Evan Burfield

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Original short description: "American entrepreneur"

Evan Burfield
Born 1976
Falls Church, Virginia
Nationality United States of America
Alma mater St Catherine's College, Oxford
Occupation Entrepreneur

Evan Burfield (born 1976) is an American entrepreneur. According to Christopher M. Schroeder, Burfield is a leading authority on "regulatory hacking,"[1] a framework for how startups can work with government and build businesses in complex marketplaces. Currently, Burfield is the CEO of Union[2] and is the cofounder of Washington, D.C. startup incubator 1776 .[3]


Burfield attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, a Virginia state-chartered magnet school in Fairfax County, Virginia.[4] He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from St. Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford (2002-2005).[5]


In 1996 at the age of 19, Burfieldby cofounded netDecide, a provider of enterprise wealth management software. He served first as Executive Vice President and then as Chief Strategy Officer. He left the when it was acquired by Informa Financial Information in 2004.[6][7]

Burfield cofounded consulting firm Synteractive in 2003. It partnered with Smartronix in 2010, and was listed as #64 on the 2010 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in America [8]

In 2012 he joined the Startup America Initiative[9] to lead Startup DC. He worked with entrepreneurs, angel investors, and community leaders in the region on programs to increase startup activity in the Washington metropolitan area.

In January, 2013, Burfield cofounded startup incubator and seed fund 1776 with Donna Harris.[10] Initially an incubator for startups, the firm developed into a network of incubators and a venture capital fund.

In 2017, 1776 merged with Benjamin's Desk; the company's technology platform, Union, was spun out as an independent company led by Burfield as the CEO.[11][12] Burfield also continues to serve as General Partner and Managing Director of the 1776 Seed Fund.[13][14]

Activities and honors

Burfield authored Regulatory Hacking: A Playbook for Startups in 2018, published by Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Group.[15]

In 2013, Burfield was named an "Emerging Tech Leader" by Politico[16] as well as a "newsmaker to watch" by Washington Business Journal in 2014.[17] He has appeared as a guest contributor in media outlets including The Washington Post[18] and GE's Ideas Lab.[19] He has appeared as a business and entrepreneur expert for the Consumer Electronics Association.[20] In 2017, he and fellow 1776 cofounder Donna Harris were named "Innovator of the Year" by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.[21]


  1. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/longer-choice-startups-definitive-playbook-navigate-schroeder/
  2. https://www.americaninno.com/dc/dc-startup/1776-spinoff-union-partners-with-500-startups-to-expand-around-the-world/
  3. "Evan Burfield" Huffington Post, Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  4. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/evan-burfield
  5. "Executive Profile Evan Burfield" Business Week, Retrieved on 20 February 2014
  6. Layoffs, VC, execs depart: NetDecide on the move
  7. "Ten Private E-Finance Companies Named Investors Choice" Financial Services Outlook, Retrieved on 31 July 2001
  8. http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/synteractive-partners-with-smartronix-for-recoverygov-redesign-1212671.htm
  9. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/economy/business/startup-america
  10. "Start-up Hub 1776 Launches with 200K City Grant" The Washington Post, Retrieved on 6 February 2013
  11. https://www.phillymag.com/business/2017/10/16/benjamins-desk-merges-1776/
  12. https://www.americaninno.com/dc/dc-startup/1776-spinoff-union-partners-with-500-startups-to-expand-around-the-world/
  13. https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/techflash/2015/09/calling-all-startups-1776-closes-first-seed-fund.html
  14. https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1606491/000160649114000001/xslFormDX01/primary_doc.xml
  15. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/561758/regulatory-hacking-by-evan-burfield-with-jd-harrison/9780525533207/
  16. "Politico Presents Emerging Tech Leaders" Politico, Retrieved on 21 May 2013
  17. "10 Other Newsmakers to Watch in 2014" Washington Business Journal, Retrieved on 3 January 2014
  18. "How Uncle Sam Can Avoid Another Healthcare.gov" The Washington Post, Retrieved on 24 October 2013
  19. "Evan Burfield: Innovation in the Other Half of the Economy" Ideas Lab, Retrieved on 28 May 2013
  20. "Washington and the Startup Economy" C-SPAN, Retrieved on 9 January 2013
  21. http://www.insidenova.com/headlines/greater-washington-innovation-awards-winners-and-finalists-announced/article_bc3c4766-2c21-11e7-ac37-3b5acc110e87.html