Lead411 launches "Hottest Texas Companies" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - June 22, 2010 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Texas, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Texas Companies" 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 1500 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 71.

"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."

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, be a privately held organization, and be within the state of Texas. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

  • ** 100% increase in revenues over the past 3 years; OR
  • ** Over $3M 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, 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.



7 Billion People Inc
7 Billion People is committed to changing the Internet by personalizing the web experience for every individual. Our company is based in Austin, Texas and is comprised of psychologists, behavioral scientists, information technology veterans and a bunch of brilliant, energetic software engineers. 7 Billion People got a hold of $3M in venture money in February of 2009.

Adlucent
At Adlucent, we're passionate about streamlining online conversions by providing a cohesive marketing and shopping experience. Our three-step process to online marketing ensures the highest return on your investment and a better online experience for your customers. Adlucent has recently increased its yearly revenues by 6X.

Aztec Systems, Inc.
An award-winning solutions company, Aztec Systems is in its 17th year of providing high-impact business solutions to over 700 middle-market companies, nationally and internationally. We have achieved the highest standards in our industry, including securing five U.S. Patents, filing 12 patents for research and development. The Company has doubled its revenues in the past 3 years.

Bandspeed
Bandspeed is the leader in embedded radio-frequency (RF) interference detection, classification, avoidance and management solutions, providing integrated circuits, firmware and software to OEMs to integrate spectrum analysis into their solutions. Bandspeed is privately held and headquartered in Austin, Texas. Bandspeed picked up $4.5M in new money in August of 2009.

Bazaarvoice
Bazaarvoice develops outsourced technology, services, analytics, and expertise to encourage and harness word-of-mouth marketing and bring it closer to a company’s brand and customer experience. The company is privately held with venture capital funding from Austin Ventures. Bazaarvoice received $8M in venture financing in March of 2009.

Bigfoot Networks Inc
Bigfoot Networks is developing technology that will give online gaming a much needed boost. Online twitch gamers will appreciate better pings, and Massively Multiplayer Online Gamers will notice less Lag such as no more rubber-banding, no more warping, no more ‘freezing’. The days of Slash-Slash-Pause are over, your games will run “Faster than Life”™. Bigfoot got a hold of $8M in venture money in November of 2009.

Boundless Network
One of the few venture-backed promotional product distributorships in the industry, Boundless Network is investing in technology to transform a highly fragmented industry and create efficiencies across every aspect of the supply chain. As a result, Boundless Network's platform offers innovation in business process solutions directly impacting companies that purchase promotional products. The Company received $8.5M in venture financing in February of 2009.

Click Forensics, Inc
The problem of unwanted clicks is a real problem. Publications from the Wall St. Journal to Inc. magazine to Barron’s have discussed and debated this issue in great detail over the last year. The reality is that click fraud is not going away on its own. Click Forensics, Inc. was formed to address this issue at the highest level. Click Forensics is focused on developing an industry solution to this growing problem. Let me take a moment to share our point of view. The Company picked up $6M in new money in April of 2010.

Conformity
Conformity is the provider of the first enterprise-class management and governance platform for cloud applications. Conformity enables organizations to centrally manage on-demand applications, users and data, reducing security and compliance risks and operational costs associated with SaaS and cloud applications. The company collected $3M in funds in June of 2010.

CSIdentity
CSIdentity is the technology leader in providing identity theft protection services to the American public. The Austin, Texas-based company offers a comprehensive suite of business and personal security solutions targeting all aspects of identity theft. CSIdentity got a hold of $35M in venture money in January of 2010 from Investcorp.

Digby
Digby is passionate about building compelling mobile commerce solutions for leading retailers around the world. The Digby Mobile Commerce Suite is a fully managed, SaaS solution giving retailers the ability to engage and sell to customers on the go. Our combination of on-device, rich application and mobile web storefronts creates a best of breed offering that provides retailers everything they need for a complete mobile channel strategy. Digby received $5.5M in venture financing in October of 2008 from the Blackberry Partners Fund.

ECi Software Solutions
ECi Software Solutions is a leading provider of "best in industry" business management and e-commerce systems software for growing and midsize companies. The company has boomed in the past few years and now has over $80M in yearly revenues.

Ellipse Inc
Ellipse Communications, Inc. was born when a team of technical experts were recruited and successfully persuaded to buy in to the vision. They went to work, and by the end of that year APTPages.com, Ellipse's first product, was introduced to the property management industry. The Company has recently doubled its revenues in the past 3 years.

