MicroStrategy CEO To Address Georgetown MBA Tech 2000 Conference

January 18, 2000

Washington, D.C. - MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor will deliver the keynote address at the Georgetown MBA Technology Conference 2000 on Friday, January 21 at Georgetown University's Leavey Conference.

"Technology is a knowledge-based industry, so MicroStrategy has a vested interest in supporting educational programs," says Saylor. "I am pleased to participate in MBA Tech 2000 as a way of providing graduate business students with insight into the technology sector." MicroStrategy, based in Vienna, Va., is a pioneer e-business company, providing software, consulting, education and support services that allow businesses to optimize information resources.

MBA Tech 2000 is the third annual student-run conference that brings industry leaders to Georgetown's campus to discuss the latest trends in the technology industry. Following Mr. Saylor's address, two panel sessions will examine functional areas shaping the industry-marketing, consulting, finance, entrepreneurship, interactive media, technology in emerging markets, telecommunications and e-business. Panelists speaking at this year's event include representatives from Microsoft, AOL-International, GE Information Services, Cyveillance, Digex, UUNET, and American Management Systems. The conference will close with a reception for speakers and students.

"MBA Tech 2000 is a way for the business school to promote Georgetown as a willing institutional partner with the high-tech corridor in the advancement and promotion of technology," says associate dean of graduate programs Larry Abeln. "We can be a partner by helping companies recruit our MBA students, collaborating on research, sponsoring executive programs, and building the visibility of the Northern Virginia/D.C. area as a region of opportunity for the high-tech industry."

The conference reflects a growing interest by Georgetown MBA students in becoming technology entrepreneurs. 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 MBA program. Pangea Limited, an alternative fiber-optic network provider, was developed by a team of Georgetown MBA 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. Jeff Sommerville 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 MBA program.

Attendees at MBA Tech 2000 will also receive a copy of the new Georgetown MBA tech card, a business card-sized CD-ROM featuring the highlights of the MBA program.