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Please plan to join us for the next event in our 2012 Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program series, highlighting the region's most innovative technology business leaders. Stay ahead of the curve as we discuss ideas and opportunities driving the next generation of entrepreneurs.

 

 

ABOUT THIS EVENT:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.*

* Doors open at 5:00 p.m. | Speaker begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.

 

All programs held at the law offices of

Polsinelli Shughart

700 W. 47th Street, Suite 700 | Kansas City, MO 64112

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COST | REGISTRATION:

Early registration - Individual ticket - $25 ($30 at the door) To ensure your reservation, advance registration is requested. Click on the "Register Now" button.

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ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:

Thad Langford has a history of building transformative businesses within both Fortune 500 companies and early stage ventures.

Most recently Thad served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Zave Networks, an early stage technology venture dedicated to creating a service that closes the loop between online/mobile digital advertising and the sale of the product in brick and mortar retail stores. He redefined the go to market approach and grew the company to position Zave as the leading digital incentive platform provider. This led to Zave's acquisition by Google in September of 2011.

Prior to his position at Zave, Thad led several different businesses during his eight year tenure at Sprint in the areas of wireless data, wireless wholesale and local services. Among his accomplishments, he rapidly grew Sprint's wireless wholesale business unit which led the industry in the MVNO and M2M space. He also spearheaded business development efforts to forge partnerships in the wireless data space, culminating in industry-leading products and services in music, imaging, multimedia, gaming, location and content. In addition, he managed Sprint's Innovation program to identify and commercialize disruptive products/services in areas such as mobile commerce and co-founded Sprint Nextel Ventures to invest in game changing start-up companies.

Thad is immersed in Kansas City's entrepreneurial community. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of several, rapidly developing technology start-up companies such as Leap2, AgLocal, and RealLife 101. In addition he is the Entrepreneur in Residence for OpenAir Equity Partners, a local a venture capital and private equity firm focused on the explosive growth of mobility and the industries impacted by wireless technology.

Thad earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Arizona. He resides in Leawood, KS and enjoys his life outside of work with his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Bryson.

 

QUESTIONS:

For questions regarding this event, contact Elaina Smith at 816.235.6063 or via e-mail at umkcsbtdc@umkc.edu.

 

PROGRAM BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 5:30 PM.

Light refreshments will be served. Garage parking is available to paying attendees at no charge with validation. Students with a valid university or college ID are welcome to attend at no charge; however, reservations are still requested.

 

 

ABOUT THIS SERIES:

The Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program Series is presented by The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center and is intended to help entrepreneurial companies in their growing needs in every stage of their lifecycle, from start-up and later-stage technology. This program could not be provided to you without the generous support of our sponsors: Polsinelli Shughart, Citizens Bank & Trust, Arsalon Technologies, KCnext, Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship, KC Hub, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Silicon Prairie News and Kauffman - The Foundation of Entrepreneurship.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

June 2012

Our next Tech ESP event will be Tuesday, June 19, 2012. More information coming soon.

 
 
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012Featured speaker at our next 2012 Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program.Tech ESP 2012This series, held six times throughout the year, highlights the region's most innovative technology business leaders as they discuss ideas and opportunities for the future generation of entrepreneurs.  Tech ESP highlights experiences, lessons learned and unique issues and challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the creation of a new enterprise.
Event Sponsors: Tech ESP 2012 Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center Polsinelli Shughart Citizens Bank & Trust Arsalon Technologies
KCHub, UMKC, Sitaks, Enterprise Center of Johnson County, StartKC, Pipeline KC Next Enterprise Center of Johnson County Pipeline Entrepreneurial Immersion KC Hub
Silicon Prairie News UMKC Kauffman | The Foundation of Entrepreneurship
Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center Polsinelli Shughart Citizens Bank & Trust Arsalon Technologies KC Next Enterprise Center of Johnson County Pipeline Entrepreneurial Immersion KC Hub Click here to add this event to your calendar. Register now for the 5.15.2012 event.