Rank #1: Wayne Manigo, Comedian, DC Comedy Writers Group
Jun 10 2016
Rank #2: Martin Ditto President and CEO of Ditto Residential
Martin Ditto, President and CEO of Ditto Residential, a leading-edge urban design and development company, is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. Ditto is looking to make his mark in "wellness real estate" and build out a co-living concept in the District.
Apr 17 2019
Rank #3: Margarita Rozenfeld, Incite International
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, corporate and public sector clients including Pew Charitable Trusts, World Bank, Wells Fargo, Washington Humane Society, NASA and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Margarita is a frequent speaker on topics of strategy, leadership, cross-cultural communication and organizational development. Her expertise has been featured on the Fox Morning Show, Washington Business Journal, Washington Post and several books on entrepreneurship and organizational effectiveness. Margarita is the host of Leadership Insights Podcast that has been featured in the iTunes New & Noteworthy category. Margarita is also the founder of YES!Circle, a networking, advisory and educational organization for entrepreneurs in the D.C. region. Margarita graduated with honors from James Madison University with degrees in International Affairs and Spanish and a minor in Russian Studies and holds an executive certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University. She lives in Washington D.C. and works world-wide.
Jun 24 2016
Rank #4: Nathaniel Pearlman, CEO of Graphicacy, founder NGP VAN & Graphicacy
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 episode, he speaks about entrepreneurship, how he first became interested in visual information graphics, and his volunteer work with the Lever Fund. Link to books mentioned on show: tinyurl.com/zaj6plg
Jul 01 2016
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Rank #5: Chad Hall, founder and CEO of remodelmate, renovation start-up
George speaks with Chad Hall, founder and CEO of remodelmate, a marketplace for buying, selling, and managing home renovations online. Remodelmate is a local business whose main focus is bathroom renovations. Homeowners get quotes, plans, permits, materials, and book labor all through their site and the entire process is managed by a project concierge to make sure renovations finish on-time and on-budget.
Born to first-generation Jamaican immigrants in New York, Chad has been an innovator and an entrepreneur his entire life. Hall worked in sales and growth in DC-based, online daily deals company LivingSocial and as a product specialist at regional general contracting powerhouse Long Fence.
Mar 13 2019
Rank #6: Shafer Minnick founder of Pulse House of Fitness fitness studio
Today's guest is Shafer Minnick, owner and founder of PULSE House of Fitness which features DC’s first and only VersaClimber fitness studio. Shafer is a former SoulCycle instructor who discovered the VersaClimber when he was undergoing physical therapy after a work-related injury and is betting big that people in the District will love the experience—not to mention the brief, half-hour workouts that take place at PULSE. Shafer also discusses his own personal fitness journey from achieving major weight loss and conquering emotional eating to becoming a Top Instructor for ClassPass.
Jul 24 2019
Rank #7: David McCourt billionaire entrepreneur, author of Total Rethink, founder and chair of Granahan McCourt Capital
David McCourt is an Irish-American entrepreneur and founder of Granahan McCourt Capital. McCourt speaks about his new book "Total Rethink: Why Entrepreneurs Should Act Like Revolutionaries." McCourt is one of the world’s most successful, award-winning business people, widely recognized for using technology and innovation to improve the lives of underserved communities by deploying new revolutionary ways of thinking. Over the last thirty years he has founded or bought twenty companies in nine countries, becoming a leader in the technology, media and telecommunications industries. An Emmy award-winning producer, McCourt’s work has included prime-time documentaries that highlight the world’s most prominent problems. McCourt’s production of critically acclaimed children’s TV series Reading Rainbow became the most watched show in the classroom in the United States.
Aug 09 2019
Rank #8: Hannah Olson CEO and co-founder of Chronically Capable, flexible jobs platform for chronically ill workers
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. Rather than accept this fate, Hannah founded Chronically Capable on the simple belief that no one should ever have to decide between their health or their ambitions. Over 133 million Americans suffer from a chronic illness and have to sacrifice their dreams to accommodate their illness. With Chronically Capable, workers only need to work when they feel well enough, and get paid before their medical bills are due. Her startup hopes to bring a previously ignored pool of talent into the workforce.
Jun 19 2019
Rank #9: Kestrel Linder, CEO and co-founder GiveCampus
George speaks with Kestrel Linder, CEO of GiveCampus on this episode of DC Trep. GiveCampus is a digital fundraising and volunteer management platform for educational institutions which is used by more than 600 leading schools around the country. Kestrel talks about the need to modernize philanthropy for the next generation and how technology can help higher ed institutions keep their alumni engaged by making fundraising an enjoyable and social experience.
