Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Midwest" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - June 19, 2012 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in Midwest" 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 1360 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 42.

"This is our 3rd Midwest award. We are pleased with the recognition the Award has received over the past few years," said Tom Blue, CEO of Lead411, "and we are very proud of the respected list of companies for the 2012 winners."

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 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

  • ** 100% increase in revenues over the past 2 years; OR
  • ** Over $1M 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.

Amadesa is an enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution with a fully integrated suite that includes testing, targeting and automated content delivery. The Amadesa Customer Experience Suite™ offers end-to-end testing and relevance targeting solutions to help online businesses maximize revenues, enhance customer engagement, and increase conversions. Amadesa got a hold of $7.4M in funding led by Gemini Israel Funds in October of 2011.

Vox Mobile
Since 2004, enterprises in North America and around the globe have come to rely every day on Vox Mobile solutions to ensure their mobile connected workforces are productive, their mobile data is secure and their business models are benefiting from business anywhere capabilities. Vox Mobile has been a leader in defining mobile IT services since becoming the very first RIM-certified systems integrator. The company received $7.5M in financing from Edison Ventures in May of 2012.

DigitalTown, Inc.
DigitalTown, Inc., in Burnsville, MN, owns and operates a nationwide network of more than 20,000+ local online communities for high school students, alumni, boosters and local citizens. The company has raised $10M in money venture from Auctus Private Equity in December of 2010.

Code 42 Software
Starting out as a software development company in 2001, Code 42 Software is the creator of CrashPlan, CrashPlan PRO, and CrashPlan PROe award-winning onsite, offsite and cloud backup solutions for home, businesses, and enterprise. Today we continue to deliver high-performance, hardware and easy-to-use software solutions that protect the world's data. Code 42 landed $52.5M in funding from Accel Partners in January of 2012 and increased revenues by 1,826% from 2008 to 2010 ending with $3.8M in 2010.

Duo Security, Inc
Duo Security makes two-factor authentication radically easy to deploy, use, and manage. Duo empowers any web, IT, or network administrator to easily protect accounts by leveraging their users' mobile phones for secondary authentication. Every day, over 500 organizations with users in over 80 countries rely on Duo to secure their logins and transactions. The company received $5M in financing led by Google Ventures in February of 2012.

Commerce Guys
Commerce Guys, creators of Drupal Commerce, is the leading eCommerce company working with Drupal, a powerful open-source web infrastructure and social publishing platform. The mission at Commerce Guys is to serve Internet merchants by helping them leverage the power of Drupal for their online stores with cutting-edge technology, expertise and open-source collaboration. Commerce Guys has raised $5M in venture money from Alven Capital in March of 2012.

The SAVO Group
Founded in 1999, SAVO is a leading provider of cloud-based sales enablement technology and consulting solutions. SAVO’s on-demand sales enablement platform maximizes the sales organization’s ability to communicate value and differentiation in clear, consistent and compelling ways. Combining proven sales and marketing best practices with award-winning technology, SAVO addresses all aspects of the sales enablement challenge — spanning people, process, insight and technology. The company has raised $14M in funding from SAP Ventures in August of 2011.

Local Offer Network
Local Offer Network is a pioneer in offer aggregation, distribution and analysis. We've monitored more than 800,000 consumer offers from hundreds of sites in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, giving us unique insight into trends in this fast-moving market. Local Offer Network received $1.5M in venture funding led by Illinois Ventures in March of 2011.

SilkRoad Inc
SilkRoad is the leading provider of cloud-based social talent management solutions that develop happy employees who drive exceptional business performance and agility. Creating the finest employee experience is SilkRoad’s passion and drives everything we do. Our cloud-based social talent management software nurtures the employee experience from recruiting and onboarding, through learning and career development; encompassing all employee milestones from pre-hire to retire. The company landed $35M in funding led by Keating Capital in May 2012.

InContext Solutions
InContext Solutions is the leading provider of rich 3D objects, environments and interactive simulations. Our web-based software tools can be streamed over the internet to reach consumers, research respondents or business partners providing the flexibility to meet the business needs of our clients. The company landed $1.5M in funding from Hyde Park Angels in December of 2011.

Braintree helps online and mobile businesses process credit card payments by providing a merchant account, payment gateway, recurring billing and credit card storage. The company is disrupting the payments industry by providing elegant tools for developers coupled with white-glove support. Founded in 2007, Braintree works with the world's most discerning online merchants, including LivingSocial, 37signals, Airbnb, OpenTable, Animoto and GitHub. Braintree received $34M in financing from Accel Partners in June of 2011.

BigTime Software, Inc
BigTime Software, Inc. is dedicated to developing practice management tools that help growing professional services firms track, manage and take control of their time. Its popular industry-specific solutions are designed to speak the language of more than a dozen business types, from accounting and architecture to IT services. BigTime Software got a hold of $2.7M in financing from Runa Capital Fund I LP in October of 2011.

