Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTWith three seed investments in local companies, a new partnership with George Mason University and plans to raise an institutional fund next year, the first three months of 2011 have kept Amplifier Ventures Managing Director Jonathan Aberman busy.
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTVirginia's legislature wrapped up its session last week, passing to the governor's desk a budget and a host of bills that members of the commonwealth's biotechnology and high-tech industries have heralded as making the state more competitive with its neighbors.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTFlanked by tables where area colleges touted graduate programs and technology being built in their labs, George Mason University doctoral student Cody Narber took the time to construct a digital peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTRepresentatives from Maryland's technology and venture capital communities congregated in Annapolis last week for the General Assembly's first hearings on legislation that would pump $100 million into a state fund that provides early-stage capital to promising state businesses.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTTwo top directors at the Tech Council of Maryland announced plans to leave the organization within a few days of one another, leaving leadership vacancies at one of the state's most ardent supporters of the high-tech and biotechnology industries.
Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTLunchtime strikes. Stomachs gurgle. The food trucks beckon.
Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTA Pasadena, Calif., technology firm that builds and buys Web and smartphone applications for Twitter has snatched two D.C.-area developers in the last week as part of its strategy to amass many of the companies that influence the way people connect with and use the microblogging network.
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe Northern Virginia Technology Council plans to present awards this Thursday to regional "navigators," people whom members of the technology and business community nominated for their commitment to entrepreneurship.
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTMere days after thousands flocked to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, a considerably smaller and more subdued tech crowd convened in Washington.
Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTTechies gathered to gawk at some of the electronics-to-come in 2011 during last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a gadget pageant that will no doubt set the tone for some of the year's biggest tech trends.
Mon, 03 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTShares of Gaithersburg-based BroadSoft closed at $24.35 each on Wednesday, Dec. 29, a 170.5 percent increase over its initial public offering price in June of $9 per share. That climb places the company among the year's best-performing IPOs.
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTTrade associations representing technology companies in Maryland and Virginia outlined policy initiatives that they plan to advocate for as the states' general assemblies head into session next month.
Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTWell, Washington, there are a lot of well-paid techies in our midst.
Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTFacebook co-founder Chris Hughes revealed last week the beta version of a new social network that's been in development for a year. Called Jumo, the Web site connects people based on their passions to social projects and charities.
Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTBy Steven Overly When former AOL chief Steve Case and others built the Internet company 25 years ago, the Washington region was largely populated by big contractors and companies selling to the federal government. But times have changed a lot since then, the technology mogul said last week. "It's...
Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTWhen District-based Voxiva released a free text message service in February sending prenatal health advice to expectant mothers, the technology firm hoped it would be a successful example of mobile health in the United States.
Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTNow that the political campaign advertisements that have dominated TV, Internet and radio for the past few months have finally fallen silent, Resonate Networks chief executive Bryan Gernert can review their impact.
Mon, 01 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDTRobert A. Rosenbaum took the helm of the Maryland Technology Development Corp. early last month, hoping to make the quasi-government entity more like his last employer, a venture capital firm.
Mon, 25 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTJDS Uniphase named a new president for its Germantown-based communications test and measurement business, a segment that the company's chief executive said accounts for about 75 percent of its $1.3 billion annual revenue.
Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTCisco Systems chief executive John Chambers makes the cross-country trek to Washington several times each year to lobby government officials and meet customers on behalf of the networking and communication technology giant.
Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTMobile has long been a cornerstone of Paul Carter's career. His main business, Dulles-based Global Wireless Solutions, tests the quality and accessibility of cellular networks so that apps and other smartphone features run smoothly.
Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTIt's 6:30 on a work night and the District's tech enthusiasts have only begun to pour into Slaviya, a spacious bar and restaurant wedged among the myriad hangouts in the city's popular Adams Morgan neighborhood.
Mon, 27 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTReston-based comScore launched a service for its client companies last week that will scan 150 million Web sites, including social networks, product reviews and blogs, for mention of their name or brands.
Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTSo long, California. Silicon Valley start-up Sonatype has moved to Silver Spring, and brought along with it $11.6 million from investors and a new chief executive in Wayne Jackson. Sonatype streamlines the software development process through tools such as an open source platform called Maven. Ja...
Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT"Innovation." As business terms go, it's one of the more nebulous. To some companies, innovation is at the core of their values. To others, it's a recession-inspired euphemism for cutting costs.
Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhen Michael Mayernick and Adam Bonnifield launched Giv.to in June 2009, the for-profit venture offered political and advocacy groups technology to shorten URLs that also tracked which Twitter and Facebook links led to donations.
Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTMore and more companies are not just flocking to Facebook pages to connect with the social network's 500 million users, but also to preempt disgruntled customers from tarnishing their digital reputation.
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTAround town, I often hear people referring to a tech start-up as just "two guys in a garage." But that phrase excludes a gender that, some say, is too often overlooked in the technology industry. In Washington, a number of women are leaving their mark as entrepreneurs, social media enthusiasts an...
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTAfter nearly eight months without a leader, the Tech Council of Maryland plans to announce Monday that it has tapped RenÃ©e M. Winsky, a current board member, as its new executive director.
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTPlatinum Solutions, a Reston information technology firm that serves the government, needs to find new employees so fast that it hired four full-time recruiters. At any given time, the company has 20 to 40 job openings, and it recently opened an office in West Virginia that has 65 employees.
Mon, 06 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTBiotechnology start-ups have long relied on grants from the National Institutes of Health to fund research-and-developmentast but a last minute change in the legislation exempted the agency from the requirement to reserve a portion of the money for small businesses.
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTLast year, Scott Allocco spent 12 hours sitting on a downtown Baltimore sidewalk, waiting to turn in his application to get a tax credit He was the third company in line. This year, he was the first.
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe switch to digital TV has caused static and headaches for thousands of viewers in the Washington region. But for one local station, the transition has been something of a revival.
Mon, 15 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTIt's not every day that you see tech executives and government officials hobnobbing while sipping a Malware Mojito or Cloud Martini, and snacking on Phishing Tacos and Silicon Valley Sliders.
Mon, 08 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTJim Basara of Falls Church came up with an idea to offer luxury goods over the Internet. As an executive and amateur musician, he wanted to be able to rent a nice guitar that would be waiting for him at his hotel while he was on the road. When he couldn't find such a business, he started his own.
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTThere's no shortage of uses for the massive amounts of data in every nook and cranny of the Internet.
Mon, 25 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTSilicon Valley and Wall Street are so last year. Now all eyes are on Washington.
Wed, 13 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTL ike many large information technology firms in the Washington region, Apptis has been in the business of helping government agencies integrate huge software and hardware systems. The government has paid the company hundreds of millions of dollars to buy new equipment, set it up and provide team...
Mon, 27 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTCurrent Group, a Germantown-based technology firm, has taken over a nondescript house in Bethesda and turned it into a laboratory for smart-grid technology, the system the company believes will bring the nation's electricity grids into the digital age.
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTOnline video has come a long way since kids with cameras started uploading homemade clips to YouTube about four years ago.
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTBreaking into the health-care industry can be daunting. Doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and patients speak different languages and have vastly different needs.
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDTSocial Matchbox has a new vibe these days. The networking event was first known as "speed dating for geeks" because start-ups could give three-minute pitches about their idea in hopes of finding business partners, landing customers or even securing a bit of funding. Now many of those geeks are ru...
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe federal government is in spending mode. That means a host of new business opportunities for Washington technology firms -- even those that have not typically sold services to agencies. Companies that have traditionally focused on creating Web services for consumers and energy-saving technolog...
Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTTimes are tough in the biotechnology sector. So tough that some companies are looking for ways out.
Mon, 16 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTA labor rights bill backed by President Obama has become one of the most hotly contested issues in local technology circles.
Mon, 09 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe Twitterverse is expanding. Twitter , that microblogging tool that caught on with teens and twentysomethings using it to tell loyal followers what they're doing at any given time -- in 140 characters or less -- is now becoming part of the business strategy for a wide range of brands, from...
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 ESTThere's no shortage of events in the Washington region that bring together tech-minded people to mingle and hopefully make deals. But once they arrive at a crowded venue and obtain a frothy beverage, how do they make sure they meet the right people and get the most out of the evening?
Mon, 23 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTA year ago, Maryland technology companies were holding rallies and pushing a last-minute lobbying campaign at the State House as they tried to persuade legislators not to impose a new tax on the industry.
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTAn Army lieutenant may be an expert at securing borders and warding off enemies in a war zone. But when it comes to making sure hackers cannot break into the military's communications network, officers may feel pretty defenseless.
Mon, 09 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTAs throngs of hockey fans made their way to the Verizon Center for the Capitals game Thursday night, another group of sports enthusiasts gathered in a spacious brick loft across the street.
