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
April 11, 2013 6:13:07 PM by
Edwin Miller recognized as Entrepreneur of the Week by the Center for Innovative Technologies.
"Edwin Miller, the Founder & CEO of 9Lenses is an accomplished four-time CEO recognized as both a growth and a turnaround thought leader. He serves on the Board for Callis Communications, DataRPM, Spotlight Ticket Management Systems, as a board of Advisor for DiamondMind, and is an Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at George Mason University.
Edwin is a two-time business author of “9Lenses, Insight to Action” and “Snapshot9®”. Edwin is a member of Young President’s Organization, and is available for speeches through the Washington Speakers Bureau and GDA Speakers for the social enterprise. Edwin earned his a BS from Liberty University, where he was on a full athletic scholarship for Division I-A Basketball, and a MBA from the George Washington University. Edwin lives in Leesburg, VA with his wife Kimberly, and three children Jackson, Gabrielle, and Charles.
CIT: Tell us about your current venture.
Edwin: 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 people. With a fast growing customer set, we empower our customers to have a quantifiable approach for driving clarity, collective learning, and alignment. We have connected our systems within a business, but our people continue to come and go each day void true connection and alignment with the business. As leaders we survey our employees. We pay outside consultancies to tell us about our business opportunities and challenges. 9Lenses empowers any leader to discover and assure right through the minds and eyes of the employees.
CIT: What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur?
Edwin: When building a new business constantly learn about your market, attract great people to the business, and always understand your personal and business financial conditions.
CIT: What events/meetup groups are essential for startups?
Edwin: I have found Young President’s Organization to be invaluable. Working with other CEO’s on very tough topics that force you to see many perspectives, not just your own has been important in my growth. Also, having the right mentors is an overlooked item. There are many strong leaders on the East and West coast that have been there and done it. They enjoy pouring into aspiring entrepreneurs.
CIT: How important is collaboration and knowledge sharing to you?
Edwin: Our company is built on the foundation that the crowd is smarter than one person. Further, there is one person in the business that knows more about thing that anyone else so aggregating that information makes three strands much stronger than one. Both of these approaches demands collaboration, openness, transparency, and speed.
CIT: What makes your city's startup scene unique?
Edwin: The Washington DC metro area has it all. The market is full of varying types of industries, capital firms, entrepreneur’s, and was the foundation for the Internet with PSINet, UUNet, Digex, AOL, and others having their roots right here in our back yard."
Founder and CEO, 9Lenses
March 27, 2013 10:22:52 AM by
Social Analytics platforms are playing an increasingly pivotal role in the strategic decision making process. Recently, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty highlighted the intersection between technology and data. To compete, Bid Blue's vision is that businesses must:
- Base decisions (both tactical and strategic) on predictive analytics
- Turn social conversations into productive output
- Craft offerings for individuals - not market segments
9Lenses helps companies reach these objectives. We drive better, faster predictive analysis by flushing out net-new data from every businesses best resource, it's people. Advanced dashboards leverage our schema and software platform to target very granular pains at the sub-market level.
Ginni's right "data will be your competitive advantage." That conclusion, of course, begs a significant question: are you collecting the right data?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
One more note. Run a baseline.
February 11, 2013 8:21:10 AM by
Let’s face it. Lawyers scare people. With their fancy suits, technical jargon, and sometimes-assertive personalities, this is not the most pleasant group of individuals in the business world. Or, maybe, the public’s perception has been distorted by the very active, very small minority of lawyers who have successfully shaped the public conscious. Regardless of which perception is accurate, legal matters can be quite troubling with all the techne, jargon, and baffling grammar. (Ever try putting a contract in understandable language?) While some find legal matters unsavory, organizations still have to consider the legal implications of their business. That is where the Entity lens comes in.
This lens examines the contracts of the organization, the intellectual property of the company, and liability and risks for everyone. Since this involves legal matters, it is quite technically focused because even the slightest error could mean significant liabilities. It might seem like this is merely an attempt to trap people when they least expect it. However, diligence regarding legal matters means a massive headache avoided further down the road. This forward-looking lens seeks to prevent massive resource drains in the future.
Using social discovery in this lens is invaluable precisely because of the technical nature of the lens. Since everyone has access to different data, spotting errors is much easier when you have 60 people examining the problem instead of three or four.