The 2013 Silicon Bayou 100: Group 4


Felipe Massa

Felipe has helped advance the Entrepreneurship program at Loyola since he came on board in 2012. He has worked on the development of an entrepreneurship curriculum that connects students at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level with community projects integrating Idea Village, Propeller, and LSBDC programs directly into the student experience. He has also been a judge at Startup Weekend and PitchNOLA.  On LinkedIn.

Francis James

Francis is the Founder and VP of Product Development at TRUE-See Systems, a New Orleans-based company that uses patent-pending technology and protocols to ensure medical grade digital photography in a variety of clinical settings. He is also the owner of Perception Productions, a full service media production company producing series, commercials, documentaries and specializing in unique means of corporate marketing and embedded marketing. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Gerard Ramos

Gerard is well-versed in product design and development, application architecture, e-commerce, internet marketing and mobile and web development. He is the founder of Revelry Labs, a group of software and product engineers based in New Orleans, LA focused on web, mobile and enterprise software development. Prior to that, he started Unawkward, a social network for meeting new people around local experiences. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Golden Richard

Golden runs the Information Assurance program within the Computer Science department at UNO. His former students have also founded their own local companies including 504ensics Labs. He is also active within the local technology community by teaching computer forensics skills to local and state law enforcement, giving lectures on information security and computer forensics to a wide range of professional audiences, and helping to grow the NolaSec community. On LinkedIn.

James McNamara

James McNamara is the past President and CEO at BioDistrict New Orleans, where he was responsible for the 1500 acre Bio-science District. Before that, he served as the Managing Principal of Exchange Equity, the President and CEO of McNamara Associates and was the Commissioner of the Downtown Development District for over 20 years.  McNamara is considered one of the movers and shakers on New Orleans in addition to his involvement in numerous other professional organizations throughout the country. On LinkedIn.

Jared Loftus

Jared describes himself as a “serial starter” and we certainly agree. He kicked off his entrepreneurial days with Tiger District, and has since put his good name into companies like Ninja Snowballs, College District, Socially Awkward, and Taco de Paco. He also recently invested directly into the Baton Rouge entrepreneurial scene as a co-founder of Entrepreneur Headquarters. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Jarett Rodriguez

Jarett has been instrumental in developing entrepreneurial efforts at LSU and across the nation, especially through his creation of the LSU 100, a list of the fastest growing Tiger businesses, designed to reconnect graduates by to the community. He also worked with LSU as the Associate Director at the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute through May of 2013. On LinkedIn.

Jason Nicosia

Jason is fairly new to the entrepreneurial scene in New Orleans. After working in the corporate world for years, he moved from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to start the social fundraising platform Connect for a Cause and joined the 2013 IDEAxcelerator class run by The Idea Village. Jason is now the VP of Marketing and Sales at eMerge. On Twitter. On LinkedIn.

Jeff Lyons

Jeff founded myPhoneMD, the smartphone parts, repairs and accessories company with Conrad Green. 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. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Jeff Pellegrin

Jeff was previously VP of Business Development at BitRaider, a Florida-based company which moved to Baton Rouge in the spring of 2011. Prior to working there, he founded the Louisiana Gaming Initiative, a company which provided economic development, consulting and advisory services for the state’s digital media, software, and video game industry. In August 2013, Jeff co-founded Scorch Digital Studios, a game production outsourcing studio. On LinkedIn.

Jeff Yellin

As the Director of Research at Spear Point, Jeff is responsible for investigating companies to potentially buyout, rework and relocate to Louisiana. He was previously a Junior Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Idea Village and the senior director of risk monitoring at The Receivables Exchange. On LinkedIn.

Thanks again to our sponsors: 365 ConnectNew Orleans Startup FundLaunch PadRon Bienvenu,Eiffel Society and The Idea Village!

Silicon Bayou 100 2013 sponsors