a former software entrepreneur, is chairman of the Morino Institute,
chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners, and a special partner
at the private equity
investment firm General Atlantic Partners.
Mario’s leadership, the Morino Institute works to enhance the
lives of children of low-income families by helping to foster
innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that
serve their needs. Founded in 1994, the Morino Institute
operates as a catalyst organization, launching entrepreneurial
nonprofit organizations to put ideas into action.
organizations created and incubated by the Morino Institute
Philanthropy Partners, which provides sustained financial and
management assistance to boost the strength and impact of
youth-focused organizations; the Netpreneur program, a learning
community dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship in the
National Capital region; the YouthLearn Initiative, which
provides tools and resources to strengthen technology-enriched
learning programs and is now run by the Massachusetts-based
Education Development Center, Inc.; the
Youth Development Collaborative Pilot, which helped
create networked learning centers in low-income neighborhoods of
the District of Columbia; and the
an organization that worked in the mid-1990’s to build the
National Capital region’s potential as a technology power in
the global economy.
establishing the Morino Institute, Mario enjoyed a 30-year
career in the information technology industry during its
developing years. In 1973, he co-founded Morino Associates, a
software firm that merged with another firm in 1989 to become
LEGENT Corporation. LEGENT
was acquired in 1995 in what was then the largest transaction in
the computer software and services industry.
serves as a trustee of Case Western
Reserve University, The Brookings Institution, and The Community
Foundation for the National Capital Region; and as a
commissioner of the National Commission on Entrepreneurship.
honors and awards include: induction into the Washington
Business Hall of Fame (2001), National Ernst and Young Supporter
of Entrepreneurship (2000), Washingtonian magazine’s
Washingtonian of the Year (1999), American Academy of
Achievement’s Golden Plate Award (1999), Greater Washington
Area Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (1998), and KPMG
High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year (1993).
is the founder and a Managing
Director of Core Capital.
Prior to forming Core, Mr. Silver was President of Commonwealth Holdings, Inc., a diversified private investment company with interests in financial and professional services, communications and the health and fitness industries. Earlier, Mr. Silver was a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Tiger Management, one of the nation's largest and most successful hedge funds. Mr. Silver was a member of Tiger's Management Committee, the group responsible for the firm's overall portfolio. Mr. Silver led investments in the media and communications industries, and, as COO, was responsible for the firm's advanced technology and administrative functions. Prior to joining Tiger, Mr. Silver was Executive Vice President of John Blair Communications, the nation's second largest television marketing and sales organization, and Chief Operating Officer of Tucker Communications a publisher of weekly newspapers. Mr. Silver began his business career as an associate at McKinsey and Company, an international management consulting firm.
Mr. Silver has also held a number of senior positions in the public sector. From 1992 to 1995, he served as senior policy advisor to both the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
Mr. Silver is on the Board of the EarthSat Corporation, CorrFlex Display and Packaging, Core Communications, and Quantum Photonics, Inc. He is also on the non-profit boards of the Federation of American Scientists, American Forests and the Arena Stage Theater. He has been a columnist for the American City Business Journals and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Mr. Silver is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a graduate degree in public policy from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. In addition, he did doctoral coursework at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He received both a Fulbright Fellowship and a Rotary Graduate Fellowship.
Mr. Silver is married and lives in Washington, D.C.
Previous work included senior positions at PRC, TRW and other information technology firms. He has also been authorized as a Lead Software Capability Evaluator for the software Capability Maturity Model (CMM) by the Software Engineering Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.
Andrew J. Sherman, Esq.
Andrew J. Sherman, Esq.
is an internationally-recognized authority on the legal and
strategic aspects of entrepreneurship and business growth.
A summary of his accomplishments include:
Mr. Sherman is a senior partner with McDermott, Will & Emery, an international law firm with over 900 lawyers worldwide, where he manages a multi-million dollar corporate and transactional practice representing Fortune 1000 corporations as well as hundreds of technology-driven, netcentric and rapidly growing businesses. He chairs the firm’s regional Emerging Business and Technology practice group as well as chairs the firm’s international Franchising, Licensing and Distribution group. His current and previous clients include Intel, Apple Computer, America On-Line (AOL), Texaco, Panasonic, Revlon, General Dynamics, Beatrice Foods, Sanyo, GAF, Owens-Corning, Shell Oil, Sears, Metrocall, Bankers Trust, Household Finance Corporation, Pritzker Organization (Hyatt Hotels), MarchFirst (Whittman-Hart and CKS/USWeb), the Western Professional Hockey League and the Great Lakes Baseball League.
He is the author of eleven (11) books on business growth, capital formation and the leveraging of intellectual property, including the best-selling and critically-acclaimed Raising Capital (Kiplingers, 2000), The Complete Guide to Running and Growing Your Business, (Random House, 1997) and Franchising and Licensing: Two Ways to Build Your Business, (2nd edition) (AMACOM Books, 1999).He has appeared as a guest and a commentator on all of the major television networks as well as CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” CNN’s “Day Watch,”, CNNfn’s “For Entrepreneurs Only,” and Bloomberg’s “Small Business Weekly” and various other regional and local television broadcasts as well as national and local radio interviews for National Public Radio (NPR), Business News Network (BNN), Bloomberg Radio, AP Radio Network, Talk America Radio Network and the USA Radio Network, as a resource on capital formation, entrepreneurship and technology development.
