Doug Humphrey is an Internet pioneer and “Father of Managed Hosting” who resides in Laurel, Maryland. Perhaps best known for co-founding Digex in 1992 with business partner Mike Doughney, Humphrey took the Internet Service Provider public and sold it in 1997 to Tampa, Florida-based Intermedia Communications Inc. WorldCom then bought Intermedia in 2001, taking control of Digex to complement its subsidiary, UUNet Technologies. It is now a part of Verizon.
Humphrey also founded broadcast media company SkyCache in 1997. This satellite communications firm focused on all types of Internet media. The name was changed to Cidera shortly before an IPO. From there, Humphrey started a 10-year run with Coloco, a colocation corporation that handled Internet hardware. He has been the CEO of Joss Heavy Industries since 2004 where he also directs the Joss Research Institute, a 501(C)3 non-profit doing scientific research in a wide array of subject areas. He also mentors startup companies at the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurs.
He also owns an ex-British Royal Navy warship, but he can tell you more about that in person.
Why Should I Come to This? What Will I Take Away?
* Learn about how Doug made it big
* Raising money and working with Angels in the DC, Maryland, Virginia Region
* Going Public - the IPO... and Getting Acquired
* "Hacking" the Board & Building your inner circle.
* What did it take to create a successful tech startup in the DC/Balt area back in 1992 and how have things changed?
* Hear about the first year / two of Digex, critical inflection points, and deal making back
* Where do you get the audacity to think you can pull off something as big as Skycache? How do you get such a big ball rolling?
* How do you convince early investors and initial customers to believe in/try something novel and new and get them to see your vision?
* What do you know today that you wish you knew back when you were starting?
* How do you keep your initial team together and on the same page while keeping morale high?
* How do you wrestle those times when things look truly grim, when you are on the edge of a cliff?
* What is Doug working on NOW and how can YOU get involved?
Registration and Details
Just $29 if you register on or before January 31, 2013. $39 after that! So sign up today if you want to attend.
Registration is limited to 60 attendees!
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