What’s Working in Washington

  • Housing affordability still an impediment to DC’s growth

    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.

  • Can the DC region still attract the best workers?

    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.

  • Fixing advanced technology’s advanced vulnerabilities

    Glen Gulyas, founder and CEO of Onclave Networks, discusses how the internet of things can be a great boon for society, if it can only move past its huge security hurdles.. Gulyas’s company, Onclave Networks, seeks to provide security for companies worried about attacks on their IoT-based devices.

  • The World Bank’s plan to cut out the global middleman

    Fannie Delavelle, managing director of the World Bank Youth Summit, discusses how the World Bank is using blockchain to assist small and women-led businesses in developing nations in collecting revenue. With the distributed ledger of blockchain, businesses can eschew the middleman when making international transactions, saving profit.

  • How blockchain helps donors track their charity dollars

    Clay Buckley, president of Cause Network, discusses how his company uses technology and innovation to help charities gain funds and help people in need. Blockchain, among other technologies, are allowing donors to see exactly where their money is going in the charity of their choice.

  • Concierge medicine is a shot in the arm for the DC economy

    Diva Nagula, founder and CEO of the Washington, D.C. franchise for IV Docs, discusses how his company is part of a new wave of on-demand medical services. Nagula explains how this new trend is helping usher in the future of personalized medicine.

  • How the Maryland Tech Council is making innovation happen

    Tami Howie, chief executive officer of the Maryland Tech Council, discusses how Maryland is shaping up to be a great opportunity for tech and biotech entrepreneurs, and how the Maryland Tech Council is paving the way forward for innovation.

  • A startup’s playbook for regulatory hacking

    Evan Burfield, co-founder of accelerator 1776 and current CEO of Union, discusses his latest book, “Regulatory Hacking.” The book explains how entrepreneurs can take a close look at the regulation-heavy areas of the market that are the most in need of innovation, and how to work their way into the fold.

  • 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.