Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in San Francisco" awards
       
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - March 05, 2013 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in San Francisco, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in San Francisco" 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 3112 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 70.

"We are very proud of the momentum and recognition our Hot Awards have gained in the past 4 years. The 2013 list showcases companies with outstanding performance in their fields, who have all earned the right to be called a San Francisco Hot Company"

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

  • ** 100% increase in revenues over the past 2 years; OR
  • ** Over $5M 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.



CrowdFlower
CrowdFlower is the leading microtask crowdsourcing platform, offering quality-ensured crowdsourcing solutions at unprecedented scale. The company solves problems ranging from product categorization to business lead verification to content creation. Our world-class client roster enjoys increased flexibility, faster turnaround time, and cost savings. CrowdFlower received $7M in funding from Harmony Partners in March of 2011.

Idle Games
Idle Games has built the Idle Engine, a massively distributed simulation platform designed to provide an unsharded game world with patent-pending synchronous and asynchronous social game mechanics. We’ve also created the worlds’ first polytheistic god game with exploding bunnies. Idle Games received $10M in funding in October of 2011.

Lumos Labs, Inc.
Lumosity is committed to pioneering the understanding and enhancement of the human brain to give each person the power to unlock their full potential. Lumosity's online and mobile programs train core cognitive abilities such as memory and attention. Launched in 2007, Lumosity now has more than 40 games, 35 million members, and paying subscribers from 180 countries. The company received $31.5M in funding from Discovery Communications in August of 2012.

Evolv On-Demand
Evolv harnesses the power of big data predictive analytics and machine learning to uncover and correct the inefficiencies that undermine the performance of global workforces. Evolv’s SaaS-based analytics workforce profitability solution delivers actionable decision support throughout the employee lifecycle by identifying improvement areas and transforming core operational business processes to drive increased employee retention, productivity and engagement. Evolv received $15.75M in funding from GGV Capital in April of 2011.

MoBeam Inc
mobeam, inc. is transforming mobile commerce with its unique and patented light based communications technology. Mobeam’s technology overcomes the technical barriers that currently prevent mobile phones from interacting with laser scanners at checkout, providing universal access at point of sale (POS), enabling the transmission of coupons, loyalty offers, gift cards, tickets and other barcode data at retailers worldwide. The company received $6.4M in financing in the past two years lead by yet2Ventures and DFJ Athena.

Martini Media
Martini Media is the digital media and content platform for engaging the audience with the most money and influence online. Martini Media's full-service marketing capabilities encompass display, video, mobile, social, and audience targeting to effectively engage the most valuable audience online at scale. Martini Media landed $13M in venture funding from Granite Venturesin December of 2011.

Jaspersoft
Jaspersoft empowers millions of people every day to make decisions faster by bringing them timely, actionable data inside their apps and business processes. Its embeddable, cost-effective reporting and analytics platform allows anyone to quickly self serve and get the answers they need and scales architecturally and economically to reach everyone. The company received $11M in financing led by Red Hat in July of 2011.

Jawbone
Jawbone has developed human-centered wearable technology and audio devices unparalleled in their technical innovation, ease-of-use and sophisticated design. A 2010 IDSA Design of the Decade winner, the company is the creator of the award-winning Jawbone ERA and ICON Bluetooth® headsets; NoiseAssassin® technology; and the best-selling JAMBOX and BIG JAMBOX wireless speakers. Jawbone® has raised $70M in financing from JP Morgan Asset Management in July of 2011.

BrightRoll
BrightRoll is the world’s largest and most trusted video ad network and the leading provider of digital video advertising services. The BrightRoll Network has access to billions of video impressions per month enabling advertisers to execute smart digital video campaigns across a massive pool of web and mobile video inventory. BrightRoll got a hold of $30M in financing in November of 2011, led by new investor Trident Capital. Existing investors True Ventures, Scale Venture Partners and Adams Street Partners also participated, as did Comerica Bank.

The GigaOM Network
Founded in 2006, GigaOM is the leading global source of analysis on emerging technologies. Our news, research and events provide deep insight on the companies, people and trends disrupting technology and media. GigaOM got a hold of $8M in financing in May of 2011.

Scality
Scality is the developer of RING, a software platform enabling cloud storage to easily scale up to exabytes using commodity server hardware with direct attached storage. Scality delivers the performance and reliability of a SAN- or NAS-based architecture without the hassles of volume management at one third to half of the cost. Scality received $7M in financing from IdInvest Partners in March of 2011.

