From Government Employee To Software Company Founder

From government employee to software company founder Ahmad Ishaq is the founder and chief innovation officer of ByteCubed, an IT consulting firm in Arlington Virginia. In 2017, ByteCubed was ranked No 46 on the Inc magazine’s list of fastest growing companies. It was also voted one of the best places to work in DC by the Washington Post.

In this episode, Ahmad talked about how he built a successful company in the very competitive government contracting space, the challenges of managing hyper-growth and the importance of having a unique value proposition.


“You need to have clear, concise stories of who you are and what your unique value proposition is.”


-Ahmad Ishaq




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How to Build, Launch, And Improve A Software Product

How to Build, Launch, And Improve A Software ProductPJ Taei is the founder of UScreen, a video platform that enables content creators launch their own video streaming service and build a profitable business selling their videos online

In this episode, PJ talked about how he created UScreen from scratch, from building prototype and getting initial customers, to iterating on the product vision and launching marketing campaigns.

“Ultimately the best way to test your idea is to build something (quickly) and get it into customers’ hands.”


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How to Become More Resilient as An Entrepreneur


Tim Hwang is the founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a software company in Washington DC that helps organizations build and manage their relationships with all levels of government, through their analytics and machine learning tools. Tim started Fiscal Note at the ripe old age of 21. And in 2016, he was named to the 30 under 30 lists of top young entrepreneurs by Forbes and Inc. magazines.

Tim is a very smart and insightful entrepreneur. On today’s episode, he talked about how he started the company in a Motel 6 with three childhood friends, the crucial elements for success that every business needs, how to build a great team and grow as a leader, and most importantly, how to get through the really difficult time as a founder.

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“You need to be really passionate about the problem you’re solving. Otherwise you wouldn’t stick it out.”

– Tim Hwang


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