Building the Helium Mesh Network in the Mid-Atlantic

Feld Thoughts

Another Helium fan – James Fayal – reached out to me about his effort to do the same in his hometown of Baltimore, as well as DC and Philly. I’m hopeful that some of the readers of this blog live in Baltimore, DC, or Philadelphia and are interested in participating in the Helium rollout. We’re looking to work with 15 – 25 locations in or around the cities of Baltimore, DC, and Philadelphia to host hotspots.

The Best Cities In America For Startups


Here are a few suggestions: Baltimore. Baltimore. Lots of entrepreneurs have recently moved to Baltimore. For many of the reasons that Baltimore is suggested, Detroit offers a lot to entrepreneurs and startups. All the affordability and savings opportunities of Baltimore apply to Detroit as well. So you want to start a business. While there are some cities in America which are well-known for startups, some of them won’t be the best for everyone.


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I’m Proud of Our Community

Feld Thoughts

So, if you want to help people in Detroit and Baltimore who are having trouble affording their water bill get water, jump into the #GiveWater fundraiser ! I woke up this morning to see the following on our Human Utility monthly match Crowdrise campaign. It blew me away. I’m proud of our community. Y’all are awesome. THANK YOU. I then poked around to see how we got there and saw Fred Wilson’s blog post on the wrap up of the #GiveWater campaign.

Social Solutions Global Buys Community Techknowledge


Social Solutions Global from Baltimore announced Monday it has acquired Austin-based Community Techknowledge. Both companies are privately held and the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. CTK, founded in 1999, has more than 60 employees. The company will become part of Social Solutions Global, which was founded in 2000 and has more than […] The post Social Solutions Global Buys Community Techknowledge appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Under Armour Acquires MapMyFitness


The acquisition gives Under Armour, based in Baltimore, more digital products and solutions to help athletes train and perform. Under Armour announced Thursday it has acquired Austin-based MapMyFitness for $150 million. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. MapMyFitness’ 100 employees will remain in Austin. The company has more than […] The post Under Armour Acquires MapMyFitness appeared first on SiliconHills.

SXSW Pitch Finalist: Hemafuse

Austin Startup

Yarina spoke about the meaning of Sisu in Finnish, the importance of building community, and what she loves about being in Baltimore. Tell us your favorite thing about being based in Baltimore. We are proud to be a Baltimore-based company with global reach.

Finding a Technical Cofounder

Home Events Calendar Job Board Startup Resources Archives About Contact Interested in an Open-Data Contest in Baltimore? In Baltimore, I’d start by working at the Beehive coworking space , attending some Bmore on Rails events , searching for other technically-themed meetups , visiting the Node , and getting involved with Betascape. Baltimore’s startup community has plenty of room for new leaders.

Monthly Match: The Human Utility #GiveWater

Feld Thoughts

The Detroit Water Project has evolved into The Human Utility and now provides funding for water in both Detroit and Baltimore. Does it surprise you that some people in the United States don’t have regular access to water? Our month match for June is The Human Utility. Fred Wilson, Joanne Wilson, Amy Batchelor, and I are matching up to $20,000 of contributions via our #GiveWater campaign. Hunter Walk introduced us to The Human Utility at the beginning of the year.

Mobile App Woofound Recommends Places Based On Your Personality


Founded in April 2011, Baltimore-based Woofound so far has raised $1,175,000 in angel investment. Some of us may think that the city we live in is incredibly boring with very few things to do – many of my own compatriots in Singapore feel this way – but the truth to it is that there are a lot of activities available around us we may enjoy participating in that we’re simply not aware of.

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Under Armour CEO Plank to shed up to 600,000 Shares | $UA

Campus Entrepreneurship

From a recent Baltimore Business Journal : Plank is selling the shares, a fraction of his stock in the Baltimore sportswear maker, for asset diversification, tax and estate planning and charitable giving purposes, the filing said. via Under Armour CEO Plank to shed up to 600,000 shares – Baltimore Business Journal. College football special teams captain Kevin Plank launched Under Armour ($UA) from the University of Maryland in 1996.

