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Preview: - The Download -- The Washington Post's Ellen McCarthy on the Washington Region's Technology Sector (washingt - The Download -- The Washington Post's Ellen McCarthy on the Washington Region's Technology Sector (

Washington Post columnist Ellen McCarthy writes about CEOs, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, scientists and other key players in the Washington, Northern Virginia and Maryland region. Insight on Washington area's technology leaders.


Opower looks overseas

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

With 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.

The download: Virginia legislature approves tech-friendly measures

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Virginia'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.

The download: College students present their tech ideas

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Flanked 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.

Maryland business leaders applaud legislation to steer state funding to young firms

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Representatives 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.

The download: Two leaders leave Tech Council of Maryland

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Two 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.

The download: A guide to food trucks, and other tech ideas

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Lunchtime strikes. Stomachs gurgle. The food trucks beckon.

The download: Calif. firm acquires two local Twitter-centric companies

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

A 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.

The Download: Meet the navigators

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

The 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.

A tech show for government applications

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Mere days after thousands flocked to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, a considerably smaller and more subdued tech crowd convened in Washington.

The download: Do-it-yourself app technology

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Techies 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.

The Download: BroadSoft ranks among the year's best IPOs

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Shares 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.

The Download: Tech groups stress funding needs

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Trade 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.

Tech sector here ranks 2nd in employment, 4th in pay

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Well, Washington, there are a lot of well-paid techies in our midst.

Area start-ups connect donors and charities

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Facebook 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.

NASA rated savviest about social media

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

The Download: Case sees change in region's reliance on government

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

By 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...

Mobile phones become tools of health promotion

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

When 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.

The Download: Political ad firm's chief assesses trends of the midterms

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Now 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.

The Download: Tedco's new chief seeks to make it look more like venture capital firm

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Robert 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.

The Download: JDS Uniphase sees strength in diversification

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

JDS 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.

The Download: Cisco CEO lobbies for corporate lower tax rate

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Cisco 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.

The Download: Lessons in launching an app

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Mobile 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.

Tech cocktail: a drink and some business

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It'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.

The Download: ComScore service helps companies see what people are saying about them online

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Reston-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.

The Download: Sonatype switches coasts

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

So 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...

Business leaders provide studies in innovation

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.

The Download: Helping organizations manage their social media footprint

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

When Michael Mayernick and Adam Bonnifield launched 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.

The Download: Firm's software helps companies connect with customers on Facebook

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

More 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.

The Download: Up-and-Comers Who Are Breaking Down a Digital Divide

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Around 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...

In Maryland, a New Leader Hopes to Unite Tech Firms

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

After nearly eight months without a leader, the Tech Council of Maryland plans to announce Monday that it has tapped Renée M. Winsky, a current board member, as its new executive director.

As Technology Needs Grow, One Sector Has No Shortage of Jobs

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Platinum 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.

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Start-Ups Say Innovation Doesn't Grow on Trees

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Biotechnology 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.

Biotech Start-Ups Show Dedication, Line Up Again for Tax Credits

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Last 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.

The Download: Digital TV Switch a Boon for One Local Station

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The 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.

The Download: New Networking Territory for Tech Groups

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It'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.

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The Download: Coaching Start-Ups

Mon, 08 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Jim 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.

Kim Hart's Download

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

There's no shortage of uses for the massive amounts of data in every nook and cranny of the Internet.

The Power Pendulum Swings Toward Washington

Mon, 25 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Silicon Valley and Wall Street are so last year. Now all eyes are on Washington.

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Data Storage Opens Up New Source of Work for IT Firms

Wed, 13 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

L 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...

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Engineering a Smart Grid For Energy's Future

Mon, 27 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Current 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.

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Local Players Like the Outlook for Web Video

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Online video has come a long way since kids with cameras started uploading homemade clips to YouTube about four years ago.

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Kim Hart's The Download

Mon, 13 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Breaking into the health-care industry can be daunting. Doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and patients speak different languages and have vastly different needs.

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Geeks' Meet Market Has Share of Success Stories

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Social 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...

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Kim Hart's The Download

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The 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...

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Kim Hart's The Download -- No Money, No Buyers For Struggling Biotech Firms

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Times are tough in the biotechnology sector. So tough that some companies are looking for ways out.

Local Tech Community In Uproar Over Labor Rights Bill

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

A labor rights bill backed by President Obama has become one of the most hotly contested issues in local technology circles.

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Firms Take to The Tweetable Business Model

Mon, 09 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The 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...

Kim Hart: The Download

Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EST

There'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?

A Year After 'Tech Tax' Scare, Maryland Firms Follow Up With Lawmakers

Mon, 23 Feb 2009 00:00:00 EST

A 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.

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Kim Hart's The Download

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:00:00 EST

An 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.

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Kim Hart: The Download

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 00:00:00 EST

As 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.

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Kim Hart's The Download

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 00:00:00 EST

While Congress contemplates ways to jump-start the economy, a few local investors have come up with their own stimulus packages for entrepreneurs.

Networkers Are on a Roll

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:00:00 EST

Just 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.

