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DC Entrepreneur

86 EpisodesProduced by George MocharkoWebsite

Work. Wealth. Wisdom. This interview podcast showcases the founders and minds behind some of the most innovative and creative start-ups. Guests from around the DC region and beyond share their unique journeys of becoming entrepreneurs. The show is produced and hosted by George Mocharko who has been … read more

86 Episodes | 2015 - 2020

Jake Kramer, Managing Partner of FedTech

December 4th, 2020


Jake Kramer, Managing Partner of FedTech is guest on this season's final episode of DC Entrepreneur. FedTech is a venture builder that thrives at the …

Jay Newton-Small, CEO and Founder of MemoryWell

November 6th, 2020


Jay Newton-Small, CEO and Founder of MemoryWell, a digital storytelling platform for seniors, speaks to George on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. You'll hear how Newton-Small got the idea for the start-up when filling …

Colin Moffett and Joel Daly co-founders of Artemis Ward, and host of CreativeMornings/DC

October 9th, 2020


On this episode George speaks with Colin Moffett and Joel Daly co-founders of Artemis Ward. Colin and Joel met at Mindshare Interactive, one of the …

Erik Rind, founder and CEO of Imagine BC

September 4th, 2020


George speaks to Erik Rind the CEO of Imagine BC on this episode. ImagineBC aims to be for blockchain technology what “You’ve got mail” was for the …

Dawn Myers founder THE MOST and DC Director, The Vinetta Project

August 21st, 2020


On this episode, George speaks with Dawn Myers, founder of THE MOST and of The Vinetta Project. THE MOST is a beauty-tech company looking to disrupt …

Chad Frey founder and CEO of Attilah

August 7th, 2020


Chad Frey is guest on this episode in a policy discussion about the advancement of the hemp industry as a whole. As a board member of four industry …

Dave Forbes "Saucepreneur" and founder of Disturbingly Delicious Foods

July 24th, 2020


Dave Forbes is the food entrepreneur and owner of Disturbingly Delicious Foods. His sauce creations are healthier than most of the stuff in the grocery store that also taste great. Dave's first creation was a kale-based …

Jonathan Wasserstrum founder and CEO of SquareFoot commercial real estate start-up

July 10th, 2020


George speaks with Jonathan Wasserstrum the CEO of SquareFoot. SquareFoot is a tech-driven commercial real estate company that helps companies find their next office space by providing transparent access to inventory, …

Jake Sandler CEO of ChangeRoots, a political fundraising app

June 26th, 2020


Jake Sandler, CEO and Founder of ChangeRoots is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. ChangeRoots is an app designed to help build a …

The Alchemy of Entrepreneurship with Jessica Carson author of "Wired this Way" and Expert in Residence at the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

June 12th, 2020


Jessica Carson is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur where she talks about the complex wiring of start-up founders. Jessica is the Expert in Residence on Entrepreneur Mental Health and Wellbeing at Georgetown …

Musician Rude Kid-da-ReggaeRap Inventor (AKA Denton Malcolm) the founder & chair of D.A.M. Companies, LLC

May 29th, 2020


George speaks with musician and entrepreneur Denton A. Malcolm, Chairman of D.A.M Companies, LLC known as Rude Kid-da-ReggaeRap Inventor, who has …

Mikey Heard, real estate investor and entrepreneur, founder, partner TapDrive

May 15th, 2020


George speaks to his friend Mikey Heard, an entrepreneur he met over a decade ago. When working as a web developer he created the social group which he grew from a Washington, DC based events group to a …

DC Entrepreneur Live Show: How I quit my office job to start a business

January 23rd, 2020


How I Made the Leap to Starting My Own Business is part of The DC Entrepreneur Live Show which happened on Thursday, May 30 at 7 pm. 

On the show you'll hear from three different entrepreneurs in a panel discussion: 

Chad …

Francesco Amodeo Owner of Don Ciccio & Figli distillery specializing in Italian liquors

October 4th, 2019


On this episode of DC Entrepreneur​, George speaks to Francesco Amodeo the owner and president of Don Ciccio & Figli​ on location at his distillery in Ivy City. The establishment, which features both a production …

Steve Salis owner of Kramerbooks, Ted's Bulletin & Sidekick Bakery, Federalist Pig, and founder of &pizza and Prefab Partners

September 20th, 2019


George speaks with Steve Salis a DC-Based, serial entrepreneur and executive, who has founded an impressive portfolio of brands under his company

Chris Brauckmuller, Chief Product Officer of Fundrise, real estate investment platform

September 6th, 2019


In this episode George speaks with Chris Brauckmuller, Chief Product Officer and Creative Director of Fundrise. Chris is involved in all …

Mimi Millard founder and CEO of De Lune, locally-made menstrual pain products

August 23rd, 2019


Today's guest is Mimi Millard, the CEO and founder of De Lune. De Lune helps those experiencing period pain find relief through its safe and natural …

David McCourt billionaire entrepreneur, author of Total Rethink, founder and chair of Granahan McCourt Capital

August 9th, 2019


David McCourt is an Irish-American entrepreneur and founder of Granahan McCourt Capital. McCourt speaks about his new book "Total Rethink: Why …

Shafer Minnick founder of Pulse House of Fitness fitness studio

July 24th, 2019


Today's guest is Shafer Minnick, owner and founder of PULSE House of Fitness which features DC’s first and only VersaClimber fitness studio. Shafer …

Dr. Joesph Cardillo author of Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body's Energies for Your Best Life

June 26th, 2019


In this episode we catch up with Dr. Joseph Cardillo, PhD, an inspirational speaker and sought after expert on personal energy with a conversation about how entrepreneurs can stay energized and avoid burn-out. Dr. Joe …

Hannah Olson CEO and co-founder of Chronically Capable, flexible jobs platform for chronically ill workers

June 19th, 2019


After getting diagnosed with Lyme Disease, Hannah Olson's mind was intact, but the physical demands of a traditional 9-5 job were not compatible with her treatment—nearly forcing her out of the workforce. Rather than …

Martin Ditto President and CEO of Ditto Residential

April 17th, 2019


Martin Ditto, President and CEO of Ditto Residential, a leading-edge urban design and development company, is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. Ditto is looking to make his mark in "wellness real estate" and …

Kestrel Linder, CEO and co-founder GiveCampus

April 3rd, 2019


George speaks with Kestrel Linder, CEO of GiveCampus on this episode of DC Trep. GiveCampus is a digital fundraising and volunteer management …

Chad Hall, founder and CEO of remodelmate, renovation start-up

March 13th, 2019


George speaks with Chad Hall, founder and CEO of remodelmate, a marketplace for buying, selling, and managing home renovations online. Remodelmate is a local business whose main focus is bathroom renovations. Homeowners …

Andrew Dana, co-owner Timber Pizza and Call Your Mother deli

February 27th, 2019


Andrew Dana, is guest on today's episode. He's the co-owner of DC's highly successful, Timber Pizza Co and buzzed-about new sister restaurant, Call …

Jason Fudin, CEO of WhyHotel, hotel pop-up

February 21st, 2019


George speaks with Jason Fudin CEO and co-founder of WhyHotel, an alternative lodging service that operates pop-up hotels in newly built, luxury apartment buildings. His startup recently secured $10 million in Series A

Justin Antonipillai, CEO WireWheel, former Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce

February 13th, 2019


This episode's guest is Justin Antonipillai CEO of WireWheel, a cloud-based data privacy and protection platform that helps companies manage …

Byron Reese, CEO Gigaom; Author of The Fourth Age, Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity

February 6th, 2019


Author, futurist, and entrepreneur Byron Reese speaks about robots, AI, and the future of technology and humanity. Find out about the differences …

Melanie Charlton and Julie Weber, partners at Brllnt marketing company

January 23rd, 2019


George speaks with Melanie Charlton and Julie Weber, the partners of Brllnt on this episode. We talk about the stark realities of running a marketing …

Casey Berman, Managing Director of Camber Creek venture capital firm

January 9th, 2019


In this episode you'll hear from Casey Berman the Managing Director of Camber Creek, a strategic venture capital firm with offices in DC and New …

Toya Gavin, founder of Legally Bold and the Toya Gavin virtual law firm

December 26th, 2018


George speaks with Toya Gavin the founder of Legally Bold, a consulting business designed to help women lawyers find a path to career satisfaction. …

Eric Kozlik, CEO of Modern Bar Cart, Embitterment DC

December 12th, 2018


George speaks wth Eric Kozlik, founder of the Modern Bar Cart podcast and Embitterment Bitters where he talks shop about entrepreneurship, podcasting, cocktails, and poetry. The Modern Bar Cart Podcast is a cocktail …

Gareth Lewis, CEO and founder Sekoyia eco-friendly subscription box

December 5th, 2018


George speaks with Gareth Lewis, founder of Sekoyia, a subscription box company that offers environmentally friendly products. We talk about how he is helping build an eco-impact movement empowering subscribers to make …

2018 Timmy Awards Winners and conversation with Peter Korbel StoreMe, Blender Workspace, Fojol Bros.

November 25th, 2018


This episode features the Fourth Annual Timmy Award Winners from the event that took place on October 25 in Washington, DC. Featured are Andrew Aragon, Melissa Theiss, Theresa Hebert of Best Tech Startup Quorum; Best …

Marcus Bullock, CEO Flikshop

November 14th, 2018


Marcus Bullock, CEO and founder of Flikshop talks about his journey into entrepreneurship as a returned citizen after he served a prison sentence in …

Sheena Franklin, CEO and founder Well-Kept Beauty

November 7th, 2018


Sheena Franklin, former lobbyist and creator of Well-Kept Beauty is this week's guest on DC Entrepreneur. We talk about how she changed her career …

Sahaj Sharda, author of Extinction of the Price Tag, CEO and Founder Dynos

October 21st, 2018


Sahaj Sharda, CEO and founder of Dynos and author of the book Extinction of the Price Tag is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. Sharda speaks about his book, which he published with New Degree Press as part of …

Elise Whang, CEO and co-founder of LePrix

October 7th, 2018


CEO and co-founder of LePrix Elise Whang talks about the rebranding of her luxury fashion consignment startup from the initial concept called SnobSwap. A first time founder, Whang talks about how she found her footing …

Nathan SooHoo of Trulioo, Global Identity Verification Service

September 30th, 2018


Nathan SooHoo is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. Nathan served as Business Development Manager for Trulioo where he helped build …

Monica Kang, author of Rethink Creativity, CEO and founder Innovators Box

September 23rd, 2018


Monica Kang is this week's guest on DC Entrepreneur. Monica is the author of Rethink Creativity: How to Innovate, Inspire, and Thrive at Work. The book was born out of her own challenge of becoming 'unstuck' by changing …

Gbenga Ogunjimi, author of Borderless Voice, founder of Go Global, Inc.

September 16th, 2018


Gbenga Ogunjimi is an identity strategist, speaker and advisor who redefined his career as an international entrepreneur. He is the author of "Borderless Voice, The Power of Telling your Story and Defining your …

Jonathan Wossene, Founder, MELTED ELEMENT candles

March 9th, 2018


Meet entrepreneur Jonathan Wossene who shares his story about creating Melted Element candles, a premium retail business he started from his apartment in Alexandria, Virginia. Melted Element candles are …

Dr. Gerald Gordon, President and CEO Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

February 16th, 2018


Dr. Gerald Gordon, President and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. He discusses the resources available for business startups in Fairfax County, which …

Jay Kim, Chief Strategy Officer, Upskill

February 9th, 2018


George speaks to Jay Kim, Chief Strategy Officer of Upskill. We talk about the Skylight platform for smart glasses, the internet of things, and how Augmented Reality will take over the world as part of Industry 4.0. 

Brett Freeman and Alex DelSordo, founders Grape Intentions wine club

January 20th, 2018


This episode of DC Entrepreneur Radio features Brett and Alex who started Grape Intentions, a wine club that helps do good by giving a percent of their online purchases to select charities. Brett who had training as a …

Sam Sabin, Tech Reporter, DC Inno

December 21st, 2017


George speaks with Sam Sabin, tech reporter with DC Inno, a local blog that covers what's happening in the technology startup scene in Washington, …

Isaac Oates, CEO and founder Justworks HR

December 8th, 2017


George speaks with Isaac Oates, founder of Justworks, via remote conversation in this episode of DC Entrepreneur. The company raised $33 million …

Lance Kramer, co-founder, Meridian Hill Pictures, producer, "City of Trees"

November 17th, 2017


Listen to my conversation with Lance Kramer about starting Meridian Hill Pictures, a production company he founded with his brother Brandon, both of whom created the documentary, "City of Trees" (now on Netflix). 

