Growing Pains – Lessons Learned in Startup Operations

We often learn about the startup that achieved phenomenal growth in the first few years. Most of the articles and talks focus on success factors. Helpful stuff, but this program goes deeper by exploring lessons learned in scaling operations. Not only what went right, but what went wrong. Which risks were recognized, and which ones weren’t? How were the problems addressed?

  • By attending this program, you’ll have a rare opportunity to learn about three successful start-ups companies, explore their technology, and meet the CEO’s who are leading them to market.
  • Entrepreneurs will gain important insights straight from CEO’s who can look back and share their experiences running high-growth startups.
  • Bring your concerns and questions, because we’ll cover everything – from product innovation to technology to finance to development to staffing to customer support.
  • No topic about startups is out of bounds. Our speakers and panelists reveal do’s and don’ts you can’t afford to miss.

Meet the CEO’s

You will meet successful CEO’s of startups including James Quigley, CEO of GoCanvas, Cherian Thomas, Founder and CEO of Spotluck Inc. and Todd Walrath, founder and CEO of CareSave Technologies which is doing business as

JWQ_NewJames Quigley is the visionary behind Canvas,a platform for creating and editing your own mobile apps (forms). Users capture information electronically on a smartphone, tablet or PC and send it to customers, colleagues, or partners in seconds.

James says the goal of the company is, “To dynamically change how business data is shared and how people connect.”  Data that once had a short shelf-life, he says, can now be stored, accessed and shared across multiple platforms, time zones, geographies and with users throughout a company’s ecosystem. “The mobile technology revolution that Canvas is leading,” James says, “Is disrupting the status quo for how business gets done around the globe.”

Cherian-Thomas-150x150Cherian Thomas is Chairman and CEO of Spotluck, Inc. The Spotluck mobile platform, currently ranked as the #1 “dining” app on the iTunes App Store, brings yield management to the restaurant industry by providing real-time incentives to the best local restaurants (“spots”) in the community.

Spotluck’s gamified user experience makes dining fun for users while their proprietary software maximizes restaurant profits through exclusive smart discounts that change based on day, time, weather and other factors that affect restaurant occupancy.  It’s a win-win platform that satisfies the belly and wallet for users and the bottom line for restaurants.

todd walrathTodd Walrath is founder and CEO of, a community of Professional Caregivers that are 100% background checked. helps match families and Professional Caregivers and provide tools for them to communicate. In addition, their technology enables scheduling, invoicing, and billing, making care more affordable and easier to manage for families. gives families assurance that they have access to quality care for their loved ones when it is needed most.

Event Details

Location: George Washington University, Washington, DC / Duques Hall, room 453

Date: April 6, 2016


6:30 pm – 7:00 Networking and registration

7:00 – 8:00 Program: Growing Pains – Lessons Learned in Startup Operations – 3 CEO presentations

8:00 – 9:00 Panel discussion and Q&A

9:00 – 9:30 Post-event networking





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