Extole
Extole is the leading social advocacy platform for brands and agencies to drive measurable results through word of mouth (WOM) marketing. Extole helps brands engage consumers across all touch points including a brand’s website, email and social networks like Facebook. Its customers include T-Mobile, Shutterfly, Redbox, Travel Channel, Zazzle, kate spade new york, SkyMall, and Seamless. The company has raised $7.6M in funding from multiple investors in January of 2013.

BrightTALK Inc
BrightTALK provides an engagement platform where professionals view and share webinars and videos relevant to their communities. Every day thousands of thought leaders are actively sharing their insights, their ideas and their most up-to-date knowledge with professionals all over the globe through the webinar and video technologies that BrightTALK has created. BrightTALK landed $20.5M in financing from North Bridge Growth Equity in September of 2011.

Anaplan Inc
Anaplan provides cloud-based modeling and planning solutions for sales, operations and finance. The Anaplan platform, with it’s patented in-memory modeling and data processing capabilities, enables people to intuitively model their business, analyze data, align plans, and execute processes in a collaborative online workspace. Anaplan applications are easy for business users to build, modify, and connect to for solutions that reduce expenses, improve margins, accelerate growth, and improve business operations. Anaplan got a hold of $11.4M in funding led by Granite Ventures in January of 2012.

Xoom Corporation
Xoom is a global online money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using their mobile phone, tablet or computer. During the 12 months ended December 31, 2012, Xoom’s 750,000 active customers sent more than $3.2 billion to family and friends in 30 countries worldwide. The company got a hold of $25M in financing from Sequoia Capital in November of 2011.

Prosper Marketplace, Inc
Prosper is a leading peer-to-peer lending marketplace that connects people who want to invest money with people who want to borrow money. On Prosper.com, borrowers list loan requests between $2,000 and $25,000, and individual lenders invest as little as $25 in each loan listing they select The unsecured personal loans are used by Prosper borrowers for a variety of purposes including paying down high interest rate debt and helping with small business funding. The company got a hold of $20M in funding led by Sequoia Capital in January of 2013.

Twelvefold Media
Twelvefold Media is the only emotive-based media company that helps brands target, reach and persuade engaged audiences by delivering the right ad, in the right place at the right time to the most motivated customers in the right mindset. Twelvefold creates customized digital media packages with proprietary technology that utilizes emotive-based targeting at the page level and real-time bidding—at scale and without cookies—to achieve superior results and insights for brands and advertisers. Twelvefold Media received $7.8M in financing from Bridgescale Partners in May of 2011.

Mashery, Inc
Mashery, the world's leading provider of API Management technology and services, helps securely power 56,000 apps for more than 175 top brands—including USA TODAY, Comcast, Dun & Bradstreet, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Aetna, CapitalOne and Expedia. Only Mashery offers enterprises a PCI-DSS Compliant API Management platform to build API-powered platforms for opening new distribution channels, speeding time-to-market, and spurring innovation. Mashery received $10M in financing led by OpenView Venture Partners in July of 2012.

Xobni Corporation
Xobni is a San Francisco-based startup, created in 2006. We make your inbox and address book smarter by making it easy to search and discover all your contacts - even those who aren't in your address book. Xobni, Smartr Inbox, and Smartr Contacts automatically find all the people with whom you've ever exchanged emails, calls, or SMS messages. The company has raised $10M in financing in February of 2012.

New Relic
New Relic is on a mission to create a better web and mobile experience for everyone by making apps faster and more reliable. Analyzing 60 billion metrics each day, New Relic provides application developers critical insights about performance issues that are affecting their business’ bottom line. Serving more than 35,000 customers in 36 countries, New Relic’s SaaS solution has the largest customer base in the industry. The company has raised $80M in financing led by Insight Venture Partners in February of 2013.

VirtuOz Inc
VirtuOz is the leader in Digital Customer Relationships, enabling large and mid-market enterprises to use Intelligent Virtual Agents to provide world-class online marketing, sales, and support channels, ensuring a high quality user experience while improving operational performance. VirtuOz received $7M in funding led by Mohr Davidow in June of 2011.

Joyent Inc
Joyent is the high-performance cloud infrastructure company offering enterprises and developers the best public, and hybrid cloud infrastructure for today’s demanding real-time web and mobile applications. Joyent delivers public cloud services to some of the most innovative companies in the world, including LinkedIn, Major League Baseball and Voxer. The company received $85M in financing led by Weather Investment II Group in January of 2012.

