Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

IT training leader Lance Lucas sentenced to 18 months for bribing state delegate


Baltimore entrepreneur Lance Lucas was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on Thursday for bribery of former Maryland state delegate Cheryl Glenn.

Apple will distribute Baltimore startup’s ClearMask to employees


Apple’s latest big rollout comes in the way of PPE for employees, and a Baltimore company is playing a role in protecting them against COVID-19.

With acquisition, Think joins with former Legg Mason execs to aim for national presence in PE, VC markets

Think president Tony Gruebl.

Baltimore tech and operations advisory firm Think is bringing former Legg Mason execs to its team and seeking a national foothold with a new acquisition.

Maryland residents will soon be able to opt in to Google and Apple’s mobile contact tracing tool


During Gov. Larry Hogan’press conference on Maryland’s COVID-19 response on Tuesday, screenshots of an app made an appearance among the slide deck.

ClearMask saw demand soar in the pandemic. Here’s how the Baltimore startup ramped up to meet it


When a team of Johns Hopkins grad students and alumni began building ClearMask in late 2017, they saw the need for a face mask that was transparent.

Cofounder Allysa Dittmar, who is deaf, had been left isolated and unable to communicate before a medical procedure when she couldn’t understand the medical pros talking behind their masks.

Show your support for postal workers in crisis with these mailbox badges




A new crowdfunding campaign out of Baltimore is raising money to produce badges that show some love to postal workers in the midst of a crisis.

How early-stage start-up companies are navigating 2020

Building a startup can feel like a narrow prism.

Early-stage companies are often looking to solve very specific problems and create new business models with technology that’s tailored to these aims. This process is all-encompassing, and it can feel like the outside world is tuned out.

Not in 2020.

This DuClaw exec founded a startup to help craft brewer-distributor sales go down easier

BrewOptix Founder Elizabeth Hanfman

Before beer gets to a bar or liquor store, there’s a whole process that takes place between a distributor and brewery with lots of little details to figure out.

Elizabeth Hanfman is well aware of these. Having started as a server in DuClaw Brewing Company’s brewpubs and worked up to running day-to-day operations and sales as the Rosedale brewery’s VP, she learned the ins and outs along the way. She also learned that it’s a pretty chaotic process, shifting between phone calls, texts and emails, and between different team members.

Coworking while distancing: How Baltimore’s shared workspaces are reopening

Like many coworking spaces, Spark Baltimore has started members only.

Around the city, Baltimore’s shared workspaces are starting to reopen. But those coworking and makerspaces that many left in March amid pandemic orders are doing things a little differently these days.

With the latest phase of government-ordered mandates requiring capacity limits and social distancing still very much a part of our lives, there are new measures that must be put in place. Given that coworking spaces are often testing grounds for new ideas about how to work, we reached out to some of the area’s leading voices to see how it was all working.

Station North has a new spot for food, music, and arcade games


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As Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young cut a ribbon with a pair of oversized scissors, a band on a nearby stage started the familiar first notes of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”