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November 12, 2007

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Turns out those seemingly hip, cutting-edge tekkies can be just as retro as anyone: Indulging that primitive ritual last Thursday known as Fight Night. They seemed to make up a good portion of the raucous crowd of over 2000 that blew lots of cigar smoke at the Washington Hilton, but can be forgiven because they raised over $3.2M for children’s charities.      

Former Heavyweight Champ Ken Norton (hmm, do we really have to tell you he’s second from left?) with Homeland Security Capital Corp. CEO Tom McMillen, Kane Companies’ John Kane, PWC’s Fernando Murias, and NEW Corp’s Clay Buckley. Ken, one of the few boxers to beat Ali, ain’t the only sports figure in this picture.  Tom was on the Bullets ’83-’86, and Clay was captain of Duke’s 1991 NCAA champion Blue Devils.  John and Fernando are just ordinary sports nuts.

Now we know what the perks are of being an ex-NFL big deal.  Former Browns QB Bernie Kosar doesn’t have to wear a tux!  But what’s he doing here?  Ah, do you know he co-invests with Jack Davies (AOL International founder, left) in McLean’ Mobile Posse?  Also on hand:  NEW’s Clay Buckley (who got a special waiver from our not-in-two-pictures rule), CEO Tony Nader, and Chairman and founder Fred Schaufeld.  NEW may not be core tech (they’re a Dulles-based extended service and warranty provider), but they sure get those tech-like returns: Fred started it as a law student in 1983 and a private equity fund bought them a year ago for $1.2 billion.  At the live auction, Fred purchased an American flag flown over military bases on 9/11 for over $100K – which will go to children of fallen soldiers. 

McLean Group’s Braun Jones, left, with a bunch of Kimseys:  AOL founder Jim, of course, flanked by sons Raymond and Mark.  (Isn’t it against some law to pass down this strange Fight Night ritual to your kids?)  Anyway, Braun, AKA Capt’n Jones, just got back from cruising through the coastal waters of Myanmar on his Nordhavn (a super jumbo motor boat).

Signal founder Roger Mody and Executive Healthcare Services’ Dr. Mark Vasiliadis.

Bell Labs president Jeong Kim and Venturehouse founder Mark Ein.

The Bajaj Entourage:  One of the region’s great entrepreneurs, Ken Bajaj (AppNet, Digital Net, now Systems Net), lower left, with Metropolitan Management’s Dan Klein, Systems  Net’s Andrew Fehretdinov, White Star Investment’s Craig Bernstein, Dr. Gary Grover, Marcus and Millichap’s Ahmad Ashkar, White Star’s Rueben Bajaj, and our own Elliott Bisnow.

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