Patents, Innovators and Venture Capital

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An engaging and diverse discussion on the importance of patents for early-stage ventures and raising capital, presented by Startups Ignite, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Patent Portfolio Builders and Nova Labs.

Join us on November 16th for a night of cheering new ventures pitching, listening to a panel discuss the hot topic of the relevance of IP protection in early stage startups and getting venture capital, visit exhibiting booths – see some demos, and mix and mingle at the social & get to know the startup ecosystem here in the Capital Region.

Presenting Innovators

  •  Recoverable Biometrics – adds a software or hardware layer between the biometric data and the reader device. This layer creates a recoverable biometric identity.
  • MathJab – helps you stay on top of your game for advanced mathematics.
  •  herDomain – provides low to middle income women opportunities to advance through coding bootcamps and professional development training.

Meet Our Experts

Kirsten Johnson – Attorney at Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC
Ms. Johnson helps clients with Patent prosecution and client counseling, including portfolio strategy and management of U.S., international (PCT), and foreign patent applications, due diligence, and freedom-to-operate analysis

Edgar Harrell – Managing Partner, Harrell Capital Partners, LLC. Mr. Harrell is Managing Partner, Harrell Capital Partners, LLC, a family owned early stage equity investor in seed and early IT and biotech companies. Harrell Capital Partners LLC has invested in 13 early stage software companies, and he personally has invested in 11 companies.

Lokesh Kumar – CoFounder and VP of Tech, Urgent.ly. Lokesh Kumar is serving as Cofounder & VP of Tech at Urgent.ly. Prior to this he has served as Director, Software Development at Director of Software Development at Videology Group from March 2013 till March 2014.

Steve Dubois – Managing Partner, Patent Portfolio Builders. Steve has over 25 years of experience working with patents and technology, including every aspect of the patent lifecycle from idea harvesting. Steve provides counseling and advice to a number of different companies from startups to Fortune 100s.

Agenda

• 6:00 pm – Networking / Registration
• 6:30 pm – Community updates and appreciation
• 6:40 pm – Panel Discussion
• 7:20 pm – Founder’s recent journey
• 7:30 pm – Startup Pitches
• 8:10 pm – Startup Social

Innovation Defensibility and Venture Capital

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An engaging and diverse discussion on the importance of patents for early-stage ventures and raising capital.  

On November 16, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore and Startups-Ignite will present Innovation Defensibility and Venture Capital. This event will be hosted at 1916 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, VA 20190.

Area patent attorneys and investors will discuss the importance of Patents in early stage ventures. This very interesting and diverse discussion will focus on issues such as:

 Patent portfolio strategy (how to prioritize in view of limited resources)

Expedited examination under USPTO Track-1 program (helpful to obtain patents faster, in preparation for investment rounds)

Foreign filing – do you need it? How to decide which countries?

IP ownership issues

Freedom-to-operate (how/when to analyze competitor IP)

Access a network of visionaries paving the future of Tech. Open seats for this event are limited. Secure yours today.

Agenda
• Nov 16th 6:00 pm – Networking / Registration
• Nov 16th 6:30 pm – Community updates and appreciating
• Nov 16th 6:40 pm – Panel Discussion
• Nov 16th 7:20 pm – Founder’s recent journey

 

Be Part of the Future of Tech: Join us!

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Dear Friends of MIT Enterprise Forum DC-Baltimore,

Matthew Falls – President

It was nice to meet all of you at our event, Artificial Intelligence:Getting Down to the Binary at 1776 in Crystal City last week.

Co-hosted with Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section, we had a terrific turnout of the audience and impressive presentations featuring David A. Bray, Ph.D., JT Kostman, Ph.D., and Dipto Chakravarty, who shared with us unique perspectives about the exponential growth in technology, potential social impact from AI, and perspectives from venture capitalists.

Since 1981, the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) has stimulated local economies through innovation, entrepreneurship, and fostering a special community.

This community is composed of game-changers, thought-leaders, futurists, entrepreneurs, and above all, members like you who are equipped with endless curiosity and the drive to be impactful. As a Forum, we strive our best to help you to explore big ideas, discuss the impact and connect to the thought leaders by programs and event hosting.

If you find our events valuable, join us in the upcoming ones and refer us to your network. Our open membership seats are limited. Secure yours today.

 

 

 

See Into the Future of Tech: Artificial Intelligence

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See into the future of tech.

