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MAVA’s Industry Outlook 2016

Thank You For Joining Us For
2 Mornings of 2016 Insights

Baltimore, MD
Friday, January 22nd

Four Seasons

Registration and Networking: 7:30 – 8:00am
Breakfast and Program: 8:00 – 9:30am

Thank You For Attending

Tysons, VA
Wednesday, February 3rd

Tower Club

Registration and Networking: 7:30 – 8:00am
Breakfast and Program: 8:00 – 9:30am

Thank You For Attending

The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association launched 2016 with insights from our region’s active investors as they looked into “the Crystal Ball” to identify key trends in the industry sectors that they follow and invest in.  Through this fast-paced, insight-rich format, MAVA brought together company-builders and investors across all stages to discuss and predict the hottest trends for the year ahead.

 Crystal Ball featured insights from:

ABS Capital
Columbia Capital
Edison Partners
RedOwl Analytics
SWaN & Legend Venture Parnters

Tysons, VA
Wednesday, February 3rd


General Partner, Columbia Capital
The Cyber Security Sector: Oversaturated or Opportunity?

Arun joined Columbia Capital in 2000 and focuses on cyber security, enterprise services and mobile media investments. Arun is on the Board of Directors or actively involved with Altamira, Daz 3D, Devas Multimedia, Digital Signal, Endgame, Netuitive, Nomi, Verato and Vubiquity. Arun was also involved with former Columbia portfolio companies Adjoined Consulting (acquired by Kanbay International, Inc.), Approva (acquired by Infor), Intelliworks (acquired by Hobsons), Millennial Media (NYSE: MM), Riptech (acquired by Symantec Corporation), Softek Storage Holdings (acquired by IBM), and Webs (acquired by Vistaprint). Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Arun was at Carlyle Venture Partners focused on software and Internet investments. Earlier, Arun held positions in Arthur D. Little’s telecom and technology consulting practice and shared responsibility for establishing ADL’s operation in India. Arun received a B.S. degree with Distinction in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, SWaN & Legend Venture Partners
Media Disruption: Where’s the Next “Mr. Robot” coming from?

As Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for SWaN & Legend, Todd brings a successful approach to private equity investing and a focus on identifying and helping to build transformative companies that not only succeed, but transform their industries, their markets and the world around them. During his 20+ year career, he has been involved in financing more than 130 venture and growth stage companies.

In 2005, Todd founded and served as Managing Partner of Legend Ventures, a private investment firm targeting New Media and Information Technology opportunities, which merged with SWaN Investors in 2012, becoming SWaN & Legend Venture Partners. He serves on the boards of Anonymous Content, La Lumiere, China Senior Care, and MyOwnMed. He is also a board observer on CustomInk, Optoro, Social Radar, Quad Learning and Think Food Group.

Todd has written two books on Transformative Companies: East of Wall Street, a work of business fiction, and Built for Change: Essential Traits of Transformative Companies (Praeger Publishing).

He is a frequent speaker on capital formation and entrepreneurship, has appeared on the Lou Dobbs Show and CNN, and has been a keynote speaker at Fortune Magazine’s Growth Summit. He serves in leadership roles for the Young Presidents Organization and serves on numerous boards.

He earned his BBA from the University of Texas-Austin and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Senior Investment Director, CIT
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Sean Mallon joined CIT in 2011 as Senior Investment Director for the CIT GAP Funds. In this role, he leads deal sourcing and due diligence efforts for early stage companies committed to rapid growth and the development of innovative products and services. He also serves as CIT’s representative on the boards of several portfolio companies. Sean has over 20 years of investment and start-up experience, including senior marketing, business development and operational roles in public and venture-backed companies. From 1999 to 2003, Sean was a principal at Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds (MAVF), an early-stage venture capital firm focused on the telecommunications and IT industries. Sean holds an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

General Partner, Updata Partners
The Business End of the Internet of Things: Looking Beyond Consumers to B2B and Backend Plays

James Socas is a General Partner and co-manages the firm. James has more than twenty years experience in the technology industries and technology investing. Previously, James served as Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Symantec, the global security software leader, leading Symantec’s mergers & acquisitions practice, corporate venture investing, and strategic, financial and technology alliances. He conceived, negotiated and executed Symantec’s highly publicized international joint venture with Huawei Technologies, one of China’s leading technology companies, and drove the successful billion dollar acquisition of systems management leader Altiris, as well as several other major corporate acquisitions. Prior to Symantec, James was a Managing Director with Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, executing over $20 billion in M&A transactions and $15 billion in capital raising.

James serves on the Board of Trustees of The Potomac School, the Board of Directors of McLean Youth Soccer and the Alumni Association Board of Managers of the University of Virginia; and he was previously appointed to serve two terms on Virginia’s Board of Corrections. James is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Baltimore, MD
Friday, January 22nd

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Founder & CEO, RedOwl Analytics
Addressing the human side of security risks – from INSIDE the institution

Guy Filippelli leads RedOwl’s overall vision with a strong focus on product strategy and customer success. Prior to founding RedOwl, Guy co-founded Berico Technologies, a software engineering firm, and Praescient Analytics, a data analytics service provider. Guy holds a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. He is a passionate supporter of military veterans, and in 2012 helped launch the COMMIT Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on transitioning top veteran talent to the private sector by fostering mentorship, extending and growing networks, and accelerating veterans into leadership roles post-service.

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General Partner, Edison Partners
Shifts in Digital Media: The Impact of Closed-loop Marketing

General Partner Gary Golding directs Edison’s regional investment team in McLean, Virginia. He focuses on investments in the communications and government information technology sectors.

Gary’s concentration is business software. Over his career, Gary has served as the lead investor in multiple companies in the communications software industry, which is heavily concentrated in New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. He also seeks investments in companies selling technology products to federal, state and local governments.

Gary is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurial events and financing seminars. He currently serves on the Board of the Tech Council of Maryland and is Chairman of the TCM Capital Formation Forum. The Association for Corporate Growth named Gary Dealmaker of the Year.


General Partner, JMI
Internet of Things

Bob Nye joined JMI in 2005 and is based in Baltimore. He is currently a director of Adknowledge, Benevity, and DoubleVerify. Bob also supports the firm’s investments in BrightLine, EMS Software, and Paradigm. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) Board of Directors. Prior to joining JMI, Bob was a consultant with Bates White, an economic consulting firm focused on econometric and statistical modeling. He graduated from Princeton University with an AB in Economics and a Certificate in Finance.

Laura Witt

General Partner, ABS Capital
Re-Invention of the Freelance Economy

Laura has been an active investor in software and technology services companies since joining ABS Capital in 1997.  She has experience in building growth companies in the technology sector, working with portfolio companies on the key strategic and operational issues they face.  Laura has led investments in applications and infrastructure software, Internet, mobile and consumer technologies.Prior to ABS Capital, Laura was a senior consultant at Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm, where she advised clients on growth strategies, new technologies, and mergers & acquisitions.  Previously, she was a consultant with Oliver, Wyman & Company, a consulting firm serving clients in the financial services industry.  Laura has significant international experience, having been based in London and Frankfurt for several years.