Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in San Francisco" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - March 1, 2011 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in San Francisco and the East Bay, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in the San Francisco" award.

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 2200 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 60.

"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 be in either the Software, Wireless, Internet, Hardware, or Media industry and be a privately held organization, and be within Southern California. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

  • ** 150% increase in revenues over the past 2 years and over $3M in yearly revenues; OR
  • ** Over $12M 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.

LoopNet Inc
LoopNet, a commercial real estate information services company, offers the largest commercial real estate listing, marketing and search service online, and attracts the largest community of commercial real estate professionals. LoopNet powers more than 1,300 commercial real estate web sites as an application service provider. The company landed $50M in venture money in March of 2009.

Livescribe Inc
Livescribe incorporated in January 2007 to develop & launch a new low-cost, mobile computing platform that connects the paper and digital worlds. Founded by Jim Marggraff, the inventor of paper-based computing (including the LeapPad & FLY Pentop), the company is designing innovative solutions that enhance personal productivity, learning, communication & creative expression for anyone that writes with pen & paper. Livescribe got a hold of $39M in venture funding from Crosslink Capital in September of 2010.

Cyan Optics Inc
Ever increasing demand for high-bandwidth real-time services from consumers and business, places continuous pressure on public networks. Communication Service Providers recognize that their networks need to change to meet their customers' expectations. Cyan builds advanced technology systems to meet the expectations placed on these networks. The company has raised $22M in funding led by Norwest Venture Partners in January of 2010.

MOG Inc. is a next-generation music media company founded in June 2005 by David Hyman, former CEO for Gracenote. MOG's all-you-can-eat, on-demand listening service provides access to a vast library of over 10 million songs and over one million albums through its mobile apps on iPhone and Android phones, online, and on streaming entertainment devices. MOG has raised $14.5M in funding led by Menlo Ventures in the past two years.

Aravo Solutions Inc
Aravo was founded in February 2000 to bring order to the complex, chaotic world of enterprise supplier information management. We have remained focused on this singular goal for nearly a decade, and today we are the market leader in this growing, important field. Aravo's mission is to solve complex, expensive problems for our clients without introducing unnecessary complexity and expense in doing so. The company got a hold of $27M in financing from Cisco in December of 2009.

Delivery Agent, Inc
Delivery Agent, Inc., (www.deliveryagent.com) is the leader in shopping enabled entertainment and measurement for television shows, movies, sports, and music videos. Delivery Agent created the market for shopping enabled entertainment by redefining how products Just Seen On™, or related to entertainment content are catalogued, sold and measured. The company has raised $33.7M in financing in the past two years.

Ecast is the leader in place-based interactive media. Our hospitality network delivers digital music, games, entertainment, information and interactive advertising to more than 10,000 bars and nightclubs across the United States. Leveraging the personal impact of touch combined with the interactivity and targeting of the Internet, Ecast brings unsurpassed consumer engagement to out-of-home markets and is redefining the way consumers are entertained, informed and engaged. Ecast received $17M in venture money led by Crosslink Capital in October of 2009.

Eightfold Logic
Eightfold Logic, an inbound marketing innovator, empowers businesses to attract and engage the highest possible volume of qualified website visitors. Eightfold Logic's patented inbound marketing platform revolutionizes demand generation efforts by improving website findability for qualified buyers through search engine, social media, and cross-link optimization. The company got a hold of $21.2M in funding led by Rho Canada Ventures in the past two years.

Glam Media, Inc
Glam Media is the fastest-growing fashion and lifestyle Web property targeting women worldwide. Glam Media currently has more than 202 million unique visitors a month and is a top 10 women's Web 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 collected $50M in financing recently from Aeris Capital.

Flurry, Inc.
flurry, inc., a Delaware corporation, is a leader in developing next-generation mobile applications. flurry is an easy-to-use mobile email and RSS solution that works on hundreds of different cell phone models and thousands of email providers and carriers worldwide. The company received $15M in venture funding in December of 2010 from Menlo Ventures.

