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TechBUZZ Spring 2018
Past Presenter Updates
Press Release

The Platform for the East Coast’s Top

Early Market Entrants and Growing Companies

TechBUZZ 20th Edition

Travel Time (driving)

Baltimore: 65 minutes
Richmond: 2 hours
Philadelphia: 2.5 hours
Pittsburgh: 4 hours

Oath is located 5 miles from Dulles Airport. For a map of hotels located within a short distance of the venue please click here.


Wednesday, June 6
1:00pm – 7:30pm

44900 Prentice Drive (at Pacific Blvd.)
Dulles, VA 20166


Download the official MAVA app, available to registered attendees shortly before the program begins. Apple  & Android.

Sponsored By


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.

For the 20th time, MAVA will shine the spotlight on the hottest up-and-coming technology companies from up and down the East Coast. Stay tuned for special program announcements, but count on investors, VCs, and experienced CEOs providing valuable feedback and insights.

Early Market Entrants

For Companies with Customer Validation & Seed Funding

– AND –

TechBUZZ Momentum

For Companies with Customer Traction & Revenue

Stay tuned, special lineup announcements to follow.

Program Highlights

  • Great Companies – From Seed to Series A to Growth
  • Successful Founders Under One Roof
  • Keynotes and Panelists Sharing Lessons Learned and Best Practices
  • Access to Capital and Active Investors from Angels to Institutional…….for Now and for Later

Who You’ll Meet

  • Company Founders and Team Members
  • Corporate Investors
  • Innovators and Tech Savvy Talent
  • Key Business Advisors and Collaborators
  • Investors – from Angel to Family Office to Institutional and Corporate

The companies below represent some of the East Coast’s top game changing innovation and early stage companies. We invite you to learn more about these companies and join us on June 6th for #TB20.


John Czupak

President & CEO

ThreatQuotient is one of the fastest growing companies in today’s cyber security marketplace, and is quickly becoming a trusted ‘go-to’ firm to solve a company’s security operations challenges. By providing security practitioners access to a deep level of visibility and context around alerts within their environment and the threats being faced, as granular controls for action, and needed integrations with existing and future tools, their threat intelligence platform is being lauded broadly for helping companies make sense out of the chaos and sophisticated security challenges facing the industry today.

With more than $54M in financing, key strategic relationships and a rapidly growing base of brand name customers, ThreatQuotient is undoubtedly a company on the move. Come join us to hear their story of continuing growth – relevant for companies at any stage. From the advances made to their market presence and influence, product line, the placement of strong leadership, or the creation of impactful strategic partnerships, ThreatQuotient has tremendous lessons to share.

ThreatQuotient Tear Sheet

Founded | 2014

TechBUZZ Presented | Summer 2014

HQ | Reston, VA

Funding | $54M

Recent Investments  |  $30M Series C (November 2017) | Investors: Adam Street Partners, Cisco Investments, NTT DOCOMO Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Silicon Valley Bank

Recent News | Winner of 3 Cyber Defense Magazine Awards: Next Gen solution for Threat Intelligence, Best Product for Advanced Persistent Threat, and the Editor’s Choice for Enterprise Security

John Czupak serves as President and CEO of ThreatQuotient, where he drives the company’s global expansion and manages financial growth. Mr. Czupak has played a critical role in multiple companies that resulted in successful liquidity events. Prior to ThreatQuotient, he served as General Manager for Cisco Systems’ Advanced Malware Protection (“FireAMP”) product line following its $2.7 billion acquisition of Sourcefire, Inc.

Mr. Czupak served in a number of additional roles during his 12-year career at Sourcefire, including Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, General Manager FireAMP and Senior Vice President, International & Business Development. Before Sourcefire, Mr. Czupak was the SVP of Worldwide Sales for Mountain Wave, Inc., which was acquired by Symantec Corporation in July of 2002. Prior to Mountain Wave, Mr. Czupak was the Vice President of Worldwide Channels for Riverbed Technologies, a leader in mobile and wireless computing.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Czupak was an original member of the management team and Vice President of Asia Pacific and Latin America for AXENT Technologies. Mr. Czupak serves as an Advisor and Board member to a number of technology companies, including Sonatype, PFP CyberSecurity and Cybrary.

Sid Banerjee

Executive Vice Chairman, Founder, Chief Strategy Officer and Board Member

Sid Banerjee is the Executive Vice Chairman, Founder, and Chief Strategy Officer at Clarabridge. Sid provides executive leadership and strategic direction and is a well-known expert in customer experience, business intelligence, and text mining. Over his career, Sid has amassed over 20 years of business intelligence leadership experience. A founding employee of MicroStrategy, he held VP-level positions in both product marketing and worldwide services. During his tenure leading MicroStrategy’s worldwide services division, he grew the organization
to 500+ employees supporting enterprise deployments of BI solutions. Before joining MicroStrategy, Sid held management positions at Ernst & Young and Sprint International.

