About Foundercorps



The members of FounderCorps are experienced technology entrepreneurs from many industries and business forms.  Our members have made their reputations through a wide range of technology industries (healthcare, lifesciences, software, mobile, Web and others) and business types (venture backed start up, bootstrapped business, government contractor and family business).  What they have in common is a history of success, as business founders and leaders.  Our members have raised significant capital, managed teams and successfully exited their businesses.  Many of our members have achieved more than one exit in their careers.  Our members include many of the recognized leaders of our local technology business community.



FounderCorps Board of Directors is composed by a group of people who are representative of our members.  The Board oversees the activities of FounderCorps and charts its development.  The current members of the Board of Directors are:

Jonathan Aberman

Jonathan is Managing Director of Amplifier Ventures and a Lecturer at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.  Since its formation in 2005 Amplifier has helped 13 entrepreneurial teams start new technology businesses.  Amplifier’s current portfolio includes Bright Hub, Cardstar, demandmart, Hook Mobile, Ozmosis, Small Act and Zenoss.  His recent community activities include being the Managing Director of the Mason Enterprise Initiative, serving the DC Mayoral Transition Team on technology issues and serving as a leader of the Governors Biotechnology Initiative for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ed Barrientos

Ed Barrientos is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Brazen Careerist, a career focused social networking site targeting Gen Y. He is also Managing Partner of Zeitgeist Holdings, L.L.C., an angel investment firm focused on investing in early stage technology companies. Previously Ed was the CEO of Arc Second Inc., a high growth market leader in the field of laser based, high-precision GPS which he successfully exited.  Ed is involved in advising the technology entrepreneur programs of a number of local universities, including University of Maryland, College Park and George Washington University.

Ric Fleisher

Ric Fleisher has more than 25 years of experience in business development, sales and technology. He has been involved with 8 start-ups. These ventures have included ID verification, networking hardware, speech, streaming video, collaboration, intelligent agents and RFID. He has helped build early stage technology companies in Software, Hardware and Service areas. His current start-up is Urgnt.ly. Urgnt.ly connects people with an urgent or top of mind need to the nearest party that can meet it. Prior to Urgnt.ly, He co-founded Honesty Online. Honesty Online provides identity credentials to curb fraud and trust issues online. Ric was also co-founder of Reliacast, designer of the standard for digital media audience management, which was purchased by Comcast Interactive in 2006.

John Funge

John has co-founded and built two successful technology firms, both of which were acquired by larger public companies: Clara Vista acquired by CMGI (1999) and Pickle.com acquired by Scripps Networks (2007). Currently, John is CEO and co-founder of Bright Context Corporation. As well, John advises and invests in early-stage Internet and digital media ventures. A longtime member of the DC area technology community, John was in the first MindShare class in 1997 and has guest lectured or mentored students at Georgetown, George Washington, Virginia Tech, and the University of Maryland. John started his career as a systems engineer doing software development on large-scale TCP/IP-based systems right around the time when Mosaic was first released.

Mary McVicar

Mary McVicar is the founder, President & CEO of eSolutionsFirst, LLC, a financial services consulting firm based in Reston, VA.   Since its inception, eSolutionsFirst has grown to a $4M company with over 30 employees.  Prior to forming eSolutionsFirst, Mary was a Senior Director at Freddie Mac, where she successfully lead her team through numerous challenging and successful projects.  Mary is also on the George Mason University Alumni Board for the Volgenau School of Engineering, and the Choral Vice President of the Chantilly High School Music Boosters.

Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy is currently the Vice President of Traffic with Beyond.com, Inc.  Alex is also the founder of Long Tail Interactive, a VA based Internet company that does start up development for sites such as Product Comparison site Research and Compare  and Omnea.  Alex was previously the EVP of eCommerce for the HealthyBack Store where he ran two eCommerce businesses for the company.  Alex previously started Job.com while with Virginia Web Properties and started his career teaching Entrepreneurship to College Students in the mid 90s.  Alex is active in the Lean Startup community in DC and previously was a member of the Entrepreneur in Residence program at George Mason University.

Linda Powers

Linda is the Founder and Managing Director of Toucan Capita Corporation, a life science investment fund that has invested in a portfolio includes companies with products and technology in biologics, cell-based therapies, small molecules, and medical devices.  Linda has served on many boards and organizations promoting technology entrepreneurship and commercialization for Maryland, Virginia and the United States, including the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Committee, the Advisory Board of the U.S. National Institutes of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program, and the National Academy of Sciences steering committee evaluating Federal research grant programs.

