The 2015 Silicon Bayou 100: Group 8


Max Gaudin

For the last nearly three years, Max has run his company Sidework, which is an online resource for employees to learn everything they need to know about their restaurant and deliver outstanding customer service. Since late 2014, he has been COO of Operation Spark which teaches at-risk youth how to code. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Michael Hecht

After working with small businesses in New York City and directing business recovery services for Louisiana Economic Development, Michael Hecht has made his mark locally by running the steamship Greater New Orleans, Inc. GNO, Inc. is a regional economic development alliance serving the 10-parish region of Southeast Louisiana and has been integral in bringing attention the digital media scene in New Orleans. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Mike Eckert

Mike was a member of the launch team of The Weather Channel and served as its President and CEO for 14 years. Mike is now involved in the New Orleans startup community. He was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for The Idea Village beginning in summer 2013, and is currently the vice chairman of the board of directors of Angel Capital Association, and the chairman of the NO/LA Angel Network. On LinkedIn.

Ned Fasullo

Ned, a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, is known to many as the “Southern Sinatra” because of his involvement in one of the only two big band orchestras in Louisiana. Ned has been involved in the tech industry since 1995, successfully helping many startups with their sales and marketing goals. He has now started two of his own companies. Ned works as a consultant, President, and CEO at Fasullo Enterprises as well as the Chief Marketing Officer at Global Data Systems. On LinkedIn.

Neel Sus

Neel is an engineer by education but a true business man by trade. He’s currently the CEO of Susco Solutions, a productivity software development firm, and Touch Studios, a mobile development firm, both based in New Orleans. Outside of his own businesses, he is a founding member of Net2NO, a mentor to young entrepreneurs, and is involved as a board or committee member in many local organizations including the American Marketing Association, Louisiana Technology Council, and GNO, Inc.  On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Nicky Mast

Nicky has been the Director of Operations at Grok + Banter since May 2015. The company created a patent-pending system that intuitively deciphers the offline world through connected devices and distributed data. She also has experience working at The Idea Village and the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Patrick Comer

Patrick is the CEO of Lucid (formerly Federated Sample), a market research technology firm based in New Orleans that focuses on bringing efficiency and automation to online sampling via their primary product, Fulcrum. After starting out as one man at a desk in Launch Pad, the company now has another office in London a rapidly growing staff.  On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson has greatly contributed to the New Orleans tech, entrepreneurship and ecosystem since moving to town two years ago. He is CTO at The Idea Village, and is responsible for building the NOEW 2015 and 2016 event platforms. Peter has over 20 years experience in web and product development, which he brings to his work at Linking Arts and wedOcracy. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Peter Ricchiuti

Through his radio broadcasts highlighting entrepreneurs, Out to Lunch, Peter is heavily involved in the startup community throughout Louisiana. He is also the Director of Research for Burkenroad Reports, an investment research program at Tulane University. Peter even has his own Wikipedia page. On LinkedIn.

Peter Ragusa

Peter is one part of the duo behind mobile health company Better Day Health. Peter, MD, MPH is the CEO and Co-founder. He is a graduate of LSU, the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Yale School of Public Health. He has 10 years of startup, health policy, technology, and healthcare experience. On LinkedIn.


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 breweryCajun Fire, will also be provided. 365 Connect Logo Lookfar Logo

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