The 2016 Silicon Bayou 100: Group 9

The 2016 Silicon Bayou 100 is the sixth annual list of the 100 most influential and active people in tech and entrepreneurship in Louisiana. The list is compiled by you, the community, through an anonymous nomination process.

We will be sharing the bios of each of the 100 in alphabetical order. Meet group 9 below:

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.

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.

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 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.

Shercole King

Shercole wears many hats. She is not only working at Via Link as a Homeless Management Information Systems Administrator, she is also the Community Outreach Manager at, the Founder and editor at Good Nola News, the co-founder of Teen Tech Day, and a consultant at S King Consulting. On Twitter. On LinkedIn.

Sherif Ebrahim

Sherif plays a large role at Tulane University. He is the Executive Director of the Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Director of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Education, and a professor of Strategy and Innovation. Sherif has successfully combined an investing and strategic management consulting career with an academic one.

Sia Karamalegos

Sia is a web developer who learned Fortran 90 in college, and then didn’t pick up programming again until the advent of MOOCs. After casually playing with Python and JavaScript, she completed a beginner code-immersion bootcamp in New Orleans, Tech Talent South, and then became a teacher there. She is now the founder and CEO of Clio + Calliope, which provides full-stack web development services to both start-ups and established businesses. On Twitter. On LinkedIn.

Sidney Torres

Sidney Torres is a big name in New Orleans entrepreneurship who is known for several ventures, including his locally-based trash companies, renovating houses throughout the city, owning a hotel, and even recently creating The Cover, a $100 million resort in the Bahamas. He will also be starring in his own reality show called The Deed this spring. On Twitter.

Staacy Cannon

Staacy’s company Grok + Banter is one of the tech companies to come out of New Orleans. It captures and delivers unbiased consumer data from the offline world. Combining the power of IoT and machine learning, the startup provides rich data to media companies, advertising agencies, retailers, brands and more. On LinkedIn.

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