UMBC alumnus Greg Cangialosi ’96, English, is a tech entrepreneur who seems so ahead of the curve that following him on Twitter feels like time travel. But that’s not what I find most striking about him. I’m inspired by the way Cangialosi defines “success” for himself and how he’s worked to build new connections throughout the UMBC community—connections with impact.
After graduating from UMBC in 1996, Cangialosi launched Baltimore-based email service provider Blue Sky Factory. In 2010, Baltimore SmartCEO magazine recognized the company as one of the 50 fastest-growing in Greater Baltimore. The company also made the INC 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in the United States for four consecutive years. Cangialosi sold Blue Sky Factory in 2011, moving on to co-found Betamore, an 8,000 sq. ft. urban campus for tech entrepreneurship focused on “education, community and incubation.”
Cangialosi found success in business, but he wasn’t just off and running, leaving the other runners in the dust. He calls himself “a big believer in giving back and helping to make the places and the institutions that support you better and better.”
While Cangialosi was growing his companies, he was also growing his relationship with UMBC, sharing his experiences with students and learning from their fresh perspectives as a lecturer at the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship. Over the years, Cangialosi has spoken with students and alumni at relationship-building events and has served as a judge for our Idea Competition.