DC daily roundup: A new tool to fight ransomware; a local founder’s ‘Shark Tank’ debut; Maryland’s data center compromise

Plus, we're looking for RealLIST Connectors nominees.

Mural in the Brookland neighborhood in DC, January 29, 2024. ( Hill)

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A cyber firm’s new anti-ransomware tool

Adlumin, a DC-based cybersecurity company, released a new product aimed to stop and prevent file encryption.

CEO and cofounder Robert Johnston said that he saw a failure in the industry when it comes to protecting files from ransomware attacks. It’s often the case that by the time the threat is detected, a majority of files are destroyed. Speed, and the methodologies used to stop the attack, matter.

“Recovery from ransomware is a lot easier when nothing important got encrypted,” he said. “That’s our slogan.”

➡️ Get the details on the new product in my report here.

‘Shark Tank’ features local entrepreneur

Dawn Myers, the winner of the 2023 Awards Invention of The Year, is having a primetime moment on Friday. She will be featured on an episode of “Shark Tank” with her product, The Mint.

Myers, a former DC-area resident now living in Baltimore, has watched the show for years. And now, she’s having a full circle moment.

“I am in pure celebratory mode,” Myers told

➡️ Learn more about Dawn Myers and her inspirations here.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• President Biden is scheduled to meet with local and state officials in Baltimore following the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse. [Washington Post]

• Reagan National and Dulles International airports are calling for “destination” restaurants to improve traveler’s experiences. [Washington Biz Journal]

• Maryland lawmakers and environmentalists have reached a compromise on a data center bill. The House Economic Matters Committee voted on the amended bill Friday afternoon, and it will be on the House floor soon. [Maryland Matters]

• Speakers for’s 2024 Builders Conference and Signature Event have been announced. []

• Nominations for’s RealLIST Connectors are now open. This is our yearly series where we track local tech community members who inform others and link people together. Let us know who should be on the DC list. []

🗓️ On the Calendar

• DC Tech Meetup is hosting a climate tech event on April 3. There will be a panel, networking and demos from local startups. [Details here]

• Baltimore-based, former DC-resident founder Dawn Myers will be appearing on “Shark Tank” on April 5. Celebrate the feature and the relaunch of her company The Mint with a special event in DC that night. [Details here]


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