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Michael R. Lincoln
Cooley Godward, LLP

Michael R. Lincoln




Michael R. Lincoln is a partner in the Cooley Godward law firmís business department. His practice focuses on venture capital, public and private offerings, mergers and acquisitions and the representation of high-technology and emerging growth companies in industry sectors ranging from software and telecommunications to the Internet and e-commerce.

Mr. Lincoln serves on the Advisory Board and the Resource Development Committee of the Medical Care for Children Partnership and is a member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. He also serves as the co-manager of his class for the University of Virginia School of Law, and formerly served as a Commissioner on the Virginia Charitable Gaming Commission. Mr. Lincoln teaches a course on emerging growth companies and venture capital at the University of Virginia School of Law.


Esther Smith
The Poretz Group
Esther Smith, Principal
An experienced CEO and corporate board member, she is a business publishing pioneer, having founded both TechNews Inc., now Post-newsweek Business Information Inc., publishers of Washington Technology and TechCapital magazine; and the Washington Business Journal. She remains an advisor to TechCapital and also to Alley Cat News. Esther maintains a wide network throughout the technology industry among industry analysts, policy makers, innovators and executives.

An internet strategist, she is an advisor to the Netpreneur Program of the Potomac KnowledgeWay and to Mindshare. She also is an advisor to the Women's Growth Capital Fund, Washington, DC; Novak-Biddle Venture Partners, Reston, VA; and is a member of the senior advisory board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. In 1997 she was Washington's Business Woman of the Year and earlier was named to Washingtonian magazine's list of Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women.


Jamey Harvey 
Jamey Harvey
Jamey Harvey, CEO
Jamey Harvey launched Digital Addiction (DA), an industry-leading creator of Internet play communities. During his three years as DA's president and CEO, Harvey assembled an award-winning product development team and led funding, marketing, public relations, and business-development efforts. Harvey also pioneered DA's viral marketing patent applications and concepts that underlie iKimbo's technology. Digital Addiction's innovative game community ( and e-commerce solutions have been frequently featured in leading publications and media, such as CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, and Yahoo Internet Life, along with numerous entertainment publications.

Before DA, Harvey founded Inverse Ink, the leading, interactive comic book company, where he oversaw production, marketing, and licensing of its award-winning CD-ROM and online comic books, including "Superman," "Batman," and "The Tick." With his proceeds from the sale of Inverse Ink, Harvey founded Digital Addiction. Previously Harvey was a marketing manager and public relations associate at Borland International. Harvey holds a B.A. degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Jonathan P. Shames Partner,
Ernst & Young

Jonathan P. Shames

Jonathan P. Shames , Partner
Jon is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of Ernst & Young and is the leader of the firmís Mid-Atlantic area Technology, Communications and Entertainment practice.  He has extensive experience serving technology companies that have ranged from startups to AOL.  His current clients include companies such as Digex,,, Roku, Global Internet Venture Fund, Capital Investors and the Washington Capitals.

Jon is chairperson of the Finance Committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and on the board of directors/steering committee of the following organizations:  Mindshare, Mason Enterprise Center, CEO Team Solutions, Mid-Atlantic Venture Fair/Capital Connection 2000, Springboard 2000, Agnition and Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.  He is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Virginia State Society of CPAs.  Jon has a BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance from New York University.  He lives in Great Falls with his wife and three children.


Patty Abramson, Managing Director,
Women's Growth Capital Fund
Patty Abramson, Managing Director
Patty Abramson co-founded the Women's Growth Capital Fund in 1997. Ms. Abramson manages the Fund on a day-to-day basis, seeks investment opportunities, and works with portfolio companies. She is also responsible for maintaining ongoing communications with limited partners and coordinating the participation of the financial and business advisors who provide professional assistance to the Fund.

Ms. Abramson has over 25 years of diversified business experience with a strong emphasis on marketing and communications and the development of small business. 

A former delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, Ms. Abramson has been named the Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration. She has been an officer or served on the Boards of numerous education, women's and social advocacy organizations. Her current civic responsibilities include the Capital Area YMCA, Samaritan Inns, International Women's Forum, Leadership Washington and the DCJCC.

Ms. Abramson currently serves on the Board of Directors of


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