Daniel (Dan) Roche, MS

Mentor in Residence, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

For more than 25 years, Daniel J. Roche as advised business and government on the strategic use of technology to improve the value and service of their organizations. Roche is passionate about developing and applying technology to improve the human condition. This vision requires that technology be designed for the intuitive use of humans. Roche enjoys helping startup and early stage companies with their business model, market strategies and product development.

Roche has provided leadership as a founder, co-founder, CEO, executive and board member for numerous startup companies, including: Agile Network Builders (2010), e.magination (2003), Rapid Systems Solutions (1991), Condor Technology Solutions (1998 IPO), Integrated Information Services (1997 IPO), Relevar (2003), I-Connexions, (2003), Graphwise (2005) and e-send (2007).

Roche has received numerous awards including: Baltimore’s Best ‘Turnaround Expert’ by Baltimore Magazine, ‘Small Business Person of the Year’ from the U.S. Department of Commerce Small Business Administration and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ from Ernst and Young, as well as the ‘MCI Industry Customer Service Award.’

Roche serves as the entrepreneur in residence for Techfire, a technology incubator serving the Southern Maryland Federal Labs technology transfer activities. He has also served as the ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and on the Board of Advisors for the UMBC Technology Center. Roche has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on process and system design, computer architecture, database design, information systems and entrepreneurship.

Roche completed the selective Owner-President Management Program (OPM) at the Harvard Business School (HBS) as well as other executive education courses at Stanford University’s Graduate Business School and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He received a master’s degree summa cum laude in computer science from the John Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and a bachelor’s degree cum laude in computer science from Central Michigan University. Roche was certified systems professional (CSP) by the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals.