Week in Review: May 27, 2014

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:


It’s New Orleans Radio Show Wants to Hear from Entrepreneurs About Crazy Ideas

Grant Morris, a New Zealand native, is a screenwriter, founder, broadcaster, and entrepreneur all rolled into one at It’s New Orleans!, a web radio show geared towards locals and people outside of the city that have a connection to it. In a recent development, the radio show Out to Lunch is starting a new segment on Out to Lunch called (something like) “Is This a Crazy Idea or What?” They want to hear from people who have great ideas that they can’t get anybody to believe in, and are going to feature the ideas on the show and ask our guests to weigh in with advice or analysis on what the entrepreneur might do. 

Electronic Health Records System Receives National Stage 2 Certification

Objective Medical Systems, a Houma-based company that specializes in providing cardiovascular solutions for cardiologists, has announced its Electronic Health Record (EHR) system has earned Meaningful Use Stage 2 Certification from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Propeller Activates Vacant New Orleans Lots, Seeks Creative Proposals for Economic Development

At a press conference on May 20, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovationannounced that the PitchNOLA 2014: Lots of Progress vacant lots are now activated. Announced in partnership with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), Propeller shared that the competition is designed to stimulate community-based economic development. This year, there are 15 vacant lots available for activation and development, all zoned for non-residential use. The Request for Proposal (RFP) is now live at www.GoPropeller.org/pitchnola and www.noraworks.org.

The Other Exit to Think About

The recent post by Mark Graffagnini, Managing Member, Graffagnini + Associates, LLC, states that, “As a startup entrepreneur or investor, you are always thinking about the “exit event,” and the riches that will hopefully come to you from that exit. I am writing today about a different kind of exit—the kind you don’t always want to think about…” Click here to read more.

Essential Mobile Marketing Tips For Nonprofits

As a nonprofit, it can often be challenging to find the adequate resources needed for marketing efforts, both internally and externally. Raising awareness around your organization’s message is imperative to its success, so reaching your audience is pivotal. In the growing digital age, companies have turned to mobile campaigns and collateral as tools for cost effective marketing to promote services and products. Get your NGO up to speed and raise awareness by implementing these simple, mobile marketing tips.

TRUE-See Systems Invited to Exhibit at Southland Startup Conference in Nashville

Launch Tennessee and PandoDaily have partnered for the Southland startup conference, which recently released the list of exhibiting companies, including New Orleans’ own TRUE-See Systems. Southland will take place June 9th – 11th at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. TRUE-See Systems is setting the standard for medical photography with their patent-pending technology aiming to become the new standard in medical imagery for precise diagnosis, correct treatment and increased liability.

New Orleans-Based IMOTO Photo Expands to Atlanta

Real estate visual marketing platform IMOTO photo (formerly SNAP Real Estate Photography) announced they are expanding into Atlanta to help local  realtors close sales faster and at higher prices. Since its 2012 launch, both the team and the technology platform have expanded. IMOTO now offers five visual marketing products: photos, floor plans, virtual staging, panoramas and videos. The company combines highly trained photographers with their top visual marketing tools for quality results at an affordable price, according to the press release.

FDA Spy Games: Employee Monitoring Requires Legal Advice

Author PJ Kee is an associate at the Jones Walker law firm in New Orleans. He and a few colleagues recently launched Trade Secret Insider, which chronicles legal insights on trade secrets, non-competes, computer fraud and confidential data theft. Click here to read about the Office of Inspector General and a joint staff for two ranking Republican lawmakers recently issued critical reports on the FDA’s 2010-2011 employee monitoring for trade-secret leaks.

InstaMed Releases the Industry’s 2013 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report

InstaMed has released the industry’s 2013 Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report, which showcases key market trends impacting the healthcare payments industry. The report shares quantitative data extracted from the InstaMed Network to promote awareness, change and greater efficiency. The report also features trends based on qualitative data from healthcare providers, payers and patients across the country.

Thinking Beyond The NDA

New contributor PJ Kee is an associate at the Jones Walker law firm in New Orleans, who recently launched Trade Secret Insider, which chronicles legal insights on trade secrets, non-competes, computer fraud and confidential data theft. His latest post discusses Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), and even references the HBO show Silicon Valley.

Cobalt Medical Breaks Ground on $22 Million New Orleans Rehab Facility

Cobalt Medical Development, the Dallas-based private healthcare real estate development and investment company, broke ground on a new healthcare rehabilitation facility. The $22 Million development will result in a state-of-the-art medical facility and rehabilitation hospital treating traumatic brain injuries, concussions, Parkinson’s Disease, in addition to other in- and out-patient services.