Coming Soon: Meet Cavalry, an App for Accountability During Police Encounters

The death of George Floyd is once again front and center in the news this week, as former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial began yesterday in Minnesota. It’s a reminder of the importance of video in such cases: One of the first witnesses of the day was a bystander who filmed the events leading up to and after Floyd’s death from her phone.

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Washington Business Journal: Our Strength: The IT Sector

Strength | There’s no point in looking outside the box for Greater Washington’s economic strength. As much as we would like to diversify, the federal government’s presence is our definitive power, the reason for our economic durability even during the worst recessions. And as the federal government is always on the hunt for the newest tech, the most complex security, the IT enhancements to ensure the United States is one step ahead, cybersecurity has emerged as our most in-demand commodity. It is the reason that the D.C. area, as of the end of February, had more tech job openings than any other U.S. metro, even Silicon Valley, according to trade organization CompTIA.

View full article in Washington Business Journal. WeWork Partners with DC Government on Return-to-Work Initiative

An announcement out of the District today is for all of those who are ready to put on pants and leave the house for work.

With more COVID-19 vaccines getting into arms, coworking provider WeWork and D.C. government are partnering on a new initiative aimed at helping businesses and professionals returning to in-person work settings.

View full article in GET Cities Expands to DC to Build Pathways for Women in Technology

Gender Equality in Tech Cities (GET Cities) is more focused on human potential than cities — specifically, female potential. The initiative, which was piloted in Chicago and is now being rolled out in D.C., aims to make a significant mark on the future of women in tech. The effort will continue its mantra of helping not only women of color interested in computer science careers, but also trans and non-binary tech founders.

View full article in Shorties Roundup: Inc. 5000 Regionals Listed These Fast-Growing DMV Tech Companies

Our human brains love a good list as a way to contextualize our world, or our local tech economy.

Inc. magazine knows this well, and this week dropped the regional version of its Inc. 5000 rankings of fastest-growing private companies. For the D.C. metro area, which includes D.C., Baltimore and Northern Virginia, we recognize a handful of tech companies high on the 250-entry list.

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Richmond Inno: Bluetec and SBDC Aims to Help Small Businesses Tackle Cybersecurity Challenges with Upcoming Workshop

A year ago, a previously unthinkable message went out to employees in Richmond and beyond: effective immediately, you’re working from home, indefinitely. 

While some have returned to the office, many companies are still working remotely, a transition that comes with IT challenges, said Alex Stein, chief information security officer for Bluetec. The startup provides cybersecurity and managed IT services to small businesses, startups and non-profits.

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Washington Business Journal: The Pandemic Fueled Remote Work and Hurt the Hospitality Industry. A D.C. Startup Just Raised $2.5M to Address Both.

D.C. coworking startup WorkChew Inc. has raised $2.5 million in seed funding.

The company, which turns hospitality centers into coworking spaces during nonpeak periods, said Wednesday the oversubscribed round will fund new hires, product development and marketing. Specifically, the three-person company is looking to hire six more people this year in sales and marketing, engineering and product roles, according to co-founder and CEO Maisha Burt.

View full article in Washington Business Journal. DC Startup Hurdle Looks to Grow Digital Mental Health Platform for the Black Community

As a Black-led mental health service focused on serving Black clients, Hurdle centered racial justice even before nationwide anti-racism movements in 2020.

“Our narrative is very clear,” said Kevin Dedner, Hurdle’s founder and CEO. “We’re not a company that has to rebrand ourselves for this moment… Serving people and being a company that is interested in serving people of color is in our DNA.”

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