[This is a follow-up to my post yesterday on investing throughout the greater D.C.-Baltimore region.]
When I worked at Bessemer Venture Partners (2001-2011), my favorite day of the week was Monday: the all-hands meeting. Not only could I get instant feedback on the issues top of mind in my portfolio and deal pipeline, I also got to learn what everyone else was working on. I got to hear highly vetted pitches from as many as four compelling teams with fabulous ideas and/or businesses. I could get exposure to sectors outside of my core focus (for a long time, cyber security and infrastructure software; later, clean energy.)
It was on a Monday that I got to see a chart of the viral growth in a new peer-to-peer voice technology. I got to hear how a little review site intended to expand beyond San Francisco and Boston. And on a Monday I got to shake Reid Hoffman’s hand. (It was also on Mondays that I got to make commitments to co-invest in companies like Skype, Yelp and LinkedIn. Thank you forever, BVP.)
The best part of technology investing (and I suppose any investing, and maybe any worthwhile activity) is collaborating with smart, motivated people who like to do the same thing. For a decade, that was Mondays for me. Now, for the last few months, it’s Thursday night. Mach37 hosts a tremendous recurring dinner and speaker series on Thursdays in Herndon, VA. I look forward to each event and always leave invigorated to continue working with great entrepreneurs in the Cyber Corridor.
Mach37 hosts the most frequent and topical such gathering for me, as an angel investor in cyber security. But they are not the only one in the area. I also always appreciate my interactions with Dingman Angels at the University of Maryland and Baltimore Angels in downtown Baltimore. These three recurring meetings help me structure my calendar, compel me to get out throughout the entire region, and always inspire me to try to be of service to the great entrepreneurs in the area.
So if you ever want to connect to discuss cyber security, angel investing or the Cyber Corridor, look for me at a great event at one of these locations: