Building a Cybersecurity Startup in Maryland
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Technically Baltimore Cybersecurity EventI was invited to speak last week at Technically Baltimore’s event on Growing Maryland’s Cybersecurity Industry. They invited a series of speakers to give 4 – 5 minute lightning talks on a variety of topics that explore the growing cybersecurity industry in Maryland. The goal was to discuss how we can grow Maryland’s cybersecurity industry to create more jobs.

The event took place at CyberPoint’s beautiful Inner Harbor location in Baltimore. It was very well organized, and I very much enjoyed attending and speaking.

In my presentation I shared the story behind Light Point Security, and talked about what it’s like to build a cybersecurity startup in Maryland. I mentioned the good resources Maryland has to offer for cybersecurity companies, and also shared my thoughts on what Maryland is lacking to truly become the cybersecurity leader in the country.

As I said in my talk, the one area where I think Maryland is lacking is in funding opportunities for very early stage companies. We definitely have the intellectual resources in this region to compete with the likes of Silicon Valley, but we need to make more financial resources available to very early stage companies if we really want to be competitive with the West coast. I feel this is the last ingredient needed to make Maryland the unrivaled leader in cybersecurity.

Here’s a video of my 5 minute talk:

Also, take a look at this nice write up by Technically Baltimore on my presentation.

Light Point Security’s Springboard Dolphin Tank Pitch and Startup Showcase at Day of Fosterly 2013
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Light Point Security at Day of Fosterly 2013We had the great opportunity of participating at the Day of Fosterly event on May 4. The Day of Fosterly conference is a full day of collaborative entrepreneurship for anyone interested in starting, growing, or exiting a business. The day was jam packed with panels, workshops, speakers and lots and lots of networking.

Light Point Security was selected to participate in two of the day’s best events: Springboard Enterprises’ Dolphin Tank and the Startup Showcase.

Springboard Enterprises’ Dolphin Tank

Springboard Enterprises’ Dolphin Tank was the first event of the day. Unlike ABC’s Shark Tank, in the Dolphin Tank entrepreneurs share their ideas without the fear that the audience will tear them to shreds. Immediately after concluding a two minute elevator pitch in front of an expert panel and a live audience, the entrepreneurs will receive feedback to help improve their pitch. It is an interactive, fast-pitch session with no slides – just the entrepreneur speaking.

Light Point Security was one of just six companies pre-selected by a group of judges to pitch in the Dolphin Tank. I (Zuly) gave the two minute company pitch and received some great feedback from the panelists. I even received some offers to connect us with potential partners.

Startup Showcase

Wrapping up the day’s activities was the Startup Showcase and Reception. It was a one and a half hour session designed to showcase the region’s hottest startups. The companies invited to participate in the Startup Showcase were pre-selected by the Fosterly team, and given a table to demo their products and showcase what make makes them so special.

Light Point Security was one of the hot startups invited to participate in the Startup Showcase. We gave lots of demos, and spoke to a wide range of folks spanning from cyber security executives to investors to other entrepreneurs. We received lots of positive feedback during our demos.

Our Thoughts

We were really impressed with the overall quality of the day. The Fosterly team managed to attract high quality speakers and attendees, which made networking at the event extremely valuable. And they did a great job organizing interesting and valuable sessions for entrepreneurs. It was a great way to connect with the local startup community, and build new relationships.

The Light Point Security team got a lot out of attending the Day of Fosterly. I hope they do it again next year, and I would encourage all local entrepreneurs to attend.

Light Point Security Presents at the NVTC Entrepreneur Spotlight Event
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Light Point Security presents at NVTC Entrepreneur SpotlightWe are pleased to announce that Light Point Security was selected by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) to present at their Entrepreneur Spotlight event on May 2, 2013 at Ernst & Young in McLean, VA.

Entrepreneur Spotlight provides early stage startups an opportunity to present their concept in front of an audience of accredited investors. The Entrepreneur Spotlight program allows investors to hear from exciting and innovative startups, and focuses on companies that are truly in the startup phase and may only be looking for small amounts of funding.

Light Point Security was one of only 5 startups selected for this great opportunity. During the event, we were given 5 minutes to present our business, followed by a 10 minute Q&A session from a panel of investors.

