DC Entrepreneur

DC Entrepreneur

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Work. Wealth. Wisdom. This weekly interview podcast showcases the founders and minds behind some of the most innovative and creative start-ups. Guests from around the DC region and beyond share their unique journeys of becoming entrepreneurs.The show i…


Francesco Amodeo Owner of Don Ciccio & Figli distillery in Washington, DC
Oct 4 • 25 min
On this episode of DC Entrepreneur‚Äč, George speaks to Francesco Amodeo the owner and president of Don Ciccio & Figli‚Äč on location at his distillery in Ivy City.
Steve Salis owner of Kramerbooks, Ted’s Bulletin & Sidekick Bakery, Federalist Pig, and founder of &pizza and Prefab Partners
Sep 20 • 45 min
George speaks with Steve Salis a DC-Based, serial entrepreneur and executive
Chris Brauckmuller, Chief Product Officer of Fundrise
Sep 6 • 25 min
In this episode George speaks with Chris Brauckmuller, Chief Product Officer and Creative Director of Fundrise
Mimi Millard founder and CEO of De Lune
Aug 23 • 27 min
Mimi Millard, the CEO and founder of De Lune. De Lune helps those experiencing period pain find relief through its safe and natural Pain Tonics, PMS Pills and chocolates.
David McCourt billionaire entrepreneur, author of Total Rethink, founder and chair of Granahan McCourt Capital
Aug 9 • 25 min
David McCourt is an Irish-American entrepreneur and founder of Granahan McCourt Capital.
Shafer Minnick founder of Pulse House of Fitness
Jul 24 • 27 min
Today’s guest is Shafer Minnick, owner and founder of PULSE House of Fitness which features DC’s first and only VersaClimber fitness studio.
Dr. Joesph Cardillo author of Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life
Jun 26 • 27 min
In this episode we catch up with Dr. Joseph Cardillo, PhD, an inspirational speaker and sought after expert on personal energy with a conversation about how entrepreneurs can stay energized and avoid burn-out.
Hannah Olson CEO and co-founder of Chronically Capable
Jun 19 • 27 min
After getting diagnosed with Lyme Disease, Hannah Olson’s mind was intact, but the physical demands of a traditional 9-5 job were not compatible with her treatment—nearly forcing her out of the workforce.
Martin Ditto President and CEO of Ditto Residential
Apr 17 • 26 min
Martin Ditto, President and CEO of Ditto Residential
Kestrel Linder, CEO and co-founder GiveCampus
Apr 3 • 26 min
George speaks with Kestrel Linder, CEO of GiveCampus on this episode of DC Entrepreneur.
Chad Hall, founder and CEO of remodelmate
Mar 13 • 27 min
George speaks with Chad Hall, the founder and CEO of remodelmate, a marketplace for buying, selling, and managing home renovations online.
Andrew Dana, co-owner Timber Pizza and Call Your Mother deli
Feb 27 • 31 min
Andrew Dana, the co-owner of DC’s highly successful, Timber Pizza Co and Call Your Mother deli, is guest on today’s episode.
Jason Fudin, CEO of WhyHotel
Feb 21 • 51 min
George speaks with Jason Fudan CEO and co-founder of WhyHotel, an alternative lodging service that operates pop-up hotels in newly built, luxury apartment buildings
Justin Antonipillai, CEO WireWheel, former Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce
Feb 13 • 37 min
This episode’s guest is Justin Antonipillai CEO of WireWheel, a cloud-based data privacy and protection platform that helps companies manage compliance with global privacy regulations like the GDPR and CCPA
Byron Reese, CEO Gigaom; Author of The Fourth Age, Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity
Feb 6 • 44 min
Author, futurist, and entrepreneur Byron Reese speaks about robots, AI, and the future of technology and humanity.
Melanie Charlton and Julie Weber, partners at Brllnt
Jan 23 • 62 min
George speaks with the partners of Brllnt about their journey of helping keep their marketing design firm afloat.
