Washington’s tech {industry} hasn’t been resistant to the pandemic. Companies such because the IT big DXC and the event-organizing platform Cvent minimize jobs amid the slowdown. But some, together with the recent cloud-computing firm Appian, dedicated to a whole bunch of recent hires.

Indeed, loads of different good enterprise information got here from Washingtonian’s Tech Titans in the course of the previous yr. Our 2021 winners—who had been chosen by each reporting and an off-the-cuff strategy of nominations from their friends—managed to begin up new and revolutionary firms, shut on enormous funding rounds, ink large contracts, and announce preliminary public choices.

Some of this yr’s Tech Titans expanded their firms not solely despite the pandemic however be­reason behind it. Michael Chasen, founding father of the “edtech” agency Blackboard, leveraged the demand for at-home schooling to launch Class, an organization that creates digital lecture rooms utilizing Zoom. Class has already raised greater than $40 million. Blake Hall, founding father of ID.me, which provides digital identity-verification instruments, noticed a surge in demand from state unemployment companies that abruptly needed to course of tens of millions of candidates.

Other firms executed nimble pivots. Tobin Moore and Adam Vitarello, founders of Optoro, which makes cash reselling objects that customers return to digital shops, created a nationwide contactless-return community in 2020. Shy Pahlevani, founding father of Hungry, an Uber-like app that connects impartial cooks with the company catering {industry}, retooled to attach cooks on to people.

Venture capitalists had a giant yr, elevating loads of money whereas the financial system teetered. The authorities has been buzzing, too: The Biden administration introduced in new officers to serve in influential cyber­safety roles. Some will probably be charged with safeguarding towards one other SolarWinds-style assault.

Those are just some of the greater than 170 individuals who make up the 2021 class of Tech Titans—a bunch of energy gamers, innovators, networkers, lobbyists, and authorities officers who proved resilient in these unsure occasions.

Imran Aftab
CEO, 10Pearls

“Digital transformation” will be the buzziest phrases in busi­ness as corporations flip to tech to reinvent themselves. That helps clarify why 10Pearls, which develops apps for firms present process digital transformations, has made the Inc. 5000 listing of fastest-growing US firms the previous two years. It was based by brothers Imran Aftab, who works in Vienna, and Zeeshan Aftab, who principally works in Pakistan.

Reggie Aggarwal, David Quattrone, and Chuck Ghoorah
CEO (Aggarwal), CTO (quattrone), and President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing (Ghoorah), Cvent

What do the cofounders of a number one occasions firm do when occasions get canceled due to a pandemic? Pivot to digital. Cvent’s Virtual Attendee Hub has introduced as many as 43,000 individuals collectively for a single digital convention. Still, due to the sudden cease to in-person conferences in 2020, Cvent minimize about 10 % of its workforce.

Justin Antonipillai and Amol Deshpande
CEO (Antonipillai) and Chief Scientist (Deshpande), WireWheel

Deshpande is a pc scientist who teaches on the University of Maryland, and Antonipillai is a former appearing undersecretary on the Department of Commerce. Their firm makes use of cloud-based software program to assist corporations safe delicate buyer information and rapidly adjust to evolving data-privacy laws. WireWheel closed a $20-million funding spherical in February.

Brian Ballard and Jeff Jenkins
CEO (Ballard) and CTO (Jenkins), Upskill

Upskill, whose augmented-reality software program powers good glasses and different units worn by employees in a variety of industries, was acquired in February by the German agency TeamViewer. Ballard and Jenkins have stayed on.

Sid Banerjee and Mark Bishof
Founder, government vice chairman, and chief technique officer (Banerjee) and CEO (Bishof), Clarabridge

When the pandemic closed shops and places of work all over the world, firms regarded to work together with clients in new methods, together with by cellphone, by personal messaging, and by way of on-line chats run by actual individuals or chatbots. That led to a income surge for Clara­bridge, whose merchandise make these online-communication channels run extra easily.

Sanju Bansal, Aneesh Chopra, and Dan Ross
Chairman (Bansal), CEO (Ross), and president (Chopra), CareJourney

CareJourney mines private and non-private databases for data that may assist healthcare corporations and different firms make extra knowledgeable strategic selections. Chopra, who in 2009 grew to become the primary federal-level chief expertise officer, was lately named to chair an effort by George Mason University to construct an “inno­vation district” in Rosslyn and Ballston.

The AI entrepreneur: Jennifer Bisceglie

Jennifer Bisceglie
Founder and CEO, Interos

Bisceglie is likely one of the few ladies main a machine-learning firm. Her agency makes use of each human and synthetic intelligence to alert clients about something that would dis-rupt provide chains, from climate to cyberhacks. In­teros picked up $17.5 million in funding final spring and already works with a number of governmental shoppers that may look to deploy Interos’s tech extra broadly in gentle of the SolarWinds assault.

Randy Brouckman and Edmund Wilson
CEO (Brouckman) and COO (Wilson), EdgeConneX

This Herndon agency focuses on creating “edge” information facilities—services that both fill in gaps in web connectivity or enhance sign service in high-traffic areas. In February, it introduced a three way partnership with India’s Adani Group to de-velop full-scale and edge information facilities throughout India, whose digital financial system is booming.

Matt Calkins
Founder and CEO, Appian

Want to work for a billionaire who’s additionally a World Board-gaming Championship contestant? You could also be in luck. Calkins—who took his software-development firm public in 2017 and has watched its inventory soar by greater than 300 % since—informed the Washington Business Journal that his Tysons-based Appian will considerably add to its 1,500-person workforce this yr.

Jane Chappell
CEO, Altamira Technologies

In February, Chappell—who spent 36 years in exec­utive roles at Raytheon—was named CEO for Alta-mira, which supplies tech-nology techniques to the Department of Defense and US intelligence companies.

