Having just graduated from the company’s latest program with 51 other executives in December, Wong says the “exclusive forum” continues to be one of the anchors of the local tech community.
The Northern Virginia Technology Council‘s emerging business committee formalized its meetings into MindShare in 1997.
The effort was led by chairmen of the committee Harry Glazer and Anne Crossman.
The venture took off from there as it was able to attract 40 to 50 CEOs per year and was referred to by Washington Technology as “the hottest ticket in town.”
The mission was to provide CEOs of emerging technology companies a forum to interact with leaders of other early-stage companies, and it was decided that after one year the executives would “graduate.”
Wong pointed to notable alumni as proof of the thriving forum, including: Charlie Thomas, CEO at Razorsight; Rick Rudman, CEO at Vocus; Reggie Aggarwal CEO at Cvent and LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy.
“Events and reunions are incredibly well attended, and alums stay connected and help each other through the ListServ, which is one of the most valuable and effective databases of its kind in the region,” Wong said.
He added that nominations for 2013 closed shortly before the new year and demand was very high.
According to the article, 45 out of 93 finalists at the CIT Gap 50 Entrepreneur Awards had “graduated” from the MindShare program, including 11 eventual winners.
“With 665 alums, the vast majority of whom are still active as CEOs, angels, mentors, and advisors, MindShare is a force for good, and as one of the cogs in the wheel that is the D.C. regional tech community, I am grateful to benefit from all the great things that have come out of MindShare,” Wong added.