ID Analytics Inc.
Chairman & CEO
ID Analytics Inc.
When Bruce Hansen co-founded ID Analytics in 2002, he brought almost two decades of experience leading businesses in the financial services and analytic software markets.
Hansen's vision for the company was based on research conducted by he and his co-founders. They engaged 13 companies on a year-long project to examine the problem of identity fraud. That research resulted in an unprecedented understanding of the ID fraud problem and how analytics could be used to prevent it.
It was this understanding that formed the basis of ID Analytics and its sophisticated analytical solutions.
In addition to the central role that identity verification plays in the functioning of the credit card, retail banking and online consumer finance industries, the growing presence of "digital identity" has made identity verification of crucial importance to a wide range of other enterprises, from online dating to homeland security. Virtually no corner of modern society is safe from the dangers of identity theft.
The basis for ID Analytics' product suite is advanced pattern recognition technology, which dynamically applies analytics to detect unusual patterns compared against known identity information.
This information is provided by the ID Network, the nation's only real-time, dynamic fraud prevention network.
The Network learns constantly as new applications are screened and risk-assessed, with data from thousands of new applications added each day.
The ID Score product line produces information that enables clients to evaluate identity risk from the prospect stage through the entire customer lifecycle, helping to distinguish legitimate customers from fraudsters.
ID Analytics' Risk Management Solutions provide a cost-effective way to help catch thousands of frauds and save millions of dollars in real-time while protecting valued customers.
Only three years after its inception, Hansen has developed ID Analytics into one of the most heralded companies in the industry. Operations have expanded into Europe and Canada, and Hansen has orchestrated strategic partnerships that will engage the company in additional new markets.
Bank Technology News cited ID Analytics as one of the "Top-10 Technology Companies to Watch," while at the T-Sector's annual InFusion awards, ID Analytics' products were named a "Breakthrough Innovation in Information."
Information Systems Laboratories
R. Michael Dowe, Jr., Ph.D.
President & CEO
Information Systems Laboratories
From an appointment to West Point, to a Ph.D. in nuclear physics, to executive vice president of Titan Systems, vice president of Jaycor and vice president of SAIC, Mike Dowd's life has been one of milestones.
In 1995, he achieved another one when he left the sanctuary of established business to start his own company, a systems technology research firm he named Pi Cubed.
Only a year later, the founder of Information Systems Laboratories (ISL), John Don Carlos, invited Dowe to merge his new firm with ISL.
ISL had been founded in 1982, but had not grown beyond a few personnel working in the area of RF systems and advanced signal processing.
When the organizations merged and Dowe became president and CEO of ISL, he set out to expand the business. He developed a three-stage formula for growth that included hiring and strategic acquisitions.
At the same time, he brought a firm belief regarding the empowerment and retention value of an Employee Stock Ownership Program. During the first year, Dowe and Don Carlos worked together to distribute over 60 percent of the company's shares to the employees. Since that time, ISL's stock value has increased 600 percent.
As it enters the third stage of Dowe's growth plan, ISL is comprised of six divisions plus a commercial software subsidiary: the Surveillance and Communications Research Division; the ElectroMagnetics Division; the Bosch AeroSpace Division; the Nuclear Systems Analysis Division; the Signal Processing Systems Engineering Division; the Signal Processing Systems Manufacturing Division and the subsidiary, International Software Engineering, Inc.
An R&D oriented firm, ISL differentiates itself with its manufacturing capacity, which is not shared by most competitors. The company uses its world-class technical competence to develop innovative concepts to solve otherwise intractable problems. Its complementary range of expert divisions give it cradle-to-grave capability to develop concept innovation, simulation of feasibility and prototype engineering for all levels from national security to quality of life.
Dowe has grown ISL from a dozen or so personnel to a high-tech R&D powerhouse, with 120 employees. In the last three years, revenue has grown by almost 50 percent, earning the company repeated recognition as one of the nation's 500 fastest-growing high tech companies.
Harry E. Gruber, M.D.
President, CEO & Chairman
If there's something Harry Gruber can't do, he hasn't found it yet.
After completing his training in internal medicine, rheumatology and biochemical genetics, he joined the faculty of the University of San Diego, School of Medicine as a geneticist and rheumatologist.
In 1986, he left UCSD to serve as vice president of research for Gensia Pharmaceuticals (now known as SICOR) from its inception until 1995. This was only the first of six entrepreneurial ventures.
Gruber also invented the technology for three additional public companies: Aramed Inc. a central nervous system drug discovery company; Viagene Inc, a gene therapy company, which was acquired by Chiron Corp.; and Metabasis, a company developing drugs to treat diabetes and liver diseases.
The author of more than 100 original scientific articles, Gruber is the inventor of 33 issued and numerous pending patents.
Gruber entered the world of technology with his next enterprise: INTERVU, a web video-streaming company he sold to Akamai Technologies in 2000. From a standpoint of means and accomplishments, at this point he could easily have retired.
However, being an entrepreneur, he was already working on another idea.
Kintera was born from Gruber's experience working on John McCain's election campaign. Gruber was impressed by the fundraising possibilities of the Internet and wondered if it would be possible for nonprofit organizations to tap into that remarkable resource.
Initially, Kintera received 100 percent turn-downs from charities who were approached for its services. Gruber was undeterred and used his background in rheumatology as a calling card to approach a local arthritis foundation chapter and offer to set up an Internet-based fundraising campaign for free. They accepted, and Kintera was off and running.
Since then, making online donations to a good cause has become the norm. The most recent example of the effectiveness of the Internet occurred in December 2004 when the shocking tsunami hit Southeast Asia.
According to The NonProfit Times, online donations comprised one-half to two-thirds of the total donations during the first week after the disaster.
With clients like the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Kintera has been a part of helping millions of people, as well as prospering in its own right.
Kintera's customer base comprises more than 15,000 professional users, and the company has received numerous awards, including Software Services Company of the Year from the Software Council of Southern California.