Name: JackBe Corp.

Location: McLean

Big idea: Provides software that enables companies and government customers to build swift, secure and user-friendly Web-based applications without requiring plug-ins.

Founded: January 2002. In November, the company won a Mexican government contract to use its product, NQ Suite, for large-scale countrywide deployment.

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Who's in charge: Luis Derechin, chief executive and co-founder; Jacob Derechin, chief technology officer and co-founder; Bob Goodrich, vice president of sales and marketing; Jose Antonio Garcia Miranda, vice president of Latin American sales.

Funding: The Derechin brothers first funded JackBe using credit cards and small investments from businesses they knew. In June 2003, Intel Capital, a division of Intel Corp., and Darby Technology Ventures invested a total of $2.5 million. JackBe is on its second round of fundraising.

Employees: 35. Thirty are in the Mexico City office; five are in McLean. The company plans to increase U.S. employees to 50 in the next two years.

Partners: Unisys Corp., Gedas, Sonda Pissa, Consistent, DigitalFocus, Softtek.

Big-Name Clients: Tupperware Corp., Citigroup Banamex, Gigante, Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico, Acciones y Valores de Mexico S.A., Cemex

Origin of company name: Based on the nursery rhyme. JackBe says its technology is nimble.