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May 23, 2008
 
 
 

TOP 35 UNDER 35
PART IV (FINALE!)


Thanks again to great sponsors Deloitte, Greenberg Traurig, Cabot Consultants, and Comerica, media partner Fortune Magazine, and judging co-chairs Phillip Merrick (founder of webMethods) and Mary McPherson (former head of Netpreneur), and June 10 party host Gene Riechers (Valhalla v.c. to the stars).

 

Don't let anyone tell you this region's best entrepreneurial days were in the roaring 90's. We think the creative spirit is so much more commonplace now, it simply doesn't startle people like it used to in this once government-only town.  If there were any doubt, we hope your pride has been refreshed during our four installments this week identifying the Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 in the D.C. area. Get used to the names-some of them (as young as 22) could be growing forces around here for the next 40 or 50 years.

 

HAROON MOKHTARZADA, 29, CEO, Freewebs

The Freewebs story starts with three brothers, $2,000, and one server in the closet, but now it's safe to say Mokhtarzada and his company have grown. Since launching in 2001, Freewebs has allowed users to make more than 20 million free websites (if you couldn't guess from its name). The idea is to make creating a site simple and easy and apparently it's a catchy one: Novak Biddle Venture Partners and Columbia Capital have invested.

ADAM ROSSI, 34, CEO, Platinum Solutions


Yep, that's Rossi on the bottom sporting Tom Cruise sunglasses from "Top Gun." It only makes sense he'd look that way given the amount of work his company does for the military. Platinum Solutions designs software to help law enforcement track terrorists. They recently teamed with Lockheed Martin to win a 10-year, $1 billion contract from the FBI to develop its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system.

CRISTINA MILLER and MEREDITH BARNETT, both 29, founders, Store Adore

These two Harvard Business School grads aren't just pretty faces; they're the engine behind StoreAdore.com, which allows rabid shoppers to dish on specialty clothing stores before pounding the pavement. The site was just in development until Barnett showed up on Oprah with Hearst Magazine Prez Cathie Black, a longtime friend and mentor, and after talking about her concept to millions of viewers decided to launch immediately.

EVAN BURFIELD, 31, Chairman and CEO, Synteractive

In 1996, Burfield held off going to college to start his first company, netDecide, a leading provider of enterprise wealth management solutions to top-tier financial service firms. After selling the company, Burfield got his degree from Oxford and then founded Synteractive in 2003. Synteractive consults federal and commercial clients on radically reducing the cost of financial transactions using its trademarked Intelligent Orchestration system.

FAHAD HASSAN, 22, CEO of Daylert

The baby among our winning entrepreneurs, Hassan started Daylert as a student at Virginia Tech, after being rejected as a business major. Somewhere in Blacksburg, a dean has egg on his face right now. Hassan's site, with 200,000 page views/month and growing, is a social network that includes tools for course management, calendars, and contact information to help students keep themselves organized.

ADA POLLA TRAY, 30, co-Founder, Alchimie Forever

This Georgetown alum started skin-care manufacturer Alchimie Forever shortly after graduating. The company makes all its products in Switzerland, and they all have medical and organic components that make them easy to wear. They're so good French actress and Chocolat star Juliette Binoche is known to wear them. Along with selling cosmetics, Troy is on the editorial board of PCI Magazine and a frequent speaker at Georgetown.

FRANK BORGES LLOSA, 33, FrankRealty.com

Llosa calls himself the anti-realtor who will talk a client out of buying a house if that is the right thing to do. His popular blog, blog.franklyrealty.com, gives aims to give readers unique insight into the real estate world. Of course, Llosa knows how to sell a house or two as well. He was named the 2003 Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Rookie of the Year and sold more than $100 million in 2004 and 2005.

JOSH KONOWE, 34, CEO, BrandClik


Our next entrepreneur is best known for his role as Magnum P.I.  (Sorry, but all of Konowe's friends on Facebook made fun of the mustache, so we thought we'd join in.) 'Stache aside, Konowe owns BrandClik, a unique in-text ad network that lets content providers set their own price for all exit traffic from their sites' content.

JOSHUA BENEGAL MARKS, 31, Marks Aviation LLC

Four months after selling MaxJet, an upscale airline ferrying business passengers to Europe, Marks started Marks Aviation LLC earlier this year. His new company buys and sells distressed airliners and re-purposes small aircraft. Three other companies that Marks has started in his young career include an Internet hosting business and an enterprise software developer. In his spare time, he's been Associate Director of the GW Aviation Institute.

 

At age 26, Bisnow Tech reporter David Stegon feels like a complete slacker for not already starting three companies. Send story tips to: david@bisnow.com or 703-674-7718.

 

 

 
 
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