Encomia
Founded in 1999, Encomia provides an integrated solution that electronically consolidates the entire lending process. Our scalable software and web-based applications enable banks, builders and document custodians to quickly become eLending ready. Encomia has increased its yearly revenues in the past 3 years by 6 times.

Famecast
Homegrown in Austin, Texas, the live music capitol of the world, FameCast was founded in 2006 as an online music talent competition giving independent artists a path to national exposure and major industry opportunities. The company got a hold of $5M in venture money in two rounds over the past two years.

Fellowship Technologies
Fellowship Technologies provides solutions that help dynamic churches of any size or denomination to be more effective in ministry, more efficient in administration, with the essential information to make decisions. The company has more than doubled its revenues in the past few years.

GlobeRanger
GlobeRanger provides solutions that enable real-time decision making across the supply chain, generating cost savings, productivity gains and efficiency improvements. Using a combination of wireless technology and application software, GlobeRanger solutions capture accurate and actionable information in real-time, enforce business rules, distribute business intelligence to key operating personnel for immediate and proactive decision making, and facilitate interaction with enterprise systems. GlobeRanger received $8.3M in venture financing in March of 2009.

GodTube
GodTube.com is an online community delivering sermons, powerful personal testimonials, faith-based videos and a diverse array of content via the Internet, where users can upload, share, watch and comment on Christian content. GodTube.com has become one of the leading Christian online destinations of any kind, as well as one of the largest global providers of Christian programming. GodTube landed $30M in venture funding in May of 2008 from GLG Partners.

Goodman Networks, Inc
Goodman Networks is a national telecommunications services company providing engineering, deployment, integration and maintenance services to wireline and wireless carriers and OEMs. Goodman’s customers benefit from history of project success regardless of size, scope, location or complexity. The company collected $62M in funds in July of 2009 from The Stephens Group.

Gowalla Inc
Gowalla is a location-based mobile social network that inspires people to share their favorite places with friends around the world. Gowalla picked up $8.4M in new money in January of 2010 from Shasta Ventures and Maple Investments.

Heatwave Interactive
Founded in early 2007 by games industry veteran Anthony Castoro (EA, Sony Online Entertainment, Codemasters) and successful entrepreneur Donn Clendenon (MPG-Net, World Gaming Corporation, I-Sun Networks), Heatwave™ Interactive is an entertainment production company developing original and licensed games that crossover to film and television. The Company received $7.5M in venture financing in July of 2008 from Syncom Venture Partners.

Horizon Data Centers Solutions
Horizon operates a growing portfolio of top tier and SAS 70 audited data centers in Dallas, with expansion plans for Houston and both coasts to be implemented in 2009. Our partnerships with Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DRT) and our industry’s most knowledgeable real estate and technology experts ensure that our data centers achieve the standard that others aspire to. Horizon received $5M in venture financing in November of 2009.

HostGator.com, LLC
HostGator.com is a world leading provider of shared, reseller, and dedicated web hosting. Privately held and based in Houston, Texas, the company was founded in 2002 by current President and CEO Brent Oxley, who started the company from his dorm room at Florida Atlantic University. The company has almost increased its revenues by 10X since 2006.

Hyper 9
Hyper9 helps organizations discover virtual elements and relationships that are in a constant state of flux, restoring line of sight to the business for a "business-enabled" virtualization environment. The company collected $8M in funds in February of 2009 from Venrock.

HyPerformix
HyPerformix offers enterprise performance solutions to Global 2000 companies, enabling them to predict, optimize and validate end-to-end performance of mission-critical, enterprise applications and IT infrastructures. Our enterprise approach to performance management combines leading-edge predictive modeling and data analysis software technology, extensive performance-engineering expertise, and a proven performance-assurance methodology. HyPerformix picked up $3.8M in new money in March of 2009.

IndoorDIRECT
indoorDIRECT, named one of Adweek’s Top 10 DOOH media companies, owns and operates the Restaurant Entertainment Network in more than 1,000 Quick Serve Restaurants (QSR) such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Carl’s Jr. and Taco Bell across the nation’s top DMAs with more than 12 million dining room guests per month. indoorDIRECT raised $22.5M in venture money in February of 2009 from Syncom and Northwood Ventures and is in the process of expanding the reach of their network to several top DMAs including: Chicago, Philadelphia and New York.

InnerWireless
InnerWireless has assembled a hands-on team of professionals with depth of experience in wireless technology, RF engineering and marketing, as well as commercial real estate telecommunications services. InnerWireless received $10M in venture financing in the past 2 years.

