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. Check some of our impressive speakers from past Tech Cocktail Sessions events.
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Topic: “A World of 5 Billion Smart Phones”
Christopher M. Schroeder is a Washington D.C. and New York City based internet entrepreneur and venture investor. He was the co-founder and CEO of HealthCentral, one of the largest social and content platforms sharing rich, personal health and wellness experiences in the US, backed by leading investors Sequoia Capital, Polaris Ventures, The Carlyle Group, Allen &Company and Barry Diller/IAC Corporation. They sold the enterprise to health media company, Remedy Health in January 2012. Previously he was CEO of washingonpost.newsweek interactive, homes of washingtonpost.com, newsweek.com, slate.com among other publishing assets. Prior he was ceo of LegiSlate.com, a leading business to business resource on US and state legislation and regulation that was sold in 2000.
An active investor and advisor in top US venture capital funds and consumer-facing social/media start-ups, Schroeder has also been a leading supporter of, writer and speaker on new technology and innovation in the United States and emerging growth markets — with particular focus on the Middle East. He has just completed a new book, Startup Rising – The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East, to be published my MacMillan and Palgrave this summer, and has written extensively for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TechCrunch, Pando Daily, Harvard Business Review and other publications. He speaks regularly around the globe, and sits on the board of advisors of The American University of Cairo School of Business, the Jordanian incubator Oasis500 and Middle East online entrepreneur network Wamda.com.
Learn more about Chris on LinkedIn where he was name one of their Top 50 Thought Leaders in 2012 and 2013.
Haroon Mokhtarzada is an entrepreneur born and raised in the Washington D.C. area. Along with his two brothers and while he was still in college, he created and launched Freewebs.com, a free, do-it-yourself website building product. After earning his J.D., Haroon turned down a legal career to become the full-time CEO of Freewebs, and raised $12 million in venture capital funding in 2006 and two years later was named in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 and fast 500. Webs also launched ContactMe.com, a lightweight CRM tool for small businesses as well as Pagemodo.com, a Facebook marketing platform for small businesses. In 2011, Webs was acquired by Vistaprint, the leading provider of printed and digital marketing products to small and micro businesses globally.
Haroon has a passion for technology startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In addition to his new role as VP of Digital Products at Vistaprint, he continues to engage with tech startups as an advisor and angel investor. Haroon serves on American Express Open’s Digital Advisory Board and is also a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and was recently named as one of this area’s 50 fascinating people, places, and things in Bethesda magazine.
Melinda Wittstock is a serial entrepreneur, media executive, award-winning journalist and evangelist on all things mobile, social, and data-driven. She’s the CEO and Founder of NewsiT, a mobile and social platform for crowd-sourcing content and verifying it in real time for accuracy and relevance. Her career spans the most recognizable names in news – BBC, ABC, CNBC, Times of London and more. She’s developed interactive websites and tools, driven revenue, ratings and traffic, created and sold award-winning content and efficient new models for content creation, and won awards for her print and broadcast journalism. She’s also mom to two great young kids.
Her grandmother was the first to tell her she was “disruptive” at age 5 when she landed $100 in her first business. [See Huffingtong Post]
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