Hill staffers launch new lives as tech entrepreneurs

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Hill staffers launch new lives as tech entrepreneurs

Aneet Makin had grown tired of the routine.

Congress would drop the language to a bill, sometimes more than a thousand pages long, without much time before a vote took place. That’s when the race began. As associate director in the Washington office of Alaska’s then-Gov. Sean Parnell (R), Makin would scour for any changes his boss didn’t like and try to get them scrapped before the vote.

But then it occurred to Makin, as it occurs to all soon-to-be entrepreneurs, that there had to be a better way. It would be more than a year before Makin fully conceived the idea for LegCyte, the business he left government to start.

Makin is among a small but notable contingent of former Capitol Hill staffers, agency employees and other government types who leave the public sector to start their own companies. But instead of standing up “strategic communications” firms or lobby shops, they are launching technology start-ups.


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