Servicemax Inc
ServiceMax delivers the future of field service, today. The first and only complete suite of cloud-based, social and mobile field service applications, ServiceMax gives companies unprecedented capabilities in field service to optimize operations and delight customers. Companies use the ServiceMax suite to handle everything from contract entitlements to scheduling & workforce optimization, to inventory & parts logistics and real-time customer and partner portal access. ServiceMax landed $27M in funding led by Crosslink Capital in November of 2012.

AppDynamics
AppDynamics is the next-generation application performance management solution that simplifies the management of complex, business-critical apps. No one can stand slow applications—not IT Ops and Dev teams, not the CIO, and definitely not end users. With AppDynamics, no one has to tolerate slow performing apps ever again. AppDynamics got a hold of $50M in financing led by Institutional Venture Partners in January of 2013.

Zimride, Inc
Zimride is a simple way to find friends, classmates and coworkers going the same way you are. Combining social networks and our proprietary route-matching algorithm, we’ve made it easy to share the seats in your car or catch a ride. Zimride empowers you to create social, sustainable and convenient transportation. Zimride got a hold of $15M in financing led by Founders Fund in January of 2013.

Taulia Inc.
Taulia optimizes the invoicing and payment process. With Taulia, large buying organizations can reduce their total spend and achieve double-digit returns on their cash positions, while their suppliers get paid earlier at a lower cost of capital than alternative options. Taulia's solution offers e-invoicing, instant supplier portals and a sophisticated dynamic discounting management system. Taulia received $8.5M in funding from Matrix Partners in July of 2011.

Hotel Tonight Inc.
HotelTonight was founded in December 2010 to provide easy mobile booking of same-day distressed hotel inventory. For consumers, we offer incredible convenience and amazing value at quality hotels. For hotels, we are a marketplace to fill last-minute rooms that would otherwise remain empty. HotelTonight was founded by an experienced team and is backed by some of the top venture firms and travel-industry pioneers in the world. HotelTonight got a hold of $23M in funding in June of 2012 led by U.S. Venture Partners.

Rocket Ninja Inc
Rocket Ninja is a leading developer of social 3D entertainment apps for PCs and connected devices. Leveraging its proprietary Shr3D(TM) technology, Rocket Ninja creates applications that live inside web browsers, mobile devices and social networks. Rocket Ninja creates fun interactive experiences for the social web that encourage people to play, connect and express themselves in three dimensions, no matter where they are. The company has raised $7.5M in venture money from Marcel Boekhoorn in November of 2011.

Framehawk
Framehawk delivers the fastest and most cost-effective way to use your critical enterprise applications from mobile devices like your iPad. Get real-time performance over any network, while maintaining enterprise-level security. The company has raised $11M in venture money from Matrix Partners in December of 2011.

Flingo
Flingo is a small, nimble team of entreprenuers, architects, engineers and designers, building the next generation of smart TV experiences. Flingo has raised $7M in venture financing from August Capital in February of 2012.

Zinio Systems
Zinio is leading the digital transformation of the publishing and advertising industry. The ZINIO UNITY™ reading platform allows users to turn their favorite device into a personalized newsstand and access the largest selection of magazines worldwide and consume it at anytime from anywhere. Zinio users can search, save and share stories from more than 5,000 magazine titles –– in 33 languages and 23 currencies –– covering every genre, industry, niche and hobby. Zinio collected $20M in funding in November of 2011.

Hot Studio, Inc
Hot Studio produces transformative results through critical design strategy and intelligent, thought-provoking work. We foster a collaborative culture, combining our expertise with your knowledge. By working side by side with you, we create compelling and meaningful experiences. We make the complex beautifully clear. Hot Studio has increased its revenues by 129% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $6.3M in 2011.

TwitchTV, Inc
Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. More than 23 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for leading video game broadcasters including casual gamers, pro players, tournaments, leagues, developers and gaming media organizations. Twitch received $15M in funding from Bessemer Venture Partners in September of 2012.

Steelwedge Inc.
Founded in 2000, Steelwedge Software, Inc. is the leading integrated business planning solution provider. Steelwedge’s cloud-based Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) software solutions connect people, process and technology to power a single view of a company’s business. In a volatile global business environment, that single line of sight powers reliable "what if" scenario modelling that pinpoints the financial impact of supply-demand trade-off decisions. The company has raised $16M in financing from Mainsail Partners in September of 2011.

