About Us

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Speedshift Ventures was founded to provide solutions to lower-middle market companies. Speedshift Ventures was designed with the idea that small businesses have unique needs and that one size does not fit all.  As owners of multiple businesses, our team has experienced the frustrations and challenges of the small business ownership first hand.

We have been there.

Learning from our own business growth and exits, we have developed a unique set of services that caters to the unique needs of lower-middle market companies. 

We believe that every small business can become a market leader in their industry, disrupt the status quo and in the process, develop a legacy for their founders and their families for generations to come.

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Sarah Djamshidi
President and Managing Partner & Executive Director, CEO 2.0 Business Services  

Exit strategy advisor and licensed investment banker Sarah Djamshidi helps business owners make their exit strong, certain, and something to celebrate. With almost two decades of helping more than 200 companies with startup, growth, turnaround, exit strategy, and succession plans, her innovative and holistic approach opens up opportunities and changes perspectives to your advantage. Analyzing financial, business, and personal goals, she helps determine the best exit options and grow and structure your business into the best position. She is as dynamic in leading implementation as she is in strategy, steering fiscal, operations, and mergers and acquisitions processes for board members and executives and testifying to the U.S. Senate on small business issues. But business owners come first—guided by her conviction that your most successful exit starts now.

  • Worked in multiple verticals, including cybersecurity, biotech, chemical, supply chain and logistics, data analytics, restaurants, and medical practices.

  • Worked in global teams including those in New Zealand, Finland, and the United Kingdom

  • Raised more than $25 million in venture capital for portfolio companies

  • Led association of more than 20 incubators and accelerators supporting more than 400 emerging companies, as president of the Maryland Business Incubation Association

  • Earned FINRA Series 79–Investment Banking Representative

  • Participated in Certified Business Exit Consultation (CBEC) training from Pinnacle Equity Solutions

  • Testified to U.S. Senate on small business issues

  • Helped steer clients to award-winning projects as Executive Director of the Chesapeake Innovation Center and technology scouting program leader for the intelligence community

  • Holds Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Statistics with specialization in Decision Information Systems from the University of Maryland·

  • Based in Washington, D.C., metropolitan area


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Felix Laboy   
Managing Director 

Laboy has dedicated over 25 years to an impressive career in the technology, hotel and travel industry. From 2009 to 2013, Laboy was President of Sabre Hospitality Solutions, a leading Software as a Service technology company.  Sabre Hospitality Solutions was created to provide the most comprehensive marketing, distribution and operations tools for the hospitality industry worldwide and today generates over $12 billion in annual revenue for its customers.  Prior to leading Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Laboy established E-site Marketing and was co-founder of the company, the preeminent hospitality Internet Marketing service company in the world.  E-site Marketing started in 1999 with no outside funding or outside investors and over the next 10 years, Laboy established strategic direction and oversaw company performance, growth and operations. E-site Marketing used leading technology to be disruptive to the existing Internet offerings in the hotel marketplace.  Laboy is considered a pioneer in the development and integration of many hospitality Internet marketing best practices and solutions that are today replicated and embraced industry-wide.  Sabre Holdings acquired E-site Marketing in 2007. 

 


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Jeffrey W. Salinger
Managing Director

Jeffrey W. Salinger is an accomplished senior executive with nearly 40 years of experience in marketing, technology, operations, and strategic acquisitions and alliances. Seventeen of those years were concentrated in building an industry-leading Fortune 100 firm. Jeff also has business start-up experience and has served on small-firm boards.  He has had direct responsibility for hundreds of employees and large multimillion-dollar annual operating budgets.

Over his career, Jeff’s responsibilities have included marketing and sales, technology and systems development, product development, advertising, direct mail, research, retail loan operations, and customer service. He has also directed the development of strategic alliances and business acquisitions.

Jeff is the Managing Partner of a venture fund that specializes in green, environmentally progressive investments.  In addition, he currently owns and operates two very successful firms.

  



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Charles O. Heller
Board of Advisory Member

 Charles O. Heller is President of Annapolis Capital Group, a management consulting and investment firm. Previously, he was General Partner of Gabriel Venture Partners, a bicoastal, early-stage, venture capital fund with $260M under management, and Director/Chair of the Investment Committee of Athlone Global Security, a VC firm specializing in cybersecurity. From 1990 to 1999, Dr. Heller was Director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. He built the center into one of the top-ranked in the nation and was named the University’s first-ever Professor of Practice.  Charlie has been very active in the Mid-Atlantic business community for many years, as a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and mentor to many of the region’s startup ventures. 

He was co-founder and CEO of CADCOM, Inc., a pioneer enterprise software company.  After selling CADCOM, he led a management buy-out of a segment of the firm which became Intercad Corporation, a publishing software company; Dr. Heller was its CEO.  He sits on a number of boards, including those of Hennessy Mutual Funds, Walden University, NewSchool of Architecture & Design, Chesapeake Innovation Center, and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University. He holds three engineering degrees: BS and MS from Oklahoma State University, and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.  He has been recipient of a number of awards, including Maryland’s “Entrepreneur-of-the-Year,” the Lohmann Medal from OSU, and CUA’s Alumni Achievement Award. He is a dual citizen of the US and the Czech Republic, his native country.

His “other” career has been that of a writer. He is the author of the award-winning memoir, Prague: My Long Journey Home, published in December 2011, and has three additional memoirs in the works. He has been a columnist for the Washington Business Journal, Daily Record, Annapolis Capital, Baltimore News-American, and The Public Enterprise.

 

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