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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are created a Blockchain technology program featuring experts from industry, government and the legal community

Since the development of Bitcoin, Blockchain’s usage has expanded rapidly, encompassing the development of cryptocurrencies, ledger-based technologies, and smart contracts.

An expert panel discussed the implications of, and opportunities for innovation in the Blockchain space from industry, investor and regulatory perspectives.

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Get Industry, Investor and Regulatory Perspectives on Blockchain, Cyber Security and Fintech

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On October 18, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore, Women in Housing and Finance and the George Washington University School of Business are creating a special Blockchain technology program featuring experts from industry, government and the legal community.

Our experts will offer a program for both novices and experts in the Blockchain space, discussing the legal and regulatory landscape, as well as reviewing financial opportunities for FinTech, cyber security and software solutions providers. Our speakers will bring industry, investor and regulatory perspectives to Blockchain, Cyber Security and Fintech Spaces

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Meeta Yadav

meetaMeeta is the Chief Data Officer, Blockchain Technologies at IBM
where she leads analytics of global blockchain data that deliver
actionable business insights for top-line revenue growth and operational efficiencies. In the past Meeta was the CTO for Innovation in the middleware group at IBM and led the Emerging Technology Institute Labs.

Meeta is a computer chip designer by training and has worked on chip design of mobile processors, space mission circuits and security processors and continues to teach advanced graduate courses as an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University. Meeta is passionate about inclusive finance, human identity and early education.

Kyle Burgessimg_0005

Kyle is the Director of Operations of Consumers’ Research, America’s oldest consumer organization, where she is responsible for strategic initiatives and outreach. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization works at the intersection of policy and emerging consumer trends such as Bitcoin.

Since 2003, Kyle has worked with a range of private, public, volunteer, non-profit, and multi-national organizations, including the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. House of Representatives. She is the co-founder of two social enterprises, holds a Master’s in economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University, and is working on her MBA at Georgetown University.

img_0004Alex Acree

Alex brings to Fenway Summer Ventures significant experience advising financial institutions and investment funds and holding senior leadership positions in early-stage companies.

Immediately prior to joining the company, Alex was an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he advised financial institutions on a wide range of legal and regulatory matters in connection with business combinations, reorganizations and capital markets transactions, Dodd-Frank Act implementation, corporate governance and compliance issues. Alex also regularly advised sponsors in connection with the formation and management of private investment funds.

Earlier in his career, Alex held a series of senior positions at early-stage companies, with responsibilities including financial modeling, budgeting, business development, strategy, and operations.

Alex is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an MBA from Yale School of Management, where he focused on corporate finance and operations. While at Yale, Alex was a director of a student clinic that helped to launch a denovo bank to serve financially underserved communities around New Haven, CT.

Derek Tiffany img_0003

Derek Tiffany is a Technical Manager at 3Pillar Global. He holds technical responsibility for the implementation and delivery of a blockchain-based solution called GX-COIN. GX-COIN is a cryptocurrency and market (http://gx-coin.com) which currently has over 15,000 registered traders.

In addition to implementation, Derek also assists 3Pillar clients in validating and defining their blockchain strategies prior to execution. He has also contributed to ongoing open source blockchain-based projects. Derek has spent over 20 years as a developer in the Washington, DC area at both professional services and product companies.

Brian Hoffman, CEO, Open Bazaar, Darrell Duane, Jason Dispenza , E2F2 and Soles.io and Allen Pulsifer, CEO, CredaCash Software Solutions bring an industry perspective to the discussion and talk about opportunities for companies and entrepreneurs in the Blockchain space.

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Dear Friends of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore,

Matthew Falls - President
Matthew Falls – President

A core group of dedicated volunteers is rebuilding the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore to be a great organization. We are revamping our programming, recruiting new volunteers and building our membership lists.

We need your help.

You have been involved in the past and I know I have seen a few of you at recent events. This summer we will be holding open planning sessions for the 2016-2017 year. We’d love to have you back!

Have some fun this summer, meet some interesting people and make an impact on the Capital region entrepreneurial community!

