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WashingTECH Tech Policy Podcast with Joe Miller

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Jun 28, 2016

Viola Llewellyn (@VALlewellyn) is co-founder, President and CEO of Ovamba Solutions Inc.

Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Ovamba matches global investors to qualified African Small and Medium Sized Enterprises who need short term funding. Ovamba is backed by Crowdcredit in Japan, Courtyard Capital in the UK, and GLI in Guernsey who themselves are backed by Blackrock Global, AXA Investment Managers, and Barclays Wealth.

Average size investments in businesses across Ovamba's portfolio is around $50,000, with as little as $3,000 all the way up to $500,000 invested. The success rate of the companies Ovamba works with is 98%, delivering between a 13 and 18 percent return on investment.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • the role of financial technology ("fintech") in helping Africa-based business access capital.
  • how to cultivate a mindset that will help you overcome obstacles in your career.

Resources:

Ovamba

African Business Angel Network (ABAN)

Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

The Storytelling Book by Anthony Tasgal

Jun 21, 2016

Victor Yocco (@VictorYocco) is a User Experience researcher working for EY Intuitive out of Philadelphia. He has written several articles for the likes of A List Apart and Smashing Magazine and has recently written a book about user experience research called Design for the Mind: 7 Psychological Principals for Persuasive Design, which will be available this month. He earned both his undergraduate degree and PhD at Ohio State.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • The 7 key psychological principals for effective user interface design and how to apply them to websites focused on policy.
  • How organizations can reduce alcoholism in the workplace.

Resources:

victoryocco.com

Design for the Mind: Seven Psychological Principals for Persuasive Design by Victor Yocco (2016) COUPON CODE FOR 39% oFF THE COVER PRICE: SMAYOCCO

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (2011)

Jun 14, 2016

Congressman Bobby Scott and Ximena Hartsock

Hon. Bobby Scott
United States Congressman Representing Virginia's 3rd Congressional District
Ranking Member, Committee on Education and the Workforce


Ximena Hartsock (@ximenahartsock) is co-founder and President of Phone2Action. Phone2 Action’s digital grassroots platform makes it easy for your organization to attract and engage supporters. Social media, calling and email advocacy tools connect supporters to elected officials at every level, from city council to federal delegations, as well as to civic programs.

Ximena is an advocate at heart and has been involved in social advocacy campaigns since she was 11. Prior to co-founding Phone2ACtion, she managed membership and outreach for a national advocacy organization, where she ran hundreds of campaigns across the US. She has also held numerous leadership positions in Washington, DC, including spending time as a Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Agency Director. In 2009, she was appointed to the Executive Cabinet of then-DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. She earned her Doctorate in Policy Studies from the George Washington University and was born and raised in Santiago, Chile.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • The right mindset to adopt to overcome your limitations (real and perceived) to reach your fullest potential.
  • How to effectively incorporate mobile into your advocacy campaign.
  • How to combine advocacy and entrepreneurship in a way that is profitable but also keeps you connected to the communities you care about.

Resources:

Phone2Action

Phone2Action on Medium

Ninja University by Gary Shapiro

Schools that Learn by Peter Segne, et al.

The Fifth Discipline by Peter Segne

Jun 7, 2016

Joe Torres (@JosephATorres) is Senior External Affairs Director at Free Press. Joseph advocates in Washington to ensure that our nation’s media policies serve the public interest and builds coalitions to broaden the movement's base. Joseph writes frequently on media and Internet issues and is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media.

He is the 2015 recipient of the Everett C. Parker Award, which recognizes an individual whose work embodies the principles and values of the public interest.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • The historic underpinnings of today's racial narrative in the media.
  • How net neutrality and the internet can circumvent persistent gaps in traditional media ownership diversity.
  • The policy implications arising from how consumers access news on modern platforms such as Facebook and Google.

Resources:

Free Press

News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media by Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres (2012).

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (2012)

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness by Simone Brown (2015)

Forgotten Dead: Mob Violence Against Mexicans in the United States by William D. Carrigan (2013)

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