2014 Hottest San Francisco Companies
       

LOS ANGELES, Calif., - June 17, 2014 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in San Francisco area, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in San Francisco" award.
 

Background

For over 13 years, Lead411’s technology and research team scours the web daily to find information about fast growing companies.  Each day they are looking at press releases and news stories like venture financings, company launches, hiring plans, etc. This has given Lead411 insight on the hottest companies in the US, hence the awards. 


This particular list originally started with over 1650 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 84.


 “Our 2014 award winners might be our best selection ever,” said Tom Blue, CEO of Lead411. “It seems like there is no better time to be a tech entrepreneur. There are so many startups succeeding right now and it is reflected in these awards.”
 

 

About the Awardees

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 $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.


Embedded Image
AdRoll
AdRoll is the most widely used retargeting platform in the world. More brands trust AdRoll to retarget site visitors with ads across Facebook, Twitter, mobile, and the web. The company received $70M in funding led by Foundation Capital in April of 2014.
Embedded Image
Airbnb
Called the "Ebay for space" by Time Magazine, Airbnb is an online marketplace allowing anyone from private residents to commercial properties to rent out their extra space. The reputation-based site allows for user reviews, verification, and secure online transactions. Airbnb got a hold of $500M in funding led by TPG in April of 2014.
Embedded Image
Anaplan Inc
Anaplan is the most powerful planning, forecasting and analytics platform in the cloud providing a single place for Analysts, Managers and Executives to plan, forecast, analyze and share all their important business data. The company has raised $100M in financing led by DFJ Growth in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
App Annie
At App Annie, we believe there has been a radical shift in the way content is being distributed. In times gone by, print, radio, television, retail and the web have dominated as content distribution channels. Now however, the distribution of digital content is moving from the open web to digital superstores. The company received $17M in funding led by IDG Capital Partners in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
AppDirect
AppDirect offers a cloud service marketplace and management platform that enables companies to distribute web-based services. The global network of AppDirect-powered marketplaces allows businesses to find, buy, and manage the best applications the cloud has to offer. The company received $35M in funding led by Peter Thiel s Mithril Capital in April of 2014.
Embedded Image
Aria Systems, Inc.
Aria Systems provides customized billing and customer management solutions for individuals, small businesses, and enterprise organizations. Our service works with your business and current systems to ensure your end-users are satisfied and your business increases in value and profitability. Aria Systems has raised $40M in funding led by Bain Capital Ventures. in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
Automattic Inc
Automattic Inc. is a startup from a handful of people passionate about making the web a better place. So far we’re best known for our work on WordPress and other projects but we have a lot of other interesting things in the pipeline as well. Automattic received $160M in financing in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Bluebox Security
Bluebox Security was founded in 2012 by two industry visionaries—Caleb Sima (CEO) and Adam Ely (COO)—with the goal of changing the way enterprises integrate and protect their mobile data. The technology that they and their team of security developers and researchers have created is re-defining the mobile security landscape. Bluebox Security got a hold of $18M in financing in January of 2014.
Embedded Image
Bluenose Analytics
Bluenose provides a customer success platform for SaaS businesses to increase revenue, using predictive analytics to engage at-risk customers and identify drivers of churn. The company has raised $10M in funding led by The Social+Capital Partnership in December of 2013.