Michael Chasen
CEO, Class Technologies

The founding father of Blackboard is again with an organization spe­cializing in creating digital lecture rooms utilizing Zoom. The agency, based final yr, simply received $30 million in new funding earlier this yr.

Timothy Chi
CEO, The Knot Worldwide

Although 2020 wasn’t a great yr for the marriage {industry} or for The Knot, which digi-tally pairs couples-to-be with marriage ceremony distributors, Chi’s firm expects 2021 to be a growth yr, due to pent-up demand and widespread vaccine distribution.

Jason Crabtree and Andrew Sellers
CEO (Crabtree) and CTO (sellers), Qomplx

A merger this March made Qomplx, an analytics agency, a lot greater. The Tysons firm based by Crabtree, a former prime adviser to the top of the US Army Cyber Command, and Sellers, an Iraq War veteran, is now valued at $1.4 billion and plans an IPO as quickly as this yr.

Tom Davidson, Ray Martinez, and Jon Chapman
CoFounders, EverFi

Everybody, it appears, needs to work with EverFi, a darling of the “edutech” world. Beyond Meat, MasterCard, and the NFL are among the many corporations which have lately partnered with the DC firm. Meanwhile, EverFi introduced in late 2020 that it’s going to spend $100 million over three years to supply programs that deal with causes of systemic social injustice and financial disparities throughout the US.

Brandon Torres Declet
Cofounder and CEO, Measure

Measure calls itself an “aerial intelligence company.” Trans­lation: It makes the software program that helps drones fly whereas additionally amassing information about their missions. The enterprise is taking off, as is Declet’s affect. In January, he landed a spot on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Drone Advi­sory Committee.

Tripp Donnelly
Founder and CEO, REQ

Since its founding as an internet “reputation management” firm, REQ has diversified loads. It now crafts social-media technique, creates new branding for shoppers, and has labored on lobbying campaigns. A 2019 acquisition made Donnelly’s REQ the third-largest public-relations agency in Washington, in response to the Washington Business Journal.

Andrew Florance
Founder, director, president, and CEO, CoStar Group

CoStar purchased the real-estate tech agency Homesnap in late 2020 for $250 million, ce­menting a spot close to the highest of the real-estate information-and-analytics enterprise. Florance began his DC firm in 1987, pioneering the concept that industrial real-estate corporations ought to outsource their research-and-data assortment to 3rd events.

Donald Graham and Tim O’Shaughnessy
Chairman (Graham) and CEO (O’Shaughnessy), Graham Holdings Company

In 2020, Graham’s diversified firm offered a podcast sub-sidiary, Megaphone, to Spotify and break up SocialCode, a agency run by Graham’s daughter Laura O’Shaughnessy, into two entities. It additionally acquired the recent native firm Framebridge.

Blake Hall
Founder and CEO, ID.me

As tens of millions of Americans abruptly went on unemployment in the course of the pandemic, many state unemployment companies introduced in ID.me to assist. The McLean agency based by Hall, an Iraq fight veteran, of-fers digital identity-verification instruments. It has now inked con­tracts with 21 states and, it says, blunted practically 1 million fraudulent unemployment claims throughout the nation.

Tim Hwang, Gerald Yao, and Josh Resnik
Cofounders (Hwang and Yao) and chief content material officer (Resnik), FiscalNote

FiscalNote, already the highest participant in authorized analytics, is getting greater: It closed a $160-million funding spherical in December, and in February it acquired the political-advisory agency Oxford Analytica (to not be confused with the scandalized Cambridge Analytica).

E. Wayne Jackson III
CEO, Sonatype

The Fulton, Maryland, supply-chain automation-and-cybersecurity firm was acquired by the Austin agency Vista Equity Partners in 2019 and is now embarking on a world enlargement.

Reid Jackson
CEO and president, Unison

Unison (previously Compusearch) was offered off by the Carlyle Group funding agency in 2010 however was reacquired by Carlyle in early 2020—with the monetary assist of Jackson and his administration group. The firm supplies cloud-computing and IT companies to the federal government and authorities contractors.

Michael Keeler
CEO, LeaseAccelerator

LeaseAccelerator’s app automates the proc­esses of leasing, permitting lessors to trace belongings and course of renewals extra simply. Keeler is a Georgetown University School of Foreign Service graduate.

Cary Lawrence
CEO, Decile

Last July, SocialCode, which had been run inside Graham Holdings by Laura O’Shaughnessy, break up into two entities. Decile is a kind of, and Lawrence, a Georgetown graduate who was a cofounder of Social Code, relies in Washington. Her new firm provides a customer-data-and-analytics platform that helps different com-panies higher perceive how their shoppers are partaking with them. The Miami Heat are amongst Decile’s shoppers.

Robert M. Lee, Justin Cavinee, and Jon Lavender
CEO (Lee), chief information scientist (Cavinee), and CTO (Lavender), Dragos

Dragos works to safeguard industrial-controls techniques—the varieties that hold, say, {the electrical} grid functioning. The firm secured a whopping $110 million in a funding spherical that closed in December. Hewlett-Packard and Koch Industries are among the many agency’s backers.

TJ Leonard
CEO, Storyblocks

Storyblocks believes it’s the world’s largest distributor of royalty-free video content material, which shoppers can browse and edit by way of Storyblocks’ digital platform—companies a lot in demand today. In the summer time of 2020, Storyblocks was acquired by a Boston private-equity agency, however it would hold working from its Arlington headquarters.

Chris Lynch and Nicole Camarillo
Cofounders, Rebellion Defense

Lynch and Camarillo, together with UK-based Oliver Lewis, launched this agency in 2019, rapidly raised $63 million, and garnered plenty of media for its use of synthetic intelligence to research video shot by drones. One purpose for the early success: A board member is Eric Schmidt, the billionaire who’s a former CEO of Google.

