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Venkat R. Gopalan
Vice President, Information Technology
Mr. Gopalan is currently the corporate vice president of Information Technology (IT) for DynCorp.  In this role, he oversees all of DynCorp's investments in information technology services, including e-commerce and web solutions development,  operations centers, voice, data, video and wireless infrastructure, enterprise application integration and enterprise resource planning implementation.  He also serves as chief technology officer for DynCorp Information & Enterprise Technology (I&ET), a  $700 million business with the primary mission of infusing technology into a broad spectrum of customer solutions.

Previously, Mr. Gopalan was senior director of DynCorp I&ET's Business Standards Group, the organization responsible for standardizing business practices within the business unit.  He was also instrumental in DynCorp's Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model (SEI/CMM) and ISO 9000 initiatives.  He began his career with DynCorp managing programs for customers such as the IRS, the Federal Communications Commission and the Navy.

Prior to joining DynCorp, Gopalan was director of the information systems division for Washington Consulting Group (WCG) and a member of the WCG Management Council. There he focused on business development and management of information technology contracts, primarily with the federal government.

Previous work included senior positions at PRC, TRW and other information technology firms. He has also been authorized as a Lead Software Capability Evaluator for the software Capability Maturity  Model (CMM)  by the Software Engineering Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.


W.E.Tige Savage
Vice President,
AOL Time Warner Venture Group
Tige is a Vice President of AOL Time Warner Ventures, the only venture capital investment arm of AOL Time Warner, where he and his colleagues focus on investments in early to mid-stage companies exploiting opportunities at the intersection of technology and media.  Prior to joining the firm, he was the Executive Vice President and a founder of Riggs Capital Partners, the manager of two venture capital funds with commitments of $200 million. At Riggs Capital he invested in over thirty companies in a variety of technology and communications-oriented growth industries.  In addition, Tige served as an investment banker for Dillon, Read & Co. and in a number of capacities at Riggs Bank, NA including Executive Vice President and aide to the chairman of the board.  Additionally, Tige has served on the board of Allbritton Communications Company where he assisted in developing that company's new media investment strategy and in various capacities on several other boards.  Tige earned his BBA from James Madison University and his MBA with highest distinction from The University of Michigan.


Matthew Haley

Matt Haley is an executive in Accenture s Corporate Strategy and Business Architecture organization. Matt was a founder and vice president of marketing of On-Link Technologies, a business-to-business eCommerce tools provider from 1997 through 1999. Matt was responsible for taking a technology team and creating a fundable company. On-Link was acquired by Siebel. Prior to On-Link, Matt was a founder and marketing executive of Intrinsa Technologies, a software tools development company that was acquired by Microsoft. Matt has been a consultant in Silicon Valley helping startups focus their business and build management teams to prepare them for venture funding. Matt has also worked for Digital Equipment, Case Technology, Control Data and Eastman Kodak. He has five patents in software development and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from San Jose State University.

John Backus

John Backus
Draper Atlantic

John is a seasoned technology entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing, high-technology companies.  Prior to founding Draper Atlantic, John was a founding investor and the President and Chief Executive Officer of InteliData Technologies , leading US Order through a successful $65 million IPO in 1995.  During the time John served at InteliData, sales increased from $0 to $60 million. John also developed strategic partnerships with eBay, Microsoft, Intuit, IBM, Verifone, and VISA.  During the past 15 years he has negotiated over 15 merger, acquisition, divestiture, venture investment, and corporate finance transactions with a combined value in excess of $500 million.  At InteliData he led the investment of $5MM in Home Financial Network which returned $50MM in 1999 through its sale to Sybase.

John began his career at Bain & Company, where he worked with both the consulting and venture capital groups.  He was the first Bain Management Consultant to be placed in an operating role, as CFO, of a Bain Capital portfolio company.

John is actively involved in the Northern Virginia Technology Council as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. He is also on the Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors, and was recently appointed by Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore to serve on the prestigious Virginia Research and technology Advisory Board.


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