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October 10, 2008
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Yesterday, we made a glorious discovery while driving around Maryland. The tech Circle of Life: John Nyland is retiring, Connectiv is just starting, and Correlogic is cheating death.


We’re thinking IBM Public Sector Managing Partner John Nyland should dress as a gold watch this Halloween considering he’s retiring Oct. 31 as head of the company’s 5,000-person worldwide government, education and healthcare services unit. We met John at his Bethesda office yesterday to hear about the good ol’ days. He came to IBM out of Michigan State University (he grew up near Detroit). His first job was as a buyer at the company’s Owego, N.Y., plant where he purchased 8K and 16K semiconductors (think about that for a second.)


John came to Washington as VP of federal sales before taking over public sector management. With retirement, he plans to move to St. Michaels, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and spend his time playing golf, fishing and reading (the works of Ernest Hemingway are up first). He’ll stay active as a board member at both TCM and UMD. “My friend told me, when you’re retired, every night feels like Friday night and every morning feels like Saturday morning, so I’m looking forward to it.” Instantly jealous, we cut the interview short.

Wireless BI Wonders

With the economy slumping, everyone wants to get more efficient, so it’s no surprise companies like Bethesda-based Connectiv Solutions are finding a niche in business intelligence for frugal giants. We met co-founder Brian Silvestri, who tells us the 25-person bootstrap is analyzing billions (yes, billions) of call transactions to maximize network efficiency for “almost all” of the country’s largest telecom companies. We suggest they start by telling that Verizon “Can You Hear Me Now” guy to stop traveling with such a huge entourage.


Here’s Brian with co-founder Tommy Wehrung. The two met while working at APC (Sprint Spectrum) in the mid-90s and continued at Telecorp PCS, an AT&T Wireless affiliate, where Brian oversaw 16 mobile switching centers and 4,000 cell sites in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. When Telecorp sold, Brian and Tommy decided to start Connectiv instead of relocating to Seattle. “We saw an opportunity and figured we could really go for this.” A suburban Philly native, Brian is still sour about the Eagles loss to the Redskins but is hoping a Phillies World Series championship can heal his recent sports hurt.

Cancer Detection Invention

Correlogic CEO Peter Levine tells us his Rockville-based company will soon submit its ovarian cancer detection blood test to the FDA, aiming to hit the market in ’09. The company uses multiple biomarkers (the levels of different proteins in the blood) interpreted by sophisticated algorithms to determine if a person has cancer. Most diagnostic tests use a single biomarker, but “our approach is to evaluate the relative ratios of multiple markers to determine if a person has the disease.” Other cancer blood tests are in the pipeline.


An attorney by trade, Peter attended New England School of Law after growing up in and around New York City. His early work was as a trial attorney specializing in the creation and use of complex databases. He also worked on Capitol Hill (General Counsel of the Senate Subcommittee for Intergovernmental Relations), DOJ and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, among others. Peter started his own practice and was involved in international trade and investment before co-founding Correlogic in 2000. An avid hiker, he summited Mount Kilimanjaro last February to celebrate his 60th birthday. Remember the days when creating a start-up was thrill-seeking enough?

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