Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Seattle" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - March 15, 2011 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Seattle, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in Seattle" award.

Background
Each day, the Lead411 research team scours through 600+ press releases and business articles including venture capital fundings, company launches, new office openings, customer press releases, etc. This information has given insight to which are the fastest growing companies in the U.S. Their "Hottest Companies" awards have been created to recognize these fast growing companies in different geographic regions. This particular list originally started with over 1050 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 49.

"We have been tracking fast companies for our customers for the past 10 years," said Tom Blue, CEO of Lead411, "and we felt it was important to recognize these growing brands publicly."

How the Winners were Chosen
First, all companies must be in either the Software, Wireless, Internet, Hardware, or Media industry and be a privately held organization, and be within Seattle, Washington. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

  • ** 150% increase in revenues over the past 2 years and over $3M in revenues; OR
  • ** Over $3M in funding in the past 2 years;

About Lead411

Lead411 provides information, news, and research about U.S. companies and their executives. Founded in 2001, its goal has been to focus on quality corporate data that is valid and useful rather than producing as many company records as possible. In addition, Lead411 tracks company news in order to alert its customers about venture financing, new hires, hiring plans, etc. Customers include Gartner, Administaff and ADP.


Doyenz
Doyenz, Inc. is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company based in Bellevue, Wash., that delivers rapid and reliable business continuity to small and medium sized businesses (SMB) through IT service providers. Shadowcloud™ is a cost-effective, cloud-based IT services platform that enables partners to build a recurring revenue stream while improving the efficiency and reliability of the IT services they deliver by virtualizing their clients’ production environments in the cloud. Doyenz collected $5M in venture money in June of 2009.

RootMetrics
Bellevue, Washington-based RootMetrics is a mobile performance measurement company. Root collects and crowd sources network signal strength and data throughput speeds and aggregates these metrics into colorful maps that rate each carrier’s performance based on how consumers experience their networks. This type of independently collected comparative data provides trusted transparency into carrier performance down to the most granular levels. RootMetrics collected $3.25M in funding in November of 2009 led by Brentwood Associates.

Likewise Software
Likewise Software is an open source company that provides audit and authentication solutions designed to improve security, reduce operational costs and help demonstrate regulatory compliance in mixed network environments. Likewise Open is the first open source enterprise-class solution to address the authentication needs of organizations with mixed networks. The company got a hold of $10M in venture money led by Ignition Partners in May of 2009.

Visible Technologies
Visible is a leading provider of Social Intelligence solutions designed to improve and accelerate business outcomes. Through a growing integration and agency partner network, Visible is proud to engage with Burson-Marsteller, Razorfish, Omniture, Group M, Wunderman Network, Tribal DDB Worldwide, WPP, Concepts & Strategies, Inc. and Spring Creek Group to deliver tangible business benefits. Visible received $22M in venture money in January of 2010 from Investor Growth Capital.

Winshuttle Inc
Winshuttle is the ERP Usability Company, providing software products that enable business users to work with SAP directly from Excel, Web forms and other interfaces without any programming. SAP users often struggle to effectively run the complex business processes supported by SAP. Winshuttle solves this problem by offering familiar interfaces to SAP, which improves productivity and saves customers significant time and money. The company has raised $12M in financing from Summit Partners in September of 2010.

Apptio
At Apptio we are focused on changing the world by making every IT organization that we work with a more efficient and effective partner with the business. Apptio's Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions give IT and Finance leaders the insight they need to minimize IT cost, make ROI-optimized decisions, align IT resources around Services that align with business strategic needs and ensure that business leaders clearly understand the value of IT. The company received $16.5M in funding from Shasta Ventures in September of 2010.

BlueKai Inc
BlueKai has ushered in a “Data Renaissance.” For the first time in history, advertisers can target individual consumers independent of their media choices. At the heart of this vision is a simple, but proud truth: Data is king. True audience targeting is driven by superior data. BlueKai got a hold of $21M in venture money from GGV Capital in February of 2010.

Finsphere
Finsphere was founded on the simple idea of being able to use a person's mobile phone to help secure their identity. It sounds almost counterintuitive, but that's exactly where some of the world's best and most powerful ideas come from. Finsphere collected $9M in financing in July of 2009.

Thrift Recycling Managment
Founded in the late spring of 2004, Thrift Recycling Management, Inc. (TRM) has become the largest seller of used media on the internet. Phil McMullin, while working for a large recycling company, noticed that most used books were being thrown into landfills. Phil initially partnered with Amazon.com and software provider Monsoon to begin selling these used books online. TRM was created to take advantage of the resulting business opportunity. Thrift Recycling Management got a hold of $8.5M in financing from QuestMark Partners recently.

TierPoint
TierPoint is the premier regional Data Center in the Northwest, providing both Business Continuity and live/production data center services. The name reflects our core business and highlights our commitment to deliver "top tier" connectivity, security, and availability. TierPoint has raised $7.2M in venture money led by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch in August of 2010.

AdReady
AdReady is an advertising technology company focused on helping mid-size to large advertisers and agencies. The AdReady Digital Display Platform is for large agencies and companies trying to efficiently reach micro-targeted segments and mid-sized companies trying to cost-effectively go digital. AdReady received $5.3M in venture money led by Madrona Venture Group in May of 2010.

BigDoor Media Inc
Founded in June 2009 by Keith Smith and Jeff Malek, BigDoor is a Seattle-based startup dedicated to making the online world more rewarding by providing gamification technology to non-gaming websites. BigDoor’s goal is to provide the means for an overall healthier and happier internet ecosystem. This means more enjoyable and relevant time online for users, and more creative revenue opportunities for businesses. BigDoor has raised $5M in financing from Foundry Group in June of 2010.

Cozi Group, Inc.
Cozi is a free online organizer that helps families manage crazy schedules, track shopping lists and to do lists, organize household chores, stay in communication and share memories—all in one place. From our very beginning in 2005, we've been all about families. When we started Cozi, we were just a small group of Microsoft and Amazon veterans—all with kids of our own—looking for a way to balance our busy family schedules and create more harmony at home. The company landed $5M in financing in February of 2010.

Avvo, Inc
At Avvo, our mission is to help people make the best decisions for their important medical and legal needs. Finding the right lawyer or doctor often comes at a critical time in life, most people have no idea how to go about doing it, and resources that offer answers to questions are overwhelming and difficult to understand. Avvo got a hold of $10M in financing from DAG Ventures in March of 2010.

Datacastle Corporation
Datacastle Corporation has a singular mission - to help organizations simply and cost effectively protect data against loss and laptop theft. We set out in 2005 to address the data protection challenges that expose organizations of all sizes to preventable data security risks, gaps in compliance and the erosion of brand value. The company has raised $5M in financing led by CM Capital in the past two years.

ExtraHop Networks Inc
ExtraHop Networks, a technology startup gaining momentum in the Application Delivery Assurance market, delivers innovative solutions to ensure that business-critical transactions do not fail. The ExtraHop solutions provide real-time analysis of applications to improve customer experience and quality of service while reducing IT costs. ExtraHop has raised $5.1M in funding from Madrona Venture Group in April of 2009.

MOD Systems, Inc
MOD Systems Retail Digital Entertainment Platform transforms retail stores into digital destinations. It enables retailers to more effectively sell and distribute digital entertainment to consumers. MOD Systems has raised $6M in financing in September of 2010.

Opscode Inc
Opscode helps companies of all sizes develop fully automated server infrastructures: ones that scale easily and predictably, that can be quickly rebuilt in any environment, and that save developers and systems engineers both time and money. The company received $11M in venture money from Battery Ventures in June of 2010.

Powerit Solutions
Powerit Solutions' Spara energy management system is an integrated hardware/software product that acts automatically to increase energy efficiency, cut peak-rate usage, and respond to utility demand response and real-time pricing signals. Our clients – more than 2,500 facilities worldwide – save money and reduce energy use without negatively impacting production or compromising quality or human comfort. The company has raised $6M in financing in May of 2009.

Redfin
Redfin is the industry's first online brokerage for buying and selling homes, half Century 21 and half E-Trade. This means we know when you want to use the web and when you want to talk to a real person. Our goal is to change the real estate game in consumers' favor by offering you more data, better-performing agents, and a significant commission refund. Redfin got a hold of $10M in venture funding from Greylock Partners in November of 2009.

SEOmoz, Inc
SEOmoz develops SEO software, provides a robust link intelligence API, and hosts the web's most vibrant SEO community. We're based in Seattle, but we're often found travelling the globe to participate in marketing events and meetups. We're also incredibly fortunate to have the most helpful and cuddly robot in the Solar System. The company has increased its revenues by 412% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $4.1M in 2009.

DocuSign
DocuSign pioneered e-signature technology in 2003 following the enactment of the federal ESIGN legislation that established electronic records and signatures as legally binding. ESIGN paved the way for widespread adoption of online transactions. The company set out to make e-signatures the preferred method of closing business by creating fast, easy and secure e-signature solutions to save companies substantial amounts of time and money. DocuSign got a hold of $27M in venture funding led by Scale Venture Partners in December of 2010.

Doxo
doxo is pioneering the way for people and providers to connect and go paperless, breaking customer adoption barriers and saving businesses billions of dollars in printing, paper and postage costs. The company is currently piloting its offering with national and regional service providers, as it works towards full commercial availability. doxo investors include top-tier venture partners Mohr Davidow Ventures and Bezos Expeditions. doxo received $10M in financing from Sigma Partners recently.

Ground Truth
Ground Truth provides precise measures of Mobile Internet usage. As the only mobile measurement company to use True View, a patent-pending, census-based methodology to provide actual usage data aggregated from millions of subscribers, Ground Truth allows mobile operators, publishers and marketers to better understand and optimize their businesses, and sets the standard for Mobile Internet measurement. The company landed $7M in financing in April of 2010 led by Emergence Capital Partners.

LiveMocha Inc
Livemocha is the world’s largest online language learning community, offering free and paid online language courses in 35 languages to more than 6 million members from over 200 countries around the world.Global interest in language learning is exploding. Trade, immigration and travel are conducted across countries and continents like never before in human history. Livemocha got a hold of $8M in venture funding from August Capital December of 2009.

PitchBook
PitchBook is an independent and impartial research firm dedicated to providing premium data, news and analysis to the private equity industry. As a specialty-focused information resource, PitchBook's core strength is its ability to meticulously collect, organize and analyze hard to find private equity deal data. The company received $3.8M in venture funding in September of 2009.

PopCap Games
Here at PopCap our goal is to create fun games that literally everyone can enjoy. Our games are easy to learn, tough to master…and utterly addictive! Best of all, they’re FREE! You can play our web games right in your browser. Or download the free Deluxe games in just a few minutes, to enjoy anytime, anywhere – without being connected to the Internet. PopCap has raised $22M in venture financing in October of 2009.

Symform Inc
Symform is the world's safest and most cost-effective cloud storage. We reinvented cloud storage from the ground up. Our patented Symform Storage Cloud protects your data in a way that is faster, cheaper, more secure and reliable than anything traditional cloud storage providers can offer. Our approach allows companies to make use of the Internet's architecture along with the abundant unused storage and bandwidth they already own. Symform collected $4M in financing in July of 2010 from Longworth Venture Partners.

Korrio Inc
Korrio, founded in January, 2009, is the developer of Playflow, a 21st century youth sports automation platform. Korrio has a singular focus on kids and sports. The company’s mission is to transform the sports experience and elevate the level at which sports are played by automating the things that get in the way – like registration/payment, team formation, rosters, scheduling, communication and web hosting. Korrio is easy, safe, integrated, and mobile. The company collected $3.3M in financing from Ignition Partners in January of 2011.

Skytap
Skytap provides cloud automation solutions for enterprises and software vendors to develop, test, migrate, evaluate, demo, and train on new and existing applications in the cloud. The company has an experienced executive team with veterans from HP, Google, RealNetworks, Quantum and Microsoft. Skytap received $10M in venture money from OpenView Venture Partners in January of 2011.

Tableau Software
Tableau Software provides applications for fast analytics and rapid-fire business intelligence that help people see and understand their data. The software connects directly to and leverages nearly any database or data warehouse. Tableau Software has increased its revenues by 200% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $18M in 2009.

Verdiem Corporation
Verdiem provides enterprise software solutions to reduce energy consumption of PC networks. Its SURVEYOR software increases business profitability and sustainability by monitoring, measuring and managing IT energy use and related greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s relationships with technology and energy efficiency leaders help it to deliver best-in-class solutions to global businesses and individuals. Verdiem received $4.71M in venture funding led by Kleiner Perkins in January of 2010.

Yapta, Inc
Yapta is a travel website intended to help you get a handle on fluctuating travel prices so that you know when to "buy low". Yapta conducts daily price checks on the specific flights and hotels that you choose, and alerts you when prices drop or when they fall within your budget. Since Yapta was launched in May 2007, the site has alerted hundreds-of-thousands of travelers to more than $300 million in travel savings. Yapta received $3.5M in funding in December of 2010.

LucidCOMMERCE
Lucid Commerce was founded in 2005 with the goal of improving the performance of direct response television advertising through innovations in targeting, measurement and optimization. Lucid has grown at an average of 65% year over year by providing timely and accurate business information that can be easily understood and accessed — so direct marketers can make investment decisions with confidence. The company has raised $5M in funding led by Greycroft Partners in April of 2010.

Atigeo
Atigeo is solving this complex challenge with xPatterns, a new breed of semantic technology that enables users to derive insight and wisdom from data. The xPatterns platform uniquely facilitates the intelligent discovery of knowledge from unstructured data drawn from vast, dynamic and disparate text sources, and the automatic creation and real-time maintenance of ontologies (or domain experts) in order to find highly useful, relevant, and at times even unforeseen connections. Atigeo received $5.39M in funding in February of 2010.