He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programs at the University of Maryland for eleven (11) years and at Georgetown University for six (6) years where he teaches courses on Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, Growth Strategies and New Venture Financing, and has won various teaching awards including the Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000.He serves as General Counsel to several of the nation and region’s leading entrepreneurship organizations, including the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO), the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Let’s Talk Business Network (LTBN) and the Morino Institute’s Netpreneur program, since the inception of these organizations. He was one of the co-founders of the Washington, D.C. regional chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and serves on the Inner Circle and as a key advisor to the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland.
Mr. Sherman is a frequent author and serves as a resource for articles in a wide variety of the nation’s leading magazines, newspapers and websites including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Inc., Nation’s Business, Success, the Washington Post, Forbes, My Business, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, Money, Legal Times, Washington Business Journal, Crain’s, Entrepreneur, CNNfn.com, Inc.com, Fortune.com, Office.com, MSNBC.com, and the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership’s EntreWorld.org web sites.Mr. Sherman is the Chairman of the Professional Advisory Board of the National Commission on Entrepreneurship (NCE), the Chairman of the Technology and Innovation Committee for the Washington Board of Trade’s Potomac Conference, serves on the Board of Directors of Youth Services America, the Research Institute for Small and Emerging Businesses (RISE Business), NFTE (Former Chairman 1993-1995), YEO, the Washington Business Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board, Inc. Magazine’s Business Consulting Services Advisory Board, the Opportunity International Board of Governors, the Gazelles/Masters of Business Dynamics Advisory Board and serves on the advisory boards of several business incubators and early-stage and rapidly-growing technology companies.
He is a frequent national and international lecturer at business conferences where he has delivered speeches and lead seminars on entrepreneurship, capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, the protection and leveraging of intellectual property and business planning for organizations such as Inc. Magazine (Growing Your Company, Capital Formation and CEO Symposium Conferences), the Association of Financial Professionals, the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, the National Restaurant Association, iBreakfast.com, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the New York Venture Group, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Netpreneur.org, the Baltimore-Washington Venture Group, the National Association of Credit Managers, PC Expo, the International Franchise Association, Microsoft’s Small Business Crossing Seminar Series, the Regional Investment Bankers Association, the Association for Corporate Growth, the American Management Association and the Council for Growing Companies.He is the developer and lecturer for several different business growth courses and seminar series, including serving as the author of two workbooks and videos for Kiplinger’s, entitled Growing Your Business and Corporate Transition Management and Exit Strategies, as well as a four-part cyber-conference and workbook on Mergers and Acquisitions for the Association of Financial Professionals, a seminar series on Strategies for Protecting Your Intellectual Property for Padgett-Thompson, a series of conferences on Growth-Oriented Distribution Strategies for the American Management Association and a series of conferences on Strategies for Doing Business Abroad for the International Franchise Association.
Finke is a veteran leader and manager of technology
start-ups. He brings to Yafo more than 20 years of high-tech and
start-up experience, including senior management positions at
large and small companies. As president and CEO of Entropic
Inc., Mr. Finke led one of the world's leading specialists in
speech recognition software. Entropic was acquired by Microsoft
in November 1999.
In 1993, Mr. Finke was appointed CEO of Performance Technologies, a Richardson, Texas-based startup. He led the introduction of the Instant Internet, one of the first routers targeted at the small office/home office market. Performance was acquired by Bay Networks in 1996. As vice president of IP services at Bay Networks from 1996 to 1999, Mr. Finke led the introduction of critical new networking technologies including virtual private networks and voice over IP.
Mr. Finke holds bachelors and masters degrees in engineering and business.
Tim H. Meyers
Mr. Meyers is a General Partner with Updata Venture Partners. Tim joined Updata Venture Partners in 2000 from The Morino Group (TMG), where, as President, he managed a portfolio of more than $200 million in public and private investments.
While at TMG, he oversaw a number of direct investments including Proxicom (bought by Dimension Data) and Image Communications (bought by iXL). Tim also designed and oversaw the completion of the 11600 Sunrise project, a 153,000 square foot Internet and technology incubator located in Reston, Virginia. He was also responsible for overseeing a venture fund portfolio of more than $100+ million. He is has been on the Board of Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and has been a Program Chairman of its investment fair the last two years. Previously, he was CFO of the Brandon Company, a real estate investment firm, and a CPA with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells involved in structuring and evaluating LBO and M&A transactions. Tim sits on the board for ObjectVideo, one of UVP's investments, is also on the board and is past chair of the Medical Care for Children's Partnership, a non-profit providing healthcare to the children of the working poor.
Chief Executive Officer
is the Chief Executive Officer of ObjectVideo. Since joining the
company Ms. Conti has re-focused the resources and operations of
ObjectVideo to become the leader of computer vision solutions
for the high-growth video surveillance market. Ms. Conti has
been involved in high technology and services for more than 20
years, and has established herself as a successful entrepreneur
and executive leader. In 1994 she founded Aurora Enterprise
Solutions (AES), a firm specializing in enterprise security
solutions and services. With facilities in 3 states, Ms Conti
expanded the company to support both government and commercial
contracts. In 1991, the company was sold for $18M in cash and
incentives to Ubizen, a global provider of Managed Security
Solutions. Ms. Conti also held positions as Vice President of
E-Business Solutions for DynCorp Systems and Solutions and was
the responsible for the DARPA Acoustic Warfare Integration
program while at SAIC. Ms. Conti is a board member for a number
of high tech companies and she has been featured twice in the
Wall Street Journal for her thought leadership in the security
and entrepreneurial field.