Dec. 12, 2012 8:30 am

Vircity to offer startup courses in 2013 // TechBreakfast t-shirts [Startup Roundup]

This is the Startup Roundup. Every Wednesday morning, Technically Baltimore will put together the smaller pieces that make up our startup ecosystem.

This is the Startup Roundup. Every Wednesday morning, Technically Baltimore will put together the smaller pieces that make up our startup ecosystem.

InstantLabs Medical Diagnostics Corp. will expand into the veterinary medicine field in 2013 “with plans to develop a variety of tests for the detection and diagnosis of dangerous pathogens in animals,” reports Bmore Media. The startup, formed in 2008 and based out of the University of Maryland BioPark, is interested in hiring a senior molecular biologist for help its expansion into animal health.

Also from Bmore Media: Vircity, the business resource center based in Canton that provides back-office support for companies, will offer a startup course in 2013 that will “provide a template, tools and workshops for people who are starting a business.”

Harford County-based cybersecurity firm SafeNet has named Dave Hansen its new president and CEO, according to the Baltimore Sun. In November, Technically Baltimore reported that SafeNet is selling its government-solutions business to focus instead on the company’s “data protection solutions.”

TenantRex, a collection of commercial real estate data (tenants’ occupancy charges, for instance), launched this week. The site relies on crowdsourced data, “a new concept,” says CityBizList, for the commercial real estate industry.

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Sharon Paley of has a sorely-needed list of entrepreneurial jargon that needs to be left in the dust, sent out to sea, taken out back, [insert your favorite cliche here]. Might we add to that list: call to action, incentivize, value-add, value proposition, ROI, iterate, pivot, mission critical, low-hanging fruit, traction, pivot, value-add and any version of MVP defined as some kind of base-level product instead of Michael Jordan.

Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City,, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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