Founded in 1999 as the pioneer in enterprise instant messaging (EIM), Bantu was the first company to recognize that the rapidly growing use of IM among consumers would quickly and significantly impact the business world, opening a new door to real productivity gains - as well as new security threats.
Bantu developed the first enterprise-grade instant messaging and collaboration platform which met the requirements that business and government had for security, scalability, manageability, integration and speed of deployment. Since then, Bantu has become a leading provider of secure Instant Communication technology for the government, commercial and education markets. For example, the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and other agencies already depend on Bantu as the real-time collaboration platform for their enterprise-wide knowledge management portals.
Bantu recently began deploying new technology that enables these customers to communicate securely with one another across agencies at the enterprise level and enables the use of rapidly developing new social networking concepts including application enablement that brings the people and processes together to empower business and government social networking.
Bantu is led by a strong executive team with proven success in growing and managing communications companies.
Larry Schlang, CEO
Larry is the Founder and CEO of Bantu, Inc., leading provider of real-time collaboration software and services to military and government customers. Larry drives the company’s strategic planning and direction and ensures that Bantu continues to maintain its position as a premier provider of information sharing and collaboration solutions.
Larry was given a 2006 Federal 100 Award by Federal Computer Week for the work Bantu did to provide a cross agency communication network across the three military services. This work also resulted in the US Army winning a nomination for the Industry Advisory Council's 2007 Excellence.Gov Award.
Prior to Bantu, Larry was CEO of IntraACTIVE (sold to EasyLink); VP & General Counsel of National Strategies, Inc.; and an Associate Attorney at Shea & Gould. Larry often presents at industry conferences including Radicati Group, Internet World, CTIA, Pulver.com and CommNet events. He is also member in a variety of government and industry organizations including AFCEA, and IAC. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from George Washington University.
Lara Langley, Vice President, Finance and Administration
As Vice President of Finance and Administration, Lara Langley is responsible for the administration of Bantu’s budget, oversight of all financial operations, human resources and office administration.
Lara has over 15 years of experience in finance/accounting working in private and public companies. She has over seven years of experience working as a consultant for a public company preparing SEC filings and managing quarterly reviews and annual audits.
Lara is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She also holds a CPA certificate from the state of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).