Light Point Security to Present at Mid-Atlantic Venture Association’s TechBUZZ Spring 2013 Event
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Light Point Security to present at TechBUZZ Spring 2013We are pleased to announce that the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) selected Light Point Security out of more than 125 companies to present at their TechBUZZ Spring 2013 event.

TechBUZZ is the area’s premier event where MAVA shines the spotlight on the Mid-Atlantic’s hottest up-and-coming early stage technology companies. It brings together entrepreneurs and active investors to connect with one another and celebrate the strength of the tech scene in our region. TechBUZZ was launched by MAVA as a half-day seed stage conference preceding its annual Capital Connection, which features growth and later stage companies.

TechBUZZ Spring 2013 will be held on April 23 at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Fifteen other hot, early stage companies will join us on the TechBUZZ stage. The event will also feature stories from local Rock Stars, John Bracken of Speek and Justin Langseth of Zoomdata, as they share what they’ve learned since making their market debut at TechBUZZ in May 2012.

Please join us at this exciting event as we share our story, and engage with the local startup community. As a bonus, use discount code TBDISCLIGHTPT for $10 off any registration level! Click here to register.

You can read the full press release here.

Hope to see you there!

Light Point Security to Present at TechBreakfast Event
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Light Point Security to present at TechBreakfast eventWe are excited to be presenting a short overview and demo of Light Point Web Enterprise at this month’s TechBreakfast event in Columbia, MD.

TechBreakfast is a monthly breakfast in Baltimore, Columbia, DC, and Northern Virginia where almost 2,000 (as of this writing the group is 3 people shy of hitting 2,000 members) entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers and business people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other. It’s “Show and Tell for Adults” where people show the innovative technology they are working on.

The format is limited to a 7 minute pitch/demo, followed by a 3 minute Q&A session. Our presentation will be similar to the one we gave at the RSA Conference 2013 Innovation Sandbox event, so those that missed RSA can catch it then. We’ll also give a live demo of Light Point Web Enterprise in action.

This month’s Columbia TechBreakfast is being held on March 12 from 8:00am to 10:00am at the Loyola Columbia campus (8890 McGaw Rd #130, Columbia, MD). Best of all it’s free to attend. Please stop by if you’re interested in connecting with us directly, or would like to learn more about Light Point Web Enterprise.

RSA Conference 2013 Names Light Point Security Finalist for Most Innovative Company
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Light Point Security to present at RSA Conference 2013 Innovation SandboxWe are pleased to announce that Light Point Security has been named by RSA Conference 2013 as one of the top 10 most innovative security companies.

On February 25, Light Point Security, along with the other 9 finalists, will present at RSA Conference’s 2013 Innovation Sandbox program for a chance to be named Most Innovative Company at RSA Conference 2013. Innovation Sandbox is a gathering of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and security professionals pioneering the future of information security. The finalists represent new technologies and strategies with the potential to transform the future of information security.

We are thrilled to be among the most innovative security companies, and we’re looking forward to attending RSA and presenting at the Innovation Sandbox. You can read the full press release here.

You can follow the action on Twitter with the hashtag #innovationsandbox or by following us at @LightPointSec.

If you’ll be at RSA, and would like to connect with us, drop us a line at info@lightpointsecurity.com.

Light Point Security to Present at the CyberMaryland 2012 Conference
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CyberMaryland 2012 conference

We are pleased to announce that we have been selected to present our technology at the CyberMaryland 2012 conference.

What Is CyberMaryland?

CyberMaryland is a cybersecurity conference held in Baltimore, MD for technology companies, business leaders, emerging professionals, policy makers, business innovators, entrepreneurs and federal, state, and local government personnel. The two-day conference features training sessions, an industry showcase, a live cyber challenge, and the Cyber Security Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Not to mention networking!

The conference tracks are:

  • Cyber Innovation Track showcases future of cybersecurity products, new solutions, evolving technology, venture capital and rising stars.
  • Cyber Business Opportunities Track helps cybersecurity providers understand emerging growth opportunities, budgets, spending priorities, product requirements and specific government customer requirements.
  • Cyber Generation Track topics focus on preparing the next generation of cyber professionals, career preparedness and clearances, and talent development.

What Will Light Point Security Present?

