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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Hi!  Thanks for stopping by and welcome to Start DC. My name is Genna and I’m currently based in Washington, DC.  In my day job, I work to support social entrepreneurs.  A few of my other passions include travel, photography, food, and social impact. Start DC is a blog focused on women and minority entrepreneurs in and around Washington, DC, who […]

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