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Spotlight on Startup Riot


Sanjay Parekh / Startup Riot Twitter

Sanjay Parekh is the Founder of Startup Riot, an all-day event which highlights 30 startups through three minute, four slide presentations given by the startups. The startups subsequently answer questions from a judging panel for three minutes. The upcoming event will be March 4, 2015 at Terminal West.

Patrick Braswell / RealNex Linkedin Twitter

Patrick Braswell is the former CEO of Ten Eight a Deal Automation Solution for Commercial Real Estate Brokers, Owners and Tenants. Ten Eight was purchased by RealNex August 2014, 2 years after Patrick and his co-founders launch the Ten Eight.

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Rob Kischuk / PerfectPost Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Rob Kischuk is CEO and Founder of PerfectPost, a Social Media Optimization Platform for small and midsize businesses. PerfectPost was in the first class of the Flashpoint Startup Accelerator, and our investors include Mark Cuban and Atlanta Angel Investors. Rob has been involved in Atlanta startups since graduating from Georgia Tech 15 years ago, including Air2Web and LivePerson, both acquired by public companies, as well as WeTheCitizens and Xeko Elf Island.



Women in Technology WIT Special


Sandy Welfare / WIT Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Sandy D. Welfare was recently appointed as the interim Executive Director of Women In Technology (WIT), a non-profit organization that supports women at every stage of their STEM careers – from the classroom to the boardroom. Prior to joining WIT, she was the Executive Director of Cool Girls Inc, an award-winning early intervention after school program dedicated to the empowerment of low-income girls.

Sandy’s career began in 1989 in Greenwich, Connecticut where she joined Rand Insurance as the operations controller. Six years later, she accepted a position with Lucent Technologies, an international telecommunications leader, holding a number of positions including from 1999-2000 serving as accounting and treasury manager in Singapore and then from 2000-2002 as senior operations manager in Australia and New Zealand. Sandy returned to Atlanta in 2002 as senior manager global financial services.

In 2003, Sandy accepted a position as director of operations for Xchanging, a business processing outsourcing company. In 2006, her career took her to London, England as managing director for professional services, where she managed global business processing services for bank financial transactions, insurance and retail. Two years later, Sandy returned to the Atlanta area and was asked to chair the Cool Girls’ Board of Directors. In 2009, Sandy was offered the Executive Director position which she accepted and led the organization until stepping down in October 2014.

Sandy received her undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in New York, and a Master of Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Sandy resides in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Cliff and son Soloman.

Denise Detamore / Kids 4 Coding Linkedin Twitter Facebook

Kids 4 Coding teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to students in grades K-12. Their unique learning center is designed to prepare students with 21st Century skills, which will be needed to compete for jobs of the future.

Co-Founder, Denise Detamore, is a former school teacher with 20 years of experience and a passion for innovation. Her business partner, AnnMarie Laramee, is a social entrepreneur with a background in marketing & design. Together they’re tackling the technology education gap by getting kids started early.