Lead411 launches "Hottest Silicon Valley Companies" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - May 25, 2010 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Silicon Valley, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Silicon Valley Companies" awards.

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 1600 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 69.

"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... specifically in the Bay Area"

How the Winners were Chosen
First, all companies must by in either the Software, Wireless, Internet, or Media industry, have less than $100M in yearly revenues, and be within Silicon Valley area. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

  • ** 100% increase in revenues over the past 3 years; OR
  • ** $15M+ in funding in the past 2 years; OR
  • ** 2X traffic gains to their website in the past 12 months AND over 1M unique visitors a month.

About Lead411

Lead411 provides information, news, company lists, 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. The company just launched a marketing blog that focuses on sales & marketing news and tips.



3marketeers Advertising, Inc
With affiliates in Tokyo, London, and headquarters in Silicon Valley, 3marketeers was founded in an entrepreneurial spirit, blending creativity and technology to create measurable results. It remains a privately held concern today, reflecting our core values. Although a 20 year old company, 3marketeers tripled revenues in the past 3 years.

AcademixDirect
As the leading innovator in education marketing, AcademixDirect is a trusted partner in creating tailored solutions for improving university enrollment. AcademixDirect strives to innovate better ways to connect college-bound students with the schools that will help them succeed. The company recently received $10M in financing in 2009 and yearly revenues are now at $8M+.

AdMob
AdMob is the world's largest mobile advertising marketplace. Founded in 2006, AdMob allows advertisers to reach their customers on the mobile Web and publishers to increase the value of their mobile sites. AdMob offers both advertisers and publishers the ability to target and personalize advertising to their customers in 150 countries. AdMob got a hold of $15.7M in venture money in October of 2008.

Agito Networks
Agito Networks, Inc. is the technology leader in the enterprise mobility space. Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative platform for mobilizing business voice and data applications using RF-based, location-aware technologies and patent-pending algorithms. Agito has increased revenues by over 100% in the past 3 years.

Altierre Corporation
Altierre Corp., a leading provider of digital signage and pricing solutions for retailers, provides single-platform hardware, software and other IT solutions that enable RF-based applications. Altierre s ultra low power long-range wireless technology enables wireless pricing solutions and sensor network applications such as automated temperature monitoring. The company has received $30M in venture financing in the past two years.

Amobee Inc
Amobee is the first company to deliver a unified, telco-grade system for funding mobile content and communications through advertising revenues.Amobee has launched a new media system for ad-funding the entire mobile content and communication business. Amobee pocketed $22M in a venture round in August in 2008.

Arcot Systems
Arcot Systems, Inc., is the leading provider of authentication solutions for securing identity in Internet-scale, transactional and wireless environments. Only Arcot provides cost-effective, scalable, software solutions based on the ArcotID(TM) Software Smart Card for strongly authenticating users and transactions for payment systems, Web-based email, Web portals and Virtual Private Networks. Arcot picked up $23M in new money in June of 2008.

Black Arrow Inc
BlackArrow was founded with the express purpose of helping programmers, agencies, and operators capitalize on the new advertising and revenue opportunities made possible by on-demand TV technologies, such as the digital video recorder, video-on-demand, and broadband video. The next generation of TV ads will be dynamic, targeted, and interactive.They will be delivered over a variety of platforms including DVR,VOD,broadband,and mobile.BlackArrow pocketed $20M in a venture round in October of 2008.

Booyah Inc.
Booyah, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., is dedicated to creating new forms of entertainment to the masses by bringing together elements of the real world and the digital world. The company's app, MyTown has grown its users by 8X since last December. They now have 2.2M users and over 1M visitors a month.

Box.net, Inc
Founded in 2005, Box.net provides Cloud Content Management for over four million users and companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Box.net's dynamic, flexible content management and collaboration solution empowers users to access and share content online, and gives IT professionals unprecedented visibility into how content moves within their organizations and beyond. Box.net landed $15M last month , has grown its revenue by 500% in 2009, and has doubled its traffic in the past 12 months.

Carrier IQ
Carrier IQ is unique in the wireless industry because we're the only company embedding diagnostic software in the phone. And, we're the only ones who add the "IQ" or smarts to the data we collect. It's what we like to call Actionable Intelligence—information and analysis you can use to both identify problems and more importantly, solve them.Carrier IQ got a hold of $20M in venture money in January of 2009.

Chegg Inc
Chegg, whose name is a combination of "chicken" and "egg," was conceived out of the founders' frustration with the used book-buying policies at their university bookstore - which would pay students a fraction of the cover price and then resell used text books at a large markup.The company collected $112M in funds in November of 2009.

