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What is the problem?

The world is changing faster than ever and global companies need on-demand access to world experts and intelligence.

How can we help?

Dūcō makes it easier, faster, and more cost effective for decision-makers to connect with experts, gather information, and follow global trends to solve real-world business objectives. Dūcō’s platform allows businesses to quickly find and speak with geopolitical, regulatory, security, and technology innovation experts, who have insights needed to succeed in the global economy.

Our Experts

Carefully recruited and vetted, Dūcō experts have at least a decade of experience in some of the most competitive positions in their fields. They are experienced briefers, analysts, innovators, and deliver immediate insight to our clients.
Dūcō experts have:

  • Advised the U.S. President
  • Started cyber security companies
  • Commanded brigades in wartime
  • Led international negotiations
  • Ran for and served in political office
  • Worked in the intelligence community

Easy to connect

In a few clicks or less than a minute, you can text and email an expert to schedule a call. 97% of our experts told us they could get on a 30-minute call in less than 12 hours.


Sidney Olinyk
Founder & CEO

Sidney's career in Washington, DC spans national security, foreign policy, and leadership development – from the Pentagon to civil society to Washington’s startup community. She has extensive experience managing people, processes, and operations in multiple organizations in both the private and public sectors. A former Obama Administration political appointee, Sidney served as the Chief of Staff for Middle East Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Her private sector experience includes serving as the Vice President for Sayara International and as the first employee at Measure, the leading Drone as a Service company, that provides services related to unmanned aerial systems for commercial and civilian use around the world. As CEO of Dūcō, she brings together her passion for public policy and her drive to build an organization with lasting impact.

Alicia Sloan
Founder & COO

Alicia commands nearly 10 years of national security experience advising policymakers through her work for the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, and on Capitol Hill. Her robust body of work and analysis on the Middle East has garnered praise from senior policymakers and awards, including selection by the Central Intelligence Agency as one of the top foresight products of 2015. She is a recipient of Meritorious Unit Citations from the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the CIA. Alicia's cultural and linguistic expertise add depth to her methodology of approaching complex questions in foreign affairs. She has demonstrated proficiency in Arabic, French, and Spanish as well as lived in Amman, Damascus, Mexico City, and Paris. Alicia received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, a Masters from Sciences-Po Paris, and a Fulbright to Jordan.

Scott Hoch
Lead Engineer

Scott loves crafting clean, tested code that is easy to understand and straight forward to extend. He started writing code to automate and analyze physics experiments that led to 7 peer reviewed publications in precision measurement and the strange world where quantum and classical physics meet. This work was done at Yale University, CU Boulder, The Naval Research Laboratory and Ecole Normale Superieure. After leaving academia Scott worked on ETL, machine learning and identity resolution systems at NationBuilder on a team building out a National Voter File for US elections. He then started his own consulting firm Correlator LLC with clients in four countries building everything from full stack applications to talking coffee machine prototypes. Along the way he has also built fully automated Amazon businesses and has taught classes on blockchain technology.

Abbie Attwood
VP of Business Development

Abbie has experience leading business development teams, managing consulting projects, designing successful growth strategies, and creating value through customer success initiatives. An economics and math geek at heart, she began her career in Washington running data and operations analysis for a technology and consulting company. She transitioned to business development after discovering her passion for the correlation between customer success and business growth. She then led business development at Bloomberg Government, working closely with over 300 government affairs teams to further their policy initiatives in Washington. Abbie grew their pharmaceutical business by over 400%, scaled their nonprofit market strategy to double the number of clients per account, and ran company-wide sales training for all associates. Throughout her career she has led the top performing sales teams by revenue to consistently outperform company growth goals. A Maine native and addicted runner/cyclist, she is a member of a pro running team and teaches spin classes on the side.

Rick Molakala
VP of Financial Services

Rick Molakala is a seasoned business development professional with over 20 years’ experience in the United States and Asia Capital Markets, where he has served in investment advisory, sales and trading, and private equity teams in large global financial institutions including Nikko Securities, UBS, Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Brothers. Rick has engaged in strategic planning, investments, operations, and business development roles including deep venture investment and operational experience in the technology sector that includes ecommerce, cybersecurity, and financial technology startups.

Our Timeline

  • 2010

    Sidney Olinyk and Alicia Sloan meet through national security circles in Washington.

  • 2013

    Sidney & Alicia work together in the Pentagon.

  • 2014

    Sidney & Alicia begin discussing inefficiencies in consulting market -- ideas that lead to Duco.

  • Early 2016

    Alicia and Sidney leave their prior jobs to create Duco.

  • 3rd, August 2016

    Duco, the world's premier on-demand business intelligence network, is launched in Washington D.C.

  • 16th, December 2016

    Duco is featured in The Diplomatic Courier Constructive Disruption: A Fresh Alternative to the Expert Consulting Model.

  • 18th, January 2017

    Duco partners with The Diplomatic Courier to create a special Inaugural edition of the magazine.

  • 25th, January 2017

    Duco's co-founders appear on the Bosses Who Brunch podcast.

  • 21st, February 2017

    Duco's pitch is awarded 2nd place at TechCrunch Distrupt Washington D.C.

  • May 2017

    Duco moves its headquarters to Palo Alto, California to join the Summer 2017 class of NFX Guild..

  • June 2017

    Lead Engineer Scott Hoch joins Duco as employee #1.

  • June 2017

    Duco is featured in Women2.0.

  • August 2017

    Vice President of Business Development Abbie Attwood joins Duco.

  • September 2017

    Duco presents to a packed house at NFX Demo Day.

  • October 2017

    Vice President of Financial Services Rick Molakala joins Duco.

Our Team

Natalie Myers
Operations Coordinator
Nadia Mushtaq
Research Associate, Compliance Team
William Kim
Selection Committee Associate
Karthick Mahalingam
Software Engineer
Bryan Walters
Media Associate

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