Top DC Tech Titans in the Washingtonian
The Washingtonian just launched a feature issues on the May issue, including social media, tech startups, and more traditional tech and business leaders called “Tech Titans.” Garrett M. Graff reports:
Sean Greene, cofounder, LaunchBox. Now helping others jump-start their ideas through LaunchBox’s resources and training programs and with the Twitter-based rating-site start-up Thummit, Greene founded the Away.com travel network before selling it to Orbitz.
Rob Jewell, founder and CEO, Gratis Internet. SocialCash, one of Gratis’s main products and the latest from Jewell’s company—which pioneered online incentive marketing such as iPod giveaways—helps developers make money from all those trendy Facebook applications.
Ted Leonsis. While gossip-column readers might be excused for thinking that Leonsis’s first name is Billionaire, it’s hard to overstate his role in the local tech community as a longtime AOL exec, investor, adviser, talent scout, movie producer, philanthropist, and sports magnate.
Marissa Levin, founder and CEO, Information Experts. Often honored for her entrepreneurship, Levin has led her team from annual revenues of $19,000 in 1995 to more than $6.5 million today, with clients including AOL, Marriott, and the World Bank.
Chris McGill, CEO, Mixx.com. The founder and self-described “troublemaker-in-chief” of Mixx—which lists user-recommended sites, photos, and videos—has a successful history at firms such as Yahoo and USA Today.
Hooman Radfar, cofounder and CEO, Clearspring. The McLean-based firm, founded in 2004, might be the most successful Washington tech company you’ve never heard of. It promises “Your Content. Everywhere.” And with more than 470 million unique users of its widgets across more than 80 platforms and sites, it’s close to delivering.
Pete Snyder, founder and CEO, New Media Strategies. The Rosslyn-based communications firm, headed by Snyder since its 1999 inception, is a leader in online promotion for everything from movies to C-SPAN.
Barg Upender, senior partner, Intridea. The DC-based development firm—whose name, Upender says, is a combination of “interactive” and “idea”—has been on the cutting edge of developing applications for social-media tools.
Mark Walsh, CEO and chairman, GeniusRocket. Walsh’s career has spanned media, tech, and politics. If its model takes hold, his latest company will be a worldwide leader in the networked workplace of the future: distributed teams that come together digitally for single projects and rarely meet in person.
Brian Williams, cofounder and CEO, Viget Labs. The trendy Falls Church–based Web-strategy firm is, in the words of a competitor, creating a “brain drain” of talent by luring the likes of up-and-coming designer Samantha Warren to Williams’s 38-person firm.
DC Social media is certainly taking off. You can check out my social entrepreneurship posts at Compassion in Politics where I cover technology, social media, and design for the base of the pyramid (the folks that live in poverty on less than $2 a day)