20th Edition2018-08-15T18:39:43+00:00

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TechBUZZ 20th Edition

The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) brought its 20th Edition TechBUZZ program to Loudoun County, at the center of the world’s largest data center community. The program featured 16 up-and-coming technology companies, including the NEW addition of 6 more advanced Momentum Companies, each with >$2M in ARR, and 10 competitively selected early market entrants; insights from active institutional investors; operational discussions from CXOs; and a rare look inside some of the country’s most active corporate venture arms.

The first 19 sessions of TechBUZZ featured 368 early stage companies. Post presentation, these companies have gone on to raise more than $775M in disclosed, seed stage funding. Learn more about the purpose and history of TechBUZZ.

16 PRESENTING COMPANIES

6 MOMENTUM STAGE COMPANIES & 10 EARLY MARKET ENTRANTS FROM ACROSS THE EAST COAST

The East Coast has emerged as a hotbed for tech and tech-enabled companies addressing key business and consumer problems. In celebration of the 20th edition of the TechBUZZ program, presenting companies included not only ten early market entrants – many presenting their business for the first time in front of the professional business community – but six more advanced “T/B Momentum” companies with proven customer traction.

Companies selected to present on the TechBUZZ stage represented a diverse range of industry sectors for which the mid-Atlantic region is known, including data/analytics, cloud, cybersecurity, healthIT, fintech, software/SaaS, and more. See photos of the presenters.

INVESTOR INSIGHTS

ACTIVE INVESTORS BRINGING REAL-TIME PERSPECTIVES

Since launching in 2011, representatives from more than 100+ angel, institutional, and corporate venture funds have participated in the TechBUZZ program. From selection to coaching to briefing sessions to offering industry insights on stage TechBUZZ is an in-depth program that spans the entire year.

The 20th Edition featured real-time feedback and insights from some of the East Coast’s leading investors, including:

Julia Taxin, Vice President, Grotech Ventures
Rik Vandevenne, Managing Director, River Cities Capital Funds*
Luisa Sucre, Analyst, Revolution Growth*

(Featured left to right)
*MAVA Investor Member

INSPIRING STORIES

FROM EXECUTIVES WHO HAVE BEEN THERE

John Czupak, President and CEO of ThreatQuotient (TechBUZZ Presenter Summer ’14) joined the stage as the opening keynote, just weeks after announcing operational expansion into Central Europe, Australia, and APAC. Mr. Czupak shared the company’s journey from its early years and obstacles the team experienced on their journey to building something great.

Clarabridge’s Executive Vice Chairman, Founder & CSO Sid Banerjee closed the day’s program by taking the attendees through an unfiltered, objective look at Clarabridge’s market leadership role in helping companies become more empathetic in order to create stronger more customer loyalty, revenue, and profitability. Offering guidance to aspiring companies leaders, he suggested that businesses consistently retool to keep up with our rapidly-evolving technological world.

ARCHITECTING FOR SCALE

OPERATIONAL INSIGHTS FROM THE C-SUITE

How are large public and private companies leveraging data to inform their short- and long-term decisions? Once you have gathered the data, what can you do with it? How can you effectively use data to identify targets, engage audiences, monitor consumer experience, and drive revenue?

This session featured operational and industry discussions on how great companies are being built using data and technology by two of the country’s most innovative enterprises.

Valerie Camillo, CMO & CRO, shared with the audience how the Washington Nationals has been a leader with regards to embracing technology, including business intelligence and innovations. She highlighted how, for more than a decade, the franchise has made a concerted effort to focus on and incorporate such features as digital storytelling, augmented reality, AI, and mobile payments, making it one of sport’s most progressive tech organizations. Additionally, Ms. Camillo shared real-time perspectives on how sports gambling is transforming the fan experience.

In his first public appearance with TEGNA, Kurt Rao, SVP & CTO, shared how legacy broadcasting companies are creating more personalized one-on-one relationships with consumers and delivering content that’s most relevant by leveraging data. Mr. Rao also highlighted what type of investments the organization is making in innovative technology companies through their dedicated investment arm and what new businesses are most interesting to them.

T/B MOMENTUM PRESENTERS

EXECVISION    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    SOFTWARE/SAAS

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.

OSMOSIS    EDTECH

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.

PERRONE ROBOTICS    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.

RACKTOP SYSTEMS    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.

RIGHTEYE    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.

“I didn’t get a chance to connect in-person with (TechBUZZ Presenter); their product seems quite interesting and some of my portfolio companies can benefit from their product. Would you please help making the connect with them via email?

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TechBUZZ PRESENTERS

PROACTIVE LIFE    HealthIT/HealthTech

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.

QMULOS    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    FinTech

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.

REFERRALROCK    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    FinTech

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.

ROUTE    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.

RUNSAFE SECURITY    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    FinTech

Starling provides predictive behavioral analytics for managing culture- and conduct-related risks and to improve business performance. 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.

USERMUSE    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.

VOICEVIBES    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.

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AGENDA

June 6, 2018

11:30 | REGISTRATION

Registration, Networking & Demo Tables Open

12:00 | FIRESIDE CHAT

Architecting for Scale: How Data and Insights are Driving Business

Kurt Rao, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, TEGNA

Valerie Camillo, Chief Revenue Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Washington Nationals

1:45 | BREAK

Java Break & Demo Table Networking

2:00 | KEYNOTE

Dividing and Conquering Global Security Challenges – the ThreatQuotient Story

John Czupak, President and CEO, ThreatQuotient

2:30 | PRESENTATIONS

TechBUZZ Company Presentations and Investor Feedback Panel

Luisa Sucre, Revolution Growth
Julia Taxin, Grotech Ventures
Rik Vandevenne, River Cities Capital Funds

3:30 | BREAK

Demo Tables Open & Refreshments

4:00 | CORPORATE VENTURE PANEL

The Role of Corporate Venture

Bill McNulty, Operating Partner, Capital One Growth Ventures
Amber Allman, VP Corp. Events & Communication, Gannett
Manpreet Mattu, Director – Strategic Investments, Booz Allen Hamilton
Moderator: David Steinberg, Chairman and Co-Founder, Radius Networks

4:30 | PRESENTATIONS

For the First Time: T/B Momentum Companies

5:00 | CLOSING ADDRESS

Machine Learning, Cloud Big Data, Conversational Analytics, and the Emerging Age of Computational Empathy

Sid Banerjee, Executive Vice Chairman, Founder & CSO, Clarabridge

5:30 | NETWORKING

Reception

THE RISE OF CORPORATE VENTURE

For the first time, MAVA welcomed Corporate Venture to the TechBUZZ stage. Thank you to our panelists.

DAVID STEINBERG Radius Networks Moderator
BILL MCNULTY Capital One Growth Ventures
AMBER ALLMAN Gannett
MANPREET MATTU Booz Allen Hamilton

(left to right)

How does corporate venture differentiate from institutional venture? What types of investments are some of the country’s leading corporate investors making? What technologies are of interest to corporate venture arms? The panel discussed how strategic investments are enabling corporations to tap into new audiences and revenue streams, solve client problems across the federal and commercial markets, and how the cloud and cloud security are changing business operations.

VENUE

TECHBUZZ 20th EDITION WAS HOSTED AT OATH IN LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA

Centrally located in the heart of Data Center Alley, the historic building is the former headquarters of AOL.

Thank you to our sponsors, Loudoun County Economic Development and Venable LLP, and venue host, Oath.

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Gallery: TechBUZZ 20th Edition