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November 14, 2008
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We've met some pretty cool inventors, but considering Bob Kahn invented the Internet (well, technically its technology, like Transmission Control Protocol and IP) we're going to name him Numero Uno on that list. We had lunch with Bob and his wife (corporate counsel and lawyer Patrice Lyons) at Caf? Luna in DuPont Circle, even though an Internet caf? might have been more appropriate; come to think of it, do they still have those places?


Here's Bob and Patrice signing the wall of famous guests in our DuPont Circle offices. (Actually, we're just cheap about decorating.) One of the more interesting debates these days concerns aspects of Internet regulation that involve the definition of the Internet. "People want to argue that there are IP networks and sites that are different from the Internet, but to me that doesn't make much sense, and doesn't comply with the Internet definition adopted by the Federal Networking Council in 1995. If an outside party can connect its IP network to the Internet and have it participate in routing IP packets, then it's a part of the Internet, even if, on occasion, it happens to be disconnected," Bob says.


Bob is going to India next month where issues related to "Internet governance" will be discussed. Meanwhile, we were interested in what super-sophisticated things someone like Bob uses the Internet for these days. "I'm like everyone else: I get email and check news, plus a few others sites." Drilling down, we discovered Bob likes golf sites, especially during a major tournament. Bob watched the U.S. Open playoff between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate online from Europe. "In all the public places, they had EURO2008 soccer on the television, and I was not about to ask them to change," Bob says.

DP Clinical

The beautiful flowers next to DP Clinical founder Devinder Poonian may be fake (they're made of silk), but the expertise her company offers pharmaceutical companies during clinical trials is real. Devinder's 14-year-old privately-funded Rockville-based company provides monitoring, data management, analysis, and biostatistics for Phase I-IV clinical trials, specializing in therapeutics. "In our time we've seen four drugs we tested taken to market, which is amazing for a company our size," Devinder says.


Devinder came to the States from India in the '70s, working for Hoffman-La Roche and Fidia Pharmaceutical (eventually becoming Director of Clinical Operations) before founding her 40-person company. Like any entrepreneur, Devinder spends most of her time working, but we hear she's quite a whiz in her garden where the flowers are quite real.


Earlier this week we met Julie O'Brien and Chris Jacobs, the stylish and chic co-founders of D.C. Girls In The Know (www.dcgirlsintheknow.com), a free e-mail newsletter (hmm, sounds familiar) that gives readers exclusive monthly discounts to some of D.C.'s hottest spas, salons, shops and more, specially available to readers. "We personally vet each business before featuring it so our subscribers go to the best places," says Chris. The duo met years ago working in marketing and launched the business this summer with plans to extend into other markets. Beside the business, the pair keep busy with kids (they have six between them), volunteering for school and non-profit fundraisers, and are self-described gym rats.

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