Week in Review: September 3, 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:


The Fight for Habana Outpost Means a Fight for Progress, Preservation, and Cuban Sandwiches

Entrepreneur Sean Meenan is a New Orleans resident who is currently at the center of controversy over the approval of his proposed restaurant, Habana Outpost, on the corner of Esplanade Avenue and N. Rampart Street. Meenan’s new plans will be reviewed at next week’s Vieux Carré Commission hearing, which is set for next Wednesday, September 4 at 1:30 PM in City Council Chambers at City Hall and is open to the public. For more information about Habana Outpost, click here.

Federated Sample Welcomes New Executive Director of Technology Matthew Tritico

New Orleans-based market research technology firm Federated Sample has promoted former Senior Software Developer, Matthew Tritico, to the new Executive Director of Technology. Tritico is highly engaged in the tech community in New Orleans and has been a supporter for many years. For five years, he organized BarCampNOLA, a two day unconference held locally. He also assembled expert panels for SXSW in 2009 and 2010 and was the office volunteer coordinator for TribeCon in 2010.

ProsperityNOLA Cluster Series: Crescent Unmanned Systems

This summer the New Orleans Business Alliance released its ProsperityNOLA plan, a comprehensive strategic plan for the economic development of New Orleans over the next five years. The plan focuses its strategy on the development of five distinct clusters that will lay the groundwork for the economic growth of the city. For the fourth post in our ProsperityNOLA cluster series, EMH Associate Robert Bray sits down with Charles Easterling, CEO of Crescent Unmanned Systems.

4.0 Schools Awards MakerState $20K, Both Hope for Panel Spot at SXSW

4.0 Schools hosted their Summer Pitch Night in New York City on August 22 to show off the entrepreneurs. MakerState took home the $20,000 from the event. In addition to MakerState, NomadSchools, Ed Modified, True School Studio, Culture Connect and Classroom Media Workshop were the other early stage companies at the event. 4.0 is also hoping to present 4.0 Schools Launch: The Future of Learning as part of the Future15 category of SXSWedu. The session will highlight the experiences of 4.0 Launch entrepreneurs (participants in the 4.0 Launch Program) including: Matt Candler, 4pt0 Schools; Samantha Diamond Monika Smyczek, Culture Connect; Cameron Middleton, Nomad Schools; and Stephen Gilman, Maker State.

Calliope Launches New Orleans Historic Tours and Streetcar App

When it comes to New Orleans, there are now three apps in one for touring the city. A local leader in the mobile industry, Calliope Digital, has been approved by Apple for a self-published app, the New Orleans Historic Tours & Streetcar app. The app is available for download in the App Store. One of the most convenient features is the Streetcar Tracker designed with GPS pinpoint positioning.

Juggleware Announces Release of “Sol: Sun Clock” Version 2.0

First launched in late 2011, the first version of Sol: Sun Clock has had consistent 4- and 5-star ratings and hit number two in the App Store in the weather category. Juggleware, the independent developer behind the the app considered to be the is Swiss army knife of sunlight tools, has announced the release of version 2.0.

About to Start a Company in the US? Louisiana Offers All You Have Been Looking For

This post is an exploration into the benefits of doing business in Louisiana. The post was written by the editorial team at InterNations, the largest social network catering to over 900,000 expats working and living abroad. For the full post, click here.

How Girls Hold Themselves Back from Pursuing Computer Science

Play-i, a company that works to make programming for kids fun and accessible to kids, compiled an infographic about how girls hold themselves back from pursuing computer science.

Technology Industry Leaders, Part III – Restech Talks Internet Security

Contributor George Constance wrote his third post in a series of interviews with veteran leading technology firms in the New Orleans region, firms with experience developing technology-based businesses. Any new venture, concerned citizen, or elected official would do well to heed their advice. The interview is with the President and owner of Restech, Vince Gremillion.

37 Louisiana Companies Make 2013 Inc 5000

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The businesses make other companies better, and make the economy work. 37 Louisiana companies made the 2013 list. The list includes a range of companies including project management and online marketing firms to online retailers for designer accessories and golfballs.

Stop Reading. Start Playing: Introducing Network to Success

Venture for America fellows Sara Cullen and Mike Mayer have created a tool, Network to Success, to go above and beyond the tips and tricks and to provide the structure, motivation, and instruction to be a successful networker. Cullen writes, “Network to Success is your “tennis coach” for networking, walking you through the process one-step at a time. It’s a tool that provides focus, motivation, and optimization.”