We Did It! Awesome Washington, DC No.1 on Forbes List Of America’s New Tech Hotspots

Washington DC tech hub

Back in December of 2009, Elias Shams launched AwesomeDC blog with mainly One MISSION to accomplish:  To wipe out  all those Politics, corruption, and scandals crap from the face of Washington, DC.  Then to position the Nation’s capital as a city of technology, partying, clubbing and fun! Mainly  as a Tech hub. Read the 2nd paragraph right below the video of his interview with CNN where he says “My intention with this blog is to show the world Washington, DC is much more than just Politics, corruption, and scandals. Frankly, I am not sure of that myself either, but I will try  I will be covering everything happening in awesome DC, with the focus on the technology, parties, clubs, events, and of course the awesome Washingtonians” Read more of this post

Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Aug 27, 2010 – No. 9

Name: Tonya Harmon
Live in: Virginia
Originally from: Ontario, Canada
Profession: High Tech Entrepreneur
What I love about DC area the most: I love the international connections – the people, restaurants, embassies and cultural events.

About me: I am an avid European traveler and come from a long line of Slovaks who love to grow, make, talk about and eat good food, and I happily blog about it all. Read more of this post

Saved By The Bell! The Founder Institute Comes To Awesome DC


by Elias Shams
I have been following the initiatives by an interesting organization called The Founder Institute since their program was first announced in March of last year.  They recently opened an office in DC and have executed the perfect program for entrepreneurs or those of you thinking of becoming one, but no idea where to start. I wish they were around in late 90’s when I had just launched my first internet company, Telezoo and in desperate need for guidance and contacts.

The West Coast based Founder Institute was founded by Adeo Ressi, the Founding Member of TheFunded.com, an online community of 12,000 CEOs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. They have expanded to many more regions including our awesome Washington, DC. This spring, their mentorship program will be expanding to Singapore, Paris, Los Angeles, and Denver. They offer entrepreneurs, the students who have basic ideas for potential startups but have not yet founded a company, and very early stage startups an environment designed to help foster their growth and education. This is exactly what I needed back in 1999. The program is a semester-based startup camp. 198 founders applied to the program. 79 were accepted, and 66 graduated. 31 companies have been incorporated by these founders so far, and a handful have actually launched (including Skimble and Molo Rewards ).
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