Suzanne Rich Folsom, attorney and regulation expert; Richard Levick, founder public affairs firm Levick; and Michael Avon, founder of ICX Media, discuss the pitfalls politicians make in developing regulations. While some rules may help big businesses, some small startups are being left out in the cold.
Sarah Purdum, business development associate with Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, discusses how talented people with great problem-solving abilities might have trouble with the marketing aspect of entrepreneurship, and how that hurdle can be overcome.
Sean Griffey, co-founder and CEO of Industry Dive, discusses how his company’s innovative method of sourcing niche news for specific demographics, like industry CEOs and presidents, allows the company to create close relationships with businesses and communities while also maintaining strong, reliable internet revenue.
Mary Abbajay, expert on leadership management and career development and author of Managing Up: How to Move up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss, discusses how writing a book can give entrepreneurs and leaders access to a wide range of opportunities they couldn’t otherwise achieve.
Ajit Thyagarajan, founder of Atomic Mole, discusses how his company works to shield internet of things devices in a new and innovative way. Thyagarajan also discusses the difficulty involved in being a startup vying for the attention of larger businesses.
Mary-Claire Burick, President of the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, discusses what business improvement districts actually do, and how they help coalesce the public and private sectors around a common goal.
Andy Medici, money reporter for the Washington Business Journal, discusses the problems the D.C. region still has to face if it wants to regain the VC market share it had during the dotcom boom.
On this What’s Working in Washington EXTRA, we spoke with Bob Bigman, president of 2BSecure; Bob Flores, co-founder and partner of Cognitio Corp; and Bob Gourley, founder and CTO at Crucial Point LLC, to discuss the hurdles cybersecurity still faces in ensuring the protection of the country’s most important systems.
Robert McNamara, managing director of Guidehouse, formerly PwC PS, discusses how public sector consultants help government agencies more efficiently serve their citizens. As part of a company that was recently divested from a larger corporation, McNamara explains how he can chase innovation with small-startup tactics.
Mark Jaster, founder of 418 Intelligence, discusses the new system the company has developed to let cybersecurity experts freelance their knowledge, helping companies find flaws in their systems. Jaster also discusses the problem with investors that search for a “silver bullet” in potential startups.
JC Herz, national expert on open-source software and COO and founder of Ion Channel, discusses how open-source code makes up around 80 percent of all proprietary business software. If that code doesn’t come from a reliable source or a consistent committer, it can result in huge security problems for consumers.
Lyles Carr, senior vice president of the McCormick Group, discusses how executive recruiters operate, working with businesses to find the perfect match for an open position. Carr explains how the process may require an open mind instead of strict requirements to get the best candidates.
David Bowers, vice president and Mid-Atlantic market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, discusses how D.C. consistently ranks as one of the most expensive places to live in the country, and how high prices hurt quality of life, as well as slow the influx of talent and businesses from other regions.
Terry Clower, director for the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, discusses how immigrants, especially long-term immigrants, make up a huge portion of the D.C. region’s workforce, and how pushing immigrants out of the country could be a large economic injury for the area. Clower also explains how attracting business to Washington can work by making a place where employees will want to live.