Apr 03 2019
Rank #10: Dr. Joesph Cardillo author of Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body's Energies for Your Best Life
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. Dr. Joe is a nationally best-selling author of several books in the fields of health, mind-body-spirit, and psychology. His books include Body Intelligence – Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life; Can I Have Your Attention- How to Think Fast, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Concentration; and the body-energy classic, Be Like Water and he has co-written books for Harvard Health Publications.
Dr. Cardillo is an expert in Attention Training™ and creative thinking and has taught his methods to over 20,000 students at various institutions. He holds a PhD in holistic psychology and mind-body-medicine.
Feature articles on Dr. Cardillo’s work have appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Globe, The Seattle Post, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, REBOUND (The Official Publication of the National Basketball Retired Players Association), Family Circle, FIRST for Women, Women’s Health.Com, Curve, American Fitness Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Natural Health, Natural Solutions, MSN, The TodayShow.Com, AOL, Natural Awakenings and GoodHouseKeeping.com. “O” (The Oprah magazine) and The Chicago Tribune.
Jun 26 2019
Rank #11: Andrew Dana, co-owner Timber Pizza and Call Your Mother deli
Andrew Dana, is guest on today's episode. He's the co-owner of DC's highly successful, Timber Pizza Co and buzzed-about new sister restaurant, Call Your Mother (a Jew-ish deli.) From the "Boca Raton-meets-Brooklyn" interior at the deli to serving up delicious pies from their mobile wood-fired pizza truck, this native Washingtonian is bringing something new to the DC food scene.
Feb 27 2019
Rank #12: Mikey Heard, real estate investor and entrepreneur, founder Meetin.org, partner TapDrive
George speaks to his friend Mikey Heard, an entrepreneur he met over a decade ago. When working as a web developer he created the social group Meetin.org which he grew from a Washington, DC based events group to a volunteer-run international organization planning real life events in cities worldwide. After working on that idea he worked on Tap Drive, a read only HD with Willie Blount (Episode 4) which his team was able to raise money for, but wasn't able to successfully launch. He talks about growing up poor on a farm commune in California and the drastic change he experienced moving to San Francisco. Mikey now focuses full time on his real estate portfolio thinking of his next new project.
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May 15 2020
Rank #13: DC Entrepreneur Live Show: How I quit my office job to start a business
How I Made the Leap to Starting My Own Business is part of The DC Entrepreneur Live Show which happened on Thursday, May 30 at 7 pm.
On the show you'll hear from three different entrepreneurs in a panel discussion:
Chad Hall, the founder and CEO of remodelmate, a marketplace for buying, selling, and managing home renovations online. Chad also worked in sales and growth at online daily deals company LivingSocial.
Monica Kang, founder & CEO of InnovatorsBox® where she helps companies and leaders transform their organizations through the power of creativity. She's also the author of Rethink Creativity: How to Innovate, Inspire, and Thrive at Work.
Andrew Dana, co-owner of DC's highly successful, Timber Pizza Co and buzzed about new sister restaurant, Call Your Mother (a Jew-ish deli.) From the "Boca Raton-meets-Brooklyn" interior at the deli to serving up delicious pies from their mobile wood-fired pizza truck, this native Washingtonian is bringing something new to the DC food scene.
Special thanks to Alex Vidales @dcpodfest and Spaces co-working for helping produce the show.
Jan 23 2020
Rank #14: Francesco Amodeo Owner of Don Ciccio & Figli distillery specializing in Italian liquors
On this episode of DC Entrepreneur, George speaks to Francesco Amodeo the owner and president of Don Ciccio & Figli on location at his distillery in Ivy City. The establishment, which features both a production facility and tasting bar, is bringing amari-based craft cocktails to DC based on recipes from Amodeo's family from the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Amaro drinks are bitter herbal liquers commonly consumed as digestifs.
From Don Ciccio's website: Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Amodeo began his journey in the hospitality industry as a young boy growing up in the small town of Furore, Italy, a quaint, tight-knit hamlet of just over 800 residents. With an extended family supplying the town with its most celebrated chefs, winemakers, and artisanal liqueur makers, Amodeo became an epicure at a young age, and began his life-long love affair with hospitality.
Deciding to follow in his family’s footsteps, Amodeo got his first job at the age of 14, working under the mentorship of Marisa Cuomo, one of Italy’s most respected winemakers. He continued his apprenticeship at his uncle's restaurant in Positano. Uncle Amodeo soon pulled young Francesco behind the cocktail bar, and in that moment, an Amalfi Coast alchemist was born. He had found his true calling in hospitality, and Francesco continued his tutelage at the town’s only resort. At Furore Inn Resort young Amodeo came of age, and received many specialized certifications of his expertise.
In 2004, he became a Master of Food and Beverage Management, but not before his certification as a Master Sommelier for the A.I.S. of Napoli, Italy. He is a Master Barman through the A.I.B.E.S. of Salerno too. In the spirit of adventure, Francesco travelled to Washington D.C. in 2005. Seeing its potential as an epicurean capital, he decided to return in February 2006 to make D.C. his home.
