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POTOMAC TECH WIRE -- Feb. 18

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o Maryland-Based Enveil Raises $10 Million in First Round of Funding

o Arlington-Based MotoRefi Raises $8.6 Million in First Round of Funding

o Marriott Names Jim Scholefield as Chief Information and Digital Officer

o Reston-Based Leidos Names James Moos as President of Civil Group

o Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Pledges $10 Billion to Fight Climate Change

o Baltimore-Based Legg Mason to be Acquired by Franklin Templeton

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o Briefly Noted: Red River, Peraton, Artel

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o Maryland-Based Enveil Raises $10 Million in First Round of Funding


Fulton, Md. -- Enveil, a Fulton-based developer of encryption technology designed to protect data while it's being processed, said on Tuesday it has raised $10 million in its first round of funding, led by C5 Capital. Mastercard, Capital One Ventures, Bloomberg Beta and 1843 Capital also participated in the round. The company said its technology lets users search, cross-match, and learn insights from third-party data sources without revealing the contents of the search or compromising the security or ownership of the underlying data. Before the latest round, Enveil had raised more than $5 million of funding since its formation in 2016.

https://www.c5capital.com

https://www.enveil.com/news-press-posts/enveil-raises-10-million-in-series-a-funding


o Arlington-Based MotoRefi Raises $8.6 Million in First Round of Funding


Arlington, Va. – MotoRefi, an Arlington-based auto refinance startup that offers lower-cost car loans through its digital platform, said it has raised $8.6 million in its first round of funding, co-led by Accomplice and Link Ventures. Motley Fool Ventures, CMFG Ventures and Gaingels also participated in the round, which comes nearly a year after the company raised $4.7 million in seed funding. MotoRefi, incubated by QED Investors, said it will use the proceeds to expand its staff and further bolster its technology. It also plans to add new lenders and partners. MotoRefi’s platform aims to connect consumers to lenders, such as credit unions and community banks. Site visitors fill out an online form to receive a new rate. Rob Chaplinsky, the managing director of Link Ventures, and Rachel Holt, a former Uber executive and co-founder of VC firm Construct Capital, will join the company's board of directors.

https://www.motorefi.com

https://www.motorefi.com/motorefi-announces-raise


o Marriott Names Jim Scholefield as Chief Information and Digital Officer


Bethesda, Md. -- Marriott International on Tuesday named Jim Scholefield as its chief information and digital officer. Scholefield, most recently the chief information and digital officer at pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company's IT and digital strategies. Earlier in his career, Scholefield was the chief information officer at Nike and chief technology officer at The Coca-Cola Co. 

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/marriott-international-appoints-jim-scholefield-chief-information-and-digital-officer-301006325.html


o Reston-Based Leidos Names James Moos as President of Civil Group


Reston, Va. -- Leidos, the Reston-based government science and technology contractor, has named James Moos as the new president of its Civil Group, a business with 9,600 employees. Moos previously served as chief operating officer and deputy president of the group, which provides science, engineering and technology services. Most recently, he helped lead efforts related to the company's acquisition of L3Harris Technology’s Security Detection and Automation Businesses. He joined the company in 1998.

https://www.leidos.com/insights/leidos-appoints-james-r-moos-civil-group-president


o Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Pledges $10 Billion to Fight Climate Change


Arlington, Va. -- Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said he is committing $10 billion to launch a new fund aimed at battling climate change. The billionaire wrote on Instagram that his Bezos Earth Fund will back scientists, activists, NGOs and any other effort that "offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world." "Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet," wrote Bezos. "I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share."

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8rWKFnnQ5c/


o Baltimore-Based Legg Mason to be Acquired by Franklin Templeton


Baltimore -- Legg Mason, the Baltimore-based investment management firm, said on Tuesday it will be acquired by Silicon Valley-based counterpart Franklin Templeton for $4.5 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $2 billion of the firm's outstanding debt. Legg Mason and its investment affiliates collectively manage over $806 billion in assets. The acquisition will establish Franklin Templeton as one of the largest independent, global investment managers, with a combined $1.5 trillion in assets under management. The deal is expected to close by the end of September.