Jennifer Crawford, DC Podfest, Podcaster, Owner Social Media Rescue

October 20th, 2017


Podcaster Jennifer Crawford is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. We discuss the upcoming DC Podfest on November 10-11, and why she thought DC needed to have its own conference focusing on podcasters. Jennifer …

Nicole Gallub, AKA DJ Neekola, founder and CEO Pelonkey

September 22nd, 2017


Nicole Gallub is guest today on D.C. Entrepreneur. We talk about her transformation from cybersecurity analyst into pink-haired DJ Neekola and …

Alex Villanueva, CEO, Sprynt

September 1st, 2017


This episode features Alex Villanueva, founder and CEO of Sprynt, a shuttle service for North Arlington. Sprynt differentiates itself from other ride share services with free rides. Their business model derives from …

Amelia Friedman, co-founder, Hatch; co-director Vinetta Project's DC chapter

August 18th, 2017


Amelia Friedman is our guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Hatch, a Y Combinator-funded app and software development startup. Amelia also helped establish the Vinetta Project's DC chapter …

Sarah Van Dell, CEO Plum Relish

August 4th, 2017


In this episode, George speaks with Sarah Van Dell, CEO of Plum Relish, a District startup that offers lunch catering for office workers and events. Sarah speaks about her path as a startup founder, and how the idea …

Kate Glantz, CEO and founder, SEED Spot

July 21st, 2017


George talks with social entrepreneurship founder Kate Glantz who built Registry, a wedding registry website where couples can raise …

Pierre Malko, CEO and President, Ouli mobile concierge app; Dante, Inc.

July 7th, 2017


Today's DC Entrepreneur features a conversation with Pierre Malko, President and CEO of Ouli, a mobile concierge app that serves the local DC area. …

Grant Elliott, Founder & CEO Ostendio

June 24th, 2017


In today's episode of DC Entrepreneur, Grant Elliott, Founder and CEO of Ostendio speaks with George. The word Ostendio in Latin means to show or demonstrate, and Grant helps illustrate his journey from working in the …

Hal Shelton, Author on business plans, SCORE Association board member, angel investor with Blu Venture Investors, LLC

June 9th, 2017


Hal Shelton, board member of SCORE Association, and angel investor with Blu Venture Investors, LLC is today's guest on D.C. Entrepreneur. Shelton, …

Daniel Turissini, owner of Recharj meditation and power nap studio

May 19th, 2017


George speaks with Daniel Turissini, owner of Recharj--a modern meditation and power nap studio in Washington, DC. Daniel left a career in cybersecurity to focus on creating health and wellness options for District …

Dionna Dorsey of District of Clothing & Dionna Dorsey Design, creative with 202Creates

May 5th, 2017


On this show, George speaks with Dionna Dorsey, a Creative Director from Springfield, Virginia. She is the founder of District of Clothing, and head of Dionna Dorsey Design, a creative design boutique that specializes …

Brandon Luong of WeTogether and DMV Startup

April 21st, 2017


George speaks with Brandon Luong, Product Manager for WeTogether and the brains behind DMV Startup. Brandon was also a co-organizer for the DC Tech Meetup. Brandon speaks about his love for DC Tech, diversity in the …

Michael Sabat of @MSSG, a Facebook messaging service for marketers

April 7th, 2017


In this conversation, George speaks with Michael Sabat, founder of @Mssg which helps marketers increase conversions and decrease Cost Per Acquisitions (CPAs). An organization can connect @Mssg to an existing Facebook Ad …

Stephen Jefferson, Founder of Bloom labs: a geolocation platform for journalists

March 24th, 2017


In this show, George speaks with Stephen Jefferson co-founder of Bloom Labs. Bloom is a geolocation platform that helps journalists and other content …

Dana Matassa, Royal Blue Fine Clothing

March 2nd, 2017


George speaks with Dana Matassa, Owner of Royal Blue Fine Clothing, a custom-made men's clothier in the Washington, DC area. All Royal Blue suits and shirts are handmade from the highest quality fabrics for a purely …

Frank V. Taylor, co-founder Fosterly, founder RESTIN, WeDC Ambassador organizer

February 10th, 2017


George speaks with Frank V. Taylor, Co-Founder of Fosterly, which recently released a new study based on a survey of DC based startups. Frank is also the leader of RESTIN, a massage chair wellness company which he …

Joel Sprechman, One Great Gut

January 13th, 2017


George speaks with Joel Sprechman, Founder of One Great Gut, a Benefit Corporation, and the #1 science-backed gut health resource. Hear Joel's personal journey and transformation from how he went from being a DC-based …

Lily Cua, co-founder, Aspire

December 9th, 2016


George speaks with Lily Cua, Co-founder of Aspire, a DC based start-up that helps companies make smart investments in offering workplace perks so that they can recruit, engage and retain the best talent. in this …

Ira Koretsky, CEO, The Chief Storyteller

November 25th, 2016


George interviews Ira Koretsky, the CEO of The Chief Storyteller®. Ira shares his experiences about marketing, cross-cultural communications, …

