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May 28, 2008


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Just ahead of Israel’s 60th birthday, being celebrated with a blowout Sunday on the Mall, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s “Technology Affinity” group held a roundtable on the state of the Web last night. We ran out to the law offices of Holland & Knight on Pennsylvania Avenue to dine on Kosher food and kibbitz with the crowd.


Joel Selzer, co-founder of Ozmosis, and Jeremy Epstein, the former Microsoft VP who started a one-man marketing company last month. (Tops on to-do list: coming up with a name.) Selzer was named one of our Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 last week; Ozmosis is a networking site where physicians share medical information. Epstein tells us he’s doing online marketing for Johnson & Johnson and best-selling author Daniel Pink. “In the old days of marketing, you lit a bunch of matches and hoped to start a great fire,” says Epstein, who ran a Microsoft blog that drew 110,000 hits/month. “Now you look for a little fire and throw gasoline on it to create an explosion.” We’ll have to think that one through.


Rock Ridge Ventures Managing Partner Adam Lehman and Holland & Knight partner Adam August. Lehman also runs GeniusRocket.com, a site where users put out bids for creative marketing content. “If you want a new logo, you put out an RFB—a request for brilliance, as we call it—and watch the results come in,” says Lehman, who spent seven years at AOL and writes plays in his spare time. August co-sponsored the event and told us it was on his bucket list (you know, things to do before kicking the bucket) to be in Bisnow, so we happily obliged. Up next: a trip to Wimbledon. (Wow, we can’t believe we're in the same bucket.)


Loladex co-founder Dan Goodman and AOL biz dev VP Micah Greene, who told the crowd that while AOL’s moving its headquarters to NYC the majority of employees will remain in Dulles. “There’s been a lot of talk about the move,” Micah said, “but it really only affects a number of key executives.” Factoid alert: He spent his holiday weekend at his brother’s wedding.


We caught Compass Point VP Bob Schwartzberg and Cohen Mohr’s Tenley Carp canoodling before the event. Actually, the pair met only a minute before we took this picture; we just thought we’d have a little fun. We’ve always wanted to use the word canoodling. Bob recently left FBR for Compass Point, a new research and trading boutique that does not have any tech clients, but may be looking to add some down the road. He spent Memorial Day weekend in West Virginia fly-fishing with his girlfriend and two dogs. See what you learn in Bisnow?

David Stegon is at MAVA Capital Connection today to catch up with the VC crowd. Send story ideas to david@bisnow.com or call 703-674-7718.



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