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November 16, 2007
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Last night we dropped in on the Dead Poet’s Society for Entrepreneurs—well, that’s how lawyer-turned-investor Harry Glazer describes MindShare, the coaching and networking program for emerging stars in the tech industry that he co-founded and co-chairs.  Each year a new crop of 50 budding tech titans gets hand-selected to join the “invitation-only, CEO-only” group.  Hmmm, we’re getting more of a Skull & Bones vibe.  No, wait, all the seven sessions throughout the year, plus last night’s “graduation ceremony,” are held at Clydes in Tysons, for heaven’s sake, not the Tower Club

Proud ’07 Grads:   South49 Solutions CEO Stefan Midford and GroupLogic CEO Reid Lewis.  South49 makes software that allows a company’s workers in various locations to see assignments that need doing.  “It’s like eBay for a workforce,” Stefan says.  Reid is taking off for the Eastern Shore to visit his grandfather—who’s about to celebrate his 99th birthday.  Reid, take that cake to gramps!


Harry, center, says MindShare (now 11 years old) isn’t quite as wild as it used to be, when members would stay out until 3 and 4 in the morning closing down bars. For the record, they also spend their time hearing from the likes of Ted Leonsis and Jon Ledecky on building boards, raising capital, creating sales forces.  Phillip Merrick, right, alumnus of the very first class back in ’97 and founder of one of the tech region’s great success stories, webMethods, was the keynoter last night on how to make decisions as a CEO.  With them, Valhalla Partners’ venture capitalist-to-the-stars Gene Reichers.

Mercator Partners’ Chuck Ennis (that means “strategy consultant” but we knew him way back when he was Raku CEO) with Mindshare Organizing Board member Kathy Penny of Excitations and Privo co-founder Denise Tayloe.  Denise’s fellow ’07 class members voted her “Most Likely to be a MindShare Millionaire,” which won her one of Excitation’s nifty “experience gifts”:  a limo ride to and from work, plus lunch out with five friends.  But we were most jealous of Bob Moul of Boomi, who for “coolest technology” won a trip in a fighter jet complete with a simulated dogfight.

Irene and Michael Slage went through MindShare as co-CEO’s of HealthEngage, and now run the group’s alumni website.  Irene says Michael cooks a mean Thanksgiving feast:  turkey with oyster stuffing and Madeira wine.  

M2 Work’s Mary McPherson, right, was going to Dubai today for her work with the Business Women’s Network, but that got scrubbed so she can sleep late.  And happily, she recently joined the Slovak American Enterprise Fund, so what do you know, she can now accept that Thanksgiving invitation for dinner here with the US Ambassador to Slovakia.  With her, Cooley Godward’s Betsy Lewis, who calls herself the firm’s “gossip lawyer,” which as far as we can tell means she does human resources law.  And:  Don Rainey, formerly based here for Durham’s Intersouth Partners, jumped over two months ago to Grotech.  His Thanksgiving plans:  do some bartending of his favorite Hendrick’s Gin martinis.

Cooley Godward’s Mike Lincoln, center, though everyone’s go-to venture lawyer, is sounding a little more corporate these days:  spending weekends with his wife and four kids on their Middleburg farm that grazes 60 head of cattle.  Actually, he deserves some rest. Colleague Joe Conroy has just been made firmwide CEO (amazing, in little ol’ Reston, sort of a Peter Barris feat) and Mike’s been a big part of their expansion to 270 lawyers in the east.  This year he helped open the Boston office, taking advantage of the dissolution of the famed Testa law firm a couple years back by bringing over many of their former lawyers.  On the right, Harry (who for this story we are waiving our not-in-two-pictures rule) tells us he rode his 21-speed Giant bicycle 35 miles roundtrip Reston to Leesburg for a BBQ on Sunday.  And Service Bench CEO Mike Dering has the biggest news:  Two of his daughters are pregnant with grandchildren 1 and 2. (You learn everything here in Bisnow, don’t you?)

Also on hand, SOALogix CEO Rex Ahlstrom, left, who on Sunday balanced the disappointment of seeing the ‘Skins fall to the Eagles with getting to Verizon Center for Bruce Springsteen.  With him, Viziant CEO Vikram Desai, and company-less Joe Sander who sold his information security software firm Consul to IBM back in January, and is not only tie-less like all the other tekkies in these pictures, but the only one jacketless.  Note to CEOs:  You can do that after you cash out.

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