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February 5, 2009
 
 
 
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This morning we were at Agilex’s Chantilly offices for the NVTC Cool Tech Committee Meeting where Kevin Jackson, biz dev superstar at Dataline, told us that cloud computing is cutting into money spent on service-oriented architecture and is expected to be a $160 billion industry by 2011.

 

Kevin, a cloud computing guru, tells us he’s working with The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego to help develop “tactical clouds” that let military personnel abroad, like a ship commander running a nuclear simulation, tap into extra-computing power. “There’s not enough space to hold the computing power to run that type of program; but if there were a cloud computing network tied to a super computer, he could use that,” Kevin says.

 

Stacksafe CEO Loren Burnett with Agilex’s Lisa Quintana and Martin Hobson. Stacksafe recently announced that the Hearst Corporation is using Stacksafe’s simulation test center to test its change in e-mail systems. Loren spent New Year’s in Aspen, but the town had to be cleared for a bomb threat; and we thought DC was dangerous! Thankfully, Loren still got in four days of skiing.


Press 1 for Good Service
 

CEO Paul Logan admits he hates telephone automation, even though that’s what his Reston-based company Contact Solutions does. “We try to do it in a non-annoying way,” says Paul, whose company processed 40 million transactions last month. One way they do that is having the system give the operator information on what the user was trying to accomplish during a failed call, says Paul, whose client list includes Lockheed Martin, American Express and Hawaiian Airlines.

 

Paul, who has an office in the Reston Town Center, started the company with partners Aaron Thompson and Mark Whittle. A New Jersey native who grew up in Manassas, Paul is a golf addict and can be found golfing at Robert Trent Jones in Gainesville (the course has hosted four President’s Cups); he also plays squash and keeps tabs on his wife and two kids.


Investment Banker to the Stars
 

Bob Kipps, managing director of KippsDeSanto & Co., showed us his shiny new office in Tysons. Since we proudly count them as a sponsor, we thought we should let you know what it is they do exactly. After starting out as “three dudes in a suite,” Bob’s mid-market M&A investment banking firm now has 16 employees and did a whopping $300 million worth of transactions the last half of the year. Bob started the company with Kevin DeSanto, his friend from Houlihan, in May ’07 with the goal of becoming the top tech M&A firm in the country. Bob, who grew up in Arlington and graduated from UVA, tells us when he’s not playing with his three kids, he’s watching sports. “I love all the D.C. teams, but the Redskins frustrate me like no other,” says Bob, a season-ticket holder.

 
 
 
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