Boost CTR
BoostCTR is the first service that lets online marketers crowdsource the optimization and testing of their ad creative on a performance basis. By utilizing our services, marketers not only free up their time, but also generate substantially better results. BoostCTR received $8M in financing in September of 2013.
Embedded Image
Certain
Certain provides a complete enterprise event management platform that powers personalized event experiences and enables meaningful connections to accelerate business. Used by the largest corporations, meeting management companies and event producers worldwide, the Certain platform enables attendee management, event branding, social and mobile participation, and 1-to-1 meetings that engage audiences and maximize event value for all participants. The company got a hold of $17.8M in funding in January of 2014.
Embedded Image
CircleUp Network, Inc
CircleUp is a marketplace for investors and non-technology entrepreneurs. Accredited investors find free access to select private investments, easy tools to identify and diligence companies and online transaction capability to make investments. For retail and consumer product entrepreneurs, CircleUp offers an efficient way to access a network of sophisticated investors as well as value added partners. CircleUp has raised $14M in venture funding led by Canaan Partners in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
Cloud4Wi
Cloud4Wi is a leading provider of next generation cloud Wi-Fi solutions, designed to create a measurable business value for several market segments. Thanks to the first Wi-Fi marketplace, the innovative Cloud4Wi platform allows the Wi-Fi service providers to monetize their network by delivering value-added managed Wi-Fi services. The company bagged $4M in financing led by United Ventures in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
CloudFlare
CloudFlare, Inc. makes sites twice as fast, protects them from attacks, ensures they are always online, and makes it simple to add web apps with a single click. CloudFlare supercharges websites regardless of size or platform with no need to add hardware, install software, or change a line of code. The company received $50M in funding led by Union Square Ventures in December of 2013.
Embedded Image
CloudPassage
CloudPassage addresses the number one inhibitor to cloud adoption - security. We provide server security products purpose-built for elastic clouds where servers are cloned, migrated, bursted, and boomeranged. The company's HaloT line of products operates seamlessly across public, private, and hybrid cloud environments and can even be used on physical servers. CloudPassage has raised $25.5M in financing led by Shasta Ventures in February of 2014.
Embedded Image
Cloudscaling
Cloudscaling provides services globally from our headquarters in San Francisco and office in Singapore. Our founders are pioneers of the cloud computing world with deep experience building some of the largest public and private clouds in service today. These include Amazon Web Services, GoGrid, and Engine Yard. Cloudscaling got a hold of $10M in funding led by Trinity Ventures in May of 2013.
Embedded Image
Clustrix
Clustrix provides the leading scale-out SQL database engineered for the cloud. With ClustrixDB you can build innovative business critical applications that deliver real-time analytics on live operational data with massive transactional volume. The company landed $6M in funding in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Coinbase
Founded in June of 2012, Coinbase is an international digital wallet that allows you to securely buy, use, and accept bitcoin currency The company has raised $25M in financing led by Andreessen Horowitz in December of 2013.
Embedded Image
Crowdtilt, Inc
Crowdtilt is the easiest way for you and the people in your life to pool, fundraise, and collect money for anything. We're currently in the US and Canada only but expanding internationally rapidly. The company received $23M in financing led by Andreessen Horowitz in December of 2013.
Embedded Image
Darby Smart
Darby Smart is a do-it-yourself crafting startup working with top Pinterest designers of DIY accessories, fashion and home items to Kit, market and sell their projects to consumers, complete with all materials and instructions needed to complete the project. Darby Smart got a hold of $6.3M in funding from Maveron in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
DataSift Inc
DataSift Inc. is the leading social data platform with more than 1,000 customers in 40+ countries. DataSift is driving a revolution in corporate decision-making by making it easy for applications to incorporate the use of real time and historical social data intelligently and easily into data analysis. DataSift has raised $42M in venture money led by Insight Venture Partners in December of 2013.
Embedded Image
Demandbase, Inc
Demandbase is the leading targeting and personalization company for B2B. The Demandbase B2B Marketing Cloud is the only subscription-based ad targeting and web personalization solution that enables marketers to connect campaigns directly to revenue. Demandbase makes it possible for businesses to deliver personalized ads targeting specific businesses across the web, and then tailor the messages on their websites to convert these companies to customers. The company bagged $15M in financing led by Greenspring Associates in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
Docker, Inc
Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. The company landed $15M in venture money led by Greylock Partners in January of 2014.
Embedded Image
Dropbox
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer. The company received $500M in funding in April of 2014.
Embedded Image
Eventbrite