Clarizen Inc
Clarizen is a leading global provider of collaborative online project management software that allows businesses to easily manage all of their projects and resources in a single environment. In 2009, Clarizen's revenues jumped 400% and they expect that rate to increase in 2010 too. The company received $8M in financing last December.

Cooliris
Cooliris was founded in January 2006 with a simple mantra: "Think beyond the browser". They focus on creating products that make discovering and enjoying the Web more exciting, efficient, and personal. The company has increased its traffic by 5X in the past 12 months.

Cuill, Inc
Cuill Inc. is a startup company that is pioneering a new approach to Search. For each query, Cpedia algorithmically summarizes and clusters the ideas on the web and uses this to generate a report. The company received $25M in April of 2008 from Madrone.

DeviceAnywhere
Founded in 2003, DeviceAnywhere is the Ultimate Mobile Testing Platform, serving over 2000 organizations worldwide. Our award winning solutions deliver unparalleled benefits to our customers in reduced operational costs, faster time-to-market, higher quality products, and increased consumer satisfaction – all of which lead to increased mobile revenue and profits. The company's traffic has ballooned recently and they have tripled their revenue to be over $15M in yearly revenues.

eMeter Inc
eMeter is a software products and implementation services company serving the utility market place. We understand that today’s utility is as much as a part of the information economy as it is the economy of power generation and delivery. It is information that drives capital expenditure, pricing, operations, and maintenance decisions. eMeter pocked $32M in 2009 from Sequoia Capital.

Ephox
Ephox develops enterprise-class solutions for authoring content for business websites, wikis and blogs. The company’s technology is licensed by leading web content management vendors including EMC|Documentum, IBM, Oracle, and Percussion. The company generates over $4M in yearly revenues.

Facebook, Inc
When it comes to social networking, college students tend to put their best face forward. Online directory Facebook connects people through social networks at schools. Students post photos and information about themselves through online profiles published on Facebook.com. Facebook received $150M in additional financing in 2009 valuing the company at roughly $6.5B. According to Experian Hitwise, Facebook's traffic topped Google's 1 week in March.

Flock, Inc.
Flock delivers the only browser designed to enhance the active online social user’s experience and liberate them from the complexities of managing multiple social networks, web mail, media, news feeds and blogs. With Flock, they can instantly discover, enjoy and share the relationships and content they are passionate about. Flock got a hold of $15M in venture money in May of 2008.

FreeWheel
FreeWheel offers the most formidable system for digital video ad management and monetization. Built from the ground up by a handful of former DoubleClick executives, FreeWheel’s solution set arms content owners and distributors with the tools and services they need to make the most money possible from video content. FreeWheel landed $16.5M in venture funding in April of 2010.

Friendster Inc
With more than 30 million members, Friendster is the best way to stay in touch with your friends and it's the fastest way to discover the people and things that matter to you most. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Friendster aims to make the world a smaller place by bringing the power of social networking to every aspect of life, one friend at a time. Friendster received $20M from IDG Ventures in 2008.

Genius Incorporated
Genius.com is the No. 1 provider of social marketing automation, sales lead management and demand generation solutions that enable both marketing and sales users to quickly identify and connect with their best prospects, without IT. In the past 3 years, the company has increased revenues by over 300%.

Glam Media, Inc
Glam Media is the fastest-growing fashion and lifestyle Web property targeting women worldwide. Glam Media currently has more than 80 million unique visitors a month and is the #1 women's Web property(top 10 overall property), as measured by comScore Media Metrix. Glam Media allows people to easily browse content by channels- fashion, beauty, and lifestyle-from leading magazines, indie publishers, and consumers. Glam Media picked up $50M in new money in February of 2010 from Aeris Capital.

GlobalEnglish
GlobalEnglish Corporation provides the leading online service for English language learning and support to corporations and consumers. The service is designed to meet the English language needs of non-native English speakers for work, travel and everyday purposes. The company was recently listed in the Inc 5000 and now has over $30M in yearly revenues.

Goodmail Systems
Founded in May, 2003 by a team of industry veterans, Goodmail Systems has worked closely with mailbox providers and Internet service providers to develop Trusted-Class Email, a patented stamping solution that seeks to restore trust in email.Goodmail picked up $20M in new money in November of 2008.

HubPages
HubPages is the most rewarding place to publish, discover and interact with people who share your interests. Hubpages.com's traffic has more than doubled in the past 12 months and is one of the Top 100 sites according to Quantcast.

iControl Networks
Palo Alto-based iControl Networks is a software and services company providing mass market solutions for the home monitoring market. iControl Networks partners with service providers, Internet portals and telecommunication companies to bring its solutions to market. iControl picked up $23M in new money in July of 2009.