John Rothenberger

John is the founder of Strategic Enterprise Solutions, a government focused IT services company.  Previously he founded and exited Asprie Technology Group.  He is a member of the James Madison University Executive Advisory Council, serves as the Entrepreneur In-Residence for the College of Business and is a regular judge for the annual business plan competition.  Mr. Rothenberger is also a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Business Fellow.

Joel Selzer

Joel is a serial entrepreneur and innovator in the healthcare industry.  He is currently the CEO of Ozmosis, Inc., which provides a cloud based enterprise collaboration and knowledge management platform to hospitals and life science firms. Prior to Ozmosis, Joel co-founded and led Medical Funding Services (MFS), a healthcare technology firm that took medical claims into the digital age.  Joel is actively involved in MindShare, an organization for local CEOs, and continues to support the Batten Venture Bootcamp, which he helped to create while earning his MBA and leading entrepreneurship initiatives at the Darden School of Business. Joel previously served as a manager and global subject matter expert in wireless technology and e-business at IBM Global Services and began his career at American Management Systems in Fairfax, VA where he developed business intelligence and social network analysis systems for the U.S. Government.

Mark Walsh

Mark Walsh is CEO of GeniusRocket, a “crowdsourcer” for creative content and brand marketing. He also heads a small venture capital firm (Ruxton Ventures LLC) focusing on interactive/internet technology and services. Some of the company’s his firm has invested in and/or he has served as board member or advisor to include: Blackboard, Half.com, NutriSystems, Transactis, Day Software, MobilePosse, ARPU, Sensics, Hook and Ladder Brewing and a variety of others.  Mark has been in the internet industry for over twenty years, heading up consumer internet efforts for GE, running AOL’s internet and business to business efforts, and as CEO of VerticalNet, a business to business internet company which he took public in early 1999. At its peak, and under his leadership, VerticalNet’s market value exceeded $12 Billion.  He has been active in politics, serving as the first Chief Technology Advisor for the Democratic National Committee, internet head for the John Kerry for President Campaign, and then as founding CEO of Air America Radio. For the last five years he has also co-hosted a weekly talk show called “Left Jab” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.  He is also active in a number of non-profits, serving or having served on the boards of the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Baltimore Symphony, In2Books, and The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, New Leaders Council, and others.

Tien Wong

Tien is the CEO of Lore Systems, a managed hosting and services company.  He is also CEO of Opus 8 closely held investment entity that makes investments in venture capital and private equity.  Tien was a co-founder of CyberRep which was acquired in 2003 by Affiliated Computer Services.  At the time of its acquisition, CyberRep was one of the largest privately held CRM outsourcing companies in the world.  Tien is ann "Entrepreneur in Residence" at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, he frequently guest lectures on entrepreneurship, leadership and finance at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and the University of Virginia.  He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Technology Council of Maryland (techcouncilmd.com), Association for Corporate Growth - National Capital (acg.org), the Potomac Officer's Club (potomacofficersclub.com), and Monte Jade Science and Technology Association (mj-dc.org). He serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology GAP Fund (cit.org). He is former Treasurer and National Board Member of the American Teleservices Association (ataconnect.org).  Tien also promotes entrepreneurial education through his service as the Chairman of the Executive Leadership Committee for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship's Greater Washington region.

D.P. Venkatesh

D.P. Venkatesh is CEO of mPortal and oversees all aspects of strategy, sales, and marketing for mPortal. Over the past eleven years, he has led the company through its various growth stages. Prior to founding mPortal, Mr. Venkatesh was with McKinsey & Company in their Hong Kong Office as part of their global Telecommunications Practice and worked with several leading global communication providers as a strategic consultant to their Boards and Management teams. His work included development of the strategy for an Asian conglomerate to expand its telecom business into China; market rollout plans of a telecom operator in India; global strategy for a large Pan-Asian carrier; and strategy for hardware manufacturer to add a new growth business in software. D.P. led the Asia Pacific Communications Industry practice for Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE:CSC) and started CSC’s office in Asia in Hong Kong. Within 2 years, CSC’s Asia base grew rapidly to include 5 countries (Hong Kong, India, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia). Earlier in his career, Mr. Venkatesh held several positions in product management and marketing for Convergys (Nasdaq:CVG) in North America while working with communication providers in their BSS/OSS infrastructure needs.