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CED Annual Meeting 2014


When: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Bronto Software, Inc.
Washington Building
324 Blackwell Street, Suite 410
Durham, North Carolina  27701
United States
Jane Royall

Phone: 919-226-0638


On January 30th, 200 people gathered at Bronto Software for the CED Annual Meeting as we kicked off the New Year and our 30th Anniversary! 

Miss the event?  Find the recap here, on the Start Something Blog.




Joan Siefer Rose, President, CED (Announcing $250K Grant from NC IDEA)

Chaz Felix, Founder & COO, Bronto Software
Matt Williamson, Founder & CEO, Windsor Circle

State of the Capital Markets

  • Who is funding innovation?
  • What role do corporate VC’s play?
  • What does it all mean, for entrepreneurs and their investors?


  • Mary Dent, Co-founder, dcIQ; Former General Counsel of Silicon Valley Bank·    
  • Dan Keoppl, Executive Director, Verizon Ventures
  • David Zilberman, Venture Partner Comcast Ventures

Mary Dent
Co-founder, dcIQ,
Former General Counsel of Silicon Valley Bank

Mary is the co-founder of dcIQ, a consulting firm that helps empower entrepreneurs by providing insight into public policy issues affecting their businesses. Before forming dcIQ in August 2013, Mary served as General Counsel of Silicon Valley Bank, where among other things she launched and led an initiative focused on promoting a pro-innovation public policy environment.  Mary's experience at SVB built on her earlier work as General Counsel of the global communications satellite operator New Skies Satellites and on more than a decade in Washington, D.C., where she worked on the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and as an attorney with Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright, advising companies on spectrum policy and other issues before the Federal Communications Commission. Ms. Dent holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Dan Keoppl
Executive Director
Verizon Ventures

Dan Keoppel is Executive Director of Verizon Ventures, Verizon Communications’ venture investing program.  VerizonVentures makes direct investments in innovative startups that work with one of three major Verizon business units wireless, wireline, and enterprise services.  Dan has lead the investments in  Airborne Entertainment, Networks in Motion, Thumbplay, Entropic Networks, Medio, Loopt, FlashNetworks, Veoh, Zoove, Cellfire, ConteXtream, CardStar, Videosurf, BugLabs, Aztek Networks, SkyFire, ActionX, & Flint.   Mr Keoppel has been with Verizon and its predecessor companies, Bell Atlantic and Nynex, for 17 years where he has held a variety of corporate development and merger & acquisition positions.  Prior to Verizon, Mr. Keoppel worked at AT&T in their M&A group and at AT&T Ventures Corporation, and held various finance positions with Lucent (then AT&T) Consumer Products.    Dan has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University and a MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He is based at the Verizon Center in Basking Ridge, NJ.


David Zilberman
Venture Partner
Comcast Ventures

Dave Zilberman joined Comcast Ventures in 2006, and is responsible for identifying, executing and managing new investments predominantly within the enterprise software and services category. Dave brings a combination of operational, technical and advisory experience to bear as an investor. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures, Dave was a business development manager at Flarion Technologies, where he played a pivotal role in the company’s fundraising activities and ultimate acquisition by Qualcomm for $805M. Prior to Flarion, Dave was a communications and media M&A investment banker and asset manager at Lehman Brothers. Dave holds a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Finance from Binghamton University.  

Dave is the founder and Chairman of CTI Towers and led Comcast Ventures’ investments in Divide, DocuSign, EdgeConneX, and Vox Media.


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