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Gilt Groupe CEO Headlines Capital Connection’12 as Keynote Speaker on May 23


Leading Innovator and Successful Serial Entrepreneur, Kevin Ryan Shares
 Industry Insights and Lessons Learned

Capital Connection 2012 kicks off on May 23 with the opening keynote from trailblazing serial entrepreneur, Kevin P. Ryan.  Sharing his experience and insights from the launch of five companies in four years, the former CEO of DoubleClick will offer his views on game-changing technologies that are reshaping multiple industries. Ryan, Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, will keynote the opening session of Capital Connection’12 on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Widely-recognized as one of the nation’s leading industry innovators, Ryan launched Gilt Groupe in 2007 as an invitation-only e-commerce site of highly coveted women’s apparel and accessories offered at insider prices. This innovative e-commerce model re-invented the consumer online purchasing experience and, today, Gilt Groupe serves more than three million members. Ryan leveraged the popularity of the Gilt Groupe platform to serve as the launching pad for several business lines catering to home, children, men’s apparel and gear (GiltMAN), vacation travel (Jetsetter), local services and experiences (Gilt City) and Gilt Japan, the leading flash-sale site in Japan.

Beyond the Gilt Groupe, Ryan is also distinguished for his groundbreaking technology achievements in industry verticals including online advertising, financial media and data management. His entrepreneurial vision was fostered during his nine years as President and later Chief Executive of DoubleClick.  Ryan succeeded in growing DoubleClick from a 20-person start-up to a global industry leader with more than 1500 employees. DoubleClick was sold to a private equity firm in 2005, and later acquired by Google in 2008.  He founded the New York-based companies Business Insider, 10gen/MongoDB. Ryan currently serves as Chairman of Business Insider and 10gen/MongoDB.
“With the spotlight squarely on promoting entrepreneurs, across all stages of growth and industry sectors, hearing from an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur will set the stage for a content-rich, conference agenda that should not be missed,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association.  “The Kevin Ryan success story of an entrepreneur who has built five companies in four years and sold two will be an explosive motivator for technology-driven entrepreneurs engaged in accelerated company-building and seasoned executives looking to take their established firms to another level.”

Key features in this year’s Capital Connection and TechBUZZ conference:

• Who’s Hot:  A who’s who of “Top Tech” companies from around the country.
• What’s the BUZZ?:  The high energy, fast-pitch TechBUZZ program showcasing what’s new and fresh from Seed Stage startups.
• Easy Access: A new rate structure to make the conference accessible to a broad range of entrepreneurs, angel investors, incubators and companies across all stages of growth. 
• Opportunity to Tell the Company Story:  An unparalleled opportunity for early, growth and late stage firms to present business models for investment or showcase their success.

Capital ConnectionTM, one of the nation’s most respected industry conferences, will be held this year on May 23-24 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Registration for Capital Connection’12 with its featured innovative TechBUZZ event is now open on the conference website located at Applications are now being accepted for both TechBUZZ and Capital Connection.   Applications for Capital Connection’12 are currently being accepted, and applications for TechBUZZ are due on May 4th.

About Capital ConnectionTM
In its 25th year, Capital Connection brings together the broad community of entrepreneurial companies and potential partners to help enhance business and economic growth. Opinion leaders from business and government share their knowledge and expertise, along with leading technology companies at all growth stages who showcase their capabilities to a nationwide audience of investors, advisors, partners and entrepreneurs at the annual signature event. Launched in 2011, TechBUZZ provides start-ups and seed-stage companies center stage in spotlighting the “next big thing.” For more information and to register, go to

About TechBUZZ
TechBUZZ was launched in May 2011 as a half-day conference preceding Capital Connection in response to the growing impact start-ups and seed-stage companies are having in recent years on the investment ecosystem overall.  MAVA is dedicated to continuing to foster and celebrate this vital area of our membership by bringing together investors and entrepreneurs in a dynamic and meaningful format. TechBUZZ shines a well-deserved light on the visionary innovators and company-builders in our region who are actively developing their concepts, testing their beta or prototype products and services and pursuing a path toward market entry.