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MAY 18, 2022 | NORTH AMERICA | US

2022 Tech Titans

The Washingtonian, May 18, 2022. 

By Nancy Scola

This past year saw growing companies trying to navigate a flood of money into the tech arena; funders scrambling to diversify the tech pipeline to include more women and people of color; new arrivals in government looking to remake the country’s rules around competition; and lobbyists working to reset official Washington’s increasingly tense relationship with the American tech industry. It also saw innovation grown out of the pandemic: One entrepreneur used our region as a laboratory for a new approach to matching customers looking for a haircut with barbers seeking more autonomy at work.

Washington might not be Silicon Valley, says Melissa Bradley of the investing firm 1863 Ventures, “but there’s a vibrancy” here. That’s reflected on this year’s Tech Titans list.

Espinel, a Georgetown-trained lawyer and intellectual-property czar in the Obama administration, leads this group whose members include Microsoft, Adobe, and IBM. It’s pushing the Biden administration and Congress to write new rules that it says maximize the upsides of tech, such as AI, while mitigating its negative effects.

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Original Posting: https://www.washingtonian.com/2022/05/18/the-225-most-innovative-and-important-people-in-dcs-tech-scene-right-now/#The-Starters-Entrepreneurs-Founders-and-Early-Stage-CEOs

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