Former NSA chief's cyber firm moves to Howard Co. [Startup Roundup] - Baltimore


Nov. 12, 2014 11:04 am

Former NSA chief’s cyber firm moves to Howard Co. [Startup Roundup]

Also: Federal Hill ecommerce startup OpiaTalk announces a new round of funding.
Then-NSA head Keith Alexander speaks at the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas last year.

Then-NSA head Keith Alexander speaks at the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas last year.

(Photo by Flickr user Dan Stuckey, used under Creative Commons license)


Who’s getting funded?

OpiaTalk, an ecommerce startup incubating in Federal Hill’s Betamore, landed $425,000 in debt from a $750,000 offering, according to a SEC filing. Earlier this year, the company debuted with its first client, Skype.


Who’s making moves?

QuotePie is joining Anne Arundel County’s Chesapeake Innovation Center as a Collaboration Hub member. The company operates an online marketplace allowing business owners to find property and casualty insurance agents. Think LendingTree meets the Maryland Health Connection.

DreamIt Health is planning a move to permanent offices in Baltimore, as Baltimore reported.

IronNet Cybersecurity is moving from Washington, D.C., to Maple Lawn in Howard County, county officials there announced. The firm’s CEO is no stranger to Howard County — former National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander. The longest-serving NSA head, Alexander retired in March after a tenure that included time as the founding general of U.S. Cyber Command.

If you’re interested in being part of the next class in AccelerateBaltimore, you still have a few more weeks to apply.


Who’s getting buzz?

Michael Barrett, CEO of beleaguered Millennial Media, says the firm will move the needle toward profitability in 2015, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. Barrett, who came aboard the Canton firm in January, made the comments in a conference call discussing the mobile ad firm’s third-quarter earnings. Speaking of, the company notched a net loss of $109.4 million for the quarter, The Daily Record reported.



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