Tobin Moore and Adam Vitarello
CEO (Moore) and President (Vitarello), Optoro

Optoro makes cash off of the tens of millions of issues retail clients both didn’t purchase or did purchase however returned. Last yr, as on-line procuring skyrocketed, it launched a nationwide contactless-return system that enables buyers to scan a QR code and drop off undesirable objects at greater than 1,000 Staples shops with out having to repackage or ship them.

Jeb Ory
Cofounder and CEO, Phone2Action

After receiving an funding from Frontier Growth in 2019, Phone2Action, which makes software program that organizations use to energy legislative and regulatory methods and problem advocacy campaigns, went on a shopping for spree of its personal, buying two corporations in late 2020. In 2020, practically 25 % of all advocacy messages despatched to Congress originated from campaigns managed on the Phone2Action platform.

Shy Pahlevani
CoFounder and Head of Technology, Hungry

At the beginning of final yr, Hungry was delivering 100,000 meals a month by an Uber-like app that linked prime cooks with the company catering {industry}. That enterprise went underneath when the pandemic started. Pahlevani efficiently rebooted by connecting cooks on to people. The firm has drawn $20 million in funding from the likes of Jay-Z and Usher.

Cass Panciocco
President and CEO, IntelliBridge

IntelliBridge is a cloud, cyber-security, and analytics agency that was fashioned in March 2020 by the merger of two firms, every of which employed about 300 individuals. Panciocco, who had headed the Beltsville IT contractor ASRC Federal, introduced additional progress by ac­quisition in February when IntelliBridge purchased the Fairfax IT-services agency Alethix.

Bill Pardue and Beverly Parker
Chairman and CEO (Pardue) and government vp (Parker), Athenium Analytics

Pardue and Parker labored at each LexisNexis and the IT-research agency Gartner—the place Pardue was president—earlier than cofounding Weather Analytics, which acquired and merged with Athenium in 2018. The DC agency supplies climate and predictive-risk software program to insurance coverage firms.

Carolyn Parent
President and CEO, LiveSafe

LiveSafe’s warning-system app, which was developed partly as a response to the Virginia Tech shootings, was put to work in the course of the pandemic: It provided well being alerts and screening instruments shoppers used to find out if their workplaces had been secure. LiveSafe plans to make use of the money from its late-2020 buy by Tampa’s Vector Solutions for enlargement.

Erik Rind
Founder and CEO, ImagineBC

The Gaithersburg firm provides people the prospect to monetize their private information slightly than simply giving it away to tech firms. Re­cently, Rind, a George Washington grad, additionally acquired Data Union, a nonprofit arm of ImagineBC’s work.

Andrew Rosen
CEO, Interfolio

Interfolio’s software program steers ap-plicants and school committees by the higher-ed hiring course of. Rosen, who took over as CEO in 2015, is an alumnus of two of Washington’s best-known tech corporations, Blackboard and MicroStrategy.

John Swigart
Cofounder and CEO, Pie Insurance

Swigart left a longtime job at Esurance to discovered Pie, and it’s now one of many fastest-growing “insurtechs” within the US. Pie’s platform helps small companies discover discounted charges on employees’ comp and different kinds of insurance coverage. Last yr, it closed on $127 million in new financing.

Charlie Thomas
CEO, Deepwatch

Deepwatch, a agency that focuses on community safety, final fall closed a $53-million funding spherical. Thomas is former CEO of the native telecom Net2000, which as soon as had a market capitalization of $1.5 billion however went bankrupt after the dot-com bust in 2001.

Steve Trundle
President and CEO, Alarm.com

Trundle was with Micro­Strategy for nearly a decade earlier than it spun off Alarm.com, which makes home-automation- and-monitoring merchandise, in­cluding a touchless video door­bell. Today the Tysons agency is a high-flier: Revenue and earnings had been method up in 2020.

Susan Tynan
Founder and CEO, Framebridge

Tynan’s sizzling firm has lengthy provided on-line framing—you mail your artwork, they repair it up and mail it again. But in the course of the pan-demic it managed to open brick-and-mortar outlets in a number of cities. Before founding Framebridge, Tynan labored on the Office of Management and Budget within the Obama administration and, later, at ResidingSocial.

Trenor Williams
CEO and Cofounder, Socially Determined

Williams is a doctor and former managing companion on the Advisory Board Company. He now leads a healthcare-technology-and-analytics agency attempting to quantify how issues equivalent to meals insecurity and lack of steady housing have an effect on well being. The firm closed an $11-million funding spherical in January 2020.

John Wood
CEO and Chairman, Telos

After 5 many years in enterprise, his cybersecurity agency lastly issued an IPO final November. Wood has been with Telos for 3 many years and is present chairman of the Alliance for Digital Innovation, a commerce group that lobbies the feds to modernize their digital tech.

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Jenny Abramson
Founder and managing companion, Rethink Impact

Already the biggest enterprise agency within the US devoted to investing in feminine tech entrepreneurs, Rethink added a brand new $182-million fund in July.

Frank Adams
Executive chairman, Grotech Ventures

Adams began Grotech in 1984 with $12 million in man-aged belongings. It has raised $1.5 billion since then and put cash into tech firms nationwide. It was an early funder of ResidingSocial.

John Backus, John Burke, and Thanasis Delistathis
Cofounders and managing companions, Proof.vc

Backus, Burke, and Delista­this did properly for his or her Reston venture-capital agency in 2020. Three of their invested firms had IPOs, two made acquisitions, and Proof.vc closed on a brand new $120-million funding fund.

Peter Barris and Scott Sandell
Chairman (Barris) and managing normal companion (Sandell), New Enterprise Associates

One of an important VCs in tech, Barris has grown a bit much less influential as he has stepped again from a few of NEA’s each day work, however he nonetheless instructions sufficient cash to be a kingmaker. Meanwhile, Sandell relocated from the West Coast to take up a few of the work that Barris has ceded.

