Week in Review: September 15, 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:

LSU and Governor Jindal Reveal Plans for Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center

Louisiana State University (LSU) and Gov. Bobby Jindal have announced the creation of the LSU Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center (TTCRC). The Center will pursue both federal and commercial research projects in applied technology fields, with a target of raising $34.5 million over the initial few years. Specific reported goals are to reach at least $10 million in research contracts by Jan. 1, 2016, and $30 million in research contracts by July 1, 2017.

Growing Good Eggs is Hiring, Ramping Up Operations

Good Eggs, an online grocery store that offers locally grown and prepared food, has been operating in New Orleans since May 2013, and is still growing. Good Eggs has just launched a few brand new features on the site. The site redesign, announced last week, will make shopping even easier. Good Eggs says the new site will include highly requested items such as a search feature, filtering, and easy reordering based on past purchases. As the team continues to grow, it will have to soon expand once again. They are in the process of moving into a new location in Gert Town as they outgrow their current warehouse space.

Infographic: The Shark Tank Formula for Startup Success

Ivan Serrano is an infographic designer from the Bay Area covering business, technology and marketing. His latest infographic takes a look at the forces that have made startups successful in the past through the lense of ABC’s hit “reality” show Shark Tank. “It provides vital insight for those looking to get their startup off the ground, and is an important learning tool for aspiring businessmen and businesswomen everywhere.”

Baton Rouge Software and Design Company Joins Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List

Each year, Inc. Magazine publishes a list of the 5000 fastest growing, privately-owned companies throughout the United States. The Baton Rouge-based development and design firm Envoc came in at the number 2652 spot on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list. Envoc creates customized solutions, such as software services, corporate brand and web presence, and mobile application development, for its clients.

Non-Compete Runs From End of Employment Agreement’s Term, Louisiana Appellate Court Holds

Author Davis Allgood is a member of the Jones Walker law firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation and Healthcare Practice Groups. He is also a Partner at the firm and a contributor to at  Trade Secret Insider, which chronicles legal insights on trade secrets, non-competes, computer fraud and confidential data theft. This article was originally posted on tradesecretsinsider.com.

Serial Entrepreneur Finds Success Following Recent Launch of Second Platform Wyzerr

Natasia Malaihollo is a serial entrepreneur who just launched her second company Wyzerr, which builds customer feedback platforms for digital consumers. Malaihollo previously founded Sooligan, a highly rated mobile app that makes it quick, easy and fun to ask questions, receive answers and get up-to-the-second tips on everything you need to know about a city from the people who know it best—the locals. While primarily located in Berkeley, Malaihollo still keeps a quarter of her new team on the ground in New Orleans.

Southeastern Regional Fund Launches South Coast Angel Fund II

The South Coast Angel Fund is a member-managed, early stage, venture capital fund designed to utilize the capital, resources, and expertise of their members to generate financial return through equity investments in early-stage companies. Yesterday, the angel group announced the launch of the South Coast Angel Fund II, which will commit to investments for which it has sufficient cash-in-hand to complete the transaction.


New Orleans’ TrueSchool Emerges as Leader in Education Reform

TrueSchool is an applied research and action design firm that is reimagining the pathway to reform in public schools. “Stand out” teachers partner with TrueSchool to redesign classrooms, schools, and systems. Over the summer, founder Amy Vreeland facilitated the Summer Design Program in Chicago. The five-week professional learning program brought together 135 educations from 40 public schools in the city to tackle the most pressing issues in education. The challenges faced were then turned into working prototypes.

21 Awards and Counting: 365 Connect Continues to Prove Great Technology is Built in New Orleans

The New Orleans-based leading online technology platform provider for the multifamily housing industry 365 Connect is making headlines once again for its continued award winning. For the fourth year in a row, the company was awarded a number of MHN Technology Choice Awards in the following categories: Marketing Portals, Lead Management and Resident Payment Platforms.