“Lessons from the Trenches” is an opportunity designed specifically for entrepreneurs to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs who have been in the trenches and have lessons to share.
Attendees will briefly tour the business facility, then spend about an hour and a half with the host entrepreneur, asking questions regarding lessons learned through their entrepreneurial experience. Attendees have benefited from frank discussions about the unique challenges the entrepreneurs faced during the growth phase as well as what challenges lie ahead.
The CEO featured in the November’s "Lessons from the Trenches" is serial entrepreneur, Dave Moffenbeier. Dave is the chief operating officer of Absorbent Technologies Inc., an Oregon start-up which has developed a starch-based superabsorbent polymer called Zeba™ which increases agricultural crop yields up to 10% with better utilization of water and fertilizer.
He will share his lessons learned from 30 years of starting and running companies and he can share how he has successfully raised over a quarter of a billion dollars in Angel Funding in Oregon.
Speaker: David Moffenbeier, Chief Operating Officer – Absorbent Technologies, Inc.
David received a BA in chemistry from Wesleyan University in 1973, an MBA from Harvard in 1977 and a CPA Certificate from KPMG in 1978. In 1981, he co-founded Mentor Graphics in Oregon where he worked until 1993 in roles including CFO and Vice President of Worldwide Sales.
In 1994, David joined MedicaLogic as COO and helped grow that company to be the leading provider of electronic medical records in the U.S with a successful public offering in 1999. In 2000, he became the Chief Executive Officer and subsequently executed the sale of MedicaLogic to GE Medical in 2002.
From 2003 – 2005, David worked as EVP of Sales for Kryptiq Corporation, which provides Secure Email and Workflow Automation Solutions to the healthcare industry.
Dave is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Absorbent Technologies, Inc., an Oregon start-up which has developed a starch-based superabsorbent polymer called Zeba™ which increases agricultural crop yields up to 10% with better utilization of water and fertilizer. ATI has two factories in Albany, Oregon and sells its products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
Added by Oregon Entrepreneurs Network on October 26, 2009