Saco Peers & Beers at "Run of the Mill" - TOPIC: Launching a Tech Startup in Maine

MTUG Events

Wed., Jan. 29, 2020, 4:30-6:30pm


MTUG and a great crew of over 35 gathered at "Run of the Mill" Public House & Brewery Wed. Jan. 29 -- Co-Sponsored by FirstLight!

Tech Spotlight Topic presenter Rob Simopolous, Co-Founder of Defendify, shared his experience "Launching a Tech Startup in Maine."

Rob discussed his experience and process launching Defendify, a local startup that makes cybersecurity possible for small business. The group learned about Defendify's wins, challenges, and journey from idea to inception to current state. Defendify has been a Portland, Maine-based company from the beginning, and Rob and business partner Andrew Rinaldi are proud to have worked with many exceptional organizations such as MTI (Maine Technology Institute), FAME (Finance Authority of Maine), and MVF (Maine Venture Fund), as well as other entrepreneurs throughout the state.

MTUG is grateful to our Peers & Beers Co-Sponsor -- FirstLight ( -- for their generous support of this event!

MTUG also thanks our volunteer board members Jamers Harder and Mark Hopper for assistance researching the speaker/topic for this session.

MTUG’s Peers and Beers events are a chance for IT professionals and enthusiasts to network in an informal setting while learning about a unique technology topic. There are usually four or five Peers & Beers events (in addition to MTUG Webinars) held each season at locations across Maine.

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Rob Simopoulos

Co-Founder, Defendify

Rob Simopoulos is the Co-Founder of Defendify, the all-in-one cybersecurity platform that makes cybersecurity possible for Small Business. Rob is a lifelong entrepreneur, as passionate about small business as he is about cybersecurity. In his 20+ years in the security industry, he has received awards and recognition from many trusted industry experts and publications. Rob and the Defendify team are based in Portland, Maine, and support a growing number of channel partners who offer Defendify nationwide. You can reach Rob at

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