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The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Presents: TechBUZZ Spring 2017

The event of the year for active investors in the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond.

Thursday, March 30th

1pm – 7:30pm
FHI 360 @ Dupont Circle
1825 Connecticut Avenue NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

MAVA is proud to once again shine the spotlight on the hottest up-and-coming early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic again. A diverse and experienced cross-section of Early Stage Investors, VCs, and experienced CEOs will provide valuable feedback in response to the TechBUZZ presentations. Whether on stage or in the audience, the insight of our investor panels is always informative and thought-provoking.



Networking, Registration and Demo Tables Open

1:00 – 2:00

CEO Keynotes, Company Pitches & Investor Feedback

2:00 – 5:30

Networking Reception


Keynote Speakers

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Alec Ross

Distinguished Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University
New York Times Bestselling Author

Alec Ross is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future, published by Simon & Schuster. The Industries of the Future explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next ten years, from cybersecurity and big data to the commercialization of genomics to the code-ification of money, markets and trust. Since its publication in February of 2016, it has gone into an 8th printing and the rights have been sold for translation into 18 languages.

He recently served for four year as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State. In this role, Alec acted as the diplomatic lead on a range of national security issues.

Previously, Alec served as the Convener for the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

In 2000, he and three colleagues co-founded a technology-focused social enterprise and grew it from modest origins in a basement into a global organization serving millions of low-income people, with programs on four continents.

Among recent recognitions:

  • Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine

  • U.S. Department of State Distinguished Honor Award

  • Oxford University Internet & Society Award

Alec started his career as a sixth grade teacher through Teach for America in Baltimore where he lives with his wife and their three young children.

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Viyas Sundaram

Chief Revenue Officer, SnagAJob

Viyas Sundaram serves as Snagajob’s chief revenue officer. Sundaram oversees the introduction of Snagajob’s growing portfolio of employer-facing products to the hourly employment marketplace.

Prior to joining Snagajob, Sundaram was senior vice president of Sales for mindSHIFT Technologies, where he led the company’s growth strategy and facilitated mindSHIFT’s emergence as the largest managed/cloud services provider for SMBs in the country. Sundaram helped navigate mindSHIFT’s acquisition by Best Buy in 2011 and subsequent acquisition by Ricoh in 2014. Sundaram also served as managing partner for Hat Trick, LLC, a hospitality holding corporation, where he was responsible for all operational and financial duties from 2001 to 2002. In 1996, Sundaram co-founded Virtex Networks, a services provider acquired by Leapfrog Services in 2001, where as chief executive officer he was responsible for the operational and revenue growth of a managed service provider that focuses on providing small to midsize firms with a Fortune 500 outsourcing IT solution at an affordable price.

Sundaram received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University and holds an MBA from the University of Maryland. His first hourly job was as a floor sales representative at a men’s clothing store.

Taking The Stage: The Presenting Companies

Logistics / Sharing Economy

Charlotte, NC

Data / Analytics

San Francisco, CA

Autonomous Connected Vehicles

Fairfax, VA

Enterprise iOT Services

Baltimore, MD

Healthcare IT/ Digital Health

Reston, VA

Software / SaaS

Washington, DC

Consumer Internet Security

Falls Church, VA

Industrial Internet of Things

Germantown, MD


Washington, DC

Business Services

Falls Church, VA

Software / SaaS

McLean, VA


Washington, DC

SaaS/ Enterprise Software

New York, NY


Manassas, VA

Digital Media

Washington, DC

Internet Software & Services

Great Falls, VA

Healthcare AI

Washington, DC

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Mike Avon

Venture Partner, ABS Capital

Mike Avon is a Venture Partner at ABS Capital Partners with a focus on software, digital media and technology businesses. Mike is a seasoned operating executive and investor with extensive experience in rapidly growing technology businesses. With his combination of deep operational and investing experience, Mike spends a portion of his time working with current ABS portfolio companies while also helping to identify opportunities for new investments.

Prior to ABS, Mike was the CFO and Executive Vice President at Millennial Media, a leading mobile advertising technology and data company. Mike helped launch Millennial Media as a venture capitalist and later joined the company to lead its successful growth phase and IPO (NYSE:MM). Prior to Millennial Media, Mike was a Principal at Columbia Capital where he led numerous digital media, software and communications technology investments and assisted in the launching of several companies out of the fund. Earlier in his career, Mike held various operating roles in early and growth stage technology businesses and was a corporate attorney representing venture funds and early and growth stage technology companies across the country. Along with his role as a Venture Partner at ABS Capital, Mike is also currently the Founder and CEO of ICX Media, a digital media software and data analytics company based in Washington, D.C.


Brian Carney

General Partner, Harbert Growth Partners

Brian Carney is a Partner in the General Partner. Mr. Carney joined HMC in 2007 and currently serves on the boards of Anutra Medical, Clinipace Worldwide, Envera Health, Healthcare Interactive, Social Safeguard, and WiserTogether. Mr. Carney is a board member of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development in Durham, NC and is a former Board member of the Richmond Venture Forum. Prior to joining HMC, Mr. Carney was an associate with Morgan Stanley Venture Partners where he executed healthcare growth equity investments. Prior to Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, Mr. Carney was a financial analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Healthcare Investment Banking Group.

Mr. Carney holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with honors from Washington & Lee University.