Wikia
Wikia operates the world’s largest network of collaboratively published video game, entertainment, and lifestyle content on the web through a trusted and customizable platform designed to help people share what they know and love. Wikia got a hold of $10M in financing from Institutional Venture Partners in December of 2012.

Spigit
Spigit is a leader in Social Innovation, helping organizations unleash the creativity of employees, customers and partners to find transformative ideas that drive growth. Leveraging crowdsourcing, game mechanics and big data analytics, Spigit's platform is helping the world's leading brands invent disruptive products, generate new revenue streams, build an innovation culture, reduce costs and significantly improve employee and customer engagement. Spigit has raised $15.2M in funding from Warburg Pincus in March of 2012.

Grockit Inc
Most people know Grockit as the most fun, social and engaging way to learn new things. Smart business types know Grockit is a global leader in the huge market for learning platforms and services. Over 1M people worldwide have used Grockit to successfully prepare for tests. Grockit gives you social, collaborative and personal learning, fueled by adaptive learning algorithms and up-front analysis that identifies and compensates for your learning strengths and weaknesses. The company received $20M in funding led by Discovery Communications in December of 2012.

Good Data Corporation
GoodData provides a cloud-based platform and apps that enable more than 8,000 global businesses to monetize big data. GoodData is headquartered in San Francisco and is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst Partners, Fidelity Growth Partners, Next World Capital, Tenaya Capital and Windcrest Partners. The company got a hold of $25M in financing led by Tenaya Capital in July of 2012.

Demandbase, Inc
Demandbase is the first targeting and personalization platform for B2B, transforming the effectiveness of marketing programs and marketing’s ability to impact revenue. While personalization tools have long existed for B2C, until now, none were geared specifically to enable B2B marketers to make online interactions more effective, delivering the right message at the right time. Demandbase has raised $10M in venture led by Sutter Hill Ventures in May of 2011.

Get Satisfaction, Inc.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Get Satisfaction helps companies create engaging customer experiences by fostering online conversations about their products and services at every stage of the lifecycle. Companies of all sizes such as Intuit, Kellogg's and Sonos rely on the Get Satisfaction community platform to acquire new customers, provide better service and build better products. The company received $10M in funding from InterWest in August of 2011.

AdRoll
AdRoll is the most widely adopted retargeting platform with over 5,000+ active advertisers in the US and around the world. With a 97% customer retention rate, our mission is to make powerful performance advertising techniques simple for businesses of all sizes. AdRoll's SaaS platform provides unmatched transparency, cross-platform reach across the largest display inventory sources, and innovative tools that personalize ad campaigns based on a visitor's shopping behavior. The company has raised $15M led by Foundation Capital in July of 2012.

Loggly
Loggly is a cloud based logging service. It lets you collect and search logs from your cloud systems by providing you with a simple, intuitive, Web based UI on top of a scalable indexing and storage engine. Loggly provides log aggregation, storage, search, alerting, and reporting in a SaaS (software as a service) model for companies who build and maintain Web based applications. The company has raised $5.7M in financing led by True Ventures in July of 2012.

AbsolutData
AbsolutData is a global leader in applying analytics to drive sales and increase profits for its customers. AbsolutData has built strong expertise and traction with Fortune 1000 companies across 40 countries. The company specializes in big data, high end business analytics, predictive modeling, reporting and data management services. AbsolutData received $20M in financing from Fidelity Growth Partners India in August of 2012.

Stitcher
Stitcher is the leader in Internet Radio for the world beyond music. We deliver the latest news, politics, sports, business and entertainment on-demand to listeners on their mobile phones. The Stitcher app has been downloaded over 8 million times and offers the best programming from thousands of content providers including NPR, Fox and CNN. Stitcher is available for iPhone, Android and iPad and is being integrated directly into new Ford and GM vehicles. The company received $10M in financing from New Enterprise Associates in September of 2011.

CloudPassage
CloudPassage is the leading provider of public and private cloud server security and creator of Halo®, the industry's first security and compliance platform purpose-built for elastic cloud environments. Halo operates across public, private and hybrid clouds. Industry-leading companies like Foursquare, Avatar New York, and Martini Media trust Halo to seamlessly manage their server security configuration, host-based firewalls, intrusion detection and server account auditing from one system. CloudPassage landed $14M in financing from Tenaya Capital in April of 2012.

