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TBIF: View from the Goal Line
The Big Idea Forum
Monday, November 26, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)

Chicago, IL

It is not too often that entrepreneurs get a chance to hear first hand accounts of the experience of taking a deep technology company from startup through successful exit from the CEO’s themselves.  Here’s your unique chance to hear from and talk with the CEO’s of two hi-tech Chicago companies and gain insight into the entrepreneurial journey of building, and exiting from, successful startups:

Target Audience:

Founders, CEO’s and executives of early and growth stage companies who are interested in the creative strategies and tactics used by startup CEO’s to position their tech-enabled businesses for acquisition / exit.



We want to maximize networking time and will be providing light appetizers along with beer / wine selections.


6:00 – 7:00 social, networking

7:00 – 8:30 main program

8:30 program close

ITA Headquarters
200 S. Wacker Drive
15th floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Event Sponsor:


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McGladrey, LLP


Dr. Adarsh Arora, CEO AthenaSecurity, Inc.

Adarsh has created, managed and nurtured four successful start-ups (Athena Security, Lisle Technology Partners, Peritus Software Services and Vista Technologies).  Most recently, AthenaSecurity was acquired by Solarwinds (NYSE: SWI) in August 2012.

Athena Security was incubated within LisleTech which provides software product development services and a unique equity-based model for early stage start-up companies. Its reputation for quality services to entrepreneurial companies has led LisleTech to work with the portfolio companies of numerous Chicago and Silicon Valley venture capital firms.

Adarsh is active in the entrepreneurial community and has served on various Boards, including Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science of Northwestern University and AccelChip Corporation.

Adarsh is a frequent speaker for entrepreneurial events offered by the Kellogg School of Management and the University of Chicago.s Graduate School of Business. As a member of the Chicago Mayor.s Council of Technology Advisors, Adarsh was often invited to speak on the issues involved in offshore outsourcing. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Chicago Software Association’s Annual City Lights Award.  Adarsh is a founding charter member of TiE Midwest, serves on its Board and was the President for the years 2006 through 2009. TiE was founded in the Silicon Valley and it is a global organization established to guide and mentor entrepreneurs.


Steve Subar, CEO Open Kernel Labs, inc.

Steve Subar – lifelong entrepreneur, adventurer, and tech aficionado – boasts a track record of successful innovation and leadership in the software industry. Steve earned his reputation as a seasoned executive by building winning teams, driving accelerated growth, developing strong customer relationships, and creating shareholder value.

In 2005, Steve was chosen from more than 60 Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to become the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence for NICTA (National Information and Communications Technology Australia), Australia’s leading center for IT research. His role as EiR resulted in the creation of Open Kernel Labs. Under Steve’s leadership, OK Labs has become the leading provider of mobile virtualization, with software deployed on more than 1.1 billion devices.


Moderator:   Brian Friedman, First Analysis

Brian Friedman is a managing director in investment banking. Prior to joining First Analysis in 2010, he was an executive vice president and co-head of investment banking at National Securities Corp. since 1997, where he managed more than 40 capital markets and M&A transactions in a diverse range of industries, including health care, energy and clean tech, technology, and financial services. As a founder and managing director of Robotics Ventures, a subsidiary of National Securities, he was in charge of analyzing target companies, securing exclusive relationships with top industry experts, and raising venture capital. Previously, he was an associate at Liberty Hampshire Co., a boutique investment firm where he worked on debt and equity proposals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa and a J.D./MBA from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law.

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