Summer is around the corner and Washington, D.C. is heating up again. As the mercury rises, the sun won’t be the only thing heating up our fair city. After years of unbridled growth, followed by an extended fiscal bust, we are back stronger than ever and firmly on the map as the country’s hottest spot for technology startups. With names like LivingSocial, Clearspring and EverFi, our start up scene is gaining a much-deserved reputation across the country.
This issue we bring to you one of the most prominent former VCs in the country, Valhalla co-founder, Gene Riechers. With over 25 years of experience in venture funding and leading high tech companies, Mr. Riechers has a wealth of information to share. We also take a closer look into the labyrinthine corridors of business law with one of Washington’s brightest legal stars, Cooley’s Andrew Lustig. And we’re also featuring two regional businesses that straddle the delicate crossroads where business and high tech meet; Shannon Kennedy of Pong Research, who just may change the way you look at your smart phone, and Scott Frederick of Automated Insights, who is busy changing the way data is being interpreted.
We’re also feeling the energy of starting up something new. Our muse for this issue is CriticMania, LLC. Through our interactions with local small business owners, we became aware of a huge problem—the online review space. The places where small businesses can promote themselves online have become a battleground between big corporations, entrepreneurs, and the angry customers. The dominating business model is based on extortion and the motivation and identity of the actual reviewers is questionable. The only victim is the one everybody claims to be helping–the small business owner. When a business has a total of 13 reviews, every one of them matters. We designed two platforms to remedy this huge problem—CriticMania Expert (already launched) and CriticMania Social (coming this Fall).
Folks, D.C. is hotter than ever, so get your sunscreen on, fix yourself a cocktail and watch as the brightest city in the union defines and redefines business.
Here are some articles from Summer 2012 issue:
MINDSHARE: Class of 2012
The Facebookization of Business
Social Review Sites
What SoLoMo is Missing