Sanders Partee is President of RideCharge, Inc which he co-founded in January, 2007. RideCharge’s mission is to deliver rides, whenever and wherever users want them. RideCharge works with established fleets around the world to improve municipal ground transportation. The company maintains three lines of business: the Taxi Magic and Sedan Magic mobile apps and the Taxi Magic Passenger Information Monitor (PIM), a backseat payment and entertainment device. The award-winning Taxi Magic mobile app launched in January 2009 and has ranked in the top 50 Free Travel section of the App Store ever since.
Sanders has grown Alexandria-based RideCharge to offer service in over 45 US metro areas with over 80 transportation providers, connecting to nearly 30,000 for-hire vehicles. Sanders has raised over $20M in venture funding to support RideCharge’s three lines of business and it’s growing team of 45 employees.
Previously Sanders served as CEO of two venture-backed software firms, Ecutel and Viewgate Networks, which raised a combined $30M in venture funding. He also co-founded Reltech Products, which sold to PLATINUM in 1995.
Rachna Choudhry is Co-founder and CMO of POPVOX.com. Choudhry is responsible for POPVOX's outreach to advocacy organizations and trade associations, marketing to individual users and assists with outreach to Congressional staff. She is based in Washington, DC. Rachna comes to POPVOX with a background in federal lobbying, issue advocacy and social media strategy for a variety of national issue-based and advocacy organizations. She earned a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Political Science degree from UCLA.
Will Fuentes founded Lemur Technologies, Inc in 2011. In his role as CEO, he is in charge of all aspects of vision, strategy and execution for Lemur IMS. Will brings 7 years of field and corporate experience to Lemur. This experience has allowed him, and the Lemur team, to create software that is easy to implement and impactful to the bottom line.
After graduating from The George Washington University Law School in 2001 Will worked for two years in legal field before pursuing a career in retail management. Given a unique opportunity to work in a test store for a major big box retailer, Will was able to work with and learn from countless number of executives. His stores won numerous district, region, and company awards. Constantly innovating and creating new methods to maximize sales, Will was given the opportunity to work on multiple corporate teams. Creating new positions, reporting structures, and operational efficiencies, Will earned a reputation as an outside the box thinker for inside the box problems.
THE ATLAS THEATER - TRANSPORTATION
Tech Cocktail is thrilled to be hosting Sessions at the Atlas Theater on H Street, a multi-space arts venue in the heart of the Atlas District in DC.
The Atlas’ mission is to foster the artistic growth of professional and aspiring performing artists throughout the region; to create a new model for collaborative arts management; to establish a unique community-centered venue for training and education in the performing arts and stagecraft; and to energize and sustain the revitalization of H Street, NE and the surrounding community.
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The goal of Tech Cocktail Sessions is to inspire and educate people on how to start and run a business with experienced entrepreneurs sharing their personal stories. Each month will have a different theme related to the various elements that go into starting up and building a company and feature a diverse set of entrepreneurs who will share their experiences.
Sessions was born out of the positive response to our annual Startup Mixology Conference which breaks down the various ingredients that go into starting and running a business in today's technology and business landscape. But rather than offer you one opportunity a year, we're now bringing this opportunity to you each month. Enjoy more speakers and chat with your peers afterwards about the evening's topic of conversation. Watch past Sessions videos here
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