Innography
Innography launched its intellectual property business intelligence software as a service (SaaS) platform in 2007. Headquartered in Austin, TX and privately held, Innography has quickly captured the attention of several prominent global companies that actively utilize Innography’s innovative technology to address critical business requirements related to strategic management of IP assets. Innography received $6.5M in venture financing in August of 2008

Invodo, Inc
Invodo’s culture is defined by people, passion, and pursuit. We look for bright, passionate, creative thinkers with diverse formative experience. As a team, we share a never-ending desire to improve what we do and how we do it. We seek out challenges, encourage the exchange of ideas, expect the best from our peers, and believe in a healthy balance of hard work with family and play. Invodo landed $6M in venture funding in July of 2009.

ISNetworld
ISNetworld is the global resource for connecting corporations with safe, reliable vendors from capital-intensive industries. ISN collects self-reported conformance information from vendors, verifies its accuracy, and then reports the results in an easy-to-follow format. The company as increased its revenues by 5X in the past 3 years.

Lanyon, Inc
Lanyon is the leading provider of content and spend management solutions to the travel, transportation and hospitality industries. We believe that our people are the reason we succeed. Many of them come from those industries and their knowledge, their focus and commitment is the intangible connection between our customers and our services. We believe in teamwork, innovation, accountability and integrity in everything we do. Lanyon landed $10M in venture funding in December of 2009 from Frontier Capital.

Layered Technologies Inc
Layered Technologies, Inc. is a leading global provider of on-demand hosting and utility computing solutions whose infrastructure powers millions of sites and Internet enabled applications including e-Commerce, Software as a Service (“SaaS”), content distribution and more. The company has more than tripled its revenues in the past three years and received venture funding in February of 2010.

LibreDigital
LibreDigital develops technology solutions for publishers that captivate readers across print, online and mobile platforms. Helping publishers market and control their valuable works across traditional and new digital formats, LibreDigital serves the world’s top firms in over 120 countries including HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette USA, Scholastic, The New York Times, USA Today, John Wiley & Sons and Simon & Schuster. LibreDigital picked up $8.1M in new money in May of 2010 from S3 Ventures.

Llesiant
Llesiant is committed to developing unique products for the day-to-day business development needs of lawyers in all practice areas. The company collected $4.34M in funds in March of 2009.

Mavenir Systems
Mavenir Systems, the True Convergence Company™, is headquartered in Richardson, Texas, with offices in Shanghai. The company provides technology and products that enable any type of service provider to offer any type of communications service to any device across existing infrastructure. Mavenir Systems received $17.5M in venture financing in December of 2008.

NetQoS
NetQoS optimizes the performance of the most demanding mission-critical networks. The company provides both software and networking services to help enterprise network managers improve performance and maximize their return on investment. NetQoS provides solutions to Fortune 1,000 corporations,including Schlumberger, WorldCom, ChevronTexaco and Compaq. NetQoS now has over $56M in yearly revenues.

nGenera
nGenera helps its customers become Next Generation Enterprises, On Demand. Today’s business conditions demand fundamentally new forms of enterprises: Next Generation Enterprises. The Next Generation Enterprise is intensely collaborative, constantly informed, technologically adept, analytically managed, innovative in strategy and execution, fast and flawless in accomplishing change. nGenera picked up $10M in new money in May of 2009.

One Technologies
Founded in 2000, One Technologies has emerged as a leader in strategic online advertising and marketing solutions that drive qualified digital customers to Web sites. It's a place where technology is driven by creativity and the free exchange of ideas. Where creativity is balanced by a rigorous ethic of testing and analysis. One Technologies has exploded in the past three years and now has over $50M in revenues.

PeopleAdmin Inc
PeopleAdmin was founded in late 2000 by Jeff Carpenter and Jack Long to reduce the cost, risk, and time spent managing human resources for government, higher education, and non-profit organizations. PeopleAdmin conducted hundreds of phone interviews with public sector human resource offices and found that the majority had yet to automate their most paper and staff intensive processes. PeopleAdmin has doubled its revenues in the past 3 years.

PetRelocation.com
PetRelocation.com offers door-to-door pet transport services, arranging safe, friendly domestic and international animal transportation for pets. PetRelocation.com has recently tripled its yearly revenues.

Petris Technology, Inc
Petris Technology is an eBusiness software development and services company focused on the needs of the energy and natural resource industries. The company has doubled its revenues in the past three years and has recently acquired ZEH Software.

