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Renny McPherson
Renny McPherson, two-time company founder, writes about organizational behavior, leadership, and management.

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Startup Founder's New Job: Bring Innovation to US Government

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 3:57 PM

Phaedra Chrousos is a 2x startup founder who now is leading a large innovation initiative in the US government aimed to improve the public's experience with the American government.

You lead the Office of Citizen Services at the Government Services Administration (GSA). What does the Office of Citizen Services do?

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Tech Entrepreneur Takes Pain & Expense Out of Flower Delivery

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 11:48 AM

Ajay Kori is one of the founders of UrbanStems, an on-demand flower delivery service created to spread happiness by making gifting fun and easy. UrbanStems launched during a blizzard on Valentine's Day 2014 in Washington DC and has since expanded into Manhattan, Brooklyn and the DC Metro Area. In February...

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Can A Three-Month Coding School for Career Changers Diversify The Tech World?

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 9:36 AM

Kristi Riordan is the COO of the Flatiron School, a school whose mission is to align education with reality. Flatiron, which began operations in fall 2012, puts students through a rigorous three-month coding school. Currently, the school places 98% of adult student graduates within 90 days, with an average starting...

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Tech Entrepreneur Uses Intel Background to Help Ordinary People Secure Email

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 6:11 PM

Will Ackerly, the founder and CTO of Virtru, left the NSA in 2012 to solve a big problem: securing personal digital communications. Today, his product Virtru enables anyone to counter the asymmetry of the current communications environment by giving people more control over their digital information. A fierce privacy advocate,...

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When Greater Efficiency Becomes Inefficient

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 12:54 PM

There's a mystery lurking at the heart of the American labor market that is confounding today's managers and leaders. The U.S. workforce is more efficient than ever, with productivity rising 102 percent from 1970-2012. But as anyone working in social media will tell you, this very same group...

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Choosing Baltimore to Build a Tech Startup

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 7:18 PM

When debating the merits of various cities in which to locate our tech startup two years ago, the biggest question my co-founders and I asked people was, "What makes a particular city a good place to start a tech company with big ambitions?" The answers that resonated most were 1)...

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When Good People Quit, It's Not Them, It's You

(7) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 1:20 PM

George Costanza's break-ups on Seinfeld became the stuff of legend. He was the expert at letting people down with the "it's not you, it's me" routine. If you are a manager, you may have heard this from former employees who left for a new job. You might have...

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The Business of al Qaeda

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 1:23 PM

When Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden at his Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound on May 2, the ensuing coverage focused on how the death of al Qaeda's leader might undercut terrorism worldwide. But the raid accomplished more than bin Laden's removal: it yielded several computers, nearly a dozen hard drives and...

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Bin Laden Raid Shows Value Of Tech Startups To The Military

(3) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 12:43 PM

This post was co-written with Matt McKnight and Brett Gibson.

Please note that this post is part two of two in a series that articulates to tech start-ups the value of looking to the military and intelligence community as a client.

The recent operation against Osama bin...

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Tech Startups: Turn The U.S. Military Into Your Client

(6) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 2:09 PM

This post was co-written with Matt McKnight and Brett Gibson.

The U.S. defense and intelligence communities have traditionally been difficult markets to engage. For this reason, most early stage entrepreneurs know very little about these organizations as potential partners or clients. This need not be the case. Today, there are...

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