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September 26, 2008
 
 
 
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Entrepreneurs young and old (but mostly young) packed into the Sequoia Restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront for Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50. We gather the title comes from human proclivity toward alliteration, because we note that in fact it’s 100: The 50 fastest growing tech companies in Virginia and 50 more in Maryland. Top awards went to Herndon’s CompuGain and Germantown’s Hughes Communications, although all were honored. In fact, pretty much everyone in the house got an award except Bisnow and the wait staff.  

 

Deloitte DC managing partner Gary Tabach and colleagues Christine Vermillion, Greg Pellegrino and Andy Harris flank NVTC president Bobbie Kilberg, center, who will be celebrating her 38th wedding anniversary and attending her grandson’s T-ball game this weekend. Andy, a Red Sox season ticket holder (we’ll forgive him) is going to the Sox-Yanks game at Fenway, and Gary promised a celebratory dinner for Christine at Oya on 9th and H for getting promoted as newest director at Deloitte.

 

IMCI Technologies’ Sam Zamani and Vocus’ Steve Vintz. Sam says IMCI just helped install the first Post-9/11 secure network in NYC. 440 outdoor “cabinets” around town ensure that when an emergency arises—major fire to terrorist attack—safety and security personnel will have independent lines of communication. As for Vocus, Steve says its PR software is now used by 6 million companies and the new small business edition can help generate publicity online by improving website visibility via aggregation of news story citations. The lead generation tool will even bump companies who do nothing but send out their own press releases.

 

Freewebs’ Zeki Mokhtarzada, the No. 5 company in Maryland, and V-Empower’s Shukoor Ahmed, No. 7. Zeki, 30, says $12 million in venture funding from Novak Biddle and Columbia Capital boosted his company from a staff of 8 four years ago to 40 today, creating an easy-to-use template that allows untrained users to make their own website. Zeki (random factoid: a big fan of orange juice—“it hits the spot”) says anyone from a soccer team to a church group can create a site for $50-100 a year. Shukoor was a little disappointed that he dropped from #1 to the seven slot, but his growth was still a solid 900%-- not the 10,000% of last year. Some of their growth comes from designing absentee ballots and voter registrations forms used by unions like the AFL-CIO, so we are glad to see someone benefiting from the current political campaign.

 

M&T Bank’s David DiLuigi, Prototype Production’s Joe Travez and NASDAQ OMX’s Marco Masi. Marco reminds CEO attendees that they are invited to help ring the closing bell on November 13th in NYC, but they have to register by the end of October.

 

Navtrak’s CEO Ron Hodges and President Jim Duncan with Morrison & Foerster’s Peter Davis. Navtrak makes software that tracks commercial fleets. Jim says that means more than just knowing where delivery trucks, school buses or ambulances are going. It means knowing if they’re making unnecessary side trips, taking long routes, or wasting gas. Jim says he just saved one 35-fleet client $22,000 in gas and overtime by optimizing routes. For total transparency, Jim has a tracking device on his ’06 Honda Pilot and he lets anyone at the company track his moves. With only 8% of the market using tracking devices, Jim says it’s not about finding new markets, but expanding share—and Navtrak is looking to pharmaceutical sales and other white collar fleets next.

 

mindSHIFT’s Vicki Brown and Viyas Sundaram. To train for his first triathlon, Viyas wears a 45 lb. vest, wires iPhone music into his ear, and wears a heart rate monitor watch. He says that when he recently ascended the steep “Exorcist Steps” in Georgetown in the black-colored vest with wires popping out while his watch beeped wildly, pedestrians fled in horror at what they feared was a terrorist. He thinks when he builds some endurance he’ll look less menacing. Vicki did a bit of hiking herself recently up the Inca trail in Peru. She says the “Inti Punku” or “Gate of the Sun” overlooking the ancient city of Machu Picchu was transformative (a sensation she should be used to given the name of her company).

 
 
 
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