The Defense Ventures Fellows program is an immersion program for active-duty military service members, who spend 2 weeks in a cohort-based training, and then 6 weeks embedded in a venture capital firm or portfolio company — after which they return to the military with new insights about the innovation economy.


Excited to see the Biden-Harris Administration launch the U.S. Digital Corps!

As a brand new two-year federal fellowship for early-career technologists, the U.S. Digital Corps will give the next generation a chance to make an impact in important areas, like covid response, economic recovery, cybersecurity, and streamlining government services.

There…


FedRAMP Marketplace

Some of the best policy implementation ideas come from the trenches.

In the case of FedRAMP — the standardized approach to federal cloud security — I think the federal government would benefit from hearing from software vendors that have recently gone through (or are currently going through) the FedRAMP authorization…


As the CEO of a fast-growing scale-up software company, why on earth would you want to start a government affairs function? As one CEO asked me, why would I want to hire a high-priced person to just play golf all day?

Hidden in that dismissive and unfair comment, there is…


(and why we should loosen TMF repayment requirements)

I have gone full cliché during pandemic: color-coordinated books in new bookcases, Peloton almost every day, and dropping 45 pounds.

To answer the most common question, I lost weight by mostly sticking to a prepared diet — though regular exercise (when the…


Are Agile and DevSecOps — ways to iteratively build and deploy software faster and better — overhyped?

I don’t think so. Agile and DevSecOps have changed the way startups and large organizations get features into production faster, better meeting the needs of customers. …


A scene at the national Veterans Day celebration on November 11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. — VA Photo, James Lucas

[Note: Marina Nitze and Charles Worthington have been clients and guest speakers in Harvard’s DPI-663 since the beginning of the class in 2016.]

When Marina Nitze joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in 2013, she was determined to make VA work…


This week, on Government Matters, host Francis Rose interviewed me about “color of money” pilots for software acquisition in the Defense Department.

Under Secretary Ellen Lord — the Defense Department’s top acquisition official—is working with Congress to test the idea of a single type of software money, instead of separate…


A class photo at the beginning of the semester, with students, clients, and teaching team

This past spring semester I faced my first crisis of confidence as an instructor.

(It was my fifth year teaching DPI-663: Tech and Innovation in Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, a milestone I’m proud to reach.)

In the span of one week in March, COVID-19 forced many of my…


As a former senior federal official, I’m guilty of focusing on startups. The allure of the scrappy startup entrepreneur — especially if she is mission-focused — is irresistible.

Federal executives and CIOs are right to explicitly focus on including them in new initiatives — to support emerging technologies and inspire…

Nick Sinai

Senior Advisor at Insight Partners; Adjunct Faculty at Harvard; former US Deputy CTO at White House

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