Explore big ideas, discuss the impact and rise of emerging technologies. Get involved, connect, and expand your digital horizon to see what’s around the bend.

On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

Access a network of visionaries paving the future of Artificial Intelligence. Open seats for this event are limited. Secure yours today.

 

Artificial intelligence: An Investor’s Overview

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On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

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We recently had a chance to sit down with our friend Dipto Chakravarty to get his perspective on investment trends in artificial intelligence and the vertical markets that are attracting funding. His thoughts are below:

“A specific investment trend for Artificial intelligence in the investment market through my lens is twofold.

1. Venture Capitalists are going after Artificial Intelligence applications in vertical markets
2. Private Equity Firms are pivoting their portfolio companies to Artificial Intelligence as an extender.

Generally, Venture Capitalists’ favorite vertical markets for Artificial Intelligence consists of healthcare, cybersecurity and finance. This investment appetite resulted in over 200 startups using Artificial Intelligence as the backbone of their product or service, and they raised $1.5B in funding last year.

The Year-over-year trend has followed the unreal hockey stick spike growing from $3 billion in 2015 to $5 billion in 2016 to almost $10 billion before ending this year.

The Artificial Intelligence sub-segments include two categories:

1. pure-play platforms – machine learning, deep learning, virtual assistants, and recommendation engines.
2. applications – gesture control, computer vision, smart robots, content recognition and natural language processing.

The most popular buzzwords every startup touts, and every investor listens to, are Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Both parties use them interchangeably.

Simply stated, Artificial Intelligence is the science of machine carrying out tasks as prosthesis of the human brain. Machine Learning is an application of Artificial Intelligence giving machines access to data, training machines on models and letting them learn for themselves.

The second most popular buzzword startups and investors both tout are Deep Learning and Machine Learning. Just as Machine Learning takes the core ideas of broader Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning takes the broader ideas of Machine Learning and applies it to solve any problem that requires “thought” – artificial or human.

As of 2017, Deep Learning is eating machine learning. Deep Learning may look fuzzy today, but it will be taught like chemistry tomorrow.”

About Dipto Chakravarty

Dipto Chakravarty is the author of three best-selling books on computer architecture and cybersecurity from McGraw-Hill and Wiley that have been translated in five languages. He has 11 patents to his credit in Artificial Intelligence, security and cloud, holds a B.S and M.S in Computer Science and Elec Engineering from U. of Maryland, GMP from Harvard Business School and EMBA from Wharton School, U. Penn.

Currently, he is the CTO at Exostar. In this role, Dipto leads the R&D and product development while focusing on building a differentiated technology portfolio to help customers solve their most difficult problems around secure collaboration in their hybrid IT infrastructure with mobility and IoT.

He previously served at the SVP/GM at CA Technologies, and EVP of Products at ThreatTrack, and earlier as the general manager for SaaS Cloud Security at Novell. Dipto has been an executive at four public companies (CA, IBM, NOVL, TRI) and four entrepreneurial startups to date with successful exits.

 

 

 

Exploring Artificial Intelligence

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On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development,

Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present:

Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary

  • We’ve assembled a panel of leading AI Practitioners and Investors to better understand how AI will impact our lives;
  • Our panel will discuss real-world applications and implications of AI, the current gaps in technology AND where are the likely exploitable opportunities for innovation, investment and business development;
  • We have recruited the area’s foremost Venture Capitalists to discuss the most promising AI Technologies that are attracting investors;
    Members and guests will have the opportunity to network with the area’s experts in this emerging market;
  • Regulators and scientists will discuss the Government’s interest in AI, how it will shape policy, and the impact these world-changing technologies will have on all of us.

Register here

This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

Agenda

5:30 – 6:15PM Registration and Networking
6:30 – 7:15PM Dr. JT Kostman What Is Reality With AI?
7:15 – 8:00PM Dr. David Bray How Can Government Benefit From AI
8:00 – 8:50PM Panel Discussion What are the Most Promising AI Technologies Attracting Investors?
8:50 – 9:15PM Post Event Networking

 

 

Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary

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Listen to experts like Dr. JT Kostman, Dr. David Bray, Dr. Ash Rofail and technology investors discuss the present opportunities in the Artificial Intelligence space, the government’s role, and which Artificial Intelligence technologies are attracting investors.

Video of Our Blockchain Event is up!

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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.

View the video here

 

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

Register For This Program Here

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.

We’ve Missed You!

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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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