Five Influential Stealthy Women of #DCTech
Many of DCs most influential Women in Tech are highly visible. Most of us know the fabulous and tireless tech advocate women like Cooley’s Katherine Ferguson, Speakerbox’s Lisa Throckmortan and Tech Cocktail’s Jen Consalvo. Yet there’s a number of ladies who are building great enterprises while contributing to the growth of the DC regions technology ecosystem..
Elana Fine, Dingman Center – Elana’s quietly building a entrepreneurial juggernaut at the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. Under her leadership the Dingman Angels have become the most active Angel Group in the region. The Dingman Center is positively impacting this regions technology entrepreneurs and Elana’s driving the Dingman Center in the right direction.
Michelle Hoffman, Hoffman CFO Consulting – You may not know Hoffman CFO yet but I guarantee that if you pay attention to DCTech you know many of her customers. Michelle is the outsourced CFO for many of DCTech’s most visible small to midsize startups. Michelle’s gained the trust of the regions top startup CEOs who need the strategic guidance and discipline of a Fortune 500 CFO on a Startup Budget.
Antigone Peyton, Cloudigy Law – Antigone’s built a cloud-based, virtual Intellectual Property Law firm after practicing with Finnegan, Henderson, arguably one of the countries largest and most prestigious Intellectual Property Law Firms. She describes herself as a recovering BIGLAW lawyer. She’s built a company that delivers the results of the big firms while providing a more practical fee structure for her customers and a more sustainable life style for her employees.
Tracy Betts, Balance Interactive – Early in her Tech Career Tracy was presented with the choice of career or family life and she decided to redefine the question. She started Balance Interactive, a company where career advancement and satisfaction didn’t mean sacrificing family and personal life…. that’s the Balance in Balance Interactive. Balance specializes in building the online presence of large organizations with complex content management needs and multiple constituencies. Tracy’s believe is that a happy team delivers better results which translates to satisfied customers. Judging by her low staff turnover and customer satisfaction ratings and the companies impressive growth, her strategy is working.
Melanie Spring, Sisarina – Melanie’s a twitter diva who I first noticed by following her frantic, accurate twitter coverage of local events. Sisarina’s another firm that balances lifestyle with delivering customer value. The companies mission: give small businesses & non-profits the tools they need to express who they are through creative branding & marketing. (It doesn’t hurt that we’re ridiculously fun to work with!). Melanie’s active in the DC Tweet-up community and donates much of her time to charitable causes.