Pictured above: (from the left) Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, Steve Case, Edwin Miller, and Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey
Edwin Miller, the Founder & CEO of 9Lenses is an accomplished four-time CEO recognized as both a growth and a turnaround thought leader. He serves on the Board for Callis Communications, DataRPM, Spotlight Ticket Management Systems, as a board of Advisor for DiamondMind, and is an Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at George Mason University.
Edwin is a two-time business author of “9Lenses, Insight to Action” and “Snapshot9®”. Edwin is a member of Young President’s Organization, and is available for speeches through the Washington Speakers Bureau and GDA Speakers for the social enterprise. Edwin earned his a BS from Liberty University, where he was on a full athletic scholarship for Division I-A Basketball, and a MBA from the George Washington University. Edwin lives in Leesburg, VA with his wife Kimberly, and three children Jackson, Gabrielle, and Charles.
CIT: Tell us about your current venture.
Edwin: 9Lenses is a leading provider of Social Enterprise Performance Software, and delivers a breakthrough insight platform for the most critical resource in our business – our people. With a fast growing customer set, we empower our customers to have a quantifiable approach for driving clarity, collective learning, and alignment. We have connected our systems within a business, but our people continue to come and go each day void true connection and alignment with the business. As leaders we survey our employees. We pay outside consultancies to tell us about our business opportunities and challenges. 9Lenses empowers any leader to discover and assure right through the minds and eyes of the employees.
CIT: What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur?
Edwin: When building a new business constantly learn about your market, attract great people to the business, and always understand your personal and business financial conditions.
CIT: What events/meetup groups are essential for startups?
Edwin: I have found Young President’s Organization to be invaluable. Working with other CEO’s on very tough topics that force you to see many perspectives, not just your own has been important in my growth. Also, having the right mentors is an overlooked item. There are many strong leaders on the East and West coast that have been there and done it. They enjoy pouring into aspiring entrepreneurs.
CIT: How important is collaboration and knowledge sharing to you?
Edwin: Our company is built on the foundation that the crowd is smarter than one person. Further, there is one person in the business that knows more about thing that anyone else so aggregating that information makes three strands much stronger than one. Both of these approaches demands collaboration, openness, transparency, and speed.
CIT: What makes your city's startup scene unique?
Edwin: The Washington DC metro area has it all. The market is full of varying types of industries, capital firms, entrepreneur’s, and was the foundation for the Internet with PSINet, UUNet, Digex, AOL, and others having their roots right here in our back yard.
Founder and CEO, 9Lenses