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June 4, 2008


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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the world's 43rd richest person according to Forbes, dropped in on DC to headline last night's American Electronics Association "Technology for Government" dinner. His suit was made from thinly woven strands of 24-karat gold—well, okay, maybe it was just blue silk.


That's Steve on the left (just in case you've been hiding under a rock since 2000 when he took the top job), with American Electronics Association CEO Chris Hansen at the Grand Hyatt. Ballmer, who has 40 spots to go on the Forbes list to catch his buddy Bill Gates at number three, told 700 guests that over the next 10 years computers will become increasingly responsive to user touch and speech. He tells us his favorite song on his Zune (Microsoft's iPod) is Mama Cass's "Make Your Own Kind of Music," which he first heard on the soundtrack to Lost.  

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Also last night, we went to the NVTC Technology CFO Awards, where there was so much financial brain power we expected someone magically to turn the $7 in our pocket into a cool grand before we left. Didn't happen, but with almost 800 guests at the McLean Hilton, we felt smarter about our money just being there. Examples above: M&T Bank's Sean Timms, Hugh Giorgio (sorry, caught you napping) and David DiLuigi with CFO Steve Shallcross of Vanda Pharmaceuticals. Steve tells us Vanda is crossing its fingers for FDA approval next month of iloperidone, a drug for schizophrenia. The Rockville-based firm is also going into Phase III development (sounds serious, whatever it means) on VEC162, a treatment for sleep and mood disorders. This summer, Steve's following his son's orchestral band as they play in six European cities over two weeks.


K12 Inc.'s Chris Ryan (an avid Tech Bisnow reader—wait, what's so unusual about that?) and CFO John Baule. We thought K12 might be some of extreme skiing company, but of course we know it's a Herndon-based provider of web-based home schooling curricula that went public last December. "If you're a child in a small town in Iowa, we can give you an online school program on par with the best private schools," John says. So far 40,000 students in 19 states have signed up.


ITSolutions CFO Doug Kollme, Lockton Companies' Jeff Verity and IT Solutions' Fred Farmer. ITSolutions' consulting clients include DISA, DoD, the Marine Corps and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Doug tells us the company purchased ITEQ Integrated Technologies and Codin Solutions last year and now has more than 500 employees. His next challenge: a 65-mile hike through Yosemite.


Rolls-Royce North America CFO Will Powers, wife Bonnae, and Tom Dale, also with Rolls-Royce. We hoped Will might give us a loaner to replace our beloved 1997 Mazda 626 with 234,000 miles, but then we remembered he handles jet engines, not cars. Rolls-Royce North America, which did $3.9 billion in business last year, is building a new jet engine manufacturing plant in PG County. Will says he's looking forward to a summer retreat to his Lewes, Delaware beach house, where he can forget about everything (except the sunshine).


Vocus CEO Rick Rudman, board member Rich Moore, CMO Bill Wager and CFO Steve Vintz. Vocus makes PR software that helps companies maintain good relationships with the media (pssst, a case of beer will be fine), distribute news and see what publications their news pops up in. Before coming to Vocus, Steve was Strategy VP for Snyder Communications (yes, that Dan Snyder). Steve's involved in sports just like his former boss, though his are t-ball and ballet for his daughter rather than ownership of an NFL team.

After five parties in eight days, Bisnow tech reporter David Stegon is giving his camera (and liver) a rest tonight. Send story ideas to David@Bisnow.com or call 703-674-7718.



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