Healthline Networks, Inc
Healthline Networks offers the easiest way for consumers to quickly and easily find consistently excellent health information on the Web. By utilizing its robust search and navigation platform, Healthline is focused on becoming the global leader in intelligent health information services, enabling consumers to make more confident, informed decisions about their health. The company collected $14M in financing from Investor Growth Capital in May of 2010.

Hi5 Networks
hi5 is a global brand for young people, where over 50 million members have established accounts and personal pages. From Miami to Mumbai, Lima to Lisbon, Sydney to San Francisco, hi5 is the place where young people come to stay in touch with friends, meet new people, create & explore content, and express themselves. hi5 got a hold of $14M in venture money from Crosslink Capital in July of 2010.

Involver provides marketers with everything they need to create rich experiences across the social web: a groundbreaking social markup language, SML™, that enables web developers to quickly build and customize social applications from a suite of over two dozen, and a dashboard from which to create and monitor content.Involver got a hold of $15M in funding in October of 2010 led by Bessemer Venture Partners.

JiWire, Inc
JIWIRE provides mobile professionals and technology enthusiasts with comprehensive, practical information on leveraging Wi-Fi both at work and at play. Built around the largest multi-national hotspot directory encompassing 11,000 locations, JIWIRE provides its users with authoritative how-to guides, product reviews, and industry news that demystify the hype and enable them to leverage the Web without wires. JIWIRE collected $13.1M in financing led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson in the past two years.

Kontera Technologies, Inc
Kontera is a leading provider of In-Text Advertising Solutions, based on patent-pending contextual analysis technology that increases revenue and ROI for Web publishers and advertisers. The company's flagship product, ContentLink(TM), is an In-Text ad unit that is linked to a contextually relevant keyword which has been discovered in real time on a web page from within Kontera's vast network of publishers. Kontera got a hold of $15.5M in financing in July of 2009 from Sequoia Capital.

NetShelter Technology Media
NetShelter Technology Media, which pioneered the concept of the vertical media network and which recently passed CNET to become the #1 tech news web property online, reaches 10.8 percent of the total U.S. online audience, 20 million U.S. unique visitors and 90 million monthly unique visitors globally according to comScore. The company has raised $15M in venture funding from Rho Ventures in September of 2010.

richrelevance™ is a technology company with patent-pending systems that personalize a user's shopping experience with targeted and relevant product recommendations, optimizing every interaction point from landing to search to product pages, and in email. By showing customers the “right products at the right time”, ecommerce sites maximize the value of each user. The company has raised $12.5M in venture money in August of 2009.

Teachscape provides industry-leading solutions, technology and services for K-12 and higher education markets. For schools, Teachscape provides data-driven, outcomes-based software solutions and services that increase student achievement by improving instructional leadership and practice. For teachers, Teachscape delivers unparalleled online, graduate educational experience through programs developed by some of the foremost experts in the field. The company received $16M in financing from ABS Capital Partners in August of 2009.

TokBox Inc
TokBox is a first-of-its-kind consumer video communication service that helps people talk face-to-face with a single click. Offering both a web-based and a downloadable version, TokBox requires no registration, no configuration or any other hassle. TokBox also lets users send video mails to anyone with an email address, and embed video communication into any website. TokBox has raised $12M in financing from DAG Ventures in November of 2010.

Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting. Simply find the public streams you find most compelling and follow the conversations. Twitter got a hold of $200M in venture funding led by Kleiner Perkins in December of 2010.

Xobni Corporation
Xobni is a San Francisco-based startup, created in 2006. We offer a unique and intelligent way to manage and search your contacts and email through Outlook and on the BlackBerry - because we believe that people spend too much time searching unsuccessfully for conversations, attachments, and other important information in their inboxes. The name Xobni - "inbox" spelled backwards - is an affirmation of our mission: to "take back" the email inbox for our users. Xobni landed $16.2M in financing from Khosla Ventures in April of 2010.