Pivot3
Pivot3 was founded in 2003 on the idea that a revolutionary scale-out architecture would deliver large-scale, high-bandwidth storage using off-the-shelf hardware components combined with specialized software. Pivot3 got a hold of $29M in two rounds of funding this year.

PointOne
PointOne is a leading facilities based integrated services provider that delivers enhanced communications products and services to the small and mid-size business and the enterprise market. Pointone landed $5.5M in venture funding in June of 2008.

PrintPlace.com
PrintPlace.com offers services to make your catalog design and printing process easier. We offer free templates for your own team to use. Simply download the size you need and begin creating your magazine. PrintPlace has recently increased its revenues by almost 4X and is now at $20M a year.

ProfitFuel Inc
ProfitFuel was founded on the premise that there is a fundamentally better way to build the next generation outbound call center. Our mission is to be the engine that drives sales growth for our clients. ProfitFuel has recently doubled its revenues.

ProspX Inc
ProspX was founded in 2005 by industry veterans that saw a unique opportunity to improve many of the inefficiencies that exist in today’s $500 billion dollar a year commercial insurance industry. Since its inception, ProspX has grown to become the industry leader in SaaS-based solutions for managing multi-party sales processes in the commercial insurance industry. ProspX picked up $6.5M in new money in December of 2008 from Adams Capital Management.

Quickoffice, Inc
Quickoffice is a world leader in providing mobile office document software for smartphones, allowing users to open, view and edit Microsoft Office fileswith complete document data integrity.The company's flagship product, Quickoffice Premier, continues to receive awards and recognition from industry analysts, the media and users alike. The company collected $3M in funds in May of 2008.

RenewData
Renew Data Corp, a privately held company, was formed in 2001 by combining the assets and expertise of two companies, DSTX Limited and Progressive Data Recovery. This combination brought together a group of highly accomplished legal and technology experts who recognized a growing legal need for fast retrieval of large volumes of electronic data to be used for evidence. Renew Data received $6.1M in venture financing in September of 2010.

RipCode Inc
RipCode is an innovative new equipment manufacturer focused on the convergence of Internet-based IP video and the need to re-purpose content amongst a variety of viewing mediums. RipCode will deliver high performance video processing equipment that abstracts the phyical barriers between content and new audiences. RipCode picked up $12.5M in new money in January of 2009 from Granite Ventures.

SailPoint Technologies, Inc
SailPoint Technologies, Inc. is a provider of enterprise software solutions that help large organizations more effectively fulfill compliance requirements, improve governance controls and manage business risks associated with critical information assets. SailPoint landed $6.5M in venture funding in August 2008.

Semantra Inc
Semantra is a pioneer in Natural Language and Semantics that is applied in a search and information access context that enables enterprises to quickly and easily retrieve precise, critical information from complex corporate databases through inquiries in the language of a user’s business. The Company landed $3M in venture funding in July of 2008.

Sipera Systems
Sipera Systems, founded in 2003, develops and licenses carrier-grade products that provide integrated, scalable, security and security management solutions for converged networks and services. Sipera is led by a team of seasoned technology and business executives from the industry's most successful companies. Sipera is headquarted in Richardson, Texas, with a development center in Hyderabad, India. Sipera Systems landed $10M in venture funding in May of 2010 from S3 Ventures.

Smiley Media
Smiley Media is an Austin-based internet advertising network that works with high-traffic, general-consumer websites to significantly increase the profitability of their ad space. Smiley Media has cranked up its revenues by 10X in the past few years.

SoftLayer
Founded in 2005, SoftLayer provides global, on-demand data center and hosting services from facilities across the U.S. We leverage best-in-class connectivity and technology to innovate industry-leading, fully automated solutions that empower enterprises with complete access, control, security, and scalability. With this insightful strategy and our peerless technical execution, we have created the truly virtual data center-and made traditional hosting and managed/unmanaged services obsolete. SoftLayer got a hold of $20M in venture money in September of 2009.

SolarWinds
SolarWinds is a leading provider of windows-based network management, network monitoring and network discovery software applications. More than 40,000 customers spanning the military, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and education institutions have chosen SolarWinds to reduce network downtime, manage network compliance and change and improve staff efficiency. SolarWinds has really increased its yearly revenues as of late and now has over $90M in revenues.

SouthPeak Interactive Corporation
SouthPeak Interactive, LLC develops and publishes interactive entertainment software for all current hardware platforms including: PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and PC. SouthPeak Interactive got a hold of $6.5M in venture money in May of 2008.

