Kristen, who is passionate about combining interactive technologies with premium content to empower audiences, is the co-founder and CEO of Spectrum Interactive (formerly Tutti Dynamics). The team has developed a highly interactive, online training platform used by organizations where quality instruction, hands-on training, and compliance are essential. On Twitter. On LinkedIn.
Leo first confirmed his penchant for innovation over 25 years ago when he wrote the first lines of code for a custom medical software program, mumms: multi user medical management system (mumms), which offers complete hospice-specific business and clinical software. The company is based in New Orleans and now has over 50 employees. On Twitter.
Leslie 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.
Libby took over the helm of Whetstone in 2014, the platform that saves schools time, measures previously-immeasurable teacher trends, and connects teachers to instructional resources to drive their growth in the classroom. In short, Whetstone organizes and analyzes teacher development data. Prior to her current role, Fischer worked as the director of growth at the company for nearly two years. On LinkedIn.
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.
As the VP of sales and brand strategy at LookFar, Lindsay builds the company’s brand, develops sales strategies to help grow their partnership base, and is currently creating and actualizing their marketing plan. LookFar is a New Orleans-based software development studio that partners with both startups and established businesses to help them prioritize their goals and build custom software. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
Lindsay is the community organizer of Tech Talent South (TTS), southern-based tech education company that hosts coding bootcamps. She is responsible for operations, outreach, event planning, and more. Prior to joining the TTS team, she worked as an account associate at Search Influence. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
Mark is an attorney licensed in Louisiana and California with a variety of legal and financial experience. Through his firm, Graffagnini Law Corporation, he represents investors and companies in venture capital transactions, corporate formation, M&A and contractual matters. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
Matt Candler is CEO of 4.0 Schools, a school launch and support organization committed to closing the achievement gap throughout the United States. In 2006, Matt joined New Schools for New Orleans as its first CEO–a position he held for three years– and built a team whose human capital and school launch efforts are considered some of the most innovative and successful in the nation. In his spare time, he builds electric motorcycles through his company Night Shift Bikes. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.
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 100 employees. He currently serves on the boards of GNO, Inc., the New Orleans Startup Fund and The Idea Village. On LinkedIn.On Twitter.
This 2015 Silicon Bayou 100 is made possible by sponsors 365 Connect, a leading provider of award-winning marketing, leasing and resident technology platforms for the multifamily housing industry, andLookFar, a software development studio. Beer from our beverage sponsor, the startup brewery Cajun Fire, will also be provided.