Brightpearl
Brightpearl is the commerce acceleration platform for growing businesses. It manages inventory, orders and customer communications for smaller companies allowing them to focus on the activities that make them successful. Brightpearl fully integrates the key online and offline channels that allow its customers to compete with bigger retailers. The company has raised $5M in funding led by Notion Capital in May of 2011.

zozi
ZOZI is the most trusted brand in adventure and experience. On zozi.com, you can discover and book unforgettable experiences that are around the corner, or all around the world. Each experience featured on the site is curated by a team of in-house experts; such as full-moon kayaking, wine tasting and vineyard touring by bike, surfing and relaxing in a private coastal villa, skiing the Sierra backcountry with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley, and more. ZOZI got a hold of $7M in funding in May of 2011.

Getaround, Inc.
Getaround empowers people to safely share cars by the hour, day, or week through a trusted online marketplace. By providing the Getaround Carkit, in-car technology designed in-house, as well as complete insurance up to $1,000,000 backed by Berkshire Hathaway, Getaround helps to create a seamless and fun sharing experience. Getaround is free to join, and for as little as $3 an hour, members can conveniently rent nearby cars and save money on auto payments, insurance and maintenance. The company landed $14M in funding from Menlo Ventures in August of 2012.

Dropbox
The mission of Dropbox is to simplify life for people around the world. Dropbox lets people bring their docs, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily. The service has more than 45 million users in 175 countries saving one billion files every three days. Dropbox was founded in San Francisco in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. The company has raised $250M in funding led by Index Ventures in October of 2011.

Stripe
Stripe is a simple, developer-friendly way to accept payments online. We believe that enabling transactions on the web is a problem rooted in code, not finance, and we want to help put more websites in business. Stripe got a hold of $18M in financing from Sequoia Capital in February of 2012.

Wantful, Inc
Wantful is a privately held company founded in 2011 by designer and serial entrepreneur John Poisson, focused on the massive online gift-giving market, and on thoughtful, well-designed products and services. The company has offices in San Francisco and New York City, and its investors include Polaris Venture Partners, Harrison Metal Capital, Greylock Partners and Forerunner Ventures. Wantful received $5.5M in financing from Polaris Venture Partners in March of 2012.

BranchOut Inc
BranchOut launched in July 2010 as a free application that allows users to create a professional profile on Facebook. Since then, BranchOut has grown into the largest professional networking application on Facebook with more than 25 million registered users and over 400 million professional profiles. BranchOut allows users in more than 200 countries to leverage their Facebook friend networks to find jobs, recruit talent, and strengthen relationships with professional contacts. The company landed $25M in funding from Mayfield Fund in April of 2012.

Huddle
Huddle is the enterprise content collaboration company that helps organizations across the globe to collaborate intelligently. Huddle is the most comprehensive tool for managing projects and files in the cloud. With Huddle you can create multiple client extranets, brand assets storage, secure collaboration platforms or research knowledge bases. The company got a hold of $24M in financing led by Jafco Ventures in May of 2012.

Indiegogo
Indiegogo is the largest global crowdfunding platform, empowering anyone, anywhere, at any time, to raise funds for any idea. Since launching in January 2008, Indiegogo has enabled campaign owners to launch campaigns from every country around the world. With millions of dollars distributed globally each week across the site, Indiegogo is democratizing the way people raise funds for any project—creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company collected $15M in venture money from Khosla Ventures in June of 2012.

Pantheon Systems, Inc
Pantheon is the all-in-one Drupal platform that gives developers everything they need to build, launch and run websites at the speed of light for organizations as small as a local radio station or as vast as the United States government. Pantheon’s team frees developers from the drudge work of system administration and alleviates the stress of worrying about uptime. Pantheon received $5M in financing from Foundry Group in June of 2012.

FuzeBox Inc
FuzeBox leads the way in developing business applications that allow people to work better together. Fuze offers reliable, pixel perfect, hi-definition meetings & video conferencing solutions that are compatible with any device, from anywhere in the world. Fuze technology allows businesses and professionals to make meetings like never before. The company collected $20M in financing from Index Ventures in July of 2012.

DataSift Inc
DataSift is the leading social data platform, enabling companies to aggregate, filter and extract insights from the billions of public social conversations on Twitter, leading social networks and millions of other sources. DataSift provides access to both real-time and historical social data to uncover insights and trends that relate to brands, businesses, financial markets, news and public opinion. The company received $15M in financing from Scale Venture Partners in November of 2012.

