TheBridge profile: Tim Sparapani
Name: Tim Sparapani
Current city: Washington, DC
Current job: Principal & Founder, SPQR Strategies
Past job: Director of Public Policy, Facebook
Q. Favorite spot for a coffee meeting: Teaism, DuPont Circle.
Q. Describe one way how a skill you learned in a previous job helped you in your new job: The engineers at Facebook taught me that lawyers have to add value, not simply help avoid risk. The best lobbyists and lawyers at the ACLU taught me to ask others more questions and then truly listen to the answers.
Q. Job advice in three words? Always add value.
Q. How are you (or your company, org, nonprofit) currently bridging the gap between politics and tech? Now, more than ever, companies need insights from and relationships with leading privacy, consumer protection and civil liberties advocates and vice versa. At heart, they are all utopians. We bring both sides together.
Q: If you had to live in another city, which would it be? Rome. Duh.
Q: What can Silicon Valley teach DC? Move fast and break things.
Q: What can DC teach Silicon Valley? You'd better move fast if you break things.
Q: What is your favorite under the radar company? Athos