OnShift, Inc
Long-term care and senior living providers rely on OnShift staff scheduling and shift management software to control labor costs and increase efficiencies so nurses have more time for care. OnShift predicts and prevents overtime and understaffing while dramatically reducing time spent on scheduling and managing open shifts. Fully integrated with time-keeping, HR, clinical and payroll systems, OnShift provides a unified view into staffing levels and labor costs across buildings. The company landed $3M in financing from West Capital Advisors in February of 2012.

Unmetric Inc
Unmetric is a social media benchmarking company headquartered in Chicago with clients and operations across the globe. We work with Fortune 500 companies to help them establish benchmarks for their social media teams and social media campaigns. The data provided by the Unmetric platform can be instrumental in facilitating understanding and driving down costs by creating more efficient social media teams. Unmetric has raised $3.2M in financing from Nexus Venture Partners in April of 2012.

WorkForce Software
WorkForce Software is the leader in workforce management software for organizations with complex policies and compliance concerns. Its EmpCenter® suite enables organizations to fully automate time & attendance processes, effectively manage employee absence and leave, optimize staff scheduling, gain real-time visibility into labor costs and activities through robust analytic and reporting tools, and mitigate the risks associated with employee fatigue across the enterprise. The company landed $17M in funding in December of 2011.

Noguska L.L.C.
Noguska brings its innovation, vision, and expertise to software development projects of any size or industry. From consulting for client in-house applications to full-scale analyzation and implementation of enterprise-wide custom solutions, Noguska has done it all. The company has increased revenues by 140% from 2008 to 2010 ending with $1.1M in 2010.

CallCopy, Inc
CallCopy, a leading provider of innovative contact center solutions, is dedicated to ensuring the highest standards of satisfaction. The award-winning, enterprise-proven cc: Discover suite delivers advanced call recording, screen capture, quality management, speech analytics, desktop analytics, performance management, customer satisfaction survey and workforce management capabilities to organizations of all sizes and industries. CallCopy has raised $6.5M in financing from Edison Ventures in November of 2011.

ThinkVine's marketing mix optimization software provides B2C marketers with the forward-looking information they need to get the maximum return across all their marketing investments. With ThinkVine, marketers make better strategic decisions about spending levels, tactics and timing across consumer groups, products, channels and geographies. ThinkVine received $8M in funding from Northwater Capital Management in January of 2012.

Total Attorneys
Total Attorneys is a cloud-based service provider dedicated to assisting with every aspect of small and solo law firm practice management, growth and development. Our goal is simple: to help attorneys build successful law practices, better serve their clients and make more money while maintaining balance in their lives. The cutting edge use of technology and the Internet make our services highly accessible, easily integrated and adaptable. The company received $15M in financing from Bain Capital Ventures in May of 2012.

Inkling, based in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 2006 to offer collective intelligence solutions to help organizations decrease operational and strategic risk. Inkling's products have been implemented by industry-leading corporations and government agencies worldwide. The company got a hold of $17M in funding from Tenaya Capital in October of 2011.

BrightTag, Inc.
BrightTag is building a new technical foundation for the next generation of online marketing. The company helps marketers and web analysts make online data instantly useful in any web or mobile application, while solving fundamental privacy, data quality and site performance challenges. Traditional methods of connecting websites to marketing and analytics services rely on individual tags and pixels that create silos of data. BrightTag got a hold of $15M in funding from Baird Venture Partners in April 2012.

8thBridge Inc
8thBridge operates a social shopping platform merchants use to create social shopping experiences for their customers. Customers engage merchants on their own terms in a shopping experience that is portable, personalized, and participatory. History was made on July 8th, 2009 when Alvenda, currently known as 8thBridge, brought online retail to Facebook and again on August 12, 2010 for the travel industry. 8thBridge received $10M in financing led by Trident Capital in March of 2011.

enStratus Networks
enStratus™ is a cloud infrastructure management solution for deploying and managing enterprise-class applications in public, private and hybrid clouds. enStratus has a multi-cloud architecture that provides governance, automation and cloud independence. The company got hold of $3.5M in financing from El Dorado Venture in November of 2011.

WebLink International, Inc
WebLink International provides comprehensive member management software and service solutions to support the business management and marketing needs of associations and chambers of commerce. Headquartered in Indianapolis, WebLink delivers the fastest growing association management software that manages the operations, marketing, finance, website, and member management functions of business associations. The company has raised $1M in funding from Reservoir Venture Partners in January of 2012.

LaunchPoint is a provider of information-centric enterprise services and solutions for healthcare organizations. Corporate divisions Ajilitee and Discovery Health Partners deliver highly flexible, scalable and cost-efficient solutions that enable customers to innovate with information and advance their competitive position. LaunchPoint has raised $3.5M in venture money in January of 2012.

Access Media 3
Access Media 3, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, is one of the leading providers of comprehensive Internet, TV and Voice services including design, installation, maintenance and management of these services for multi-dwelling units. Led by a team of industry veterans, Access Media 3 prides itself on offering flexible tailor-made solutions through strong project management and property-specific solutions based upon wiring and technology needs. The company received $30M in funding led by ORIX Venture Finance in February of 2012.