Eventbrite is an online events marketplace where tens of thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations of all sizes manage, promote and sell out their events. With over five million registrations to date and over ten thousand new events published every month, Eventbrite received $60M in financing in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
Flite
Flite is an online advertising technology company based in San Francisco, CA. The platform allows brands, agencies and publishers to create ads that are as dynamic as the Web. Flite has raised $23M in venture funding in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
Flux Factory, Inc.
Flux provides collaborative design software for the building design and construction industry. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in San Francisco, Flux is backed by DFJ, Borealis Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, and industry partners. Flux’s mission is to spread design knowledge and improve the accessibility of design tools in order to help meet the world’s demand for durable, sustainable buildings. The company received $8M in financing led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Fundbox
Fundbox is a small business solution designed by a small business. It was built by a group of technological innovators and financial professionals with the mission of helping small businesses grow, become independent and achieve their full potential. Fundbox got a hold of $17.5M in venture money led by Khosla Ventures in April of 2014.
Embedded Image
Gigwalk
Gigwalk is a mobile work marketplace designed to help businesses mobilize people so they can get field work done. Gigwalk has become the leader in delivering a mobile workforce by connecting employers looking for part-time, temporary workers to thousands of qualified, smartphone enabled people who are eager to do field work and earn a second paycheck through Gigwalk’s mobile app. The company got a hold of $10.1M in funding in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Hired
Hired is the first two-sided marketplace created specifically for Engineers, Data Scientists, Designers and Product Managers who are overwhelmed with job opportunities. We believe recruiting should be transparent, unbiased, and that the talent should be in control. The company has raised $15M in funding led by Crosslink Capital in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
IfOnly
IfOnly is an online charitable marketplace that aims to delight and inspire by offering one-of-a-kind experiences with the world’s top luminaries in the fields of food, wine, golf, tennis, music, entertainment, sports and more. A portion of the proceeds from each sale benefits a cause of the luminary’s choosing. IfOnly bagged $12M in funding led by New Enterprise Associates in October of 2013.
Embedded Image
Imgur LLC
Imgur is the home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing. The company collected $40M in financing led by Andreessen Horowitz in April of 2014.
Embedded Image
Indiegogo
Indiegogo is the largest global crowdfunding platform. We empower people to fund what matters to them. Since 2008, Indiegogo has enabled people to launch campaigns in 200 countries across the world in areas spanning creative, cause and entrepreneurial projects. Indiegogo received $40M in funding led by Institutional Venture Partners in January of 2014.
Embedded Image
Insightly Inc
Insightly provides customer relationship management software to small businesses worldwide. Small businesses leverage Insightly’s cloud-based application to manage customer interactions, opportunities, proposals and projects over the web and on mobile devices. Insightly continues to grow globally and is available on the web at Insightly.com. The company has raised $10M in financing in September of 2013.
Embedded Image
KAIZEN platform Inc
Startups including Kenji Sudo has led the department of ad technology as the youngest executive in recruitment, experienced members was founded. Provide developed to promote the improvement of Web service "planBCD". planBCD is the ideal service for all customers who want to improve the performance of their website w/o high price tags. The company received $5M in funding led by Fidelity Growth Partners Japan in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
Kamcord
Kamcord is the first mobile gameplay recording and sharing technology. Kamcord’s free SDK is changing the way players experience and share their favorite games. The company collected $7.1M in financing led by TransLink Capital in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Lacoon Security
Lacoon was founded in 2011 by experts from mobile cyber security and defense industries. They saw that mobile devices were being used to access and store more and more personal and corporate information and there was an uptick in attacker activity targeting those devices that posed significant risks to security. Lacoon Security received $8M in financing in October of 2013.
Embedded Image
Layer
Layer is the open communications layer for the Internet, enabling the power of messaging, voice and video calling in any mobile or web product. The Layer team is full of developers and designers passionate about enabling people to communicate better across all the products they use. The company has raised $14.5M in financing in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Leap Motion
Leap Motion provides a revolutionary new way for people to play, create, explore and learn with their computers. Leap Motion's proprietary technology, invented by co-founder David Holz, can track the in-air movement of both hands and all 10 fingers with incredible accuracy and no visible latency. The company received $25M in funding led by Highland Capital Partners in June of 2013.
