DMV Startup now has a new president - DC


Oct. 21, 2016 9:39 am

DMV Startup now has a new president

Now that Brandon T. Luong is moving away, he has picked a successor in Monica Kang.

Brandon Luong at a DMV Startup event.

(Photo by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier)

As you’re probably aware by now, #dctech’s Brandon T. Luong is leaving D.C. for life in the big city up north. And that means finding someone to take over the work he’s done thus far with DMV Startup — the “one-stop shop” for info on starting up in the National Capital Region.

DMV Startup’s mission, according to its website, “is to engage and expand the startup community through events, workshops, and this wiki. We are out to show NYC and the Bay Area why the DMV (D.C., Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia for you out-of-towners) is the best place to be for gamechangers, pathfinders, millennials, and startup enthusiasts.”

Practically, DMV Startup works toward this goal by listing information on everything from area accelerators and investors to local office spaces that will be happy to host your next meetup. With proper care, it’s a rich community resource.

All of which is why Luong has decided to nominate a new leader for the project — Monica Kang.

Monica Kang. (Photo via Linkedin)

Monica Kang. (Photo via Linkedin)

Kang, founder and CEO of InnovatorsBox, which profiled here, will take over as President of DMV Startup.


“As diversity inclusion is a big factor of DMV Startup, I want to make sure the leadership is reflective of the diversity we hold here, so I wanted the President to be a person of color and was hoping for a woman,” Luong told  “And poof: Monica Kang came into mind. I wasn’t sure of her time schedule as I know how busy she is. Luckily it worked out for us.”

Indeed, despite running her own company and attending virtually every event, Kang seems gung-ho about taking on DMV Startup. “My hope is to take DMV Startup to the next level,” she told “Currently, it is the go-to place for some of DMV’s latest information and connection on startups. I want to deepen this and create an honest place where we can have difficult conversations, defer judgment, share insights on how to be better leaders and find ways to support one another to grow DMV Startup economy.”

The challenge a resource like DMV Startup faces is keeping its information updated and actionable and valuable to the community. Given the ever-changing landscape this can be quite a lift — it’ll be interesting to see where Kang takes it.

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