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March 7, 2008


We've been overwhelmed by all your suggestions since announcing our 35 Under 35 Top Entrepreneur search—but we like to be thorough, so keep those names coming. Just give us a couple sentences about who you propose and why, with extra credit for contact info. Presented with our friends at the great law firm Greenberg Traurig, it's going to be the entrepreneur event of the year! Send names to 35Entrepreneurs@Bisnow.com.


Some were a little too long to be described as an elevator pitch—"DuPont Circle Escalator Pitch" might be more like it—but it's impressive how you can learn to compress ideas when you're being timed. Last night we ventured to the Tower Club to join TiE-DC as it hosted a Venture Capital Entrepreneur Challenge. A sort of American Gladiator for the intellectual crowd, 100 gathered to watch 10 entrepreneurs put their rhetorical skills to the test in front of a panel of five VC type judges.


Pre-competition, we caught ProAce International president Dan Amzallag, Interactive Limited's David Foreman, Cardea's Sue Ko and Daniel Odio.  Daniel presented Maptimizer to the panel, a computer program that helps businesses find the best location to put a store or office based on optimized commuting times. Daniel and Sue also happen to be planning a destination wedding ("anywhere but DC") for next year.


Cognitive Technologies Corp. CTO Greg Bardwell, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship's Kate Palmer, and The Acceleration Group's Mike Beirne. Kate arranged for the evening's ice-breaker: a 17-year-old high schooler who's made more than $60k in sales revenue, considerably more than he would have at Dairy Queen. Mike says TAG just raised a commercial real estate fund of $200M in credit; on weekends, you'll find him doing aikido, a form of Japanese martial arts (think Steven Segal).  Greg's company designs desktop software for schools that helps teachers with online classroom management and curriculum planning. He's sporting a healthy tan, back from Belize where he "did the jungle thing, Mayan thing, and reef thing" — see, he's even got an elevator pitch about his vacation.


And there were more entrepreneurs everywhere we turned: Tax Scan's Chris Hopkinson, BPL Products founder and CTO Ranjan Pant, RDIA Solutions CEO Joe Ordia, and BPL's Andy Reid.  We know these lettered company names stand for something, but evidently entrepreneurs love to leave things to the imagination.


InTouch Systems CEO Dede Haskins, Conflicts Authority's CEO Phil Brown and COO Holden Hooofnagle, Mobile Spectrum's Abid Chaudhry, and e210's co-founder Greg Alexander. Phil and Holden went home happy and $10k richer:  They won the competition and its financial seed prize.



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