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Dr. Ximena Hartsock Discusses Ideas That Change The World - Startup of the Year Podcast

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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we listen to Frank Gruber’s interview with Dr. Ximena Hartsock from the Startup of the Year Summit in the fall of 2020.

Dr. Hartsock is the Co-founder of Phone2Action, the world's leading technology company for civic participation and stakeholder engagement. The platform has empowered millions of advocates to make over 40 million connections with elected officials. She is passionate about education and about empowering people to take action to make this world a better place. In addition to running her own companies, Ximena is a member of the board of directors of Consumer Technology Association, which produces CES, and she is also on the Forbes list of Women Crushing it in Technology.

When we heard from her at our Summit in the fall of 2020, she was still working with Phone2Action, but after eight years, she announced that she left the Arlington-based civic tech company to pursue a new venture and launch a new technology product. We are excited to hear more about her new endeavor when more details are available.

We also hear from Rich Maloy, VP of Engagement at Established, and part of Established Ventures, who has some tips for raising capital with a segment called the “VC Minute.”

As many of you may know, we’ve had a long tradition of heading down to Austin, Texas every March for SXSW and we want to quickly let you all know we have something brewing again this year in mid-March. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved visit:

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Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource.

Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year.

The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.

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