DocuTAP began in May of 2000 in Sioux Falls, SD. Since its inception, the company has seen impressive growth and serves a national customer base. DocuTAP's innovative workflow solution leads the industry in its level of integration and in its user-friendly, intuitive design that functions the way physicians think and practice. DocuTAP received $12M in financing from Bluff Point Associates in March of 2012.

SoMoLend LLC
SoMoLend connects business borrowers seeking loans with investors looking to make a return on investment, doing well by doing good. SoMoLend is the first of its kind in many ways as a fully transparent portal that allows investors to look into the eyes of business borrowers in their own neighborhood before making any lending decisions. The company received $1.17M in financing from CincyTech in May of 2012.

DotLoop is a company on the cutting edge of technology development which takes forward thinking to the extreme. In just a short time, we have completely streamlined the buying and selling process for real estate in a way that works so well, it’s driving a movement tagged by the press as "Revolutionomics.” DotLoop has raised $7M in venture money from Trinity Venture in May of 2012.

EyeVerify enables mobile users to authorize transactions and access information in a manner that is secure, scalable, and convenient. Through eye vein biometrics, we can use the native camera on the cellphones to image and pattern match blood vessels in the white of the eye. EyeVerify received $1.4M in funding from Think Big Ventures in June of 2012.

SpringCM is the award-winning market leader in enterprise-class, cloud enterprise content management (ECM) and workflow solutions. Led by enterprise content management (ECM) industry veterans, SpringCM delivers fast, easy, and highly affordable document management and workflow automation solutions in a completely web-based environment. SpringCM received $15M in financing led by Foundation Capital in September of 2010.

Appistry Inc
Appistry solves challenging data-intensive problems for a wide-range of industries with solutions that enable partners to transform complex analytics pipelines into actionable intelligence. Appistry’s platform supports applications for some of the world’s leading life sciences research and data-heavy companies including Stanford University School of Medicine, CHOP – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Yale University Cancer Center, University of Missouri, FedEx, State Street, Tygart, Northrop Grumman and more. Appistry landed $12M in funding from eXome Capital August of 2011.

Sittercity is the source for savvy sitters and knowledgeable nannies. Launched in 2001, Sittercity now has over two million caregiver profiles nationwide, making it quick and easy to connect with qualified sitters and nannies. Parents can get to know candidates before the first interview thanks to detailed profiles, references, background checks and reviews. The company received $22.6M in funding led by Baird Venture Partners in April of 2011.

Cleversafe, Inc
Cleversafe has created a breakthrough technology that solves petabyte and beyond big data storage problems. This solution drives up to 90 percent of the storage cost out of the business while enabling secure and reliable global access and collaboration. The world's largest data repositories rely on Cleversafe. Cleversafe got a hold of $31.4M in funding led by Motorola Ventures in October of 2010.

GrubHub helps you find and order food wherever you are. How it works: you type in an address, we tell you the restaurants that deliver to that locale as well as showing you droves of pickup restaurants near you. Want to be more specific? Search by cuisine, restaurant name or menu item. We'll filter your results accordingly. When you find what you're looking for, you can place your order online or by phone, free of charge. GrubHub has raised $50M in funding in September of 2011.

TOA Technologies
TOA Technologies is the leading provider of on-demand mobile workforce management applications for large and medium-sized enterprises. ETAdirect, TOA’s patented platform, improves customer service while dramatically reducing operational costs and delivering immediate return on investment. TOA Technologies received $17.2M in venture money from Sutter Hill Ventures in May of 2011.

Shoutlet, Inc
Shoutlet is a leading cloud-based enterprise social marketing platform that enables marketers to publish, engage, and measure social marketing campaigns and activities on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The company has raised $15M in venture money from FTV Capital in June of 2012.

Centro is a digital media services company and the creator and provider of Transis, the first “front-end to back-end” media automation software to help advertising agencies increase efficiencies, save costs and scale more effectively and profitably. The company got a hold $22.5M in funding in April of 2011.

ExactTarget is a leading global provider of on-demand email marketing and interactive marketing solutions. The company’s Interactive Marketing Hub TM technology provides organizations a single solution to connect with customers via email, integrated text messaging, landing pages and social media. ExactTarget received $30M in financing from Technology Crossover Ventures in April of 2011.

SparkBase, headquartered in Cleveland, OH is the leading loyalty marketing platform for small and medium-sized businesses. SparkBase develops loyalty and reward programs that range from traditional plastic cards to their mobile wallet application, Paycloud. The company got a hold of $3M in financing led by North Coast Angel Fund in June of 2011.

nGenx LLC
Founded in 2000, nGenx is a pioneer in “Desktop as a Service” (DaaS) and cloud-based application delivery. nGenx works with strategic partners such as Microsoft, Citrix, VMware and others to develop hosted IT applications provided via the cloud. Through its cutting edge technology, nGenx enables organizations to access their business applications on any device, anywhere business is conducted. The company received $5.2M in funding in February of 2011.

BidPal Network
BidPal improves charitable fundraising events from start to finish with event management solutions, automated auctions, payment processing, online fundraising, consulting services, and much, much more. BidPal is firmly committed to helping nonprofits use technology to more efficiently run their charitable events. The company received $5.6M in funding led by MK Capital in September of 2011.
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