Technically DC: Days after a cyberattack, Howard U is still largely offline. Here’s how colleges need to protect themselves

Although Labor Day is in the rearview, some Howard University students and staff saw their time off extended this week. The reason: a ransomware attack that has left the school offline, even days later. On Tuesday, the university announced that classes were canceled, its network was shut down and it was working on an ongoing investigation following “unusual activity” on the previous Friday.

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Technically DC: This Falls Church founder wants to build out infrastructure — in space

To Foundation for the Future cofounder Tim Chrisman, space travel isn’t boring enough yet. In the midst of writing his book, Humanity in Space, Chrisman told he realized that while he had high hopes for the future of space travel, it still didn’t seem fathomable that he himself would be able to go someday. 

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Technically DC: Money Moves: A Rockville lab testing firm is one of the first to trade on a crowdfunding stock platform

Rockville, Maryland-based clinical laboratory testing company 20/20 GeneSystems is among the first to trade its shares on the StartEngine Secondary platform, which focuses on crowdfunding. The firm also ranked #770 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list, released earlier this month.

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DC Inno: UVa. grads launch D.C.-centric online marketplace for locally made goods

D.C. small businesses are getting a new, homegrown alternative to sites like Amazon and Etsy to help them sell their goods to customers. Co-founders Byron Harvey and Mario Sukkar just launched online marketplace Creek in mid-August. The site is already hosting 13 D.C. vendors selling more than 700 products ranging from “51st State” baseball caps and handmade jewelry to matted prints of Ben’s Chili Bowl. 

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Technically DC: Power Moves: [email protected] has an official CTO, who will use tech to help job seekers without a degree

For the month of August, we’ve been taking a look at what’s what in the work environment world for our How We Work Now theme. And while we’ve found pockets of IRL work trends in coworking space revamps, with take-backs on return-to-office mandates and Delta strain concerns, many are still hanging out in pajamas from the waist-down at their home desks.

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Technically DC: With a new WeWork contract, federal gov is breaking into the coworking game

With the uncertainty of the fall, companies across the country have been ditching their office contracts in favor of coworking spaces to give employees the option of hybrid work. And the latest bandwagon jumper is none other than the federal government itself. National coworking network WeWork announced today that it had managed to land a flexible working contract with none other than the U.S. General Services Administration.

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DC Inno: VTG targets unmanned undersea capabilities with latest acquisition

VTG has made another acquisition, buying ASSETT Inc. of Manassas in a deal announced Wednesday.  The acquisition brings Chantilly’s VTG a company with AI and machine learning experience in the unmanned undersea vehicle area, and follows its purchase of Intelligent Shift LLC in January. Terms of the ASSETT acquisition were not disclosed.

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Technically DC: After 7 years of bootstrapped growth, here’s what’s next for downtown DC cybersecurity firm Arlo Solutions

For Arlo Solutions cofounders Lonye Ford and Arlene Wube, recent nationwide recognition of its cyber offerings has been a long time coming. The downtown DC-based government contracting firm focuses on cybersecurity and intelligence support for the Department of Defense and other federal government agencies.

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Technically DC: Carpe DM is launching its dating app for Black women this fall

For CarpeDM cofounders Sali Hama and Naza Shelley, the knowledge that Black women have a harder time on dating apps is not new information. But it was finding specific research that showed how strong relationships can ultimately provide economic, physical and mental support that led Hama and Shelley to take action, steering away from their law careers in favor of the matchmaking startup world.

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