Management Team

The Basecamp Business Calendar Network grew out of our own needs and experiences.

Reinventing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

As active entrepreneurs, who had worked through the startup, growth, and success or failure of numerous early stage companies, we learned the hard way that every startup faces the same challenges and makes the same mistakes.

We knew also of the value of business networking, that the answers we needed were to be found in the knowledge and experience of the people we met in our networking. We also knew how difficult it was to find the right events -- search engines do a poor job of finding events -- and if we had a problem finding the events that mattered then other people had the same problem.

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Mel Baiada

Mel Baiada is the founder of Basecamp Business and serves as managing partner of BaseCamp Ventures, an early-stage venture capital investment company founded by Baiada in 2000. An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Baiada founded Bluestone, Inc. in 1989 to provide technology expertise to Fortune 1000 companies and government organizations. Under his direction, Bluestone rapidly grew to a multi-million dollar company, earning its inclusion in the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. for three straight years, from 1994 to 1996. The software arm underwent a successful IPO in 1999 and was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2000. Through his generous contributions, Drexel University was able to add the Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship in Technology to its campus. Mr. Baiada currently serves on the Boards of Drexel University, New Jersey Technology Council and several private companies.

Mr. Baiada currently resides in Moorestown, New Jersey with his wife. 

Chris Baeckstrom

Chris Baeckstrom heads product management, strategy, and account management. Chris was one of the original members of Bluestone beginning in 1992 through 2000. He worked in product management, began the national and international sales channels and did direct sales. He spent ten years working for a Fortune 100 company in IT Management and Project Management. Chris rejoined Mel in 2013 doing what he loves best, working to grow Basecamp Business. He has a Masters in Computer Science from Villanova and is involved with numerous non-profits, as both a volunteer and in board positions.

Oliver Picher

Oliver Picher is a strategy, and marketing advisor for the Basecamp Business Calendar Network. Oliver is also founder and president of Visible Influence, LLC, a network of professionals dedicated to helping businesses, executives, and professionals make themselves more visible and attract more business.

Oliver has an extensive background in public relations, marketing, and publishing. Previously, Oliver served as marketing director for Synygy Inc., an Inc 500 Hall of Fame professional services company. Oliver has also held positions with Unisys, Datapro/McGraw-Hill, The Thomson Corporation, and the National Diabetes Research Interchange (NDRI). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

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