Speakers

Asafu Thomas: Thinking Big and Making Your Impact

Asafu Thomas: Thinking Big and Making Your Impact TECH ENTREPRENEUR / IMPACT INVESTOR Interview by The DCStartupWeek Team on December 15, 2019 Asafu Thomas mobilizes communities that are passionate about bringing business and capital to Africa. He started his first company in 2011. He’s now the founder and CEO of naya labs, a cutting-edge software development company that leverages top developers across the African continent, to build web/mobile applications for startups in the US. In 2017, he became a founding member…

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Kim Cayce: From Professional Athlete to Business Coach

Kim Cayce: From Professional Athlete to Business Coach BUSINESS COACH / PERSONAL BRANDING EXPERT / KEYNOTE SPEAKER Interview by The DCStartupWeek Team on December 8, 2019 Kim Cayce is a DC-based business coach, personal branding expert, and keynote speaker.  As the CEO of Vitamin*E Ventures, she leads a full-service management and marketing consultancy that helps brands grow revenue through data-driven strategy, marketing, design, and technology. Kim has MBAs in Entrepreneurship from both Stanford University and UCLA Anderson School of Management. She is also…

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Using Tech & Customer Service to Drive Your Business: Alex Richards

Using Tech & Customer Service to Drive Your Business: Alex Richards Customer service. It’s a buzz term we hear all of the time in the business world. While corporate companies can get away with a few less-than-stellar Google reviews, smaller companies or startups heavily rely on each and every customer experience. Whether your service is consumer-facing or not, customer service should remain a priority — because, where would we be without the support of our customers? This week we chatted…

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Tom Fuge: To Cowork or To Not Cowork: How To Know What Style Office Best Suits Your Company

Tom Fuge: To Cowork or To Not Cowork: How To Know What Style Office Best Suits Your Company By DC Startup Week The global market value of flexible workspaces is estimated at an approximate $26 billion. 26 billion. What do we mean by “flexible workspaces?” Well, co working spaces. With the rise of entrepreneurs and startups — yay! — comes the rise in demand for more flexible office options. The standard cubicle-style way of doing things is becoming less and…

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Anthony Millin: Fundraising and Startups, Like PB&J

Anthony Millin: Fundraising and Startups, Like PB&J This week we had the privilege of speaking with Anthony Millin, serial and veteran entrepreneur, venture capitalist, startup attorney and chair of NEXT, Powered by Shulman Rogers — a new model for the delivery of legal services for startups. To say Millin is well-versed in the entrepreneur space would be an understatement. We all know one of the parts about starting a company is something we wish just grew on trees: money. Fundraising…

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Nikki Blank: Switch to Switchel — An Entrepreneur’s Journey In the Mindful Drinking Space

Nikki Blank: Switch to Switchel — An Entrepreneur’s Journey In the Mindful Drinking Space By DC Startup Week Living in a career-oriented city where everyone is always “go, go, go” it’s not uncommon to supplement the long office days with happy hours and bottomless brunches. DC is a work hard, play hard city and we’re all constantly trying to find that perfect work-life balance. Sunōmi Switchel, founded by Nikki Blank, is a local non-alcoholic beverage company that believes that we…

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