May 22, 2013 5:35:29 PM by
Today, MAVA announced the sixteen companies selected to take the Main Stage of this year’s Capital Connection 2013 conference. Each year, Capital Connection brings together leading investors and top performing technology executives for an intense series of company presentations showcasing technology companies at all stages of development, along with high-level CEO addresses, thought-leading keynotes, and networking sessions.
Capital Connection 2013 will shine a spotlight on a number of dynamically changing industries – including education technology, mobility and the intersection of Big Data with health IT - emphasizing a broad array of industry sectors that are growing exponentially throughout the global market and where the Mid-Atlantic tech community brings particular strength and unique expertise. This year’s conference takes place June 5-6 at the Mead Center for American Theater, home to Arena Stage, in Washington, DC.
The newly announced Main Stage companies are quite diverse, with many having already established themselves as market leaders, on a phenomenal growth trajectory. Others are now poised for an inflection point in their growth, either through a major breakthrough in their market position or by raising new capital. All represent leading indicators of technology trends in key sectors. These companies will share their stories at one of the industry’s most respected gatherings of technology companies and on the largest tech/invest platform of its kind on the East Coast, with an eye toward national and international reach for their message and their products.
“These Main Stage presenters are at the heart of Capital Connection and represent leaders in their individual fields, often sought out by policy makers and thought leaders for their insight into the tech market. They are bringing innovative products to the commercial market, and for many, are well on their way to being dominant industry leaders. Those seeking financing represent attractive investment opportunities across sectors. When I look at these companies collectively, I am struck by the wealth of ground-breaking technology and business acumen fueling this strong technology sector,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director of MAVA.
The featured Main Stage program will showcase the following companies:
- 9Lenses is a leading provider of Social Enterprise Performance Software, and delivers a breakthrough insight platform for the most critical resource in our business – our customers.
- AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that dramatically reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services.
- Arxan Technologies provides the world's leading solution to protect the integrity of applications against attacks by enabling application owners to build protections directly in the application.
- ControlScan delivers innovative payment security and compliance solutions to payment service providers and the merchants they serve.
- Decision Lens is a cloud-based prioritization and resource allocation software. It provides a solution to organizations’ critical resource allocation decision-making processes.
- Fixmo is a mobile risk management (MRM) company that helps organizations identify, mitigate and manage the risks associated with mobile devices in the workplace.
- Geostellar scales energy sales. Through a simple “Search, Shop, Share” process, homeowners and commercial property managers can go solar, change their electricity providers and acquire energy efficient upgrades.
- Invertix addresses complex research and development, engineering and mission support challenges in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; enterprise information technology; and communications mission systems.
- Invincea delivers the first and only virtualized browser, PDF reader, Office suite, .zip and .exe solutions that seamlessly run in their own virtual environments separate from the desktop operating system to protect users against all types of malware threat.
- Kaltura provides the world's first and only Open Source Online Video Platform.
- Lotame empowers innovative publishers, agencies, and brands to unlock the full value of their audience data with our unifying data management platform, Crowd Control.
- Notable Solutions Inc’s flagship product, AutoStore, captures paper and electronic documents from a copier, scanner, or printer, then routes the information into the appropriate business system based on the document type.
- Orchestro powers demand execution for consumer-driven supply chains. Its adaptive analytics engine (Maestro™) makes sense of tens of thousands of real-time data feeds daily, across point-of-sale (POS), consumer sentiment and operational data.
- Univa unifies Big Compute and Big Data workload management by making it easy to fully leverage shared cluster resources with innovations like Hadoop support, multi-core systems, hybrid servers and cloud computing – ensuring organizations are future-proofed today.
- Video Blocks is a subscription-based website that provides members with unlimited downloads of stock video, motion backgrounds, production music, sound effects, special effects, After Effects templates and much more.
- Videology is an enterprise media technology for agencies and publishers. Videology provides end-to-end, holistic, cross-device and cross-format solutions to improve ROI for advertisers, agencies and publishers.
As the premier forum for technology companies on the East Coast, Capital Connection™ sets the standard for early stage, expansion and growth companies to present their business models and their potential for accelerated growth to a broad audience of investors, advisors, strategic partners and peers across all stages and sectors.
A non-profit member-owned organization with deep roots in the technology community, MAVA brings together company-builders from across the country and at every stage of development, and provides a trusted public showcase to promote these enterprises, from promising start-ups to publicly-traded success stories.
Reprinted with Permission From: Capital Connection 2013
February 15, 2013 4:09:48 PM by
If data could talk its favorite line just might be "I told you so." We recently compared an app taken by senior-level execs last June with one run last week on a smaller segment within their organization. The June results predicted a decline in market trends. Sure enough, Last week's results show a 10% drop in just eight months!
What does this say about benchmarking?
1. Do it!
Without a standard, you have no way to measure progress. Setting an initial benchmark is the first step in measuring subsequent success or failure (hopefully success). Every executive wants satisfied employees, efficient processes, and a larger profit margin, but without effective benchmarking even the most meticulously designed initiative will go untested and unevaluated. If you’re planning an effort aimed at improving some part of your business, start with a baseline assessment. You’ll get the benchmark you need to determine whether you’ve moved forward or backward six months down the road. Selecting the right type of benchmark can be complex and sometimes quite intimidating. However, the process does not have to be overwhelming.
But taking the time to run a baseline can also boost your strategy formulation.
2. Standardize it.
It is not enough to create benchmarks; these standards of measurements require some objective criteria for evaluation. In fact, benchmarking from inadequate measure can be quite counterproductive if the standards for benchmarking are too narrow or based on poor sampling techniques. Often, it is tempting to overgeneralize successes and establish standards of measurement that are both unrealistic and unhelpful. It takes longer to undo the damage of inadequate benchmarking and ultimately sets companies back. Using some objective means of benchmarking helps reduce the risk of poor benchmarking and thereby increase valuation of an offering. How do you establish those objective criteria? Run a baseline.
