The 2017 Silicon Bayou 100: Group 1

The 2017 Silicon Bayou 100 is the annual list of the 100 most influential and active people in tech and entrepreneurship in Louisiana over the last year. The list is compiled by the community through an anonymous nomination process.

Over the next two weeks we will be sharing the bios of each of the 100 in alphabetical order. View the full Silicon Bayou 100 here and meet group 1 below:

Aaron Dirks

Aaron is Chairman and co-founder of PosiGen, which provides solar power and energy efficiency services to homeowners in Louisiana, New York and Connecticut. He is also a “parallel entrepreneur,” trying to become more of a serial entrepreneur through his other ventures such as LiveryCar, a hybrid solutions provider and transportation company, and Joieful, a social platform connecting people to more meaningful experiences and recording more richly their travel in life. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Aaron Miscenich

As President of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC), Aaron brought the vision of a biotechnology incubator in New Orleans from concept to reality. For over a decade, he has worked to bring the 66,000 square foot to house tenants ranging from bio-fuel manufacturing to genetic testing. He is also the Executive Director of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center. On LinkedIn.

Adam Mitchell

Adam is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of two startups, Freesource and Revieux. Freesource is a company on a mission to innovate products and services for creative freelancers that was selected for the Idea Village accelerator last year. Revieux is a cultural startup that aims to fill the growing void in arts journalism and criticism that impacts New Orleans arts organizations. On LinkedIn

Adele Tiblier

Adele is the former VP of Marketing at Turbosquid and current organizer for the city’s largest tech meetup group, Net2NO. She is now director of marketing at local tech company zlien. Adele brings an extensive background in search engine optimization, online marketing and promotion from over a decade of experience in the Internet industry. Her knowledge and expertise of online marketing has served the tourism, technology, retail and nonprofit sectors, among others.  On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Alba Hudleston

As a former industrial engineer, Alba is now heavily involved in the New Orleans tech scene through her work with New Orleans Women in Technology (WIT) and the local maker movement. She has previously been a finalists for the Ada Lovelace Awards, an annual event hosted by LookFar that recognizes the achievements of women in tech. On Twitter.

Alessandra Madrid

Alessandra is not only a digital marketing strategist at ARPR, where the team focuses on tech clients throughout the country, but also the co-founder of the lifestyle blog She regularly speaks at events throughout the South on influencer relations and will soon be featured in FOX’s latest culinary show airing Summer of 2018. On LinkedIn.

Alex Reed

Alex has worked for the past few years building Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies, Inc. (APMT), and has dedicated much of what remains of his free time to mentoring Tulane students on technology entrepreneurship. APMT develops, manufactures and distributes products and services for the real time monitoring and control of polymer reactions across all synthetic and natural polymer sectors from R&D through high volume industrial production. On LinkedIn.

Amith Nagarajan

Amith has been the Chairman and CEO of Aptify for more than 20 years. The company provides enterprise-level membership software and association management software, services, and strategies. He is also Chairman of the Board at, a spin off company from Aptify, along with Grit Marketing, and Association Success. On Twitter. On LinkedIn.

Andrea Chen

As the Executive Director of Propeller, Andrea has helped empower social entrepreneurs through strategic management and assistance for the past five years. She was a consultant and sat on the board of a number of organizations including the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and the Greater New Orleans Writing Project. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Antonio Alonzo

Antonio works with several organizations in New Orleans including entrepreneurial support organization Fund17 and the World Economic Forum initiative for young leaders called Global Shapers. He is also the President of Dig Easy, a local organization on a mission to make composting cool, easy, and viable for people and organizations.

The 2017 Silicon Bayou 100 is made possible by Envoc365 ConnectThe Warehouse, and Urban South Brewery.