We have been selected to demonstrate our product, Light Point Web, as part of their industry showcase session. We will have 45 minutes to give a presentation and demo of our technology to cybersecurity experts and enthusiasts. We will discuss some of Light Point Web’s newest features, and talk about how Light Point Web fits into a corporate environment. We will end the presentation with a five to ten minute live demo of Light Point Web.

We are pleased to have been selected for this honor, and we’re looking forward to the conference in general.

I hope some of you will join us at CyberMaryland!

Black Hat 2012 After Parties and Events
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Black Hat USA wouldn’t be Black Hat USA without the after parties and free drinks. Here’s a list of the parties and other events being held at this year’s Black Hat.

After Parties

Solera Networks Blue Martini Party: Enjoy food, drinks, and challenge the Shadow Bar dancers to find out how low you can go.

When: July 25, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Shadow Bar, Caesars Palace

Stonesoft Portal Party: Enjoy games, food and drinks, and great prizes.

When: July 25, 7:30pm
Where: Pisa Room, Caesars Palace

Mandiant M After Dark: Join Mandiant for an evening at the Shadow Bar in Caesars Palace.

When: July 24, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Shadow Bar, Caesars Palace

Qualys Private Reception and Ultra Lounge: An evening of cocktails and fine cuisine, and networking with your peers. Special Guest Speaker: Howard Schmidt, Former White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

Private Reception: July 25, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Qualys Ultra Lounge: July 25, at 10:00pm-1:00am
Where: HYDE Bellagio

Life’s a Breach Party: Join Rapid7, FireMon and LogRhythm for some fun during Black Hat.

When: July 25th, 9:00pm-2:00am
Where: Rain Nightclub, The Palms Resort & Casino

RSA and NetWitness Party: Stop by booth #201 for your wrist band.

When: July 25, 8:00pm
Where: The Oak Nightclub, Mirage Hotel

PURE Party: Hosted by Accuvant LABS, Palo Alto Networks and WhiteHat Security. Featuring live music by DJ Paul Oakenfold.

When: July 25, 9:00pm-1:00am
Where: PURE Nightclub, Caesars Palace

The All In Party: Infosec networking reception and party.

The Reception: July 26, 9:00pm-12:00am
The Party: July 26, 12:00am-6:00am
Where: The Absolut Suite, Caesars Palace

FishNet Security Party: Join FireMon, Sourcefire, LogRhythm and Radware for drinks.

When: July 25, 8:00pm-12:00am
Where: The Beatles Revolution Lounge, Mirage Hotel

Other Events

Networking with Mandiant: Enjoy brunch, and meet-up with other Black Hat attendees and Mandiant folks.

When: July 25, 11:30am-2:00pm
Where: Trevi Room, Caesars Palace (adjacent to the exhibit hall, Octavius Ballroom)

Practical Malware Analysis Book Signing with Michael Sikorski & Andrew Honig: The first 25 people each day receive a free copy of the book. Be one of the first five people in line on Wednesday, July 25th and win an invitation to a very special VIP dinner with the author of Practical Malware Analysis, Michael Sikorski.

When: July 25 & 26, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Where: Trevi Room, Caesars Palace (adjacent to the exhibit hall, Octavius Ballroom)

If you are aware of other Black Hat parties being held this week, let us know in the comments. Do you plan on attending any of these events? If so, which ones?

Apps for Security Hackathon in DC
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Apps for Security Hackathon

SINET and SAIC are hosting an Apps for Security hackathon in conjunction with the Amphion Forum in Washington, DC on June 27th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The goal of Apps for Security is to promote civic engagement, open innovation, and entrepreneurship while making us all safer and more secure in cyberspace.

They’ll spend the day building privacy and security enhancing apps leveraging the data, SDK, and APIs offered up by their data providers: Mocana, SAIC, and the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate.

Regardless of skills or interest, they’re encouraging participation from people and organizations who would like to make a difference in privacy and security online. If you have ideas for creating a safer internet through open data, collaborative innovation, and a dash of entrepreneurship, then consider participating. And, if you have a prototype or proof of concept you’d like to work on at Apps for Security, bring the code and invite others to work with you on it.

