Week in Review: May 28, 2013

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:


Leadership and Entrepreneurship: One in the Same as the Forbes Women’s Summit Seeks to Redefine Power

On May 9th, 2013, an event that can only be described as one-of-a-kind occurred in New York City. Entrepreneurial-minded leaders gathered to support and inspire women (and a few men) at the inaugural Forbes Power Redefined Women’s Summit. Leaders such as Moira Forbes, publisher of ForbesWoman, Janet Napolitano, US Homeland Security Secretary, and former MIT President Susan Hockfield all took the stage throughout the day during the Summit. For the full list of speakers, panelists and participants, click here.

New Orleans Welcomes Another Hackathon, This Time Sponsored by White House

As part of a global event series, Geeks Without Bounds, an accelerator for humanitarian projects, is hosting a Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event at Launch Pad. The event will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm to Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm. The event is taking place in conjunction with the National Day of Civic Hacking, as announced by the White House, and Code for America’sBrigade meetings.

New Windows App Inspires Students Through Motivational Messages in GPA Calculator

SU student Vilien Gomez has already taken his major in Computer Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Digital Media Technology out into the real world. Gomez had his new app that creates an experience through a grade point average calculator accepted into the Windows app store last week (May 20). Motivated GPA is an app that inspires users push further through motivational messages and helpful tips all while keeping track of their GPA.

One Element of Entrepreneur Success: GIVE A DAMN!

Contributor Mark Lewis says one element of entrepreneur success is to give a damn! A give a damn attitude and personality will set you apart from others, as he describes in the book he’s writing. A few of his tips include: the customer is always right; create positive moments of truth; take responsibility; do the right thing, always; be thankful; and don’t expect anything in return.

What the Dalai Lama and New Orleans Entrepreneurs Have in Common

Editor’s Note: This is an opinion piece. This is not meant to offend anyone, it’s just to point out that there are similarities. And, of course, local entrepreneurs aren’t the only ones with passion and hope. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama addressed a crowd of Tulane graduates from 63 countries and all 50 states and an engaged audience at the Commencement Ceremony last Saturday morning at the Superdome. Beyond his well-known message of compassion for humanity and practice of non-violence, the Dalai Lama also reminded the crowd of other important qualities that might strike closer to home for many of the entrepreneurs in New Orleans.

Federated Sample Reaches Another Million Survey Completes One Month After Last Milestone

Last week, Federated Sample was celebrating another major milestone, three million survey completes for 2013. Fulcrum is Federated Sample’s open and customizable online sampling platform that hit one million survey interviews for the year back in February and two million in April. “Another exciting milestone is in the books and we are thankful to all of our friends and clients for the enthusiastic support,” says CEO Patrick Comer.

Launch Fest 2013 and the Dow Jones

Our newest contributor, Blair DuQuesnay writes, “At Launch Fest 2013 earlier this month, Patrick Comer, CEO of New Orleans based Federated Sample, spoke about identifying the one metric that drives the growth of your business. His advice is critical for entrepreneurs, who are often laser focused on their product, brand, or client experience while losing track of what really matters; profits. Comer’s message is simple, metrics trigger emotions, and emotions profoundly affect behavior and decision-making. He gave great examples of metrics that trigger an emotional response; weight on the scale, reaching a milestone age, and one that we all react to together, the Dow Jones Industrial Average.”

New Orleans Business Alliance President Urges Community to Use WorkNOLA

New Orleans Business Alliance President and CEO Rodrick Miller urged local readers to use job site WorkNOLA.com in an email blast earlier today. The site highlights and supports the workforce community in New Orleans, including many startups and technology companies. It’s a sleek and accesible site that Miller believes is an essential tool for the community. It currently has around 500 job postings. Read Miller’s letter here.