What’s Working in Washington

  • Unpacking the journey behind mergers and acquisitions

    To talk about how mergers and acquisitions are a much longer process than they may seem in the news, and to learn how to attract potential buyers, we’re joined by Dan Ilisevich, CFO at Compusearch Software; Kevin DeSanto, managing director at KippsDeSanto; and Andy Jones, managing director at the Maryland Venture Fund.

  • Teaching business students how to fail

    Jim Liew, co-founder of tech firm SoKat and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Business School, discusses how the D.C. region’s universities are teaching entrepreneurs to take advantage of new technologies, like blockchain, AI, and machine learning. Perhaps more important, however, is how universities are teaching entrepreneurial students to get up after they fail, and learn from their mistakes.

  • Government agencies are embracing cloud technology

    John Wood, chairman and CEO of IT firm Telos, talks about how cloud technology is helping to improve the security and efficiency of all of America’s government agencies, and how D.C. is uniquely poised to take advantage of the new adoption.

  • Why supply chains are pivotal in times of disaster

    Rosemary Johnston, senior vice president of operations at Savi Technologies, talks about how the chains of marketing, delivery, and in-transit visibility are vital for the dispersion of everything from breakfast cereal to the most dire supplies in humanitarian crises.

  • Filling the gaps in DC’s cyber community

    To understand how D.C.’s cyber technology community is growing and shaping the economy, we talk to Dr. Erran Carmel, professor at the Kogod School of Business; Jennifer Thornton, director of workforce initiatives at the Greater Washington Partnership; and Rob Terry, senior writer at the Washington Business Journal. Topics discussed include digital convergence, widening the talent pool, and spurring economic growth through the cyber industry.

  • Tech talent comes from more than just a computer science degree

    Zuri Hunter, front end engineer at open-source mapping platform Mapbox, talks about how the D.C. region’s wide range of meetups, hackathons, and boot camps helped her gain experience and skills in the tech industry. Hunter explains that by diversifying the backgrounds of future developers, companies can tackle problems in new and innovative ways.

  • The startup giving education loans to international students

    Manu Smadja, co-founder and CEO of MPOWER Financing, talks about how his company provides crucial student loans to international students that are in America’s top universities. MPOWER has helped hundreds of students from across the world access the education that they strive for.

  • Riding the cryptocurrency wave in the DC region

    One of the most interesting up-and-coming technologies in the region is in the field of cryptocurrency. To talk about how the technology has a murky, but promising, future, we’re joined by Charlie Kiser, CEO of Atlas Cloud Enterprises.

  • Teaching smart people how not to get scammed online

    Pam Holland, founder of Tech Moxie, talks about her company’s efforts to teach people to use technology safely and effectively. Holland also explains how online scams like phishing can be so dangerous–and so convincing.

  • The student-built app helping physical therapy patients

    Today we’re joined by Benjamin Pikus, founder of MoTrack Therapy, a company that’s using motion tracking and gamification to assist patients with physical therapy exercises. Pikus and his group recently won a competition between 100 of the region’s top student-led startups.

  • Gene technologies are making strides to cure terminal illnesses

    Jeff Galvin, CEO and founder of American Gene Technologies, discusses how new technologies in the realm of gene therapy are able to use viruses to heal terminal illness. Galvin believes that, within the next ten years, a large swath of terminal cancers and monogenic diseases can be effectively treated with these methods.

  • How DC is helping drone technology reach new horizons

    For today’s EXTRA episode, we speak with Anne Swanson, an attorney with Wilkinson Barker Knauer; Matt Scassero, director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft System test site; and Mark Ryan, CEO of the Ryan Media Lab to learn about the wide variety of applications drones have, the regulatory and technological hurdles facing them, and how the greater Washington area is the perfect confluence of solutions to many of these problems.

  • Surprising findings from a new cybersecurity entrepreneurship survey

    Professor Erran Carmel, American University’s director of the Center for Business in the Capitol, discusses the results of a wealth of data suggesting the D.C. region is one of the largest in the world for cybersecurity. Other statistics discussed help show that while the region is still struggling on some key issues, it’s holding firm as a great place for entrepreneurship.

  • Maryland’s buy-local program for cybersecurity

    Stacey Smith, executive director of the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, discusses how her group has helped the state of Maryland incentive supporting local business while also ensuring a cybersecure economy.