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POTOMAC TECH WIRE -- April 26, 2017
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DC-Based Everfi Raises $190 Million to Expand Digital Learning Platform
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Chevy Chase-Based NEA Increases Investment in Robinhood
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Labor Dept. Settles Hiring Discrimination Case Against Palantir Technologies
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McLean-Based Cognosante Hires Two Senior Executives
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SBA Names DC-Area Winners of 2017 Small Business Awards
> Baird Commentary: How the IoT Revolution Is Driving Consolidation
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Accenture Federal Services, GovernmentContract.com
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o DC-Based Everfi Raises $190 Million to Expand Digital Learning Platform

Washington, DC -- In a landmark deal for the education technology company, DC-based EverFi, developer of a subscription-based digital learning platform focused on critical life skills ranging from financial literacy to sexual harassment prevention, said on Wednesday it has raised $190 million in a new round of funding. The Rise Fund, a new investment vehicle co-founded by U2 lead singer Bono, and TPG Growth contributed $150 million, with Main Street Advisors and Advance Publications also participating. Nehal Raj, a partner at TPG Capital and TPG Growth, and Rise Fund's Brian Dunlap and Steve Ellis will join the company's board of directors. Everfi co-founder and CEO Tom Davidson said the first-ever investment from The Rise Fund, a social and environmental impact fund managed by TPG, makes the deal especially noteworthy for the nine-year-old company. "We gain a partner that is not only interested in our ability to grow as a company, but also our ability to bring true education impact to all learners, regardless of zip code," said Davidson. Everfi's subscription-based digital learning platform has been used by more than 16 million students.
http://www.everfi.com 
http://everfi.com/everfi-lands-historic-190-million-investment-from-the-rise-fund-tpg-growth-and-existing-investors/
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o Chevy Chase-Based NEA Increases Investment in Robinhood

Chevy Chase, Md. -- New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the Chevy Chase-based venture capital firm, said on Wednesday it has increased its investment in Robinhood, the Silicon Valley-based developer of a financial services platform that lets users invest in U.S. stocks and ETFs commission-free. The investment was part of the company's new $110 million third round, led by DST Global, that valued it at $1.3 billion. Launched publically just two years ago, Robinhood recently surpassed 2 million users of its mobile app and $50 billion in transaction volume. The company's premium service, Robinhood Gold, also offers margin, extended hours trading and instant deposits starting at $10 a month. The company, which plans to use the proceeds to expand its products and services, also generates revenue from interest and order flow. "We… look forward to sharing Robinhood with more people so everyone can participate in the U.S. financial markets," said co-founder and co-CEO Baiju Bhatt. NEA first invested in Robinhood in 2015, and Managing General Partner Scott Sandell currently sits on the company's board.
https://robinhood.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170426005362/en/Robinhood-Announces-110-Million-Funding-DST-Global 
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o Labor Dept. Settles Hiring Discrimination Case Against Palantir Technologies

Washington, DC -- Palantir Technologies, a computer software and services company specializing in data analysis, will pay nearly $1.7 million in back wages and extend job offers to eight people to settle hiring discrimination charges with the U.S. Department of Labor. The charges, levied by the department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), alleged that Silicon Valley-based Palantir discriminated against Asian applicants in the hiring and selection process for engineering positions. As a federal contractor, the company is prohibited from discriminating in employment on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin, and is required to take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunities. OFCCP filed a complaint against Palantir in September following an investigation.
https://www.palantir.com/ 
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/ofccp/ofccp20170425 
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o McLean-Based Cognosante Hires Two Senior Executives

McLean, Va. -- Cognosante, a McLean-based provider of health information technology tools and services to public health agencies, has hired a pair of top executives, naming Alex Cobey as its chief legal officer and Mustafa El Rafey as its chief people officer. Cobey most recently was a partner at the law firm of Hogan Lovells, where he spent almost 20 years in the firm's corporate department. Mustafa was the global head of talent management at Mars, Starbucks and QVC. The moves come at a time of significant growth for Cognosante, which in October acquired Business Information Technology Solutions (BITS)
https://www.cognosante.com/news/press-release/alex-cobey-joins-cognosante-chief-legal-officer/ 
https://www.cognosante.com/news/press-release/mustafa-el-rafey-joins-cognosante-chief-people-officer/ 
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o SBA Names DC-Area Winners of 2017 Small Business Awards

