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April 11, 2008


Thanks for over 100 nominations in our search for the top "35 Under 35" entrepreneurs. We're delighted that Deloitte has joined forces with us, law firm Greenberg Traurig, and our partner Fortune Magazine. Through Deloitte's annual Fast 50 and Fast 500 awards programs, in addition to its Tech Venture Center, it's a key adviser to fast-growth companies, as is Greenberg Traurig. Stay tuned!


We're always impressed that our CIO friends get up so early for their events like the INPUT breakfasts, even if we curse them that, as a result, we have to also. So we joined the roosters yesterday morning to catch up with Navy CIO Robert Carey and 260 fans at the Tysons Ritz. Of course, everyone expected him to talk about the huge "Next Generation Enterprise Network" contract the IT world's awaiting as a follow up to the $9B Navy Marine Corps Internet Level. But while he said a solicitation's coming out in October and they'll be plenty of "industry days" to talk about their "net centricity" visions, he said he couldn't talk about it publicly now or everyone listening would be disqualified from bidding!


Carey, flanked here by HandySoft's Mike Carucci and Centrum's Mike Lambert, did tell the crowd they've got over 1100 software applications in the Navy that he'd love to consolidate, and improve security for; the challenge as always, he said, is to balance security with ease of access. He also dispensed tips on how smaller companies can get a piece of the action. But is there enough go around? INPUT analyst John Slye tells us the Navy IT budget has climbed an average of 3.9% a year since 2004, but flattened the last two years. We did get Carey to disclose his most important information: He and wife Emily are 10 days away from the birth of a baby girl, whom they're naming Sloane.



Command Federal COO John Mauthe and MicroTech VP Bill Krayer catch up on old times. The two were career Naval aviators who served together in the same wing at Mountain View's Moffett Field in the late 80s. Who was the better pilot? "Ask any pilot that, and he'll say himself," Krayer said. Command Federal, which considers itself the world leader in IPv6 technology, is working away with VA, DISA, and others on compliance under OMB 5-22.  Bill's company, one of the premier Hispanic-owned businesses in federal IT, notched an honor this week:  CEO Tony Jimenez sat at President Bush's side Tuesday at a big White House conference. Special bonus factoid: Do you know John bikes 10 miles every day near his Clifton home on his white Specialized Hard Rock 21 speed? And it's not even required by OMB.



Mike Denmark of Wisetek Providers Inc. and Keane VP Andre Etherly talk before the Talk. Keane, with offices in 10 countries worldwide, has revenue in excess of $1 billion and more than 14,000 employees. But we went for the real meat:  Etherly tells us he was just on a super cool jazz cruise with lots of karaoke. Did he get up there an show his stuff?  "No way!" he said.

David Stegon is Bisnow's tech guru. He loves to hear compliments, complaints (not really), and story ideas, so call him with any of the above at 703-674-7718 or shoot an email to David@Bisnow.com



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