Elise Whang

Elise Whang

fashion entrepreneur, CEO & co-founder of luxury goods brand LePrix (formerly SnobSwap)

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 as an entrepreneur, how she's gone about fundraising for her company, and her experience as a female founder in the startup ecosystem. Elise has been recognized as one of DC's 40 Power Women, DCA Live Red Hot Entrepreneur, and 40 under 40 in Tech.

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Nathan soohoo

Former Business Development Manager, Trulioo: Global Identity Verification, now at Facebook

Nathan SooHoo is guest on this episode of DC Entrepreneur. Nathan served as Business Development Manager for Trulioo where he helped build partnerships and worked on strategic sales for the company's GlobalGateway product before moving to Facebook. Nathan is also an investment committee member for the UCLA VC Fund whose portfolio includes Cloudera, DogVacay, Twitter, SolarCity, SmartestK12, RivalMe, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, and Vicept Therapeutics. He is also formerly the lead analyst for Venture Scanner, a startup market reporting and data research firm.


Monica Kang

Author of “Rethinking Creativity” | CEO & Founder InnovatorsBox

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 up the daily routines and habits to which we are accustomed. Monica is also the Founder and CEO of InnovatorsBox where she helps companies and leaders transform their organizations through the power of creativity. Monica teaches entrepreneurship at BAU International.

Show Notes:

Rethink Creativity (purchase on Amazon)

InnovatorsBox website

Background music by Dominic Giam, Ketsa Music

DC Entrepreneur Intro/Outro theme by Robert Ledbetter, MuthaSuckaSound

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Author of “Borderless Voice: The Power of Telling your Story and Defining your Identity.”

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 Identity" and is the founder of GO Global, Inc. where he is a coach and consultant who regularly speaks to groups about how they can find their brand identity.

Show Notes:

GO Global, Inc.

Borderless Voice (purchase on Amazon)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie TED Talk "The Danger of a Single Story."

Atlas Corps


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 destination-inspired, soy-based candles which burn clean, something that differentiates them from the rest of the marketplace. Jonathan tells the story of how his cat inspired the business and helped launch him on a new trajectory to create the premium candles, which have appeared at the West Elm pop-up at Union Market, the Ritz Carlton and featured on CNN. He also shares stories about his love of music and flight, and a previous startup he worked on in the aerospace industry.

Gerry Gordon

Dr. Gerald Gordon

President and CEO Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

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 is home to some of the largest private sector employers in the region. Fairfax has the highest density of startups in NoVa according to Fosterly's 2016 census, and is also home to many large IT and government contracting businesses.


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 H. Freeman and Alex DelSordo

Brett H. Freeman & Alex DelSordo

founders Grape Intentions wine club

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 sommelier and Alex had run a rowing repair shop, a sport the two friends have in common. They talk about how they developed the startup, the issues and challenge behind shipping a product like wine, and how they developed a 'palate picker' algorithm to help customers confused by foreign wine labels discover the ideal wines for them.

Sam Sabin

Sam Sabin

Tech Reporter, DC Inno

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, DC. In this episode, we review some of the big tech headlines of 2017 and speak about what's in store for the future of the region.

Isaac Oates


CEO and founder Justworks HR

George speaks with Isaac Oates, founder of Justworks, via remote conversation in this episode of DC Entrepreneur. The company raised $33 million dollars after their last Series C round for a total of $53 million over the past five years. Isaac talks about his career path from being in the U.S. Army reserve, to selling his company Adtuitive to Etsy. He also speaks about Justworks' value proposition, the tech behind the scenes that runs the company, and the unique regulatory challenges of working on a company that focuses on HR. This episode also features special guest to the studio Charlotte the dog, who unexpectedly makes her first appearance as co-host of the show.

Lance Kramer

Lance Kramer

Co-founder, Meridian Hill Pictures and producer, City of Trees

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

Jennifer Crawford

Podcaster, Owner Social Media Rescue

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 discusses the challenges creative entrepreneurs face, and why it's even tougher for creative class to get recognized for their talent. She also talks about her work helping people with their social media campaigns, her work for Podbean, and her improv troupe: the Improv Imps, and how she's been balancing this with her podcast the Jelly Vision show!


