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Loudoun entrepreneur expands business into Australia

Andy Powers with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.). Courtesy Photo/Jacob Ayubi
A Dulles-based entrepreneur is taking his technology company's know-how overseas, setting up a new office in Australia.

Andy Powers, who lives in Dulles, is the CEO of Clique, a company he founded in 2006. Clique is a voice application programming interface (API) technology company. Using CpaaS, a cloud-based platform, Clique brings high-definition quality voice where consumers and business want it. Using software development kits (SDKs) and APIs, the company provides communications by integrating voice, messaging,and other technologies across multiple platforms. Industry competitors are the likes of Nexmo, another cloud communications platform, Powers said

In addition to Clique's Reston office, the company has a presence in Boston, L.A. and San Francisco.

Two months ago Powers opened an office in Melbourne, Australia.

β€œIt's a great place to act as an entry point to Asia-Pacific. Melbourne has big banks and big insurance companies, sectors where we've naturally had success,” Powers said.

The company currently employs 150 people, and – including a contracted work force – has total staff resources of 250.

With 20 million users in 150 countries who are communicating more than 500 million minutes per month across hundreds of enterprises, Clique has experienced significant growth since it began almost 12 years ago.

Powers said the goal is for the company to grow by 100 percent every year.

Powers, a married father of five, has a long association with business and technology.

Born in Roanoke, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. While in college he started down the entrepreneurial path with a company called RCSI. The company is said to have been instrumental in the inception of web-based applications and the creation of NFUSE, acquired by software company Citrix.

Powers set up a firm called Reggie Software. It was sold to Blue Phoenix Solutions (MDSYF) in 2006.

He remains the largest investor in Clique, along with the chairman of the company, Dr. Ram Reddy.

Powers was paid a visit by Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (D) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va) in December. Before entering politics, Warner was a prominent technology and telecommunications investor and executive.

As for future plans, Powers said European expansion is next on the agenda for Clique, along with market segmentation, including building sector specific teams focused on areas like video gaming, federal government and financial services.

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