Mr. Feld Goes to DC To Talk About Innovation

Feld Thoughts

I’m in Washington DC again – this time to talk about innovation. I don’t spend a lot of time in DC, in politics, or even following politics (I’ve never been a political junkie) so these short immersions are fascinating to me. Tags: Entrepreneurship dc Innovation net neutrality Politics Startup Visa

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Startup Visa Videos From Our DC Trip

Feld Thoughts

In March, I went to DC with Dave McClure, Eric Ries, Shervin Pishevar, and a bunch of Geeks on a Plane to discuss, advocate, and support the Startup Visa initiative.

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Open Innovation in DC

Startup Lessons Learned

Something interesting is happening in Washington, DC right now. Right now, all three are present in DC. While I was in DC, I learned about this EO as well as the guidance document that instructs executive branch agencies on how to implement it. That's why I'm excited about what's happening in DC. It's not the usual partisan fights about the budget or the deficit. In fact, it doesn't fit any of our stock ideological categories very well.

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Favor Launches in Washington, D.C.


In its continued expansion across the country, Austin-based Favor announced this week it has launched in Washington, D.C. For the launch, the company is offering its first time customers in D.C. ” The company employs errand runners which […] The post Favor Launches in Washington, D.C. Favor is now available in 14 cities nationwide and in Canada. free delivery using the promo code “District.”

The Internet Makes DC Closer To Homer

Feld Thoughts

I’m far away from Washington DC today. Actually, I’m a lot closer to Russia than I am to DC and that makes me an expert on Russia. But my friend the Internets (actually, the Web) brought DC closer to me today. While I’m only involved in a handful of things related to politics and DC, several of them popped up somewhere in my world in the last two days. DC Topic #2 is the Startup Visa.

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Hands On Demo With Oblong In Washington, DC

Feld Thoughts

If you are in the Washington DC area and want to see a live demo, email me. Oblong is one of the most amazing companies I’ve ever had the honor to be involved with. We invested in them in 2007 when they were four people building on the incredible research and ideas of John Underkoffler. Today they are almost 100 people strong, have shipped an awesome set of products, and are on a path to fundamentally change the way we interact with computers.

Visiting DC and the Case Foundation

David Teten

I’m visiting Washington, DC, this week and will attend a HBS Club of Washington, DC, lunch this Thursday at The Case Foundation. RSVP for this lunch on Thursday, noon, in Washington DC Michael Smith and Derek Holt will discuss The Case Foundation and Startup America and the role these organizations are playing in social entrepreneurship. Specifically: Michael Smith will discuss: -Case Foundation mission and what makes it unique (and successful)?

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Does DC Know Startups?

Seeing Both Sides

I have been to DC a few times with the policy business group I helped co-found, The Alliance for Business Leadership , and every time I’m there, I’m struck by the contrast with the more thrilling, action-oriented world of startups and venture capital.

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What would you want to tell Washington DC about startups?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, September 8, 2009 What would you want to tell Washington DC about startups? Im writing this post from an airplane headed to Washington DC, where Ill be presenting at the Government 2.0 Hope your presentation here in Washington, DC reaches a few new minds today. Interesting that your post comes across in a way that makes it seem like there are no startups in DC who mix it up with Federal types.

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2015 Challenge Cup Kicks off: Here are the winners from Washington, D.C.

The Next Web

The D.C. Founders from four categories – health, education, energy, and cities – competed to represent D.C. The new year came early to 1776 last night. incubator – which launched in February 2013 – hosted the first regional pitch of its 2015 Challenge Cup.

Visit to Halcyon Incubator | #SOCENT #Incubator #DC

Campus Entrepreneurship

Earlier this week I was fortunate to tour Halcyon Incubator in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC. The year long social entrepreneurship incubator, offers 8 early stage social entrepreneurs the opportunity to live and work in the Halcyon House (a bit more on the property later).

‘Why I turned down Silicon Valley for Washington, DC’

The Next Web

It’s thought that US student debt is more than the rest of the world combined. With $1.2 trillion outstanding, its impact on lifetime earnings – and career choices – can’t be overstated. Who can afford to launch their own startup when Uncle Sam knocks down the door each month?

Engine. Where Startups Come Together

Feld Thoughts

At the end of this month, Engine is bringing startups to Washington, D.C. Go to D.C. Politics dc engine PIPA SOPAI’ve regularly blog about patent trolls harassing startups and impeding innovation, the experiences of immigrant founders, and the battle for a free internet.

Washington, DC May 24: HBS Angels/VCs and Creating Portfolio Company Value

David Teten

I hope you can join me in Washington, DC, on Thursday, May 24, 2012, 5:30 PM To 8:30 PM for a talk and event sponsored by the HBS Club of Washington, DC. Angel Investing Background: This event will also be used to re-launch the angel investing activity of the HBS Club of Washington DC. RSVP required; No money can be taken at door. As I’ve previously blogged , I will soon publish the first formal study of best practices of VCs in improving portfolio company value.

DC Based Sagoon’s Regulation A+ Funding Efforts Attracts $1.9 Million in Investments.


