Lead411′s Hottest Companies in Austin Awardees Revealed

The beautiful city of Austin, is the center of attention of Lead411 activity as the list of Hottest Companies in Austin have been rolled out.

Every year, the team at Lead411 goes through an extensive selection of business articles, press releases, company launches, funding news, and much more to spot the most innovative tech companies in a certain region. This particular list was narrowed down to 31 from a selection of 435 dynamic organizations.

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Most Business Friendly Cities for Technology Startups

Thumbtack just released the results of their small business survey.  They surveyed 7K+ small businesses around the country to find out which states and cities are the most small business friendly.   We wanted to know what that meant for tech companies and startups so we took their raw data and filtered it down by their industry category of Technology/Creative.  The top 10 cities/metros are listed below.

#1 Jacksonville, FL
Although a great spot for small business, Jacksonville is not home to many successful startups.  One successful exit is Vurv Technology who was acquired by Taleo for $128M. 

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#2 Denver/Boulder/Co Springs, CO
Not only is this state/metro small business friendly, it also has the accelerator TechStars which is helping the tech community in Boulder really grow. Other notable startups include NewsGator and Rally Software.
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#3 San Antonio, TX
San Antonio is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. While it doesn’t have as many startups as its neighboring Austin, it does have a large public tech company – Rackspace.

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#4 Minneapolis, MN
The Twin Cities Metro area is number 4 on the list. on2 Technologies was acquired by Google for $106 Million and Code 42 software hit #24 on our 2012 Tech 200 list with $18M+ yearly revenues.
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#5 Raleigh/Durham, NC
Research Triangle Park has had numerous startups come out of its region. Recent ones include Right View Technologies, ChannelAdvisor, and ReverbNation.

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#6 Cleveland, OH
Most people don’t think about Cleveland as being a startup hub, but they have a few… SageQuest, Sparkbase, and ExpenseWire was acquired late last year.

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#7 Orlando, FL
Orlando has had a few successful startups. Highwinds has raised over $100M in venture financing and Voxeo’s revenue in 2011 was above $60M.

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#8 Portland, OR
Portland has a thriving tech startup scene. JanRain recently received $33M from Salesforce and did almost $10M in 2012 revenues. Other startups include Act-On Software, iovation, and Cedexis.

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#9 Dallas, TX
Dallas has a surprisingly large amount of tech startups. It must have to do with its 6.4M metro population. Softlayer, Xtera, Match.com, Woot, Quickoffice, and RealPage.

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#10 Austin, TX
More and more companies have been moving and starting in Austin. Google and Apple have recently announced building new large facilities in Austin. In addition, there are just too many to mention. Some of the largest include HomeAway, BazaarVoice, SolarWinds, and RetailMeNot.

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Lead411 Recognizes Hottest Companies in San Francisco

The electricity in the exciting city of San Francisco goes up a few notches higher as Lead411 rolls out the list of the Hottest Companies in San Francisco.

This particular list is composed of the most innovative technology companies in the city, a result of the industrious daily scouring of more than 600 press releases, new office openings, business articles, and company launches by the Lead411 team. Out of the 3112 that were originally part of the list, it was condensed to the top 70.

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SevOne Looking at Further Product Development and More With $150M Investment Gained From Bain Capital

SevOne, an innovative IT management software provider,  is in for an impressive start of the year as they have recently acquired a staggering $150 million investment from Bain Capital.

This would be the company’s 6th consecutive year of posting phenomenal financial results, and they would be using this particular generous investment for further marketing and product development as well as international expansion.

The company’s CEO Michael Phelan and Vice President of Marketing Yama Habibzai came together to provide us with more information about the company and the recent investment through this e-interview with Lead411:

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