TechBUZZ Crystal City 2017-10-23T16:19:21+00:00


The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Presents: TechBUZZ Crystal City 2017

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

Tuesday, June 13th

1pm – 7:30pm

2011 Crystal Drive
11th floor
Arlington, VA 22202

MAVA is proud to continue to 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.

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Networking, Registration and Demo Tables Open

1:00 – 2:00

CEO Keynotes, Company Pitches & Investor Feedback

2:00 – 5:30

Networking Reception


Keynote Speakers


Ron Gula

Gula Tech Adventures

It Pays to Build Strong Fundamentals – Customers, Talent and Capital

Ron Gula started his cyber security career as a network penetration tester for the NSA. At BBN, he developed network honeypots to lure hackers and he ran US Internetworking’s team of penetration testers and incident responders.

As CTO of Network Security Wizards, Ron pioneered the art of network security monitoring and produced the Dragon Intrusion Detection System which was recognized as a market leader by Gartner in 2001.

As CEO and co-founder of Tenable Network Security, Ron led the company’s rapid growth and product vision from 2002 through 2016. He helped them scale to more than 20,000 customers worldwide, raise $300m in venture capital and achieve revenues in excess of $100m annually.


Anup Ghosh


Building a Successful Company – the path is rarely a straight line up and to the right

Anup Ghosh is Chief Strategist, Next Gen Endpoint at Sophos. Ghosh was previously Founder and CEO at Invincea until Invincea was acquired by Sophos in March 2017. Prior to founding Invincea, he was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he created and managed an extensive portfolio of cyber security programs.

He has previously held roles as Chief Scientist in the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University and as Vice President of Research at Cigital, Inc. Anup has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in cyber security journals.

He is a frequent on-air contributor to CNN, CNBC, NPR, ABC World News, and Bloomberg TV. A number of major media outlets carry his commentaries on cyber security issues including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Associated Press, FoxNews, CSM Passcode, Federal Times, Market Watch and USA Today. He has served as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Naval Studies Board, informing the future of American cyber-defenses.

Presenting Companies

HealthIT / HealthTech

Baltimore, MD

SaaS /Non Profit Fundraising

Tysons, VA

Data Analytics

State College, PA

Fintech M&A Software

Annapolis, MD

Online Ticketing

Washington, DC

Business Services/ Data Analytics

Arlington, VA

HealthIT / HealthTech

Fairfax, VA

Data Analytics/ Software SaaS

Arlington, VA

HealthIT/ HealthTech

Rockville, MD

Consumer Retail/ Ecommerce

Ashburn, VA


Reston, VA

Marine Digital Marketing

Annapolis, MD

Software SaaS

Chantilly, VA

AI for Ecommerce

Ashburn, VA & San Francisco, CA

Men’s Grooming/ Care

Woodbridge, VA

Edge Computing

Arlington, VA

Travel, Connected Vehicle

Rockville, MD

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Gil Beyda

Founder & Managing Partner, Genacast Ventures

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 in partnership with Comcast Ventures.


Dan Dall’Asta

Principal, Route 66 Ventures

Dan is a Principal at Route 66 Ventures, where his focus is on venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) investment opportunities. By reviewing a company’s management team, value proposition, market opportunity and growth potential, he identifies prospects to keep our expanding portfolio strong. Dan works closely with each of our companies, assisting in a variety of capacities and goal attainment.
Previously, Dan was an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), valuation, and public and private equity and debt offerings. His investment banking career began at a boutique investment bank where he worked exclusively with emerging technology companies. Most recently, he worked for Bank of America (Merrill Lynch) in New York, specializing in M&A and equity and debt offerings. Dan joined Route 66 Ventures in 2013.


Jen O’Daniel

Investment Director, CIT Gap Funds

Jen O’Daniel joined CIT in 2003 to help start CIT GAP Funds where she leads seed and early stage investments in tech companies. O’Daniel holds biweekly roundtable for female founders and a biweekly roundtable for startup founders. She is also the co-founder and managing director of VT Investor Network (VTIN) a 75+ member angel group that invests in Hokie-led startups


Jim Pastoriza

General 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.


Tim Sullivan

Director, Syncurity

Tim Sullivan is a successful entrepreneur with a 20-year track record of building emerging technology companies, specializing in cybersecurity. Presently, he is Chairman of Syncurity, an Arlington VA startup focused on security orchestration. Previously, as CEO of nPulse Technologies, Tim leveraged his industry knowledge and relationships to lead the company from three employees in Northern Virginia to a sale to the leading Silicon Valley cybersecurity company in less than three years. nPulse products are used by the U.S Intelligence Community, leading Wall Street banks, healthcare companies, and Tier 1 telco providers. In May 2014, FireEye purchased nPulse Technologies.

Prior to nPulse Technologies, Tim founded and was CEO of Bethesda MD-based Fidelis Security Systems, another leading cybersecurity company, where he was a key player in the development of the data leakage prevention (DLP) market. In August 2012, General Dynamics purchased Fidelis.

Tim is an active mentor in the venture CEO community, particularly with colleagues focused on providing cybersecurity solutions to the U.S. Intelligence Community. He is an alumnus of the MindShare and MissionLink CEO networks. Currently, he participates in the Alphatec CEO network and the Mid Atlantic Venture Association’s Company Innovator and CEOConnect groups. Tim has spoken frequently at leading industry conferences such as Americas Growth Capital and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and Mach37 on the cybersecurity market and building cybersecurity companies.

Tim is a former U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Platoon Commander. He holds both a BA and an MBA from Columbia. He has been married for 32 years to Mary Cobb Sullivan. They have two children, Alexander (29) and Charlotte (22).

Tim is a board member of Dog Tag Bakery, a Washington DC organization whose mission is to enable wounded warriors to transition to the private sector by teaching them entrepreneurship.

Tim is an avid golfer. He also enjoys sport fishing, hiking, and traveling.


Jake Tarr

Managing Director, Kinetic Ventures

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..

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.


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.

Humble is a venture catalyst cooperative that serves as the bridge between startups, investors, and established organizations. humble ventures believes that the best way to realize opportunity is through collaboration & partnerships.


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.


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 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.