Joel Holland is the founder and executive chairman of Storyblocks, a subscription-based online platform for high quality stock media. Joel has won numerous awards for his work with StoryBlocks. His company has been listed on the Inc 5000 list six consecutive times and was named one of Washington. D.C.’s best … Continue reading
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Alex Hastings and Mike Galyen are co-founders of Guerrilla Vending, a company that creates custom curated vending machines, in collaboration with local Washington DC businesses. In this episode, Alex and Mike talked about how they started Guerrilla Vending with a refurnished vending machine they found online, and how they discovered … Continue reading
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Robert Kinsler, the founder of DC Fray, a company that’s on a mission to make living in DC more fun through organizing social sports leagues, special events, and scouting out the coolest things to do in the city. In this episode, Robert talks about how he started DC Fray as … Continue reading
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Lisa Wise is the founder of Nest DC, a boutique property management company that has a strong social mission. In this episode, Lisa talked about how she started Nest with little industry experience, acquired customers through engaging with the local community and relentlessly focusing on customer service, and why investing … Continue reading
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Chris Marentis is the founder and CEO of Surefire Local, a software platform that helps local businesses generate new customer leads by getting discovered online. Chris originally started the company to provide consulting services to local businesses who want to strengthen their online presence. Their services got so popular that … Continue reading
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Junaid Shams is the co-founder and CEO of Rooam, a mobile payment platform that lets users pay their bar tab or restaurant bill directly from their phone. He has received numerous national recognitions, including Businessweek’s “Top 25 entrepreneurs under 25” and Under30CEO’s “Top 30 Most Influential Entrepreneurs under 30.” … Continue reading
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Param Jaggi is the founder and CEO of Hatch Technologies, a company working to democratize the software development industry. Param is an inventor and serial entrepreneur. At the age of 13, he invented the EcoTube, a patented device that reduces carbon emissions from cars. At the age of 18, he … Continue reading
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Aaron Scales, owner and director of BroCoLoco, an architectural design company in DC that turns buildings into brand ambassadors. Aaron started his entrepreneurial journey as a freelancer working on ad hoc design jobs. Through a series of serendipitous events, his hobby projects gained community attention and before long, he was running … Continue reading
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Thomas Schneider is the founder of Rooftop Roots, a non-profit organization that designs, builds, and maintains vegetable gardens and native landscapes in the DC area. When Thomas first started the organization, his idea was to build vegetable gardens on rooftops of buildings in DC. But after experimenting for a while, … Continue reading
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Jeff Tennery is the founder and CEO of Moonlighting, an online marketplace connecting freelancers with potential employers. Armed with decades of experience in mobile technology and media, Jeff was inspired to build a mobile platform enabling people to work on things they truly love, while enjoying career independence. In this … Continue reading
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Erik Dreyer is the co-founder of GoodShuffle, an online rental marketplace specializing in party and event supply rentals. GoodShuffle was originally launched as a peer–to-peer rental market place, but Erik and his co-founder Andrew Garcia quickly pivoted the business to focus on the event rental segment, when they discovered that … Continue reading
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Meredith Sheperd is the founder of Love & Carrots, a DC-based sustainable urban farming company specializing in custom vegetable garden installation and maintenance. When Meredith decided to move back to the city after wrapping up a farm management job, she found very limited urban agricultural job openings in the DC … Continue reading
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Peter Mellen is the founder and CEO of Netcito, a network of peer advisory groups for entrepreneurs and innovators. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in online business and commercial real estate and is an entrepreneur in residence (EiR) at Georgetown University, where he also … Continue reading
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David Patou is the founder and CEO of Campus Sherpa, a student-run company that offers personalized college tours by real college students. David started Campus Sherpa during his freshman year at Georgetown University. In this episode, he talked about the personal inspirations he had for starting this business, how to … Continue reading
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Ian Kaine MacGregor is the founder and CEO of Hitcher, a social media platform that allows users to build more targeted networks and have more control over their online privacy compared to the mainstream social networks. During his time working in the design industry, Ian created tons of successful social … Continue reading
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Tien Wong is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and super connector in the DC entrepreneurial community. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Tech2000, an IT firm that provides advanced technology training and mobile device software to the federal government and Fortune 500 companies, Chairman of Lore Systems, an … Continue reading
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Kate Myers and Kelly O’Malley are co-founders of Shop Or Not, an e-commerce platform that runs on text messaging. Both ladies worked in the entertainment industry. And they started the company with the desire to build a shopping platform that feels like an intimate relationship. Shop Or Not aspires … Continue reading
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Donna Evers is the founder of Evers & Co. Real Estate and Twin Oaks Tavern Winery. Donna was a very successful real estate agent, before she started her own brokerage firm with 7 sales agents. Today the company has over 100 agents and is the largest woman-owned-and-run independent residential real … Continue reading
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James Mccartney is the founding partner and CEO of Truvincio, a data security and privacy consulting firm whose mission is to make data security affordable for small businesses. Before becoming an entrepreneur, James was a data security consultant at a large consulting firm. In this work, he noticed that most existing … Continue reading
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Stephanie Cox is the founder and CEO of The Level Market, the world’s first online marketplace for humanitarian supply and disaster relief products. In this episode, Stephanie talked about her journey of starting her platform with the aspiration to be “Amazon for Aid”. She offered insights on the unique challenges … Continue reading
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