[PAST EVENT] Lessons Learned from Starting Software Companies: How a W&M Grad became a Software Entrepreneur
Abstract: Twenty-five years ago two former William and Mary CS grad students started a software company with the help of the W&M CS Department. Over the next 15+ years they experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Join one of these entrepreneurs, Jeffery Payne, as he discussed the lessons learned while build this company in the face of a constantly changing technology landscape, the dot com crash, and the 9-11 tragedy. Learn what it takes to start and run a software company and the pros and cons of taking on financial investors. Hear firsthand how a degree in computer science provides you with the skills necessary to be successful in the business world.
Bio: Jeffery Payne has led Coveros since its inception in 2008. Under his guidance, the company has become a recognized market leader in secure agile software development. Mr. Payne is a popular keynote and featured speaker at technology conferences and has testified before Congress on technology issues such as intellectual property rights and cyber-terrorism. Prior to Coveros, he was co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Cigital, where he led the startup and growth of the company for 16 years. Mr. Payne is a former ACM National Lecturer and the co-founder of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Allegheny College and an M.S. in Computer Science from William & Mary.