Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Southern California" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - February 1, 2011 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in the Southern California" 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 1000 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 64.

"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, 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;

  • ** 100% increase in revenues over the past 2 years; OR
  • ** Over $9M in funding in the past 2 years; OR

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.

Perfect Market Technologies, Inc
Perfect Market specializes in "lighting up" archived content for publishers, creating additional revenue from these underutilized assets while enhancing the overall search experience for end-users. We continue to rapidly innovate and build, expanding our team as we evolve our technology platform to allow even greater levels of flexibility, scalability and efficiency. The company received $9M in financing in January of 2011.

SolarFlare Communications, Inc
SolarFlare Communications, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company dedicated to becoming the leading provider of innovative solutions for network and system connectivity at the furthest limits.SolarFlare's products redefine the speed and distance capabilities of widely installed and new types of low-cost physical media, enabling significant new markets while allowing existing networks to migrate to higher speeds without costly infrastructure upgrades. SolarFlare landed $10M in financing last year.

The roots of Kareo started to grow in late 2001 when our founders teamed up with a national medical billing company based in Southern California. Kareo was founded on the simple vision of using the Internet to connect medical billing firms with healthcare providers to streamline practice management, billing and collections. The company received $9.5M in funding in September of 2010 from OpenView Venture Partners.

Fulcrum Microsystems Inc
Fulcrum Microsystems is applying a patented clockless design methodology to deliver semiconductors that are differentiated from traditional clocked chips by their higher performance and improved power efficiency.Building on research conducted at Caltech (California Institute of Technology) by the company's founding team, Fulcrum has developed the industry’s first high-performance clockless semiconductor design methodology. The company received $15M in financing in March 2010.

Brand Affinity Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 2007, BAT (http://brandaffinity.net/) is reinventing the business of endorsement marketing by making it easy and affordable for advertisers of all sizes to launch ad campaigns featuring athletes and celebrities. Advertisers use BAT's Endorsement Platform to identify, license, and activate the most effective talent for their campaigns, based on brand and targeting considerations. BAT received $20M in financing in August of 2010.

Advanstar Communications Inc.
Advanstar Communications Inc.is a worldwide business information company serving specialized markets with high quality information resources and integrated marketing solutions. Advanstar has 115 business magazines and directories, 78 tradeshows and conferences, numerous Web sites, and a wide range of print and electronic direct marketing, database and reference products and services. The company received $35M in venture financing in September of 2009.

Buzz Media Inc
Buzznet.com is the fastest growing social media community for music on the Internet with more than eight million users. Buzznet is the leader in the rapidly emerging social media category where users build and program communities and networks around content they create, find, and remix. The company got a hold of $12.5M in financing in March of 2009.

Accruent LLC
Accruent is the leading provider of enterprise contract management solutions that enable organizations to improve business performance through better cost and revenue management while reducing corporate risks associated with contracts. Accruent enables improved decision-making and obligation management of complex business contracts and financial relationships. The company landed $32M in financing in February of 2010.

Avaak Inc
Avaak is changing the way families and business owners capture the images and videos that help them stay in touch with their loved ones. For the first time, it’s easy and convenient to see what you’re missing when you’re away from home or the office. Avaak got a hold of $10M in venture money from Qualcomm Incorporated in March of 2010.

CORAID has an impressive list of more than 1000 satisfied users including corporations, governmental agencies, educational institutions, and hosting service providers. Our products offer superior value for IT organizations requiring scalability, virtualization, and high performance at an affordable price. CORAID received $25M in venture financing from Menlo Ventures in November of 2010.

DECA is committed to creating unique, high-quality digital entertainment properties that combine premium video, social media applications and community. Our goal is to consistently provide new and exciting digital brands to consumers, marketers, distributors and creative talent. The company landed $10M in venture funding in January of 2009.

Everbridge, the world's recognized leader in incident notification systems, merges technology with industry expertise to help millions of people communicate in a crisis, manage operational incidents and connect on a daily basis. Everbridge got a hold of $9M in financing from ABS Ventures in May of 2009.

CALIENT Technologies Inc
CALIENT Technologies manufacturers the revolutionary DiamondWave® family of Fiber Optic Cross-Connection Systems (FOCS) for telecommunications service providers worldwide. CALIENT’s design and manufacturing breakthroughs have reduced the cost of FOCS solutions by two orders of magnitude since customer shipments began in 2002, allowing service providers to master the deluge of new fiber deployments in a cost-effective, scalable, and reliable manner. The company received $10.0M in venture financing in July of 2010.

