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February 15, 2008

(part 2)

Celebrities in our midst!  Craigslist's Craig Newmark and former Apple CEO John Sculley, among others, at the upcoming Southeast Venture Conference. Feb 27-28, Tysons Ritz.  


By popular demand, we're giving you more "Pics from the Palm," the big MindShare reunion we wrote about last issue (see Part I).  Our only complaint about the evening:  Where were the pickles? Memo to catering department: That's why we go there!


These tech celebs ought to have their mugs on the wall, if they don't already: Kappametrics CEO John Zett (founder last century of Blue Ridge Networks) and Genuis Rocket CEO Mark Walsh (founder of once high flying Vertical Net). John's new company uses non-invasive medical devices that map the brain for pre-surgical imaging. With four "very-active" sons between the ages of 11 to 15, maybe John should have been home supervising.


Former Cigital CEO Jeff Payne with Benchmark Human Capital CEO Pete Bianco.  We knew Pete back in the days he was CEO of Biometrics (sold to Citigroup) and Platform Logic (sold to Semantec), but now he's decided to lead a more predictable life running a recruiting firm. He's even carved out time to go to Cabo next month for golf, scuba diving, and lounging around with "little umbrellas in my drinks."


Susan Askew (nee DeFife—you remember her of course from WomenConnect and Backfence), Nelson & Company's Bob Nelson (onetime CrossMedia kingpin), and Mailer Mailer CEO Raj Khera.  Last year at this time Raj was running government contracting firm GovCon; now he heads up an email newsletter distribution company that sends over 100 million emails per day on behalf of clients like White Tail ski resort, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and (huh?) rock band Death Cab for Cutie.


DLA Piper's  Melanie Zaletsky, Commerce Bank's Anthony Raley and Kevin Johnson, and Tom Patterson. Did you notice we don't give Tom an affiliation?  That's because he just left Command Information and is now starting a yet-to-be-disclosed consumer electronics company. He's moving his family out to sunny Malibu, although he'll live bi-coastally. Have some guest rooms?


We usually ask what's new and exciting—so we could kind of predict the answer from Redskins' VP Dave Dolton, right.  He tells us new head coach Jim Zorn will bring a "ton of energy" to the team—plus, he's good friends with fellow tech guy and former Seahawks star Jim Largent of CTIA.  Dave was chatting here with Mascot Books' Naren Aryal about getting a liteary deal going for the 'Skins; Mascot publishes children's books on college and national sports teams.  Naren tells us that of all the books he publishes, the Boston Red Sox reads (like Hello, Wally) are always the bestsellers.


Speaking of pickles (see top), last summer John Funge, right, of Scripps Networks sold Incando, a media sharing platform which happens to own the domain name www.pickle.com, to Scripps Networks (think Food Network and HG TV). So where'd the inspiration for a website named pickle come from? John thought it would be easy for people to remember—folks, that's what makes entrepreneurs smarter than the rest of us.   Viget Labs' Brian Williams, left, is getting ready for his firm's all day web design conference at the end of the month in their new space on South Maple St. in Falls Church.  



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