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July 17, 2008


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Two years after selling event security management software developer eSecurity to Novell for $72 million, Chuck Teubner is out to build another software security success story with 35-employee VidSys. His Vienna-based start up founded in 2005 makes software to manage video surveillance systems. “Basically it watches security video feeds and organizes the most important one during an emergency,” Chuck says. For instance, the software is used by the Maryland MTA to monitor traffic leading to the tunnels in Baltimore.


Chuck tells us the D.C. Metro is running a pilot program to watch tracks and platforms at three Metro stations with the possibility of expanding into the whole system. The software watches 20 camera feeds and alerts security personnel if someone either falls on the track or runs into the tunnels. The city of Chicago hired VidSys to install its software in its new emergency management command center last year for $3 million. The California Department of Transportation is using it to monitor traffic accidents on freeways. “We are not meant for small companies, but large organizations trying to manage thousands of video feeds at once,” Chuck tells us.


Chuck has 38 years of experience working in local technology, most recently specializing in cyber technology defense. He was COO of Groove Networks and COO of USinternetworking, along with SVP of North American Sales for Sybase, before starting eSecurity. VidSys is catching the eye of investors too: Boston-based Flybridge Capital Partners and Motorola each bought in the Series A round. When not running his company, Chuck perfects his golf at resorts like the Greenbrier and Manor. We believe he does not allow video surveillance.

Group Logic Grows


In the past year Group Logic has added more than 600 new customers, bringing its total to an astounding 4,500. We met Prez Reid Lewis at his Arlington office yesterday (he’s in the same building as our friends at CACI) to hear about his 13-year-old company’s recent growth. The company features two software products: ExtremeZ-IP (stores large files to be shared between Macs and PCs) and MassTransit (transfers large files). One client is Christie’s, the famed New York auction house that, in making catalogs for auctions, requires 350,000 digital files to be stored and sent between 85 offices each year.


We are totally jealous of the arcade Reid has for his 45 employees, but it’s critical, considering the team is building the sixth version of the company’s software to be released later this year. Reid’s favorite game, though, is basketball, especially since his beloved Duke Blue Devils top the polls each year. “I got there the same year as Mike Krzyzewski before they got really good, but even then I waited in line to sit at center court,” he says. Reid stills makes it to a few games each year, even with his two young kids he took to Smithville on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for the Fourth of July.

BlackMesh Takes Us Inside Equinix


The security at the Equinix Data Center off Route 28 is so tight we were surprised we were not led there blindfolded in the back of a van. Thankfully, BlackMesh Prez Eric Mandel gave us a quick tour (this was not the first time he scanned his hand for security) of the 95,000 SF complex where he runs his 10-person company. Founded in 2003, BlackMesh provides hosting and technical support for more than 100 companies and has doubled in growth each year since its inception thanks, he says, to an emphasis on customer relations. “We become stakeholders in our clients, so they do not see us as just the computer guys, but someone who knows their problems and can fix them without issues,” says Eric. Speaking of stakeholders, his wife’s expecting their second child.

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