TechBUZZ Summer 2014 Keynote Speakers

Since they first appeared on the TechBUZZ stage in May 2011, Blake Hall of and James Quigley of Canvas have been building amazing companies and changing the world. Seriously!

As a celebration of startups and entrepreneurship, TechBUZZ strives to deliver meaningful insight and inspiration to all of the entrepreneurs in attendance - on stage and in the audience through our Rock Star CEO Keynotes.

On June 18th, MAVA is thrilled to invite two outstanding TechBUZZ Alumni back to the stage in June to share their stories of growth, success and lessons learned with the community of fellow innovators, investors and partners who have supported them and who will support the new TechBUZZ companies over the months and years ahead.

Blake Hall
Founder and CEO,

Blake Hall, an Army Ranger, is the Founder and CEO of, a digital identity network that empowers individuals to prove their identity and group affiliations while controlling how their information is shared online. Blake led a battalion reconnaissance platoon in Iraq for fifteen months during 2006-2007. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for leading his men during a firefight against insurgents in an action senior commanders credited with saving twenty American lives. Blake has written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Forbes, The Huffington Post and DC Magazine.

Blake is a frequent contributor to programs hosted by Public Radio International and syndicated on NPR and the BBC. Thanks to The Economist, he is also the first Google result for the phrase "muscly entrepreneur." Blake attained a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

View Blake's Presentation at TechBUZZ AOL Fishbowl Labs: 

James Quigley
CEO and Co-Founder,

James Quigley is the CEO and co-founder of Canvas, a cloud-based software services that enables businesses to replace expensive and inefficient paper forms with powerful apps on their smartphones and tablets. James has a long history of building successful wireless companies. Prior to Canvas, James was Vice President and Managing Director at inCode Wireless, which was later acquired by VeriSign. Other successful start-ups include Aether Systems, Orbcomm, and Peak Technologies (formerly a division of R.R. Donnelley). James has won numerous awards, including being named as one of the 2012 "Top 50 CEO's," by the Center for Innovative Technology and was named one of the top 20 global executive s in his field by CLO Magazine and the World Supply Chain Forum.

View James' Presentation at TechBUZZ AOL Fishbowl Labs: