Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Colorado" awards
       
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - July 17, 2012 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Colorado, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in Colorado" 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 400 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 25.

"This is our 3rd Colorado award. We are pleased with the recognition the Award has received over the past few years," said Tom Blue, CEO of Lead411, "and we are very proud of the respected list of companies for the 2012 winners."

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 Colorado. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

  • ** 100% increase in revenues over the past 2 years; OR
  • ** Over $1M 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.



minuteKEY
The minuteKEY founders spent several years fine-tuning the technology to create a highly accurate, reliable and easy-to-use key-cutting device. The finished product is a high-tech achievement, combining innovations in robotics, electronics and software engineering. The company got a hold of $10.6M in financing from Serent Capital in September of 2011.

Occipital LLC
Occipital develops state-of-the-art mobile computer vision applications with natural user interfaces. In 2010, the company reinvented panoramas with 360 Panorama, an app which makes 360-degree image capture as simple and fast as recording a video clip. Occipital is transforming the camera into a window onto a new world where the digital is fused with the physical using realtime computer vision. Occipital has raised $7M in venture money from Foundry Group in August of 2011.

PaySimple
PaySimple makes big-business efficiencies available to small businesses at a fraction of the cost through cloud-based solutions that simplify and empower small business management. Thousands of small-to-mid-sized businesses are using PaySimple’s receivables automation technology to accept electronic payments, manage their customers, and automate their billing. PaySimple has raised $16M in venture money from Susquehanna Growth Equity LLC in September of 2011.

Intelligent Software Solutions, Inc.
Intelligent Software Solutions is one of the fastest growing and exciting technology companies in the United States. ISS provides cutting edge solutions development based on the latest advances in open software design and integration. The company is best known for not only understanding our customer’s needs implicitly, but also consistently exceeding their expectations in our efforts. The company has increased revenues by 108% from 2008 to 2010 ending with $78.9M in 2010.

Closely Inc
We're a Colorado-based start-up than began life in December 2009. Woven together, our team artfully combines deep technical and business chops in local search, small business marketing, and scalable real-time technologies. We pool on experience with companies as diverse as Quark, Jabber, Tendril Networks, GeoIQ, Verio, Requisite Technologies, Effective UI, 24/7 Real Media and Datalogix. Closely received $3.6M in financing from Amicus Capital in September of 2001.

SendGrid
SendGrid's cloud-based email infrastructure relieves businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email systems. SendGrid provides reliable delivery, scalability and real-time analytics along with flexible API's that make custom integration a breeze. The company collected $21M in financing from Bessemer Venture Partners in January of 2012.

Intermap Technologies
Headquartered in Denver , Colorado, Intermap is a leading provider of Location-Based Information (LBI), setting the industry standard for creating high-resolution 3D digital models of the earth's surface. The company has remapped entire countries, to build NEXTMap® national databases consisting of affordably priced elevation data and geometric images of unparalleled accuracy. Intermap received $2.5M in financing recently.

Lijit Networks Inc.
Lijit Networks, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Federated Media Publishing. By providing innovative advertising services, audience analytics, and reader engagement tools to over 125,000 sites, Lijit helps online publishers grow their website, build their business and make more money. Lijit connects publishers with premium online advertising campaigns that are highly targeted and contextually relevant to the publisher’s audience. The company received $10M in financing from Highway 12 Ventures in April of 2011.

Room 214 Inc
Room 214 helps businesses connect to the people who matter most, creating value through social experiences that integrate intelligence, social network & mobile technologies. Room 214 was founded in 2004 in Boulder, CO. The cofounders’ Capture the Conversation philosophy, drove their initial focus from search marketing, online public relations and blog development to the emerging field and practice of social media. The company has increased revenues by 202% from 2008 to 2010 ending with $1.6M in 2010.

IP Commerce, Inc
Based in Denver Colorado, IP Commerce began in response to a new era in commerce and by offering a unique, open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that effectively functions as an OS for Commerce. The IP Commerce Platform enables today's application developers to innovate customized, scalable commerce solutions. Working on the Platform, Application Developers can better respond to payment-driven businesses that consistently need new ways to create and enhance consumer relationships. The company received $20.7M in funding from Intel Capital in September of 2011.

NexGen Storage, Inc
NexGen Storage is delivering a revolutionary new storage architecture for private cloud and virtual server deployments. The conventional approach to storage prevents customers from realizing the benefits provided by new technologies like solid state storage. NexGen has architected a storage system to take full advantage of new and emerging storage components. This new architecture will deliver the next generation of storage management, performance and features required to harness the ever changing technology. NexGen collected $10M in funding from Next World Capital in November of 2011.

Altitude Digital Partners
Altitude Digital Partners (ADP) is an ad technology firm that empowers publishers to maximize their online revenue. ADP works with hundreds of the world's premier online publishers, providing a full scale Supply-Side Platform and services in yield optimization for display and online video advertising. On average, ADP is able to increase publisher's revenue 30%-300%. The company got a hold of $1.5M in funding from Cypress Growth Capital in June of 2011.

SolidFire
SolidFire delivers high-performance data storage systems for cloud service providers. Leveraging an all-flash scale-out storage architecture with patented volume-level quality-of-service (QoS) controls, providers can now guarantee storage performance to thousands of applications within shared infrastructures. By using real-time data reduction techniques and system-wide automation, SolidFire is fueling new and profitable block-storage services that are advancing the way the world uses the cloud. The company landed $25M in funding from New Enterprise Associates in October of 2011.

Mocavo
Mocavo is the world's largest genealogy search engine with more than 6 billion names in the index. On Mocavo, users can search across millions of family history resources from one centralized website. Led by industry veteran, Cliff Shaw, Mocavo has created a vertical search engine built to help genealogists break through their brick walls in research. The company received $4M in funding from Foundry Group in May of 2012.

Ping Identity Corporation
Ping Identity provides cloud identity security solutions to over 800 of the world's largest companies, government organizations and cloud businesses. With a 99% customer satisfaction rating, Ping Identity empowers 45 of the Fortune 100 to secure hundreds of millions of employees, customers, consumers and partners, using secure, open, standards like SAML, OpenID and OAuth. Ping Identity got a hold of $21M in funding led by Triangle Peak Partners in June of 2011.

Rally Software
Rally is a recognized leader in Agile application lifecycle management (ALM). Rally is dedicated to helping organizations embrace Agile development and portfolio management practices that increase the pace of innovation, improve product quality and boost customer satisfaction. The company's experienced services group, including training through Agile University, guides companies through the organizational change for becoming innovative, Agile businesses. Rally received $20M in venture money from Meritech Capital Partners in June of 2011.

Tendril, Inc
Tendril is changing the way the world uses energy with its groundbreaking consumer engagement applications and services. Energy providers, product manufacturers and consumer channel partners use Tendril’s solutions to foster deeper consumer relationships, differentiate their products, achieve business objectives and drive increased value over the lifetime of the consumer. Tendril received $25M in financing in May of 2012.

LogRhythm Inc
LogRhythm is the leader in cyber threat defence, detection and response. The company’s SIEM 2.0 security intelligence platform delivers the visibility, insight and remediation required to detect the previously undetectable and address the mutating cyber threat landscape. LogRhythm also provides unparalleled compliance automation and assurance as well as operational intelligence to Global 2000 organisations, government agencies and mid-sized businesses worldwide. The company landed $15M in funding from Siemens Venture Capital Group in June of 2012.

SpotXchange
SpotXchange is the largest global marketplace of video ad inventory, reaching more than 80 million unique visitors each month in more than 20 countries. SpotXchange offers brandadvertisers a scalable, efficient and measurable way to attract new customers with high-quality online video ads on premium websites around the world. SpotXchange received $12M in funding from H.I.G. Growth Partners in December of 2010

Symplified
Symplified provides the trust fabric of the Cloud by enabling companies to extend and enforce identity and access management policies on cloud applications. The Company is the market share leader in cloud identity with more than 1 million seats of the Symplified Suite currently deployed by Fortune 500 and small medium businesses. The Symplified Suite is the only complete cloud security platform that unifies Web access management, federated SSO, auditing and user provisioning. Symplified received $20M in financing from Ignition Partners in January of 2012.

Trada
Trada is a crowd-sourced SEM solution for small and medium-sized businesses that leverages the knowledge of multiple search experts through a CPA model. A brand posts a CPA offer, and Trada community members hit the search engines, developing search programs that they hope yield a nice spread between their costs and the bounty. Trada received $9M in financing led by Google Ventures in January of 2012.

Standing Cloud
Standing Cloud is a leading provider of cloud application management services. We deliver a seamless application marketplace and management platform for cloud service providers, ISVs and other technology solution providers, making application deployment, management and distribution fast, simple and hassle-free for their customers. Standing Cloud has raised $3M in venture money led by Foundry Group in November of 2011.

Coalfire System
Coalfire is a leading, independent IT Audit and Compliance firm that provides information technology (IT) audit, security assessment and IT compliance management solutions. The company has grown rapidly since being founded in 2001 and now completes more than 1,000 projects annually in retail, financial services, healthcare, government and utilities. Coalfire collected $5M in funding from Baird Venture Partners in February of 2011.

UsingMiles Inc
UsingMiles.com helps travelers keep track of all their various reward programs and tells them when miles are expiring and how to save them. It is also the first search engine for cash and award travel that optimizes results by plugging a traveler's loyalty program information directly into search. It essentially helps frequent flyers earn more miles when they book travel and use their hard-earned miles to travel more. UsingMiles.com raised $2.7M in funding led by iSherpa Capital in April of 2011.

Orbotix
Orbotix is a Boulder based startup that works with consumer electronics companies and developers to bring phone controlled open devices to market. Orbotix has raised $5M in financing led by Foundry Group in May of 2012.
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