Selling a small business can be an extremely difficult process for entrepreneurs. The financial hoops and legal terms can be foreign at first and require time for company leaders to understand a process that can get drawn out.
To talk about how mergers and acquisitions are a much longer process than they may seem in the news, and to learn how to attract potential buyers, we're joined by Dan Ilisevich, CFO at Compusearch Software; Kevin DeSanto, managing director at KippsDeSanto; and Andy Jones, managing director at the Maryland Venture Fund.
Jim Liew, co-founder of tech firm SoKat and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Business School, discusses how the D.C. region's universities are teaching entrepreneurs to take advantage of new technologies, like blockchain, AI, and machine learning. Perhaps more important, however, is how universities are teaching entrepreneurial students to get up after they fail, and learn from their mistakes.
John Wood, chairman and CEO of IT firm Telos, talks about how cloud technology is helping to improve the security and efficiency of all of America's government agencies, and how D.C. is uniquely poised to take advantage of the new adoption.
Rosemary Johnston, senior vice president of operations at Savi Technologies, talks about how the chains of marketing, delivery, and in-transit visibility are vital for the dispersion of everything from breakfast cereal to the most dire supplies in humanitarian crises.
To understand how D.C.'s cyber technology community is growing and shaping the economy, we talk to Dr. Erran Carmel, professor at the Kogod School of Business; Jennifer Thornton, director of workforce initiatives at the Greater Washington Partnership; and Rob Terry, senior writer at the Washington Business Journal. Topics discussed include digital convergence, widening the talent pool, and spurring economic growth through the cyber industry.
Zuri Hunter, front end engineer at open-source mapping platform Mapbox, talks about how the D.C. region's wide range of meetups, hackathons, and boot camps helped her gain experience and skills in the tech industry. Hunter explains that by diversifying the backgrounds of future developers, companies can tackle problems in new and innovative ways.
Manu Smadja, co-founder and CEO of MPOWER Financing, talks about how his company provides crucial student loans to international students that are in America's top universities. MPOWER has helped hundreds of students from across the world access the education that they strive for.
One of the most interesting up-and-coming technologies in the region is in the field of cryptocurrency. To talk about how the technology has a murky, but promising, future, we're joined by Charlie Kiser, CEO of Atlas Cloud Enterprises.
Pam Holland, founder of Tech Moxie, talks about her company's efforts to teach people to use technology safely and effectively. Holland also explains how online scams like phishing can be so dangerous--and so convincing.
Today we're joined by Benjamin Pikus, founder of MoTrack Therapy, a company that's using motion tracking and gamification to assist patients with physical therapy exercises. Pikus and his group recently won a competition between 100 of the region's top student-led startups.