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October 15, 2008
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Yesterday we were on hand at a lunch Virginia governor Tim Kaine had requested NVTC arrange with area tech leaders. Ever since Kaine made Barack Obama's VP shortlist, his stock has been soaring (a rare phrase these days) and he's no longer seen as "Mark Warner's successor" but a national figure who could well become one of a new president's best friends. So the event, hosted at Consumer Electronics Association offices, felt a bit more electric than usual.


It was dubbed "Community Cabinet Day" because Kaine brought 28 Cabinet members and senior staff. At left, the guv listens as CEA president Gary Shapiro describes CEA's aggressive green agenda, starting with the announcement it will go to a 4-day workweek for all 155 employees. The four employees at the wall told how they benefit from CEA's green programs: One with young children already works at home three days a week, getting a subsidy for half her broadband access charge and saving 2.5 hours a day in commute. A second gets a VRE subsidy, saving 9,000 miles a year and 7,000 lbs in carbon footprint. A third bikes in, using special changing facilities, and the fourth took advantage of a $25,000, 3-year forgivable loan to move to Arlington County. Kaine loved it: He said he believes the next president will announce early on an Apollo-type mission for energy independence and clean energy within a decade.


Va. Commerce Secretary Ric Brown, Center for Innovative Technology Director Pete Jobse, and Square Loop CEO Tom Stroup. Tom's Reston-based company just launched a cell alert system for hearing impaired in Hawaii using an alternative vibrating cadence and geographically targeted message. On the personal front, he was recently named to Team USA Triathalon (that's 1500 meter swim, 40K bike ride, and 10K run) to compete in Australia next September. Strangely enough, he says he needs it to "keep sane."


Virginia Tech Sec Aneesh Chopra says progress continues in deploying the state's productivity investment fund, $3M in venture capital for government operations, which since the beginning of '07 has funded 20 initiatives with four to six times ROI. At home, he's about to celebrate his daughter Naya's 2nd birthday by going to Romp & Roll in Richmond; and, he and his wife are expecting a second daughter in January. Got a name for them to consider? He says look him up on Facebook and send it! Seriously. They'd like something exotic.

Get Real!

When Microsoft names you as an official vendor, our guess is you're doing something right. Earlier this week we met Robin Wiener and Mark Heaney, two of the four partners at Rockville-based Get Real Consulting (is that a great name or what?). They tell us the seven-year-old, 30-person company is helping clients like Kaiser Permanente and the American Heart Association integrate with Microsoft's Health Vault platform, which protects patient histories from disasters by storing them in the online cloud. "Health 2.0" growth helped lift revenues 100% last year.


All four partners met while execs at US Web, which was the largest web development company in the world before it went under. "Between the four of us, we felt we had the right team in place to run a great, responsible company," says Robin, a mother of two and Connecticut native who also serves as Rockville's planning commission chair. Mark just helped the American Heart Association launch Heart360.com, a site focused on cardiovascular health. Keep in mind, readers, Bisnow is also good for your heart if you read it while on the treadmill.

After Jerell got knocked off, David Stegon is rooting for Kenley to win tonight's Project Runway finale, but he thinks Leanne will actually win. Send story ideas or dish about Runway to David@Bisnow.com.

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