3. Data-driven benchmarks drive effective strategies.
Any business executive or employee can tell you that there’s at least one, and probably a lot more, things you could do to improve your organization. There is never a shortage of what needs to be changed. But how do you prioritize the multitude of ideas? Gut instinct? Listen to the loudest voices? Without a social approach it’s anyone’s guess as to what is the best idea. Running a baseline assessment gives you solid data to determine what’s wrong, why it’s wrong, and where to focus your efforts first.
So run a baseline. You’ll get powerful data about your business and the power to quickly and simply measure success in 3 months and 3 years.
By now something should be obvious. Benchmarking is inextricably linked with the 9Lenses baseline. Although some people might have questions about how this works or why baselines are so critical, those who have gathered the courage to take the 9Lenses challenge have discovered the immense benefits of the process.
We are always eager to explain what the value of the 9Lenses offers to businesses both great and small. Contact our Business Development Manager Zach Enos at email@example.com
One more note. Run a baseline.
December 21, 2012 3:14:10 PM by
9Lenses has just received some exciting news. Edwin Miller has been invited to speak at the SmartCEO Exit Planning Roundtable on Tuesday, February 5th!
The Roundtable will gather DC-area exit planning experts together to discuss their insights on exit planning strategy for CEO’s. They are slated to discuss
- Matching a CEO’s exit strategy with their personal goals
- Maximizing the valuation of the business at exit
- And ensuring smooth transitions from the exiting CEO to new CEO
The panelists will be wealth managers, CPAs, attorneys, valuation experts, family business strategists, and current and former CEOs. All of whom have been involved in exit planning strategies. Since Edwin has been the CEO of four different companies, he has definitely had experience and has a considerable amount of insight on this subject. The conversation should be fascinating as well as useful.
The panel discussion will be recorded and broadcast as a podcast. Also keep an eye on the April 2013 SmartCEO edition of the magazine for photos and portions of the panel discussion.
December 19, 2012 12:39:07 PM by
The Examiner writes on 9Lenses. From Silos to Lenses: Social Media Enterprise (by Pam Waits)
“Knowing what employees think -- not just the few who attend management meetings -- but everyone from assembly line to the IT department to call center to business development is critical to identify strengths and weaknesses at companies. We all know that getting our own house in order is imperative to having the best quality product delivered, highest customer service achieved, and to keeping operations flowing in a timely and efficient way.
For decades, experts told us we should compile all of our information into silos (aka compartmentalize and only let the bosses in charge of those areas see the data). We were taught that what Joe in accounting thought was irrelevant to what Nancy in customer service thought. They were wrong.
Edwin Miller, 4-time successful CEO, is now the Founder & CEO of 9Lenses, the platform that looks across all 9Lenses of a business through the crowd. When companies use this tool they collect an immense amount of data, which is why they provide the top three areas that are challenges and the top three that are opportunities.
They allow C-level execs to see through the clutter of other social platforms that may be discussing symptoms of a problem in the business. They do this with the 9Lenses schema.
The schema spawns apps. The apps drive data. The data is net new data - meaning the CEOs and their team leaders have never seen this data before. They’ve seen pieces here and there in studies or reports, but they’ve never seen it connected, correlated, and quickly at a lower cost than their other organizational discovery or learning methods. In other words: 9Lenses is the ultimate in social enterprise performance.
Edwin Miller reminds us that the word social is more than a buzzword. "We have a lot of companies doing extremely well, public and private markets, which are social-focused – we also need to think about what that category really means. Social has become an environment to communicate, collaborate and participate." Miller is convinced that "social" is not going anywhere – it’s actually just starting and is the key to give CEOs the clarity they’ve hungered for.
"Basketball, college ball – you practice 99% of the time – you play 1% of the time. The Army – 99% practice, 1% execution. Business -- 100% execution. So how do you gain clarity?
It's not practical for the CEO to go from office to office and say, “How’s your day going? What do you think of the business?” You have to have some way where they can use web technology to provide insight in a common structure, where you can see what they think in comparison to what someone else thinks about the same things and start to derive they’re just not seeing it the same way – and they’re both right and they both have different thoughts."
Once CEOs have the information, they can get clarity and make decisions on what they know -- not what they guess!”
December 17, 2012 9:55:30 AM by
The Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu understood something about war that is frequently forgotten by those who have never waged it. If a military leader understood the battlefield, his enemy’s thinking, and the limits of his own resources, he would rarely lose. While business is less bloody than war, Sun Tzu still has some relevant advice: the more complete/organized the information, the better the strategy.
The Strategy lens organizes and examines a company’s go-to-market plan with precision. There is a ubiquitous amount of literature regarding the subject of business strategy . Every good businessperson wants to know the winning strategy. Yet the best businessperson realizes that success is more of an art, less of a science.
When considering the general strategy, a company will examine the broader goals of the strategy. This concerns the broad vision of the organization. However, a good strategy will have an enormous range of practical steps as well as theoretical justifications. Pricing strategy is helpful for understanding how the market will respond to the product. This harkens back to the market lens. In order to have a sound pricing strategy, a company needs a sound understanding of the market.
While it might be exciting to go big, or go home one must consider that the limits of resources restrict the company. Understanding these resources means gathering insight into the market lens, the people lens, and the finance lens. Thus, strategy is limited based on the assets available. The way businesses determine this limit is through crowdsourcing. The strength of the 9Lenses schema is that it makes crowdsourcing easy and cross relatable.