Mixpo
Mixpo helps advertisers extend their TV advertising to the Web efficiently and effectively while making sure consumers experience brands consistently, no matter which screen has their attention. Our technology gives advertisers the ability to easily transform existing TV spots into dynamic video ads that run in any standard display ad unit. The company received $4M in venture money from Madrona Venture Group in February of 2009.

Spring Wireless
Spring Wireless delivers end-to-end mobility solutions designed to enable business and organizations to increase productivity, optimize real-time processes and operations, and maximize their business success. Founded in 2001, Spring Wireless is the global leader in platform technology for enterprise mobility software and the fastest growing company in the market. The company landed $12M in financing from SAP Ventures in May of 2010.

Zulily
zulily is a new online store offering daily sales events on top-quality apparel, gear and other goodies for moms, babies and kids. We carry the best brands at the lowest prices. Members enjoy savings of up to 90% off retail prices. zulily loves to find deals on favorite styles, and we love introducing our members to exciting new brands, too. The company has raised $6M in venture money from August Capital in August of 2010.

AudienceScience
AudienceScience is the largest and most trusted audience aggregator in the world. As an early innovator of online advertising technology, AudienceScience continues to revolutionize the industry, enabling universal access to audiences and driving digital marketing success. The company got a hold of $8.2M in venture money in May of 2010.

Adapx
Adapx helps a range of businesses and agencies speed data collection and streamline operations with Capturx software. Adapx began as a natural user interface research firm supplying technology to the Department of Defense through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The company received $10M in financing from UV Partners in April of 2009.

Optimum Energy LLC
Optimum Energy develops networked building control applications and products to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. Our groundbreaking integrated software solutions reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases while increasing operating efficiencies in HVAC plants with no impact on occupant comfort. Optimum Energy got a hold of $4.5M in June of 2009 from Columbia Pacific Advisors.

Z2Live
Z2Live is creating the next generation of free to play games for mobile devices. The company was founded in 2009 by Damon Danieli, a 14-year Microsoft veteran, David Bluhm, a long time veteran of mobile content and entertainment and Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm. Trade Nations, the company’s first title launched in late 2010 for iOS devices, has already grown to be one of the largest social games on mobile and has set the standard for financial performance. The company landed $3M in venture funding from Madrona Venture Group in August of 2009.

Swype Inc
Swype was developed by founders Cliff Kushler and Randy Marsden, along with a very talented team of software programmers and linguists. Cliff is the co-inventor of T9, the standard predictive text-entry solution used on over 2.4 billion mobile phones worldwide. He is the named inventor on multiple patents related to alternative text entry. Swype has raised $6.6M in funding led by DOCOMO Capital Inc. in the past two years.

Gist
Gist is an online service that helps you build stronger relationships. By connecting your inbox to the web, you get business-critical information about key people and companies. Gist provides the only full view of the contacts in your professional network by creating a rich business profile for each one that includes the most news, status updates, and work details. Gist has raised $4M in venture money led by Vulcan Capital in July of 2010.

Optify
Optify is the leading provider of marketing software and services for the Real Time Web. Optify’s hosted, easy-to-use platform enables businesses and online publishers to generate leads and more traffic through organic search and social media, create and manage social media campaigns, prioritize visitors and leads, and track and share results with simple but powerful enterprise scale reporting. Optify has raised $6.1M in venture funding led by Triangle Peak Partners in October of 2010.

DataSphere Technologies Inc
DataSphere Technologies, Inc. is a Software as a Service (SaaS) Web technology company built by a group of senior online technologists and Web marketers.The DataSphere team has an unparalleled ability to deliver increased revenue to Web site owners through better search and discovery, traffic generation and other user experience improvements. The company got a hold of $10M in financing from OVP Venture Partners in September of 2010.

Appature Inc.
Appature, Inc. is a Seattle-based technology company that provides surprisingly simple cloud-based marketing solutions designed exclusively for healthcare companies. Appature Nexus integrates multiple data sources to make customer information actionable while providing a platform to launch marketing campaigns. This allows organizations to quickly gain new customer insights and create programs to deepen brand relationships and drive greater sales growth. Leaders in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and health and wellness industries rely on Appature to realize the true potential of their marketing efforts. Accordingly, Appature acquired $3.5M in funding co-led by Ignition Partners and Madrona Venture Group in December of 2009.

Corensic
Corensic is a software quality company founded in late 2008 (formerly known as PetraVM) and backed by Madrona Ventures, the Washington Research Foundation, and Perkins Coie. Corensic help businesses build and manage higher quality software, a feat made exceedingly difficult by the multi-core revolution. The developers who have worked on some of the world’s biggest, gnarliest software projects, and our passion is helping other developers and IT professionals get better quality out of their applications. Corensic received $4.5 in venture money in January of 2011.
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