Imperva Inc
Imperva is the leader in next-generation web applications and database security solutions. Imperva SecureSphere™ family of products provides enterprises with a comprehensive and essential solution for detecting, reporting and preventing application attacks. Led by Shlomo Kramer, co-founder of Check Point Software Technologies, the company was founded in 2002 by a group of Internet security experts. Imperva received $20M in venture financing in April of 2008.

Intacct
Intacct Corporation is the leading provider of online professional accounting solutions. The Intacct accounting system is designed for companies that need more than an entry-level PC-based accounting package but want an alternative to complex, IT-intensive client/server solutions. In addition to its core accounting functionality, the Intacct accounting system also includes Intacct Audit, co-developed with Deloitte & Touche. Intacct got a hold of $15M in venture money in April of 2008.

IntelePeer
IntelePeer provides fully managed, hosted, on-demand peering infrastructure to directly exchange voice traffic over IP or legacy TDM networks between any application and any telephony device. VoEx is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company landed $22M in venture funding in the past 2 years.

Jasper Wireless, Inc
Jasper Wireless is the world's first and only global M2M Mobile Operator. The company was created to offer simple, efficient and cost-effective communications solutions for the rapidly-growing machine-to-machine device market. The company has uniquely converged wireless technologies with Internet applications to design a solution unlike any other on the market in meeting the needs of global M2M application providers. Jasper just received $20M in funding last month.

Kickfire
Kickfire is an innovative company that has taken a dramatically different approach to achieving fast database query performance, developing the first easy-to-use and affordable high-performance analytic appliance for the MySQL data warehouse market. Kickfire got a hold of $20M in venture cash in 2008 from Greylock Partners, Accel Partners, and The Mayfield Fund.

Kineto Wireless
Kineto Wireless is developing indoor mobile services (IMS) solutions for wireless carriers. Kineto IMS solutions will enable wireless carriers to deliver high-quality mobile voice and data services, at very low cost, to subscribers within their homes and offices. As a result, subscribers can make their mobile phone their only phone, and wireless carriers can increase revenue, reduce churn and lower capital spending. Kineto Wireless landed $15.5M in venture funding in October of 2008.

Meebo Inc
Meebo is a website for instant messaging from absolutely anywhere. Whether you're at home, on campus, at work, or traveling foreign lands, hop over to www.meebo.com on any computer to access all of your buddies (on AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, and Jabber) and chat with them, no downloads or installs required, for free! Meebo received $25M in 2008 from JAFCO and Time Warner.

Merced Systems
Merced Systems is the customer operations performance management leader providing solutions for contact centers, channel, field service, and back office operations. Proven in the largest, most complex organizations, Merced Systems ' applications have been designed from the ground-up specifically for customer operations. The company's yearly revenues have tripled in the past three years.

Mikojo
Mikojo is a leading provider of search services and technology. Mikojo improves the search experience for consumers by providing mechanisms for users to specify search queries that integrate multiple data sources on the Internet. Based in Foster City, with offices also located in Australia, Mikojo has a rich history of technology innovation in data integration and Internet search, embodied in a growing IP portfolio. The company collected $23M early this year from Atlas Investment Corporation.

NetBase Solutions, Inc
NetBase delivers social media understanding tools that are changing the way market researchers and brand managers at Fortune 1,000 companies are discovering consumer insight. Their next-generation semantic technology reads sentences to surface insights from billions of sources on the Web and in internal content. NetBase is working with 5 of the top 10 CPG companies, company revenue was up year over year by 300% in 2009 and their website traffic was up almost 1300% in March 2010 in comparison to March 2009.

Nimsoft Inc
Nimsoft is a premier provider of system, network and service level management software. Its solution enables service providers or corporate enterprises to easily monitor and manage IT environments and create customer or business-centric portals for up to the minute service level reporting. The company got a hold of $12M in venture money in October 2008 and their revenues in 2009 has more than doubled its 2007 revenues.

Ning Inc
Founded in October 2004, Ning is an online platform that empowers people to create and discover new social experiences for the most important people and interests in their life. Anyone can sign up to create, discover, or join new social networks on the Ning Platform. Ning landed $15M in venture funding in July of 2009. With over one million social networks on the Ning Platform, the company provides the largest number of unique social networks on the Internet today.

oDesk Corporation
oDesk enables buyers of services to hire, manage, and pay technology service providers from around the world. Buyers choose oDesk for top global talent, comprehensive management tools, and a flexible hourly payment model. The company took $15M in financing in 2008 and now has over $35M in yearly revenues.

