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Renee Diresta, Zac Bookman, and Mark Brzezinski (VIDEO)

Founding Stories – PURPOSE: Founding for Impact at the 2018 Tom Tom Founders Festival

Friday April 13th, 2018 | The Paramount Theater

Are tech and business healing our world or exploiting it? These founders have found a way to combine the scale and ingenuity of private enterprise with social good. Learn how they have built strategies that recognize the two as mutually reinforcing.


Moderator: Mark Brzezinski , Makena Capital, Ambassador

Sponsors: UVA McIntire School of Commerce Galant Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Head of Policy at Data for Democracy Renee Diresta 

Diresta is part of the founding team of a logistics tech startup and an active VC, focused on hardware, IoT, and logistics. In her free time, she works towards creating a more effective intersection of tech and politics, recently co-founding Center for Humane Technology with an unprecedented alliance of tech insiders and CEOs, as well as advising Congress on peer-to-peer disinformation and fighting anti-vaccination propaganda.


OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman 

Seeing public servants struggle against outdated technology, Zac and his cofounder have developed a set of tools to empower more open and effective government.


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