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
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.