Pano Logic
Founded in 2006, Pano Logic develops virtualization-based software and hardware solutions that deliver superior desktop computing. Pano Logic is headquartered in Menlo Park, California and has an office in Toronto, Canada. The company received $20M from Mayfield in February of this year.

ParAccel, Inc
ParAccel, Inc. is the proven leader in analytic DBMS performance and price/performance. The ParAccel Analytic Database combines patent-pending innovations with a columnar, compressed, massively parallel, all-in-memory-capable architecture and is available as a virtual or packaged appliance on standard hardware from all major vendors. The company collected $22M from Menlo Ventures and has customers like OfficeMax and IBM.

PBworks Inc
PBworks is the world's largest provider of hosted business and educational workspaces. We host over one million, serve millions of users per month, and 96% of PBworks business users would recommend PBworks to a friend. The company recently received a small amount of funding and has doubled its traffic in the past 12 months.

Playdom, Inc
Playdom is a leading social gaming company—and the largest game developer on MySpace. Playdom is committed to delivering the best possible player experience to its more than 20 million monthly active users. Playdom received $43M in financing in 2009 and has acquired a couple of companies since then.

PlaySpan Inc.
PlaySpan™ is game industry's first publisher-sponsored™ in-game commerce™ network. PlaySpan's patent-pending in-game search, commerce and micropayment technologies enable game publishers and developers to generate new revenues, acquire new users and extend the loyalty of existing users. Leading game providers and virtual world publishers have selected PlaySpan as their official marketplace for virtual goods commerce. PlaySpan landed $16.8M in venture funding in November of 2008.

Plimus, Inc
Plimus, Inc., a global e-commerce solutions provider, builds and manages online businesses for thousands of software publishers, web hosting companies and online retailers. Plimus helps companies and publishers of all sizes maximize online revenues and reduce the costs and risks of running an e-commerce operation.The company pocketed $18M in a venture round in July of 2008.

PSS Systems, Inc.
PSS Systems helps companies eliminate unnecessary legal risk, and discovery and data management costs. Its Atlas Suite is the recognized leader in legal information governance with customers like Abbott, BASF, BP, Citigroup, ConocoPhillips, First Data, GE, Pfizer and Williams. Yearly revenues for PSS Systems increased 100% from 2006 to 2009.

Qik Inc
Qik’s focus is on developing the perfect mobile video platform, providing the highest quality of live video experience across all devices and networks. Add a new dimension to your online presence with streaming video. Become a reporter—get the scoop with backstage interviews with celebrities and experts. Even better, Qik lets you share the results live on any website. In the past 5 months, Qik's revenues have grown 100%.

RockYou
RockYou! creates and distributes the most popular self-expression widgets on the web. RockYou!'s viral accessories can be used to enhance the look and feel of any blog, personal website, and are used on social networks like MySpace, Bebo, or Facebook. RockYou! widgets include photo slideshows, glitter text and voicemail accessories that enable people to stand out on social networks. The company collected $50M from Softbank in November 2009.

Rosum
For enterprises and government entities that suffer from the limitations of GPS, Rosum provides seamless indoor/outdoor location technology that is rapid, available, and accurate. Rosum TV-GPS integrates signals from existing commercial TV towers with signals from GPS satellites to support positioning in all environments. Rosum landed $15M in venture funding in April of 2008.

Ruckus Wireless Inc
Formed in June 2004 and headquartered in Mountain View, California, Ruckus Wireless is a venture-backed wireless equipment supplier focused on the next generation of home networking. The company recently was listed in the Inc 5000 and now has over $32M in yearly revenues.

TellApart
Here’s how they work – ecommerce services share deep user data with TellApart, which then targets those consumers with advertising and other mechanism to get them to return to the site and buy more stuff. The company received $4.75M in April in 2010 and has more than doubled its traffic in the past 12 months.

Tiny Prints, Inc
Tiny Prints, Inc. is an online retailer of and software developer for the social stationery industry comprised of multiple brands. Tiny Prints provides simple, unique and modern stationery such as photo birth announcements and holiday cards to baby shower, birthday party and wedding invitations. The company collected $59M in funds in May of 2008 from Summit Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures.

Trancos Inc
Trancos is a leading marketing media company that has delivered millions of customers on a pay-for-performance basis to small, medium and large businesses worldwide. The company developed proprietary adserving optimization technology across its network to help clients create relationships with new customers and partners. The company has almosted quadrupled its revenue in the past three years.

