CLBR Seg 2: Startup Spotlight with Genevieve Dennis of EasyNameChange, Net Neutrality and Capitol Offenses




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Meet the Man Taking on







, founder and director of Easy Name Change, is often quoted in the media (ABC news radio, Herald Sun, Sunday Age, Sydney Courier Mail and more). She’s kind of like the Chuck Norris of name change.  “I’m a name change nerd. Ask me anything about changing names and if I don’t know it, I’ll buy you a coffee.” You might need to travel some ways to get it though: Easy Name Change operates in Australia, USA, Canada, UK and New Zealand.
While EasyNameChange wants to help you change your name, its founders certainly won’t be changing their blue-chip pedigree.  Genevieve has worked with Simplot, Mattel, SCA and Nestle, while her husband Derrick Dennis  (the tech guru behind the operation)  is a pioneer of online digital music retailing in Australia.
The operation is seeking Angels to help expand as they ramp up operations in the U.S., Canada, Oceania and the UK.
I think we might know of at least one potential customer . . . . Given the controversy surrounding the Redskin name and Washington’s penchant for some less than stellar sports nicknames, Mr. Snyder might want to keep Genevieve’s card handy





Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Extended As FCC Website Crashes

Fueled in part by John Oliver’s hilarious invocation for U.S. netizens to save the Internet from a dingo, the Federal Communications Commission had over 700,000 comments offered in response to their latest Net Neutrality proposal.  A large surge of comments on the final comment day (July 15) caused the FCC website to crash a second time and led to an extension of the deadline to today.  BuzzFeed has a feature on the funniest comments submitted, while the Internet Law Center’s comments can be found here.

Anniversary of the Establishment of the District of Columbia

On this day in 1790, the District of Columbia  was established as the capital of the United States by the Residence Act.

Eleven years later,  President John Adams signed the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801 that placed the District of Columbia under the jurisdiction of Congress.  At that time, Washington, D.C. was a city of 3,200 people, but the District of Columbia included Georgetown and Alexandria, Virginia and combined the city had a population of nearly 11,000 which made it the 6th largest city in the United States.  The Organic Act made those citizens “stateless” and Washington residents:

  • would not be able to vote for President until 163 years later.
    Thirty-three Presidents (from Jefferson to Kennedy) were elected without any vote from District residents.
  • would not have a representative in Congress until 169 years later
    (even though Puerto Rico has had one since 1898)
  • would not elect a Mayor for the District until 173 years later.

Last February, on the anniversary of the Organic Act we had Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s non-voting Delegate to Congress, on to discuss Washington’s status as the nation’s last colony.  The audio is below.

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As a former Washingtonian, I refuse to ignore this now that I reside elsewhere.  My annual Fourth of July blog post on DC Voting Rights can be read here.


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