Casey Berman, Managing Director of Camber Creek venture capital firm
Jan 9 • 38 min
George speaks with Casey Berman the Managing Director of Camber Creek, a strategic venture capital firm with offices in DC and New York
Toya Gavin, founder of Legally Bold and the Toya Gavin virtual law firm
Dec 26, 2018 • 28 min
Toya Gavin the founder of Legally Bold speaks about entrepreneurship and how to help women lawyers find a path to career satisfaction.
Eric Kozlik, CEO of Modern Bar Cart, Embitterment DC
Dec 12, 2018 • 28 min
Eric Kozlik of the Modern Bar Cart podcast and Embitterment Bitters stops by and talks entrepreneurship, cocktails, and poetry.
Gareth Lewis, CEO and founder Sekoyia eco-friendly subscription box
Dec 5, 2018 • 27 min
George speaks with Gareth Lewis, founder of Sekoyia, a subscription box company that offers environmentally friendly products.
2018 Timmy Awards Winners and conversation with Peter Korbel StoreMe, Blender Workspace, Fojol Bros.
Nov 25, 2018 • 55 min
This episode features the Fourth Annual Timmy Award Winners from the event that took place on October 25 in Washington, DC.
Marcus Bullock, CEO Flikshop
Nov 14, 2018 • 27 min
Marcus Bullock, CEO and founder of Flikshop talks about his journey into entrepreneurship as a returned citizen after he served a prison sentence in his youth.
Sheena Franklin, CEO and founder Well-Kept Beauty
Nov 7, 2018 • 30 min
Sheena Franklin, former lobbyist and creator of Well-Kept Beauty is this week’s guest on DC Entrepreneur.
Sahaj Sharda, author of Extinction of the Price Tag, CEO and Founder Dynos
Oct 21, 2018 • 35 min
Sahaj Sharda, CEO and founder of Dynos and author of the book Extinction of the Price Tag is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur.
Elise Whang, CEO and co-founder of LePrix
Oct 7, 2018 • 48 min
Elise Whang the CEO and co-founder of LePrix talks about her path to being a startup founder
Nathan SooHoo of Trulioo, Global Identity Verification Service
Sep 30, 2018 • 42 min
Nathan SooHoo of Trulioo is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur.
Monica Kang, author of Rethink Creativity, CEO and founder Innovators Box
Sep 23, 2018 • 43 min
Monica Kang author of Rethink Creativity
Gbenga Ogunjimi, author of Borderless Voice, founder of Go Global, Inc.
Sep 16, 2018 • 50 min
Gbenga is the author of Borderless Voice, the power of telling your story and defining your identity
Jonathan Wossene, Founder, MELTED ELEMENT candles
Mar 9, 2018 • 33 min
Meet entrepreneur Jonathan Wossene who shares his story about creating Melted Element candles…
Dr. Gerald Gordon, President and CEO Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Feb 16, 2018 • 32 min
Dr. Gerald Gordon, President and CEO of the FCEDA discusses resources for startups in Fairfax County.
Jay Kim, Chief Strategy Officer, Upskill
Feb 9, 2018 • 40 min
George speaks to Jay Kim, Chief Strategy Officer of Upskill about Augmented Reality
Brett Freeman and Alex DelSordo, founders Grape Intentions wine club
Jan 20, 2018 • 26 min
Guests are the founders of Grape Intentions, a wine club that helps do good by giving a percentage of purchases to various charities
Sam Sabin, Tech Reporter, DC Inno
Dec 21, 2017 • 52 min
George speaks with Sam Sabin, tech reporter with DC Inno
Isaac Oates, CEO and founder Justworks HR
Dec 8, 2017 • 28 min
Isaac Oates, founder of Justworks speaks about his company in this episode of DC Entrepreneur.
