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Startup Grind Baltimore Hosts Tom Kuegler (Managing Partner @ Wasabi Ventures)


Tom Kuegler, Managing Partner @ Wasabi Ventures

Tom “TK” Kuegler is the co-founder and managing partner of Wasabi Ventures. Wasabi Ventures is an venture capital, incubator, and consulting firm that specializes in building and advising early stage technology companies. In the last 10 years, Wasabi Ventures has built, financed, and advised over 200 start-ups including some wildly successful ventures like Right Now Technologies, PBworks, Ustream, and Etherpad.

In the 1990s, TK was the co-founder of two successful Internet startups, SNT and SpinBox.

TK is the author of all three editions of the highly acclaimed book; Web Advertising and Marketing. He has authored dozens of articles about the Internet and has been published in leading publications like and ClickZ. TK spends a great deal of time lecturing at colleges, seminars, companies, and conferences about the corporate benefits of utilizing interactive technologies. He currently sits on the Board of Sponsors of Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University Maryland. He has presented at hundreds of events on a wide array of topics about economics, entrepreneurship, technology, and management.




6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking


Hosted By Leo Khin, Baltimore Chapter Director

Leo Khin is a Founder, Thought Leader, and Advisor to some of the best and brightest CEO’s, Presidents, Owners, and Entrepreneurs in the Washington, DC and Baltimore regions. With a natural passion for entrepreneurship he's had since childhood, Leo has founded multiple startups focused on technology and social impact. Along with being the Chapter Director for StartupGrind Baltimore, Leo is deeply involved in the local tech and startup communities. He is the Venture Advisor and a Lead Mentor for AccelerateDC, a MIT based mentorship program that aims to influence and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. He is currently the Cofounder of AMPlus, a Partner at Gratii, and sits on the Board of Advisors for various startups in the region. His passion is connecting people, and helping founders take their vision and make it a realization.
Email: [masked]

Hosted By Brian Park, Washington DC Chapter Director

Brian is currently the COO of Startup Grind.  He has over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. Experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise collaborative web products and services.  Has started three previous startups, including one that had $17 million in revenues. Previously worked for AOL and Merrill Lynch. Is a CMUer.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @brianbpark

Global Partners

Google for Entrepreneurs Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.


Local Partners

Wasabi Ventures Wasabi Ventures is a different kind of venture capital firm made up of two distinct, but connected aspects: Venture Capital and Startup Incubation. In other words: we fund entrepreneurs, we start companies, and we help existing businesses succeed.

Living Classrooms Founded in Baltimore in 1985, Living Classrooms Foundation has grown into an educational and economic force that combines one of the city's most cherished assets - its beautiful and historic harbor - with some of its most overlooked - the thousands of bright, ambitious children and young adults who are struggling to succeed against terrible odds. What began with one program in one city has grown into dozens of programs across a region that now encompasses Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

TechBreakfast TechBreakfast is a free monthly breakfast get-together for developers, designers, and entrepreneurs, business people, and interested people to share their cool innovations and tech demos, There are no speakers, just people like you learning from other people like you. No boring presentations or speakers who drone on. This is a "show and tell" true to the "show me, don't tell me" mentality. Starting in the Mid-Atlantic region, the TechBreakfast is now the largest monthly tech event in the nation with over 7000 members and 1500+ regular attendees across our meetup locations in Baltimore, Columbia, DC, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Boston, Austin, NY, Triangle, and Silicon Valley and growing at 200 members per month!

Towson Global Incubator TowsonGlobal is Towson University’s business incubator. As part of the Division of Innovation and Applied Research, we provide business development support to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups in the region. We are mixed use with specialties in international business and education technology (EdTech). We offer resident membership (includes office space) and associate/virtual membership.

Technically Baltimore Technically Baltimore is a local technology news organization dedicated to how innovation is impacting the region. To do so, the site, which is part of the network, focuses its coverage, conversation and events on three broad areas: (a) Entrepreneurship and business innovation for job growth/retention (b) Smarter workforce and opportunities for digital access/education (c) Civic hacking and workflow management for govt policy/reform

Baltimore Biz Journal The Baltimore Business Journal is a division of American City Business Journals, the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies in the United States, with 40 papers across the country and reaching millions of readers a day.

Betamore Betamore is a member-based community of startups, creatives, learners, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Their campus houses some of Baltimore’s brightest web/mobile startups and also house a vibrant coworking community of investors, freelance designers and developers, lawyers, and other entrepreneurs. Betamore also houses an intense, career-oriented educational program called the Academy. Winter courses launch in Feb '14 (

CoFoundersLab CoFoundersLab is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs with one of the hardest, yet most critical, pieces to starting a new business: finding the right co-founder(s). Whether you’re looking to join a startup, seeking someone else to join your venture, or open to either, CoFoundersLab can help. CoFoundersLab does the matchmaking process via two services: an online matching platform at and in-person events in various cities (including Boston!).

SocialToast SocialToaster® makes it easy for a brand to engage with its most active supporters and to keep them engaged by taking the work out of the sharing process. Using our patented technology, supporters of a brand sign up for a fan program to become a “Super Fan” where they can earn points and rewards for their ongoing participation.


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Washington DC hosts Mark White CTO of Deloitte 17th of June 2014

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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • Leo

    Hi All,

    One of our awesome Grinders; Ashley Quang misplaced her Orange Leather Cardholder Wallet at the event last night. If anyone mistakenly picked it up, or found it can you please reach out to Ashley @ [masked] or myself @ [masked]. I will personally offer a $20 reward to it's finder, and let you promote your company, startup, or self at our next event!

    Thanks everyone :)

    May 21, 2014

  • Thomas H.

    Great location though hard to find because there were no signs. Good to see so many people involved in start-ups. Interesting talk.

    1 · May 21, 2014

    • Leo

      Thanks for the input thomas! I'll try to create a way for people to better find the location... Would a picture of the building in the event description help?

      May 21, 2014

  • Thomas H.

    Horrible traffic? I came by the green circulator which stops right at the door!

    May 21, 2014

  • Leo

    Thanks to everyone that braved the horrible traffic and came out last night. It was a great time, and we had a very insightful, no B/S fireside with TK. I appreciate the support of all you grinders, and hope to continue creating awesome, educational, and inspirational events for the Baltimore Community! -Leo

    May 21, 2014

  • Paul B.

    TK, Thank you for a real presentation and a very direct set of answers about how you as an investor see and perform your role. Thought provoking is an understatement. Leo, as always, thank you.

    May 21, 2014

  • James

    It was my first meetup and i learned so much. Thanks for the opportunity

    May 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hilarious and insightful. There was a great group of people, an engaging speaker, and more sincere laughter than I've seen at a networking event in a while.

    May 21, 2014

  • Leo

    Is there a specific topic/ question that you would like to have answered at this event?

    Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

    April 25, 2014

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