Spiceworks Inc
Founded by network and systems management software pioneers, Spiceworks develops the first free social IT management application that incorporates crowdsourcing to help over 830,000 businesses and 77,500 managed service providers (MSPs) simplify everything IT. The company collected $16M in funds in January of 2010 from Institutional Venture Partners.

StoredIQ, Inc.
StoredIQ is a leading provider of enterprise-class Intelligent Information Management solutions, enabling organizations to gain visibility and control over business-critical information to help meet their compliance, governance and legal discovery requirements. The company has venture funding from S3 Ventures, Techxas Ventures, and leading angel investors. The company collected $8M in funds in April of 2009.

Superior Global Solutions Inc
Superior Global is a nationwide supplier of technology and outsourced services for the medical documentation and coding industries. Our sophisticated technology streamlines the transcription and coding processes and identifies clinically relevant information from medical records, allowing our clients to reduce costs and better manage their revenue cycles. The company collected $6M in funds in October of 2009.

Surgient Inc
Surgient Networks is focused on fundamentally changing the economics of the data center. Surgient's eQualibrium architecture is the first to effectively converge the functionality of core networking, computing and storage technologies into a single, scalable, and open platform that offers multi-gigabit throughput capacity and customer defined resource control. The company recently increased its yearly revenues by 4X.

Technical Sales International LLC
Technical Sales International, LLC (TSI) is a leading provider of a wide range of innovative technology solutions and services for the construction industry that are designed to increase contractor profitability, productivity and consistency. The company has tripled its growth in the past few years.

Telligent
Telligent is a leader in enterprise-proven solutions for online communities and social networks. With a focus on implementing social computing solutions to facilitate collaboration and improve organizational efficiency, Telligent offers a social suite that services both public and internal-facing communities. Telligent landed $20M in venture funding in September of 2008 from Intel.

TengoInternet Inc
Austin-based TengoInternet Inc., which provides high-speed Internet access networks to campgrounds and hospitality businesses, has installed its service in two more states, including New Mexico. TengoInternet has recently increased its yearly revenues by over five times.

Texert, Inc
Texert customers utilize the flexible J-Port product to define, manage, and monitor risk throughout the corporate enterprise. J-Port provides a flexible GRC platform that supports policy and procedure management, operational loss events, risk and control management, as well as the ability to analyze and visualize the state of risk in your corporate enterprise. Texert landed $3M in venture funding in October of 2008.

The Planet
At The Planet, we work diligently to provide our stakeholders with the latest information about our company, our products and our services. Our goal is to communicate openly and regularly with the communities we serve. Whether you're our customer, a reporter, an industry analyst or you're simply interested in information about our company, you'll find The Planet's latest press releases, news stories and media coverage here. The Planet landed a whopping $45M from Wachovia in October of 2008.

Troux Technologies
Troux Technologies is the leading provider of IT Information Management solutions that deliver superior understanding of today's complex IT environments. Combining a proven odology with the Troux Blueprinting System, Troux captures and organizes actionable information about the IT environment in a central repository that is easily accessed and automatically kept up-to-date. Troux Technologies received $10M in venture financing in October of 2009 from Austin Ventures and Greylock Partners.

uControl Inc
Austin-based uControl was born of a desire to move home security beyond the stagnant offerings of traditional systems and into the future, with the hopes of giving consumers something they didn't even know they were missing - true connected security. uControl uniquely accommodates home security customers looking for technologically advanced, digital phone (VoIP)-compatible alternatives to more traditional alarm companies like Brinks and ADT. uControl received $3.9M in venture financing in May of 2010.

Uplogix, Inc
Uplogix is the leading provider of automated network support solutions. Uplogix was started by experienced IT professionals to bring about a revolutionary shift and improvement to how network infrastructure is managed. Networks have become mission-critical to business success. Yet as networks have grown to become more distributed and complex, management tools have not kept pace. Uplogix got a hold of $4.5M in venture money in October of 2009.

Virtual Bridges
Virtual Bridges is a privately-held software company headquartered in Austin, TX. The company was founded by open systems and enterprise infrastructure professionals with the mission to transform the way that organizations provision and manage desktops. The company collected $4M in funds in January of 2010.

WhiteFence
WhiteFence is a free service that helps people who are moving or looking to find the best deals on phone, Internet, television, electricity, natural gas and other home services. The company has doubled its revenues in the past 3 years and now has over $20M in revenues.

Xterprise Solutions, Inc
For over seven years Xterprise Incorporated has been a leader in the development of innovative enterprise-class RFID software applications. Xterprise has bumped up its revenues by 4X in the past few years.
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