Suman is a Systems Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield Alabama and the founder of a popular video blog on marathon running, mRuns.com. He is an experienced web application developer and since enrolling in IEM has taken on new roles leading development projects at BCBS.
Suman is a life-long learner which lead him to enroll in the IEM program in 2008. He joined IEM to continue his passion for learning and personal development. He has said of IEM, “The classes were great. Some of items we talked in class was actually going on in real world for me. I enjoyed working on projects with groups that had different mindsets and groups of classmates from different organizations in town. I enjoyed challenges it provided me.” Along with learning he has a strong passion for teaching and coaching others. He has taught many online courses on computer programming, is a running coach, and also serves as a life coach to those close to him.
Suman is an accomplished marathon runner. He recently completed his 12th marathon in Georgia and will run his 13th marathon on May 1st in Cincinnati. He has run marathons in cities all over the world including Tokyo in 2011, Chicago in 2010, and Toronto and New York in 2009. He began running in 2008 around the time that he started the IEM program, and has logged close to 4,000 miles in the past 3 years.
He has turned his passion into a business venture with his video blog, mRuns.com. Suman blogs about his own running experiences and also interviews other runners, many times interviewing them during the race. Suman attributes his IEM experience with helping him turn his life’s passions into entrepreneurial opportunities, his senior project in IEM focused on building the mRuns.com website. “If you ever want to go to school where your school projects become a real-life projects, IEM is the program to consider.”
When he is not working or running, Suman enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, ages 3 and 8. His older daughter has picked up on his passion for running and they now run together. He has a love of traveling and one day would like to be working and running all over the world.
“IEM is a life changing experience, the program doesn’t stop when you walk out the door, it continues for life.”
About the Company:
NxtDimension Solutions was founded in 2001 by Todd Miranda in Birmingham, Alabama. Todd has been a software professional since 1989. He has been recognized as a technology leader in the community and has been asked to present at many user groups and technical conferences. Todd has been awarded the Microsoft MVP award multiple years.
"The IEM program definitely provided entrepreneurial and business knowledge I didn’t have. Through the IEM program I got the benefit of real world experience from business owners and entrepreneurs. More importantly than just knowledge, the program gave me the drive and courage to start my own company." ~ Todd Miranda, 2012
Want to know more? Head over to the NXTDimension Solutions homepage for more information.
The IEM Class of 2011 produced a record 14 start up companies! Below are many of the entrepreneurs that IEM has helped launch. What are you waiting for? Follow your dream today.
Started as a blog to help parents and students get a grip on college planning, Affluent Student has grown into a full-fledged parenting site. IEM client Paul McGuire shares his no-nonsense approach to parenting through feature-rich articles on Affluent Student. He is working on his first book, aptly named Affluent Student, which will be released in 2012. Paul also offers coaching and speaking as part of his repertoire. His goal - to reach parents as a parent who's been there and done that, to encourage them to be proactive parents and in turn raise empowered, equipped, and enthusiastic kids in the areas of relationships, career, money, lifelong learning, values, morals, and ethics.
Shane Hill started Alabama Tailgate as a blog to help catalog and document my tailgates for the Alabama home games. Today the website includes recipes AND a cookbook authored by Shane. The cookbook can be purchased on Amazon and you can see Shane show off his skills on Alabama's 13 Daytime Alabama.
Follow them at www.alabamatailgate.com.
ALOHA Mind Math
Subbu Bodem and Sudheer Amireddy started ALOHA Mind Math and use a tool called ABACUS to teach kids to do arithmetic in their mind. Bodem says, "It is not just a math training program but a mind development program that increases concentration levels, improves attention span, provides better visualization and overall brain development due to right brain activity."
Follow them at www.aloha-usa.com/centers/Hoover.
Brian Cauble and Andria Jensen started Appsolute Genius to enhance the mobile devices people use each day, and make the lives of those who use them easier by doing so. When people leave their house, they grab three things: their keys, wallet/purse, and their phone. In a world where this phone is fast becoming a smartphone, Appsolute Genius creates mobile Apps for smartphones (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc) for companies and the advertising industry. For them, the mobile App is simply a tool to better connect with customers no matter where they go.
Follow them at www.appsolutegenius.com.
The Braintrust Consulting Group
Brian Rabon started The Braintrust to provide complete project management solutions for a wide range of software-related projects. Their vast experience combined with innovative project management model allows them to create customized solutions for each client. They blend People, Processes, Tools, and Training into one seamless formula to help clients break through obstacles, improve processes, meet deadlines, and exceed goals. Follow them at www.your-pm-partner.com.
The Cobacho brothers are importing shoes from Spain called the alpargata. Made out of durable canvas and a jute sole that, like a good pair of jeans, molds to your body the more you wear it. Alpargatas are an extremely comfortable shoe and probably the most earth friendly since they are made of 100% recyclable materials. Cotton and jute. That's it. No synthetic materials or plastics are used. Follow them at www.cobachoshoes.com.
Home Data Management
T.D. Todd designed Home Data Management to help any individual backup their home computer. Backing up your computer has been broken down into three easy steps: Buy the book. Read the book. Follow the steps in the book. The book takes about an hour to read and about another hour to do your first backup. He wants to help the novice user get started backing up documents, pictures, movies and other digital material they don't want to lose.
Follow them at www.homedatamanagement.com.
Created by Suman Silwal, an IEM Alumni, this website is a site by runners for runners. Catering to the established marathon runner, the website also encourages individuals new to the sport. With articles ranging on advice about fitness to connecting would-be runners with resources to get started, this website is all about running.
Trent Richardson's PlanServe was selected as one of 2010’s 14 most promising startups. They provide real solutions to financial, healthcare, and retirement businesses and have transformed how record keepers and insurance companies use the web to service their participants, employers, and advisers.
Richardson says, "The UAB IEM program really helped set the foundation with energy and connections. The program helped us see beyond the immediate challenges and stay focused on the bigger picture."
Follow them at www.planserve.net.
Ruben Martinez-Raposo, is an online retailer that specializes in Authentic Spanish Gourmet imported from Spain. We also distribute locally as well as provide our products at wholesale to restaurants and gourmet shops. At the same time. we provide catering and tasting services for medium/large parties and gatherings. Our main mission is to provide the Best Spanish Gourmet at the most affordable and competitive prices.
Follow them at www.rapososgourmet.com.
In May 2011, I sat down with one of IEM newest graduates about the company
he founded called SportsTech. The company creates mobile application software
for --just what the name says, Sport Tech people. As one example, a baseball coach
can download an app from SportsTech that allows that coach to create drills, track scores,
even has a built in radar gun that allows you to display the speed of a pitch from
any distance in both baseball and softball. View SportsTech Website Here.
NxtDimension Solutions was founded in 2001 by Todd Miranda in Birmingham, Alabama. Their mission is to provide simple, efficient, reliable custom web solutions at an affordable price