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World class company founders who started from scratch & blazed a trail to $100 million success share key insights and ingredients that made their companies successful, as well as the challenges and failures they faced along the way.
Mahendra Vora, Founder, Intelliseek & SecureIT
Mahendra Vora is the founder and Managing Director of Vora Ventures, a unique technology holding group in Cincinnati region, Mr. Vora brings 22+ years of experience as an information technology executive and dynamic motivator. He has helped co-found and sell multiple successful technology ventures to Fortune 500 companies including Intelliseek (now Nielsen Buzzmetrics), SecureIT (now part of VeriSign) and Pioneer Systems (now part of Unisys). Mr. Vora is also the founder and creator of the Vora Technology Park, one of the most advanced technology parks in the country.
Ken Hunt, CEO & Founder, VASCO
T. KENDALL "KEN" HUNT -- Ken is Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: vdsi). www.vasco.com VASCO is a multinational corporation, doing business in over 120 countries, which develops and sells strong authentication products used to protect users doing online transactions over the Internet. These products are offered "on-premise" at our customers’ locations, or as a service, "In the Cloud." VASCO’s most significant market is banking and finance with over 1,700 of the world’s leading financial institutions as customers. Total customer count, including healthcare, businesses of all types, government, Internet and others, exceeds 10,000. VASCO has shipped over 100 million Digipass security credentials since its inception. He serves, or has served, on several Advisory Boards at prestigious universities, including the University of Miami Board of Trustees, the President’s Council, the Board of Overseers for Miami’s School of Business, and the MMM Dual Graduate Degree Program for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. He was recently named by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to the newly-formed Illinois Innovation Council. He earned a BBA from the University of Miami, Florida, and an MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, where he was recently honored with the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Ken and his wife currently reside in Zurich, Switzerland, but maintain their primary residence in Oak Park, Illinois.
Rishi Shah, CEO & Founder, ContextMedia
Rishi Shah, CEO and Founder of ContextMedia, has been an entrepreneur since birth. At the age of 12, he established his own home computer consulting firm, which was later acquired by Best Buy. He founded ContextMedia in 2006 to help deliver contextually relevant media services to patients with chronic diseases. In addition to his duties at ContextMedia, Rishi advises several early-stage companies, and in 2009, he was recognized by Crain’s 40-Under-40. He has also started several non-profit initiatives, including the Urban-Suburban Domestic Exchange Initiative, a program sponsored by the Gates Foundation to facilitate cross-school interaction. An Oakbrook, Ill.-native, Rishi is an avid fan of the Chicago Bulls, ancient Indian philosophy and new media.
Patrick Spain, Co-Founder, Hoovers & Founder, HighBeam, Newser, First Stop Health
Patrick Spain is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded four Web-based companies. Co-founder and long-time chairman and CEO of Hoover’s, Inc., Spain led the company from a small book publisher in 1992 to a profitable, publicly traded online business information services company with $31 million in revenue in 2001 with a sale to D&B in 2003 for $119 million. Spain was also the founder, chairman and CEO of HighBeam Research, which he started in 2002 and sold to Cengage Learning in December, 2008. He also co-founded and serves as executive chairman of Newser, a news filtering and summarization service with an audience of over three million readers each month. His founded his current startup, First Stop Health, because of his own unsatisfactory experience with the healthcare system and his desire to improve that experience for others. He sits on the boards of several public, private, and not-for-profit organizations.
Robert Jordan (moderator)
Author, How They Did It & CEO, RedFlash
Robert Jordan has been launching and growing companies and helping other entrepreneurs do the same for the past 20 years. He has authored book and audio series including How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America (RedFlash Press), featuring 45 leading company founders who’ve created $63 billion in value from scratch, and How They Did It Nightingale-Conant audio program. His startup, Online Access, the first Internet-coverage magazine, landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. His newest endeavors are RedFlash, a strategy execution team, and The Association of Interim Executives, which champions interim management as its own global specialty.