TheBridge profile: Mitchell Kominsky — TheBridge

Name: Mitchell Kominsky

Current city: New York City

Current job: Co-Founder + Chief Strategy Officer of Venture Smarter, Inc.

Past job: Technology Policy Counsel for U.S. Senate Leadership

Q. Favorite spot for a coffee meeting? Think Coffee on 14th St. and 8th Ave in NYC

Q. Describe one way how a skill you learned in a previous job helped you in your new job. Leading legislative efforts - from drafting language to executing strategy to pass into law - for various cybersecurity bills as a Counsel in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives helped me learn how to craft complex strategy and work with a multitude of stakeholders, both skills essential in my current role as co-founder of a technology company.

Q. Job advice in three words? Push new boundaries.

Q. How are you (or your company, org, nonprofit) currently bridging the gap between politics and tech? My company is a technology startup utilizing big data to build an ecosystem for governments, fortune 500 companies, innovative startups, and universities to collaborate in a larger effort to build smart cities and connected communities.

Q. What can DC teach Silicon Valley? You cannot move fast and break things - and expect to be successful in Washington.

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