Nicole Gallub, AKA DJ Neekola

Founder and CEO Pelonkey

Nicole Gallub is guest today on DC Entrepreneur. We talk about her transformation from cybersecurity analyst into pink-haired DJ Neekola and founder of Pelonkey, an artist management agency that works with performers, DJs, performers, fire spinners, photo booth vendors, graffiti artists and more. You'll also get to listen to her DJ mix at the end of the broadcast.

Alex Villanueva

Alex Villanueva

CEO Sprynt free ride hailing app in Arlington, Virginia

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 selling advertising to local businesses to get the word out. Alex also talks about his switch from being a CPA to becoming an entrepreneur.

Amelia Friedman

Amelia Friedman

Co-founder, Hatch | co-director Vinetta Project's DC chapter

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 which helps women entrepreneurs around the region. Her first startup was a non-profit called the Student Language Exchange when she was a student at Brown University. Amelia talks about her experience as a startup founder, her work in the DC tech scene, and how she and her partner helped bootstrap their startup idea by creating a card game to raise capital.

Sarah Van Dell

Sarah Van Dell CEO Plum Relish

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 began while she was working for the Advisory Board Company. She also talks about her all-women advisory board, her business partnerships, and why "Food Tech" is the next big thing.

Kate Glantz

Kate Glantz, CEO and founder Heartful.ly, SEED Spot | Mid-Atlantic Marketing Lyft

George talks with social entrepreneurship founder Kate Glantz who built Heartful.ly Registry, a wedding registry website where couples can raise money to help charities and non-profits. Kate, a Tory Burch Foundation fellow is director of DC Entrepreneur Initiatives at SEED SPOT and involved with Halcyon Incubator, and Vinetta Project. Kate speaks about her journey from serving in the Peace Corps in Tanzania to becoming an entrepreneur, navigating the DC Tech scene, and her take on failure vs success as a startup founder.

Pierre Malko

Pierre Malko

CEO and President Ouli Personal Concierge

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. Ouli helps connect people with local merchants that have great offers for people looking for a place to eat, go out with friends, and celebrate life’s occasions. The business model lets merchants pay for only when customers have come through the app.

Grant Elliott

Grant Elliot

Founder and CEO of Ostendio

On 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 corporate world to founding a Cyber Security & Information Management company. He talks about his work as a Mentor and Instructor to startups and his own unique journey as an entrepreneur.

Hal Shelton

Hal Shelton

Principal at Blu Venture Investors, LLC; SCORE Mentor and Amazon best-seller author/publisher

Hal Shelton, board member of SCORE Association, and angel investor with Blu Venture Investors, LLC is today's guest on D.C. Entrepreneur. Shelton, the author of "The Secrets of Writing Successful Business Plans," shares his advice to entrepreneurs starting to map out their business.

Daniel Turissini

daniel turissini

owner of Recharj meditation and power nap studio

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 residents. We talk about mindfulness, meditation, and how proper sleep are essential tools for today's entrepreneurs.

Dionna Dorsey

Dionna Dorsey

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 in graphic design, art direction, brand strategy, and website development. Dionna is also a featured creative as part of 202 Creates, an initiative of D.C.'s Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment.

Brandon Luong

Brandon Luong

of WeTogether and DMV Startup

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 tech startup community, and his growing up around entrepreneurs as a "restaurant baby."

Michael Sabat

Mike Sabat

of @MSSG, a Facebook messaging service for marketers

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 Campaign or other page, measure the results, and compare the results to their other touchpoints.

Stephen Jefferson

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

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In this show, George speaks with Stephen Jefferson co-founder of Bloom Labs. Bloom is a geolocation platform that helps journalists and other content creators add a geographic ID tag to where they are covering their stories from. Bloom was created as a part of Stephen's passion for local communities and technology, leading him to become a recent fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY. Stephen grew up in the Washington DC region, working as a web developer and strategist for small businesses and non-profits throughout the region. He formed a non-profit to raise awareness for skateboard parks in northern Virginia while in high school and has been an innovator ever since.</p>