"I get to travel the world, speaking at the largest events in the world, sharing multiple messages, but ultimately, it's an element of storytelling, and hopefully moving the audience to make a decision."
Suzanne Rich Folsom, attorney and regulation expert; Richard Levick, founder public affairs firm Levick; and Michael Avon, founder of ICX Media, discuss the pitfalls politicians make in developing regulations. While some rules may help big businesses, some small startups are being left out in the cold.
Sarah Purdum, business development associate with Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, discusses how talented people with great problem-solving abilities might have trouble with the marketing aspect of entrepreneurship, and how that hurdle can be overcome.
Sean Griffey, co-founder and CEO of Industry Dive, discusses how his company's innovative method of sourcing niche news for specific demographics, like industry CEOs and presidents, allows the company to create close relationships with businesses and communities while also maintaining strong, reliable revenue on the internet.
Mary Abbajay, expert on leadership management and career development and author of Managing Up: How to Move up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss, discusses how writing a book can give entrepreneurs and leaders access to a wide range of opportunities they couldn't otherwise achieve.
Ajit Thyagarajan, founder of Atomic Mole, discusses how his company works to shield internet of things devices in a new and innovative way. Thyagarajan also discusses the difficulty involved in being a startup vying for the attention of larger businesses.
Mary-Claire Burick, President of the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, discusses what business improvement districts actually do, and how they help coalesce the public and private sectors around a common goal.
On this What's Working in Washington EXTRA, we spoke with Bob Bigman, president of 2BSecure; Bob Flores, co-founder and partner of Cognitio Corp; and Bob Gourley, founder and CTO at Crucial Point LLC, to discuss the hurdles cybersecurity still faces in ensuring the protection of the country's most important systems. Other topics include why D.C. continues to be a hotbed for cybersecurity, and the innovations that will bring the industry into the future.
Robert McNamara, managing director of Guidehouse, formerly PwC PS, discusses how consultants for the public sector help government agencies more efficiently serve their citizens. As part of a company that was recently divested from a larger corporation, McNamara explains how he is better able to chase innovation with small-startup tactics.
Mark Jaster, founder of 418 Intelligence, discusses the new system the company has developed to let cybersecurity experts freelance their knowledge, helping companies find flaws in their systems. Jaster also discusses the problem with investors that search for a "silver bullet" in potential startups.