Read About Startupland’s Stars Here

With the premiere of Startupland, the new documentary series, I’m reblogging an earlier post that features the back story on three familiar faces in the film. You’ll find a little known fact about Trendpo’s JD Chang at the end of the post “So, this Macaw, Yapper, GovTribe, TrendPo and The PoshPacker Walk into a TechCocktail.”  Let me know what you think on Twitter @janicekmandel

Janice K. Mandel

Transporting Experiences: The Trip Tribe, RidePost and Fortify Ventures

Think back to when you were a little kid. It wasn’t about the money, was it? Was it? Was it? – Sports agent, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise), to Rod “Show me the money” Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.)

Somewhere between grad school at Harvard and several years on the White House National Security team and in the State Department, Dave Aidekman accidentally fell into the travel business.  Along the way, he was evacuated from the White House complex on 9/11, served as Tom Ridge’s first $60+ billion budget director for U.S. homeland security programs, worked crazy hours on the original team to write the national strategy for homeland security and spent several years with the State Department as part of the Secretary’s office.  The travel business stuck.

“During this time, I rarely took a vacation,” says Dave, who left the government in…

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About Janice K. Mandel

I'm a storyteller engaged in the evolving voice tech community. Early adopter experience in New York City included: Sr. Editor, EIC/Intelligence, the first online, commercial database (1980s); Communications/Voice of, like Zillow but in 1999; and Reach networks -- like Mosaic, only four years sooner. I've recruited speakers for VOICE Summit ( and contributed regularly to its "flashbriefing" on Alexa leading up to the event.
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