The Center Club in partnership with Edwin Warfield and the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Present

Investing in Genius: A Tribute to Frank Bonsal Jr. and Chuck Newhall


100 Light Street, 16th floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
5-7:30 PM

Investing in Genius is the second in the speaker series, City Genius

Bonsal and Newhall were two of the founders of New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the largest and most active venture capital firms in the world today and were instrumental in the development of the venture industry. Bonsal is a well-known and highly regarded angel investor in early stage companies and investment funds. Newhall, an astute investor, advocated for the industry and founded more than 30 years ago, the Mid-Atlantic Venture Capital Association (MAVA) which was incorporated in 1987, providing a model for other cities.  Since retiring from NEA in 2012, he has served as Chair of Greenspring Associates’ Industry Advisory Board.

“Chuck and Frank have each left distinctive and lasting marks that have shaped an entire industry. Chuck, through his leadership and vision, helped pioneer an industry as founder of MAVA, which for more than 30 years has impacted the formation and growth of countless funds, entrepreneurs and companies; and Frank, having personally backed some of the most notable funds and companies during their most formative stages, has been one of our industry’s most prolific angel investors of our time. It is difficult to overstate the influence that these two individuals have had in support of this industry as its people, the companies, and the overall economy have been beneficiaries.”

— Julia Spicer, Executive Director, MAVA



Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures helps develop new discoveries and inventions into products and services that benefit society and transform the world. We help inventors and entrepreneurs protect and license their innovations and foster collaboration with business partners who specialize in launching new inventions.

Our mission is to protect the intellectual property of Johns Hopkins faculty and to commercialize these inventions for the public good and bring the benefits of discovery to the world.


The RedOwl human risk analytics platform mitigates the threat of insiders for information security and regulatory surveillance teams. Our behavioral analytics platform integrates structured and unstructured data sources—unlike traditional tools—to provide holistic visibility of human risk across the enterprise. With offices in Baltimore, NYC, SF, and London, RedOwl’s investors include the Blackstone Group, Allegis Capital, and Conversion Capital.

Videology is a leading software provider for converged TV and video advertising. By simplifying big data, we empower marketers and media companies to make smarter advertising decisions to fully harness the value of their audience across screens. Our math and science-based technology enables our customers to manage, measure and optimize digital video and TV advertising to achieve the best results in the converging media landscape.

Videology, Inc., is a privately-held, venture-backed company, whose investors include Catalyst Investors, Comcast Ventures, NEA, Pinnacle Ventures, and Valhalla Partners. Videology is headquartered in New York, NY, with key offices in Baltimore, Austin, Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and sales teams across North America.


For nearly 30 years, MAVA has served the full community of innovators, corporate partners, companies, private capital, suppliers, and key advisors needed to build successful businesses from start-up to exit.  From venture to private equity, angel to growth equity, and family office to strategic corporates, MAVA brings together the full spectrum of capital and key resources necessary to accelerate the growth of companies across industry sectors and stages of development.  MAVA provides a wide range of programs designed to stimulate revenue and company growth, create efficiencies for conducting business, facilitate quality deal flow, encourage collaboration and foster relationships among entrepreneurs, corporate decision makers, investors, strategic partners and customers.



Executive Director
Mid-Atlantic Venture Association

Julia Spicer is the Executive Director and a Board Member at The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA). Ms. Spicer joined MAVA in 2002, prior to which she provided strategic communications consultation and oversight to the portfolio companies at Columbia Capital, LLC, where she served as a Vice President. Previously, she has served as Co-Founder, President, and Chief Operating Officer at IntellEvents and Vice President of GTE Corporation. In addition, she had oversight for the GTE Corporate Foundation. Ms. Spicer received her B.A. in Communications from the University of North Carolina where she was a John Motley Morehead Scholar.



Chairman & CEO

Scott has spent his career utilizing mathematics and information technology to build profitable businesses and products. As Chairman and CEO of Videology, Scott is focused on guiding the company through each new phase of growth, and driving innovation to meet the industry’s latest opportunities. A pioneer in the digital advertising industry, Scott is committed to developing smart solutions to meet the needs of the world’s largest marketers and media agencies, with a focus on international expansion that has resulted in offices in 28 locations across the globe. Prior to his work with Videology, Scott most notably co-founded in 1998 – the world’s leading performance-based digital advertising network –  and sold the company to AOL in 2004. He has also held key roles at Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble and Capital One. Scott has received numerous awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, CEO of the Year by Blue Chip Venture Company, and the American Business Award’s “Stevie” for Best Executive in 2005. Scott graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree from the University of Virginia, Dept of Systems Engineering in 1991, and a M.S. from the Stanford University, Dept of Engineering-Economic Systems in 1992.


President & CEO
RedOwl Analytics

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.


Senior Advisor to the President
Head of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures
Johns Hopkins University

Christy Wyskiel is Senior Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins University on matters of innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. In her role, she heads up Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, which includes technology transfer, the FastForward innovation hub, and commercial partnerships for the University. Christy is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of experience primarily focused on the life sciences and healthcare industries. Prior to her career as an entrepreneur, Christy was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital, a long-short equity investment fund with over $12 billion under management, where she had a long track record of successful healthcare investing in both public and private companies. Prior to that, she was a healthcare and medical technology stock analyst at T. Rowe Price. Christy co-founded two Baltimore based start-ups and has served as a formal and informal advisor to many others. The Baltimore Business Journal named Christy as a “Tech 10” Award recipient in 2016 as well as one of the 10 “Faces to Watch in 2015.” In 2016, she was appointed by Governor Hogan to the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, which assists in maintaining Maryland’s preeminence in the life sciences industry. Christy currently serves on the board of Teach for America – Baltimore and cochairs Baltimore’s Next Generation Investing Event, an event she co-founded which has raised over $450,000 for three K-8 education initiatives in Baltimore City. In 2015, Christy served as a member of the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission, known as the “Augustine Commission.” In 2014, she was added to the Board of Trustees of the Abell Foundation and the Baltimore Development Corp. From 2012-2014, she served on the board of the Maryland State Retirement Plan (MSRP), which oversees $3 billion in defined contribution assets of state employees. She is part of Leadership Maryland’s 2016 Class. Christy graduated from Williams College (BA, Economics and German) and the Stern School of Business at New York University (MBA, Accounting and Finance). She lives in Baltimore with her husband, two children, and a cat, and in her free time, she enjoys biking, yoga, golf, and watching the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles win.

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