Jason Booma, Jim Fleming, Patrick Hendy, Monish Kundra, and John Siegel
Partners, Columbia Capital

Columbia, which has invested in a number of native tech corporations, was a part of a $60-million funding spherical that can assist create a ground-and-satellite 5G community for the Tysons satellite tv for pc firm Omnispace, whose CEO, Ram Viswanathan, is a brand new Tech Titan this yr.

Steve Case
Chairman and CEO, Revolution

The AOL cofounder who heads big-money investor Revolution has been lively in the course of the pan-demic in searching for methods to spend money on “foodtech”—tech options to meals shortages.

Chris Darby and Simon Davidson
CEO (Darby) and vp (Davidson), In-Q-Tel

This CIA-backed venture-capital fund is tasked with making spy expertise commercially accessible by a program known as IQT Emerge. The thought isn’t to offer away authorities secrets and techniques however to create a marketplace for government-owned tech that would additionally bolster the personal sector’s means to defend itself towards assaults.

Ollen Douglass
Managing director, Motley Fool Ventures

Douglass took over as man­growing old director for the Mot-ley Fool’s early-stage tech-investment fund in 2018. Working out of Alexandria, he’s lively on the boards of a number of younger tech firms within the space.
Mark Ein
Chairman and CEO, Capitol Investment Corp. V

Ein, one of many best-known individuals in native tech, introduced the formation of his fifth “blank check” firm in November. It raised $345 million inside weeks and, in March, used that money to mix with Doma Holdings—a San Francisco machine-intelligence agency—in anticipation of an IPO.

Scott Frederick
Managing director, Sands Capital

In late 2019, Frederick—who was business-development and federal head at New Enterprise Associates—joined Sands, which relies in Ar­ling­ton and reviews $68 billion in consumer belongings.

Dayna Grayson and Rachel Holt
General companions, Construct Capital

Grayson was a companion with New Enterprise Associates, and Holt was vp for New Mobility at Uber. The new firm they cofounded, which has already raised $140 million, seems to spend money on early-stage corporations which might be creating disruptive approaches to man­ufacturing, provide chains, or transportation.

Carter Griffin and Jon Seeber
General companions, Updata

This 23-year-old VC agency fo-cuses on B2B software program firms equivalent to Storyblocks—led by new Tech Titan TJ Leonard—which Updata backed early on. In 2020, it closed a brand new $308-million fund.

Ron and Cyndi Gula
President (ron) and Managing Partner (Cyndi), Gula Tech Adventures

In addition to elevating a number of million this yr to increase its present funding fund, Ron has suggested the Biden White House informally on what federal cybersecurity should appear to be. His thought: Bring on a Dr. Fauci for cybersecurity.

David Hall
Managing companion, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund

Hall, a former Washington PostCompany exec, is liable for funding sourcing, exe-cution, and oversight of this $150-million funding ve-hicle, which backs seed-stage firms that aren’t in Silicon Valley, New York City, or Boston.

Matthew Hanson
Founder, PAX Momentum

Hanson began a brand new tech accelerator in late 2019: He and different buyers are placing cash into very early-stage firms—$50,000 at a time.

Ted Leonsis
Founder and companion, Revolution Growth

The Capitals/Wizards/Mystics proprietor’s venture-capital agency introduced the formation of a brand new fund in November. It’s a giant one: $500 million.

The financier: Michael McKenzie

Michael McKenzie
Managing director, Grain Management

The agency focuses its investments on firms which might be creating 5G expertise to work in underserved areas.

Dan Mindus and Brett Gibson
Founders and managing companions, NextGen Venture Partners

NextGen, which has continued to do enterprise underneath its unique identify after being acquired in 2018 by Brown Advisory, closed on a brand new $52-million fund final spring. Its portfolio has a distinctly native taste, having backed Avizia, Interfolio, Upskill, and UrbanStems.

Nigel Morris and Frank Rotman
Founders, QED Investors

The agency, based by two Capital One veterans, con­tinues to unfold its wealth round. In February 2020, it closed on its sixth funding fund, this one price $350 million. In November, it opened an workplace in India.

Steve Pann, Peggy Styer, and Richard Moxley
Cofounders and managing companions, Razor’s Edge Ventures

The focus of this funding agency in latest months has been on discovering firms that work in national-security tech—a growth {industry} even earlier than SolarWinds.

Tige Savage
Managing companion, Revolution Ventures

Revolution Ventures places cash into early-stage tech firms that aren’t in Silicon Valley. Its investments have included the native firms Framebridge and Homesnap. In late 2019, it closed on a $215-million fund that Savage says was “oversubscribed,” that means buyers wished to place extra money into the fund than Revolution had sought.

Fredrick Schaufeld and Anthony Nader
Cofounders and managing administrators, Swan & Legend Venture Partners

Swan & Legend is a giant backer of native tech. In 2020, it was amongst those who invested in Class Technologies, the brand new startup from Michael Chasen, founding father of Blackboard.

Michael Steed, Mark Maloney, and Edward Albrigo
Cofounders (Steed and Maloney) and chief working officer (Albrigo), Paladin Capital Group

Paladin is a giant cybersecurity backer that usually invests domestically. Albrigo joined after serving 5 years as CEO of the Center for Innovative Technology. Steed is CIT’s chairman of the board.

Bob Stolle
President and CEO, Center for Innovative Technology

Stolle took over as CEO in September at this nonprofit tech accelerator backed by the state of Virginia. An Annapolis graduate who was Secretary of Commerce and Trade in Virginia underneath Governor George Allen, he joined CIT in 2011.

Sean Stone
Head of enterprise improvement, Silicon Valley Bank

This longtime, extremely linked Tech Titan received a brand new title final yr and new obligations drumming up tech enterprise for a financial institution that has already carried out enterprise with 40,000 startups throughout the nation.

