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
February 08, 2013 2:20:01 PM by
Cloud apps turn stakeholder’s collective wisdom into Lean Management
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 30, 2013 -
9Lenses announced the release of five landmark crowdsourcing applications to reduce the uncertainty faced by government contractors.
“Federal service providers face uncertainty on nearly every front. Budgets are uncertain, contract renewals are up in the air, and regulatory modifications are making it increasingly difficult to decide how to invest scarce resources,” notes Edwin Miller, 4 time-CEO and Founder of 9Lenses. “Contractors trying to win more bids with fewer resources, and that’s placing a lot of strain on the C-suite’s strategic abilities. I wanted to help, so we developed our ‘GovCon’ suite which allows executives to leverage the knowledge that’s already in their company to mitigate risk, and improve win-rates.”
Every app reduces uncertainty by linking executives to insight from stakeholders across every part of their company. Here are the apps:
· Automated Strategic Planning: The Strategic Planning app captures the collective wisdom of employees so executives can craft better roadmaps with better data at the next offsite.
· Lean Management: The Lean Management app interviews stakeholders to discover ways to reduce cost and risk across every part of an organization.
· Bid Process Optimizer: The Bid Optimizer engages employees and executives for data-calls, go/no-go bid calls, and benchmarks the “bid process” to improve win-rates over time.
· M&A Analyzer: M&A Analyzer helps organizations in the midst of large structural change pinpoint knowledge and alignment gaps to smoothly navigate the transition.
· 360 Your Business: 9Lenses 360 apps “snapshot” the health of every part of a business, project, program, or group so executives can optimize performance, end-to-end.
9Lenses has a fast growing customer set in the government community, including Raytheon, HP, Knowledge Consulting Group, a.i. Solutions, OnPoint, MSTI, XL Associates, Micropact, Centuria, Chilliad, and Navanti. All of these companies are using 9Lenses apps to create a quantitative approach for driving clarity, collective learning, and alignment in their companies.
In 2012, Raytheon used 9Lenses apps to engage their stakeholders in a strategic dialogue. They identified over 19 knowledge gaps, misalignments, and operational challenges. Lisa Brown, the President of Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions, felt that “9Lenses provided great clarity into the business. It cut through the labyrinth of management and strategy theories that leaders are constantly trying to adapt to their organizations and really pinpointed the areas where focus was needed.”
After running several apps, Raytheon decided to partner with 9Lenses to develop an operational playbook using Six Sigma Lean Management principles. Division COO John Graves wanted to see if his crowd could find ways to reduce expenses and streamline processes.
Crowd sourcing business strategy was new to John, but when asked about the experience he replied, “I am enthralled with the approach 9Lenses takes to focus “process improvement” initiatives and eager to gain greater insight into the analytical underpinnings of the cloud platform. I look forward to a rewarding partnership and broadening the 9L's “sphere of influence” across Raytheon.”
William J. Weber, the President and COO of XL Associates, offered similar feedback when asked about his experience with 9Lenses’ government contracting solutions.
“As XL Associates and ALON Inc. began to merge, I sought out an enterprise management platform capable of revealing and synthesizing each organization's strengths. I wanted to move toward harmony and stave off the confusion that so often accompanies large acquisitions. 9Lenses provided insight beyond my wildest expectation. It's like E-Discovery for people’s knowledge instead of documents. With 9Lenses, it's easy to conduct internal assessments and business intelligence studies inside one platform, and the analytics made my data insightful and immediately actionable. Any company in the government services sector who wants to keep their edge and avoid falling into the "just another contractor" syndrome should consider 9Lenses’ apps.”
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 21, 2012 9:35:56 AM by
From Direct Employers: “Best ways to increase employee productivity in the New Year” by Shama Kabani
“In the New Year of 2013, every company will be faced with doing more with less as cutbacks in people and hours is fast becoming the new normal. So the question is — how do we positively increase employee productivity to keep delivery schedules, maintain high customer service, and stay profitable. Last week, I sat down with five CEOs and they each give me their top tip to keep employees motivated, customers happy, and profits strong.
1. Implement Employee Wellness Program. Nothings says an employer cares better than showing that you do! And even the government agrees as the new healthcare roll-out includes incentives for companies who have preventative wellness programs in place. According to Hiran Perera, CEO of Walkingspree, the leading provider of employee walking programs, 70% of healthcare claims are from preventable diseases. An employee who walks regularly can cut as much as $2,000/year from your benefit costs. Studies show an overweight employee who slims down can mean added savings, reduced blood pressure or cholesterol readings can save on pharmacy expenses and regular physical activity can slow future health claims for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. When your employees feel well — they work well! Start them walking in the New Year.
2. Help teams access tools and resources. No one wants to spend money and waste time — but many companies do when they don’t efficiently optimize their marketing and sales outreach initiatives. One example is trade show participation for both attendees as well as exhibitors. “When there is a free app that will help all sides of the event get more out of it — share that info with your staff,” says Anthony Krumeich, CEO of Bloodhound.com, the world’s first free trade show app which helps organizers, exhibitors and attendees generate more ROI in leads, information, and purpose. “There is so much out there,” says Krumeich. “Do the homework and make sure everyone knows about it!”
3. Appreciate, Recognize & Reward. Running an IT company that focuses on app development — keeping employees inspired and motivated in a rapidly changing environment is key to success. Dallas-based Sean Yalamanchi, CEO of InfoVision, believes the answer to high employee productivity is making everyone feel special and valued. “Our management teams shows appreciation on a day to day basis from regularly taking teams out for lunch, coffee, or even rewarding them with small gifts from gift cards to an extra day hour when extended hours have been required for deliverables,” says Yalamanchi. He reminds us to know who the overachievers are but also zero in on underachievers — try to find out their strengths, then guide them in that direction to help them succeed.
4. Get employee feedback. Whether you use surveys, monitor social media or sit down with your employees in an inviting setting — find out what they think and listen to their ideas to improve your operations and the workplace culture. “Leaders lead while your workforce works so to get them motivated it is important to listen and learn,” says Mohsin Momin, Co-Founder of BenjiFrank.com, an e-commerce eyeglass & sunglass boutique. “Either through in-person meetings or posting questions on Twitter — give your employees a chance to share their views.
5. Act on what you learn. “The whole point of finding out what your employees think is to gain the clarity to be a more effective decision-maker,” says Edwin Miller, CEO of 9Lenses, a social enterprise performance platform. According to Miller, because business leaders are now able to act with unprecedented clarity, it is essential for them to establish a baseline—a foundation for comparison. “Data is the means to clarity; social discovery the method to get it quickly and in a structured and engaging way.” ”