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, 2011

The next Bisnow Entrepreneur Series event includes EverFi CEO Tom Davidson and SB Nation CEO Jim Bankoff. Be among a wealth of talent (or just come because ya like schmoozing). July 21 at the Capitol Hilton. Sign up today!

The economy may not be growing as fast as we'd like, but entrepreneurship is back in a big way, especially around DC. And the new wave is being led by a new generation of leaders. Which is why we're launching Bisnow's Top 30 Under 40.
LivingSocial's Tim O'Shaughnessy
The likes of Mark Zuckerberg, LivingSocial's Tim O'Shaughnessy (above), and other social media startups, as well as the mobile revolution driven by Apple and Google, have inspired new interest (and new venture capital) in American tech startups. The DC region hasn't seen this much activity since the dotcom days, especially among young entrepreneurs. We're now taking nominations (through July 30) for our Bisnow 30 Under 40: DC's Top Young Entrepreneurs. A committee of veteran entrepreneurs will pick the winners, who we'll announce in early fall. The rules: anyone who is 40 or younger in 2011 in the DC region is eligible (we'll decide what the DC region is on a case-by-case basis—and we'll decide who's 40 by turning you over and counting your rings). We'll accept nominees from all business and non-profit categories. The winners will be picked based on factors that define a successful entrepreneur: founding of business, money raised if applicable, rate of growth, sustainability/durability of enterprise, and exit value if applicable. Non-profit and philanthropic ventures will be considered. Send us your nominations now!

HP public sector CTO Jeff Bergeron

HP public sector chief technologist Jeff Bergeron has a month before he and the rest of the Cloud 2 Council have to deliver recs on cloud adoption strategies. The TechAmerica council has been working since April at the request of federal CIO Vivek Kundra to figure out what’s stopping agencies from going cloud. Jeff wouldn’t give us a preview of findings but says it’s no surprise that contract structure and certification and accreditation are major issues. Cloud changes the certification mix because it’s not as locked down as a client server or mainframe option. Changes made to cloud apps changes the accreditation. Jeff says there’ll be heavy emphasis on tweaking NIST’s certification processes. And Jeff’s not concerned about Vivek’s departure to Harvard. With so much existing momentum by CIOs toward cloud, it’s an unavoidable trend. 

HP public sector CTO Jeff Bergeron with an array of HP's public customers' flags.

We took Jeff over to this impressive display of HP's public sector customers (trophies of contract wars?) at HP’s Herndon office to talk about his job at the $126B company. Jeff is looking at several trends, including mobility with the Palm team and server security changes inspired by this whole cloud trend. The division works closely with HP Labs, which has strong ties to DARPA and Naval research, on how current trends will play out over the next five to 10 years. Defense, homeland security, state and local gov’t and health care are big HP markets and Jeff expects that to continue. When Jeff is not trying to shape clouds, he’s playing golf, skiing or boating.

Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden spoke at an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in DC.
On Wednesday, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden spoke at the US Chamber of Commerce in DC in support of Joining Forces, the effort she launched with First Lady Michelle Obama to promote the hiring of military spouses. She announced the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which enlists businesses to connect with the wives and husbands of active duty warfighters and help them find employment opportunities.
Retired Marine Maj. Gen. Chris Cortez, Microsoft's general manager for strategic operations.
Among those on hand was retired Marine Maj. Gen. Chris Cortez, now Microsoft's general manager for strategic operations (we guess he always gets the word "general" in his title). Chris has played a major role in Microsoft's outreach to veterans as well, with the Military2Microsoft hiring program. He says that MSEP builds on the Army Spouse Employment Program, which has 57 corporate partners (including Microsoft). According to Chris, Microsoft has hired more than 100k military spouses since ASEP was launched in 2003.
Whooping it up for the Fourth? Send us pictures of your vaguely tech-related celebrations and we'll publish them next week. Or you can share any other stories or rants. Email sean.gallagher@bisnow.com.
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