PointAbout Hopes Inauguration Can Be Its Debut as Well

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:00:00 EST

Tomorrow'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.

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Tech Workers Commiserate

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 00:00:00 EST

In 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.

Inauguration Spotlights Cellphone Opportunities

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 00:00:00 EST

In 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...

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Federal Contracting Might Not Be Safe Harbor in This Downturn

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:00:00 EST

Washington 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.

A Faith Gathering of Business Professionals

Mon, 08 Dec 2008 00:00:00 EST

As 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.

Navigating the Crisis

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 00:00:00 EST

Washington's technology community is about to get another test.

The Networkers

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 00:00:00 EST


Contractors Bidding Davis a Fond Farewell

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:00:00 EST

For government contractors, the election means saying goodbye to a longtime advocate.

Crisis Mode: Less Ventured

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDT

For 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.

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NASA Center Reaches Out Across the Miles to Area Firms

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:00:00 EDT

HAMPTON, 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.

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Google Goes to Washington, Gearing Up to Put Its Stamp on Government

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EDT

The 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.

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Riptopia Trades on a Pragmatic Version of 'Digital Bliss'

Thu, 09 Feb 2006 00:00:00 EST

R 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 is well on its way. The fledgling company is not quite... This is...

Entrepreneur Hopes to Make Bored Travelers Log On and Say 'Ooh'

Thu, 26 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EST

G 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...

Fairfax's Razorsight Goes to 'Aggressive' Calif. Firm for Funds

Thu, 12 Jan 2006 00:00:00 EST

R 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.

He's No Technologist, But Moves in Tech Circles

Thu, 29 Dec 2005 00:00:00 EST

Virginia's new secretary of technology is not a technologist and has never served in government before.

'Internet Illiterate' Mom Sued Over Music Downloads

Mon, 26 Dec 2005 00:00:00 EST

WHITE 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.

Turning a New Page At Homeland Security

Thu, 08 Dec 2005 00:00:00 EST

V 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.

Venturing In From Outside

Thu, 17 Nov 2005 00:00:00 EST

Today, 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.

Capco Draws Firms, and Doubts, to D.C.

Thu, 27 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Last 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.

Va. Firms Seek Robot Glory -- And $2 Million Prize

Thu, 06 Oct 2005 00:00:00 EDT

This 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.

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SunRocket Gets a Boost In Crowded Phone Market

Thu, 22 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDT

S 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.

Outgoing SI Chief Reflects on Success

Thu, 15 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Ray 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 ,...

A New Big Name for a Firm With Some New Success

Thu, 08 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDT

First 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...

Best and Brightest Teach Basics of Business on Africa Trip

Thu, 01 Sep 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Just 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

Big Names Endorse 'Blank-Check' Firms

Thu, 25 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Close 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...

Reston's Ipix Focused On Getting the Big Picture

Thu, 18 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Last 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.

Sprint, Nextel Employees Compete to Keep Their Jobs

Thu, 11 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDT

While 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:...

In Alexandria, TopGolf Livens Up the Driving Range

Thu, 04 Aug 2005 00:00:00 EDT

The driving range: a few golf balls, some old clubs and an open field. What more do you need for some good old-fashioned fun?

At WebMethods, Two New Hires, Nine Quiet Departures

Thu, 28 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Two days ago Fairfax software company WebMethods Inc. put out a news release trumpeting its new executive hires.

Party Time for Tech Community

Thu, 21 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Rain 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...

Reston Online Banking Company Admits It's Not So Good With the Books

Thu, 14 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDT

It 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.

University of Maryland Gets an 'A' For Its Nanotechnology Research

Thu, 07 Jul 2005 00:00:00 EDT

If 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.

X3O Takes Computer Gaming Out of the Basement

Thu, 30 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

It is Saturday afternoon in Rockville, and the boys are furiously fighting terrorists.

After Helping Other Companies Grow, A Lecturer Launches His Own

Thu, 23 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

For 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.

Getting the Labs Into the Game

Thu, 16 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

This is the kind of advantage Washington technology companies long for as their geographic right:

GPS Navigating Concept Aids Manufacturing Process

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

More 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.

Young Biotechs, Hungry and Anxious

Thu, 02 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Ask 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.

Techies Ramp Up For Internet's Next Incarnation

Thu, 26 May 2005 00:00:00 EDT

The 500 technologists hunkered down in the Reston Hyatt this week are plotting the best way to push us onto the new, improved model.

Georgetown Network Links Cancer Studies

Thu, 19 May 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Last month, the techies at Georgetown University embarked on a rather ambitious mission: curing cancer.

A New Medium For Their Text Messages

Thu, 12 May 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Local 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.

GMU Looking To Raise Profile And $15 Million

Thu, 05 May 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Each 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.

Building Drama Behind 'The Sequence'

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Francis 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.

Xybernaut Hid Gathering Storm In Bright Forecasts

Thu, 21 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDT

In 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.

To Grow What No One Has Grown Before

Thu, 14 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDT

Rob McGovern , founder of the online job site , 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...

Advice for Sale In Battle for Federal Contracts

Thu, 07 Apr 2005 00:00:00 EDT

By 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.