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Hot off the presses: We told you Wednesday that Amazon Web Services plans to establish a new office in Herndon, creating 500 jobs to support its cloud-computing services for commercial and government customers. It's a media jungle out there, but the Washington Post, Virginia Business, Tech Bisnow and ExecutiveBiz among many others worked up items about this announcement about a company that will further diversify the county's economic base of Our Fair Parish.
Faceoff: Chantilly-based Digital Signal Corporation, which sells 3-D long-range facial recognition technology to government and commercial clients, landed a $50 million investment from Saudi Arabia's Technology Control Corp. Digital Signal plans to use the funding to expand its sales and marketing efforts and establish an international headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. You won't need 3-D glasses to read this Yahoo! release.
C this company grow: Tysons Corner-based event management software firm Cvent announced plans to open an office in London, its first European office. The company said the location will allow it to better support nearly 250 U.K. clients. Put down the fish 'n chips and check this release picked up by Potomac Tech Wire.
Brothers (and sisters) in arms: Just in time for Memorial Day, the Washington Business Journal out today takes a closer look at the efforts by Merrifield-based service-disabled veteran-owned small business CPS Professional Services to help veterans. Check out this story by Christina Huynh -- that's an order, soldier!
What the hack: Andrew Rudin of Vienna-based sales strategy firm Outside Technologies attended the first Hackathon at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in fair Annandale to watch students create demo-ready software. Afterward he wrote in the Customerthink blog that the Washington area is fertile ground for innovation, and he worked in a pithy quote from FCEDA President/CEO Jerry Gordon. Get down to business and check out Rudin's post.
Dogged pursuit of success: Jay Margolis, managing partner of Northern Virginia Veterinary Associates, which has offices in Fairfax, Falls Church, Chantilly and Centreville, shares details of his background in this purr-fect Executive Profile unleashed in the Washington Business Journal out today.
Well, now that you ask: WashingtonExec is asking top area executives what books are on their summer reading list. Paul Leslie, CEO of Tysons Corner-based IT contractor Dovel Technologies covers history and cloud computing on his reading list.
The combined revenue of the 10 Fairfax County companies among Fortune magazine's list of the 500 biggest companies in the U.S. is $211 billion. That is almost equal to the gross domestic product of the Republic of Ireland.
May 28 -- Emerging Cyber-Security Solutions from Israel. A business networking event at Teqcorner in Tysons Corner. Get more information and register here.
May 30 -- Hispanic Business Summit 2013. Presented by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Get more information and register here.
June 4 -- Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County. At Fairfax County EDA headquarters in Tysons Corner. Get more information and register here.
June 5-6: Capital Connection '13 and TechBUZZ. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. Get more information and register here.