Learn to Love the Cohort

As you may have heard, Accelerate Baltimore’s 2017 cohort is compiled of six incredible startups. Each one is unique enough to one day be very influential in this world as it becomes more and more dependable on technology to carry out a myriad of tasks.

To introduce a few members of the 2017 cohort to the tech community, we thought we’d play a few rounds of speed-dating — Accelerate Baltimore style! Get a glimpse of what each cohort is about from their answers to these silly, yet somehow profound questions.


Question 1: Describe what your startup does in 5 words or less.

Arbit: Addictive Photo-Polling.

Chord: Omniscient, pet chaperoning smart-collar.

Gunbail: Takes illegal guns off streets.

Reciprocare: We help caregivers find jobs.

Swaggle: It helps men shop.


Question 2: If you were an animal, what would you be?

Arbit: An elephant. They possess incredible emotional intelligence and I think that trait is more important than anything when dealing with people.

Chord: A dog — obviously. There is an Aboriginal saying, "the dingo is what we would be if we were not what we are."

Gunbail: A falcon. On second thought, if I were an animal I would rather be an owl than a falcon.

Reciprocare: Elephant

Swaggle: I’d be a giraffe.


Question 3: Who’s your favorite cartoon character?

Arbit: Ash Ketchum is my favorite cartoon character. Pokemon was a big part of my childhood and my first introduction to something "mobile" growing up.  I've obsessed over creating things on mobile platforms ever since.

Chord: Bart Simpson.

Gunbail: Batman!

Reciprocare: Valerie From “Josie & The Pussycats”

Swaggle: I don’t really watch cartoons — I’m a fan of Ted Talks.


Question 4: What’s a unique or quirky habit of yours?

Arbit: I listen to a lot of movie score composers while working. My favorite composer of all time is Hans Zimmer (Inception, Interstellar, Batman, and a lot more).

Chord: Hmmm. I mouse with my left and right hands and type Dvorak. I'm an office utility man.

Gunbail: My mind never shuts off! Even when I'm in a conversation with someone else, my brain is simultaneously having 3 other conversations with itself.

Reciprocare: Listening to the same song over and over and over and over again

Swaggle: To reference Steve Aoki, “I'll sleep when I'm dead."




Stay tuned to our blog to learn more about Accelerate Baltimore’s 2017 cohort.