Contour Energy Systems
CFX Battery Inc. is a start up advanced battery company that is focused on developing and commercializing new, innovative and disruptive battery products. Based in Azusa, California, the company has strong intellectual property portfolio developed by Caltech and CNRS, the French National Research Center. The company received $14.2M in financing in February of 2010.

Zumbox Inc
Zumbox provides the first all-digital postal system that is free for qualified senders of regular mail, such as billers, governments and community organizations. Zumbox delivers mail electronically based on the same street addresses as traditional physical postal systems and enables consumers to easily access their mail from anywhere at anytime via the Internet, with no need for an intermediary to sort, scan or forward paper mail. Zumbox landed $9.7M in venture funding in December of 2010.

HauteLook is an exclusive private shopping club which offers its members branded goods at 40-75% off of retail prices. HauteLook operates a marketplace in which premium fashion & lifestyle brands host their own 24-48 hour private sales. HauteLook, which launched to the public in November of 2007, currently operates Women’s, Men’s, and Kid’s fashion, as well as Home verticals. The company got a hold of $31M in venture funding in June of 2010 from Insight Venture Partners.

Imagine Communications
Imagine Communications has launched the industry’s most powerful and scalable PersonalizedTV™ platform for broadband operators. Imagine’s breakthrough next-generation statistical multiplexing technology and software-based infrastructure solutions enable tremendous bandwidth improvements, enhanced video quality, and customized service offerings such as targeted ads, personalized audio, and more. The company landed $10M in venture money in April of 2010 led by Court Square Ventures.

ClariPhy Communications, Inc
ClariPhy’s technical team combines deep expertise in the fields of signal processing, mixed-signal IC design and fiber-optic transmission. Leveraging this expertise, we deliver silicon that integrates very high-speed mixed-signal circuitry with powerful digital signal processing algorithms to correct for the severe dispersion and other impairments found in bandwidth limited channels, enabling the transmission of up to 10-Gbit/s data over these channels. The company received $24M in venture financing in May of 2010.

Factual Inc.
Factual is a platform where anyone can share and mash open data on any subject. For example, you might find a directory of US restaurants, a database of endocrinologists, or a list of video game cheat codes. We provide smart tools to help the community build and maintain a trusted source of structured data. Factual received $25M in venture money in December of 2010.

EdgeCast Networks Inc
EdgeCast Networks, Inc. offers a superior, cost-effective, global content delivery service that gives our customers competitive advantage in the delivery of digital media. Our world-class content delivery platform provides customers the cost benefits and flexibility of controlling their own content delivery network while liberating them from bandwidth contracts, capital investments and operational hassles. The company got a hold of $10M in funding from Menlo Ventures in April of 2010.

Eucalyptus Systems Inc
Eucalyptus is an open-source system for implementing on-premise private and hybrid clouds using the hardware and software infrastructure that is in place, without modification. Eucalyptus adds capabilities such as end-user customization, self-service provisioning, and legacy application support to data center virtualization features, making IT customer service easier, more fully featured, and less expensive. Eucalyptus received $20.0M in financing in July of 2010 from New Enterprise Associates.

Medsphere Systems Corporation
Medsphere Systems Corporation is an innovative healthcare information technology company and the leading provider of OpenVista technology, support and services. The OpenVista platform manages all the clinical, financial, and administrative data for integrated delivery networks, hospitals, clinics, and physician offices. The company received $12M in financing in September of 2009.

MyShape started around a kitchen table in September 2004, the idea germinated in response to a problem shared by women of all ages and sizes: finding clothes that both fit well and flatter our body shapes. The idea has transformed into myshape.com, an online retail store created for you. Your store is where you'll find clothing matched to your measurements, your body shape and your preferences. MyShape received $16M in venture money in the past two years led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

Kyriba Corporation
A genuine technology breakthrough that advances liquidity management solutions currently available in the market, the Kyriba platform can be deployed over a company Intranet or accessed through an Application Service Provider (ASP). Providing solutions for banks and corporate customers, Kyriba streamlines data interchange, and brings sophisticated functionality to the desktops of users. Kyriba received $10.6M in venture money from Iris Capital in October of 2010.

