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Video: Local Tech Talk in Crystal City

Just over a month ago, ARLnow held a discussion about Arlington’s tech industry, in what is perhaps the epicenter of the county’s tech scene: Crystal City.

The event, sponsored by Vornado and the Crystal City BID, featured host Sarah Fraser and the following local innovators.

Above is the video from the event, courtesy of Arlington Independent Media.

So what did we learn? Here are just a few of the questions and answers.

Tell us a bit about your company.

Phillips: “Shift is a two-year-old startup that makes car resale easier. We handle all the paperwork, and take the stress out of it.”

Why do your companies choose Arlington?

Sundaram: “For us Arlington was a natural choice. Arlington offered a large residential piece and retail… [for] our employees who live nearby. It worked out geographically.”

What are some of the best opportunities for local tech?

Sundaram: “I think that there are a lot of high-tech companies but also lots of startups, so we get a balanced ecosystem. We are also in the D.C. area, this area has access to lots of political conversation.

What is your company working on right now?

Orazem: “We are creating a forum for people to ask questions about government cuts and revenue.”

You have offices all over the world, how do you keep everyone on the same page?

Fuccillo: “Big business problems in a small business is never good, we have to have really good communication. Webinar-based meetings with webcams definitely helps us connect a little bit better.”

Quotes compiled by Justin Funkhouser

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