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February 9, 2009
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Criterion already impressed us with The Cube, a 20x20x20 (that’s inches) super computer developed for DoD. CEO Promod Sharma now tells us the company is coming up with a super cube for commercial use that will have over 600 gigaflops of processing power and 8 TB of storage. (We assume “gigaflops” is something very big you wear on your feet in the summer.)


Promod (in front of some serious abstract art) started the company four years ago with plans for using private equity and his management team’s experience (5 ex-government CXOs, 5 former CEOs, and three computer science PhDs) to make strategic purchases. “On a scale of one to 10, our stuff is a 9.5,” says Promod, whose company did $20 million in revenue last year with plans to double that this year.


Promod with members of his management team: Robert Coxe, Caroline Milani, David Coxe and Bob Carlson. He grew up in India and studied in England before coming to the US 30 years ago. He built government contractor CNSI into a $100M company before selling his ownership stake in ‘04. Promod’s interests extend beyond business, though. He founded Charity Networks International, a non-profit that supports organizations fighting child trafficking (he’s donated over $700K of his own money). Promod’s also a movie buff (he likes thrillers like “The Departed” and comedies like “Dumb and Dumber”) and wants to take up the drums.

Microsoft’s Big Reseller

We were in Reston Friday to meet Pleasant Valley Business Solutions CEO Bernard Mustafa. (Are all tech offices outfitted with abstract art like we see in the background?) The 25-person company is a top name when it comes to reselling Microsoft financial management and accounting solutions to high growth government contractors and product resellers. Bernard is smiling because next month his company will start to sell  Microsoft Dynamics NAV, a next generation ERP software solution.


Bernard, a Baltimore native, is a CPA by trade, but has spent his career with tech companies, most recently as COO of Standard Technologies. He’s busy training for two 100-mile bike races this summer (because apparently one wouldn’t be enough). 


We knew the NVTC was a regular at the Bush White House, now it turns out they know the secret handshake at the new place. Look who was in the audience Friday as President Obama signed legislation creating the White House Economic Recovery Advisory Board to be chaired by Paul Volcker: from front, McLean Capital’s Dendy Young, IMC’s Suresh Shenoy, FedResult’s Bob Dinkel, Microsoft’s Kurt Kolsun, and NVTC prez Bobbie Kilberg.

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