Devin Talbott and Pierre Chao
Managing Partner (Talbott) and Operating Parnter (Chao), Enlightenment Capital

In 2012, Talbott, who helped begin Cohen Group Financial Partners, teamed with Chao, who’d spent many years investing in aerospace and protection corporations, to discovered their very own private-equity agency. It has raised about $480 million since then and used that cash to begin two native firms—EverWatch and Intellibridge.

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Michael Daniel
President and CEO, Cyber Threat Alliance

Daniel was a cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council in the course of the Obama administration earlier than becoming a member of CTA, a commerce group that shares intelligence on malware and different cyberthreats.

Aaron Higbee
Cofounder and CTO, Cofense

US funding agency BlackRock put a reported $10 million into Cofense in April 2020, upping its present stake. Cofense focuses on phishing prevention. Higbee, who previously held positions at Lucent and Time Warner Cable, cofounded Cofense in 2007.

Barbara Hunt
Founder and CEO, NetAbstraction

Hunt was named one of many prime 100 ladies in cybersecurity final yr by Cyber Defense Magazine. Her firm provides software program that works one thing like an invisibility cloak: It obscures the networks that organizations use to maneuver their information, making them more durable for dangerous actors to focus on.

Gus Hunt
CEO, Hunt Technologies

Hunt is a giant identify with a brand new outfit. A former chief expertise officer for the CIA, he additionally oversaw cyber­safety for presidency shoppers at Accenture. In October, he began his personal cybersecurity, analytics, and cloud-computing consultancy.

Chris Krebs
Cofounder, Krebs Stamos Group

What do you do for those who’re some of the senior cybersecurity officers within the US and the President fires you—by tweet—since you’ve declared the 2020 election probably the most safe within the nation’s historical past? If you’re Krebs—former head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cy­bersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency—you group up with Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former chief safety officer, and begin a bicoastal consulting agency.

The cybersecurity specialist: Gilman Louie

Gilman Louie
CEO, LookingGlass Cyber Solutions

The founder and first chief of In-Q-Tel, Louie had been serving as government chairman when he took over as CEO throughout a administration shakeup in Oc­tober. He additionally runs an funding agency, Alsop Louie Partners, and was a member of the US National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, which in March printed a 752-page report vital of US investments in AI.

Dave Merkel
CEO, Expel

Investors hold pouring money into this agency, cofounded by Merkel, who as soon as hunted hackers for the feds. In 2019, Expel landed $40 million in financing; within the spring of 2020, one other $50 million. That will fund a giant enlargement on the Herndon headquarters, the place it provides cyberattack-detection-and-response companies.

Grant Schneider
Senior Director of Cybersecurity Services, Venable

Schneider left his publish because the federal authorities’s chief information-security officer in August, telling the Washington Post on the time that he was proud that his workplace, which he joined in the course of the Obama administration, had remained nonpartisan. He’ll now work on cyber points for Venable shoppers.

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Melissa Bradley
Managing companion, 1863 Ventures, and professor, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Bradley’s enterprise fund is needs to create $100 billion in new wealth for minority entrepreneurs by serving to them discovered, fund, and increase their firms.

Harry Glazer
Founder and CEO, Sprockit

Glazer’s “innovation marketplace” brings collectively greater than two dozen firms seeking to clear up company challenges utilizing startups. Glazer additionally based Mindshare, a yearlong coaching program that fosters collaboration between startups.

Dawn Myers
Regional director, Vinetta Project

Myers, a Howard law-school graduate, took over as director of the Vinetta Project’s Wash­ington chapter in January 2020. Vinetta organizes boards and different occasions that join buyers with female-led tech firms. Myers additionally runs her personal firm, the Most, which makes instruments for styling textured hair.

Deborah Page
Managing principal, Technology Practice chief, McCormick Group; membership packages co-chair, International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals

At Arlington’s McCormick Group, Page, an government recruiter, helps shoppers discover prime tech expertise. Meanwhile, she works to increase the tech expertise pool together with her work on the New York–based mostly nonprofit Consortium, which goals to extend the variety of minority college students pursuing cybersecurity careers. Members—whom Page recruits—supply management coaching, mentoring, scholarships, and profession placement.

Jules Polonetsky
CEO, Future of Privacy Forum

In 2020, this group expanded in-ternationally and began to function an incubator to fledg-ling teams pushing for moral dealing with of private {and professional} information. Polonetsky is a former AOL chief privateness officer and a onetime consumer-affairs commissioner for New York City.

Krista Smith
Emerging Growth Company Practice chief for Greater Washington, Deloitte

In February, Smith was named to this function, which goals to assist entrepreneurial firms—a variety of them tech corporations—as they increase. It’ll be acquainted floor: Smith has spent a few years working with Deloitte’s Greater Washington Technology Ven­ture Center and has served with the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Julia Spicer
Executive director, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association

The Surge, MAVA’s important annual occasion, which places early-stage firms in entrance of buyers, needed to function digitally in February. Still, Spicer, who has run the group since 2002, was in a position to attract numerous different Tech Titans to offer shows.

Jennifer Taylor
President and CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Taylor took over in Sep-tember from Bobbie Kil-berg, who spent 22 years main this commerce group, which has practically 500 native members. Taylor is a Washington-area native who beforehand was a vp on the Consumer Technology Association.

Tien Wong
Chairman and CEO, Opus8; founder, Connectpreneur

Even in a pandemic, Wong’s Connectpreneur Forum, which boasts 25,000 members, pulled off month-to-month pitch-and-networking conferences—nearly—connecting firm founders and buyers who could not have met in any other case.

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Maria Cantwell
US senator; chair, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Cantwell, from Washington state, is the primary girl to guide this committee, which is able to sort out points necessary to Big Tech. One of the primary individuals employed on the Seattle streaming firm RealNetworks, she has lengthy been a tech-company critic within the Senate. In 2020, she launched a report suggesting Facebook and Google had been killing off native journalism.

