The 2014 Silicon Bayou 100: Group 3


Cherie Franz

Cherie Franz is the founder of the newly launched Thinkerella, which provides a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) educational program for girls and boys 3-13 through birthdays, scout sessions, workshops and after-school activities. She has since expanded into after-school programs. Cherie wants to build the New Orleans pipeline of future IT workers in the area. On LinkedIn.

Chris Boyd

As a relatively new New Orleanian, originally from Houston, Chris has already experienced success in the tech industry here. As the Founder of Apptitude, a full-service app development studio based out of the co-working space Beta, Chris makes apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android such as the Idea Village app which was released earlier in the year. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Chris Laibe

Chris is the president of StaffInsight, which provides a powerful method to hospitals and long term care facilities optimize their workforce and improve retention of their employees. He is also on the board of The Idea Village and Aptify, and has been the president on in FRONT USA for over twelve years. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Chris Reade

After founding Carrollton Technology Partners back in 1995 in New York City, Chris moved the company to New Orleans in 2000 and is now the Principal at the renamed Carrollton Group, where he focuses on bridging the gap between technical and business divisions within client companies. Reade is also CEO of time and billing system Jodia and Fetch Puppy, a New Orleans-based online deal site. On LinkedIn.

Chris Schultz

Chris co-founded Launch Pad and Launch Pad Ignition, and founded Voodoo Ventures, Flatstack, and TribeCon. He is also launching Niko Niko, an app that makes it fun and easy to capture your mood throughout the day. Before that, he started several other companies to various levels of success and failure. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Claire Fontenot

Claire is a mass communication and marketing professional who currently works at the Louisiana Technology Park as the assistant director of marketing and business development. Prior to joining the Park, she worked at Pixel Dash Studios and DarkSea Games. On LinkedIn.

Clayton White

Clayton is most well known as being the leader of South Coast Angel Fund, a group of investors pooling funds and spreading risk while investing in Louisiana businesses. Outside of South Coast, Clayton consults with businesses on growth and profitability through Simmons & White, LLC. On LinkedIn.

Cole Wiley

Towards the end of 2013, Cole co-founded Wiley Cousins, a company that designs and develops products, software, hardware, and firmware. He combines his artistic side with his hacker side to create designs in 2D, 3D and everything in between. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Colin Grussing

After launching 5 successful startups and making several strategic real estate investments, Colin has become nationally recognized as an entrepreneurial whiz. He is currently coming to the end of his year at 52businesses, where he launches one business per week, an idea he got started with in June 2013. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Czarina Walker

Czarina got the bug for developing custom software while working at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.  After designing several custom applications there, she left and formed InfiniEDGE Software to work on an initial project for Entergy. Outside of InfiniEDGE, Czarina is on the Board of Directors of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Innovation Organization and is active in the Baton Rouge entrepreneurial scene. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

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