Cofounder & CEO
Evan Burfield is the cofounder and CEO of 1776, where he works with startups around the world tackling important challenges in areas like education, health, energy, transportation, and cities. He is a frequent speaker and contributor to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Huffington Post.Evan started his entrepreneurial career by founding netDecide in 1996, shortly after graduating from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. netDecide was a leading provider of enterprise wealth management software to financial services firms such as Ernst & Young, Bank of America, Mutual of New York, and State Farm. netDecide raised more than $20m in venture capital before it was acquired by Informa Investment Solutions in 2003, at which point it was profitable with more than $14m in revenue.
After leaving netDecide, Evan matriculated at St. Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford, where he received a first class bachelor’s degree in triple honors philosophy, politics, and economics. While at Oxford, Evan received the George Webb Medley Prize for most outstanding thesis in economics for his game theoretic analysis of collaboration and organizational design. In parallel to his studies at Oxford, Evan was the Director of Strategy for Oakwood Global Finance in London, where he analyzed market opportunities in asset backed finance in markets across Europe and Asia.
Evan returned to Washington, DC in 2006 to found Synteractive, a consulting form focused on Gov 2.0 solutions. Synteractive designed and built platform that redefined how government can operate, such as Recovery.gov for the Obama Administration. Synteractive was acquired by Smartronix in 2011.
Evan currently serves as a Trustee of the Federal City Council in Washington, DC and is on the board of advisors to the Rothermere American Institute in Oxford.