David Cicilline
US congressman; chair, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law

Democrats haven’t spoken out towards Big Tech with the identical vitriol as Republicans, however the social gathering in energy nonetheless has issues with Silicon Valley. Cicilline’s committee is already investigating Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon. That’s one purpose why the New York Times mentioned the Rhode Island consultant could also be “tech’s biggest threat.”

Matt Cutts
Administrator, US Digital Service

In 2019, a invoice was launched within the Senate to quadruple funding for this small company that focuses on, amongst different issues, making federal company web sites extra purposeful. The laws went nowhere. But Cutts—a former Google government who was appointed by Obama and managed to be fashionable with Team Trump—may see his company develop in spite of everything. The senator who launched that 2019 invoice is now Vice President of the United States.

Chris DeRusha
Chief data safety officer, White House

DeRusha was CISO for the Biden marketing campaign, so his ap-pointment to the federal publish got here as little shock. A former chief safety officer for the state of Michigan, DeRusha additionally held prime cybersecurity-adviser roles within the Obama administration.

Brett Goldstein
Director, Defense Digital Service

This younger federal company is main what will be the Penta-gon’s $10-billion transfer to the cloud, known as Project JEDI. Goldstein took over in 2019; beforehand, he was on the group that launched OpenTable.

Jeff Greene
Director, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Greene, a longtime head of federal coverage for Symantec, took over as director of this public/personal partnership in February 2020. The middle, along side giant companies and small IT corporations, develops shareable cybersecurity options.

Rob Joyce
Director, Cybersecurity Directorate, National Security Agency

Joyce, a 32-year federal-government veteran, spent 14 months as cybersecurity adviser to the Trump White House, leaving in May 2018. He took over the Cybersecurity Directorate this previous January.

Eric Lander
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy

President Biden not solely made Lander his prime science adviser, however he elevated the Office of Science and Technology Policy to cupboard degree. Lander was previously founding director of the Broad Institute, a genomics analysis facility collectively run by Harvard and MIT.

Catherine Marsh
Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

IARPA invests in groundbreaking analysis equivalent to software program that can let drones higher distinguish amongst hu-man faces. Marsh, who took over in 2019, led the group that developed the lithium-ion battery techniques utilized by the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

Clare Martorana
Chief data officer, White House

Martorana thrilled a lot of the federal IT world when she took over this job in March. A former normal supervisor and editor at giant with WebMD, she apparently gained some followers whereas serving at each the US Digital Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dawn Meyerriecks
Deputy director for science and expertise, CIA

In September, Meyer-riecks introduced CIA Labs, “an in-house research and de­velopment arm for CIA to drive science and technology breakthroughs for tomorrow’s intelligence challenges.” Meyerriecks, a former AOL ex­ecutive who spent a dec­ade with the Defense Information Systems Agency, says the lab permits CIA staffers to collaborate with personal companies.

General Paul Nakasone
Director, National Security Agency; commander, US Cyber Command

Wired dubbed Nakasone “America’s most powerful spy.” Since he took over the US Cyber Command, his digital troopers have reportedly, though quietly, launched assaults towards ISIS, Iran, Russia, and certain others.

Nitin Natarajan and Eric Goldstein
Deputy director (Natarajan) and government assistant director (Goldstein), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security

The Biden administration introduced Natarajan and Gold-stein to this company in February. Natarajan had been with Avan-tus Federal in McLean, a con-tractor that works with DHS in addition to privately held firms. Goldstein, who’d served in governmental-security roles earlier than, was head of cybersecurity for Goldman Sachs. Their job gained’t be simple. In March, the GAO launched a scathing report saying the company based in 2018 “isn’t fully up and running,” regardless that it was imagined to be by December 2020.

Anne Neuberger
Deputy nationwide safety adviser for cyber and rising applied sciences, White House

Neuberger, former head of the NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate, left for this newly created function within the White House. She’s primarily tasked with uncovering how the Russian-backed SolarWinds assault occurred and what harm was carried out.

Lindsey Parker
Chief expertise officer, District of Columbia

Plenty of DC residents could have discovered Parker’s identify thanks, sadly, to a buggy launch of a Covid-19 vaccine-registration portal. After a number of days of crashes underneath heavy use, the location—designed along side Microsoft—was closely tweaked and relaunched.

Buddy Rizer
Executive Director, Loudoun County Department of Economic improvement

Due partly to Rizer’s work re-cruiting information facilities, Loudoun has change into generally known as Data Cen-ter Alley, with a lot of the inter-net’s visitors flowing by it. The pandemic made the alley wider: Last yr, 4.5 million sq. ft of recent data-center house was added.

Robert Silvers
Director (nominated), Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The $1.9-trillion Covid restoration invoice handed by Congress in March contained $9 billion for cybersecurity upgrades throughout authorities. Silvers, a cybersecurity official underneath Obama, takes over this company from the famously fired Chris Krebs.

Stefanie Tompkins
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Tompkins, appointed in March, is new to the job however to not DARPA, which frequently spurs innovation inside the broader tech group by way of contests and money awards. Tompkins, a former Army intelligence officer, as soon as served as chief of employees and was appearing deputy director in 2017 and 2018.

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Meredith Attwell Baker
President and CEO, CTIA

Baker has led CTIA, the highest commerce group representing wireless-communications firms, since 2014, however her function has lately taken on added significance due to the arrival of 5G expertise.

Michael Beckerman
Vice president and head of US public coverage, TikTok

TikTok got here into President Trump’s crosshairs in 2020, and it regarded for some time as if the wildly fashionable Chinese-owned social-media platform could be offered to Microsoft. That didn’t occur, however TikTok—which introduced in Beckerman, former CEO of the Internet As-sociation, final March—has employed a half dozen different coverage execs since Beckerman got here aboard.

Karan Bhatia
Vice president of public coverage and authorities relations, Google

Among the issues protecting Bha-tia busy today is laws proposed by Senator Amy Klo-buchar to let completely different information publishers negotiate as a bloc to get higher revenue-sharing offers from Facebook and Google.