NextWave Wireless Inc
NextWave Wireless is engaged in the development of next-generation mobile broadband and wireless multimedia products, technologies, and services for mobile device and network infrastructure manufacturers and for wireless service operators. NextWave Wireless got a hold of $15M in venture money in July of 2009.

Nirvanix, Inc
Incorporated in 2007, Nirvanix was founded by storage industry veterans to create a massively-scalable media storage and delivery network (SDN) for the Internet. Offered as a web service, the Nirvanix SDS allows any Internet-enabled application to scale instantly to meet the demands for hosting and delivering millions of media files such as consumer video, audio, photographs and documents. The company received $10M in financing in November of 2010.

Onestop Internet Inc
Onestop is a full-service e-commerce technology and distribution partner. We design, build and manage e-commerce web sites on a completely outsourced basis. Our integrated technology, design, customer service and warehouse facility is located in Los Angeles, CA. Onestop received $13.3M in funding from Bessemer Venture Partners in May of 2009.

RazorGator Inc
RazorGator, Inc. is a leading secondary ticket distributor that provides its customers with sold-out and hard-to-find tickets to premium sports, concerts and theater events worldwide. RazorGator is the Official Ticket Provider to Fox Sports. RazorGator received $10M in financing from Hercules Technology Growth Capital Inc. in March of 2009.

Xirrus, the leader in high performance Wi-Fi, designs and manufactures the patented Wi-Fi Array. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array delivers more range, more coverage, more bandwidth, more throughput, and more intelligence per cable drop than anything else available today – resulting in a solution that uses 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, and installation time compared with any other offering. The company got a hold of $20M in financing from InterWest Partners in December of 2009.

Lenco Mobile Inc
Lenco Mobile Inc. is a mobile marketing solutions company with operations in the United States and South Africa . Through its subsidiaries, Lenco Mobile Inc. owns and operates technology platforms which enable brand owners to create, keep and leverage customers in a cost effective and measurable way. The company got a hold of $10M in financing in September 2010.

Newport Media, Inc
Newport Media, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company developing system solutions for audio and video broadcast reception in power constrained mobile terminals. The Company's initial product is a system solution for DVB-H standard. Newport Media received $15M in financing from Pinnacle Ventures in February of 2010.

RightScale LLC
RightScale provides a platform and consulting services that enable companies to create scalable web solutions running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) that are reliable, easy to manage, and cost less. The RightScale Dashboard saves time in maintaining, managing, and monitoring all AWS activities, while RightGrid coordinates the auto-scaling of servers according to usage load. RightScale received $25M in venture money from Tenaya Capital in September 2010.

The Rubicon Project
The Rubicon Project is a well-funded, pre-launch Internet advertising technology company based in Los Angeles (near Santa Monica, CA). We’re focused on helping website owners, publishers and advertising networks to maximize their revenue potential. Rubicon Project received $9M in venture financing in September of 2009.

Increase Visibility
Increase Visibility was voted the most highly ranked SEO firm for scope of offerings, customer service and client retention, as well as SEO rankings. Increase Visibility is a Search Engine Optimization company with SEO and internet marketing solutions capable of handling all of your search marketing needs. The company grew revenues by 301% from 2007 to 2009.

Transpera specializes in servicing online video publishers ranging from user generated and user programmed video services to commercially branded online video by large and small publishers alike. Transpera helps mobile operators reach and retain valuable data consuming audiences with a unique mobile video experiences that match their online habits. We provide the features and brands they love with the experience they expect. The company received $9M in financing from BlackBerry Partners Fund in June of 2010.

2 Wheel Bikes
2 Wheel Bikes in an online retailer of Bicycles and accessories. Product range of bicycles vary from Beach Cruisers to Tandemn Bikes and the most recent addition is fixed gears bikes or fixies. We offer a full line of bike accessories and add on products. The company has increased its revenues by 740% from 2007 to 2009.

TrueCar Inc
TrueCar is on a mission to reinvent how cars are sold by using computational analytics to provide accurate car pricing information to the industry and consumers based on actual market transactions. Our price reports detail what other people actually paid for cars within the last 30 days, locally, regionally and nationally, which ultimately leads to increased consumer price confidence, savings and a hassle free car buying experience. The company got a hold of $35.5M in venture money from Silicon Valley Bank in July of 2010 and has increased revenues 168% from 2007 to 2009.

