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Move In Day at 1776
April 10, 2013

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.

1776-Meg Kelly, The Millenial Trains Project
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.
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Salient's Exec Team Grows

salient-brad antleThe 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

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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

Sil Valley-homelessDaniel 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.

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