Danielle Burr
Head of federal affairs, Uber

Burr personally took the lead in December as Uber pushed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to declare ride-share drivers important employees and prioritize their entry to Covid-19 vaccines.

Jay Carney
Senior vp of company affairs, Amazon

Amazon, which is lots highly effective by itself, is now about as linked as you might be to the White House, due to having employed Carney in 2015. Before he served as Barack Obama’s communications director, Carney was press secretary for Obama’s Vice President, Joe Biden.

Marjorie Dickman
Chief authorities affairs and public coverage officer, BlackBerry

Dickman was named BlackBerry’s first-ever government-affairs officer in Washington final March. She’s a Georgetown Law graduate who labored for Wiley Rein and has spent 23 years working in public coverage—the final 16 for Intel. Her appointment comes amid BlackBerry’s transition from handheld communications to cybersecurity.

Matthew Eggers
Vice president for cybersecurity coverage, US Chamber of Commerce

Eggers could have some arm-twisting to do that yr. Congress appears poised to contemplate laws mandating that firms share data on information breaches which have the potential to unfold from one agency to others, such because the SolarWinds assault. The Chamber of Commerce has objected to such a mandate previously.

Victoria Espinel
President and CEO, Software Alliance

Espinel’s commerce group, which advocates for Adobe, Intel, Apple, Symantec, and others, was a part of a tech-industry push to incorporate funds for cybersecurity within the $1.9-trillion Covid-19 reduction invoice. The laws ended up with $2 billion for cyber­safety and IT. Espinel labored on intellectual-property points throughout each the George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

Hugh Gamble
Vice president, federal authorities affairs and public coverage, Salesforce

Gamble was counsel to a few influential Republican senators—Saxby Chambliss, Thad Cochran, and Trent Lott—earlier than becoming a member of Salesforce in 2015. The firm runs some of the profitable customer-management platforms within the {industry}.

Alexandra Reeve Givens
President and CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology

Givens moved to the helm of this middle after serving as government director at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy. The nonprofit CDT is backed by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Givens is the daughter of late actor Christopher Reeve and serves on the District’s Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council.

Fred Humphries
Vice president of US authorities affairs, Microsoft

In February, Humphries, who has been at Micro-soft 21 years, wrote a letter to staff ex-plaining that the com-pany would droop donations by 2022 to any candidate who had voted to dam the certification of electors on January 6. He additionally mentioned Microsoft would change the identify and make-up of its political-action committee so staff who don’t need to donate to candidates may in-stead assist fund points “important to the preservation and promotion of democracy.”

Brian Huseman
Vice president of public coverage, Amazon

Huseman has to reply to the press and Congress for lots of what Amazon does, and that generally places him in a defensive posture. But in November, when Amazon marked the second anniversary of its Virginia HQ2 announcement, Huseman received to ship some joyful information: The on-line retailer was donating $9 million to native charitable causes to mark the anniversary.

Joel Kaplan
Vice president of worldwide public coverage, Facebook

Lawmakers from each events have gripes with Facebook, and Democrats particularly have points with Kaplan, who got here in individual to Capitol Hill in 2018 to assist the nomination of Supreme Court jus-tice Brett Kavanaugh. Kaplan has reportedly additionally intervened on many events to protect controversial posts by individuals on the proper. Whether Democrats like him or not, Kaplan—as soon as deputy chief of employees within the George W. Bush White House—speaks for some of the highly effective tech firms on the planet.

Monique Meche
Vice president, world public coverage and philanthropy, Twitter

Meche got here to Twit-ter in 2020 after head-ing authorities rela-tions for Waymo—the autonomous-car firm that spun off from Google—and serving in a prime coverage publish at Netflix. Soon after she was introduced on, Twitter started label-ing a lot of Presi-dent Trump’s tweets as deceptive—then banned him. Conser-vative lawmakers proceed to cry bias—prone to be a problem for Meche.

Coleman Mehta
Senior director, US coverage, Palo Alto Networks

The $3.4-billion Palo Alto Networks—a California firm that gives cybersecurity for presidency shoppers and points watch reviews on hacker actions—introduced on Mehta in 2017 to guide its federal interactions. He was director of legislative affairs for the National Security Council dur­ing the Obama administration.

The coverage influencer: Richard Nash

Richard Nash
Vice president and head of worldwide authorities relations, PayPal

PayPal introduced in November that account holders within the US can purchase, maintain, and promote cryptocurrency by PayPal. That may make Nash—who has run the corporate’s Washington workplace since its 2015 spinoff from eBay—a frontrunner in attempting to elucidate simply what cryptocurrency is to a Congress that has struggled with whether or not it ought to regulate the money various.

Jason Oxman
President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council

There’s a world semiconductor-chip scarcity, and Oxman’s commerce group—which represents the largest names in tech, together with Amazon, Facebook, and Apple—is among the many leaders attempting to get the federal government to do one thing about it. In February, the Biden administration an­swered the decision and requested Congress to allocate $37 billion to make new chips within the US.

Tim Powderly
Senior director of presidency affairs for the Americas, Apple

Powderly, a George Washington University law-school graduate who has been with Apple since 2011, was elevated to the corporate’s prime coverage place in 2020 after its former chief in Washington, Cynthia Hogan, left to affix the Biden marketing campaign group.

Gary Shapiro
President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association

This Arlington commerce group, which Shapiro joined in 1982, is greatest identified for the flashy commerce present it places on in Vegas ever yr. Because of the pandemic, the Consumer Electronics Show 2021 was held nearly in January. Even so, it boasted nearly 2,000 exhibitors, 300 audio system, and an look by pop star Dua Lipa.

Kristin Smith
Executive Director, Blockchain Association

With the rise and fall and rise and fall and rise once more of Bitcoin, this commerce affiliation has been busy pushing the blockchain agenda in Congress. Smith, whose affiliation represents 35 firms, has levels from GW and Georgetown and was as soon as deputy chief of employees for Denny Rehberg, a former Republican consultant from Montana.

