Eric Koester

    Eric is the founder, CEO & Chief Instigator of Kingmaker Labs, a startup studio here in DC inventing, building and growing innovative startups and business concepts.  Previously, Eric was the Managing Director of NextGen Venture Partners and helped the fund close a $20 million fund in 2016. Previously Eric was the founder of Main Street Genome, a technology startup developing tools for the small business economy acquired in 2015 and was a co-founder of Zaarly, a marketplace to locate local small businesses and service providers. He was also an executive at Appature Inc., a cloud-based relationship marketing software company acquired by IMS in 2013; a founder of Learn that Name, acquired by Blackberry in 2010; and a founder/manager of other companies in the environmental consultancy and web development sectors. Eric was recently named one of Washington DC’s “40 under 40” and has written several books on startups and technology, including The Green Entrepreneur Handbook (CRC Press 2011) and Starting a High Tech Business Venture (Taylor & Francis 2010). Eric also devotes considerable time to building the startup community, including as a professor of entrepreneurship at Georgetown. Eric is married to Allison, a professor of Accounting at Georgetown, and they have daughters Quinn & Parker.