https://www.leggmason.com/content/dam/legg-mason/documents/en/corporate-press-releases/financial-release/2020/ft-lm-acquisition-press-release-feb-18-2020-final.pdf


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o Briefly Noted:


(Reston, Va.) Red River, a New Hampshire-based technology consulting firm with DC offices in Reston, said it has won two $95 million contracts with the U.S. Air Force. The first contract is for cloud services to support the Air Force's new LevelUP Unified Platform, a cyberspace operations system for future cyber mission force capabilities. The second provides the Air Force with access to software titles, tools and other capabilities it needs to meet next-generation mission requirements.

https://www.redriver.com/press-releases/red-river-awarded-two-five-year-95-million-contracts-with-u-s-air-force


(Herndon, Va.) Herndon-based Peraton, a provider of unmanned maritime systems contracting services, said on Tuesday it has won a spot on a $982.1 million multiple award contract from the U.S. Navy. Under the deal, the company will bid on individual awards in six areas -- payloads, non-payload sensors, mission support systems, autonomy and vehicle control systems, ashore and host platform elements, and logistics and sustainment.

https://www.peraton.com

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/peraton-wins-spot-on-1b-us-navy-unmanned-surface-vehicle-idiq-301006166.html


(Herndon, Va.) Herndon-based Artel, a provider of network communication services to federal agencies, on Tuesday named Karen Randolph as its director of human resources. Randolph most recently served as the employee relations lead at MITRE, and previously was an HR business partner at CGI Technologies and Sprint.

http://www.artelllc.com

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-hr-director-joins-artel-management-team-301006104.html


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> LAST CALL for Tomorrow's CONNECTpreneur Forum - Baltimore, Feb 19


Don't miss this Winter's HOTTEST event, the Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum tomorrow morning, February 19 at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. We will be completely SOLD OUT and only a few tickets remain. REGISTER NOW ! Come celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship, and enjoy the very best networking in the MidAtlantic!! Featuring VIP Fireside Chat guest Jeff Galvin, CEO of American Gene Technologies, an amazing company trying to cure both AIDS and cancer; and Linda Singh, Interim CEO of TEDCO. Rockstar Investor panel features Mike Avon of ABS; Chris College of TCP Venture Capital; Christy Wyskiel of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures; Elizabeth Cho-Fertikh of MEDA Angels; and Jeff Cherry of Conscious Venture Funds. We will have 250 CEOs, VCs, investors, and business leaders; a slate of early stage companies in our "Rocket Pitch" session. Come meet DOZENS of top investors and entrepreneurs for a great morning of networking, learning, and connecting. Huge thank you to our partners Wilson Sonsini, Carey Business School, NEXT powered by Shulman Rogers, TEDCO, Association for Enterprise Growth, Maryland Tech Council, SunTrust Bank, Baltimore Angels, Conscious Venture Funds, and First Financial. This is an event YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS, so REGISTER NOWCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!! 


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> What Would Your Business Do With a $75,000 Innovation Grant?


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> Director of Federal Marketing - McLean, VA


The Director of Federal Marketing will lead strategic marketing campaigns for our B2G technology clients who seek to reach decision-makers in the federal government. The Director of Federal Marketing will drive integrated marketing communications projects that span marketing strategy, demand generation, marketing/sales collateral creation, brand/campaign development, content marketing, and web and digital initiatives. The Director of Federal Marketing will manage key client marketing initiatives, interfacing with clients as well as Merritt Group’s Government and Marketing Services teams to implement campaigns. S/he will also coordinate with outside vendors - copywriters, designers, video production teams and more. And, like all Merritt Groupers, s/he has an insatiable curiosity and interest in technology and business, social media, digital marketing and measurement. For more information and to apply, click here.


> Public Relations Account Director -- Science & Technology (Adelphi, MD)


Spire Communications, a full-service strategic communications firm headquartered in Alexandria, Va., seeks a senior-level communications professional with a focus on media relations and writing. The position requires a strong background in science and technology. This position will work onsite at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland. The position will help to spread awareness of some of the most compelling research and development projects occurring throughout the country. Our ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience, great interpersonal skills, and experience with highly technical and scientific material. The preferred candidate will have direct experience working with defense-related government programs. Holding a security clearance is a plus. For more information and to apply, go to:

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