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It got heated when we broached the issue of competitiveness, and the urge many tech hubs have to compare themselves to their more established siblings in the West.
Former mayor Vincent Gray’s habit of directly comparing D.C. tech to Silicon Valley exasperated our editorial director Christopher Wink. “I want to slay this dragon of comparison with any other city,” he said. “Be better versions of yourself.”
Perhaps the tone of the administration, now led by new mayor Muriel Bowser, is set to change. She’s nominated Rashad Young, a rather technologically-inclined official who used to work in Alexandria, as city administrator. He already has plans to open up the budget process and publish more government performance data.
Then, there is also the very recent growth of Crystal City as a local tech hub. In the last month of 2014, the Arlington neighborhood saw the official launch of government contracting incubator the Eastern Foundry, while Paul Singh’s $50 million Crystal Tech Fund, just created in April, doubled in size.
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