Move In Day at 1776
Attend The Day of Foster.ly Expo
, Job Fair (& Dolphin Tank!)
on May 4
@ Artisphere in Arlington. This entrepreneurial expo
and startup showcase
will provide you with the information you need to start, grow
or even exit your business
. To RSVP, click here
1776 officially opened its doors and a new crop of 75 startups has moved in. This list includes several unknowns but it may just be the next generation of DC tech.Meg Kelly
of The Millennial Trains Project is one the entrepreneurs paying to be in the 15k
square feet of co-working
space in the heart
of DC. In return, companies get programs, mentorship, and access to potential partnerships and investors. They range from some of the known
names like Hinge, PopVox, Speek, and Social Tables to largely newcomers
like Curio Road, GitBadger, and HaystaqDNA. More are coming as organizers sort through the 200 applications
they've received from startups all over the country wanting to be in 1776.
Salient's Exec Team Grows
The only entity with more significant personnel moves is our fantasy baseball team. Salient Federal Solutions, led by Brad Antle, is expanding its exec team to reflect the company's growth software development and agile solutions. The Fairfax, Va.-based IT, engineering, and intel analytic services provider, named Sujey Edward the Agile Center of Excellence VP, heading the company's Agility-as a Service work. Sheri Neely, who came with the acquisition last year of LIST Innovative Solutions, is now mission critical software development VP. Her role will involve expanding software engineering and IT infrastructure support for the federal civilian market.
New Crowdfunder For Black-Owned Startups
Nathan Bennett Fleming
and his team want to address a problem: Not enough funding for minority-owned small businesses. BlackStartup
will be set up like most crowdfunding
sites: businesses post their plan and how much they need to raise and the public pitches in
. The startup, which he launched with five classmates/frat brothers from Morehouse College, will only get the funding if the goal is reached. Nathan, a DC-based lawyer and the shadow US Representative for the District, tells us he's already seen over 30 applications from startups and he imagines it'll grow to hundreds in the first year. He hopes to balance
out the stat that Caucasians are two to three times
ahead of African Americans at owning sustainable businesses even though African Americans start new businesses at higher rates.
Techies Giving Away Websites
A lot can happen in 72 hours
when caffeine is involved. That's what GiveBack DC organizers found out last year when they recruited top DC tech talent
to help three nonprofits
(DC Diaper Bank, Phoenix Bikes, and Borromeo Housing) in need of new WordPress or Drupal websites. The Web Development Group, which organizes the event, has recently opened up the application process
for this year, which will feature more volunteers and at least one more nonprofit. GiveBack DC and WDG founder Ab Emam
says it isn't only the nonprofits that are selected. Last year, 100 DC techies volunteered and only 40 were chosen. Ab says the event is a good opportunity
for peers from local web agencies to work together for charity.
Silicon Valley's Homeless
Daniel Garcia once worked at one of Google's restaurants, but now he's one of many homeless people in Silicon Valley. A recent news segment by journalist Bill Moyers shows the other side of Silicon Valley's wealth where a huge divide between the rich and poor is forming. Working Partnership USA executive director Cindy Chavez says in the story there's a belief that Silicon Valley is paved with gold, but really it's a tale of two cities as tent communities form in the shadow of Google and Facebook. She describes a family of two adults and three children who became homeless after a parent lost their manufacturing job. Cindy says she worries that Silicon Valley's problem may be becoming a national problem of "two Americas." Do you see divides like this where you live? Tell Bisnow's Tania Anderson.