Category Archives: startup grind

The Secret Ingredients in Georgetown Cupcake

  Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne knew better than to invest in perishable commodities. After graduating from Princeton, she’d spent four years learning the ropes at global venture capital firm, Highland Capital Partners. She loved her job, but loved her own entrepreneurial … Continue reading

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One Decision Led Nick Lavezzo to Visual Sciences and FoundationDB

The longer I live, the more I relate to Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard’s observation:  “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Looking back, Nick Lavezzo, an early employee of Visual Sciences and now Co-Founder and … Continue reading

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To the Internet and Beyond with Vinton G. Cerf!

In October, I went to a Startup Grind at Google’s new DC space to hear Google’s VP and Internet Evangelist, Vint G. Cerf, riff about life as a “Founding Father” of the Internet, net neutrality, smart cities, the IPv4 address … Continue reading

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Why Routeam Wants More from You than Step Counters

  Virtual communities strengthen and disrupt existing institutions.  We’ve seen them place new resources and connections within reach of previously unconnected individuals and organizations. It was only a matter of time before the fitness community harnessed this development.  We have … Continue reading

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What Do Ted Leonsis and FiscalNote CTO, Jonathan Chen, Have in Common? Enjoying College Graduation Season for Starters!

I live in North Bethesda and ride my bike a little over 9 miles to Potomac, past the outer gates that lead to the road that leads to the Leonsis family home.  Ted Leonsis, Revolution LLC growth equity investor, owner … Continue reading

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Want Change? Sunlight Foundation Director, Ellen Miller, Shares How It’s Done in DC

Who can manage without measuring?  Who can lead without direction?  How can we fix the government without access to good, open government data? Startup Grind DC featured guest, Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, has dedicated her career … Continue reading

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Pitching Ted Leonsis, Meeting Tige Savage and Heeding Mark Suster

Recently, I connected the dots at back-to-back Metro-DC area events: the BallstonBID Launchpad competition appreciation dinner, In the Capital’s “50 on Fire” and Startup Grind, featuring Tige Savage. Tige is the co-founder and managing director of venture and growth equity … Continue reading

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From Building Priceline.com to Driving the U.S. Economy, T. Scott Case Is All About Thinking Big & Connecting Startup Communities

From Building Priceline.com to Driving the U.S. Economy, T. Scott Case Is All About Thinking Big & Connecting Startup Communities T. Scott Case, best known as the CTO co-founder of Priceline.com, the name-your-price internet service, and now CEO of the … Continue reading

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Capital One’s Nigel Morris and Hinge: What’s in your dating app?

“Yes ma’am, I’m still in the Airforce,” said Airmen Wight Goforth, who has about eight months to go. For now, Wight works an eight-hour shift at the USAF in Virginia then drives to the 1776 campus in DC where he … Continue reading

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Transporting Experiences: The Trip Tribe, RidePost and Fortify

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 … Continue reading

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