Greater Richmond Companies to Watch + LinkedIn – Great Story!

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Mike Gamson, VP, Corporate Solutions for
online business networking leader LinkedIn,
will give a presentation,
“How
Professional Online Networking Will Change the Business World”
at The Venture Forum’s Greater Richmond Companies to Watch (GRCTW) on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at Toad’s Place in Richmond. Joining the
Venture Forum to present GRCTW
2008
is lead sponsor Troutman
Sanders
, and supporting sponsors LeClairRyan,
Williams Mullen, Career Quest, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland,  First
Capital Bank
, Gregory Kaplan PLC, Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, P.C.,  The
Help Desk Company
,  VACO, and Virginia
Commercial Finance
. GRCTW
celebrates Greater
Richmond companies with high growth potential


    The rise of Web 2.0 – the “second
generation” of the Internet that provides tools for collaboration and information-sharing
online – has enabled business connections for companies large and small across
the globe.
The
Venture Forum’s Greater
Richmond Companies To Watch (GRCTW)
event
will feature a presentation,
“How Professional Online Networking Will Change the Business World”, by Mike Gamson, VP, Corporate Solutions for
the online business networking site LinkedIn.

            Built on trusted connections and
relationships, LinkedIn is the world’s
largest and most powerful professional network. The company recently raised
$53M, at a valuation of $1B, and formed a content partnership with the New York
Times. Currently, more than 20 million professionals are on LinkedIn, including executives from every
Fortune 500 company, as well as a wide range of household names from the
technology, financial services, media, entertainment, and consumer goods
industries.
Mike Gamson is a passionate advocate for the role
technology can play in improving professional productivity – his presentation
will center on the business opportunities that can be created with digital
networks and user generated content.

            The Venture Forum has launched a LinkedIn Group to promote the
success of entrepreneurial ventures and the growth of entrepreneurship in
central
Virginia. Since the group’s launch, over 330
entrepreneurs have joined.

            Anyone wishing to attend GRCTW can register for the
event on the event’s websiteGRCTW will be held on
Wednesday,
October 29, 2008
, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, at Toad’s
Place
,
140 Virginia St. in Richmond.

ABOUT THE VENTURE FORUM

The Venture Forum – the intersection of
innovation and capitalization in central
Virginia – is
dedicated to promoting the success of entrepreneurial ventures, and the growth
of entrepreneurship in central
Virginia, through
programs like Greater Richmond
Companies to Watch
and networking events. Founded in 1986 as the Richmond
Venture Capital Club, becoming The Venture Forum in 1998, the Forum is the
Richmond area’s
premier business organization dedicated to the success of Greater Richmond’s
entrepreneurs and its entrepreneurial environment. The Venture Forum – growth
starts here.

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