Wispry Inc
Wispry is developing low-cost high-performance components and modules for radio frequency (RF) system manufacturers. Based on the company's core competencies in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology and manufacturing, Wispry’s products will enable system designers to achieve the architectural innovation required for the growing diversity of mobile and fixed applications and networks. The company collected $10M in venture money in June of 2009 led by Chart Venture Partners.

BlackLine Systems
Founded in 2001, BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution. An experienced provider of software for the Fortune 100 to beyond the Fortune 1,000, BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that, for the first time, automate the entire financial close process and help improve financial controls for companies of all sizes. BlackLine grew revenues by 201% from 2007 to 2009.

Central Desktop
Central Desktop delivers a complete, pure Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) collaboration platform that allows businesses to manage teams, documents and projects from anywhere at any time. Easy to implement and scalable for small and medium-sized businesses, Central Desktop’s collaboration software solution helps businesses work more efficiently, increase productivity and reduce costs. Central Desktop has increased its revenues by 471% from 2007 to 2009.

SEO (search engine optimization) solutions providers, offering both software and agency services for paid and organic search management. Covario provides large global organizations with robust solutions for paid search advertising, organic search (SEO), social media and display advertising. The company grew revenues by 154% from 2007 to 2009.

Pixeled Business Systems, Inc
Pixeled Business Systems, Inc. is a web design, development and marketing firm that specializes in online marketing, website design, e-commerce development, public relations, advertising, branding and re-branding, hosting and security application development. Pixeled Business Systems has increased its revenues by 201% from 2007 to 2009.

FireScope was born from a group of IT operators to solve their frustration with the growing cost and complexity of IT Operations, and vendors who were more interested in selling products than solving problems. FireScope is dedicated to helping organizations STRATEGIZE to align IT with the business, SIMPLIFY the lives of IT professionals and SAVE considerable time, money and stress throughout IT Operations. FireScope collected $2.06M in venture funding in the past two years.

Leisurelink Inc
LeisureLink was founded in June of 2002 and has developed the industry's first Global Distribution System [GDS] for the vacation rental industry that will allow traditional and online travel agencies to reserve vacation rental properties in real-time. LeisureLink got a hold of $9M in venture funding led by Clearstone Venture Partners in November of 2010.

MindTouch Inc
MindTouch assembles your organization’s digital assets into strategic content. MindTouch is built on the belief that enterprise software must be scalable, agile and extensible. Our product, MindTouch 2010, transforms the way organizations author, discover and curate strategic content to achieve measurable results with customers, partners and colleagues. The company has increased its revenues by 200% from 2007 to 2009.

Service-now.com, (http://www.service-now.com) headquartered in San Diego, CA, is a provider of on-demand IT service and asset management solutions. This first, fully hosted, web-based IT service and asset management solution is offered as an on-demand service and licensed on a subscription basis. Service-now.com got a hold of $41M in venture money from Sequoia Capital in December of 2009.

Row 44
Row 44 is the fast, global, fleet-wide solution for in-flight broadband services – high-speed Internet, video entertainment, cell phone roaming, and airline operational in-flight communications. The Row 44 system offers wide-body, narrow-body and regional jet support along with flexible service deployment options. The company collected $37M in financing from PAR Capital Management in September of 2010.

ShoeDazzle.com Inc
ShoeDazzle's fashion experts choose the hottest shoes for you every month based on YOUR individual personality and tastes. The shoes we pick for you will express your individuality and sense of style. Distinctive, yet trend-right. ShoeDazzle received $13M in venture funding in April of 2010 from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Sonos, Inc
Sonos® is the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the digital home. By partnering with audio services like Audible.com®, eMusic®, MTV Networks’ URGE, Napster™, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, Wal-Mart®, Yahoo! Music™ Unlimited, the Zune Marketplace and more, Sonos gives music lovers instant plug-and-play access to millions of songs, radio stations and audiobooks that can be enjoyed all over the house. Sonos collected $25M in financing from Index Ventures in March of 2010.

