tech

Power Player: Carl Pierre

Name: Carl Pierre

Hometown: DC

Company: WeWork

Twitter: @carlpierre

Website:  www.wework.com

 

 

 

Carl is the head of DC operations for WeWork, a NYC-based startup that recently got a $10B valuation (deca-unicorn!). His job is to not only foster the growth of the company in the District but to also leverage their resources to help engage and create a relationship with the local startup/tech community. He has been in the city for 4 years now, and  enjoyed every second of seeing this city's startup community thrive and grow.

 

What is the most challenging aspect of growing DC into a nationally competitive tech hub?

Density - it's difficult to have density in a city with a startup scene that's relatively spread out. Density is what creates sparks, collaboration, etc. 

What excites you the most about the developing DC Tech community?

The speed at which DC Tech is growing is amazing - it's unrecognizable from what it was even a few years ago.

What's your favorite DC restaurant/bar/food truck?

All Souls

Three things you can't go without at the office:

Just one... Pool Table!

Join Carl and dozens of other DC area Power Players for the Next-Tech Power Players Tech Reception. Tickets here!

Power Player: Frank V. Taylor

Frank Taylor

Name:  Frank V. Taylor

Hometown:  Norfolk, VA

Company:  Restin

Twitter:  @frankvtaylor

Website:  restin.co

Frank is an entrepreneur, startup advisor, and community builder based in Washington D.C. As the Founder and CEO of Restin, Frank has grown the company to a national scale in under 5 years. Restin provides technology enabled furniture for events and corporate interiors on demand. Clients include Jones Lang LaSalle, IBM, PwC, State Farm, Google, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Sprint, and Hyundai. Frank is also an active member of the DC tech community and co-founded Fosterly which has connected thousands of entrepreneurs with resources and opportunities through popular events like Study Hall, the Collaborate conference, and Innovation Dinners.

What is the most challenging aspect of growing DC into a nationally competitive tech hub?

While the Federal government is generally viewed as an impediment to technological progress and growth, I believe the opposite is true and that some of our most pressing global problems can only be solved by massive cross sector collaboration. This can only happen in D.C. but only if widely held attitudes and misconceptions are changed.

What excites you the most about the developing DC Tech community?

All of the necessary elements for an explosive tech industry are here and approaching critical mass. If we stop trying to emulate Silicon Valley and embrace our region's unique innovation DNA we will see something very powerful emerge.

What's your favorite DC restaurant/bar/food truck?

Rito Loco

Three things you can't go without at the office:

Coffee, Steelcase desk chair, Adjustible height desk

Join Frank and dozens of other DC area Power Players for the Next-Tech Power Players Tech Reception. Tickets here!