What’s Working in Washington

  • The secret strategy to getting the right media attention

    PR expert Christina Daves discusses the best practices for making your name known. According to Daves, one of the most important aspects is creating good content and and pitching good ideas to the right journalists.

  • The changing face of real estate

    Lorraine Arora, chair of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, discusses how the real estate industry in D.C. is changing rapidly, and how businesses across the world are paying attention. Arora also explains how realtors will remain an important part of real estate, despite the rise of automation.

  • A new space race is just beginning for DC

    National security reporter at Politico Jacqueline Klimas joins us today to talk about a new newsletter Politico is launching, all about space. With companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin making strides toward private industry in space, this newsletter should help you get a handle on what you need to know about the emerging market.

  • Blockchain explained: it’s not just about money

    Peter Rogers, CEO of Welford Management, explains how blockchain works, and how it could be a great asset to the D.C. region. It’s not just about Bitcoin, in fact, it has a wide range of possible use cases.

  • The difference between leadership and management

    Glen Hellman, leadership coach and founder of Driven forward, discusses how leadership is a process of guiding without micromanaging. Good leaders can make sure employees will do what you want without having to tell them every day.

  • The DC music blog producing DIY concerts

    We speak to Angelie Benn, co-founder of Capitol Sound DC, a local woman-led music blog that’s also producing some of the hottest underground concerts in the region. Benn explains how the company got its start thanks to a love for One Direction, and how it evolved to support D.C.’s rich and diverse tapestry of music and art.

  • PoPville is your source for neighborhood scuttlebutt

    Dan Silverman, founder of D.C.-area news and rumor website PoPville joins us to talk about building an audience, staying authentic, and weeding out trolls to build a better business. Silverman explains how acting as a journalist and leader has created a popular site and a tight-knit community.

  • How the federal government can fund your small business

    On this episode, we talk to Robert Brooke, director of federal funding programs at the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology, about the federal government’s Small Business Innovative Research program. Brooke explains how SBIR is designed to fund startups that are creating new and untested technologies, while letting the company retain commercialization rights.

  • Building a stronger cyber industry

    Today, we spoke to Mary Beth Borgwing, co-chair of Uniting Women in Cyber, and founder of Standish Cyber Corporation, to discuss how the D.C. region can serve as a great landing pad for up-and-coming cyber startups. It’s great to be close to the federal government and the source of regulations, but there’s still some work to be done to make it home for the cyber industry.

  • Injecting ethics into boards through diversity

    Denise Keane, former board member of Altria and current board member of DirectWomen, discusses how diversity of background and opinion can make boards of directors more responsible and proactive, for the good of both their company and the general population.

  • Building up the BioHealth Capital Region

    For today’s EXTRA episode, we talk to Jeff Gallagher, CEO of Virginia Biotechnology Association, and Richard Bendis, president & CEO of BioHealth Innovation Incorporated.They discuss how the D.C. region is a perfect home for the biohealth industry, and what impact this industry can have on the region in the coming years.

  • Are trade groups the secret to bringing the DC region together?

    Harry Klaff, managing director at JLL, stops by to discuss the opportunity that trade groups have to affect significant change in the D.C. region. Specifically, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the MetroNow Coalition have taken huge steps in making the area better for communities and companies alike.

  • How a local scientist became an accidental entrepreneur

    David Cetlin, founder and CEO of MockV Solutions, discusses the skills he had to develop when he fell into his entrepreneurship journey. Cetlin explains how biotechnology and entrepreneurship go hand in hand, especially in the D.C. region.

  • Secret strengths of product and service businesses

    John Funge, chief product officer at startup incubator and venture capital firm DataTribe, discusses the main, inherent differences in product- and service-oriented businesses, and how the D.C. region can be a great opportunity for both to thrive.