SXSW Pitch: The 50 Finalists for 2020

Austin Startup

SXSW Pitch features 50 incredible startups from across the United States and around the world The Forrest Four-Cast: February 1, 2020 Scheduled March 14–15 at the Downtown Austin Hilton, SXSW Pitch brings together 50 of the world’s best startups.

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

But some of our largest investments have come from all across the country: BillMeLater (Baltimore, $1 billion eBay), DealerTrack (NYC, $1.3 Let me start with the news that I’m excited to share with you. After years of trying to persuade Kara Nortman to become a partner at Upfront Ventures I can officially announce now that she’s joined us effective immediately.

Venture Camp: Entrepreneurship Summer Series

Campus Entrepreneurship

What is available to everyone in the DC Metro (NoVa, MOCO, Baltimore etc). The last session of the Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Summer Venture Camp is 1 August 2012. Join us as we uncover the role that universities and colleges can play in helping you launch your career as an entrepreneur. What can we learn from Facebook, Google, Nike, and other campus based startups? Venture Camp: Entrepreneurship Summer Series – Eventbrite.

Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

We’ve had billion dollar exists in Chicago, Baltimore, London, San Francisco and Los Angeles an well as enormous winners also in New York and Las Vegas. I am so proud and humbled to be able to formally announce that Upfront Ventures has raised its 6th venture capital fund in the past 21 years. Upfront VI is our latest core fund and is $400 million to invest in early stage entrepreneurs. This brings our combined funds under management to nearly $2 billion.

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

Given where most deals are this has historically meant NYC and San Francisco but over the years we’ve had big successes in Chicago, Baltimore, Las Vegas and London so we’re open to just finding the best deals. We’ve been dying to tell you all for a while that we had raised a new venture capital fund and of course given SEC filing requirements the story was somewhat already scooped by the always-in-the-know Dan Primack a few weeks ago. We raised $280 million.

GRP Announces $200 Million Fund. Rebrands as Upfront Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

Some of our most successful deals have been in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Baltimore and London. I am super excited to announce that today is a day of lots of new things for my partners & me: A new fund, a new office and a new brand. Let’s start with the fund. We have previously raised funds in 1996 ($200 million), 2000 ($400 million) and 2008/9 ($200 million). This month we closed our 4th fund of $200 million.

?Vinnie Pazienzo’s Comeback And Overpreparedness: A Lesson For Leaders


He is currently director of pitching development with the Baltimore Orioles. by Rick Peterson, co-author of “ Crunch Time: How to Be Your Best When It Matters Most “ As a pitching coach, I’ve seen a gratifying number of athletes commit to the rigors of training and discipline, both physical and mental.

How Philadelphia is Winning a Startup Renaissance

The Startup Magazine

New York City and Baltimore are each 100 miles or less away. The City of Brotherly Love. The Birthplace of America. The town that introduced the world to Rocky Balboa and cheesesteaks. Philadelphia gets called a lot of things. To locals, Pennsylvania’s largest metro area is simply “Philly”.

The Tech Mentorship Gap: How Code2040 Is Solving. What You Can Do. And How LinkedIn Can Help

Hunter Walker

2013 Class 18 Fellows - CMU, Stanford, MIT, University of Maryland- Baltimore County, Virginia Tech, University of Pittsburg, Harvey Mudd College, UCLA, USC, Berkeley, University of Huston, CSU Channel Islands, Notre Dame de Namur. Most anyone successful in technology has benefited from those who came before them – whether it’s indirect such as opensource code or more specific, like the guidance of a CS professor.

Bolstering the Partner Ranks at GRP

Both Sides of the Table

GRP’s biggest winners over the years have not only come from LA (Overture, CitySearch, TrueCar) but from Chicago (Envestnet, Ulta), Las Vegas (HDI), Baltimore (BillMeLater), New York (DealerTrack), London ( and other locations. It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce that we have added Greg Bettinelli as a partner at GRP Partners. If you don’t already follow him on Twitter please click link and follow. You won’t regret it.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 17: Tiffani Bell and Clay Hebert

Steve Blank

Tiffani Bell is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Water Project , a platform that connects donors to people in Detroit and Baltimore in need of assistance paying their water bills. For example, in Detroit and Baltimore you can lose your kids over not having water in your house. If you’re a technical startup founder, one of the painful lessons is that it’s not enough just to build a great product.

In Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Cofounders Find YOU!

July 29th, 2010 | baltimore , business , design , economics , philosophy , software , trends My last couple of posts have been about finding technical cofounders, either at the start or over time. Startup Digest (which I co-curate here in Baltimore) is a great way to find out what events are going on in your area that might be relevant to startups. Beehive Baltimore celebrates nine months of coworking Community Open House, Thursday 9/24!

Doki Doki Announces Donation of $15,000 For the Stand with Austin Fund and the National Federation…

Austin Startup

They are headquartered in Baltimore, but the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in all fifty states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

LLC Costs and Fees You Need to Know as a Small Business Owner

Up and Running

For example, if your company’s legal name is East Coast Enterprises and you operate as a construction company, you might want to use the trade name Baltimore Home Builders.

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Ray Lewis and Neil Saban: Effort is Eternal

Growthink Blog

This past week, however, I was moved by the stories and coverage of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis’ retirement after 17 seasons of professional football, and those of Alabama head football coach Nick Sabin winning his third BCS national championship in four years. I usually hesitate to analogize from the world of sports that of business.

How Twitter Got Me into The White House & Saved My Son’s Birthday

Both Sides of the Table

And a guy that I had seen several times comment to me on Twitter & my blog, Brian Sierakowski (from the Greater Baltimore Tech Council) had sent me a Tweet asking if I’d come to meet entrepreneurs in Baltimore. It’s clear that if you use Twitter wisely it can have an impact on how you physically experience your world. You have to put effort into building meaningful connections and contributing back but if you do the rewards can be handsome. Here’s my story.

10 Famous People Who Flourished After Being Laid Off


Long before Oprah Winfrey became the most successful female talk show host in television history, she was working as a TV news reporter at WJZ in Baltimore. Being fired is by far one of the worst experiences a person can go through, but one thing’s for certain – you’re not alone.

The One Word That Shouldn’t Exist in an Entrepreneur’s Vocabulary

Both Sides of the Table

We had also just been upgrade from London to Baltimore. The one word the best entrepreneurs never accept. I said it. Now let me walk you through a broader story because avoidance of the word in and of itself will seem cliche. Stay with me. When I was little I had a role model for entrepreneurship – my mom. She was a natural leader. She was president of the UJA in Sacramento. From this I saw civic involvement and leadership first hand.

HealthDataInsights Sells for $400 Million. Big Win for GRP Partners.

Both Sides of the Table

Our other big wins came from Chicago (Ulta & Envestnet), Baltimore (BillMeLater), New York (DealerTrack) & LA (TrueCar). The tech market is filled with many stories of early-stage funding. It’s even more exciting when you can report an exit of a company that is a major win. That’s why I’m proud to announce today that HealthDataInsights (founded by Victor Chaltiel), where GRP Partners was a 30% owner, has been acquired for $400 million.

New Maryland Startup Unites Brawn and Brains on the Football Field

The Startup Magazine

As such, the company has just landed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens , where its technology will be leveraged for training purposes during the upcoming 2017-18 season. The stereotype has always been that the football field is home to all brawn and no brains, despite players like Pat McInally who got a perfect score on the Wonderlic test , or others like Calvin Johnson, Alex Smith, and Eli Manning who achieved other impressively high scores.

Cupid’s Cup 2016 | @UofMaryland @UnderArmour #KevinPlank

Campus Entrepreneurship

Plank’s message about Under Armour and his vision for Baltimore are big (backed by investment on the waterfront — see the plans for Port Covington). In completing my research on high growth ventures created by students the case of Kevin Plank (Under Armour) and the University of Maryland was part of my data collection and highlights many of the ideas uncovered.

?Vinny Paz’s Comeback And Overpreparedness: A Lesson For Leaders


He is currently director of pitching development with the Baltimore Orioles. by Rick Peterson, co-author of “ Crunch Time: How to Be Your Best When It Matters Most “ As a pitching coach, I’ve seen a gratifying number of athletes commit to the rigors of training and discipline, both physical and mental.

