Hey, the folks listed in Washingtonian's Washington's Tech Titans really are a big deal, I've seen this first hand.
UPDATE: there are a number of folks not included in this list who should be, like Bev Godwin, Beth Noveck, Andrew Rasiej, Micah Sifry, Katie Stanton, and I'm sure I'm forgetting others.
That includes a lot of people doing a lot of good stuff, like:
Vivek Kundra, White House CIO. The former DC chief
technology officer—who, through his Apps for Democracy contest,
demonstrated the power of opening up government data streams to
programmers—is now leading the Obama administration’s eGov efforts.
cofounder and executive director, Sunlight Foundation. Working with
Clay Johnson, head of Sunlight’s Labs division, Miller is a leader in
government transparency online, a watchword of the Obama administration.
White House director of new media. Whether Phillips will be able to
drag the White House’s antiquated technology into the 21st century
remains a question, but his mission is to transform the way the
President interacts with the public.
founding partner, Blue State Digital. The former Howard Dean blogger
who served as the Obama campaign’s new-media chief now has more
business than he knows what to do with at his consulting tech firm.
Joe Trippi, principal, Trippi and Associates. The pioneering
political Web guru understands the future better than any other
Andy Carvin, social-media strategist, National
Public Radio. As NPR reinvents itself for the Internet age—its new CEO,
Vivian Schiller, was head of NYTimes.com—one of the leading voices will
be its own social-media guru and prolific Twitterer.
Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist, Google; Steve Crocker, board member, iCANN; and Bob Kahn,
CEO, Corporation for National Research Initiatives. These three men,
all key players in the development of the Internet a generation ago and
thus credited with being “Internet cofounders,” continue to play major
roles in technology development here.
Peter Corbett, founder, TwinTech; Frank Gruber, cofounder, Tech Cocktail; and Justin Thorp,
community manager, Clearspring. These three rising stars are playing a
key role in strengthening the community ties of the diverse Washington
tech world through their online outreach and offline social gatherings.
Michael Nelson, visiting professor, Georgetown
University. The former FCC technology director spent years as IBM’s
director of Internet technology and strategy and, as a Senate staffer
in the early 1990s, helped push through the groundbreaking
High-Performance Computing Act.
Steve Case, chairman and CEO, Revolution. His
Revolution Health venture has never achieved the prominence he hoped
for, but the AOL cofounder remains a major force in the region through
his investments, ideas, and talented network of partners and former
Reed Hundt, senior adviser, McKinsey & Company.
The longtime Intel director was FCC chairman under President Bill
Clinton—and the first at the commission to have a computer at his desk.
He now splits his time among McKinsey, the investment outfits Charles
Ross Partners and the Blackstone Group, and Yale.
Sheila Campbell, manager, General Services
Administration’s USA.gov. After years in the shadows, Campbell is
helping her fellow federal Web managers shine with their newly elevated
importance in the Obama administration.
Virginia Secretary of Technology. A surprise appointment to Tim Kaine’s
administration in 2005 because he hadn’t served in government and
didn’t come from the tech world, Chopra got involved when he was
managing director of the Advisory Board Company.
chair designate, Federal Communications Commission. The appointment of
Genachowski, a veteran of the DC venture-capital world, was a strong
signal to techies that the Obama administration is going to elevate and
engage with technology policy.
president and CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology. CDT finds
itself at the nexus of emerging issues around privacy, government
spying, and Internet technology, so it’s lucky for civil libertarians
that Harris knows the new administration’s movers and shakers well.
(Hey, did I leave out anyone?)