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Please join us for our inaugural event on November 2nd at Betamore City Garage. It's been a long time since Baltimore has had a chapter, so don't miss your chance to welcome Startup Grind back to Charm City. It'll be a great evening to meet and socialize with other like-minded startups, build up the Baltimore startup community and get in on the ground floor of the next phase of the Baltimore entrepreneurial movement.
We'll kick off with about an hour of relaxing after work, grabbing some drinks and snacks with some old friends and making new ones. Then we have a fireside chat with Jeff Kurtzman of Mavin Ventures where we can learn about his journey and get a chance to get advice and ask questions from Jeff. Then we'll cap it off with more drinks, food and meeting and greeting. These events are all about making new connections and building up the community.
We're still finalizing our fireside chat lineup and speakers moving forward, so if you are interested in being a featured guest, if you'd like to help out and join our team or if you would like to be a sponsor, please feel free and reach out.
Jeff Kurtzman is an entrepreneur, a finance/operations/strategic consultant, and active angel investor. After starting his career on Wall Street as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank (Analyst in Equity Capital Markets division), he caught the entrepreneurial bug and started his first company with two former college roommates. As CFO of Better World Books, an online bookstore, he helped it...
Jeff Kurtzman is an entrepreneur, a finance/operations/strategic consultant, and active angel investor. After starting his career on Wall Street as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank (Analyst in Equity Capital Markets division), he caught the entrepreneurial bug and started his first company with two former college roommates. As CFO of Better World Books, an online bookstore, he helped it grow to $25+ million in annual revenue and 250+ employees within 5 years without taking any outside investment. Jeff was also very instrumental in the development of a cutting edge enterprise-level software platform that was developed for internal use and then licensed to other large volume e-commerce companies. The software was eventually spun out and was later sold to a company that still licenses the software today. The company later raised $5 million in venture capital to accelerate growth, hired experienced executives, and is forecasting $70+ million in 2017 revenue. Jeff is still one of the largest shareholders and is in regular contact with the CEO and Board of Directors as the company.
From 2008-2012, Jeff co-founded numerous ventures since then including a non-profit called Operation Incubation (sends infant incubators to the developing world), a price comparison website in financial services industry, a Cleantech/Green Building Materials venture capital fund, and a digital media startup. He also consulted for several startups or small businesses as temporary CFO/COO and/or Strategic Consultant.
From 2012-2014, Jeff took on the role of CEO at Aid Through Trade, a founding member of the Fair Trade Federation that produces handmade goods in Nepal. In 2.5 years, he turned around the struggling company (updated all internal technology, replaced most of team, established a sales team, revamped entire product line, etc.), increased the number of artisans employed from 50 to 125, increased the number of wholesale customers from 400 to 750, and grew top line revenue by over 125%.
Since the beginning of 2015, Jeff has become an active angel investor and supporter of startups in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Angels and an active advisor (on pro bono basis) to several startups in the Baltimore/DC area. Jeff has made angel investments in several startups including the following: Suitehop, SportsShares, Sandboxx, Gold Lasso, Yet Analytics, Send Money Cheaper, Tanager Holdings, Saranac Holdings, In Haus Entertainment, and Huvi.
Jeff graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Notre Dame in 2001 with a double major in Finance/Business Economics and Computer Applications. He lives in Severna Park with his wife Kim, daughter Amelia, and dog Brooklyn. Jeff enjoys traveling the world, live music, golf, mountain biking, trying new restaurants, and learning new things.