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August 25, 2008

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We stayed up to watch Michael Phelps and the Olympics just like everybody else, but Matt Madigan, Director of Operations for Alexandria-based geo-mapping start up FortiusOne, got a first hand view. Matt, a coach at the Potomac Boat Club and two-time member of the US rowing team, coached the women's quad sculls to a fifth place finish. "We didn't medal, but we had a young boat, so were really happy with our result," says Matt, who we met Friday afternoon on his second day back at work after returning from Beijing.


That's Matt in the opening ceremonies. "It was a rush, there is nothing else to say," says Matt, who traded pins with basketball player Tayshaun Prince while waiting to go into the stadium. Matt was asked to be a coach following his track record at the Potomac Boat Club. He arrived in Beijing on July 27 with the team to train for the games, which were mostly spent at the rowing site preparing the boats and meeting with athletes. "I did sneak into the swimming arena, and as soon as I walked in Phelps was getting one of his gold medals — how cool is that?"

Matt, a California native, got into rowing after being the last man cut from the Santa Clara University basketball team. (He would have teamed with future NBA star Steve Nash if he made the squad). Matt took easily to rowing, but just missed out making the 1996 and 2000 Olympic teams. Matt went to work for HP out of school as a financial analyst, then to a  non-profit as project and business manager before becoming FortiusOne's first hired employee. "We're a start up, so I was back at 12-hour days as soon as the plane landed," says Matt, whose company is working on a new app for its GeoCommons site to allow people to map their own data.

Presidential Email Protection!

We're not sure if the President has an actual email address, but maybe it's something like GDUB43@WhiteHouse.gov or George@USPresident.com. Anyway, David Link and Reston-based Science Logic, whose product EM7 monitors every aspect of a computer network to detect problems, is used to protect all of the Executive Branch's computer networks. "Our product makes networks run smoother, alerting users or developing problems to avoid service shutdowns," says David, who is showing us some marketing playing cards his company gave away at a Las Vegas convention. The DOT also uses EM7 to monitor its computer network at an emergency data backup center downtown.


David's five-year-old bootstrapped company was recently named No. 350 on Inc Magazine's list of fastest growing companies. The State College, Pa.-native was a VP at Interliant, a managed service provider, before starting ScienceLogic with two co-founders, all of whom were  frustrated with the lack of tools available to warn IT before systems crashed. The father of two, David's a big Penn State football fan, if you could not have guessed from his hometown. In fact, he took football coach Joe Paterno's daughter to his senior prom. "Joe was away on a trip when I picked her up for the prom, but there were these two big football players there who told me to have her home by midnight," David says.


How's this for being on top of things: We were there as DS3 Data Vaulting COO Stacy Hayes (he's there on the left, pen in hand) signed a deal renewing the offsite online data backup company's contract to extend backup and recovery support for NOAA and the National Weather Service, along with Brian Dutton and co-founder Idris Grant. DS3 Data Vaulting was founded in 2002 by Stacy and Bill McCormick, CEO of the McCormick Group executive search firm. The Chantilly-based 35-person company stores a petabyte (that's 1,000 terabytes, we believe) of restorable data each day for companies and government agencies.


Stacy was a U.S. Naval officer with his final assignment being as White House Liaison for the Secretary of the Navy. He left in 1995 to start McCormick's information technology practice, before helping to start DS3 Data Vaulting in 2002. Stacy grew up in North Carolina and loves Duke roots for the University of North Carolina, where he went to school. "I saw Michael Jordan once on campus right after he left for the NBA, and he was with Whitney Houston, who was the one I noticed," Stacy says.

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