Mon, 02 Feb 2009 00:00:00 ESTWhile Congress contemplates ways to jump-start the economy, a few local investors have come up with their own stimulus packages for entrepreneurs.
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:00:00 ESTJust after 4:30 on Thursday afternoon the first cork was popped and cups of wine were passed around to riders of the bus. Then came the chips, the cookies, the beer.
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:00:00 ESTTomorrow's inauguration will officially kick off the 44th presidency, but it is also serving as a launching pad for a District company trying to capture the attention of about 1 million smartphone users pouring into the city.
Mon, 12 Jan 2009 00:00:00 ESTIn a back corner of La Madeleine restaurant in Bethesda, 14 frustrated technologists gathered Thursday to lament how the poor economy has interfered with their career paths.
Mon, 05 Jan 2009 00:00:00 ESTIn about two weeks, the District's roads, Metro cars and bus routes will become so clogged with inauguration-goers that Washingtonians are praying they'll be allowed to telecommute rather than brave the trek into their offices. But if working remotely means relying on a cellphone, they may not ge...
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:00:00 ESTWashington is safer for businesses than most places, the reasoning goes, because the government is always there and spending money. Government contracts tend to offer stable revenue streams when commercial and consumer business dry up.
Mon, 08 Dec 2008 00:00:00 ESTAs the sun was rising last Thursday, cars poured into the Hilton McLean parking lot -- so many that a police officer stood in the street to direct traffic.
Mon, 24 Nov 2008 00:00:00 ESTWashington's technology community is about to get another test.
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:00:00 ESTFor government contractors, the election means saying goodbye to a longtime advocate.
Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDTFor many local tech companies, it's feeling a lot like 2000 all over again. The Nasdaq is down, funding has dried up and entrepreneurs are hunkering down for a long winter.
Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDTHAMPTON, VA. From the outside, the model lunar habitat at NASA's Langley Research Center looks like a futuristic igloo. The inside looks more like a space-age dorm room equipped with a laptop, magazines and a tiny shower -- everything an astronaut would need for a trip to the moon.
Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe tall buildings in Reston bear the familiar names of big government contractors: Northrop Grumman, CACI, Raytheon and Accenture. Last month another name appeared, but not one that's typically associated with the federal market.
Thu, 09 Feb 2006 00:00:00 ESTR iptopia , a District start-up that landed $3.2 million in angel funding last month, promises no less than to help the world "achieve digital bliss." If righteousness is the key to success in the search industry, then Dumbfind.com is well on its way. The fledgling company is not quite... This is...
Thu, 26 Jan 2006 00:00:00 ESTG ary S. Murray II 's new vision for the WiFi world goes something like this: A twenty-something traveler is in an airport with time to kill. He checks for wireless Internet access, finds it costs $7.95 to log on, refuses to pay the charge and instead logs on to Ooh TV , the free alternative created...
Thu, 12 Jan 2006 00:00:00 ESTR azorsight Inc. today will announce its first round of funding, a $10 million capital infusion from Sierra Ventures, a Menlo Park, Calif., firm that's become one of the most active outside investors in promising Washington start-ups.
Thu, 29 Dec 2005 00:00:00 ESTVirginia's new secretary of technology is not a technologist and has never served in government before.
Mon, 26 Dec 2005 00:00:00 ESTWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- It was Easter Sunday and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court.
Thu, 08 Dec 2005 00:00:00 ESTV ince Kelly is spending a lot of time lately trying to convince officials at the Homeland Security Department that he's got the solution, or at least part of it, to their emergency communication problems.
Thu, 17 Nov 2005 00:00:00 ESTToday, JackBe Corp ., a three-year-old Bethesda start-up, will announce that it landed a $6.5 million round of funding from a Cincinnati-based venture capital firm.
Thu, 27 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDTLast month, Adam Goozh , chief executive of CreateHope Inc. , a firm that sells software to manage corporate giving programs, asked his 45 employees to pack up their desks and move their office from Bethesda to the District.
Thu, 06 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDTThis weekend, 23 robots will line up in a Nevada desert and attempt to race along a 150-mile course rife with sharp turns and steep cliffs.
Thu, 22 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTS unRocket Inc. , a year-and-a-half-old Internet phone company based in Vienna, certainly has enough big-time competition. Vonage is out there, and so is Skype Technologies.
Thu, 15 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTRay J. Oleson started his career in government contracting as an assistant programming manager in 1966, the days "when real men programmed," he says. Finals of the University of Maryland 's latest business plan competition take place Sept. 23, and a few local entrepreneurs -- such as Tien Wong ,...