Washington, DC -- The Small Business Administration's Washington Metropolitan Area District Office has named the winners of its 2017 Small Business Award Winners for DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Winners, to be honored at a ceremony May 3 in DC, included: Robert Dozier Jr. of RWD Consulting (Small Business Person of the Year for DC), Andrea Stone of Dynamic Pro (Small Business Person of the Year for Northern Virginia), Christopher Keeys of Clinical Pharmacy Associates (Small Business Person of the Year for Maryland), John Francis Sayres of Sayres and Associates (8(a) Graduate of the Year), Daniel Turner of TCG (Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year), Nisha Shajahan of Integrity Management Services (Small Business Subcontractor of the Year) and Toa Do of Business Development Assistance Group (Director's Legacy Award).
https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/dc/washington 
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Baird Commentary: How the IoT Revolution Is Driving Consolidation

In a recent commentary on the ever-evolving Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, Baird’s senior technology bankers discuss how the proliferation of IoT-enabled software and services and ongoing industry consolidation.

Today’s sophisticated IoT software and systems not only connect disparate devices, they collect, verify and cleanse data – diminishing the long-time challenge of cutting through “noise” inherent to data aggregation and facilitating in-depth analysis and application of the collected information into actionable intelligence. This IoT revolution is quickly catching up to its hype by transforming businesses across many sectors. The value of IoT technology has become imperative, and growing demand is fueling tremendous acquisition interest from a diverse range of buyers, pushing competition higher and accelerating consolidation in the space.

Read Baird’s insights into this rapidly evolving space and the related M&A activity:

http://www.rwbaird.com/news/Unlocking-Intelligence 

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(Arlington, Va.) Arlington-based Accenture Federal Services said it has won a contract worth up to $64 million from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Under the deal, the company will modernize and maintain more than 70 TSA enterprise applications using Agile and DevOps software development practices.
https://newsroom.accenture.com/news/accenture-awarded-contract-to-bring-agile-services-to-tsa.htm 

(Washington, DC) DC-based GovernmentContract.com said it has launched a free online learning platform designed to help users enter and compete in the government marketplace. The site, created by Winvale, gives members access to insights and courses developed by subject matter experts in areas from understanding the fundamentals of government sales and marketing, to learning how to conduct market research, responding to RFPs and staying compliant.
http://www.governmentcontract.com 

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> Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Our Columbia, MD based client's products are used by marketers, publishers and agencies worldwide to build relationships with their consumers by providing access to billions of global data points -- instantaneously. In this role, you’ll be the CMO of all product lines. This will include working closely with product managers while interacting with clients, consumers and markets to understand their needs and developing strategies to address them. It’ll be your job to create compelling collateral that conveys the benefits of all our products. You’ll serve as the knowledge nerve center for all our Sales and Client Success teams and will design and implement internal and external training to familiarize both with new and existing product lines. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of the digital advertising ecosystem and have at least seven-years of demonstrable B2B product marketing and SaaS experience. Experience with Ad Networks, Web Analytics, Data Management, Audience Measurement, Audience Targeting in the Digital Advertising space is a plus. Please send resumes to Dan@execcareersdc.com
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> Account Manager - Columbia, MD

Cohesion is a specialized IT staffing and consulting company that helps organizations solve IT knowledge and skills gaps. We are looking for a high energy sales professional, who is a team player and understands how to deliver results to join our Columbia, MD team. This role works directly with the Market Director to manage a handful of large and growing clients. The Account Manager will receive excellent, hands-on training in the unique and effective business solutions Cohesion provides to its clients. Outstanding presentation skills, a clear and transparent communication style, and excellent time management skills are imperative for the position. A Bachelor's Degree is required. Email resumes to: zshaw@cohesion.com

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> Super Early Bird Expires on Monday! CONNECTpreneur Summer Forum, June 13, Tysons Corner