Schedule
9:00am-10:00am    Welcome, Introductions, & Motivation
10:00am-11:30pm    Ideation: Unconference style workshops to flesh out ideas
11:30pm-5:00pm    Coding, Designing, Innovating
5:00pm-6:00pm    App Demonstration & Recognition of Achievements

Registration is free and you can register on their Eventbrite page.

58 Best Startup Quotes From MicroConf 2012 Day 2
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These are the 58 best quotes from day 2 of MicroConf 2012 as tweeted by the attendees. MicroConf is a conference hosted by Rob Walling and Mike Taber focused on self-funded startups and single founder software companies. The speakers were Patrick McKenzie, Amy Hoy, Adii Pienaar, Dave Collins, Sarah Hatter, and Bill Bither. I also compiled a list of the best quotes from day 1 of MicroConf 2012.

Dave Collins – Software Promotions

Presentation: Google AdWords: Stop Losing & Start Exploiting (Really)

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197358183260491776

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197358663831273473

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197360378957676545

http://twitter.com/#!/lonroth/status/197361825208209408

http://twitter.com/#!/patio11/status/197361882942803969

http://twitter.com/#!/mhmazur/status/197361945471500290

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197362532132990976

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197362988938829824

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197363537654452226

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197365443894312961

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197366249527836674

http://twitter.com/#!/brennandunn/status/197368123123441664

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197366785798971393

http://twitter.com/#!/lonroth/status/197380506130718721

Bill Bither – Atalasoft

Presentation: How I Bootstrapped and Sold My Software Company By Maxing Out My Credit Cards

http://twitter.com/#!/mattdyor/status/197389111605215232

http://twitter.com/#!/mattdyor/status/197396199085576192

Sarah Hatter – CoSupport

Presentation: Cheap and Easy Customer Support

http://twitter.com/#!/TheDaveCollins/status/197402568991850497

http://twitter.com/#!/derrickreimer/status/197403973274189824

http://twitter.com/#!/derrickreimer/status/197406394700414977

http://twitter.com/#!/hnshah/status/197406397485428737

http://twitter.com/#!/hnshah/status/197407100442386433

http://twitter.com/#!/HireFlo/status/197410119657590784

Amy Hoy – Freckle & UnicornFree.com

Presentation: If You Don’t Like Drunk Frat Boys, Don’t Open an Irish Pub… & Other Uncommon Ways to Rock

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197441342140465153

http://twitter.com/#!/patio11/status/197441627239878656

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197441867380563968

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197442669281148929

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197442959099174913

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197444327272759296

http://twitter.com/#!/iamseanmurphy/status/197444439180980224

http://twitter.com/#!/patio11/status/197444624304963585

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197445310044319744

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197445429460344833

http://twitter.com/#!/iamseanmurphy/status/197445918973378561

http://twitter.com/#!/mikemindel/status/197446866995130370

http://twitter.com/#!/thatsbyme/status/197450226183839744

Adii Pienaar – Woothemes.com

Presentation: From Idea to 7 Figures in 2 years: The Story of Woothemes

http://twitter.com/#!/hnshah/status/197460322771144704

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197460394544074752

http://twitter.com/#!/bobthordarson/status/197461626415353857

http://twitter.com/#!/derrickreimer/status/197462249084960769

http://twitter.com/#!/annagjacobsen/status/197462427359645696

http://twitter.com/#!/hnshah/status/197463162923122689

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197464788673105920

Patrick McKenzie – Bingo Card Creator

Presentation: How to Engineer Marketing Success

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197475838134976512

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197476806889181185

http://twitter.com/#!/irms/status/197478549475696640

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197479096991752192

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197480735991533569

http://twitter.com/#!/dchurchville/status/197484706290343937

http://twitter.com/#!/lonroth/status/197481729701838848

http://twitter.com/#!/jackfoundation/status/197486859486629890

http://twitter.com/#!/hnshah/status/197473319598043137

http://twitter.com/#!/derrickreimer/status/197429140192899072

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197429214541131776

http://twitter.com/#!/mhmazur/status/197430012826226689

http://twitter.com/#!/mhmazur/status/197430903969038336

http://twitter.com/#!/derrickreimer/status/197432124989652992

http://twitter.com/#!/derrickreimer/status/197433182134607874

http://twitter.com/#!/JasPanesar/status/197434195998539776

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