Thu, 08 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTFirst he started his own company, and now this political big shot is lending his name to a local tech company. Michael K. Powell , the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has agreed to join the board of directors of Reston-based ObjectVideo Inc . The day Hurricane...
Thu, 01 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDTJust about every tech executive in the Washington area counts April Young among his or her most influential mentors. For all the billions of dollars people are spending on digital cameras, Stephen Giordano Jr. thinks it's still an image on a piece of paper that folks are after. $7 Million
Thu, 25 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDTClose observers of the local dealmaking community will recall that former Maryland congressman C. Thomas McMillen set up a company to make acquisitions in the homeland security sector in March. Elliott D. Frutkin , one of Washington's original tech boom twenty-something chief executives, is... Pop...
Thu, 18 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDTLast month's suicide bombings in London wrought heartache and tragedy. They also prompted calls for greater surveillance technologies -- and cast an unexpected spotlight on Reston's tiny Ipix Corp.
Thu, 11 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDTWhile most of Washington's tech sector has sunk into heat-induced sedation, the folks over at Sprint Corp . and Nextel Communications Inc. are frenetically toiling away. As executives of the two companies wrap up a $35 billion merger, rank-and-file employees have been busy with a different task:...
Thu, 04 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDTThe driving range: a few golf balls, some old clubs and an open field. What more do you need for some good old-fashioned fun?
Thu, 28 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTTwo days ago Fairfax software company WebMethods Inc. put out a news release trumpeting its new executive hires.
Thu, 21 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTRain fell in sheets outside Bobbie Kilberg's McLean home last Thursday as the very important people of the local tech community filled her expansive halls. No letup was in sight, but at the stroke of 6:30, when the house couldn't hold another body, the sun broke through and the margarita machine was...
Thu, 14 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTIt seems like every publicly traded tech company around the Beltway has spent the past year diligently preparing to meet the requirements of the new Sarbanes-Oxley financial regulations.
Thu, 07 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDTIf you get them going, the University of Maryland academics who are devoting their days to nanotechnology research will spout off dozens of ways their chosen field could someday change the world.
Thu, 30 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTIt is Saturday afternoon in Rockville, and the boys are furiously fighting terrorists.
Thu, 23 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTFor the past 20 years, Andrew Sherman has been helping Washington area technology companies grow as a regular on the workshop circuit and as a teacher in university MBA programs.
Thu, 16 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTThis is the kind of advantage Washington technology companies long for as their geographic right:
Thu, 09 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTMore than 10 years ago, two professors and a graduate student at Virginia Tech began tinkering with Global Positioning System technology, trying to find out if the navigation tool could guide a drill inside a factory as well as it guides a submarine under the sea.
Thu, 02 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDTAsk folks along the Interstate 270 corridor if there's enough venture capital around to sustain a thriving biotechnology industry in the region, and you'll hear widely divergent responses.
Thu, 26 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTThe 500 technologists hunkered down in the Reston Hyatt this week are plotting the best way to push us onto the new, improved model.
Thu, 19 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTLast month, the techies at Georgetown University embarked on a rather ambitious mission: curing cancer.
Thu, 12 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTLocal executive Neville Street has a firm rule against bringing cell phones to company meetings. He knows how tempting it is to quietly pull out one of the devices and fire off a few friendly text messages while the bosses discuss the business at hand.
Thu, 05 May 2005 00:00:00 EDTEach of the 300 technology professionals who attended the annual gala for George Mason University's School of Information Technology and Engineering Friday evening walked away with a compact disc of classical music containing a thinly veiled message from Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the department.
Thu, 28 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDTFrancis S. Collins arrived a bit late to the theater, so he had to take a seat in the front row -- about two feet from the actor playing Francis S. Collins.
Thu, 21 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDTIn December, Xybernaut Corp . issued 12 glowing press releases, each one trumpeting its grand successes in "mobile computing" -- the phrase it uses to describe its line of gadgets built into work clothes for soldiers, stock clerks and others.
Thu, 14 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDTRob McGovern , founder of the online job site CareerBuilder.com , is an entrepreneur at his core. But last June, his job title became "venture partner." For months, McGovern holed up in the Reston office of New Enterprise Associates , looking at business plans, meeting with start-up executives and...
Thu, 07 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDTBy 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, when the crowd at the FOSE trade show was just beginning to swell, Marie L. Hartis had already been visited by a contracting matchmaker, asking if her company, Itronix Corp. , needed help selling to the government.