David Steinberg

Chairman & Co-Founder

David Steinberg has been in the technology business for 38 years. In spite of being that old – he’s tried to keep sharp by working with lots of younger and brighter entrepreneurs. Steinberg began his career in the early days of data networking, then Internet and security, and most recently cloud, mobile, and location-based services. He’s been a founder or on the founding management team of companies like SynOptics (became Bay Networks), Check Point Software, – and now is the chairman of a hot DC company; Radius Networks. Along the way, he’s helped many local startups with their fundraising, channel strategies, exits and more. Steinberg is a big believer that the DC technology region is in need of more community building to keep it competitive with the Valley in the west and the Alley to the north.

Steinberg is actively advising many young companies and is a director on the boards of Costar (CSGP), The Wireless Registry, renewable energy finance company Sol Systems, and SaaS product management company He is also a member of the advisory board of the venture capital firm Core Capital Partners and a member of the Board of Directors of MAVA (Mid Atlantic Venture Association).

Steinberg is also a trustee of the SEED School of Washington, DC.

TechBUZZ Presenters


Proactive Life’s digital sleep assistant guarantees regenerative rest and optimum consciousness by accurately tracking the stages of sleep and providing real-time interventions using sound, light and temperature. We are the first virtual health assistant that uses data to provide personalized and actionable intervention to change and improve preventative healthcare.

Security / Cyber
Security / Cyber

Qmulos provides a new paradigm of Enterprise-Class software for cybersecurity integrated risk management (IRM) of cloud, enterprise, and hybrid environments – operationalizing cutting-edge audit and compliance practices, frameworks, and concepts.


RealAtom is the only marketplace for commercial real estate loans, matching borrowers who want to acquire, refinance, or construct a commercial building, with appropriate traditional and alternative lenders nationwide.

Software / SaaS
Software / SaaS

ReferralRock makes word of mouth marketing a scalable channel for growth. Using our cloud-based referral software, a business can take their existing relationships and turn them into a predictable source of new customers. With built-in integrations, workflow automation, and reward fulfillment we put referral marketing on autopilot instead of waiting for word of mouth to just happen.


Rize helps millennials automatically save and invest for goals that matter. From an emergency fund, to a dream vacation, all the way to retirement, Rize customers can manage all their money for the future in one account that intelligently helps them reach their goals.

Data / Analytics
Data / Analytics

ROUTE helps athletes and parents make data-driven decisions throughout the college football recruiting process using data science, machine learning, and advanced analytics. The MYROUTE web and mobile app changes the landscape of college football recruiting by eliminating the guessing, allowing athletes to precisely target the best path to the best fit school(s) with predictive and visual analytics.

Security / Cyber
Security / Cyber

RunSafe Security is the pioneer of a patented cyberhardening transformation process designed to protect vulnerable embedded systems and devices. Its technology renders threats inert by eliminating attack vectors, significantly reducing vulnerabilities and denying malware the uniformity required to propagate.


Starling provides predictive behavioral analytics for managing culture- and conduct-related risks and to improve business performance. We understand that behavior is a social construct. Behaviors are reflected in the daily interactions of employees and, importantly, behaviors are highly influenced by one’s peers. Starling’s augmented management dashboards detect signals within internal communications data to reveal these hidden behaviors, to chart how those behaviors are likely to spread, and to predict the impact of those behaviors on key performance indicators.

Software / SaaS
Software / SaaS

UserMuse makes it easy for B2B tech companies to recruit individuals in their target niche for user testing and product feedback. Its online marketplace makes tens of thousands of professionals easily available to product and UX teams for studies.

Data / Analytics
Data / Analytics

VoiceVibes proprietary algorithms measure features and patterns in voice to predict audience perception across 20 different categories and help coach employees to more effectively present their ideas and interact with customers.

T/B Momentum Presenters

Software / SaaS
Software / SaaS

ExecVision is a Conversation Intelligence Platform that analyzes conversations, providing the ability to identify what was said, the context of what was said, positive or negative reaction, and the phase of the conversation where it occurred. ExecVision then interprets and compares outcomes, giving you insights into what is and isn’t working, differentiating top performers from everyone else.


Giant Oak has built Giant Oak Search Technology (GOST®) a SaaS platform to revolutionize entity screening, investigations, and monitoring. We transitioned technologies in behavioral science and Artificial Intelligence from DARPA labs to national security communities, and our patent-pending technology has enormous applications in regulatory compliance (RegTech) for financial institutions, law enforcement, and healthcare, among other markets.


Created by the former Khan Academy Medicine team and Johns Hopkins medical students, Osmosis empowers clinicians and caregivers with the best learning experience possible. The Osmosis learning platform and video library has been used by more than 500,000 current and future clinicians to learn efficiently and excel on classes, board exams, and in the clinic.