OpenX Technologies Inc
OpenX is the world's leading independent ad server for web publishers. Building on the strength of our open source heritage, we offer our community of publishers comprehensive, customizable and free to use ad serving technology. OpenX Ad Server empowers our community of more than 150,000 websites across the Internet with the ability to take control of their ads and maximize their ad revenue and relevance. The company received $10M in financing from DAG Ventures in May of 2009.

Rayspan Corporation
Founded in 2006, Rayspan is the world's leading innovator of metamaterial air interface solutions for wireless communications. Metamaterials provide breakthrough improvements in antenna and RF front-end component miniaturization, performance, cost reduction and ease of manufacture. Rayspan collected $12.5M in funding from Khosla Ventures in July of 2009.

SmartDrive Systems Inc
SmartDrive Systems saves lives by increasing safe driving through behavior modification and saves money through lower insurance costs/claims via state-of-the-art, vehicle safety devices for commercial and government fleets of vehicles. The company got a hold of $25M in venture money in December of 2009.

TouchCommerce Inc
inQ was created to deliver world-class revenue enhancement solutions to all companies regardless of size. With our full-service approach of revenue enhancement, customer retention, and easy implementation, inQ has raised the standard for reaching out to your customers and driving revenue at the same time. inQ landed $10M in financing from Sierra Ventures in April of 2009.

uSamp™ (United Sample, Inc.) provides online panelists to take surveys for market research. With better geographic targeting, an innovative technology platform and the ability to recruit hard-to-reach audiences from anywhere in the world, a uSamp online survey panel is reliable and tested for data quality. The company received $10M in venture financing from OpenView Venture Partners of Boston in June of 2010.

Viewdle is a facial-recognition powered digital media platform for indexing, searching and monetizing video assets. Viewdle automatically looks inside the video, frame-by-frame, to create a real-time index of true on-screen appearances with unrivaled accuracy and relevance. The company received $10M in financing in October of 2010.

Wanova Technologies
Wanova provides Distributed Desktop Virtualization solutions that transform how companies manage, support and protect their desktops and laptops. Wanova’s Distributed Desktop Virtualization centralizes control of the desktop infrastructure while optimizing the user experience and providing full support for offline use. Wanova received $13M in financing in August of 2009.

Magento was a direct response to the emerging new needs of today's online merchants. More than any feature or functionality what our clients really needed was "flexibility." Our primary goal with Magento was to develop a platform that put the control back in the hands of the online merchant and placed no constraints on business processes and flow. Magento received $22.5M in venture funding in March of 2010.

Clicker is the complete guide to Internet Television. Our mission is to make it simple for you to find the right show, right now. As massive amounts of programming move online, consumers are entering a world of infinite choices, all on-demand. Clicker got a hold of $11M in financing in February of 2010.

Sezmi Corporation
Sezmi Corporation is redefining the television viewing experience by combining traditional TV content, movies and internet video in a single easy-to-use product and service. Designed from the ground up with next generation TV functionality, Sezmi puts consumers in total control with a personalized on-demand viewing experience. The company received $26.7M in venture funding in the past two years led by Morgenthaler Ventures.

ACCESS 360 Media
ACCESS 360 Media is a media network that connects to over 30 million young adult consumers (P12-34) each month, in the places and through the communication platforms that matter most to them - Retail, Online and Mobile. We provide a 360-degree solution that surrounds your marketing message and truly connects to young adult consumers. The company received $12M in financing in January of 2011 led by Columbia Capital.

ZillionTV is harnessing the power of the Internet to transform the television experience. Entertainment lovers can enjoy instant, on-demand access to their favorite programs ranging from new and classic TV shows to movies, sports, music, and more — all subscription-free and delivered directly to their TV sets. ZillionTV is fueled by our unprecedented agreements with major Hollywood studios and TV networks, including Disney, NBC, Universal, Sony Pictures Television, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. The company got hold of $10M in venture money from Qwest in February of 2010.

WebVisible Inc
Based in Southern California, WebVisible is a Software as a Service (SaaS) company and leading name in local online advertising, known for being a true expert in bringing the Internet as an advertising and customer acquisition medium to small businesses around the world. WebVisible collected $20M in venture financing in February of 2010.

Campus Explorer
The philosophy at Campus Explorer is pretty simple: We believe everyone deserves a fulfilling education, no matter the name or place. We think that given the proper tools, anyone shopping for college or continuing education can find the perfect fit. Campus Explorer received $2.25M in venture funding in February of 2009.
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