Chief Executive Officer, STAQ
JAMES CURRAN has 15 years of digital media experience spanning from all ends of the landscape, holding positions in product, inventory, business development and sales from SaaS to Agency business. He led various products at Advertising.com during its explosive growth stage and acquisition by AOL in 2004 for $485 million. After Advertising.com, James spent four years at Lotame Solutions, leading the product development and the start of its SaaS based, Data Management Platform, currently their flagship business.
Always having the entrepreneurial bug, James has built successful media and software businesses throughout his career. With passion for technology set on overdrive, James never tires of the wild west nature of the technology industry.
Chief Executive Officer, SameGrain
As an early pioneer of the Internet, ANNE BALDUZZI has over 25 years of online expertise. Her background includes marketing and product development roles at Apple, AOL (when it was a small start-up), and Viewtron, the first consumer online service in North America. After working in Silicon Valley and launching Apple’s first online service, she returned to the East Coast and founded Accelerate Partners, where she mentored and advised a wide range of early stage and established technology companies and spoke on technology trends. Anne is currently the Founder of SameGrain, an award winning “privacy first” social discovery start-up located in Baltimore’s ETC (Emerging Technology Centers) incubator.
Chief Executive Officer, ZeroFox
JAMES C. FOSTER is the Founder and CEO of ZeroFOX. Foster is an industry veteran and a world-renowned thought leader on cyber security. He’s published over a dozen books, holds patents, has spoken on Capitol Hill about the increase in international cyber threats, and is a recognized keynote speaker. In 2006, Foster founded the cyber security firm, Ciphent. Ciphent grew to almost 100 employees with 1000 customers by 2010 when it was acquired by Accuvant. With a three year growth rate of 8900+%, Ciphent was recognized as the #16th Fastest Growing Private Company in the US and #1 in Maryland by Inc. Magazine. As Chairman of the Advisory Board and SVP while at Accuvant, Foster led the successful acquisition of V3rity while the company achieved 50% year-over-year growth in 2011 with revenues in excess of $325M. Additionally, Foster has had the privilege of working with several other high growth cyber security organizations such as Booz Allen and Hamilton and Computer Sciences Corporation, and executing on exit strategies for Foundstone (acquired by McAfee for $86M), Guardent (acquired by Verisign $135M), and Information Security Magazine (acquired by Tech Target Media for an unpublicized amount). Foster started his career as a civilian in the United States Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2005, Foster became a Fellow from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from Capitol College.
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Clarabridge
SID BANERJEE is a well-known expert in customer experience, business intelligence, and text analytics. A Clarabridge co-founder, he provides Clarabridge with vision and direction for achieving customer success while also managing executive relationships with key current and prospective customers.
A highly-regarded figure in the Washington, DC technology scene, Sid has been recognized as a Washington Business Journal Most Admired CEO, a Greater Washington Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and a CIT Gap 50 Entrepreneur Award winner.
Prior to Clarabridge, he co-founded Claraview, a leading BI strategy and technology consultancy firm. Under Sid’s leadership, Claraview grew into a thriving services firm with over 130 employees without any outside funding. Claraview was acquired by Teradata, a leading data warehousing and business intelligence company, in March 2008.
Over his career, Sid has amassed over 25 years of leadership experience. A founding employee at MicroStrategy, he held Vice President-level positions in both product marketing and worldwide services. During his tenure leading MicroStrategy’s worldwide services division, he grew the organization to a 500+ person organization supporting enterprise deployments of BI solutions. Before joining MicroStrategy, Sid held management positions at Ernst & Young and Sprint International. Sid has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Follow Sid on Twitter: @sidbanerjee
Founder and CEO, Framebridge
SUSAN TYNAN is the founder and CEO of Framebridge, a DC-based start-up revolutionizing custom picture framing. Using the Framebridge website or app, customers can easily select a frame style, mail or upload art and photos, and receive the finished products, beautifully framed, directly to their door, at less than half retail prices. Framebridge has raised $11M in funding from Revolution Ventures, NEA, and Tim O’Shaughnessy.
Prior to Framebridge, Susan held senior product, ops, and business development roles in several consumer technology start-ups. At LivingSocial, Susan launched and managed three business lines, including the home services business (which featured many framing deals). Other start-up experience includes Taxi Magic, Revolution Health, and Promontory Interfinancial. Susan worked for the White House as a management advisor on technology and customer service issues. She began her career at Accenture. Susan earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia.
