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We are now live! Apologies for the technical difficulties, the live video can be found here.

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Today's ever-expanding sharing economy provides consumers with convenient and cost-efficient access to critical resources without the financial, emotional, or social burdens of ownership. But, at its core, the sharing economy isn’t really about “sharing;” it’s about access, and D.C. is at the forefront of this new economy, both in terms of availability of and support for service providers. 

In 2014, D.C. was recognized for its low-barrier to entry for new and innovative services - like passing one of the first pro-ridesharing bills in the U.S. - and number of dollars raised by start-ups via crowd-funding. With these companies making user interfaces and customer service top priorities, D.C.'s booming access economy is providing residents and visitors alike with a wide variety of cost-effective services with superior user-experiences. Join @DigitalDistrict on February 18 at Carriage House to learn how RideScout and others are excelling in D.C's vibrant access economy.
Have questions about this event? Hit us up!  @DigitalDistrict

Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Adam Thierer is a senior research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in technology, media, Internet, and free-speech policies, with a particular focus on online safety and digital privacy. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, theWashington Post, the Atlantic, and Forbes, and he has appeared on national television and radio. Thierer is a frequent guest lecturer and has testified numerous times on Capitol Hill.

Thierer has authored or edited eight books on topics ranging from media regulation and child safety issues to the role of federalism in high-technology markets. His latest book is Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom.

He contributes to the Technology Liberation Front, a leading tech policy blog. Thierer has served on several distinguished online safety task forces, including Harvard University’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force and the federal government’s Online Safety Technology Working Group.

Previously, Thierer was president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, director of telecommunications studies at the Cato Institute, and a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Thierer received his MA in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland and his BA in journalism and political philosophy from Indiana University.

You can connect with Adam on Twitter at @AdamThierer.

John Gossart, Vice President of Corporate Development, RideScout

John Gossart is an original partner Vice President of Corporate Development at RideScout, the recently acquired startup that is changing the way people choose and use ground transportation. Before joining the RideScout team, John served for over 22 years in the U.S. Army, work that took him to various locations across the U.S. as well as Europe, Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen. His assignments included duty as a commander, chief of staff and most recently, as a counterterrorism policy deputy director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. John graduated from Boston College in 1992 and subsequently earned a Masters in Public Policy and Fiscal Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. John continues to teach policy and economics as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and four sons.

Johann Moonesinghe, CEO, EquityEats
As CEO of EquityEats, Johann mixes an entrepreneur's boldness with his discerning palate. In addition to making angel investments in several early stage technology companies, he has also invested in two bars: Black Whiskey in DC and Eighty-Two in LA. The idea for EquityEats was born out of those two investments. EquityEats's subsidiary Prequel is the first company to gain approval from DC regulators to conduct equity-based crowdfunding where all DC residents can participate. Prequel is currently raising capital from DC residents at EquityEats marks Johann's third technology startup. madKast, a 2007 TechStars Boulder company, was acquired by industry-leader ShareThis in 2008. Johann has a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA.

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What digital news did you miss this week? We've got you covered.

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It's Team Member Tuesday! Today we're featuring Bronwyn, our new director of events.

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Want to stay up-to-date on the latest digital news? Here is what you need to know.

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Are you a DC based charitable organization? Then we want to work with you! Read more about our upcoming charitable partner program coming in 2015, and how you can apply.

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Today's Google Doodle, inspired by pretty much everyone of us who works in an office.

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In regards to the FCC's vote to move forward with a tiered internet, +Digital District has created an open letter/response. We implore you to become educated about this issue, as it can and will drastically affect the future of the Web. Please consider sending an official comment to the FCC after reading up on these new proposed anti-Net Neutrality issues.

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Join us tomorrow for a marketing focused Web panel!
Regardless of industry or job title, everyone has to deal with the daily task of managing expectations- of your team members, supervisors, clients, vendors, subscribers, users, you name it - we are all beholden to someone.
And expectations can take infinite forms: deadlines and turn-around times, platform or product capabilities, outcomes and campaign results, measurements of success, ROI...
So, what are the best ways to handle all these daily demands and expectations? How do you clearly define desired and anticipated outcomes?  
Our talented panel will help you hone your skills at organizing, prioritizing and communicating expectations to all your stakeholders. Join us and up your aptitude at controlling expectations.

More details here

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Yesterday Twitter announced the launch of new profile designs. Our Director of Digital got the inside scoop on how this will affect you.
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