“Exit Interviews: Lessons Learned from Successful Entrepreneurs”
GEW-KC Luncheon Panel
Friday, November 16
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Town Square
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
As Global Entrepreneurship Week-Kansas City 2012 winds down, it’s time to celebrate the successes of seasoned Kansas City entrepreneurs.
Join us at the Kauffman Foundation to hear from those who have “been there, done that” about how they successfully – and profitably – exited their startups. They will share advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as a few war stories from their personal journeys. This lively panel discussion will feature Thad Langford, former president and CEO of Zave Networks, which was aquired by Google in 2011; Matt Watson of Stackify, who sold VIN Solutions to AutoTrader in 2011; and Tom DeBacco of iModules, who has been working on tech startups since the early 1980s.
Lunch is provided by the Kauffman Foundation.
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About the Panel
Peter deSilva, leader of the Big 5 Initative to make Kansas City "America's Most Entrepreneurial City," will host this panel discussion among seasoned and successful local entrepreneurs. As GEW-KC 2012 winds down, hear from founders who have "been there, done that" about how they successfully – and profitably – exited their startups. They will share advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as a few war stories from their personal journeys. This lively discussion will feature the following panelists:
Tom DeBacco, a serial technology entrepreneur, currently serves as chairman and founder of Essenza Software. Since the early 1980s, DeBacco has founded, managed, and sold several successful software companies. In 2002, he founded iModules Software, which is a leader in constituent management within the educational space. Previously, he was with startups including Innovative Software, Informix, Fox Software, Visual Components and Tidestone Technologies.
Augie Grasis, 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® in the Central Midwest Technology category, is known for his savvy business approach and industry-changing ideas. As founder and CEO of Handmark, Grasis has played an important role in defining the mobile apps industry. Handmark's subsidiary, OneLouder, is a leader in advertising-supported socially-powered mobile apps. Grasis previously founded Foresight Resources, which was acquired by Autodesk.
Thad Langford has a history of building transformative businesses within both Fortune 500 companies and early stage ventures. Most recently he served as president and CEO of Zave Networks, an early stage technology venture dedicated to closing the loop between online/mobile digital advertising and sale of the product in brick-and-mortar retail stores. Zave was acquired by Google in September 2011.
Matt Watson is the founder and CEO of Kansas City-based startup Stackify. Stackify provides a DevOps software service for software development teams. He previously co-founded and served as CTO of VinSolutions, which was sold to AutoTrader.com in May 2011.
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