Follow Susan on Twitter: @susanrtynan
Linda Abraham is a founding member of comScore’s executive team who helped guide the company’s growth since its inception in 1999 to its current position as a global leader in digital measurement and analytics. comScore went public in 2007 (NASDAQ:SCOR) and today has a global footprint of 32 offices across 23 countries, Now an advisor to comScore, Ms. Abraham is an angel investor, and a board member/advisor to a number of startups and private companies. She is on the advisory boards for both the Data Science Institute as well as the Center for Business Analytics at the University of Virginia and is an active member of the World Economic Forum, including being a member of their Technology Pioneer Selection Committee. She is a frequent industry speaker, appearing in media outlets such as CNBC, The CBS Evening News and NPR. @linda_abraham
John Carney started climbing mountains 12 years ago on Mt. Rainier in Washington State. From there he began a journey called the Adventure Grand Slam – climbing the highest mountain on each continent and skiing or sledding to the North and South Pole. He has now been to the top of 6 of the 7 summits and to one of the Poles. Learn more about John’s adventures on his blog Anything is Possible.
Just as the mountains recharge John, his business pursuits fuel his passion. He and his wife co-founded Carney Inc in 1994 with a fundamental belief in the power of emerging technologies to accelerate training, knowledge transfer, and human performance improvement. In 2011, John folded 12 years of R&D into to a product venture that aims to revolutionize career management through its MARi platform. This platform utilizes big data analytics, machine learning, and advanced algorithms to track and support the knowledge, skills, and abilities of an individual over their entire life.
Prior to launching Carney Inc, John was the Director of Information Technology for the Independent Insurance Agents of America, and proudly served for five years in the Army National Guard as an enlisted helicopter mechanic and infantry officer. @JohnSCarney
Angel Investor, CEO of Brazen
Ed Barrientos is a well-known serial entrepreneur and angel investor in the Washington DC region. He is currently the CEO of Brazen, a high-growth, VC-backed startup in the enterprise software space. He sits on the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University School of Business and is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. Ed is a national faculty member at the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps and sits on numerous Boards including the Board of Directors of Founder Corps, where he is also a charter member.
From 1996 to 2005, he was President and CEO of Arc Second Inc., a high growth market leader in the field of laser based, high-precision GPS. Ed led Arc Second to a successful exit (acquired by Metris NV of Belgium) at the end of 2005. He sat on the Board of Directors of Metris NV, and worked as an active Board member through the Company’s IPO (2006) and its acquisition by Nikon (Japan) in 2009. From 1993 to 1996, Ed served as Managing Director of Max Schlatterer GmbH & Co KG, a leading German manufacturer of products for the food, drug and machine tool industry with headquarters outside of Munich, Germany. From 1991 to 1993, he was an international marketing consultant for Management Partner GmbH, a boutique management consulting firm based in Stuttgart, Germany. He started his professional career with IBM in 1986, serving in a number of technical and marketing related positions. Ed holds a B.S. in Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MBA from the George Washington University.
Founder and Managing Partner
Gil Beyda is the Founder & Managing Partner of Genacast Ventures, a seed fund formed in partnership with Comcast Ventures to invest in technology start-ups. Gil has invested in Invite Media (acquired by Google), Demdex (acquired by Adobe), DoubleVerify, Packlate, Divide (acquired by Google), Mortar Data (acquired by DataDog), LeadiD, YieldMo, Rocketrip, ZeroFox, RevMetrix, Overlap and STAQ.
Gil is a seasoned entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. Gil launched his first company Mind Games in 1982 to develop games for the original Apple II. Gil then started a software consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients in the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 1995, Gil helped pioneer Internet advertising by founding Real Media, the first online ad network and ad server company. After Real Media was acquired in 2001, Gil pioneered the next wave of online advertising as CTO of TACODA, the first behavioral targeting, ad network. Following AOL’s acquisition of TACODA in 2007, Gil founded Genacast Ventures.
Osage Venture Partners
Nate joined Osage Venture Partners in 2008 and as Managing Partner oversees investment and portfolio management activities. He serves on the Board of Directors of BA-Insight, Canvas, InstaMed, FieldView, PeopleLinx, Pneuron, RackWare, and Sidecar. He is also a board observer of ExecOnline, Identropy, ResiModel and SevOne, and formerly was on the board of Carnegie Speech and Medallion Analytics. He is a member of the Technology Investment Advisory Board for Ben Franklin Southeast Pennsylvania. Nate is a frequent speaker and panelist at venture events and is actively involved with numerous venture focused organizations including PACT, NJTC, MAVA, GCV, and Early Stage East.
Prior to joining Osage, Nate was President and CEO of Verticalnet, Inc., a publicly traded SaaS solutions provider, which was sold in January, 2008 to Italy-based BravoSolution. He served as the Malvern, PA- based Verticalnet’s CEO for over five years and was attributed with leading the transformation of Verticalnet from an online operator of web portals to a proven software solution provider, while navigating the company through a financial turnaround. Prior to Verticalnet, Nate was a Partner at Mercer Management Consulting and led both the San Francisco and the Hong Kong offices. During his time at Mercer, he worked closely with multinational companies and high growth emerging businesses both in the U.S. and in over fifteen countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Nate began his career at Chemical Bank in New York providing lending and structured finance services to mid-size companies. He is a graduate of Brown University and of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he graduated with honors.