Francesco became prominent in the evolving hospitality scene, lending his expertise to notable establishments including Butterfield 9, Hook, Café Milano, and Bibiana Osteria Enoteca. But there was something else stirring in his blood. Francesco began to research and experiment with handcrafted liqueurs in his free time. With over a century of family history in the business, at the age of 29, Francesco started Don Ciccio & Figli. His vision: to bring the signature flavors of his hometown back to life, and share the artisanal ‘Rosoli’ with the world.
Oct 04 2019
Rank #15: Steve Salis owner of Kramerbooks, Ted's Bulletin & Sidekick Bakery, Federalist Pig, and founder of &pizza and Prefab Partners
George speaks with Steve Salis a DC-Based, serial entrepreneur and executive, who has founded an impressive portfolio of brands under his company Salis Holdings. He’s the owner of Kramerbooks and Afterwords cafe—the iconic 44 year old bookstore in Dupont Circle—the owner of Ted’s Bulletin; the founder of Federalist Pig American BBQ restaurant; a co-founder of real estate venture Prefab Partners: and former CEO of &pizza. In Ballston, Virginia he’s recently opened Sidekick Bakery. Steve has invested in these concepts because he believes in the strength of their collective brands, saying "anytime you're buying a company, it's like you're buying someone's art."
Steve talks about his path to becoming a business owner and his motto and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is to "get comfortable being uncomfortable."
Sep 20 2019
Rank #16: Chris Brauckmuller, Chief Product Officer of Fundrise, real estate investment platform
In this episode George speaks with Chris Brauckmuller, Chief Product Officer and Creative Director of Fundrise. Chris is involved in all investor-facing aspects of the business, from new product development to the visual presentation of the platform. Prior to joining the Fundrise team, Chris ran his own independent interactive design studio for three years and spent two years as an interactive designer at a large digital agency, where he took design leadership on accounts for the Fortune 500, including Microsoft and BAE Systems.
Fundrise allows individuals to diversify their portfolios into private market real estate investments. Fundrise launched their first online opportunity seven years ago after working with the SEC through multiple filings and audits. The concept was largely made possible due to the JOBS Act of 2012. As a result, Fundrise has invested in nearly $2 billion worth of real estate across the country and has 500,000 members.
Sep 06 2019
Rank #17: Mimi Millard founder and CEO of De Lune, locally-made menstrual pain products
Today's guest is 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. The origin of Mimi's products came from when she fainted due to complications from a popular painkiller she used to treat her debilitating period pain. From there, she began experimenting with the different organic herbs and natural ingredients to help with dysmenorrhea, while working out of DC's Union Kitchen. Mimi then built a team of researchers, physicians, and dietitians to create the products and help manage and eliminate some of the worst period symptoms—which the company calls "Solutions designed for bleeders by bleeders."
Aug 23 2019
Rank #18: Jason Fudin, CEO of WhyHotel, hotel pop-up
George speaks with Jason Fudin CEO and co-founder of WhyHotel, an alternative lodging service that operates pop-up hotels in newly built, luxury apartment buildings. His startup recently secured $10 million in Series A funding from Highland Capital Partners after scoring $3.9 million in seed funding earlier this year. WhyHotel has properties in DC and Baltimore and is expanding into Ballston Quarter, Centro Arlington and The Boro in Tysons.
Feb 21 2019
Rank #19: Justin Antonipillai, CEO WireWheel, former Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce
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.
Justin is the former acting Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce working under Secretary Penny Pritzker during the Obama administration. There, he led the Economics and Statistics Administration, which includes two of our nation's leading information agencies: the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
From 2013 until 2016, Mr. Antonipillai led the U.S. Negotiating Team in reaching the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield with Europe. He also previously worked as a partner with Arnold and Porter representing private equity, M&A, corporate restructuring and commerce and bankruptcy litigations.
Mr. Antonipillai was selected one of the "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" by Washingtonian Magazine, and one of the "Top 40 Business People Under 40" by the Washington Business Journal. In 2016, Mr. Antonipillai was awarded the National Intelligence Medallion by Director James Clapper.
Feb 13 2019
Rank #20: Byron Reese, CEO Gigaom; Author of The Fourth Age, Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity
Author, futurist, and entrepreneur Byron Reese speaks about robots, AI, and the future of technology and humanity. Find out about the differences between general AI and narrow AI, the ethics of technology and innovation, and if robots will take all our jobs through automation. Byron is a great thinker and thought leader about technology, and his vision of the future is generally an optimistic one. We talk about his book The Fourth Age, which give a history of the evolution of tools in our society, offering a vision for a technology-filled future.
"Technology is like this little trick that humans learn to multiply what we’re able to do."—Byron Reese
Feb 06 2019