Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Pennsylvania" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - July 03, 2012 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Pennsylvania, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in the Pennsylvania" 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 460 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 23.

"This is our 3rd Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania. 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.

Cognis IT Advisors, LLC
Cognis IT is a Managed Information Technology Service Provider, helping to improve the return on investment (ROI) in technology procurement and implementation, and increasing the value delivery of IT to the organizations it serves. Cognis IT proactively works with clients to align its services with our clients’ technology goals, thus providing all the resources of an in-house IT department at a fraction of the cost. The company has increased revenues by 220% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $1.5M in 2011.

Oberon Inc
Since 1999, Oberon, Inc. has been providing products and services to integrators and end users of wireless LAN,Wi-Fi network products. Oberon's wireless enclosures and antenna products are used where the RF coverage,infrastructure security,environmental robustness and aesthetics. Oberon offers ceiling-mounted telecommunications enclosures for Ethernet switches,patch panels,wireless controllers,and other networking and A/V components - ideal for structured cabling and Fiber-to-the-Enclosure deployments. Oberon received $16M in funding in December of 2010.

Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Seegrid Corp. has pioneered technology which transforms industrial vehicles into un-manned, automated pallet trucks and tow tractors that operate without the need for wire, tape, laser or other costly automated guided vehicle (AGV) guidance systems. Seegrid offers solutions that optimize workflow processes by increasing productivity and reducing costs, creating economic and operational advantages. The company received $7M in funding in October of 2011.

RCD Technology Corporation
Vizinex RFID, headquartered near Philadelphia, PA, designs and manufactures RFID tags for diverse asset tracking applications—from rugged environments in the oil industry, to medical devices requiring repeated sterilization, to long-range vehicle tracking. Vizinex RFID’s Sentry AST line of rigid tags provides unsurpassed reliability and consistency in read-range performance. Vizinex RFID has increased revenues by 447% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $2.5M in 2011.

Dealer Synergy
Dealer Synergy is the leader in internet sales. We have presented to more than 50 NADA and NCM 20 groups. Dealer Synergy invented the NCM/Dealer Synergy internet sales boot camp. We created the first Internet sales 20 group. Dealer Synergy founder Sean V Bradley has spoken at NADA 2009 and AAISP conferences in 2006, 2007 and 2009 as well as being an expert speaker for the JD Power and Associates Internet round table. Dealer synergy has increased revenues by 955% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $1.9M in 2011.

Greenphire, Inc
Greenphire is the industry’s leading provider of clinical payment technology, designed to change the way research professionals work. We leverage our proprietary workflow automation and advanced web‐based payment technologies to help our clients improve operational efficiency, reduce costs, mitigate regulatory risks, increase subject retention and compliance, and produce quantifiable results that improve clinical operations and strategic planning. Greenphire got a hold of $1.5M in financing from FirstMark Capital in September of 2011.

Since our beginning in 1997, we have been a company dedicated to providing pet parents & owners convenient online access to the widest variety of pet supplies possible delivered conveniently to your door. We are a group of pet loving individuals that simply enjoy making our customers and thus their pets happy. Hopefully our ecommerce website helps you find what you need quickly and efficiently and thus you can spend more time with your beloved pets. PetFoodDirect.com received $18M in financing from Updata Partners in June of 2011.

ProtonMedia is the developer of ProtoSphere, the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative PLM in life sciences. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall. ProtonMedia got a hold of $4.5M in funding from Kaplan Ventures in June of 2011.

Avere Systems Inc
Avere Systems delivers breakthrough results for accelerating scale-out NAS performance, reducing infrastructure costs, minimizing remote-office latency and lowering overall data center operating expense. The company was founded in 2008 by a team of seasoned storage visionaries and experts to develop solutions that allow enterprises to scale storage network performance and deliver NAS services independently of capacity – driving up performance, scalability and agility ¬– while driving down cost. Avere Systems has raised $17M in financing from Tenaya Capital in August of 2010.

Movitas Mobile
Movitas is a leading mobile communication, marketing and commerce platform for location-centric businesses such as hotels, resorts and conferences. It provides a suite of solutions designed to drive revenue, improve the customer experience, manage mobile marketing campaigns, and deliver mobile business processes. Movitas has raised $3M in financing in July of 2010.