Embedded Image
Life360
Life360 offers consumers a way to manage their full range of safety and security needs all in one place. Services range from identity theft protection, to lost item recovery, medical identification, and family tracking. The company has raised $50M in financing led by ADT in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
LiquidM Inc
LiquidM is the only white-labeled Mobile Advertising Management Platform which allows media buyers to optimize their processes across the full range of premium to performance advertising. LiquidM provides a business model-agnostic core to manage and optimize their mobile advertising campaigns. The company got a hold of $5M in funding led by Blumberg Capital in October of 2013.
Embedded Image
Lithium Technologies
Lithium's Community Management Tool Set comprises an extensive suite of tightly integrated technologies that deliver a seamless experience to users. These technologies are the fruit of years of online community building experience based on customer feedback. The company collected $50M in funding led by New Enterprise Associates in September of 2013.
Embedded Image
Loggly
Loggly provides log aggregation, storage, search, alerting, and reporting in a SaaS model for companies who maintain Web based applications. Loggly provides developers with a simple, intuitive, Web based UI, from which they can quickly search large numbers of log files. Loggly received $10.5M in financing led by Trinity Ventures in September of 2013.
Embedded Image
Lookout, Inc
Lookout builds security software that protects people, businesses and networks from mobile threats. With the world's largest mobile threat dataset and the power of 45 million devices, Lookout proactively prevents fraud, protects data and defends privacy. Lookout received $55M in funding led by Deutsche Telekom in October of 2013.
Embedded Image
MemSQL
MemSQL is a next generation database that removes the most common bottleneck most applications hit today: disk. By offering a familiar relational interface to an in-memory data tier, MemSQL empowers developers with the technology web-scale companies use to cope with massive traffic and growth. MemSQL has raised $35M in venture money led by Accel Partners in January of 2014.
Embedded Image
Message Bus
Message Bus provides a cloud-native application service for enabling and powering messaging across email and mobile channels, helping to ensure deliverability of critical communications, transactional messages, and marketing messages. The company got a hold of $4M in financing led by True Ventures in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Netpulse
Netpulse provides an innovative interactive media platform for fitness centers and active lifestyle consumers. The Netpulse platform enables a customizable entertainment experience that offers live HDTV, on-demand video and music, iPod/iPhone connectivity, personalized workout data and more. The company got a hold of $15.6M in financing led by August Capital in July of 2012.
Embedded Image
New Relic
New Relic is a software analytics company that makes sense of billions of metrics about millions of applications in real time. Our comprehensive SaaS-based solution provides one powerful interface for web and native mobile applications and consolidates the performance monitoring data for any chosen technology in your environment. The company received $100M in funding led by BlackRock in April of 2014.
Embedded Image
News Republic
Mobile Republic brings the cure to “infobesity”: Its smart apps and services are largely available on smartphones and tablets, and take best advantage of the proprietary TagNav semantic technology, that can create a personalized stream of news tailored to the preferences of the individual reader. The company received $6M in funding led by Intel Capital in October of 2013.
Embedded Image
Nexmo Inc
Nexmo is a Low Cost Messaging API service that solves the problems faced by companies and App Developers delivering Application-to-Person SMS. Problems include high cost, low deliverability, limited analytics, complex protocols, and non-transparent conditions. Nexmo landed $18M in funding led by Sorenson Capital in January of 2014.
Embedded Image
OpenDNS
OpenDNS is the leading provider of free security and infrastructure services that make the Internet safer through integrated Web content filtering, anti-phishing and DNS. OpenDNS services enable consumers and network administrators to secure their networks from online threats, reduce costs and enforce Internet-use policies. OpenDNS has raised $35M in funding led by Greylock Partners in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Optimizely, Inc
Optimizely is the fastest growing website optimization platform in the world. Over 2,000 enterprises have adopted Optimizely’s platform including Starbucks, Disney, Salesforce, eBay, and Crate&Barrel. Optimizely enables marketers to make better data-driven decisions through A/B and multivariate testing. Optimizely got a hold of $57M in financing led by Andreessen Horowitz in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Path
Path is the personal social network that is the best way to share life and stay connected with family and friends. By focusing on beautiful design and experience, Path is 5-star rated and loved by millions of people. The company has raised $25M in venture money in January of 2014.
Embedded Image
Payward
Fortune favors the bold — and fortune also favors robust technology, rock-solid security, and a proactive approach to regulatory compliance. Payward combines years of experience in the virtual goods and currency markets with a highly skilled engineering team and a host of carefully cultivated banking and finance relationships. The company landed $5M in financing led by Hummingbird Ventures in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
