Brian is currently the COO of Startup Grind. He has over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. Experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise collaborative web products and services. Has started three previous startups, including one that had $17 million in revenues. Previously worked for AOL and Merrill Lynch. Is a CMUer.
Elyssa Rae is a co-community manager for Startup Grind DC, where she enjoys connecting aspiring entrepreneurs to seasoned veterans. During the day, she works in public relations and corporate communications, specializing in consumer tech, entrepreneurial tech and corporate philanthropy. She previously lived in Beijing, where she helped launch Girls in Tech China, a startup working to foster female entrepreneurship and innovation.
Nick Lavezzo is cofounder and COO of FoundationDB, which is an industrial strength NoSQL database with a data model similar to Google’s Spanner and F1 projects (which run AdWords).
FoundationDB is the only DC startup that is angel funded by the famous Ron Conway’s SV Angel fund.
FoundationDB raised $17MM Series A from west-coast firm Sutter Hill Ventures and CrunchFund.
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