?Vinny Pazienzo’s Comeback And Overpreparedness: A Lesson For Leaders


He is currently director of pitching development with the Baltimore Orioles. by Rick Peterson, co-author of “ Crunch Time: How to Be Your Best When It Matters Most “ As a pitching coach, I’ve seen a gratifying number of athletes commit to the rigors of training and discipline, both physical and mental.

New York Lean Startup Week

Startup Lessons Learned

SXSW was amazing and exhausting. We'll have slides and video from our Lean Startup track posted soon. Don't forget to vote to help choose a Lean Startup SXSW Challenge winner. You can follow the slide presentation on Slideshare here.) Next week, I travel to New York, where I'm especially excited to see the entrepreneurial renaissance that is in progress, first hand. I am declaring next week to be officially Lean Startup Week in New York City. Here's why: NYU, Tues.

Lean startup tools for Rails apps

I'm near baltimore, and very creative as yourself. October 16, 2010 5:27 AM Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) About Me Im an entrepreneur and programmer living in Baltimore, Maryland. ▼ 2009 (17) ▼ November (1) Lean startup tools for Rails apps ► October (1) Walk by faith, not by sight ► September (1) Steal my ideas for Baltimore's tech culture! Startup opportunities for programmers in Baltimore.

Business Contest Innovation | 2012 Maryland Pinterest Pitch Contest | Gov O’Malley

Campus Entrepreneurship

Winners will be featured on Governor Martin O’Malley’s Pinterest page and will also receive a prize courtesy of our generous partners at the Baltimore Angels. First place winners will receive a MacBook Air and second place winners will receive an iPad courtesy of our generous partners at the Baltimore Angels. 7 years ago I wrote a paper that included the case of Wisconsin as the first state hosting a business plan competition.

5 Companies That Could Become The Next Apple


Same-day delivery has been so successful that Amazon decided to expand this program in other major cities, such as San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle-Tacoma, Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta. by Lewis Robinson.

[Exercise] Create A Bulletproof Mission Plan


A New York native, she leads a team of content professionals from her home near Baltimore, Maryland. By Mark Divine with Allyson Edelhertz Machate, authors of “ The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed “ In this exercise, you will work through a mock mission plan related to either your business or personal life – for example, to launch a new product, service, or venue, or to lose weight. Part 1: Select a Target that FITS.

25 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Thanks to Steve Groom, Maryland Home Buyers in Baltimore ! #6- Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea.

Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

Both Sides of the Table

It’s true that Upfront is a national firm and our biggest successes over the years have come from Chicago, Baltimore, Las Vegas, NYC, London and LA as well as from Silicon Valley. Many people are too cautious in sales processes and as a result when they present their solutions they end up sounding milquetoast and undifferentiated from anybody else in the market.

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More Postal Like Stupidity from the US Government

Campus Entrepreneurship

From John Fritze from the Baltimore Sun : Congress created a program in 2005 to mint four new dollar coins a year, each featuring a different U.S. via Dollar coins piling up at Baltimore reserve bank – Last week was full of stories on the impending default of the United States Postal Services and the billions taxpayers must put in — even though many of us pay taxes and bills online, send email and text, and use services like skype and facetime. (I’d

This Week’s Keynote Presentations

Both Sides of the Table

I’m hoping to speak later this year in Philly, for example, where I’ll likely be in November and/or December (also in Annapolis so maybe Washington DC and/or Baltimore?). I have often complained how much I hate sitting on panels. The reason is that conferences usually pack them up with speakers to maximize the number of high profile guests in attendance to sell more general admission tickets.

Winning Contests Helps Startup Beyond the Launch | Univ of Maryland | MIT Enterprise Forum

Campus Entrepreneurship

BTW, there is a TTO play here as it appears Appell got the ‘Tailwind’ technology from the University of Maryland – Baltimore. Great story of how entrepreneur Kris Appel used business plan contests to get her firm (Encore Path) off the ground. From Entrepreneur Magazine: In 2006, I got into ACTiVATE, a women’s entrepreneurship training program offered through the University of Maryland.