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Introducing New Bloggers from Verizon Ventures

by Employee ‎05-10-2011 10:22 AM - edited ‎05-10-2011 10:39 AM

Hello readers!  Please meet Mark Smith (left) and Dan Keoppel (right), the team that runs Verizon Ventures, a specialized group that seeks out and invests in promising entrepreneurial companies to drive innovation in Verizon.

 

Dan_Keoppel.jpgmark_smith-0000.jpgVerizon is constantly looking for new innovative products and services to bring to our customers.  While we have engineers designing and developing new technology; the Verizon Ventures team also seeks out companies that complement Verizon networks, service platforms and distribution channels.

 

Now, before all of you send your business plans to Dan and Mark to ask for funding – do note that they and their team are looking for that one company that is developing the very next cutting edge technology.  They are very selective in the company to invest in and once selected the funding from Verizon could range from seed money to $5 million depending on the needs and opportunities. 

 

I asked both Mark and Dan to join as bloggers to provide their insights as both have reviewed many business plans and have heard many proposals from small- and medium-sized companies.  I think you’ll find their insights invaluable… whether they share what entrepreneurs have done to impress them, tips to hone in your presentation skills or even the venture capital blogs they read and the stories they are following.

 

Of course, feel free to ask Mark and/or Dan your question(s); just post it in the comments section at the bottom of this blog post or their post.

 

You’ll read Mark’s first blog post tomorrow.

 

 

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About the Authors

Mark W. Adams

Director: Verizon National Marketing

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Mark leads the way to bring innovative solutions to small businesses.


Mark Smith

Executive Director: Verizon Ventures

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Mark works with and identifies entrepreneurial companies for Verizon to invest in and fund.


Dan Keoppel

Executive Director: Verizon Ventures

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Dan works with and identifies entrepreneurial companies for Verizon to invest in and fund.


Paul Macchia

National Public Relations Manager

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Paul handles corporate communications for Verizon Wireless with a focus on enterprise and government sectors.



Ellen Yu

Sr. Manager: Media Relations

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Ellen provides PR support to Verizon's small business team, landlines and FiOS in apartment buildings and small and medium-sized commercial properties such as strip malls, and street-level shops and offices.


Kathy Johnson

Manager: SMB Product Marketing Messaging, Verizon Wireless

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Kathy manages the SMB product Marketing Messaging Strategy for the Business Solution Group. She also develops and manages various SMB marketing programs to support channel enablement.

Jarryd Gonzales

Sr. Manager: Media Relations

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Jarryd provides PR support to Verizon in CA and TX.


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