Lance Kramer, co-founder, Meridian Hill Pictures, producer, “City of Trees”
Nov 17, 2017 • 27 min
Lance Kramer, co-founder and executive director of Meridian Hill Pictures is guest today talking about “City of Trees.”
Jennifer Crawford, DC Podfest, Podcaster, Owner Social Media Rescue
Oct 20, 2017 • 26 min
Podcaster Jennifer Crawford of DC Podfest is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur.
Nicole Gallub, AKA DJ Neekola, founder and CEO Pelonkey
Sep 22, 2017 • 26 min
DJ Neekola talks about starting her talent management company, Pelonkey.
Alex Villanueva, CEO, Sprynt
Sep 1, 2017 • 26 min
This episode features Alex Villanueva, founder and CEO of Sprynt, a shuttle service for North Arlington. Sprynt differentiates itself from other ride share services with free rides. Their business model derives from selling advertising to local busines…
Amelia Friedman, co-founder, Hatch; co-director Vinetta Project’s DC chapter
Aug 18, 2017 • 27 min
Amelia Friedman is our guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Hatch, a Y Combinator-funded app and software development startup. Amelia also helped establish the Vinetta Project’s DC chapter which helps women entrepreneur…
Sarah Van Dell, CEO Plum Relish
Aug 4, 2017 • 25 min
In this episode, George speaks with Sarah Van Dell, CEO of Plum Relish, a District startup that offers lunch catering for office workers and events. Sarah speaks about her path as a startup founder, and how the idea began while she was working for t…
Kate Glantz, CEO and founder Heartful.ly, SEED Spot
Jul 21, 2017 • 26 min
George talks with social entrepreneurship founder Kate Glantz who built Heartful.ly Registry, a wedding registry website where couples can raise money to help charities and non-profits. Kate, a Tory Burch Foundation fellow is director of DC Entrepreneu…
Pierre Malko, CEO and President, Ouli mobile concierge app; Dante, Inc.
Jul 7, 2017 • 27 min
Today’s DC Entrepreneur features a conversation with Pierre Malko, President and CEO of Ouli, a mobile concierge app that serves the local DC area. Ouli helps connect people with local merchants that have great offers for people looking for a place to …
Grant Elliott, Founder & CEO Ostendio
Jun 24, 2017 • 47 min
In today’s episode of DC Entrepreneur, Grant Elliott, Founder and CEO of Ostendio speaks with George. The word Ostendio in Latin means to show or demonstrate, and Grant helps illustrate his journey from working in the corporate world to founding a Cybe…
Hal Shelton, Author on business plans, SCORE Association board member, angel investor with Blu Venture Investors, LLC
Jun 9, 2017 • 26 min
Hal Shelton, board member of SCORE Association, and angel investor with Blu Venture Investors, LLC is today’s guest on D.C. Entrepreneur. Shelton, the author of “The Secrets of Writing Successful Business Plans,” shares his advice to entrepreneurs star…
Daniel Turissini, owner of Recharj meditation and power nap studio
May 19, 2017 • 27 min
George speaks with Daniel Turissini, owner of Recharj—a modern meditation and power nap studio in Washington, DC. Daniel left a career in cybersecurity to focus on creating health and wellness options for District residents. We talk about mindfulness,…
Dionna Dorsey of District of Clothing & Dionna Dorsey Design, creative with 202Creates
May 5, 2017 • 26 min
On this show, George speaks with Dionna Dorsey, a Creative Director from Springfield, Virginia. She is the founder of District of Clothing, and head of Dionna Dorsey Design, a creative design boutique that specializes in graphic design, art direction, …
Brandon Luong of WeTogether and DMV Startup
Apr 21, 2017 • 24 min
George speaks with Brandon Luong, Product Manager for WeTogether and the brains behind DMV Startup. Brandon was also a co-organizer for the DC Tech Meetup. Brandon speaks about his love for DC Tech, diversity in the tech startup community, and his grow…
Michael Sabat of @MSSG, a Facebook messaging service for marketers
Apr 7, 2017 • 26 min
In this conversation, George speaks with Michael Sabat, founder of @Mssg which helps marketers increase conversions and decrease Cost Per Acquisitions (CPAs).
