Holiday Luncheon 20162017-06-12T14:30:47+00:00


A Time to Come Together

Celebrating the Stars in our Community

December 8th

Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner, VA

11:00: Registration, Networking Reception
12:00: Luncheon & Program

Celebrating Company Success

The Story of Opower

Dan Yates
former CEO and Founder


Senior Vice President of Strategy, Delivery and Marketing
Oracle Utilities

Dan Yates is Senior Vice President of Strategy, Delivery, and Marketing, for Oracle Utilities, where he is responsible for Oracle’s cloud and software development strategy for the utility industry. Prior to joining Oracle Dan was CEO of Opower, a company he founded in 2007, took public in 2014, and sold to Oracle in 2016 for over $530 million. Under his leadership Opower was one of the fastest growing enterprise SaaS companies in the world. The company was cited as an example of innovation and success by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron, and was named to Fortune’s “Change the World” list of companies that have made a sizeable impact on global challenges. Dan has been recognized as one of the leading SaaS CEOs through honors such as Washington Business Journal’s Power 100, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year®, Fortune’s “40 under 40,” and Washingtonian’s “Tech Titans.” Dan and his co-founder at Opower, Alex Laskey, were named to the inaugural edition of the Business Insider 100: The Creators list of business visionaries creating value for the world. Prior to Opower, he was founder and CEO of Edusoft, an educational software company that provided assessment platforms to US public school districts. He sold the 150-person, $20M company to publisher Houghton Mifflin in 2004. Dan received his BA in Computer Science, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard.

Celebrating a Life Well-Lived
Harry Weller

A Conversation about
Embracing the Challenge to Pursue Big Ideas
Led by:

Dan Yates, Founder of Opower,
Patrick Kerins, Special Partner, NEA
Phil Bronner, CEO and Founder, Quad Learning
Marc Solomon, CMO ThreatQuotient

This year, in addition to our traditional recognition and celebration of key company successes of the year and updates from our recent TechBUZZ Alumni, MAVA invited our members and extended business community to join together to remember and celebrate the life of our friend and colleague, Harry Weller.

To convey our community’s support for Harry’s legacy, MAVA donated $25 on behalf of each luncheon guest to the Harry Weller Big Ideas Fund a charitable giving program established by NEA with Harry’s wife Rachel.

About the Fund:
Harry’s boundless energy, intellectual curiosity and passion for entrepreneurship were an inspiration to many and an invaluable asset to those fortunate enough to work alongside him. With this fund, NEA will commemorate those hallmark traits by supporting organizations and causes committed to advancing education, innovation and entrepreneurship. For more information on the Harry Weller Big Idea Fund, click here.


Celebrating a Bright Future for our Community

Please join us to celebrate all that makes our community great. Enjoy a premier networking reception & lunch with MAVA’s active investors, advisors and entrepreneurs. Hear updates from our 2016 TechBUZZ Alumni. Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

This event is always a highlight on the MAVA calendar – a festive gathering for our MAVA members and open to our extended community. Be sure to invite your colleagues and clients to join us for this great end-of-year celebration.

Celebrating a Vibrant Community

Thank you for joining us to celebrate all that makes our community great.

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