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In any prominent startup scene, venture capitalists can be found behind the scenes, providing financial support, guidance and connections, while scouting what could one day become the next Google or Facebook. Or in the case of D.C., the next Mandiant or Virtustream, perhaps.

While D.C. has a smaller group of firms than, say, Silicon Valley or Boston, there’s still a solid contingent of firms helping to make things happen. And all of the firms have their rising stars—the young up-and-comers who will most likely see their influence grow in years to come. So, we’ve rounded up a list of the names to know among young venture capitalists in D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Stay tuned for more from them soon.

Here are 12 VCs under 35 that we’re following in the D.C. area:

Evan Morgan

  • Firm: Revolution Growth
  • Age: 30
  • Position: Partner
  • Focus: E-commerce, fast casual food, retail, data analytics

Morgan was a leading force in Revolution Growth’s big investment in sports data analytics giant SportRadar earlier this year—a Switzerland-based API provider that looks to partner with popular fantasy sports betting services like DraftKings and FanDuel. Morgan is part of Revolution’s later stage, mature investment fund called Revolution Growth, which has made a number of massive investments this past year. As DC Inno first reported in July, Revolution Growth is in the process of raising a fresh $450 million fund. In conversations with 15 local venture capitalists, many of whom DC Inno also asked for their pick on a top young, D.C. area VC, Morgan was among the most common names to be mentioned. In the future, if Revolution is in fact successful in raising the new fund, he’ll likely become a larger name nationally as well.

Bobby Ocampo

  • Firm: Revolution Ventures
  • Age: 30
  • Position: Partner
  • Focus: Series A-B software, internet, digital media, e-commerce companies outside of NYC and Silicon Valley

Ocampo specializes in making smart bets on early stage tech companies who primarily hail from areas like the DMV, which are traditionally underserved by a large class of VCs. Ocampo is a regular face around the local tech scene and can be commonly found somewhere between a Startup Grind and D.C. Tech Meetup event. Through his investment in OrderUp, the startup was able to grow and subsequently become a company that attracted interest from e-commerce giant Groupon. Ocampo spotted the potential of Baltimore, Md.-based OrderUp at an early stage, helping the firm realize a large ROI via the impressive $69 million acquisition in August. Ocampo is on the boards of Booker, Homesnap and OrderUp.

Clara Sieg

  • Firm: Revolution Ventures
  • Age: 29
  • Position: Partner
  • Focus: E-commerce, finance tech, retail, transportation

Sieg splits her time between San Francisco, D.C., and other cities. She is the youngest partner at Revolution across both the Growth and Ventures team. Sieg currently serves on the boards of Canadian transportation startup Busbud and rising e-commerce brand Framebridge.

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Evan DeCorte

  • Firm: Columbia Capital
  • Position: Principal
  • Age: 31
  • Focus: broadband infrastructure, enterprise IT services and cybersecurity

Columbia Capital is a powerhouse venture capital firm not just in the D.C. area but also across the country. With the massive sale of cloud computing management software and infrastructure company Virtustream to EMC, the firm realized a huge return earlier this year. Virtustream was sold for $1.2 billion, while Columbia Capital was involved in the companies earliest funding rounds (i.e. Series A $25 million). DeCorte joined the firm in 2011 after spending several years with Roshan TDCA, Afghanistan’s largest telecommunications provide.

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According to a growing body of academic evidence, the divide is not some unchangeable character trait; it’s our habit, and habits are flexible.

To get insight into what actually works, I interviewed many of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders whose records speak for themselves. The list includes a former Fortune 500 CEO, the founder of USA Network and the Syfy channel, the founder of 1–800-GOT-JUNK?, and many other successful entrepreneurs who have built multimillion dollar companies.

1. Leverage the Chameleon Effect

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When focus fails me, I find an empty desk in the office and sit next to a focused employee who I don’t really know. This approach keeps me focused in three ways:

It helps me feed off the person’s concentration.
The well-studied chameleon effect shows that we unconsciously copy the postures, mannerisms, facial expressions, and other behaviors of people around us.

It makes me want to be a good role model.
We often try to please the people we know the least more than the people we’re closest to. As the leader of our organization, I feel extra pressure to stay focused when I’m sitting right next to someone I don’t know as well.

It gets me out of mental ruts.
“Many of our repeated behaviors are cued by everyday environments,” according to studies conducted by Wendy Wood and James B. Duke, professors of psychology and neuroscience. So changing my workstation changes my behaviors.

Even if you don’t have lots of employees, you can still find the right people to sit next to at co-working spaces and cafes.

2. Turn Your Vendor Into Your Accountability Partner

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Aaron Steed, CEO of Meathead Movers

The constant motivation to enhance your image to others is a core part of what it means to be human and has been widely studied. I’m a big believer in channeling this never-ending pool of motivation into important things I want to get done. I do this through finding the right accountability partners and adding positive and negative consequences.

For example, I’ve been a nail biter for as long as I can remember. It became so much of an insecurity that I hid my hands under the table during business meetings.

Finally, one day, I was getting a manicure, and I noticed that my manicurist bit her nails too. In a friendly manner, I teased her on the irony and we hit it off. That’s when I got my big idea: “What if we stopped biting our nails together?”

Here’s the deal I came up with:

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Article: #Million Dollar #Habits – #Success #POTUS

I wanted to be just like these high achievers so I started waking up early, setting my goals and learning as much as I could about new skills and life each day. Little did I know that I was hard-wiring a series of positive unconscious actions that eventually led me to a life of multiple successes: Hosting radio shows, signing record deals, promotions to higher paying salaries, training with world-class experts, meetings with my idols, creating one of the top self-development websites in the world, being offered millions of dollars for my business and being featuring on the cover of magazines.

I became infatuated with the idea of growing and evolving as an individual so much so that over the past four years I’ve committed to interviewing hundreds of entrepreneurs, authors, celebrities, coaches and multimillionaires to find out what separates the super achievers from your every day “Average Joe.”

What I’ve come to discover is that a good 90 percent of the interviewee’s credit their success to the persisting energy bolts of action that we call “habits.”

So being the curious cat that I am, I decided to go a little deeper and squeeze the juice out of this new discovery.

I started asking each high achiever what their daily habits are that keep them on top. I then averaged their answers out to break it down into these 7 million-dollar habits:

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  1. Be yourself. People can sense a phony from a mile away. Your online profile is the first thing most potential clients will see, so make sure it is exclusively you.
  2. Hire out when needed. You have a lot on your plate. Don’t be afraid to hire out work that you don’t have time to dedicate to, or that you simply aren’t stellar at — it’s OK.
  3. Find a niche. “Specialize: find what works best for you and become an expert at it,” one respondent suggested.
  4. Start small and add on later. Take baby steps and start with one tactic. Maybe that’s building out your Facebook or Instagram account. Once you’ve mastered one tactic, build on with another.
  5. Be consistent. Your virtual brand, your social media publishing and your blogging should all be consistent so clients can find you and feel as if they know you.
  6. Get to studying. “Study leaders who have done it before you and piggyback off of their suggestions and style.”
  7. Be patient. Marketing, especially organic tactics, don’t make an impact overnight. Keep at it.
  8. Use technology in your favor. Whether it’s a virtual social calendar or email marketing platform, utilize it to its highest capabilities for the biggest return.

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