Stephen Jefferson, Founder of Bloom labs: a geolocation platform for journalists
Mar 24, 2017 • 27 min
In this show, George speaks with Stephen Jefferson co-founder of Bloom Labs. Bloom is a geolocation platform that helps journalists and other content creators add a geographic ID tag to where they are covering their stories from. Bloom was created as a…
Dana Matassa, Royal Blue Fine Clothing
Mar 2, 2017 • 33 min
George speaks with Dana Matassa, Owner of Royal Blue Fine Clothing, a custom-made men’s clothier in the Washington, DC area. All Royal Blue suits and shirts are handmade from the highest quality fabrics for a purely custom tailored garment. Dana talks …
Frank V. Taylor, co-founder Fosterly, founder RESTIN, WeDC Ambassador organizer
Feb 10, 2017 • 49 min
George speaks with Frank V. Taylor, Co-Founder of Fosterly, which recently released a new study based on a survey of DC based startups. Frank is also the leader of RESTIN, a massage chair wellness company which he started as a student at the College of…
Joel Sprechman, One Great Gut
Jan 13, 2017 • 26 min
George speaks with Joel Sprechman, Founder of One Great Gut, a Benefit Corporation, and the #1 science-backed gut health resource. Hear Joel’s personal journey and transformation from how he went from being a DC-based IT engineer to starting a health a…
Lily Cua, co-founder, Aspire
Dec 9, 2016 • 38 min
George speaks with Lily Cua, Co-founder of Aspire, a DC based start-up that helps companies make smart investments in offering workplace perks so that they can recruit, engage and retain the best talent. in this conversation, Lily shares her experience…
Ira Koretsky, CEO, The Chief Storyteller
Nov 25, 2016 • 44 min
George interviews Ira Koretsky, the CEO of The Chief Storyteller®. Ira shares his experiences about marketing, cross-cultural communications, executive storytelling, and how to perfect your elevator speech. This is the full length interview of the epis…
Morgan Hirsh, CEO, Morgan’s (now Public Goods)
Nov 11, 2016 • 25 min
George interviews Morgan Hirsh the Montreal-based CEO of subscription-box e-commerce business Morgan’s. Morgan’s delivers a monthly box of essential toiletries and goods to its members, with a beta-test program now offering its products at-cost.
Omer Aru, Owner, Escape Room Herndon
Oct 28, 2016 • 27 min
D.C. Entrepreneur is back for a second season in this conversation with Omer Aru, owner of The Escape Room in Herndon, Virginia. We talk about solving puzzles, teambuilding, and how solving puzzles has a lot in common with entrepreneurship and business…
David Ramos, Knowledge Commons DC, KCDC; Design instructor American University
Aug 12, 2016 • 27 min
Today, D.C. Entrepreneur is in conversation with David Ramos of Knowledge Commons DC, and graphic design faculty at American University. We talk about the history and background of KCDC and the convergence of technology and design.