As an entrepreneur the D.C. Social media and the need to rank higher on search engines continues to grow in importance with U.S. residents loving their social platforms more each day. So why aren’t citizens of other countries as enamored? For instance, in India, none of the current platforms attract more than 34% of the population (which is 2 nd highest in the world). The answer is simple – India’s social platforms aren’t really built for anyone outside of the U.S.

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Silicon Valley Doesn’t Want DC’s System

Venture Chronicles

With the well covered fiasco in it’s second full month and no relief in sight, certainly not before the self-imposed end of November deadline that the Obama Administration set for itself, I can’t help but think back to the President’s proclamation that he would bring the “best and brightest of Silicon Valley” to bear to fix it. With that earnest statement the President inadvertently put a spotlight on what is wrong with this system.

Women’s Marches in Washington D.C. and all over the World!


I didn’t march, but I had several friends who went to D.C. Wow, just wow! to march or marched in Austin, Texas last Saturday.

D.C.’s Newest Accelerator “The Fort” Debuts Inaugural Class | TechCrunch

Campus Entrepreneurship

More accelerator news in the DC Metro. Hot, new Washington D.C. The organization grew out the efforts from early stage VC firm Fortify Ventures LLC, also known as (that’s its URL, too), which had previously invested in nearly dozen D.C.-area With The Fort, the hope is to provide a path to get D.C. via D.C.’s From Techcrunch. tech accelerator known as The Fort is debuting its inaugural class of startups today.

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DC Lean Startup Circle Event with 500 Startups

Campus Entrepreneurship

I am heading out to my first DC Lean Startup Circle event. Gaining Customer Traction Fast: Tips from a Silicon Valley Vet – DC Lean Startup Circle (Arlington, VA) – Meetup. It features Paul Singh , a principal at 500 Startups. Its interesting to note that the event is sold out (100 seats). I am looking forward to learning more about 500 Startups, how people use lean startup methods, and what kind of people make it out to this type of event.

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DC Regional Universities Use Lean Startup in Healthcare | NSF I-CORPS

Campus Entrepreneurship

GWU, University of Maryland and Virginia Tech have taken the lead in our region (the DC I-Corps ) and have some great people working on the program. I have been following the NSF I-Corps experiment since its inception and have been pleasantly surprised by its growth and expanding reach.

Former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty Joins Andreessen Horowitz as Special Advisor

Ben's Blog

Adrian is best known as the iconic former mayor of Washington, D.C., To answer this question, it’s helpful to understand more about his tenure as mayor in D.C. On his very first day in office, at a time when D.C. Through efficiencies and a spotlight on accountability, student achievement rose 14 points in reading and 17 points in math since 2007, unprecedented gains in D.C. This is a guest post by Margit Wennmachers, partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

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Startup DC Student Career Expo | Mar 5 2012 | Hosted by GWU

Campus Entrepreneurship

From Startup DC : Startup DC is pleased to announce the Startup DC Student Career Expo on March 5th! Hosted by George Washington University, the Student Career Expo is a partnership between Startup DC, Startup Virginia, Startup Maryland, Georgetown, the University of Maryland, George Mason University and George Washington University. Students in the DC metro, please attend. via Startup DC Student Career Expo: Hot 54 ideas – Customer Feedback for Tech Cocktail.

Former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty Joins Andreessen Horowitz as Special Advisor

Ben's Blog

Adrian is best known as the iconic former mayor of Washington, D.C., To answer this question, it''s helpful to understand more about his tenure as mayor in D.C. On his very first day in office, at a time when D.C. Through efficiencies and a spotlight on accountability, student achievement rose 14 points in reading and 17 points in math since 2007, unprecedented gains in D.C. This is a guest post by Margit Wennmachers, partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

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Video update on the Startup Visa Act

Startup Lessons Learned

Without lobbyists or PACs, were getting the word out in DC and nationwide that we have an opportunity to act - this year - to create jobs right here in America by supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Startup Visa update

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Saturday, March 6, 2010 Startup Visa update As I write this, I am traveling at 30,000 feet on Virgin Americas excellent IAD->SFO nonstop, following an intense few days of conversations in Washington, DC about the Startup Visa.

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Again US Dominates World’s Top Universities Rankings | Disconnect in DC Leadership

Campus Entrepreneurship

Once again U.S. universities dominate a global university rankings. Below, via Forbes, is coverage of the 2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. But when it comes to higher education, the U.S. does better than any other country, according to the eighth annual ranking of the world’s top universities, put out by Times Higher Education, a London magazine that tracks the higher ed market. The 2011 World University Rankings are dominated by U.S. schools.

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Support the Startup Founders Visa with a tweet

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Saturday, September 19, 2009 Support the Startup Founders Visa with a tweet Its been an exhilarating first day here in Washington DC for the Geeks on a Plane tour. Labels: startup visa Support the Startup Founders Visa with a tweet Its been an exhilarating first day here in Washington DC for the Geeks on a Plane tour.

