Apps Don’t Rock the World

When I read about startups and technology in the DC region is cursed with a poor excuse for a Tech Press, you know, Technically DC and DCInno. The "journalists" at these rags would have you believe that some of the silliest Apps are changing the world. I've got information for you lazy bit vomiters...

Plate Vision wins Best of Show

DCTech has a best of show award winner that actually means something. It's not one of those LifeFuels-like, pay-the-fee-receive-an-award award things. Plate Vision is a product developed by two University of Maryland Professors, Dr. Chris Davis, Dr. John Rzasa.  The company was formed in cooperation with the help of the University of Maryland, Office of Technology Commercialization OTC. OTC helped Davis and Rzasa find the resources to create a business plan, find a CEO and garner an investment from TEDCO, the State of Maryland's, early-stage investment arm. The match between entrepreneur and University of Maryland technology was made through a partnership between the University of Maryland's (UMD) Office of Technology Commercialization, headed by Julie Lenzor and Mindshare. Ms. Lenzor is the UMD's, Chief Innovation Officer. Mindshare is a local DCTech university for startup entrepreneurs.  Founded in the 1990s by local service providers, VCs, and entrepreneurs, Since it's founding Mindshare has trained over and counts an alumni organization of over 1,000 entrepreneurs. Plate Vision CEO, Todd Levitt graduated from Mindshare in the late 90s when he was the co-founder of Olympus Development Group, a software development firm from which he successfully exited in 2002. Since then Todd has been the owner of 20 guys...

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Startup Community Leaders or Leavers?

I've always been suspect of startup community leaders. In fact, when Tien Wong accused me of being a startup community leader the other day, I was so offended I almost asked him to turn in his can of WhoopAss. Let's look at a history of startup community leaders in DC and keep score: Startup Community Leaders Who Are Leavers: Mario Morino - DCs first startup community leader at the end of the 90s and beginning of the aughts. He left town for his hometown of Cleveland over 15 years ago. LaunchBox Digital - How could these guys fail with such a strong first cohort (see article) Frank Gruber - Ran DC-Focused Tech Cocktail and left town in 2013 to become a Las Vegas community leader in 2013 Jen Consalvo - Also ran DC-Focused Tech Cocktail and left town in 2013 to become a Las Vegas community leader in 2013 Justin Thorpe - Was a force behind DC-Tech Meetup, DC-Tech Facebook Group left town in 2013 to work with Frank and Jen and came back a year later as a civilian Michael Myernick - Co-founded Proudly Made and a DC-Tech Meetup organizer raised $1.2 million for his "startup," Spinnakr and then snuck out of...

Evan Burfield – Startup America – K Street Capital Part 2

When you meet Evan Burfield, he looks you up and down and runs a quick algorithm. If the results indicate you can serve his short-term goals, you're a friend. If you have no apparent near-term value, even if you had helped him in the past, he deems you not worthy of his attention. That appears to be the formula. See a person, judge them from high to low in terms of the value they can perform in terms of his next goal. He's a brilliant analyst of short-term value and knows how to push the accelerator to get people to serve his goals. In this post, as in part 1 (seen here) and in upcoming Part 3 we follow this pattern and track the list of bodies that were pushed aside when value was extracted. Startup America - 2011 After Evan's second experience being fired by investors in the only companies he'd ever led and founded, he was once again, made available to industry. Yes sure, he'd been "promoted" to "Chairman of the Board," of Synteractive, a company that had no board supervision, but let's just say he was underemployed. In 2011, we find Evan, on the street, looking for some way to remain relevant....