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Inside the Company That's Bringing a Start-Up Culture to D.C.

1776 is introducing disruptive innovators to Washington.


Looking west down the National Mall from the top of the Capitol Dome, Dec. 19, 2013. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington, D.C. isn't just a government town anymore. And if 1776's Evan Burfield and Donna Harris have it their way, the nation's capital will be host to of the next great global start-up scene.

1776, a company located in downtown D.C., is a start-up incubator. It hosts about 185 start-ups in its offices, and it helps get companies from across the country off the ground. "Sitting at home in your room, it's you and your problems," cofounder Donna Harris says. But by fostering a sense of community and bringing some of the best disruptive innovators in the country to the insiders who can grapple with the power and political dynamics that guide the U.S. economy, Harris and Burfield hope to help create a new industry in Washington.


"Let's travel the country and see what's working everywhere else," Harris says. "And let's apply it, in our own way, in Washington, D.C."

National Journal's Ron Brownstein interviewed 1776 cofounders Harris and Burfiled at their office this month. Watch the full interview here:

Innovator Series, Video A


Innovator Series, Video B

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