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Baltimore Power Moves: Mindgrub’s CTO leaves after almost 8 years

Plus, some takeaways from a major economic booster’s 10-year plan and more leadership changes in tech and higher ed.

Jason Perry in bobblehead form. (Courtesy)

Several top Baltimore tech leaders made major transitions over the past month. Also notable: the region’s principal economic development organization released an ambitious plan for boosting local vitality throughout the next decade.

Read on for details about these and other power moves, from the harborfront to an esteemed but struggling university.

Mindgrub’s chief technology officer leaves

Jason Perry last week announced his departure from East Fort Avenue-based SaaS company Mindgrub, where he worked for the better part of a decade. His last day will be this Friday.

“During my time here, I’ve had the joy of expanding our engineering team’s footprint, building strategic partnerships with top brands, and leading the development of cutting-edge tech solutions in robotics, AR/VR, and AI,” Perry posted on LinkedIn. “Together, we’ve released mobile applications for some of the world’s largest brands and won countless awards for our innovative products.”

Perry racked up these accomplishments throughout a roughly eight-year tenure that he said involved wearing many hats, including AI czar, head of engineering and, most recently, CTO. His LinkedIn post and a corresponding edition of his weekly newsletter, “Thoughts on Tech & Things,” referenced his and Mindgrub’s collaborative “AI in A Minor” project with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, on whose board he serves.

With no concrete full-time job plans for now, Perry said he will be continuing the newsletter and consulting in the immediate future.

‘Our strategy is our story’

The quote above comes from the introduction to the Greater Baltimore Committee’s (GBC) 10-year plan for the region’s economic future, which the organization released on May 23 at its star-studded annual meeting.

“We hope you’ll see this document as an invitation to be all in on the Baltimore Region and help us build a GBC that not only maximizes the immediate windows of opportunity, but also provides proactive, ambitious, and sustained economic leadership over the next decade and beyond,” continues the introduction from GBC CEO Mark Anthony Thomas and board president Mohan Suntha, who also heads up the University of Maryland Medical System.

To that end, GBC worked with Austin-based consulting firm TIP Strategies and a variety of stakeholders to develop the agenda behind “All In | 2035: A Ten-Year Economic Opportunity Plan for the Baltimore Region.” The plan identifies strategies for three priorities: “industry and innovation, place and community, and talent and people.”

Some of the key recommendations include:

  • Establishing stronger and more diverse links between the area’s STEM innovation ecosystem, universities and local entrepreneurs
  • Building better infrastructure to support the export economy, especially given the effects the Key Bridge collapse had on the Port of Baltimore and surrounding industry in spaces like Sparrows Point
    • The GBC hit home on this focus by having its annual meeting at a Sparrows Point facility near where bridge wreckage was stored, which used to belong to Bethlehem Steel and is now owned by Tradepoint Atlantic.
  • Employers doing a better job of retaining the large labor pool whose out-of-state moves contributed to net outward worker migration since 2010

Read the full report here

More local power moves

This article mentions Fearless and UM BioPark, both clients. Those relationships had no impact on this report.

Companies: NextStep Robotics / Fearless / Mindgrub / Maryland Tech Council / University of Maryland, Baltimore / ZeroFox / Greater Baltimore Committee / Maryland Institute College of Art / University of Maryland BioPark
Series: Power Moves

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