Nate resides in Philadelphia, PA, with his wife Suzanne and his two sons and daughter.
Jake joined Kinetic Ventures in 1987. His investment activities focus on transaction-based and SaaS solutions, emerging mobile concepts, and power/clean technologies. He is a director of APX Holdings, LeaseTerm Solutions, AnyPresence, and 9Lenses. Earlier investments include SmartSynch (acquired by Itron; NASDAQ: ITRI), Clear Standards (acquired by SAP AG; NYSE: SAP), Peace Software (acquired by First Data Corp.), Innova (NASDAQ IPO, acquired by DMC), Xenergy (acquired by Energy East), and Liberty Technologies (NASDAQ IPO). Earlier in his career, Jake worked as a currency trader with the Bank of New York. He received his BA degree from Roanoke College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Blue Venture Investors
James (Jim) Hunt is a seasoned technology and investment professional with a principle focus on companies with technologies that can have a positive impact on operational efficiencies, particularly in the public sector markets. Hunt began his career in Washington in the mid 70’s as a U.S. Government scientist. After eight years with the government, Hunt founded “BDS, Incorporated” where he served as CEO for ten years. In 1991, BDS was merged with BTG, Incorporated and Hunt assisted in the integration of the two companies. In 1992, BTG was taken public in a successful offering.
Subsequent to his tenure at BDS/BTG, Hunt went to Price Waterhouse where he created the firm’s system integration practice. After two years as PW, Hunt was recruited away with 17 PW colleagues and founded “Ernst & Young Technologies” (EYT), where he was CEO for eight years. EYT was subsequently sold to Cap Gemini and Hunt served as President of Cap Gemini Technologies for two years.
After leaving Cap Gemini Technologies, with two colleagues, Hunt founded “The MITA Group” – a Washington-based consultancy focused on public affairs and business strategy. MITA Group executives subsequently merged with other executives from a similar consultancy and formed “nextFEDERAL, Incorporated” where Hunt serves as Managing Partner.
Mr. Hunt began his angel investing activities in the mid 1990’s with five investments in area companies. After several successful exits, Hunt expanded his portfolio in early 2000’s to include roughly thirty five companies. Hunt’s investments are in the area of cyber, data center management, social media, mobile applications, sensors and sensor management.
Jim serves on the boards of Sensics, Interfolio, Information Security Corporation, videoNEXT, NextFED, Avizia, DeepMile Networks, and SpotterRF. As an active member in four angel groups and a consultant to two venture funds, Hunt spends a significant amount of his time scouting for world-class, game changing technology companies. Hunt is also an Adjunct Professor at the McDonough School at Georgetown and teaches cornerstone courses in business planning and entrepreneurship. As a board member of the not-for-profit Angel Resource Institute, Hunt has also created and taught courses to international angels and entrepreneurs and has successfully launched four overseas ventures in the past ten years, with particular emphasis on technology incubation in developing countries. Hunt is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Rochester Institute of Technology and sits on the Notre Dame Engineering College Advisory Council. Additionally, Hunt is a past chairman of the Computing Industry Technology Association.
Paladin Capital Group
Mourad Yesayan is a Principal at Paladin Capital Group, focused on the firm’s technology and renewable energy investments. Prior to joining Paladin in 2009, Mourad was Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEIX), a leading marketer and producer of renewable fuels. At Pacific Ethanol, Mourad was part of the founding management team, leading the company’s financial planning and risk management functions while revenue grew from $80 to $700 million. He also played a key role in structuring over $500 million of equity and debt growth capital. Mourad received his MBA and BS degrees from California State University, Fresno.
1776 is a global incubator and seed fund helping startups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day—education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation and cities. 1776 is building a global community to provide the intellectual, social and financial capital these startups need to succeed.
Betamore is an award-winning campus for technology and entrepreneurship with a two-fold mission. First, we aim to stimulate the establishment and growth of technology-based startup companies through business collaboration and incubation. Second, and arguably most important, we offer a career-focused education led by current industry experts to a growing public community of learners.
Bethesda Green brings business, government and community together through programs and services to promote a sustainable society and has a business incubator that is developing the next generation of energy and environmental products and services.
ETC is a community of entrepreneurs and startups growing together in the City of Baltimore. The ETC offers three unique programs: ETC’s Incubation Program– offering business support services to tech startups, AccelerateBaltimore– a startup accelerator launching soon, & Beehive Baltimore– Baltimore’s coworking community.