Monetate, Inc.
Monetate is the leading provider of testing, targeting, and content optimization solutions for websites. The company’s Software as a Service platform empowers marketers to test and target product offers and site features and convert successful tests into personalized messaging and promotional campaigns, instantly, anywhere on the website. Monetate has raised $15M in venture money from OpenView Venture Partners in August of 2011.

LifeShield Inc
LifeShield’s next generation home security system offers sophisticated encrypted wireless technology that allows for easy set-up, a significantly lower cost of ownership and free, customizable monitoring options. Because of its completely wireless platform, LifeShield is able to offer features never before associated with national home security systems. The company received $8M in funding in July of 2011.

Ciespace Corporation
Ciespace develops and markets advanced 3D digital modeling and analysis solutions for the aerospace, automotive, industrial, and electronics markets. The Company’s patented BubbleMesh™ technology enables the automated generation of high quality meshes for non-linear, multi-physics, and large-scale engineering analysis. Ciespace has raised $4M in venture money in August of 2010.

ThingWorx™ is a privately held company that develops and markets the first application platform for the Connected World. ThingWorx combines the key functionality of real-time data, mashups, search, social media and the semantic web, and applies it to any process that involves people, systems, devices and other real world "things." ThingWorx has raised $5M in venture funding from Safeguard Scientifics in February of 2011.

Evolve IP
Evolve IP is a Communications as a Service (CaaS) provider that has created a new way for businesses to buy, manage, and secure the technologies that they use to communicate. Our unique approach represents an unequaled option in the market for companies to turn their vital communications technologies into a competitive advantage. Evolve IP received $8.7M in financing in September of 2010.

Ticketleap, Inc
TicketLeap provides a smart, seamless system for all your ticketing needs—from selling to scanning to spreading the word. TicketLeap is an online ticketing platform designed to make creating events and selling tickets easier than it's ever been. TicketLeap has increased revenues by 570% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $1.4M in 2011.

ShowClix Inc
Back in 2007, founders Lynsie Campbell and Joshua Dziabiak created ShowClix as an online ticketing and live event search engine. From a one-room office with a couple of computers and a ping-pong table, the company eventually evolved into the full-service event ticketing system that it is today. ShowClix collected $1.65M in funding from Swallow Point Ventures in March of 2011.

NextDocs Corporation
NextDocs is the global leader in providing Microsoft SharePoint-based compliance solutions to life sciences organizations. It enables businesses in regulated industries to achieve compliance with FDA and other agencies while automating processes, improving efficiency and dramatically reducing costs. NextDocs got a hold of $10.3M in funding from OpenView Venture Partners in August of 2011.

appMobi® provides highly integrated cloud-based tools and services for supporting large-scale developer communities and creating and operating complete mobile application ecosystems. By leveraging the commonly used Web programming languages HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, and the open Web, appMobi’s development tools allow app developers to “write once” and publish anywhere, either in native app stores or via the Web. appMobi collected $6M in financing in January of 2011.

SnapRetail LLC
SnapRetail provides the only integrated marketing and sales solution that drives increased sales and store traffic for local retailers. Retailers restock their store, promote through email, Facebook and Twitter, and sell daily offers all from one easy, affordable web-based system. SnapRetail’s strong relationships with over 150 leading manufacturers ensure that retailers have the product information required to build successful marketing and sales programs. SnapRetail received $6M in financing from Adams Capital Management in February of 2011.

Voci Technologies Incorporated
Voci Technologies Inc. is committed to delivering high-performance and lower-cost speech-to-text solutions for enterprise applications. The company is the world leader in hardware-accelerated speech recognition technology, providing speech appliances based on the proprietary HyperVox™ technology. Voci Technologies has raised 3.12M in venture money from Pittsburgh Equity Partners in April of 2012.

appRenaissance, LLC
At appRenaissance, our mobile artisans approach each new customer and project as an opportunity to create something unique and inspiring – not cookie cutter and mass-produced. Our clients hail from industries as diverse as music and entertainment to retail sales and mortgage insurance. The company received $1.5M in funding from FirstMark Capital in April of 2012.

Hoopla Software, Inc
Hoopla Software was founded to create tools and applications that improve the effectiveness of sales teams. Engage Employees. Transform your Company. Put Fun to Work! Hoopla Software is a leading provider of performance optimization solutions headquartered in the Philadelphia area. The company got a hold of $2.8M in financing from Safeguard Scientifics in June of 2012.
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