Register now! The BEST networking event in the Mid-Atlantic for entrepreneurship, tech, investing & just plain CXO to CXO networking will be held on June 13 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner from 7-11 AM. ROCKSTAR DEALMAKER ROUNDTABLE: HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY BUILD, SELL, AND BUY TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES: CAROLYN PARENT, CEO & President, LiveSafe; JONATHON PERRELLI, CEO & Co-Founder, LifeFuels; Managing Director/Founder, Fortify Ventures; K. PAUL SINGH, CEO, Rezon8 Capital; Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Primus Telecommunications Group; STEVE ROTH, Partner, CM Equity Partners; MARK HOLLOWAY, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PLUS COMPANY SHOWCASE / ROCKET PITCH (Companies will be announced on June 1st). We will be SOLD OUT with over 400 CXOs, founders, entrepreneurs, angels and VCs. REGISTER NOW on Eventbrite: https://connectpreneurjune2017.eventbrite.com
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> Getting Started with SEO -- May 4 -- Whereoware HQ - Chantilly

If a user searches for your company name on Google, does it return on the first page of search results? According to Hubspot, 75% of users never scroll past the first page of search results. If you answered no to the first question, join our event to learn how to get started with SEO. Walk away with our checklist: 5 Steps to Getting Started with SEO. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.whereoware.com/blog/local-event-getting-started-seo/2017/02/
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> Bowie BIC Dolphin Tank Pitch Event -- May 3 -- Kenhill Center-- Bowie, MD

Make new business connections and offer advice to young Prince George’s County companies at the first countywide Dolphin Tank Pitch Event and Reception conducted by Springboard Enterprises and hosted by the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC) business accelerator, on May 3rd from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Kenhill Center in Bowie, MD. Hear five technology, innovative product and professional service companies from business incubators and accelerators in Prince George’s County pitch their ideas and get friendly feedback on business models, marketing and business challenges from a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. The panelists include AMY MILLMAN, Co-Founder of Springboard Enterprises; SAM MEDILE, Dingman Angels investor; MAC CONWELL, serial entrepreneur and Deal Team Coordinator for Maryland TEDCO and JULIE LENZER, Associate Vice President Economic Development and Co-Director UM Ventures-University of Maryland. The young companies pitching are participants in the Bowie BIC Business Accelerator, the Startup Shell at the University of Maryland-College Park and the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Accelerator. Weigh in from the audience to ask questions and offer advice. The Bowie BIC Dolphin Tank event is funded in part by a grant from Maryland TEDCO and the City of Bowie. This is a free event, but registration is required:
https://dolphintank_bowiebic2017.eventbrite.com
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Market Meets Market | Industry Insights & Predictions | May 23rd

Houlihan Lokey invites you to attend the 12th Annual Market Meets Market event for an informative discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing federal contractors in 2017 and beyond. The program will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd in Tysons Corner and will bring together 350+ industry executives. Attendees will hear insights from David Berteau, President and CEO of the Professional Services Council, as well as a panel discussion focusing on the Government Services and Technology landscape. For more information, and to register, please visit:
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> Baird Commentary: How the IoT Revolution Is Driving Consolidation

In a recent commentary on the ever-evolving Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, Baird’s senior technology bankers discuss how the proliferation of IoT-enabled software and services and ongoing industry consolidation. Today’s sophisticated IoT software and systems not only connect disparate devices, they collect, verify and cleanse data -- diminishing the long-time challenge of cutting through “noise” inherent to data aggregation and facilitating in-depth analysis and application of the collected information into actionable intelligence. This IoT revolution is quickly catching up to its hype by transforming businesses across many sectors. The value of IoT technology has become imperative, and growing demand is fueling tremendous acquisition interest from a diverse range of buyers, pushing competition higher and accelerating consolidation in the space. Read Baird’s insights into this rapidly evolving space and the related M&A activity:
http://www.rwbaird.com/news/Unlocking-Intelligence 

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> 8 Habits of Effective Critical Thinkers

Critical thinking - the ability to make decisions, solve problems, and take appropriate action - has been identified as a key skill by educators, business leaders and governments. Here are eight ways to become a better critical thinker at work and in life.
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