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Andrew Lustig: Mid Atlantic Business Technology Group

Andrew Lustig: Mid Atlantic Business Technology Group

Andrew Lustig is a partner at the Cooley Business department, and heads the Mid Atlantic Business Technology Group. Andrew specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and is responsible for the representation of high growth technology  companies operating in both the public and private sectors. He is also the founder and board member of MissionLink, an exclusive, CEO-only organization that fosters collaboration, promotes access and opportunities for companies that focus on defense and national security missions. Andrew recently sat down with us to discuss his exceptional career, a meteoric rise that has garnered him regional and national attention, the major challenges that the public sector is currently facing, and what is being done to remedy the hurdles that face our government

Scott Frederick: Automated Insights, Inc

Scott Frederick: Automated Insights, Inc

Scott Frederick is the Chief Operating Officer of Automated Insights, Inc., a revolutionary new technology company that transforms raw data into surprisingly compelling narrative content, visual displays and interactive applications. Prior to joining Automated Insights, Scott was a venture capitalist, most recently co-founding Valhalla Partners, a company that has over $400 million under management. Scott was also a partner at FBR Technology Group, where he played a key role in the creation and management of one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most prolic venture groups. We spoke to Scott about Automated Insights, his past ventures and what his plans are for the future.

MindShare: Class of 2012

MindShare: Class of 2012

MindShare is D.C.’s premier invitation only program for CEOs of the most promising companies in the region. Founded in 1997, the program provides CEOs unparalleled access to well established and respected mentors and unrivaled business opportunities. To date there have been more than 550 CEOs who have graduated from MindShare, who have in turn gone on to create a unique and valuable alumni network. Past alums include Tim O’Shaughnessy of LivingSocial; Rick Rudman of Vocus; Hemant Kanakia of Torrent Networking Technologies; and Philip Merrick of webMethods.

The MindShare Organizing Board provides a forum exclusively for CEOs to share success stories, as well as some of the biggest challenges that they have faced during their rise to the top. Each session focuses on a differing aspect of nurturing and growing an emerging business.

Questions Begin the Quest

     Many people emphasize the importance of an answer to a question as opposed to the importance of the question being asked. According to Peter Drucker, well known writer and management consultant, “The most common source of mistakes in management decisions is the emphasis on finding the right answer rather than the right question.”

     It makes sense…we are a society focused on the results.  We focus on chase, conquer, and move on to the next goal.  Often we focus on what’s not working instead of what is working.  Well thought-out questions begin a quest.  You get a great deal of information when you ask the right questions.  With the right questions, you get a sense of awe and inspiration. 

A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Eighth of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is now open through May 13th. The DC Design House benefits Children's National Medical Center.

Victoria Sanchez of Victoria Sanchez Interiors in Alexandria, VA, www.victoriasanchezinteriors.com, was inspired by her own children for the design of Space 21, the Teenager’s Getaway. “I looked to their likes and dislikes, and their wants and desires as I created this design,” says Sanchez, who is excited to part of the Design House but also knows the amount of work that had to be completed in a short period of time.

Local Ice Cream Participating in Walmart's "Get On The Shelf " Campaign

Local Ice Cream Participating in Walmart's "Get On The Shelf " Campaign

 

Gaithersburg resident, Valerie Ross, has entered her southern style, hand-churned ice cream into Walmart’s “Get On The Shelf Program," a contest that discovers great products and small businesses. This program allows anyone up until April 4th to submit a product to be voted on by the public. The competition is tough with over 4,000 brands in the running. The top 10 products from the first round will go to the final round of voting, which takes place between April 11th and April 24th.

After being laid off in 2009, Ross created "BOSS Ice Cream" to pay for her daughter’s college tuition. This ice cream is based on a family recipe passed down through generations since the 1800’s.

This super premium ice cream produced in Gaithersburg “keeps it real,” as Ross says, with no preservatives or additives. It’s also an egg and gluten free product.

Good News For The Maryland Wine Industry

Good News For The Maryland Wine Industry

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