Ok. Dane Snowden
CEO, Internet Association

Amazon, Twitter, Goo­gle, eBay, Postmates, Groupon, Zillow, PayPal, Doordash, and Microsoft are all members of this commerce group, which calls itself “the unified voice of the internet economy.” Snowden was COO of the Internet & Television Association previous to his appointment as CEO right here in January.

Jennifer Stout
Vice president of worldwide public coverage, Snap

Snap, which runs the Snapchat app, employed Stout, a James Madison graduate, in 2017 simply months earlier than it debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. She had been deputy chief of employees to John Kerry when he was Secretary of State; labored on legislative points within the Obama White House; and, from 1998 to 2000, was a legislative aide for then-senator Joe Biden.

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Teresa Carlson
Vice president, worldwide public sector, industries, and coaching, Amazon Web Services

Carlson, whose groups promote AWS cloud companies across the globe—together with to NASA, for its Mars Perseverance rover—has mentioned that the Covid cri­sis proved to many who cloud-based work is the longer term. That may sign a giant 2021 for the busi-ness run by Carlson, who joined Amazon in 2010 after nearly a decade promoting Microsoft’s wares to the feds.

Amy Gilliland
President, General Dynamics Information Technology

Gilliland, an Annapolis graduate who grew up within the Washington space, instructions a workforce of 30,000 on this key General Dynamics divi­sion. GDIT had an enormous 2020, inking large offers that included a $4.4-billion contract to ship cloud companies for the Department of Defense.

Charles Gottdiener
President and CEO, Neustar

Neustar, in Sterling, has been known as “the world’s most powerful company you have never heard of.” The 2,000-person agency supplies a wide range of net companies, together with identity-resolution instruments that assist firms op-timize advertising and marketing and mitigate fraud.

Roger A. Krone
Chairman and CEO, Leidos

Krone’s government-technology firm has grown by big-dollar acquisitions of late. This yr and final, it has spent $3 billion to buy a expertise agency, an airport-security-and-automation compa-ny, and a shipmaker. Krone, an aerospace engineer, got here to Leidos by the use of General Dynamics, McDonnell Douglas, and Boeing.

Phebe Novakovic
Chairman and CEO, General Dynamics

General Dynamics noticed income and web earnings dip final yr as gross sales of Gulfstream enterprise jets slumped in the course of the pandemic. Still, Novakovic, a CIA and DoD veteran who has been on the helm eight years, mentioned after reporting a powerful end to 2020 that she expects a income re­certain in 2021.

Mike Salvino
President and CEO, DXC Technology

Salvino took the reins of this 138,000-employee IT big in September 2019. In May 2020, DXC minimize 4,500 jobs. In October, it offered its state health-services enterprise for $5 billion. With its stability sheet trying more healthy in early 2021, DXC obtained an un­solicited buyout supply of $10 billion from a French IT firm. DXC walked away from that deal.

Michael J. Saylor
Chairman and CEO, MicroStrategy

Many Tech Titans minimize their tooth with Saylor’s MicroStrategy, a onetime high-flying firm that was practically worn out when the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. Saylor has steadily constructed again his Tysons software program firm since then, and he has currently change into a serious backer of cryptocurrency. He has reportedly invested greater than $1.3 billion in Bitcoin since August—holdings now price greater than $5 billion.

James Taiclet
Chairman, president, and CEO, Lockheed Martin

Taiclet took over as president and CEO final June from Marillyn Hew-son, who had spent seven years in cost. The handoff, which was deliberate, put Taiclet—an Air Force pilot who served within the Gulf War and helmed the real-estate-investment belief American Tower since 2003—within the prime spot.

Kathy Warden
Chairman, president, and CEO, Northrop Grumman

Warden, who rose up the aerospace and protection big’s ranks af-ter beginning as a gen-eral supervisor of the corporate’s cybersecurity enterprise in 2008, led Northrop Grum­man to a powerful shut of 2020. In Sep-tember, the com­pany signed a large $13.3-billion contract to modernize the na-tion’s intercontinental-ballistic-missile sys­tem. In December, the corporate offered off its federal IT division for $3.4 billion.

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Clint Crosier
Director, aerospace and satellite tv for pc, Amazon Web Services

Before becoming a member of AWS, Crosier, a retired Air Force main normal, was director of a Space Force planning job drive within the Department of Defense. Last August, he joined Amazon, the place his group works with satellite tv for pc networks, rocket-launch operations, and space-exploration missions.

Matt Desch
CEO, Iridium

Desch, who flies a turboprop aircraft in his spare time, managed to maintain his enterprise rising in the course of the pandemic regardless that a variety of Iridium’s cus-tomers are within the hard-hit aerospace {industry}. The firm’s inventory has been on a tear currently and is up by 400 % since 2016.

Charles Miller
CEO and cofounder, Lynk

In March 2020, Lynk mentioned that for the primary time it had despatched a textual content message from a satellite tv for pc to a regular cell phone on the bottom. The firm’s aim is to construct a community of tiny satellites that can supply space-based service to five billion cell telephones worldwide. Miller is a former senior adviser to NASA.

Doug Smith
President and CEO, Ligado Networks

Space is an costly place to function, particularly for this Reston agency that provides satellite-powered 5G networks for firms making merchandise which might be a part of the “internet of things.” Ligado appeared to be headed towards chapter in 2020, however late final yr Smith, a former Nextel veteran, managed to boost $3.85 billion to remain out of Chapter 11.

Ram Viswanathan
President and CEO, Omnispace

Viswanathan, who was on the group that developed XM Satel-lite Radio, has head-ed Omni­house since 2016. In February, his firm raised $60 million to assist launch its hybrid 5G system, which mixes satellite tv for pc and cellular telecom expertise.



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