Robotics / Software
Robotics / Software

Perrone Robotics is the creator of the MAX(tm) platform for mobile autonomy. Perrone Robotics has been in business since 2003 and creating autonomous mobile vehicles of all sizes – from personal/corporate assistants, to 5 different makes of automobiles, to the world’s largest mining truck from Liebherr. The Perrone Robotics platform makes it easy for you to reach your autonomy goals.

Data Security
Data Security

RackTop Systems is a leading provider of high-performance Software-Defined Storage embedded with advanced security, encryption and compliance that empowers both government and commercial organizations. Its flagship product is BrickStor, an all-in-one data storage and management platform that protects sensitive data from cyberattacks while meeting internal and regulatory compliance requirements.

HealthTech / HealthIT
HealthTech / HealthIT

RightEye, a health technology company, is the world leader in the development and delivery of eye-tracking tests and therapies. Our revolutionary EyeQ tests and Vision Training Games are improving care and outcomes for a broad range of health, vision and performance conditions, including concussion, autism, Parkinson’s, reading issues, sports vision and everyday vision.

Investor Panelists

Jim Pastoriza
General Partner

Jim Pastoriza 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.

Luisa Sucre
Analyst, Revolution Growth

Luisa Sucre is an Analyst at Revolution Growth where she focuses on investments in the consumer, fintech and healthtech sectors.

Prior to joining Revolution, Luisa was an Investment Analyst at GCM Grosvenor on the Private Markets team based in New York City. While at GCM, Luisa worked on co-investments and fund investments across various focus areas including infrastructure, venture, middle-market buyout and special situations.

Luisa graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She is on the board of the Synergist Network, a leadership group for women in investment banking, private equity and venture capital. She is also on the Venture Challenge Committee for Vinetta Project’s D.C. Chapter. Luisa was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.

Julia Taxin
Vice President

Julia Taxin is a Vice President at Grotech Ventures. Julia brings over 10 years of experience in venture capital, finance, and consulting to Grotech Ventures. Prior to joining Grotech, she spent time at Sandbox Industries focused on evaluating new investment opportunities and working with portfolio companies and management teams on growth strategies. She began her career as a IT consultant at PwC in Chicago where she focused on Oracle implementations and supply chain optimization.

Julia currently serves on the board at Airside Mobile and ChurnZero. She also holds board observer roles at Ceros, Cloud Elements, Contactually and Optoro among others. Julia is a member of the Venture Committee at Vinetta DC and previously served as an investment advisory board member of CIT GAP Funds from 2013-2016.

Julia holds a BS in Finance from the University of Florida and a MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Rik Vandevenne
Managing Director

Rik Vandevenne joined River Cities in 2004 to focus on information technology and healthcare investment opportunities. He brings to River Cities a strong background in strategy and business management at high-growth companies. Rik is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities and working with executives in portfolio companies on marketing, sales execution, product development and strategy.

Prior to his private equity career, Rik gained experience working with venture backed companies in the strategy group of Scient, a global eBusiness consulting firm. Before Scient, Rik worked for four years at Accenture, first in the healthcare services group and then at the Internet Center of Excellence where he helped launch several venture-backed companies as well as worked on the team that developed the online music platform for BestBuy.

Rik serves on the boards of Netsertive, Continuity, ABT Molecular Imaging, Univa and as an observer on the board of Veran Medical Technologies. He was previously on the board of APS, which sold to Relias Learning in 2016; EndoChoice, which had an IPO in 2015 and sold to Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) in 2016; an observer on the board of Pioneer Surgical, which sold to RTI Surgical (Nasdaq: RTIX) in 2013; and on the board of Fullscope (sold to Edgewater [Nasdaq: EDGW] in 2009).

Rik graduated from Vanderbilt University where he received his BE in Mechanical Engineering, and he received an MBA from Duke University.

Additional Participating Member Firms Scheduled to be in Attendance

3TS Capital Partners
Core Capital Partners

Fulcrum Equity Partners
Harbert Growth Partners
Kinetic Ventures
Osage Venture Partners
Paladin Capital Group

Route 66 Ventures
Square 1 Bank
Updata Partners
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

TechBUZZ Partners

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.

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.


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.

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.

Energetics Technology Center (ETC) provides research and engineering services, and policy development capabilities to government, academia, and private industry clients. ETC incorporated in 2006 as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with a charter to promote the development of science and engineering activities in Southern Maryland. ETC’s focus is to engage in technology activities which support the country’s future national security posture and the public interest.

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.


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 aligns startups, innovative organizations, and investors who share the collective human, financial, and technical resources to accelerate improving lives & economic impact.


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 BaltimoreStartup Grind Columbia, MD and Startup Grind DC are events series and websites designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month each local chapter welcomes 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.

The Vinetta Project DC transforms the way companies are built and funded by leveraging the unique value proposition that women provide. When you give women equal access to information, resources, connections and capital, companies and investors will not only see higher ROIs, our global population will prosper both socially and economically.

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