Email me, call me, let us know what interests you!

Matt

Matthew Falls
Chapter President
MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington and Baltimore
302-500-1640

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Patents Bring Competitive Advantages

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Andrew J. Polcha, Mentor Program Chair and CEO, <a href="http://www.worldpipe.tv">WORLDPIPE</a>
Andrew J. Polcha, Mentor Program Chair and CEO, WORLDPIPE

If you are the founder of a local company and if you have software products or projects under development, and you have failed to pursue any patents, then you will want to attend the event on May 24th, Making Sense of Intellectual Property for Software Companies.

You can’t build too much value and the rules at the USPTO  have changed since March 16, 2013 from first to invent to first to fileSee here for details. At the very least, find out what you can and can’t do.

If you have competition in the market; maybe your competition has not filed patents either? Get informed for “who was first to conceive the idea” no longer matters as much as the first to file at the USPTO. Don’t lose out because you don’t know the facts. Get the facts and talk to the experts and I’ll see you on the 24th.

As many of you know, in my volunteer life, I run the Mentor Program for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington, DC and Baltimore. (MITEF) In doing so, I get the privilege of meeting many of the founders within the area’s early stage start-up community. Being located in DC/VA/MD, in close proximity to the federal government, it is no surprise that lot’s of technology innovations and start-up efforts converge on our nation’s capital.

In my position at MITEF, I hear a lot of elevator pitches and business descriptions from start-up founders; with most entrepreneurs I meet being focused on Internet and managed services, cyber-security, mobile and social media applications. Of all these market segments mentioned, most, if not all, of the start-up companies within these sectors are creating a single software application as their companies’ flagship product.

Founders I speak with often say, “I am not the only company doing this (in this space) within the market…” When meeting someone new at one of our events and in trying to understand their business venture; one of the first questions I ask: “Do you have any patents?”. Probing about patents early in the conversation with founders is in the forefront in my thought process because I am definitely a firm believer in competitive advantage in business.

Now, if you ask any attorney, they’d be right in telling you, as general advice, that you can’t patent software or applications. So, many founders hear this advice and go-on to build their companies and build their software products; thinking legal pursuit of IP is an inaccessible path for them… As it is true, you can’t file a patent on software BUT you may file a patent on the innovation the software does or performs… I’ll say no more and leave the discussion to the experts at Fish and Richardson P.C.

Learn From Patent Experts – Register Here

One of my favorite business quotes about competitive advantage comes from Warren Buffet: “The key to investing is not how much an industry will affect society or grow, but rather its competitive advantage and the durability of that advantage…”

To me, a patent means a big legal competitive advantage to any business, especially to a start-up; and the durability of that legal business advantage is greater than 20 years.

Our Speakers:

Jeremy Monaldo                                              Nick Jepsen

Making Sense of Intellectual Property for Software Companies

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headshot 2-4-16Software companies are often unaware of the Intellectual Property assets they have developed. The question of what software innovations can be patented can lead the developer to the conclusion that it is too costly and complicated to protect these assets.

In our next event, Making Sense of Intellectual Property for Software Companies, we will show entrepreneurs what they need to know about protecting Intellectual Property.

  • Discover what it takes to patent software innovations under the current landscape;
  • Learn what you can do to maximize the value of your Intellectual Property;
  • Talk directly to Intellectual Property experts about your situation and,
  • Create value for your company by knowing the facts

You have a great idea that can change the world. One that people will surely want to buy. And one that others may want to copy or imitate. What should you do to protect your innovation – and when? What are your risks for doing nothing? And what are your trade-offs?

If these questions keep you up at night, you won’t want to miss the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC’s program about innovation, patents, and the law.  You’ll get powerful insight from experienced attorneys and entrepreneurs. You’ll learn the answers to important questions that every entrepreneur should know, such as, what is the Supreme Court’s Alice Standard, and what are the most common misconceptions about patents? You’ll also have the opportunity to ask your own questions at our Roundtable Discussion.

Register here to join us on May 24th for this outstanding program!