Spotlight: Evan Burfield

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What drives you?

“I grew up watching Star Wars and my mother used to sit down and talk to me about the lessons of Luke Skywalker, and the fact that people who have great gifts have the responsibility to contribute to greater good. If I think of myself as a gifted person, I have to give back. If I don’t give back, I must not have had the gifts. If you really want to be a player in the world, it comes down to your ability to make change.”

Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years?

“The costs of building a business continue to decrease. Capital networks respond to that in terms of scouting and funding. Angel investment has changed, today we have a lot more data and better mechanisms in place. In line with this development, there also is more awareness about disruptive innovation – just think of Uber or Tesla. You could almost say that the Valley has collided into D.C.

Background

Evan’s entrepreneurial career started out when he founded netDecide – a provider of enterprise wealth management solutions – fresh out of high school. After five years as netDecide’s Chief Strategy Officer, Evan obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Oxford. At the same time, he co-founded Synteractive, an IT consulting firm with clients in the public, private and nonprofit sector. In 2012, he joined Startup D.C., a grassroots initiative for serial entrepreneurs, angel investors, and community leaders, dedicated to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of the D.C. region. After his role at the Startup America Partnership from 2011 to 2013, he and Donna Harris co-founded 1776 in January 2013.

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