Today's Virtual Business World

Running a Virtual Business


October 27, 2016
New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven

Today’s Virtual Business World:
Running a Virtual Business

Thursday, October 27, 2016
5:00 to 7:30 p.m.


  • 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Reception and networking
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Program
  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Networking


New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06511


John Ireland, Founding Member of Unlimited Carbon Assistance Network (UCAN)

Two years ago, a group of entrepreneurs wanted to develop a way to contribute to the field of sustainable energy. After much discussion, they came up with the concept for UCAN and incorporated as an L3C (mission before profit) in the state of Vermont. Since each of UCAN’s five original members were in different cities, one of their first challenges was to find the right virtual tools to help them run this virtual company. These virtual tools also helped them to contract with independent consultants in the field of sustainable energy. The right virtual, collaborate tools allow UCAN to implement their desired business model.

John Cunningham, Founder, and CEO of Bad Elf LLC

John set out in 2010 to build high-performance GPS receivers for military, commercial, and private pilots, enabling the transition from paper maps to an electronic flight bag (EFB) built around the iPad. Having worked remotely since 1994, he understood the issues of communications and management in a virtual office context. He implemented lightweight systems in 2005 with the founding of his first company, building around Google for Business offerings. Today, Bad Elf’s infrastructure has been assembled from more than 20 cloud services that cover finance, operations, management, and communications. Bad Elf may be a startup, but has inexpensive access to a multi-million dollar IT staff and infrastructure that always evolves and is always running. Today, Bad Elf can run the business from a $200 Chromebook. Douglas is responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, negotiating investment terms, and supporting the growth and success of portfolio companies. Before joining CI, Douglas gained extensive experience with early-stage businesses as both an operator and adviser. He founded a consulting firm to assist early-stage companies to identify and assess growth opportunities, generate sustainable revenue and manage intellectual property. As a senior consultant at a boutique management consulting firm, Douglas was a strategic adviser to companies in the software, telecommunications, information technology, and medical device industries. He advised investors of early-stage businesses, representing more than $250 million in invested capital. Earlier in his career, Douglas spent more than a decade as an operator in the telecommunications industry, primarily focused on building international voice, data and IP networks.


New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06511

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