Morgan Hirsh, CEO, Morgan's (now Public Goods)

November 11th, 2016


George interviews Morgan Hirsh the Montreal-based CEO of subscription-box e-commerce business Morgan's. Morgan's delivers a monthly box of essential toiletries and goods to its members, with a beta-test program now …

Omer Aru, Owner, Escape Room Herndon

October 28th, 2016


D.C. Entrepreneur is back for a second season in this conversation with Omer Aru, owner of The Escape Room in Herndon, Virginia. We talk about …

David Ramos, Knowledge Commons DC, KCDC; Design instructor American University

August 12th, 2016


Today, D.C. Entrepreneur is in conversation with David Ramos of Knowledge Commons DC, and graphic design faculty at American University. We talk …

Cherian Thomas, Co-Founder & CEO Spotluck

July 29th, 2016


George sits down in conversation with Cherian Thomas, Chairman and CEO of Spotluck. Cherian has taken the Spotluck app from a Georgetown University Masters thesis to the number 1 dining app on the iTunes App Store. The …

Rob Pegoraro, Tech Columnist, USA Today, Yahoo News,

July 15th, 2016


George interviews consumer technology journalist Rob Pegoraro of USA TODAY and Yahoo Tech for a conversation about the future of technology. Rob …

Nathaniel Pearlman, CEO of Graphicacy, founder NGP VAN & Graphicacy

July 1st, 2016


D.C. Entrepreneur interviews Nathaniel Pearlman of Graphicacy. Nathaniel founded NGP Software, Inc. (now NGP VAN, Inc.) to join his interests in …

Margarita Rozenfeld, Incite International

June 24th, 2016


In this episode, D.C. Entrepreneur speaks with Margarita Rozenfeld. Margarita is the CEO of Incite International, an award-winning organizational …

Wayne Manigo, Comedian, DC Comedy Writers Group

June 10th, 2016


D.C. Entrepreneur catches up with comedian Wayne Manigo with a conversation about career reinvention and entrepreneurship. Wayne is a co-founder of the D.C. Comedy Writers Group. 

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Matt Blitz, Reporter, Washingtonian Magazine, Head of Obscura Society DC

June 3rd, 2016


DC Entrepreneur speaks with local writer Matthew Blitz of Washingtonian, Popular Mechanics, Smithsonian Magazine, Arlington Magazine and Food & …

Alex Pessala, VC, Middleand Capital

May 27th, 2016


Interview with Alex Pessala, VC with Middleland Capital. Alex has helped invest in more than 20 companies including Urban Stems, Hinge, Fiscal Note, Social Tables, Power Supply, Nice Laundry, Contactually, Wedpix, and …

Steven Wynands, Founder, Knockity, real estate startup; Rafael Arie, Zugy

May 20th, 2016


This week's broadcast of D.C. Entrepreneur features an interview with Steven Wynands, founder of Northern Virginia real estate start-up Knockity. The episode also includes an interview with Rafael Ruah Arié co-founder …

Darren Stauffer, Arlington Economic Development

May 5th, 2016


What makes for a good startup community? Local support of course. We find out how Arlington businesses are thriving in this interview with Darren Stauffer of Arlington Economic Development. Darren manages startup and …

Kristian Bouw and Mike Keung of NotionTheory: Story of a Startup

March 10th, 2016


This episode features the co-founders of NotionTheory, Kristian Bouw, CEO and Mike Keung, Technical Lead, in a conversation about their experiences as a D.C.-based start-up.Support the show

Willie Blount, Shark Tank participant; founder of BearTek gloves; owner Blue Infusion Technologies

January 15th, 2016


This episode features Willie Blount, founder of Blue Infusion Technologies and the creator of BearTek Gloves. He appears on Shark Tank pitching the …

2015 Web Summit Conference, Dublin Ireland

November 13th, 2015


D.C. Entrepreneur interviewed early-stage (Alpha) start-ups at Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland on November 2-3. Start-ups include Brock Stechman, Co-founder of Divvy HQ (US); Kathryn Knight, CEO of Tido (UK), Christian …

Interview with Sean McBeth, Future of VR

November 5th, 2015


D.C. Entrepreneur sits down for an in-depth interview with Sean T. McBeth about his work talking about the and future potential of Virtual Reality, …

The Startups of DC Tech Day, October 2015

October 15th, 2015


D.C. Entrepreneur speaks with the start-ups and app developers at D.C. Tech Day. Tech Day is a little bit like a science fair for business innovators and disruptors taking place at the National Building Museum in …

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