Name: Coonoor Behal
Hometown: Lima, Ohio
Coonoor Behal is Founder of Mindhatch, an organizational and customer insights firm that merges business and creativity through design thinking innovation, workplace improv training, and creative facilitation. As our tagline says, we design "Insightful Experiences" that get our clients "Inspired Results." We use "human centered" design methods to solve complex business challenges and create products, services, and experiences customers love. We use the magic of improvisation to help staff feel more engaged and do better work. And we help companies come to strategic decisions and embrace organizational change and innovation through our creative facilitation. Past clients have included law firms, consulting companies, restaurants, national banks, government agencies, and international financial corporations.
What is the most challenging aspect of growing DC into a nationally competitive tech hub?
Generally speaking, I think DC is still a place of intellectual conservatism - most people still view anything new as inherently '"risky." More people need to view risk as not only necessary, but also exciting.
What's your favorite DC restaurant/bar/food truck?
Three things you can't go without at the office:
Fun people, a sweater/blanket, awesome marker pens