AboutOur Story

Our Story

Throughout their careers in information technology, Rahul Nemade and Said M. Rachidi have learned what it takes to make IT programs succeed – and what makes them fail. The difference between success and failure, they believe, lies in questioning accepted methods for solving IT problems.

Rahul and Said have worked in IT project management from both the technology side and the business side – a unique skill set in this industry, where many IT services providers lack knowledge of either business analytics or technology. They realized that many IT projects incur delays and cost overruns because there is no validation, no sense of urgency to meet deadlines, and few opportunities to deviate from ineffective processes.

In short, they recognized that the IT project status quo needed to be

In founding ValidaTek, Rahul and Said formalized their innovative approach to delivering the right projects, on time:

  • Allowing client needs, not technology, to drive solutions.
  • Providing analysis and independent verification that is not limited by existing processes or vendors.
  • Encouraging employees to develop creative ideas for solving client problems.
  • Defining value and outcomes upfront to ensure success at project completion.

Rahul and Said put their knowledge to work at their own company: They and the rest of the ValidaTek family are committed to employing best practices, and maintaining an open, creative mindset toward tackling government IT challenges.


  • Inc. 500|5000 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Award
  • Virginia’s 2012, 2013, and 2016 Fantastic 50 Award
  • Washington Business Journal 50 Fastest Growing Companies 2016 and 2017 Award
  • Bureau of Consular Affairs Leadership Award
  • Directly contributed to the U.S. Department of State winning the Government IT Executive Council (GITEC) Project Management Award for “Technology That Is Reshaping America – Best Practices in Virtualization; Successes with Cloud Computing”.
  • Directly contributed to the U.S. Department of State winning the Excellence.Gov Award for Going Green.