Mission Data has a DC office in addition to our Louisville headquarters, and it turns out we’re in good company as a tech firm in the DMV. Boosted by the news that tech giant Amazon is moving its HQ2 to Northern Virginia, the Greater DC region is an exciting place to be for tech professionals.
I recently attended the SpeechTEK conference for the first time in Washington, D.C., an event focused on deploying speech-based solutions for business applications. I went to the event with Stu Gavurin, Mission Data CEO, who had attended previously, but for me, SpeechTEK stood out from other conferences in several ways. I attended because I wanted to have a broader understanding of the voice world beyond building consumer-facing skills for Amazon’s Alexa. I do think I achieved my goal, but it took some work.
In this age of a shrinking publishing industry, Washington, D.C.-based The Atlantic continues to defy the odds. Founded in 1857, the monthly literary and cultural magazine with a focus on long-form journalism is profitable, receiving more than 80 percent of its revenue from digital sources, live events, and even a consulting arm.
Last week we wrote about the emerging tech scene in Louisville, KY, where one of our offices is based. So this week we are highlighting the tech scene and culture of Washington, DC, where our other office is located. We’ve been in DC for a few a years now and have integrated ourselves into the DC culture through company outings to Cap’s and National’s games, frequent happy hours, and local tech events.