Unintended Lessons

Steve Blank

International tour about to begin

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 14, 2009 International tour about to begin For my international readers: are you in Washington DC, Paris, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, Malmo, or even Oulu, Finland? DC is actually not a separate country? The first (DC, London for Seedcamp , Amsterdam for PICNIC ) is first, with the Geeks on a Plane tour, September 18-25.

Gov 2.0 Summit wrap-up

Startup Lessons Learned

Summit in Washington DC last week. It may be that it will prove a lot harder to make this point in DC than elsewhere: aptuscollab : Too bad all you #g2s folks got up and left when Eric Ries took the stage. Summit wrap-up International tour about to begin The cardinal sin of community management Happy blogiversary (my present: a brand new URL) What would you want to tell Washington DC about st. Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Gov 2.0

Berlin: Startup Home As A Service

Feld Thoughts

The Washington DC startup community is called Washington DC. I thought this was outrageously brilliant. Thanks to Andrew Hyde for sending it to me. For a long time I’ve ranted against naming your startup community “Silicon Whatever.”

Oracle HCM World: Fracking for Talent

deal architect

Thomas Smouse, VP of Administration and HR at Newfield Exploration, an attendee at Oracle’s HCM event this week in Washington, DC, appropriately framed for me the rapidly changing talent market. The oil and gas industry has been transformed with innovations. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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The IBM Balance Sheet

deal architect

Fortune on Ginni Rometty of IBM Speaking October 16 at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C., Rometty outlined five areas on which she depends to help her prepare IBM for future markets. First, there''s research, an area.

A Flying Fuck

Feld Thoughts

Even though I’d love to stick around Boulder all week, I’m heading to DC tomorrow and then NY for a day. It’s Monday and I’m back in Boulder after being on the east coast for three weeks. My partner Jason Mendelson got me possibly the best remote control toy ever.

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Startup Visa Interviews at O’Reilly Gov 2.0

Feld Thoughts

I spent the previous 36 hours in Washington DC, primarily at the O’Reilly Gov 2.0 conference. I did a ten minute speech on the Startup Visa and a ten minute interview about entrepreneurship, innovation, and the Startup Visa.

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Taking Relationship Marketing to the Next Level

Duct Tape Marketing

He’s also invested in growing relationships and connections in his own backyard, in the Washington, DC area. He co-founded Proudly Made in DC for local startups and the DC Tech Startups Meetup group.

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The Center For American Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

If you want to get connected to CAE or are in the DC area and want to engage around the issues of entrepreneurs and innovation, email me and I’ll connect you with John. A new non-profit organization, the Center for American Entrepreneurship , launched yesterday.

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University of Michigan Joins the Global EIR Network

Feld Thoughts

I’m excited by the progress being made despite frustrating inaction from Washington DC after a decade of conversation about creating a startup visa. I’ve been working on the Startup Visa since I first wrote about it 2009 in my post The Founders Visa Movement. After a decade, it’s clear that our federal government has broadly failed us on this front. In 2015, I announced the Global EIR initiative to try something different.

TechStars Patriot Boot Camp

Feld Thoughts

Veterans, spouses of Veterans, or companies comprised of 50% or more Veterans are encouraged to apply to the July event in D.C. TechStars Patriot Boot Camp is an intense three-day program that will educate and mentor Veterans and Service Members to innovate, build technology companies, and create jobs. TechStars hopes that participation in the Patriot Boot Camp will be the catalyst for Veterans and Service Members to kickstart a company, find co-founders, and advance as entrepreneurs.

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Startup Angels Brings its Workshop to Austin to Teach People to Become Angel Investors


But Startup Angels, based in Washington, D.C., By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Entrepreneurs are everywhere in Austin and Central Texas. Investment dollars are not. is trying to change that. And Leslie Jump, its founder, is coming to Austin next week to do a workshop to train high-net worth individuals how to be […] The post Startup Angels Brings its Workshop to Austin to Teach People to Become Angel Investors appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Entrepreneurship Is Intellectual Immigration

Feld Thoughts

We can argue about immigration policy all day long (and plenty in DC do, mostly to insure that nothing actually gets accomplished) but the historical statistics around immigration and entrepreneurship in the US are undeniable. At the MIT Celebration of 50 Years of Entrepreneurship in November, I heard a number of fantastic lines that have stuck with me. One of them was from Noubar Afeyan. “Entrepreneurship is intellectual immigration.”

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National Entrepreneurs Day

Feld Thoughts

As part of the mission I'm on, I've spent more time in 2010 in Washington D.C. I've learned a lot about how things work in DC and have had my share of frustration, but I've also come to appreciate the overall dynamics more. I've spent a lot of time this year talking about the importance of entrepreneurship to our economy and society.

Calling all Veterans – TechStars Patriot Boot Camp

David Cohen

Recently, TechStars announced the Patriot Boot Camp in Washington D.C. We have lined up an impressive roster of mentors for this July event in D.C., Interaction with successful D.C. If your company is founded by veterans, apply to the Patriot Boot Camp in DC now! Here’s what you can tweet or post on Facebook to help spread the word: “Check out the Patriot Boot Camp in DC, hosted by @TechStars.

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