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These 18 #dctech folks got shoutouts on the WBJ Power 100

The Business Journal’s “playmakers of 2016” include some pillars of the area’s tech scene.

#DCtech knows how to rock a list. (Photo by Flickr user mikeg44311, used under a Creative Commons license)

When the Washington Business Journal unveiled its Power 100 list recently — a list of the “most influential or newsmaker business leaders who moved something forward or made headlines in 2016” — there were more than just a handful of familiar names.
Indeed, 18 of #dctech’s own founders and funders made the list, showing up alongside the likes of a bunch of big-time CEOs, Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld (there may be some debate on that one) and even Barack and Michelle Obama.
Here’s who got a shoutout:

  1. Susan Tynan. The Framebridge CEO was acknowledged for her company’s solid recent fundraising and growth.
  2. Reggie Aggarwal. CEO of Tysons Corner-based Cvent led his company to acquisition by Vista Equity Partners this year.
  3. Steve Case. The Revolution founder wrote a book this year, and then asked for your help editing it.
  4. Jean Case. In addition to many other things, Case launched #FacesofFounders through her role as CEO of the Case Foundation this year. The project, meant to showcase diversity in entrepreneurship, debuted at the White House’s South by South Lawn event.
  5. Ted Leonsis. Leonsis was included in the list mainly for his role as chairman of Monumental Sports, but given that he is a #dctech investor via Revolution we’ll include him here as well. This year Leonsis was all about free public WiFi, funding entrepreneurship at Georgetown and offering advice to young startup founders.
  6. Timothy Chi. WeddingWire expanded to India this year, which is enough to land CEO Chi on the Power 100 list.
  7. Ximena Hartsock. Phone2Action moved to a new HQ in Arlington this year after raising a $4.7 million Series A. All these big developments recommended cofounder Hartsock for the list.
  8. Dan Berger. The CEO of event planning software company Social Tables led his company to a $13 million Series B this year. The company has also been investing back in the #dctech community by making its office available to host events.
  9. Donna Harris and Evan Burfield. Where to start with the 1776 news in the past year? Amid so many hirings, the incubator also raised $7.2 million in “strategic investments” and announced a first international expansion — to Dubai. Cofounders Harris and Burfield have undoubtedly been busy.
  10. Ben Young and Greg Coleman. Cofounders of Nexercise went on Shark Tank with their app Sworkit and got a big offer from Mark Cuban. The deal later fell through, but it was exciting.
  11. Rohyt Belani. Belani’s PhishMe, an anti-phishing software company, raised a whopping $42.5 million Series C this year. That follows a $13 million Series B we mention here.
  12. Tom Davidson. More big money news from the past year — Davidson led his edtech company, EverFi, to a $4o million Series C raise in July.
  13. Chip Paucek. Landover-based edtech company 2U plans to open a new HQ in New Carrollton next year and “continues to grow rapidly,” according to the WBJ.
  14. Aaron Saunders. The founder of software development firm Clearly Innovative is working through a subsidiary arm, Luma Lab, to open a new tech incubator at Howard University.
  15. Dan Yates and Alex Laskey. Cofounders of the Arlington-based utilities software company Opower announced the company’s $532 million acquisition by Oracle this year.
Companies: Capitol Canary / Georgetown / Clearly Innovative / Howard University / Social Tables / WeddingWire / Cvent / Opower / Framebridge / Revolution / 76 Forward / 2U
People: Ximena Hartsock / Chip Paucek / Dan Berger / Alex Laskey / Dan Yates / Donna Harris / Evan Burfield / Steve Case / Barack Obama
Projects: Luma Lab

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