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Startup Grind Dallas Hosts Ladar Levison (Lavabit)

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Ladar Levison, Lavabit

Ladar Levison was born and raised in San Francisco, California. After graduating from Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. In the wake of the Patriot Act, 2004, Mr. Levison founded Nerdshack, LLC; a company dedicated to providing free and anonymous email service. Over the next ten years, Mr. Levison expanded his business and renamed the company Lavabit, LLC. As of August 2013, Lavabit had expanded to be an email service for over 400,000 users, 100,000 of which paid for Mr. Levison’s services. Levison ran the email service used by Edward Snowden, the infamous leaker of National Security Agency secrets. On August 8, 2013, Mr. Levison made the difficult decision to shut down his business after, in his words, “refusing to be complicit in crimes against the American people.” Now, he balances his work in the technology sector under the Darkmail Alliance with activism and advocacy projects for the protection of internet privacy.


5:30 Networking and Food
6:30 Fireside Chat
7:30 Networking

Hosted By Lee Blaylock, Dallas Chapter Director

Lee Blaylock is the founder and CEO of Who@. Starting his career at Dell (badge #244) for 7 years he was their 2nd ex-pat and worked two years in Dell Germany then to Oracle, where he left as a practice director in the high technology consulting group. His first company, ServiceLane, was funded by Austin Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank and sold to Owens Corning (NYSE: OC). He later co-founded Annandale Capital, an investment advisor managing ~$500 million in institutional and private client assets. Who@ is a mobile centric app helping professionals, and the companies they work, for maximize the value of their relationships in a unique and private way. Who@ improves the way companies leverage their most valuable asset, their relationships. See more at
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Hosted By Scott Shell, Director of Startup Grind Dallas

Scott Shell studied Communication Design at Texas State University and laid his foundation in interactive design while working at Pixeldust Interactive in Austin, TX. He's since moved to Dallas and has been designing print and web experiences for more than 8 years. He now brings this experience to Who@ putting strong focus in UI and UX. See more at .
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