The 2014 Silicon Bayou 100: Group 7


Kenny Nguyen

Kenny Nguyen is the CEO and founder of Big Fish Presentations, a company whose mantra is “turning presentations into experiences.” Kenny and his team work daily with clients nationwide, from Fortune 100 level to startups, providing high quality presentation design, training, and creative video. He also spoke at a TEDxLSU event in 2013 about the art of saying no. On Twitter. On LinkedIn.

Kerry W. Kirby

Kerry is the CEO of 365 Connect, a New Orleans based company he founded in 2003. 365 Connecthas since developed and deployed one of the most interactive and robust Internet platforms in the multifamily housing industry. Kerry is a contributor and wrote the foreword to Real Estate v2.0: A Professional’s Guide to Dynamic Websites, Blogs, and Podcasts, has been featured on Sustainable 1000 Radio and is a frequent contributor on the Multifamily Conference Series Webcast Program. On Twitter.

Kevin Wilkins

Since moving to New Orleans four years ago, Kevin has been heavily involved in the local startup and entrepreneurial scene. He was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence during the 2013 entrepreneur season with the Idea Village. In May of 2013, Kevin started TREPwise, a for-profit company that supports tech companies when they are past the start-up phase but still haven’t generated significant growth and sales in New Orleans. On LinkedIn.  On Twitter.

Kris Khalil

Kris is manager of the New Orleans BioFund, which provides capital to businesses in Louisiana with a goal to encourage private and philanthropic investment, diversify the local economy, and extend growth opportunities to businesses. Throughout his professional career, he has had experience working for both multi-national and community-based financial institutions such as IBERIABANK and Capital One. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Kristen McEntyre

Kristen, who is passionate about combining interactive technologies with premium content to empower audiences, is the co-founder and president of Tutti Dynamics. The media platform that enables audiences to engage with the world’s master musicians, artists, athletes, scientists, and educators. Kristen started her career in finance. For the last seven years, she has worked in operational roles focused on developing multi-platform content strategies.  On Twitter. On LinkedIn.

Leslie Jacobs

Leslie Jacobs was an executive in the insurance industry for over twenty years and in her spare time, was heavily involved in public education. She began as a business partner to an elementary school, served as an elected member of the New Orleans School Board, and served a twelve year government appointed position on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Today she runs Educate, Now! a non-profit focused on education reform. Outside of education, she focuses her passion on start-ups through the New Orleans Startup Fund, which she helped create and fund as the driving force, as a board member of the Idea Village and GNO, Inc., through private angel investing, and through the creation and support of 504ward. On LinkedIn.

Lina Stern

Lina is an integral part of the entrepreneurial community in New Orleans, for she is the Director of Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University. Prior to her current position, she worked in the Freeman school in various capacities for the last twenty years, proving both her expertise in leadership and her dedication to Tulane. On LinkedIn.

Mark Graffagnini

Mark is an attorney licensed in Louisiana and California with a variety of legal and financial experience. Through his firm, Graffagnini+Associates, LLC, he  represents investors and companies in venture capital transactions, corporate formation, M&A and contractual matters.  On LinkedIn.

Matt Candler

Matt Candler is CEO of 4.0 Schools – a school launch and support organization committed to closing the achievement gap in the Southeastern United States ( In 2006, Matt joined New Schools for New Orleans as its first CEO and built a team whose human capital and school launch efforts are considered some of the most innovative and successful in the nation. Matt is chairman of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, a board member of Building Excellent Schools, and co-founder of the New Orleans teacher support community – On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Matt Wisdom

Matt Wisdom is a digital media guru who co-founded TurboSquid and currently leads the growing team as CEO. TurboSquid is the largest library for 3D models in the world and the New Orleans-based team includes over 50 employees. He currently serves on the boards of GNO, Inc., the New Orleans Startup Fund, and The Idea Village, and is a mentor for Launch Pad Ignition. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

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