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July 29, 2008


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We’re sure that we can find a clever way to tie Redskins greats Art Monk and Charles Mann into the local tech scene, but to be honest, do we really need to? We met the two legends yesterday at the Vienna office of their credit card processing company, Alliant Merchant Services—that sounds sort of techy, doesn’t it? Anyway, we wanted to give support to their annual celebrity golf tournament that’s been sponsored by Accenture’s CTO Dan Rippert for the last seven years. And, of course, we wanted an excuse to meet a soon-to-be Hall of Famer (Art gets enshrined Sunday) and a four-time Super Bowl champ (Charles won an extra ring with the 49ers).


That’s Accenture’s George Selekman with Charles and Art, who will hold their tournament Sept. 8 at the Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club in Leesburg with all proceeds going to the Good Samaritan Foundation. Corporate sponsorships and golfer openings are still available, so log on to ArtandCharles.com for registration details. The duo started their company in 2000 and work with Visa and MasterCard associated banks in processing credit and debit card payments, and we assume they douse each other in Gatorade after big account wins.


And while we’re on the subject of golf, George is also co-hosting a charity tournament at Westwood Country Club on Aug. 25 in Vienna with proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation and the American Cancer Society. The host committee is a little more tech-centered with Acelera Solutions CEO LC Yi, Sysarc’s Tim Brennand and BlackIncApps’ Carl Sweetnam. Corporate sponsorships and golfer openings are still available: http://diamondmindinc.com/golf/index.html.



ComScore CEO Magid Abraham gave us a sneak peak last week of the company’s new office in the Reston Town Center, which is being unveiled today with a ribbon cutting. Magid tells us the leader in Internet usage information marketing is focusing on the overseas market as more than 80 percent of all Internet traffic is from outside the US compared to 40 percent just a few years ago. “We are seeing a tremendous shift, and we want to establish ourselves in the local markets with the biggest growth,” says Magid, who would like his company to grow from a strong presence in five countries to more than 30 within a few years.


That’s Magid and the comScore team opening trading on NASDAQ on May 28, the one year anniversary of the 700-person company appearing on the listing. Magid grew up on a farm in Lebanon, but came to the United States to gets a masters and a doctorate at MIT (in 18th century literature – just kidding). Before starting comScore in 1999, Magid was COO of Information Resources and founded Paragren Technologies, which specialized in delivering large scale software marketing systems. Magid spends down time with his four children, except if he has house chores to do. “I ask them to go on errands with me, and they will only go if I’m not stopping at Home Depot,” says Magid, whose company is launching a “Trees for Knowledge” program to plant more than a million trees worldwide.



We took this picture last evening of LogiXML CEO Arman Eshraghi, right, with his new CTO Steven Schneider. LogiXML, a McLean-based maker of business analytic software, announced yesterday the purchase of Steven’s 10-person California-based company, OnDemandIQ, which specializes in software-as-a-service business analytics. “We were starting our own software-as-a-service called Logi OnDemand basically from scratch, and now this gives us a partner who is already up and running to pair with our downloadable software,” says Arman, whose company now has 75 employees. It also brings Steven, a Burke-native, back home. He left for LA for business school after graduating from Virginia Tech, and stayed to start his company.

David Stegon has a #81 Redskins jersey in his closet, so as you can guess yesterday was pretty cool. Send story ideas to David@Bisnow.com or 703-674-7718.

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