The 2015 Silicon Bayou 100: Group 9


Rand Ragusa

Rand is the other half of the duo behind mobile health company Better Day Health. He is the Senior VP of Business Development and Co-founder of the company. He has held senior executive roles with four Silicon Valley start-ups and has over a dozen years of technology and software sales, marketing, and business development experience. On LinkedIn.

Richard Babb

Richard is one of the managing partners of Louisiana Funds, two venture capital funds investing in early-stage health and biotechnology startups. With extensive experience investing in the industry in larger markets, the fund is a critical resource for emerging entrepreneurs seeking both advice and capital. On LinkedIn.

Richard Pomes

As the RAP in RAPJAB, a New Orleans-based team of artists, strategists, and problem-solvers dedicated to the art of engagement, Richard serves as the chief marketing officer of the firm. He oversees the creative direction and execution of all social media, public relations, and copywriting projects for clients. For the last eight years, Richard has also been the marketing director of The NOLA Project, a nonprofit, independent theatre company. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Rob Lalka

Rob is a partner at Medora Ventures and Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Propeller, a hub for social innovation in New Orleans. He is also a lecturer at Loyola University, where he teaches an MBA course on venture capital and another on the use of NASA intellectual property in commercial applications. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Robbie Vitrano

Robbie Vitrano is a name frequently tossed around on the Silicon Bayou because he’s involved in numerous corners of it.  His claims to fame include his role as a co-founder of the Idea Village, a co-founder of Naked Pizza, Chairman of Trumpet, CEO of Trumpet Ventures, and a Board member of GNO, Inc. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Robert Armbruster

Robert Armbruster is combat veteran and entrepreneur himself as well as an advocate for veteran entrepreneurs. Robert started two programs in New Orleans in 2014 to help our returning and transitioning veterans, the coworking space Landing Zone and VetLaunch, a business accelerator.
He also operates a construction and real estate development company that specializes in historic restoration projects. On LinkedIn.

Scott Burris

Five years ago, Scott started Pure Water Technology of South Louisiana out of his garage. Today his enterprise is in the midst of a dynamic growth phase.  Pure Water Tech mostly sells bottleless water coolers— multistage “point of use” filtration technology that provides continuous purified drinking water to homes and businesses. On LinkedIn.

Scott Wolfe

Entrepreneur Scott Wolfe Jr. has been involved in many successful ventures to date. He was one of the founding members of the Wolfe Law Group and the founder of the Web Lab over a decade ago. Since then, he launched Zlien, a provider of Mechanic Lien and Preliminary Notice compliance and filing services. Zlien was accepted into the Idea Village’s IDEAxcelerator class two years ago and has grown tremendously since launch. On LinkedIn.

Sean Carrigan

Sean is one of the three behind MobileQubes, the world’s first self-automated kiosk that dispenses high capacity smartphone batteries called “Qubes” that customers can rent and return for a low-cost wireless and cord free charging solution. MobileQubes kiosks can be found in a variety of Greater New Orleans locations, including the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Harrah’s Casino, the Hyatt Regency, the Louis Armstrong International Airport, and Ochsner. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

September Hargrove

September was the chief operating officer of PowerMoves.NOLA, the initiative designed by the New Orleans Startup Fund to increase the number of venture-backed minority entrepreneurs, through mid 2015. Since August, she has been a White House Fellow at the National Economic Council in Washington, D.C. She is a public policy professional with experience in legislative advocacy, community engagement, and economic development at the state and local government level. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.