SwitchPitch DC opens with an expert panel discussing the best way for established companies and entrepreneurs to structure their partnerships.
Greg Alvo is the CEO and Founder of OrderGroove, founded in 2008 with the vision of improving lifetime value and retention for eCommerce. Prior to OrderGroove, Greg held a variety of Sales and Business Development roles at Liquidation.com, a $250million B2B overstock eCommerce marketplace. Greg graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management.
Mike Brown was a founding member of comScore, Inc. in 1999. He leads the technology efforts of the company to measure Internet and Digital activities. He also has been responsible for over 20 patent applications at comScore. Prior to joining comScore in 1999, Mike worked on several different projects for companies in the Washington, DC area. In 1993, Mike cofounded the Pragmatic Image Technologies consulting group with several associates from IBM.
Ollen Douglass has served as Chief Financial Officer for The Motley Fool since 2004. During his tenure, he has played a key role in shaping the strategic direction of The Motley Fool and implementing the structure and processes necessary to grow it and achieve fiscal responsibility. Prior to joining the Fool, Ollen worked as vice president of finance for First Nationwide Mortgage, a division of California Federal Bank (now Citibank).
Devin Schain launched On Campus Marketing (OCM) as a sophomore at Penn and grew it over the next decade. After selling OCM for $18 million he started Educational Direct, an online student loan consolidator. The company became a category leader in three years with a valuation of $375 million. In 2009 he founded Campus Direct to continue building on his expertise in direct marketing within higher education, this time leveraging technology and the underutilized assets of education partners.
In 1997, Mark Walsh joined VerticalNet, a business-to-business portal provider, as its CEO. Under Walsh’s leadership, VerticalNet went public on the NASDAQ in 1999. Currently, Walsh is the managing partner of Ruxton Ventures, LLC, a private equity and investment firm he founded in early 2001. In 2005, Walsh became a senior executive fellow at the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. As of 2008, Walsh is the CEO, founder, and Chairman of GeniusRocket, a provider of crowdsourced advertising media.