61. MyPhoneMD Team: Conrad Green & Jeff Lyons
myPhoneMD, the smartphone parts, repairs and accessories company, was founded by Conrad Green and Jeff Lyons, both natives of Louisiana. Both Conrad and Jeff believe in the viability of the Louisiana market for starting a new business that focuses on new technology, and both entrepreneurs credit telecommunications as the cutting-edge business to bring a new economy to Louisiana. Since opening their first store in 2009, they’ve grown to 8 locations in 2 states. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
62. Anselm von Seherr-Thoss
Anselm is a top 3D designer & visual effects artist who started his company, Incendii, here in New Orleans. Incendii is an award winning design house providing computer generated visual effects with an emphasis on particle simulation and 3D animation for Film, TV and commercials. On IMDB. On Twitter.
63. Ben Lavender
Ben calls himself a “technology generalist.” He busted into the New Orleans start-up scene in mid-2010 with Dydra, a company he co-founded. Ben participated in Launch Pad Ignition and later made the jump over to Liveset (another Ignition participant), where he is now working full-time. On the web he goes by Bhuga (pronounced Booga) and he’s pretty into dinosaurs. On Twitter.
64. Drew Brees
As often attributed to Spiderman (but originally stated in New Orleans by New York City Mayor-Elect Thomas Francis Gilroy in 1892), “With great power comes great responsibility.” Drew Brees arguably has a lot of both, and luckily for Louisiana he uses his influence for good in many areas of the community. Most notably related to tech and entrepreneurship, his foundation has been a big part of the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge, which he judged on the night of our SBN100 release party. He’s also shown he isn’t afraid to dabble into entrepreneurship on his own with the recent opening of a Jimmy John’s franchise in Metairie. On Twitter.
67. Benjamin Cappiello
Ben founded the medical device firm, Bioceptive, along with Shuchi Khurana in 2010. Bioceptive is a venture-backed firm currently developing a patent-pending IUD insertion device. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
66. Sydney Torres
Post-Katrina, residents and businesses in New Orleans were in desperate need of waste and debris services. Eyeing this opportunity, Sidney purchased roll off containers and necessary equipment to haul off trash and debris. By 2011, SDT Waste and Debris Services, LLC had grown to 250 employees, 50+ trucks, and has municipal contracts in 24 cities, including New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish, St. Tammany Parish School Board, St. James Parish School Board, City Park and the Louisiana Superdome. In 2011, SDT was acquired by Progressive Waste Solutions, Ltd. In July 2011, Torres launched IV Capital, a private investment firm with $10M under management to invest in startups. On Twitter. On Blogspot.
68. Damien Lamanna
Damien Lamanna is the digital media director of Morgan + Co, specializing in rich media, behavioral, contextual and semantic targeting, along with social media and search engine marketing. In addition, he is the co-Founder of Net2NO and is a Board Member for both the American Marketing Association and American Advertising Federation’s New Orleans Chapters. On LinkedIn.
68. Logan Leger
Logan is an LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Fellow and LSU engineering student. He made news earlier this year when he finished top 30 in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards, competing against students from across the globe. He programs in Rails and Objective C, and his company, New Aperio, builds apps for various platforms and the web. On Twitter.
69. Douglas Jacobs
As a Tulane student, Doug founded a firm that builds “sustainable super farms” called Aquaponic Modular Production Systems (AMPS). AMPS won Tulane’s New Day Challenge in 2011 and picked up the Audience Choice award at PitchNola 2011. On LinkedIn.
70. Crawford Comeaux
Crawford is a software developer, technologist & self-proclaimed geek currently holding the title of CEO of start-up AudienceAmp. The goal of AudienceAmp is to awaken presentations with live audience interaction. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
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