Happy 2016 and Thank You!

A thank you from Start DC. Happy New Year! Do you have 2016 resolutions? I like this time of year to pause, reflect, and set an intention or two for the year ahead. In 2016, my resolutions include: Every year, I aim to travel to at least one country that I haven’t visited before. This year, […]

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Dale Nirvani Pfeifer: GoodWorld

December is the season for giving, and it’s not too late! Start DC chats with GoodWorld, an innovative DC startup that is making giving easier. GoodWorld is a platform that helps people donate to the causes they care about directly on social media. By writing a comment or tweeting to a charity and including #donate, GoodWorld […]

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Start DC Travels: Detroit

Start DC photos from the Motor City I recently traveled to southeast Michigan to spend Thanksgiving with my family. Each time I’m in the area, I head to Detroit for glimpses of a changing city that one hopes is rising from the ashes again. A year ago, Detroit officially ended the largest municipal bankruptcy in […]

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Kimberly Wilson: Tranquil Space Yoga Studios

Kimberly Wilson, DC entrepreneur and founder of Tranquil Space yoga studios, on finding balance and meaning. Kimberly Wilson is the creative director and founder of Tranquil Space yoga studios, which Travel + Leisure magazine has ranked among the top 25 yoga studios in the world. But these are only two of the many hats she […]

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Shizu Okusa: JRINK Juicery

Shizu Okusa, co-founder of JRINK, talks trading Wall Street for DC entrepreneurship. Shizu Okusa and Jennifer Ngai started JRINK Juicery, their DC cold-pressed juice company, while working full-time at the World Bank. About six months later, in January 2014, they made the leap to full-time entrepreneurship. They use a cold-press process, with a high-pressure hydraulic […]

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Warren Brown: CakeLove

Warren Brown, DC entrepreneur, talks about his path to creating CakeLove. Fifteen years ago, Warren Brown took a break from his career as a lawyer to pursue a passion for baking. He never looked back. Brown’s leave of absence became the start of CakeLove, his DC-based bakery that launched in 2002. Founded on traditional cakes, CakeLove […]

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Sandra Kim: Everyday Feminism

Sandra Kim, entrepreneur and social justice advocate, talks Everyday Feminism. I have a confession: as a former gender grad student, I was a little star-struck while interviewing Sandra Kim, Founder & CEO of Everyday Feminism, an online magazine that supports people facing violence and dominance due to gender, sexual orientation, race, class, and other differences. Kim […]

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Laurie Collins: LC Systems

Laurie Collins, DC entrepreneur, on turning adversity into opportunity. I know Laurie Collins primarily as an Instagram whiz. We both attend DC Instagram meet ups, where she is @dccitygirl, a featured photographer with over 30,000 followers (#InstagramGoals). Collins is also the principal of LC Systems, a DC-based information technology firm that she founded in the […]

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Katelyn Sornik: Kate Bakes Bars

Katelyn Sornik, entrepreneur and foodie, chats about Kate Bakes. From a law student to a self-described alternative baker, Katelyn (Kate) Sornik is not afraid to reinvent herself. Forced to take a break from law school because of health reasons in 2010, Kate began developing a high protein snack bar that met her gluten-free and vegan dietary […]

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