2018 Best Tech Startups in Baltimore

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Baltimore, Maryland. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. ZeroFOX


Founded: 2013

“ZeroFOX, the innovator of social media & digital security, protects modern organizations from dynamic security, brand and physical risks across social, mobile, web and collaboration platforms. Using targeted data collection and artificial intelligence-based analysis, ZeroFOX protects modern organizations from targeted phishing attacks, credential compromise, data exfiltration, brand hijacking, executive and location threats and more. Recognized as a Leader in Digital Risk Monitoring by Forrester, the patented ZeroFOX SaaS platform processes and protects millions of posts, messages and accounts daily across the social and digital landscape, spanning LinkedIn, Facebook, Slack, Twitter, HipChat, Instagram, Reddit, Pastebin, Tumblr, YouTube, VK, mobile app stores, the deep & dark web, domains and more.

Led by a team of information security and high-growth company veterans, ZeroFOX has raised nearly $100M in funding from NEA, Highland Capital, Silver Lake Waterman, Redline Capital and others, and has collected top industry awards such as Red Herring North America Top 100, the SINET16 Champion, Dark Reading’s Top Security Startups to Watch, Tech Council of Maryland’s Technology Company of the Year and the Security Tech Trailblazer of the Year.

The ZeroFOX team is comprised of builders, communicators and innovators working together to make the world safe for people and organizations in the digital age.”

2. Blispay


Founded: 2014

“Blispay is a financial technology company pioneering the next generation of point-of-sale financing. Blispay is an everyday financing solution that customers deserve and merchants need.

With a founding team of experienced industry veterans from Bill Me Later, PayPal, Bank of America, and MBNA, Blispay is backed by FirstMark Capital, NEA, Accomplice, Camden Partners, F-Prime and Founder Collective.”

3. Paperless Transaction Management

Paperless Transaction Management

Founded: 2009

“Payments with Purpose. Helping Non-Profits Raise More Money and Keep More Money for their Mission. Paperless Transactions processes donations for non-profits. We process Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, ACH, and Remote Deposit Capture (RDC) check imaging for non-profits around the country. We were founded in 1998 and currently serve over 1,500 non-profits with our payment processing services.”

4. Terbium Labs

Terbium Labs

Founded: 2013

“At Terbium Labs, we know that sensitive data will always be at risk. That’s why we developed Matchlight, the world’s first fully private, fully automated Dark Web Data Intelligence System. We monitor the dark web for your private data fingerprints and notify you immediately if even a trace of your information shows up where it shouldn’t. With fingerprint monitoring and automated tracking for key terms and patterns, such as email addresses or payment card numbers, we can protect your brand, customers, and employees without you having to reveal any information to us. Let us help protect your sensitive data and intellectual property.”

5. Common Curriculum

Common Curriculum

Founded: 2009

“Common Curriculum is an online platform for lesson collaboration and curriculum publishing. Used by thousands of schools and teachers worldwide, Common Curriculum helps teachers, schools, and districts seamlessly work together.”

6. SocialToaster, Inc.

SocialToaster, Inc.

Founded: 2010

“SocialToaster makes it easy for organizations to engage existing supporters and enable those supporters to syndicate content from the organization through to their personal social networks. Participants can then be rewarded and recognized for their efforts as part of an overall fan engagement program. Current customers include pro sports teams, TV networks, movie production studios, record labels, publishers, B2B, and education/non-profits.”

7. Traitify


Founded: 2011

“TRAITIFY is building the personality layer of the internet by re-imagining and democratizing the measurement of personality.

Simply, we apply personality science to help businesses attract, hire and keep the best people. With a team of cross-disciplinary psychologists (including Stanford PhD personality psychologist / statistician, industrial organizational psychologists and clinical psychotherapists), Traitify has invented and patented an image-based personality measurement tool that is mobile-friendly, takes 90 seconds to complete, has a 95% completion rate, and is highly reliable. Not to mention, it’s based on deep personality science (Strong Interest Inventory, Holland Codes, Big Five, etc). Because of its ease of use and format, it’s highly engaging and can be applied to serve different needs across the entire employee journey—attract, hire, retain, grow.

For companies, investing in great culture and employee experience is now table stakes in the modern era. To deliver a bespoke and highly engaging experience for applicants who become employees who create and pervade your company culture, it must start with personality.

Traitify works with CEOs, CMOs, CPOs, HR, Talent Acquisition, Employment Branding, Recruitment Marketing and business unit owners. Our products (SaaS and API) are used throughout the entire employee lifecycle to personalize it– helping applicants discover best fit jobs to apply for, helping employers determine fit, guiding growth paths for individuals and teams, and easing internal mobility so companies can keep their best people engaged–all via a simple, efficient, and reliable tool backed by science.”

8. Protenus


Founded: 2014

“Protenus helps hospitals protect patient privacy in electronic medical records by detecting privacy breaches in real-time. Our solution is a lightweight analytical tool focused on protecting against insider threats.

Built for overburdened hospital compliance & security officers, our analytics filter through the millions of activities that take place in a hospital every day in order to proactively identify HIPAA violations. Our solution deeply understands how patient data should be used and, as a result, can accurately determine when it is used improperly. We promise to help hospital compliance officers sleep soundly at night, knowing that all hospital employees are only using data within the bounds of their clinical or administrative responsibilities.

For Compliance Officers

Our solution helps save time and money by proactively flagging potential HIPAA violations and drastically reducing investigation time through incisive visualizations.

For the Hospital or Institution

Our solution minimizes the risk of lawsuits, fines, and reputational damage associated with unaddressed HIPAA violations, ultimately keeping patient data safer and keeping our customers out of the headlines.

For the Community

Our solution ensures that patient information is only accessed for the right reasons, restoring trust between patients and providers.”

9. Arena


Founded: 2009

“Arena uses big data and predictive analytics to help health care organizations find the best talent for each role, in each department, at each location

Arena collects data about applicants through our cloud-based platform, including responses, text, interaction, public, and other data. Then we assemble the most relevant applicant data to generate a prediction for each candidate in each organization, location, department, and role. The predictions are optimized for specific outcomes such as employee retention, patient satisfaction, employee engagement, quality of care, readmissions, medical incidents, and candidates who would be good fits for positions they did not apply for. The longer we work with our clients, the more outcome data we receive from their specific organization and the more accurate the algorithms become by using cutting edge machine learning techniques.

Across our 400+ client organizations, we have a 100% success rate at reducing employee turnover, with a median impact of a reduction of 38%. We know that health care providers are increasingly bearing the financial risk for the care they provide, guaranteeing a high-value, high-quality product. At Arena, we’re willing to do the same. If our initial implementation doesn’t provide meaningful reductions in turnover, we’ll bear the cost at no risk to the client.”

10. Allovue


Founded: 2013

“Allovue empowers educators at every level to allocate resources to best support the needs of students. Our user-friendly software applications allow district officials, principals, and other school administrators to visualize, analyze, and optimize the impact of spending on outcomes in education. Our flagship product, Balance, contains applications to analyze school budgets, track and forecast expenditures, identify trends over time, and plan for future capital investments.

Implementing our software will allow superintendents to communicate district budgets easily with their staff, board and community leaders, ensuring that budgets are strategically aligned to district goals and priorities. Balance eliminates the need for version reconciliation for finance directors as they can monitor the budget development process in real-time and quickly share custom financial data visualizations with staff. With access to up-to-date budgets and account balances, administrators and principals can better plan for annual expenses, focusing on goals rather than account codes.”