Congrats to John Kaufhold, Managing Partner of Deep Learning Analytics. What’s keeping him up at night? "Machine learning is to 2015 what the internet was to 1995. Machine learning will be part of your future no matter what your business is and no matter whether you believe it or not. And its effects will reorder the dominant players across every industry and government."
Meet David Lee, COO of Kastling Group. An LA native, David likes Hawaii for vacation and his power lunch spot is in his home (?). He’d advise the 20 year old version of himself to "read more books” and the most exciting trend he sees in federal technology? "Natural language processing." Follow him @david_r_lee.
Trending 40 honoree Satya Akula is the President & CEO of Amyx, Inc. From Great Falls, VA, Staya heads to Switzerland for vacation and does his power lunching at Founding Farmers in Tysons. He is kept up at night by "federal government's budgets and priorities” and the most exciting trend he sees? "Cybersecurity and IOT". Follow @AmyxInc.
Cliff Sotnick is VP of Federal for Sonatype. A New York native, Cliff spend his time away bone fishing. He worries about “budget uncertainty” (guess that’s important) and biggest opportunity he see is “the rise of DevOps.”
Congrats to Craig Parisot, CEO of ATA, LLC. Craig is a Sumter, SC native who does his power lunching at the Tysons Palm. His advice for his 20 year old self? "Be just as impatient but slow down a little to let the important lessons really sink in.” And what keep him up at night? "Making sure their offerings are relevant (never fall in love with your technology), their businesses are resilient (cash is king) and successfully defending hard fought ground (don't run out of good management)."
Meet Bob Dunn, VP, Federal and Worldwide Governments at Juniper Networks. This Clifton, VA native hits Old Ebbitt Grill for lunch and the Jersey Shore for vacation. What keeps him up at night? "Network security.” And the most exciting trend/opportunity? "Disaggregation, Dev. Opps., Automation protected by best Cyber Security practices."
Chibueze Ihenacho is the CEO and co-founder of ARMR Systems. He’s from Atlanta, likes Clyde’s in Georgetown and Montreal summers for vacation. What should keep federal technology CEOs up at night? “The unfortunate reality that sometimes politics or other external factors can cause federal customers to behave irrationally and even in a counter-productive manner. CEOs need to understand this is a risk when working with any large, bureaucratic organization and have contingencies for the unexpected.” Follow @armrsystems.
Congrats to Rico Chandra, founder of Arktis Detection Systems. Rustico and the Outer Banks are his spots and he’d tell the 20 year version of himself to, “Do it now.” Most exciting trend in federal tech? "Recurring government course changes opening opportunities for business.” Follow @unkenruf.
Stephen Spellman is CEO of Angayut and one of our Trending 40 Federal Entrepreneurs. A Madison, WI native, he hits The Palm for power lunches and for vacation? "Any place with a view of the water and my kids…” Advice for the 20 year old version of himself: "Mastering Human Calculus is at least as important as mastering mathematics.” And the most exciting trend/opportunity in federal technology right now? "Biometric Security and Integrated Nanotechnology."
And finally congrats to Stephen Davis, the Director of Government Relations for Energy Focus. This Alabama native lives in Del Ray now and likes the Capitol Hill Club for power lunches. Here’s some good advice for his 20 year old self: "Don’t schedule 8AM classes and don’t skip as much class.” What keep him up at night? "Cyber threats. Anything with a circuit board could be used to as a cyber threat.” Follow @StephenBDavis.