Fishbowl Labs is a vibrant community of startups working out of the AOL campus in Dulles, Virginia. Our community provides free office space and support for talented entrepreneurs to help overcome the challenges inherent in starting a company. We also collaborate with some amazing folks across AOL.
hotDesks is the Eastern Shore’s connection to the Maryland startup and entrepreneur ecosystem. An initiative of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center serving the eight counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, hotDesks offers a network of coworking spaces, entrepreneur and innovation training, and access to capital for high-growth, scalable startup and growth businesses.
LiftOff Health is the first Virtual Health Business Incubator in the Washington D.C. area. We leverage our unique local resources and provide health focused education, mentorship, resources, documents, and services to help entrepreneurs and business around the world to succeed.
Mach37 is America’s premier market-centric cybersecurity accelerator designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cybersecurity product companies. MACH37™’s unique program design places heavy emphasis on the validation of product ideas and the development of relationships that produce an initial customer base and investment capital.
Potential Energy DC is building a unique ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors and policy experts in the Washington, DC metro area to solve energy challenges.
Refraction is a 11,000 square foot non-profit coworking space run by Canvas for technology startups, non-profit organizations, and artists located in Reston, VA.
Baltimore Angels is an angel investor group based in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 2009, its mission is to invest profitably in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem and advance early stage innovators to the next stage of capital formation. Its vision is to be the most trusted resource for angel capital investment and entrepreneurial mentorship in the Greater Baltimore region.
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The award-winning FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv.
Maryland Business Incubation Association was founded in 2002 to advance business incubation in Maryland. Representing 22 incubators, MBIA supports nearly 550 companies across the state in both urban and rural areas.
New Dominion Angels is an investor group formed to capitalize early-stage companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. We are not a managed fund. We are a group of like-minded members who make individual decisions whether to invest in companies that present to the group.
NextGen Angels is an investing club of more than 60 Washington, DC-area angels who are 40 or younger. Members all agree to actively support portfolio companies, defined as startups with ten or more members investing, whether or not that member personally invested in the company.
Startup Grind Baltimore and Startup Grind DC are event series and websites designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.
TechBreakfast is a monthly breakfast in Baltimore, Columbia, DC, and Northern Virginia where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business people, and interested people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other.
TiE DC has a mission to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.
Product & Business Development, Gravity.com
Joe Pfeiffer leads the business development team for Gravity after opening up their New York office in 2012. Prior to Gravity, he ran product for the Wall Street Journal website and started 2 companies on the side – a public radio show and a web development agency for fashion startups. He lives in New York but spent 104 days traveling last year. He loves data and writing his bio in the 3rd person. www.gravity.com
Chief Executive Officer, AddThis
Rich Harris has served in various leadership positions as an operator, entrepreneur and investor. He has built many successful growth companies and produced exits representing more than $1B in aggregate enterprise value in software, communications and healthcare. Success stories include Cronos Integrated Microsystems, a communications infrastructure company (acquired by JDS Uniphase, NASDAQ: JDSU); MDLinx, a digital media company (acquired by a division of Sony, NYSE: SNE); and DCL Medical Laboratories, an anatomic pathology laboratory (acquired by LabCorp, NYSE: LH). Rich has played a key role in more than 100 financings, mergers and/or acquisitions.
Rich currently serves as a board member or advisor to several technology companies and investment firms. He has an MBA and JD from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Economics from Denison University.
Founder and Managing Partner
New Atlantic Ventures
Vice President, Strategic Investments and Partnerships
SAP National Security Services
CIT GAP Funds
Core Capital Partners
Venture Capital Associate
President and Executive Director
Author, The Creator’s Code
Amy Wilkinson is a strategic adviser, entrepreneur, and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A sought-after speaker, she frequently addresses audiences on entrepreneurial leadership, and advises start-ups and large corporations on innovation and business strategy. She has held leadership roles with McKinsey & Company and J.P. Morgan, and founded a small, foreign-based export company. Wilkinson has served as a White House fellow and special assistant to the United States Trade Representative and as a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Founder & CEO, Luminal
Josh Stella is the Founder & CEO of Luminal. He’s been programming since his teen years in the 1980s, when he learned to write code to automate animation tasks on his Amiga and realized that programming was more interesting than animation to him. Josh fondly recalls SunOS, NeXT Step programming, and not-so-fondly recalls SGML and Windows 3.1. Prior to Luminal, Josh most recently was a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services. He has served as a CTO for a prior startup and in numerous other technical and leadership roles over the last 25 years. When not working, Josh is likely playing a guitar, riding a bicycle, or cooking. Josh holds a Master’s Certificate in Astronomy from James Cook University.
Co-Founder and Chairman
Harbert Venture Partners
Managing Director of Equity Funds
Maryland Venture Fund
New Markets Venture Partners
CEO, Membership & Paid Services Group
Managing Partner and Vice President
CIT Gap Funds