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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.