Articles by Tracey Madigan

  • The student-built app helping physical therapy patients

    Today we’re joined by Benjamin Pikus, founder of MoTrack Therapy, a company that’s using motion tracking and gamification to assist patients with physical therapy exercises. Pikus and his group recently won a competition between 100 of the region’s top student-led startups.

  • Gene technologies are making strides to cure terminal illnesses

    Jeff Galvin, CEO and founder of American Gene Technologies, discusses how new technologies in the realm of gene therapy are able to use viruses to heal terminal illness. Galvin believes that, within the next ten years, a large swath of terminal cancers and monogenic diseases can be effectively treated with these methods.

  • How DC is helping drone technology reach new horizons

    For today’s EXTRA episode, we speak with Anne Swanson, an attorney with Wilkinson Barker Knauer; Matt Scassero, director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft System test site; and Mark Ryan, CEO of the Ryan Media Lab to learn about the wide variety of applications drones have, the regulatory and technological hurdles facing them, and how the greater Washington area is the perfect confluence of solutions to many of these problems.

  • Surprising findings from a new cybersecurity entrepreneurship survey

    Professor Erran Carmel, American University’s director of the Center for Business in the Capitol, discusses the results of a wealth of data suggesting the D.C. region is one of the largest in the world for cybersecurity. Other statistics discussed help show that while the region is still struggling on some key issues, it’s holding firm as a great place for entrepreneurship.

  • Maryland’s buy-local program for cybersecurity

    Stacey Smith, executive director of the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, discusses how her group has helped the state of Maryland incentive supporting local business while also ensuring a cybersecure economy.

  • The secret strategy to getting the right media attention

    PR expert Christina Daves discusses the best practices for making your name known. According to Daves, one of the most important aspects is creating good content and and pitching good ideas to the right journalists.

  • The changing face of real estate

    Lorraine Arora, chair of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, discusses how the real estate industry in D.C. is changing rapidly, and how businesses across the world are paying attention. Arora also explains how realtors will remain an important part of real estate, despite the rise of automation.

  • A new space race is just beginning for DC

    National security reporter at Politico Jacqueline Klimas joins us today to talk about a new newsletter Politico is launching, all about space. With companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin making strides toward private industry in space, this newsletter should help you get a handle on what you need to know about the emerging market.

  • Blockchain explained: it’s not just about money

    Peter Rogers, CEO of Welford Management, explains how blockchain works, and how it could be a great asset to the D.C. region. It’s not just about Bitcoin, in fact, it has a wide range of possible use cases.

  • The difference between leadership and management

    Glen Hellman, leadership coach and founder of Driven forward, discusses how leadership is a process of guiding without micromanaging. Good leaders can make sure employees will do what you want without having to tell them every day.

  • The DC music blog producing DIY concerts

    We speak to Angelie Benn, co-founder of Capitol Sound DC, a local woman-led music blog that’s also producing some of the hottest underground concerts in the region. Benn explains how the company got its start thanks to a love for One Direction, and how it evolved to support D.C.’s rich and diverse tapestry of music and art.

  • PoPville is your source for neighborhood scuttlebutt

    Dan Silverman, founder of D.C.-area news and rumor website PoPville joins us to talk about building an audience, staying authentic, and weeding out trolls to build a better business. Silverman explains how acting as a journalist and leader has created a popular site and a tight-knit community.

  • How the federal government can fund your small business

    On this episode, we talk to Robert Brooke, director of federal funding programs at the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology, about the federal government’s Small Business Innovative Research program. Brooke explains how SBIR is designed to fund startups that are creating new and untested technologies, while letting the company retain commercialization rights.

  • Building a stronger cyber industry

    Today, we spoke to Mary Beth Borgwing, co-chair of Uniting Women in Cyber, and founder of Standish Cyber Corporation, to discuss how the D.C. region can serve as a great landing pad for up-and-coming cyber startups. It’s great to be close to the federal government and the source of regulations, but there’s still some work to be done to make it home for the cyber industry.