Okta provides a cloud application management service. This service allows companies of all sizes to transform their various cloud applications into an intelligent and integrated Cloud Area Network™. Companies get control of their users, applications, and data both in the cloud and behind the firewall. Okta received $15M in financing from Andreessen Horowitz in July of 2010.

Cloud Engines Inc
Founded in 2007 by experienced entrepreneurs from the digital media and security industries, Cloud Engines is located in San Francisco, California. The company was formed with a mission to change the way personal content is stored and distributed over the Internet. The Cloud Engines philosophy is that by making a product simple, open and affordable, the community will participate in making it better. Cloud Engines collected $15M in venture funding from Softbank Capital in December of 2010.

Scribd began with a simple observation – that there's a writer in all of us. And that even more fundamental than our desire for self-expression is our need to learn and be inspired. Today, Scribd is the place where you publish, discover and discuss original writings and documents. The company got a hold of $13M in funding led by MLC Investments in January of 2011.

Sugar Inc
Since being founded in 2006, Sugar Inc.’s mission has been to entertain and delight its audience by producing insanely addictive content, unmatched shopping experiences and a robust social community. Sugar Inc. is a leading international diversified women's media company with an audience of more than 20m monthly unique visitors across three business segments: original content (PopSugar.com and PopSugar.tv), commerce (ShopStyle.com) and local (FreshGuide.com). The company got a hold of $16M in funding in June of 2009.

As the leading internet privacy services provider, TRUSTe helps thousands of businesses promote online safety and trust, and guides consumers to sites that protect their online privacy. TRUSTe helps both consumers click with confidence and online companies promote their Web site privacy policies online. The company has raised $12M in funding from Jafco Ventures in June of 2010.

Twilio (Twilio.com) is reinventing telecom by merging the worlds of cloud computing, web services and telecommunications. Twilio hosts a telephony infrastructure web service in the cloud, allowing web programmers to integrate phone calls and SMS messages into their applications. Twilio collected $12M in financing from Bessemer Venture Partners in November of 2010.

Ustream TV
Ustream is the leading live interactive broadcast platform that enables anyone with an Internet connection and a camera to engage their audience in a meaningful, immediate way. Unlike previous webcasting technology, Ustream uses a one-to-many model, which means that the user can broadcast to an audience of unlimited size. The company received $75M in venture money in February of 2010 from Softbank.

Quantcast Corporation
Quantcast is a Web-based audience insights service focused on enabling addressable advertising solutions. The company launched in September, 2006 to help advertisers gauge the audiences of millions of web sites while helping publishers accurately represent their sites through direct measurement. Quantcast collected $27.5M in financing led by Cisco in January of 2010.

Zoom Systems
Founded in 2002, ZoomSystems is the technology and services leader in the automated retail channel. The ZoomShop™ network offers the convenience of online shopping combined with the immediate gratification of traditional retail. Top brand and retail partners include Best Buy, Apple, Macy’s, Proactiv, The Body Shop, Media-Markt, Verizon and Reebok. ZoomSystems collected $20M in venture funding in February of 2009.

Tapjoy is the leader in monetization and distribution services for social and mobile gaming applications, MMOs, virtual worlds, social platforms and other publishers selling virtual goods or premium digital assets. Tapjoy received $21M in funding in January of 2011 from Rho Ventures.

ClairMail is the undisputed leading provider of enterprise-wide mobile banking solutions – with more active users than any other provider and the vendor of choice for 8 of the top 12 banks in North America. The company has raised $13.8M in funding from Investor Growth Capital in October of 2010.

Yola Inc
Yola is the website builder and hosting service that helps small businesses stand out on the web. Our site builder allows you to showcase your products and services online to reach the widest audience possible. With Yola, your website will look professional, have all the features your audience wants, and be free from annoying ads. Yola received $20M in venture money from Reinet Fund in February of 2009.

Workday, Inc
Founded in March 2005 by Dave Duffield, Aneel Bhusri and a recognized team of enterprise software veterans, Workday is transforming ERP with a new generation of on-demand solutions to meet the needs of today's dynamic and global businesses. Workday’s Enterprise Business Services were built using the most modern, standards-based technologies, providing an unparalleled level of agility, ease-of-use, and integration capabilities. The company received $75M in venture money in April of 2009 from New Enterprise Associates.

Castlight Health
Castlight Health (formerly Ventana Health Services) was founded in 2008 to empower consumers with the knowledge to make informed health care shopping decisions. The rising cost of health care has put an increased burden on the consumer, while visibility into health care pricing and quality has remained elusive.Castlight Health offers companies a hosted software tool that provides employees with personalized views of their medical benefits and the costs associated with medical procedures. The company collected $60M in funding in June of 2010.

Cloudmark, Inc
Cloudmark is a company that stops spam before it costs you money. Cloudmark's groundbreaking, peer-to-peer (P2P) solution (initially Vipul's Razor,) proven effective at fighting spam since 1998 and now called SpamNet delivers immediate spam relief to more than half a million people and thousands of businesses around the world. The company landed $23M in venture money in March of 2010 from Summit Partners.

Clustrix, Inc
Clustrix has developed a Clustered Database Systems for Internet-scale applications. The founders, leading technologists in storage and database management, recognized a major flaw in database technology: database systems could not scale to meet the capacity and performance needs of millions of users.Clustrix received $12M in funding led by Sequoia Capital in December of 2010.

Engine Yard
Engine Yard started in early 2006 to meet a genuine need: customers were developing business-critical Rails applications, but they didn’t want to worry about application deployment, management and scaling. Engine Yard collected $19M in financing in October of 2009 led by DAG Ventures.

Envivio, Inc
Envivio is the leader in MPEG-4 and H.264 broadcast and solutions for the broadcast, satellite, and enterprise markets, developing products specifically designed to solve both technology and business issues for those markets. The company's mission is to be the dominant supplier of MPEG-4/H.264 solutions to the professional media industry. Envivio has raised $15M in venture funding in July of 2010.

IPWireless is a pioneer in developing and designing 3G and 4G wireless broadband and broadcast solutions, including chipsets, devices and complete network infrastructure solutions, based on 3GPP, the world's preeminent mobile standard. Our solutions broaden the horizons of 3GPP, and enable mobile operators and other new wireless entrants from the government, consumer electronics, and other sectors, to deliver a new generation of wireless services and better leverage untapped global spectrum bands. The company landed $15M in funding from Spark Capital of Boston MA in November of 2009.

Joyent Inc
Since 2004, Joyent has been delivering web application hosting Infrastructure as a Service –long before it was ever called Cloud Computing. Over the years, Joyent’s infrastructure has been proven to be extremely stable, flexible and secure. Joyent is the only true Enterprise Class Cloud Computing provider. The company received $15m in venture money from Intel Capital in September of 2010.

Meraki Inc
Meraki is a rapidly growing company whose mission is to bring affordable Internet access to the next billion people worldwide. Meraki's wireless networking technology began its development in the labs of MIT and has since gained rapid commercial adoption around the world, helping millions of users connect to the Internet. The company received $15M recently in financing from Sequoia Capital.

MuleSoft is the Web Middleware company, providing enterprise-class software based on the world's most popular open source application infrastructure products, Mule ESB and Apache Tomcat which brings an ideal combination of simplicity and power to today’s web applications. MuleSoft received $12M in venture funding from SAP Ventures in March of 2010.

Zendesk Inc
Zendesk is a modern help desk system in a hosted environment. The help desk is the single-point-of-contact between your end-users and you as a service provider. With very little effort Zendesk makes it possible for you to offer a professional-grade support service and capitalize on valuable user feedback. Zendesk received $19M in venture money in December of 2010.

Zoosk Inc
Zoosk is the world's largest social dating community, with millions of singles from around the globe using the service each month. Zoosk provides a safe and fun online dating experience that users can easily access from Zoosk's website, social networking applications, mobile services, and downloadable desktop application. The company has raised $30M in financing from Bessemer Venture Partners in December of 2009.

