April 4


06:30 pm - 09:30 pm

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Defense Entrepreneurs Forum


The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) exists to bring military and civilian innovators together, connecting and empowering leaders by creating a culture of innovation in the defense community. The mission of DEF is “Inspire – Connect – Empower” and involves not only monthly gatherings around the world, but periodic DEFx events, an annual conference, and ongoing collaboration via Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn. Drink & Think events are a foundational way of connecting the defense innovation community. Other offerings include TED talk-style presentation followed by Q&A and networking. 

This event will start with an overview of DEF, followed by words about start-up lessons learned from our guest speaker, Chad Jones, then ample time for Q&A and networking. Thanks to Design Thinking Denver for sponsoring the event!

With over 23 years of experience driving strategic initiatives for start-ups and F50 companies alike, Chad Jones has guided effective and profitable outcomes including six exits to companies such as Microsoft, Vmwareand Intel. He is currently the CEO of PlessoVentures, Incbut has held Chief Strategy Officer positions at Deep Information Systems, VP of Internet of Things Strategy at LogMeInand VP of Product Management with Neocleus(acquired by Intel) among others. He was also the co-creator of Softricityapp virtualization, acquired by Microsoft, which grew to revenues topping $6 billion.  He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, MIT and TEDx.

Interested in an external perspective of DEF? Check out this War on the Rocks article.


Why should I register if this is a free event? Taking the couple minutes it takes to register helps the local DEF Denver team to better prepare the space for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Parking is available at Dry Dock Brewing. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Feel free to message DEF any questions you may have on Facebook in advance, or shoot us an email. We don’t like spam, but are interested in just about anything else that falls into DEF lanes, so, when in doubt, reach out! We are, after all, about connecting people.