Pinterest
Pinterest is a tool for discovering things you love, and doing those things in real life. Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp and Paul Sciarra co-founded our site in March 2010. Since then, we’ve helped millions of people pick up new hobbies, find their style and plan life’s important projects. Pinterest has raised $200M in funding in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Postmates Inc
Postmates is transforming the way local goods move around a city by enabling anyone to get any product delivered in under one hour. Postmates' revolutionary urban logistics & on-demand delivery platform connects customers with local couriers, who purchase and deliver goods from any restaurant or store in a city. The company received $16M in funding led by Spark Capital in February of 2014.
Embedded Image
Practice Fusion
Practice Fusion addresses the complexities and critical needs of today's healthcare environment by providing a free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) application to physicians. The company got a hold of $15M in financing led by Qualcomm Incorporated in December of 2013.
Embedded Image
RainStor Inc
RainStor was founded in 2004 with a team of engineers who conceived the underlying technology as part of an R&D team at The UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD). Today this same team forms the core of RainStor’s talented engineering organization, which has developed the portfolio of patented intellectual property that underlies today’s RainStor solution. The company received $12M in funding led by Credit Suisse and Rogers Venture in October of 2012.
Embedded Image
Respect Network Corporation
Founded in 2011 and now a coalition of 50 Founding Partners, the Respect Network is the world’s first global private network of personal and business clouds. Its purpose is to empower members anywhere in the world to safely share sensitive private data over trusted private connections just as easily as they can share data publicly on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ today. The company has raised $3.4M in funding in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
SalesPredict Inc
SalesPredict helps companies increase revenues by identifying who their best potential prospects really are and providing information and purchase signal insights that accelerate sales cycles and improve conversion rates. SalesPredict got a hold of $4.1M in funding led by Yandex in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Scality
Scality is an industry leader in enterprise-class, petabyte-scale storage. The company was founded in 2009 to introduce a revolutionary software-defined storage platform that could easily manage exponential data growth, ensure high availability, deliver high performance and reduce operational cost. Scality’s award winning scale-out storage solution, the Scality RING, is based on patented object storage technology and operates seamlessly on any commodity server hardware. Scality bagged $22M in funding led by Menlo Ventures in July of 2013.
Embedded Image
Scandit Inc
Scandit is the leading platform to maximize operational performance and drive new revenue streams via enterprise-grade barcode scanning, OCR and data capture software for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices across the retail, manufacturing and logistics industries. The company got a hold of $5.5M in funding led by Hybrus in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
Secret, Inc.
Secret is a new way to share what you’re thinking and feeling with your friends, anonymously. Write anything that’s on your mind, free of judgment. Make your words stand out by adding a photo or color backdrop. The company landed $8.6M in funding led by Google Ventures in March of 2014.
Embedded Image
Sharethrough Inc
Sharethrough is a software company that powers in-feed advertising for brands and publishers. The Sharethrough Advertising Exchange (STX), which is the world's first exchange built for the modern Internet, allows Fortune 1000 brands and their agencies to drive engagement towards meaningful brand content on premium websites. The company landed $17M in funding led by Elevation Partners in January of 2014.
Embedded Image
Sinch
Sinch is a making communications tools accessible to mobile developers for any app. Sinch can implement free calling, messaging, group messaging, SMS and call termination all within their own app. The company received $12M in funding led by Index Ventures in May of 2014.
Embedded Image
Sojern
Sojern is the world’s leading data-driven traveler engagement platform that delivers the most efficient marketing, distribution, monetization and insight solutions at scale. Sojern has raised $10M financing led by Triangle Peak Partners in December of 2013.
Embedded Image
SonicMule, Inc
Smule started out by creating apps for people who wanted to make music. Our goal was to make them fun, easy to use and super easy to share with friends. Smule has become like one big global recording studio – where anyone can walk in and use our technology to make music – no equipment, prior training or physical proximity necessary. The company received $16.6M in funding led by Roth Capital Partnersin April of 2014.
Embedded Image
Splice Machine
Based in San Francisco, Splice Machine provides the only Hadoop RDBMS. It is designed to scale real-time applications using commodity hardware without application rewrites. Our goal is to provide companies with a high-performance, massively scalable database for applications that doesn’t require you to compromise SQL support, secondary indexes, joins, and transactions. Splice Machine received $15M in funding led by InterWest Partners in February of 2014.