These were our 10 most popular stories of 2017 - DC


Dec. 22, 2017 4:56 pm

These were our 10 most popular stories of 2017

Biohackers, delivery bots and startups worth watching drew the most attention this year.
The crowd at the 2017 DC Awards.

The crowd at the 2017 DC Awards.

(Photo by James Cullum)

It’s almost time to wrap up 2017.

As we make the transition on the calendar, is taking some time to look back at what generated the most interest in 2017.  We thought it was worth sharing, especially if you happened to miss a story or two.

So here’s a look at the stories that got the most clicks in 2017, from food delivery bots to Peace Corps beefs:

10. Mapbox has a new DC HQ and is growing ‘faster than expected,’ by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

From the story: 

Between offices in D.C. as well as San Francisco, Detroit, Peru and Bangalore, Mapbox employs 221 people. It has recently brought on 20 new hires just in the District. All of which is to say that the company needed a new office, and found one at 1509 16th Street NW. 

9. How a little-known insurance lawyer became a symbol of (drone) liberty, by Andrew Zaleski

From the story:

Yet Taylor, in some ways, seems an unlikely candidate to have sued the FAA over a drone registry. He’s not an aviation lawyer and was an under-the-radar hobbyist before the lawsuit. For the last 12 years, the 55-year-old Taylor has been senior counsel at a major insurance company. Before that, he worked at several firms as a litigator, handling criminal defense work, domestic relations and commercial construction claims. Drivers might notice his BMW coupe in a fleeting moment on the highway, but nothing about his demeanor draws unwarranted attention. But after he filed his lawsuit, people started taking note.

8. Inside The Hatchery, AARP’s startup incubator, by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

From the story:

It turns out, AARP doesn’t just want to be a membership organization lobbying on behalf of seniors, giving discounts or suggesting tips on health. Driven by a philosophy on corporate innovation, they want to be creating their own tech products. Products focused in the areas of health, wealth and self, Miller said.


7. DC will be the first US city to pilot food delivery bots, by Liz Ellis Mayes

From the story: 

Science fiction? No, just another day in the nation’s capital. By the end of this month, autonomous food delivery bots will be operating on the streets of Washington, which has been selected by an Estonia-based startup to host the first U.S.-based delivery bot pilot program. The startup supplying the robots is Starship Technologies, formed in 2014 by Janus Friis and Ahti Heinla, two Skype cofounders.

6. Via is growing its ‘smarter shared rides’ coverage in DC, by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

From the story:

Via is all about rideshare — the company prides itself on its ability to match people traveling in the same direction. It uses the tagline “smarter shared rides,” which is literally the same tagline as was used by Split before it shut down in September. Perhaps Via is filling the niche that Split used to fill in D.C., and so far things look to be going well (judging by pace of expansion, at least).

5. DC biohackers and blockchainers take on HIV, by Julia Airey

From the story:

On Oct. 17 local blockchainer Tristan Roberts livestreamed as he injected himself in the stomach with a treatment that is designed to fight HIV. It came with a warning for viewers not to try it themselves.

According to D.C.-based company Ascendance Biomedical, Roberts is the first person to try this particular treatment. And if it lowers his HIV viral load, the therapy could be available to the public as early as the first quarter of 2018.

4. Vote for 2017’s finest in the DC Awards, by Stephen Babcock

It’s always good to remember to vote in November, so we provided an outlet. The nominations culminated with a ceremony on Dec. 6 at 1776. Here’s a look at the winners.

3. These 20 DC tech companies are hiring right now, by Jeanette Lloyd

Lots of readers are interested in getting a job. Ahead of’s jobs fair event in March, we put the word out about a few that were hiring. As announced this week, NET/WORK DC returns in 2018.

2. This crowdfunding platform for international aid is beefing with the Peace Corps, by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

From the story:

In many ways DonorSee is the antithesis to an organization like the Peace Corps — one with overhead and a big institutional structure. But seen a different way DonorSee depends on organizations like the Peace Corps to foot a lot of the cost of sending aid workers overseas to do the work where they might end up using a platform like DonorSee to get added funds. That explains the vociferous response to the news of the ban.

According to Glyer, DonorSee reached out to the Peace Corps to see about a possible collaboration, but that offer was rejected.

1. These are the 20 #dctech startups worth watching this year: realLIST 2017

An early-year look at the District’s most promising young companies drew the most interest this year. We watched the companies all year as they raised more money and launched products. Get one last look, as next year’s realLIST will be out in mid-January.

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