Message Bus
Message Bus provides a cloud-native application service for enabling and powering messaging across email, mobile and social channels, helping to ensure deliverability of critical communications, transactional messages, and marketing messages. The company removes the burden and cost of deploying multiple messaging servers with a service available via SMTP or through a programmatic API. Message Bus has raised $11M in financing from North Bridge Venture Partners in October of 2012.

Kenshoo
Kenshoo is a digital marketing technology company that engineers premium solutions for search marketing, social media and online advertising. Brands, agencies and developers use Kenshoo Enterprise, Kenshoo Local and Kenshoo Social to direct more than $25 billion in annual client sales revenue. The Kenshoo Universal Platform delivers automation, intelligence, integration and scale to make better marketing investments. The company has raised $12M in financing from Tenaya Capital in November of 2012.

Udemy
Udemy helps students make moves. Whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, further a passion, or just accelerate your life, Udemy helps you learn from the amazing instructors in the world, so that you can get there and get there faster. Our team recruits the world's top experts, including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, celebrities, and Ivy League professors. Udemy received $12M in financing from Insight Venture Partners in December of 2012.

Chartboost
Chartboost is the world’s largest games-only technology platform and helps developers build a business around their creations. The company has the first and only Direct Deals Marketplace with a social network for game developers to connect and negotiate promotional deals to help get their games into the hands of more players as well as generate revenue. Chartboost received $19M in financing from Sequoia Capita in January of 2013.

Virool, Inc.
When we initially started Virool our goal was to build a powerful service that would allow anyone with video content to reach their desired audience on our network. Virool helps brands, musicians, movie directors and startups reach the people they want with their videos. The company has raised $6.62M in financing led by Draper Fisher Juvetson in February of 2013.

Birst Inc
Birst™ is the leader in agile business analytics. It offers a single place to manage all of your organization’s business analytics and the agility to answer questions spanning departments, data sources, and deployments—across both public and private clouds. Birst gives users the fastest way to answer their most pressing business questions, and the ones they didn’t know to ask. The company received $26M in financing from Sequoia Capital in May of 2012.

Appirio
Appirio is a global services provider who uses crowdsourcing and cloud, social and mobile technology to help enterprises reimagine their business and become more agile. Appirio brings together technology expertise with a deep understanding of the way people work, and the nearly limitless skills of a crowdsourcing community of 70,000+ developers, to help enterprises transform relationships with their customers, partners and workforce. Appirio got a hold of $60M in financing in March of 2012.

StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon is the easiest way to discover new and interesting things from across the Web. More than 20 million users turn to StumbleUpon to be informed, entertained and surprised by content and information recommended just for them. In addition, more than 60,000 brands, publishers and other marketers have used StumbleUpon’s Paid Discovery platform to promote their products and services. StumbleUpon got a hold of $17M in funding in March of 2011.

CouchSurfing International
A global network of travelers, adventure seekers and lifelong learners who value trust among strangers and are dedicated to sharing their cultures, hospitality and authentic experiences— whether they’re on the road or in their hometowns. There are over 5 million Couchsurfers in more than 97,000 cities, with a new user signing up every 11 seconds. Couchsurfing has raised $15M in financing from General Catalyst Partners in August of 2012.

UrbanSitter
Founded by four busy parents, UrbanSitter is an online resource where parents go to find & book babysitters recommended by people they know. Looking for the occasional sitter, full-time nanny, or last minute help? UrbanSitter will find available sitters—and show you the ones recommended by parents in your social circles (mother’s group, child's school, sports team, etc.). The company landed $6M in financing from Canaan Partners in October of 2012.

Bizo, Inc
Bizo is how B2B marketers identify and reach their target audiences online. Fueled by Bizo’s audience of more than 120 million professionals around the world, including more than 85% of the U.S. business population, the Bizo Marketing Platform can precisely target business people by specific business demographic criteria. Bizo received $10M in funding from Crosslink Capital in April of 2012.

Xamarin
Xamarin was founded in May of 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. Our mission is to produce the best software development tools in the world, and to make it fast, easy and fun to build great mobile apps. Xamarin has raised $12M in financing from Charles River Ventures in July of 2012.

Work4 Labs
Work4 Labs develops the #1 Facebook Recruiting Solution, which enables tens of thousands of companies — including VMware, Gap, and L’Oreal — to hire qualified candidates across industries, geographies, and pay-grades. Our award-winning products help recruiters easily launch branded corporate career sites on Facebook and mobile devices, and drive traffic, job applications, and employee referrals from the network’s 1 billion users. The company received $11M in financing from Matrix Partners in September of 2012.
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