Tom Clute

Associate, Paladin Capital Group

Tom Clute is an Associate at Paladin Capital Group and a member of Paladin’s investment team, which is focused on driving new opportunities for the firm’s portfolio. Tom’s primary responsibilities include identifying, assessing, and executing on compelling investment targets. He joined the firm in 2010 as an Analyst.
Prior to joining Paladin as an Analyst, Mr. Clute was an intern at Paladin Capital Group and Sullivan & Worcester LLP. Mr. Clute earned his Masters in Management from The Fuqua School of Business (Duke University) and his bachelor’s degree in History from Duke University.


Jennifer Hsin

Director & CFO, CNF Investments

Since 2004, Jennifer Hsin has worked at Clark Enterprises, the private investment company investing on behalf of the A. James Clark family. She currently operates in a dual function as a Director and CFO at CNF Investments, the private equity arm of Clark Enterprises. She is responsible for sourcing and managing portfolio companies with a focus on enterprise software and an emphasis on financial technology, marketing technology and education technology. She also oversees the finance operations and administration of the fund. Jennifer serves on the board or works with CNF portfolio companies including InGo Money, Ceros, Carbon38, Calvert Education, ViewLift, Overture Technologies and Echo360. She also serves on the board of Hearts and Homes for Youth, a nonrofit organization dedicated to empowering youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, mental health issues, homelessness, and other trauma. Prior to CNF, Jennifer worked at BenefitNation, Inc. an early internet publishing solution company and at Arthur Andersen, LLP in the audit division with a focus on real estate and banking. Jennifer is a CPA with a BS in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.


Rashad Moore

CEO, CodeStax

Currently Rashad Moore serves in senior leadership at RGS Associates after they acquired the company he founded, Software Theoretic, in late 2015. The core philosophy of Software Theoretic was as a melding of the practical and theoretical; where project teams work on the ground, hand-in-hand with the customer to solve their most difficult problems. Prior to founding Software Theoretic Rashad served as a senior technical consultant with Cleared Solutions, Inc where he served in various leadership roles and was responsible for mentoring software engineers.

Rashad honed his research and development talents while serving in various applied research and project management roles. As a Senior Information Systems Engineer at MITRE, he lead an organization responsible for the design, development, and daily operations of a mission critical communications system. In addition to his technical leadership he was instrumental in leading the development of the mission and vision, and the organizational structure of his team; including defining and clearly communicating roles and responsibilities across his 100+ member project team.

Prior to his tenure at MITRE Rashad joined AOL as a result of the acquisition of LocalEyes, Inc. a small (8 person) technology start-up. As a software engineer at LocalEyes, Inc. Rashad lead a number of successful technical projects and was responsible for several ground-breaking innovations. Additionally, he was responsible for developing and managing client relationships; and conducting due diligence studies for the firm’s acquisition strategy.

Rashad received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University. He earned an M.S. in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University; graduating with honors Rashad’s research focused on artificial intelligence (evolutionary computation/data mining/learning algorithms). Additionally, Rashad earned an MS in Information Systems from JHU with an emphasis in information retrieval and analytical tools.


David Steinberg

CEO, Nextility

David Steinberg is the CEO of DC based Nextility – the world’s first competitive energy marketplace for commercial users. He has over 35 years of sales, technical and executive experience in the energy, data communication, network security, and Internet services industries. He has been in the high tech sectors of Silicon Valley and Washington with several start ups either as founder or member of the early management team. Steinberg was CEO of SwapDrive/, an online storage cloud solution from May 2001 to October 2008 (sold to Symantec –SYMC). Steinberg also previously served as the founding director of worldwide channels at then start up Check Point Software, Inc. and as a founding member and Senior Vice President of SynOptics Communications, Inc. (which became Bay Networks after merger). He serves as a director on the board of Costar Group (CSGP), solar energy finance company Sol Systems, The Wireless Registry, and Radius Networks for which he serves as Chairman. He is a member of board of the Mid Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), the advisory board of the Washington, DC venture capital firm Core Capital Partners, and he serves as board trustee for not-for-profits; SEED School of Washington, DC and We Are Family, DC.

TechBUZZ Partners


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.


Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been the leading seed stage capital provider for Southeastern Pennsylvania’s technology sectors, investing over $175 million in more than 1,750 regional technology companies, many of which have gone on to become industry leaders, for over 30 years. Ben Franklin has also launched university/industry partnerships that accelerate scientific discoveries to commercialization, and has seeded regional initiatives that strengthen our entrepreneurial community.


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.


Bunker Lab DC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses at inside Capitol Post located in Alexandria, Virginia.


The Dingman Center Angels is a Maryland based angel investment group that provides funding to early-stage companies located within the Mid-Atlantic region. Our members are entrepreneurs, CXO’s, venture capitalists and business leaders who have founded, funded and built world-class companies. Our investors come from a wide array of industry expertise and in association with the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship, create an extensive entrepreneurial community.


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.


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.


Loudoun County Department of Economic Development is here to help build your business. Dedicated to recruiting new business, growing our existing industries and improving our county’s business climate, we’re ready and waiting to provide a wide range of services for your company, whether you’re a start-up or well-established player.


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.


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 23,000 square foot non-profit coworking space run by Canvas for technology startups, non-profit organizations, and artists located in Reston, VA.


Startup Grind DC is an 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.

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