Net Neutrality/Internet Economy Podcast Archives

Ep 77: Are Ajit Pai and His Net Neutrality ‘Weed Whacker’ Good for the Digital Divide? with Harold Feld

Ep 77: Are Ajit Pai and His Net Neutrality ‘Weed Whacker’ Good for the Digital Divide? with Harold Feld

Harold Feld (@haroldfeld) is Public Knowledge’s Senior Vice President. Before becoming Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge, Harold worked as Senior Vice President of Media Access Project, advocating for the public interest in media, telecommunications, and technology policy for almost 10 years. Prior to joining MAP, Harold was an associate at Covington & Burling, worked on Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and accountability issues at the Department of Energy, and clerked for

Ep 66: Redefining Tech Inclusion in the Age of Trump with Melinda Epler

Ep 66: Redefining Tech Inclusion in the Age of Trump with Melinda Epler

Melinda Epler (@changecatalysts) is Founder and CEO of Change Catalyst, a certified B Corp whose mission is to empower diverse, inclusive and sustainable tech innovation through education, mentorship and funding. Change Catalyst won a Certified B Corporation “Best for the World” award for community impact in 2014 and “Best in the World” overall in 2015. Melinda has more than 20 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for social entrepreneurs, mature

Ep 65: What to Expect from Tech Policy Under Trump with Andy Schwartzman

Ep 65: What to Expect from Tech Policy Under Trump with Andy Schwartzman

Andrew Jay Schwartzman (@aschwa02) is the Benton Senior Counselor at the Institute for Public Representation of Georgetown University Law Center. He directed Media Access Project, a public interest media and telecommunications law firm, for 34 years. Mr. Schwartzman serves on the International Advisory Board of Southwestern Law School’s National Entertainment & Media Law Institute and on the Board of Directors of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and was the Board

Ep 62: How to Access Federal Venture Capital for Your Small Business with Nate Yohannes

Ep 62: How to Access Federal Venture Capital for Your Small Business with Nate Yohannes

Nate Yohannes (linkedin.com/in/nateyohannesgovernmentaffairs) is Senior Advisor to the Chief Investment and Innovation Officer at the US Small Business Administration. He was appointed by the White House Office of Presidential Personnel as a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration. As the Senior Advisor, Mr. Yohannes assists with managing the Small Business Investment Company, a $25 billion private equity/venture fund and the SBIR program, a $2.5 billion per year grant program to

Ep 60: How to Engage DC’s Vibrant, Local Talent with Courtney Snowden

Ep 60: How to Engage DC’s Vibrant, Local Talent with Courtney Snowden

Courtney R. Snowden (@DMGEOSnowden) is Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity for the District of Columbia. A sixth-generation Washingtonian born at Howard University Hospital, Courtney was raised in the Shepherd Park neighborhood of Ward 4, and now lives east of the river (EOTR) in Ward 7 with her young son, Malik. The Washington Post has recognized Courtney for her “keen understanding of the need to connect neighborhoods if the city is to thrive. She understands policy, is adept at

Ep 52: How to Protect Your Business Against Legal Problems with Rachel Rodgers

Ep 52: How to Protect Your Business Against Legal Problems with Rachel Rodgers

My guest today is Rachel Rodgers (@RachelRodgersEsq) business lawyer turned business coach, intellectual property strategist, and the creator of Small Business Bodyguard. In 2013, she created the Small Business Bodyguard: Cover Your Bases, Cover Your Assets, Cover Your Ass. This game-changing legal resource has been called “fun and engaging” by New York Times bestselling author Chris Brogan and a “graduate-level course on how to build a strong foundation for your business” by CEO of OurDeal, …

Ep 48: On Which New Front will Net Neutrality be Assaulted Next? with Matt Wood

Ep 48: On Which New Front will Net Neutrality be Assaulted Next? with Matt Wood

My guest today is Matt Wood (@mattfwood)—Policy Director at Free Press. Matt helps shape Free Press’ efforts to protect the open internet, prevent media concentration, promote affordable broadband deployment and safeguard press freedom. He’s served as an expert witness before Congress on multiple occasions. Before joining Free Press, he worked at the public interest law firm Media Access Project and in the communications practice groups of two private law firms in Washington, D.C. Before that, …

Ep 47: How Policy Professionals Can Tell Better Stories with Data with Marcus Jiménez

Ep 47: How Policy Professionals Can Tell Better Stories with Data with Marcus Jiménez

My guest today is Marcus Jiménez. Marcus is Founder and CEO of Sticky Docs—a content creation, data visualization and publishing platform for enterprises of all kinds. In 2014, Sticky Docs was the winner of the Tabby Business Award for Best Enterprise Marketing app. Marcus has also been recognized by Agency Post, the American Marketers Association, the Art Director’s Club, The Society of Publication Designers, and the ADCOLOR® Industry Coalition, where he was honored as a Change Agent Award …

Fintech and Venture Capital with Viola Llewellyn (Ep. 45)

Ep 45: How Fintech is Changing the Landscape of Venture Capital with Viola Llewellyn

My guest today is Viola Llewellyn (@VALlewellyn), 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 …

Ep. 44: Reducing Alcoholism in the Tech Sector and User Interface Design for Policy Professionals with Victor Yocco

Ep. 44: Reducing Alcoholism in the Tech Sector and User Interface Design for Policy Professionals with Victor Yocco

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 …