Leonsis, Gardner To Address Georgetown's Capital Technology Summit

January 19, 2001

Washington, D.C. - Ted Leonsis (C'77), president of AOL Interactive Properties Group, and Tom Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, will address Georgetown's Capital Technology Summit January 26-27, 2001. Leonsis will address the summit at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, January 26, and Gardner will speak at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 27 at Georgetown University's Leavey Conference Center.

"My brother and I founded The Motley Fool to help people gain financial independence and have fun along the way," said Tom Gardner. "Over the past five years, AOL and the Internet have made it possible for us to help more than ten million people make better decisions about their money. I can't wait to share ideas with the best and brightest at the Capitol Technology Summit, then cruise over and watch the Georgetown Hoyas beat Notre Dame in basketball. What a day!" The Motley Fool is the world's leading personal finance brand, teaching individual investors how to manage their own money.

The Capital Technology Summit (formerly M.B.A. Tech 2000) is the fourth annual student-run conference that brings industry leaders to Georgetown's campus to discuss the latest trends in the technology industry. This year, students from nine regional and national M.B.A. programs, including Harvard Business School, the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, will participate. Panel sessions will examine functional areas shaping the industry-marketing, consulting, finance, entrepreneurship, interactive media, technology in emerging markets, telecommunications and e-business. Event sponsors include cvent.com, Network Solutions/VeriSign, The Adrenaline Group, and The Motley Fool. A technology job fair will be held on Saturday. Tickets to the summit are for sale to the general public, and may be purchased at the door for $50. Further information is available at http://student.msb.edu/captech/.

"The Washington, D.C. area is second only to Silicon Valley in its number of technology companies," says Sandra Szahun (MBA'01), one of the organizers of the Summit. "We want to showcase what's happening regionally and give students and area employers an opportunity to interact."

The conference reflects a growing interest by Georgetown M.B.A. students in becoming technology entrepreneurs. As a student, Jenn Johnston (MBA'00) launched www.Buck42.com, a financial education website for teenagers. Jeff Somerville and Gino Heilizer (both MBA'99) started www.stockgift.com, a website that allows individuals to calculate the gift value of stocks, during their second year of the M.B.A. program. Headlight.com, an e-commerce site that sells units of learning via the Internet, was started by Scott Mitic (MBA'98) and Peter Mellen (MBA'98) while enrolled in Georgetown's M.B.A. program. Pangea Limited, an alternative fiber-optic network provider, was developed by a team of Georgetown M.B.A. Class of 1999 students as a business plan for an entrepreneurship class. Since graduation, the student team has raised $450 million in equity financing for this project.