Zynga is the #1 social gaming company on the web. Zynga was founded specifically to add a social element to casual online games because we love games, and we love them most when we’re playing with friends! Social games provide a more fun, competitive and contagious experience. The company received $147M in venture money from SoftBank in June of 2010.

Lookout, Inc
Lookout is a smartphone security company dedicated to making the mobile experience safe for everyone. Lookout delivers protection from malware and spyware, data backup and recovery, and can locate a missing device if it is lost or stolen. The company has raised $19.5M in venture money from Index Ventures in December of 2010.

Booyah Inc.
Booyah, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is dedicated to creating new forms of entertainment to the masses by bringing together elements of the real world and the digital world. The entire development team draws its creativity not only from highly respected studios, including Blizzard Entertainment, Activision, EA, and Insomniac Games, but also from a vast array of industries, such as Semi-Conductor, Consumer Web, and the Social Gaming space. Booyah received $20M in venture money from Accel Partners in May of 2010.

Reply! Inc
Reply.com is the leading online marketing platform for the acquisition of locally-targeted and category-specific consumers on a cost-per-click or cost-per-lead basis. By eliminating the need for complex and expensive online marketing infrastructures and large teams of experts, Reply.com makes Internet marketing available to businesses of all sizes. Reply.com got a hold of $15M in financing in June of 2010 from Hercules Technology Growth Capital.

CyberArts Licensing LLC
Founded in 1995, the company has over a decade of internet gaming software development. Our 250+ years of collective experience—across gaming, enterprise software, and advanced software development—allows us to deliver the most advanced enterprise-grade gaming software in the marketplace today. CyberArts has raised $13M in venture funding from Intralot in December of 2009.

Polarion Software
Polarion Software is a privately held company operating globally with offices in Europe and North America, and partners world-wide. Polarion's main objective is to replace expensive 80's and 90's legacy disparate tools, with a single unified Web 2.0 enterprise business application with disruptive low prices, and sourced via multiple channels for ease of purchase, installation, and customer support. The company has increased its revenues by 2900% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $30M in 2009.

Prosper Marketplace, Inc
Prosper, America's first people-to-people lending marketplace, was created to make consumer lending more financially and socially rewarding for everyone. The way Prosper works is intuitive to people who have used eBay. Instead of listing and bidding on items, people list and bid on loans using Prosper's online auction platform. The company got a hold of $14.6M in venture funding in April of 2010 led by TomorrowVentures LLC.

Xoom Corporation
Xoom Corporation is a leading online international money transfer service. Xoom offers a secure, fast, and inexpensive means of sending money from its website to offline recipients in over 30 countries around the world. Xoom landed $33M in venture money in March of 2010.

Sensys Networks
Sensys Networks makes and installs in-ground, wireless sensors that detect traffic at intersections and on freeways to provide better data collection, control, and aggregation and to manage traffic flow. Its systems are used in more than 35 states and 15 countries. The company has increased its revenues by 256% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $13.2M in 2009.

LeadQual LLC
LeadQual’s mission is to increase internet marketing ROI by generating, qualifying and converting internet leads. LeadQual generates quality leads through SEO, SEM and Affiliate marketing. Our team of internet marketing experts is driven to increase client internet marketing ROI. The company grew revenues by 452% from 2007 to 2009 ending with $6.7M in 2009.

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. Lithium has raised $18M in venture money led by Benchmark Capital in January of 2010.

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 is bringing explosive growth to the events industry by making it easy for anyone to host a successful event. Eventbrite received $20M in funding led by DAG Ventures in October of 2010.

Glassdoor.com is a career and workplace community where anyone can find and anonymously share real-time reviews, ratings and salary details about specific jobs for specific employers — all for free. What sets us apart is that all our information comes from the people who know these companies best — employees. The company received $12M in financing recently from Battery Ventures.

Rapleaf provides search services that find information about people on the social web, on behalf of businesses and consumers. Top retailers, telcos, political organizations, hotel chains, social networks, and other consumer facing companies use Rapleaf's services to gain insight about their consumers and improve their consumers' experience. Rapleaf landed $15M in financing in October of 2010.
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