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This man will help guide the next wave of Maryland investments in startups

The Maryland Venture Fund, the state-funded seed and early stage equity fund, is the investment arm whose goal is to invest -- and reap returns -- from some of the most promising tech startups in Maryland.

The new guy in charge of it? Thomas S. Dann, a lawyer who has worked in private equity for years and previously served on the board of the venture fund. He was appointed by Christian S. Johanssen, secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, which oversees the fund.