Gulnara is passionate about technology and startups. Her goal is to make Washington, D.C. a vibrant startup playground. She is the Founder of twosidebrain.com and an Event Organizer for Weekly DC Nightowls Co-Working Sessions.

Gulnara has a strong financial background and is currently working on analyzing and valuing companies for credit financing. When not crunching numbers, interviewing amazing people or writing articles, Gulnara can be found snowboarding around the US.

Follow her @Gulnara , @twosidebrain and @DCNightowls

 

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DC vs the Valley: An Interview With John Burke Of True Ventures

Last week, I got a chance to meet with John Burke, Founder of True Ventures, to discuss the differences between the tech scene in the Washington, DC and Silicon Valley.  Burke has vast experience investing in early stage tech startups in both regions; though…

Social Meets Academics at Student-Only StudyHall

Last week, friends and family members gathered in DC to celebrate the launch of StudyHall, a startup gearing up to disrupt higher education. The walls were plastered with schools’ memorabilia and fake StudyHall profiles of each attendee. The room was buzzing with energy and…

The Winners of Startup Weekend Education in NoVA

Almost a hundred people came to Startup Weekend Education in NoVA organized by  CIT GAP Funds in partnership with Startup Weekend DC. The event was held this past weekend at Microsoft’s Reston, VA office. After all the pitches were made on Friday night, thirteen…

LastPass Wallet Helps You Unclutter Your Physical Wallet

LastPass has just released the Wallet app for iOS, which securely stores and syncs notes, images, audio clips, and more, all for free. This nifty app helps you easily unclutter your physical wallet. If you are new to LastPass, their goal is to help the…

Doodle or Die: Like the Game of Telephone, Except With Doodles

Doodle or Die is a web-based game that randomly assigns you one of two actions: either to doodle a description or describe a doodle. Once you complete the step, you will be able to see the full chain of either doodles or descriptions, and…

Fantasy Politics Games Proliferate: Fanitics Launches This Month

Just last week we covered Fantasy Politics, a game that takes fantasy football to a whole new level.  Now we have Fanitics, a Facebook application that tracks presidential candidates, governors and Congressional members on metrics like media mentions, facts, fundraising, polling, bill tracking, Twitter…

Military Traveler App Aims To Be “Yelp For The Military”

If you are not in the military, you probably wouldn’t know the hassle of getting basic information about the base you are stationed in, such as where can you get food, when does the gym close, where you can find medical help, etc. The…

New Recipe Discovery Site Mor.sl: “Pandora for Cooking”

When you see a delicious looking picture of a meal, you probably begin craving something to munch on. Once you launch mor.sl, expect that effect – times one hundred. The landing page of this recipe-discovery site is full of neatly organized pictures of all…

Define and Test Your Business Model With LeanLaunchLab

LeanLaunchLab

How often do you test your business model hypothesis? According to Ben Mappen, CEO and the Founder of LeanLaunchLab: Before you go and do the most expensive work, which is development, you should be talking to customers, validating the riskiest assumptions about your business…

Startup and Funding Advice From the Co-Founder of Webs.com

Webs.com interview

If you were one of 999 who RSVP’d to attend DC Tech Meetup: Social Media Edition this past Wednesday, then you got a chance to enjoy Peter Corbett’s interview with Haroon Mokhtarzada, Co-Founder and CEO of Webs.com – “the world’s largest do-it-yourself website-creation solution,” which was…

Culture and Collaboration: The Language of Social Media

Rosetta Stone

On Monday night, Rosetta Stone hosted an event at Barcode as part of Social Media Week in Washington, D.C. The title – “Interactive Culture: Food, Drinks, and Social Collaboration with Rosetta Stone” – caught my attention. In the description of the event they were boasting “a night of international culture…

Going to SXSW? Hop Aboard the StartupBus And Hack Your Way Down

It’s finally here! The first StartupBus will be leaving Washington, D.C. during the first week of March and will head down to SXSW with about 25 lucky “buspreneurs,” hackers, hipsters, and of course hustlers! “StartupBus is an invitation-only community of hackers, hustlers and hipsters passionate about…