Cherian Thomas, Co-Founder & CEO Spotluck
Jul 29, 2016 • 24 min
George sits down in conversation with Cherian Thomas, Chairman and CEO of Spotluck. Cherian has taken the Spotluck app from a Georgetown University Masters thesis to the number 1 dining app on the iTunes App Store. The app’s gamified UX makes it an …
Rob Pegoraro, Tech Columnist, USA Today, Yahoo News,
Jul 15, 2016 • 24 min
George interviews consumer technology journalist Rob Pegoraro of USA TODAY and Yahoo Tech for a conversation about the future of technology. Rob tries to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other …
Nathaniel Pearlman, CEO of Graphicacy, founder NGP VAN & Graphicacy
Jul 1, 2016 • 24 min
D.C. Entrepreneur interviews Nathaniel Pearlman of Graphicacy. Nathaniel founded NGP Software, Inc. (now NGP VAN, Inc.) to join his interests in politics and technology and served as the CTO for the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2007-08. On this episo…
Margarita Rozenfeld, Incite International
Jun 24, 2016 • 25 min
In this episode, D.C. Entrepreneur speaks with Margarita Rozenfeld. Margarita is the CEO of Incite International, an award-winning organizational development company providing consulting, coaching, facilitation and training services to non-profit, c…
Wayne Manigo, Comedian, DC Comedy Writers Group
Jun 10, 2016 • 25 min
D.C. Entrepreneur catches up with comedian Wayne Manigo with a conversation about career reinvention and entrepreneurship. Wayne is a co-founder of the D.C. Comedy Writers Group.
Matt Blitz, Washingtonian Magazine, Head of Obscura Society DC
Jun 3, 2016 • 26 min
DC Entrepreneur speaks with local writer Matthew Blitz of Washingtonian, Popular Mechanics, Smithsonian Magazine, Arlington Magazine and Food & Wine. He heads the Obscura Society DC, for Atlas Obscura, by hosting unique, historical, and curious events …
Alex Pessala, VC, Middleand Capital
May 27, 2016 • 50 min
Interview with Alex Pessala, VC with Middleland Capital. Alex has helped invest in more than 20 companies including Urban Stems, Hinge, Fiscal Note, Social Tables, Power Supply, Nice Laundry, Contactually, Wedpix, and TinyRX. He was recently named to t…
Steven Wynands, Founder, Knockity, real estate startup; Rafael Arie, Zugy
May 20, 2016 • 26 min
This week’s broadcast of D.C. Entrepreneur features an interview with Steven Wynands, founder of Northern Virginia real estate start-up Knockity. The episode also includes an interview with Rafael Ruah Arié co-founder of ZUGY in Milan, Italy.
Darren Stauffer, Arlington Economic Development
May 5, 2016 • 38 min
What makes for a good startup community? Local support of course. We find out how Arlington businesses are thriving in this interview with Darren Stauffer of Arlington Economic Development. Darren manages startup and tech related initiatives for AE…
Kristian Bouw and Mike Keung of NotionTheory: Story of a Startup
Mar 10, 2016 • 36 min
This episode features the co-founders of NotionTheory, Kristian Bouw, CEO and Mike Keung, Technical Lead, in a conversation about their experiences as a D.C.-based start-up.
Willie Blount, Shark Tank participant; founder of BearTek gloves; owner Blue Infusion Technologies
Jan 15, 2016 • 30 min
This episode features Willie Blount, founder of Blue Infusion Technologies and the creator of BearTek Gloves. He appears on Shark Tank pitching the company with CEO Tarik Rodgers, scheduled to air February 5, 2016 at 9 EST / 8 CT on the ABC network.
2015 Web Summit Conference, Dublin Ireland
Nov 13, 2015 • 22 min
D.C. Entrepreneur interviewed early-stage (Alpha) start-ups at Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland on November 2-3. Start-ups include Brock Stechman, Co-founder of Divvy HQ (US); Kathryn Knight, CEO of Tido (UK), Christian Chalifour, CEO of Prehos (CND); Sor…
Interview with Sean McBeth, Future of VR
Nov 5, 2015 • 26 min
D.C. Entrepreneur sits down for an in-depth interview with Sean T. McBeth about his work talking about the and future potential of Virtual Reality, including the history of VR, the new Oculus Rift, Gear VR and programming in Web VR through Primose. …
The Startups of DC Tech Day, October 2015
Oct 15, 2015 • 27 min
D.C. Entrepreneur speaks with the start-ups and app developers at D.C. Tech Day. Tech Day is a little bit like a science fair for business innovators and disruptors taking place at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. In this episode, we sp…