The last two + years have been a very interesting time for me. I have spent most of the last couple of years passionately focused on “building the entrepreneurial ecosystem” here in Baltimore.

Those of you who know me, know that I feel strongly about the cycle of entrepreneurship; in order to build a solid ecosystem, entrepreneurs who have successfully started, scaled and sold a company, need to then give back to the communities that supported them, and help pave the way for the next generation of founders. This is an important step towards the development of a sustainable entrepreneurial environment, and one that I, along with an incredible group of people working towards the same goal,
have tried to put my mark on here in Baltimore.

After the acquisition of Blue Sky Factory in 2011, I quickly found myself in the center of economic development circles, and began to surround myself with other like minded folks who believe that Baltimore is in a unique position to put itself on the map as a hotbed of startup activity across multiple sectors. In particular, our education technology (EdTEch), advertising technology (AdTech), healthcare technology (HealthTech) and cyber security sectors are some of the strongest in the country.

Through my work with the Baltimore Angels, and outside of the group, I’ve helped with several early stage investments for mainly Baltimore and regional based startups (from seed rounds, angel rounds, and a Series A or two), and assisted with helping make the Baltimore Angels more sustainable as an angel group. I look at the progress that we have made over the last 2 years + and feel good about where we have been and where we are going.

In addition to the early stage financing work, as many of you know, I went on to co-found Betamore, Baltimore’s campus for entrepreneurship in the heart of Federal Hill. Equally as important as having early stage financing available to startups, my co-founders Mike Brenner, Sean Lane and I, also felt Baltimore needed another space that combined the elements of education, community development and incubation. Today, after 15 months of having our doors open, the vision is only just beginning to be realized. Many of our member companies have raised significant capital rounds, and many new jobs have been created here in the city. Check out our 2013 year in review info graphic which highlights the accomplishments we made in our first 12 months.

Outside of my work on numerous non-profit boards, I also continued to evolve my connection to my alma mater, UMBC, and joined the adjunct faculty at UMBC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation program. Last year, I had a chance to teach an amazing group of students Entrepreneurial Marketing aka ENTR 320.

UMBC is making many great things happen for its students and for Baltimore, and there is a strong committment to advancing the entrepreneurial program at the university. As a part of this overall initiative, last year, I committed a 5 year gift to the Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship to launch the “Cangialosi Business Innovation Competition.” In addition to the competition, some of the funds will be used to begin building an endowment for entrepreneurship. The macro goal of all of this is to help the driven, passionate, real entrepreneurs who are at UMBC as students fulfill their true dreams of entrepreneurship. I am excited to see things progress, as the first round of the competition is April 24th, and we are down to our first 9 finalists!

Overall, I am proud of the work that I have put in to making Baltimore a better place for entrepreneurs. This is something that I am passionate about and will continue to support, as there is still much work to be done. With all that said, at the very core, I am an entrepreneur, and its time for me to get back to it and start to build my next company. In the end, entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs, and I’ve reconnected with my drive to want to build something awesome.

Many folks in and around the Baltimore community may know already, however today, we officially announced my new role as CEO of MissionTix, an online event ticketing platform. I could not be more excited for this opportunity, as MissionTix is a 13 year old company that is going back to startup roots all over again. I am honored to join Joe Loverde, Todd Harvey and the already awesome team at MissionTix, as we get ready to innovate, and help define the ticketing revolution.

This opportunity allows me to combine three of my passions, marketing, technology & live events, all in one. In addition, I am excited to face the challenges of building both a B2B (business to business) & B2C (business to consumer) organization. Our goal, is to build the best consumer experience around event ticketing & beyond, while providing event producers everywhere a best in class technology solution that helps them sell more tickets and enhance the consumer experience at their events.

We are working hard to put the final touches on a complete rebuild of the MissionTix ticketing platform, and consumer website, and will be launching our new wares soon! I am PUMPED to see where the adventure takes us, and I hope you all follow the next chapter.

Thanks for reading!

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Baltimore Angels: A Year in Review

January 20, 2014

Keeping in line with my “Year in Review” posts, I wanted to repost the activity that the Baltimore Angels had in 2013, from the BA website. Below, is the post I wrote on 12/29 on the Baltimore Angels website. I am proud of the work we have done, the progress we have made, and more […]

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Betamore 2013 Year in Review

January 19, 2014

Below, is an infographic that we produced highlighting all of the amazing things that we accomplished in our first year at Betamore. A year ago, we opened our doors with a positive will and intention to advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem and early stage technology sector here in Baltimore, and this graphic tells the story of […]

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10 Random Facts of Switzerland

November 18, 2013

I recently returned from a 7 day trip to Switzerland to attend the Young Leaders Conference that is put on every year by the American Swiss Foundation. I was one of 25 American’s selected to attend this years conference. We were joined by 25 Swiss leaders and spent 7 days in engaging dialog on a […]

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Marketing in Action at UMBC

April 25, 2013

As I type this, realizing that the spring semester is just about over, I am once again reminded how fast time flies. As mentioned here a couple of months ago, I have been on the journey of teaching entrepreneurial marketing (ENTR 320) at UMBC this semester. What an amazing, challenging and very rewarding experience it […]

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