Author Archives: Janice K. Mandel

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 Equinta.com, like Zillow but in 1999; and Reach networks -- like Mosaic, only four years sooner. I've recruited speakers for VOICE Summit (https://voicesummit.ai) and contributed regularly to its "flashbriefing" on Alexa leading up to the event.

Mark Cuban Bets You’ll Hear About FiscalNote

FiscalNote co-founder and CEO, Tim Hwang, and his childhood friends, Jonathan Chen, CTO, and Gerald Yao, CSO, are making the U.S. legislative process transparent. Their company is entering its third year of refining next-generation legal software with programming expertise from … Continue reading

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FiscalNote Sprints with Mark Cuban and $10 Million Series B from China’s RenRen

Please enjoy the longer read just published at StartupGrind.com, the global entrepreneurship community — front page! FiscalNote Inc, formed March 2013, first appeared in this blog early in 2014, after I bumped into CTO, Jonathan Chen and his co-founders CEO … Continue reading

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What this Entrepreneurial Governor Can Teach Us About Inventing the Future

Getting some perspective on Richard “Terry” McAuliffe, the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is good. He can be larger than life when he winds up for a good story. It’s all in the name of public service. A … Continue reading

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Esther Dyson’s Way to Wellville Model Is Paved with Support, Jobs, and Funding

It’s a major challenge for the U.S. to figure out how to set so many more citizens on the path to healthier lives.  Entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist, Esther Dyson, has embarked on a 5-10 year national challenge, The Way … Continue reading

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AddThis founder, Hooman Radfar, Is All About Progression

If I hadn’t met Hooman Radfar before, I’d wonder if he were for real.  For such an accomplished entrepreneur, he just seems so…normal.  When the Pittsburgh-raised son of two Persian doctors told the crowd at Startup Grind DC in May that … Continue reading

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WeddingWire Founder, Timothy Chi, Reveals Faux Pas While Pitching Martha Stewart

The idea for Timothy Chi’s second company, WeddingWire, was borne of painful experience: Helping to plan his own wedding.  There were magazines that educated and inspired, but none that made it easier to execute sales, orders, and arrangements online.  Tim … Continue reading

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The Creator’s Code Mentors the Entrepreneur in Us All

Entrepreneurship has always been a staple of the American economy, but the velocity of business development by creative enterprises has accelerated since the web and its parade of related innovation. Looking at the role of technology and beyond, Stanford Business … Continue reading

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When Improvonia’s Co-Founders Realized the App Wasn’t Their Own

Last year, The Mid-Atlantic Venture Capital Association (MAVA) moved from Georgetown to a stunning shared-space near the Farragut North Metro stop in the heart of DC’s Golden Triangle (BID).  Maybe it’s the new view, but it seems that TechBuzz keeps … Continue reading

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TechBuzz: Fresh Tech Look for Spring 2015

Ideas all over the place at the Mid-Atlantic Venture Capital Association (MAVA) Spring 2015 TechBuzz in DC’s The Sphinx Club.  It was as if Elon Musk’s head had exploded. To get off to a great start, MAVA’s Executive Director, Julia Spicer, introduced … Continue reading

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Funding and Fueling Our Big, Fat Tech-Enabled Future

There are a lot of really smart, experienced, and influential people in the DC area.  Thankfully, there are business community leaders who get them to come out to share their insights at various gatherings. Peter Barris, the Managing General Partner … Continue reading

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