D.J.'s fascination with Internet technology began while setting up 'cutting-edge' Gopher sites (wiki - gopher) for Members of Congress in the early years of the pre-web 1990s. A diversified career has followed with stints in the federal government, public relations and a technology start up or two -- serving high-profile clients including the White House, Kennedy Center and several Fortune 500 companies.
A leader in the creation of a digital Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives, D.J. helped manage key initiatives for the Leadership including the development of the THOMAS system at the Library of Congress and making committee information and House votes available online.
While at public affairs firm Burson Direct, Smith oversaw the development of online tools and services to the firm's customers and provided advice on public affairs Internet strategy to a range of Fortune 500 clients, non-profits and associations. As the Director of Product Management at Voter.com, he led sales, editorial and engineering teams that defined and built critical components of the nation's leading political online website for the 2000 election cycle.
D.J. is also founder of Capital Idea Ventures, Inc. a marketing and digital communications services firm located in the Washington, D.C. area.