TechBUZZ Summer 2016 2017-06-12T14:30:54+00:00

June 16, 2016
1:00 – 7:30pm

Columbus Center
Inner Harbor, Baltimore
701 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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MAVA shines the spotlight on the hottest up-and-coming early stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic again in 2016. 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.

TechBUZZ is the area’s premier event where early-stage entrepreneurs and active investors come together to see the best and brightest, to connect with one another, and to celebrate the strength of the startup scene in our region. The program will be fast-paced & interactive and the networking top rate. Whether on the stage or in the audience, innovative Company Builders and active Investors won’t want to miss this action-packed afternoon.

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MAVA Welcomes Our Keynote Speaker

Opening Keynote
Randy Brouckman
CEO, EdgeConneX

RANDY BROUCKMAN has over 25 years experience in telecommunications and software. Prior to working at EdgeConneX, Randy served as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Telecommunications Development Fund (TDF) as well as CEO of Wade Capital Group, a company sponsored by a large private equity firm focused on consolidation and growth in the telecommunications marketplace. Randy has served as CTO, COO and CEO at several successful public and private enterprises, including BSG Clearing Solutions, Telispark, Wireless World Solutions and Iridium, where he led a successful reorganization of the company. Randy also worked with Nextel to start its Nextel Ventures division. Randy started his career with Bellcore, progressing through a number of management roles culminating in his position as Executive Director of Network Operations Systems.

Randy has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award Winner.

Introducing Our Closing Panel

James Curran
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 during its explosive growth stage and acquisition by AOL in 2004 for $485 million. After, 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.

Anne Balduzzi
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.

James Foster
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.

MAVA Welcomes to the Stage

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Investor Panelists


Arjun joined NEA in 2015 as an Associate and is focused on investments in the technology sector. Prior to joining NEA, Arjun was a member of the Technology Investment Banking team at Morgan Stanley in Menlo Park. While at Morgan Stanley, Arjun worked on a variety of transactions across the software, semiconductor, consumer internet, and hardware sectors with companies such as Fitbit, Airbnb, Plantronics, Wilocity, Altera, and Broadcom, among others. Arjun graduated Tau Beta Pi from Stanford University, where he earned a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering and a Minor in Computer Science in addition to serving as a President of his senior class.


Founder & Managing Director
Camber Creek

Casey Berman is the Founder and Managing Director of Camber Creek and President of Operations at Berman Enterprises.  Casey is responsible for the general management and investment decisions for Camber Creek.  He serves on the Boards of Optii Solutions, SalesWarp and the Advisory Board of ClearEdge 3D and Latch.  Over the last 7 years Casey has focused on real estate related technology, leading investments in Vedero (acquired by Murata) and Latista (acquired by Textura).  As President of Operations at Berman Enterprises, Casey is responsible for the ongoing management of the company’s real estate portfolio and team.  Casey graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Economics.

Camber Creek is the corporate venture arm of Berman Enterprises, a real estate development firm that owns and manages over 9 million square feet of office, retail, and multifamily properties. Camber Creek leverages 60 years of real estate experience and entrepreneurial spirit to help passionate people with great ideas develop valuable products and solutions. In addition to financial investment, they utilize their expertise, access to industry partners, and collaborative spirit to contribute to the success of our companies.

Gil Beyda

Founder & Managing Partner
Genacast Ventures

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 l aunched 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 In ternet 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.

Chief Financial Officer 
The Motley Fool

Ollen Douglass is the Chief Financial Officer for The Motley Fool. Ollen joined The Fool in 2001 as the Director of Budgeting & Financial Planning, was promoted to CFO in 2004. During his tenure, Ollen has played a key role in shaping the strategic direction of the company and implementing the structure and processes necessary to successfully grow the company. He has been involved in over $100 million of financing transactions, from senior debt to mezzanine to venture capital, supporting minority investments, joint ventures and management buyouts. Ollen has also advised several startups and leads a corporate venture group inside The Motley Fool.Prior to joining The Fool, Ollen worked for several banks, and began his professional career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick in Baltimore, MD.

He received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Baltimore.

Mark Levine

Managing Director
Core Capital Partners

Mark Levine joined Core Capital in 2000 from GCI Venture Partners, an early stage technology venture capital fund that he founded and that was an early investor in webMethods, one of the most successful software IPOs in NASDAQ history.

Prior to Core, Mark served as an officer, responsible for corporate development and strategy, of GEO-CENTERS, a technology firm with more than $200 million in revenue when it was acquired by SAIC. Previously, Mark was Subcommittee Staff Director for the Small Business Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), the Board of Advisors of both The George Washington University School of Business and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, and the Advisory Board of Marshfield Associates.

Mark received his M.B.A. from The George Washington University.


Managing Partner
TDF Ventures

Jim joined TDF early in 2004 and is the Managing Partner at the Fund. He has more than two decades in the Communications and Technology sector initially in operating positions and the last 17 in venture capital. Before joining TDF Ventures, Jim was a Partner at J.P. Morgan Communications Partners at their Telecom, Media and Technology Fund in San Francisco, CA. Before JPMorgan, he was a Partner at AT&T Ventures. Jim has led investments in over 15 exits via acquisition or public offerings. Prior to venture capital, Jim held operational positions at AT&T and Lucent Technologies. At AT&T, Jim was the Product Manager for AT&T’s largest P&L, Consumer Long Distance Service.

He also served as the Executive Assistant to AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development. Previously, Jim was a Lucent Technologies Account Executive ranking in the top 1% of national sales. He received a BSEE from Columbia University and is a member of their Engineering Advisory Board.

Jim earned a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Accelerator Sponsor


Community Sponsors

baltimore angels




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

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.

fishbowl labs

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

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.

mach 37

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.


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

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

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.