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And the Tech Madness Champ Is…

Sam: Hey y’all, happy Friday! Today, we ended the Tech Madness 2018 bracket competition with over 98K total votes. The final round netted 5,731 votes alone! 

But those stats aren’t what you came here for. So, let’s get to the point…

*drumroll, please* 

Our Tech Madness D.C. 2018 champ is….


In the final round, event vendor platform STYCKIE went up against TwentyTables, both of which were participating in the Tech Madness bracket for the first time. Congrats to all! Learn more about the competition here.

Now, to today’s Beat… 

The Big One

A breakdown on the day’s biggest Inno story.

Sam: It’s Friday, the news cycle is slow (I just read an article about someone trying to steal Mark Zuckerberg’s trash, that’s how slow it is). So instead of hearing me ramble about nothing, I’m kicking it to cove co-founder and CEO Adam Segal for his latest guest post. Take it away. 

Adam: We all face it — that moment before sleep when your mind races. To-do lists, grocery lists, tasks remembered, tasks forgotten, lofty goals, front door locked?

Just you vs. your thoughts.

These moments provide great insight into our daily lives. Those challenges — that have been lurking in the background — tend to awaken just at that moment when we are looking to sleep. To better understand these important moments for ourselves, I asked some very busy people in the D.C. tech world a simple, yet telling, question: “What keeps you up at night (metaphorically or literally)?”

For purposes here, we are exploring the individuals and not the companies they run. Interestingly enough, there are some clear themes that emerge around responsibility and accountability, in particular regarding “team.” Like most people, CEOs are constantly weighing priorities, objectives, goals, and pressures; these are accentuated when you include an employee, investor, and customer base that they oversee.

As I read and re-read their responses, I was reminded of how integral the people we surround ourselves with are to everything we aspire to do, both at home and at work — however, all those other worries can get in line behind these people.

Read more: What Keeps D.C. Tech’s CEOs up at Night? [Guest Post]

Making Moves

Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves today.

Via At Risk of Losing License For Only Serving Parts of D.C.

Newer ridehailing service Via uses a neighborhood-by-neighborhood rollout strategy in each of its new markes, D.C. included. But that way of entry violates the District’s laws surrounding ridehailing by excluding several D.C. neighborhoods (including all of the East of the River communities). Now, local government officials say, if Via doesn’t expand into those areas in the next 90 days, it could lose its license. The Washington Post has more.

Maryland’s New HQ2 Incentives Could Cost The State More Than Anticipated

During the whole of the campaign about Amazon HQ2 incentives, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has sworn that the package sits right around $5B — with $3B in tax breaks and credits and $2B in transportation upgrades. But recent analyses show that the package most likely is up to $8.5B, making Maryland’s incentives the most generous (that we know of) among the 20 HQ2 finalists. WAMU has more.

D.C. Joins National Smart Cities Program 

Transportation for America selected 22 metro areas for its second Smart Cities Collaborative program cohort, and among them is Washington, D.C. The yearlong program explores how emerging technologies and new mobility options can improve urban transportation. The first meeting for the program will take place in Denver on April 16-17, and over 50 cities applied to take part. More here.

In The Know

The Inno stories you need to read today.

And on the latest episode of District Download, we chat with Andrew Trueblood, chief of staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and Ryan Croft, co-founder of TransitScreen, about the future of smart transportation in the District. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher or RadioPublic.

New Money

Your daily funding roundup.

—Reston, Va.-based venture capital fund Razor’s Edge has raised $158.8M for its second fund. In its first fund, the firm raised $58M and invested in eight companies focused on national security and the commercial space. The second fund is already active, and Razor’s Edge has already invested in five companies. The Washington Business Journal has more.

In The Community

The events and happenings to know about tonight and this week.

Snow and wind might hurt the cherry blossoms as they reach peak bloom, but that shouldn’t stop you from having fun this weekend. Here are some great events to check out in the next few days from our Inno Approved agenda: 

TONIGHT – Event: LGBTQ Cocktails & Conversation

  • Location: General Assembly DC, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 6, 5:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking
  • Price: Free

“LGBTQ Community Members and Allies discuss Business, Entrepreneurship & Community Development.”

TOMORROW – Event: Create and Coffee

  • Location: National Portrait Gallery Kogod Courtyard, 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 7, 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“Calling all creatives of colors! Come meet more peers, chat, inspire one another, grow your community, and work on personal projects. Expect some chill vibes, good people, laughs, and ~ some ~ productivity.”

MONDAY – Event: The Vinetta Project D.C.’s March Female Founder Showcase

  • Location: Social Tables, 1325 G Street NW, 3rd Floor Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitch competition, women entrepreneurs
  • Price: $30

“The Vinetta Showcase is a two-hour, high-impact pitch and panel series. An esteemed panel consisting of three active investors and one founder of a successful startup gather to listen to pitches of top female founders, ask tough questions, and deliver actionable feedback.

Our invited audience is an engaged community of actionable entrepreneurs, venture influencers, young professionals and service providers who all see the massive growth potential for investing in female founders.”

All the details and more events in the latest Inno Approved.


What’s on the mind

Did I mention that I read a story about how someone (a professional journalist) just casually tried (and failed) to steal Mark Zuckerberg’s trash from both his homes in Palo Alto and San Francisco? TGIF!   

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