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Released: May 14, 2013


Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.


Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

Released: May 14, 2013




THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The FCC‘s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (“OCBO”) will host an Access to
Capital Conference and Workshop focusing on business owners who are interested in obtaining
funding from angel investors in telecommunications and technology-related businesses. This
important event will be held at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, Washington, DC on
Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm in the Commission Meeting Room.
The FCC has invited representatives from the angel investing community from across the nation
to discuss their investment strategies in the telecommunications, technology, and media-related
industries. Our panelists will examine what entrepreneurs need to know when seeking funding
from potential angel investors, and once successful, how to navigate the investment relationship.
The program will begin with a panel discussion from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm. The afternoon , from
1:00 to 4:30pm, will feature one-on-one sessions between our panelists and any small business
owners who would like individualized advice on angel investing and information on current
funding opportunities. If you would like to register for the afternoon meetings, please submit a
company profile to

Karen Beverly, Assistant for Management, OCBO, no later than Friday
June 21, 2013 via email

at or via hardcopy, 445 12th Street SW, room
4-A635, Washington DC. 20554.
All persons interested in attending this informative event in person are asked to register by
contacting OCBO at (202) 418-0990 or via e-mail at Persons interested
in participating via the Internet may do so by logging on to . This event will
be streamed live. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon
request. The request should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed and
contact information. Please provide as much advance notice as possible; last minute requests
will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).
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JOHN MAY, Managing Partner, New Vantage Group

John May is the managing partner of New Vantage Group, a McLean, VA firm that innovatively
mobilizes private equity into early-stage companies and provides advisory services to both funds,
private investors and entrepreneurs. Mr. May’s experience in private equity capital over the last
25 years ranges from venture capital fund management to angel investing in the USA and angel
ecosystem development abroad.
Mr. May has been at the forefront of the angel investor movement. He is the founder of five
investment groups, as well as the Investors’ Circle, a national non-profit group of 125 family and
institutional investors working to grow the social venture capital industry. He is chair-emeritus of
the Angel Capital Association (formerly a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation),
and is a lead instructor for the “Power of Angel Investing” seminars, a program of the Angel
Resource Institute. He is the co-author of two books, Every Business Needs an Angel (Crown
Business: 2001) and State of the Art: An Executive Briefing on Cutting-Edge Practices in
American Angel Investing (Darden Publishing: 2003).

AMY MILLMAN, President, Springboard Enterprises

Amy Millman is a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs building Big Businesses
Starting Small. In 2000, she co-founded Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit venture catalyst
which sources, coaches, showcases and supports women-led companies seeking equity capital
for product development and expansion. Springboard has assisted hundreds of women
entrepreneurs in raising billions in investments and connecting with thousands of expert
resources. The successes of Springboard entrepreneurs include 10 IPOs, legions of high value
M&As and a community of accomplished serial entrepreneurs. During her career in
Washington, DC, she served as a representative for several industry groups and was appointed as
Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council during the Clinton
Administration. She served on the boards of many organizations including her current service
with JumpStart Inc. and Enterprising Women Magazine.

ERWIN KRASNOW, Owner, Garvey Schubert and Barer Law Offices

Erwin Krasnow counsels and represents radio and television broadcasters, tower owners,
financial institutions and trade associations in administrative, legislative and transactional
matters. Erwin advises clients on a wide array of issues ranging from new technologies to
lobbying strategies. He concentrates on transactional matters and has represented sellers and
buyers of broadcasting, cable, tower and telecommunications properties in transactions totaling
in excess of $21 billion.

TERRY HICKS, Minority Angel Investors Network (Vice President Ben Franklin
Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania)

Terrence H. Hicks is Vice-President of the Investment Group for Ben Franklin. Hicks is
responsible for all of the organization’s investment activities. Ben Franklin has a portfolio of
over 120 early and emerging-stage technology companies; one of the largest such portfolios in
the country. Hicks came to the Ben Franklin in 1993 after twenty years of experience in small
business lending and corporate treasury activities with Fidelity Bank (currently Wachovia) and
Sun Company respectively. Hicks previously served as Vice President of Sun Company’s
Specialized Small Business Investment Company. In addition to managing Ben Franklin’s
investment activity for over ten years, Hicks also co-founded the Minority Angel Investor
Network, the nation’s only organized angel group investing in high growth minority owned or
led companies.

CAROL POLITI, President and CEO, TRX Systems, INC.

Ms. Politi is a 20 year technology industry veteran with extensive experience in successfully
bringing new technologies to market. Prior to TRX, Ms. Politi was the Senior Vice President for
product management and business development at Kajeet®, a cell phone service for children that
delivered one of the first GPS-based mobile location products. She co-founded and served as
vice president of marketing and product management for Megisto Systems (now Syniverse),
delivering software infrastructure for mobile operators, and served as vice president of product
management at Ericsson, leading IP infrastructure initiatives for mobile data networks. Ms.
Politi holds multiple patents for innovations related to administrative control of mobile
communications devices.

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