Port & Starboard was established in 2015 by Jeff Werby and Lisa DeNoia, two friends and coworkers driven by a common entrepreneurial spirit, and a creative spin on problem solving. They wanted to find local technology talent and needed a place to work from, so they started 1701, the first coworking space in Virginia Beach. Running two start-ups requires long hours, so with Jeff’s dad, Bob Werby, they started a third company — Fathom Coffee. Today, Port and Starboard is fueled up, and excited to channel our business savvy, creativity, and tenacity towards helping your business succeed.
behind the name
We come by our nautical theme honestly. We are located blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. One of our founders, Jeff, was a Lieutenant in the Navy, commanding a riverine detachment. The rest of us like anchors. Port & Starboard doesn’t just mean left and right in ship-speak — it’s also a type of schedule for keeping watch. We’re always scanning for any technological dangers or opportunities coming your way.
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meet our team
Jeff is an accomplished IT business professional with a technical background, experience in strategy consulting and a comprehensive understanding of operations. He has been recognized for his abilities to communicate advanced concepts to a wide variety of partners, executives and customers. Jeff brings valuable experience integrating matrixed and globally distributed teams to solve highly complex problems in fiscal and time constrained environments.
Lisa is an innovative technology leader for high-growth enterprises across various industries. She specializes in business process optimization/automation, IT systems consolidation and IT cost savings analysis, as well as Salesforce platform implementation services, solution architecture, design, development and systems integration.
Alyssa is an out-of-the-box thinker who uses a creative yet methodical approach at reaching the goals of the client. She has a background in customer service, marketing, graphic design, membership management, and a whole array of random skills that might come in handy one day. She is an integrator and amplifier of content strategy and creation across the digital marketplace. Her expertise is everything WordPress related, digital content creation, and social media management.
Armed with an MBA and an arsenal of experience, Missy is a versatile Vendor Manager and Project Management Consultant who delivers on contract, procurement, and relationship management projects for customers across Department of Defense and commercial industries. Her humor, responsiveness, and attention to detail makes navigating complicated processes as fun and painless as possible.
Passions include travel, Oxford comma usage, and miniature schnauzers.
We’re a Proud Pledge 1% Member
Pledge 1% invites all entrepreneurs and their companies to commit important resources (product, time, and resources) to support integrating philanthropy into their business from an early stage.
Port & Starboard pledges 1% of our time for pro bono projects for non profits. Our latest pro bono project was a complete website redesign for the ViBe Creative District and ongoing support. Learn more about the project here.pledge 1%