Transera Communications Inc
Transera Communications, is a global force in borderless customer care. Transera offers a new breed of call management software that enables multiple enterprises to collaborate in providing customer care across organizational, geographical and technological boundaries. Transera got a hold of $17M in venture money in March of 2009.

Trion World Network Inc
Trion World Network, Inc. is the publisher and developer of games and original entertainment for the broadband era. Trion provides groundbreaking new capabilities and content to revolutionize global entertainment by combining the best elements of online, gaming, and traditional media. The company collected a large $70M in funds in September of 2008.

Tumri Inc
Tumri was founded in 2004 with a vision to re-imagine online advertising for the interactive, user-driven Web. Founded by a team of technologists with deep experience in advertising, knowledge representation, genetic algorithms, scalable e-commerce, search engines and catalog/content management, Tumri’s mission is to enhance the power of online advertising and maximize revenue for publishers and advertisers everywhere. Tumri got a hold of $15M in venture money in June of 2009.

Turn Inc
Turn is a software and services company with the industry's only end-to-end platform for managing data-driven digital advertising with an infrastructure to support it. Turn's real-time media planning, buying, and optimization platform delivers the custom audiences the world's elite advertising agencies and brands want, at the scale they need, with unmatched performance and actionable analytics. The company landed $15M in financing in August of 2008.

Untangle, Inc
Untangle’s solutions –which focus on network security, safe messaging, and control of web usage– enable businesses to untangle their IT infrastructure. For businesses, whose employees depend on their computers and the Internet to get their work done, Untangle is a simpler and more affordable way to control network activity that reduces productivity, breaks computers, or steals data. They're billing around $200k/month, growing about 6% a month, so on track for doing over $2.5m this year. Last year they were earning less than half that.

Ustream TV
Ustream.TV is the live interactive video broadcast platform that enables anyone with a camera and an Internet connection to quickly and easily broadcast to a global audience of unlimited size. In less than two minutes, anyone can become a broadcaster by creating their own channel on Ustream or by broadcasting through their own site, empowering them to engage with their audience and further build their brand. This February, Ustream received a whopping $75M from Softbank.

Vendio Services, Inc.
Vendio lets you reach buyers where they are shopping, without forcing you to learn a different interface for each online channel. Whether you are a seasoned online sales veteran, or the next ecommerce success story, Vendio provides an ecommerce solution that makes it easy to build and run your online ecommerce business no matter where your buyers shop. The company has over $15M in yearly revenues.

Vindicia Inc
Vindicia offers an on-demand strategic billing solution for marketing and sales that manages subscriptions and one-time payments for online merchants. We work with some of the best-known brands on the Internet, including Symantec, Activision Blizzard, Intuit, and Atari/Cryptic. Their revenue growth over the last 3 years was over 250% and Vindicia anticipates 75% growth in GAAP revenues between 2009 and 2010.

VirnetX
VirnetX Holding Corporation, an Internet security software and technology company, is engaged in commercializing its patent portfolio, developed from work done for the Central Intelligence Agency, by developing a licensing program as well as developing software products designed to create a secure environment for real-time communication applications. Last week, the company went from $0 revenues to $115M revenues when they settled a patent infringement case with Microsoft.

Xactly Corporation
Xactly Corporation delivers on-demand sales compensation applications that enable companies to incent right and sell more. In today's spreadsheet paradigm, companies tend to simplify or unnecessarily complicate their incentive programs. Xactly pocketed $30M in a venture round in May of 2008 from Cheyenne Partners.

Yodlee
Leading financial institutions trust Yodlee to power critical online financial applications. Yodlee's personal financial management, payments, and customer acquisition solutions unify all personal financial account information to deliver a simple, centralized and secure source for consumers to manage all of their financial tasks anytime, anywhere. The company collected $35M in funds in June 2008.

Zazzle.Com, Inc
Zazzle is the leading customized products marketplace for consumer enthusiasts to share and celebrate their interests by creating apparel, posters, cards, stamps and more. Their website's traffic has doubled in the past 12 months.

Zong
Zong.com, home of Frictionless Mobile Payments! All you need to buy stuff online is your mobile number, a number you know by heart. We're commited to making sure your Zong experience is fast and frictionless, so let us know if you need a little help, or get some more details on how it all works. Zong received $15M in venture financing in April of 2010.

Zuora Inc
Zuora is cloud billing and commerce company founded to lead the next revolution in on demand. Built from the ground up by SaaS industry visionaries from salesforce.com, WebEx, Accenture, Postini (now Google), and Oracle, Zuora is 100% focused on building a billing and payments platform that makes launching, managing and growing subscription businesses easy. Zuora pocketed a total of $21M in a venture funding in 2008.
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