Chris co-founded Launch Pad and Launch Pad Ignition, and founded Voodoo Ventures,Flatstack, and TribeCon. Before that, he started several other companies to various levels of success and failure. His own experiences, support, and mentorship have been spread 100 times over to many people on this list and many people who will end up on this list in the future. Chris also brings his network of investors, experts, and influencers to New Orleans to interact with our community. Overall, the New Orleans startup scene specifically has benefited greatly from his presence, passion, and leadership. Chris’ Blog. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
Clayton is most well known as being the leader of South Coast Angel Fund, a group of investors pooling funds and spreading risk while investing in Louisiana businesses. Outside of South Coast, Clayton consults with businesses on growth and profitability through Simmons & White, LLC. On LinkedIn.
Conrad founded myPhoneMD, the smartphone parts, repairs and accessories company with Jeff Lyons. He believes 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.
Cory loves all things tech and New Orleans. He was previously CTO of VoteIt and now works as the VP of Engineering at TurboSquid. Cory co-founded and launched GameJobHunter in 2007 after identifying the need for a comprehensive listing of all current video game industry jobs. On Twitter. On LinkedIn.
Along with two brothers, Craig is part of the Cordina Mar-GO-Ritas team. They saw an opportunity in alcoholic beverages and snagged it – the same way you can now snag their portable margarita and daiquiri drinks on supermarket shelves around the country. Cordina regularly gives back to other aspiring entrepreneurs through their work with the Idea Village. On Twitter.
Craig is a Certified Executive Coach based in Baton Rouge who specializes in business performance, strategy, and improving personal performance. He was previously President of the Potomic Ridge Behavioral Health System for ten years as well as the COO and Senior VP for Community Psychiatric Centers, Inc. for over six years. On Twitter. On LinkedIn.
For the last three months, Curtis has been the Chief Innovation Officer at Baton Rouge Business Report, a thirty year old company which brings in-depth business news to readers. Prior to this, he was an IT Audit Manager at The Shaw Group. Back in March, Curtis was one of the Buspreneurs to ride the Louisiana Startup Bus. On LinkedIn.
Czarina got the bug for developing custom software while working at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. After designing several custom applications there, she left and formed InfiniEDGE Software to work on an initial project for Entergy. InfiniEDGE Software has since grown to over 25 full time staff and is based in Prairieville, Louisiana. Outside of InfiniEDGE, Czarina is on the Board of Directors of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Innovation Organization and is active in the Baton Rouge entrepreneurial scene. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
Daryl is a Co-founder of DEKKA Technologies, a local R&D firm specializing in manufactured products and software development. He is the current CTO with a goal of bringing tech-based businesses to New Orleans. Before founding DEKKA, he was acting partner at lean product development group Kitsch and Co-founder at Freshcom, a digital out-of-home network delivering the freshest content in local and national news. On LinkedIn.
David Crais is a man of many job titles, fields of work, and ventures. Through his firm, Crais Management Group, he frequently serves as acting or interim CEO for various healthcare and technical companies. Outside of work, he’s usually busy with his involvement in a broad range of non-profit boards including those of local universities and organizations working to improve the City of New Orleans. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
- Launch Pad is the premier co-working space in New Orleans with a variety of options to meet your workspace needs. Visit them in the IP Building and check out the great environment!
- Louisiana Technology Park is a premier business incubator based in Baton Rouge that helps startups grow. Don’t forget to follow @latechpark on twitter.
- New Orleans BioInnovation Center is home to an expert team in the science, technology, law, and business fields who offer unparalleled services for commercializing today’s leading research and innovative ideas.
- Eiffel Society is an amazing special events venue and reception hall where our event will take place. Follow them on twitter @EiffelSociety.
- BioDistrict New Orleans is focused on the development of a biosciences industry in New Orleans. Learn more here.