Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Seattle" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - March 06, 2012 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Seattle, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in Seattle" 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 1130 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 44.

"This is our 3rd Annual Seattle 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 Seattle, Washington. 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.

ChoozOn Corporation
ChoozOn enables its members to create the world’s first personal deal networks, designed exclusively for the discovery and sharing of relevant deals and connecting with favorite brands. With this platform, ChoozOn creates new business opportunities for advertisers and rewarding experiences for consumers. The company received $3.2M in financing in August of 2011.

DreamBox Learning
DreamBox Learning was founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Washington. The Intelligent Adaptive Learning company launched a Web-based platform and its first online learning product in January 2009. The platform has won more than 20 top education and technology industry awards and is in use in all 50 states. DreamBox Learning Math targets elementary students and delivers more than 600 core lessons—including complete fractions coverage for third and fourth grades – with unlimited variations based on the Common Core State Standards. The company landed $11M in funding from Netflix in December of 2011.

Marketfish, Inc.
Marketfish is a 100% self-service lead generation platform. The service makes building and executing targeted list marketing campaigns quick and easy. With more than 250 demographic categories to choose from, Marketfish's cloud-based platform enables users to reach their perfect audience in seconds, build a campaign, and then track performance using real-time data. With a pay-by-campaign model, users only pay for what they use. Marketfish raised $4.5M in our last round with Rustic Canyon and Javelin Venture Partners in 2011.

Based in Seattle, Lockerz is the place where you can do everything you love to do online, all the while being rewarded for it. You can share photos and connect with friends, watch videos and listen to music, view and curate collections of Decalz, and shop the best brands, earning PTZ that allow you to reward yourself with huge discounts in the Shop. The company received $36M in financing from DAG Ventures in August of 2011.

ValueAppeal is a powerful web based platform that homeowners use to lower their property taxes. Our service provides an easy to understand benefit (saving money) to a huge market (US homeowners). ValueAppeal brings transparency and equity to the appeal process by giving our customers the information they need to reduce their property taxes. The company got a hold of $1.6M in financing in June of 2011.

nFluence media, inc
nFluence was created when Tom Huseby, a Seattle mobile start-up veteran introduced Brian Roundtree, a serial mobile entrepreneur to Henry Lawson, the former president of the company that processes over 90% of US and UK agency advertising. All three of us had been considering ways to make marketing work better from the consumer’s point of view. nFluence empowers consumers to retake control of their digital presence. The company has raised $3M in venture money from Alliance of Angels in February of 2012.

PayScale, Inc.
PayScale is a market leader in global online compensation data. With the world's largest database of individual employee compensation profiles, PayScale provides an immediate and precise snapshot of the job market. Our patent-pending real-time profiling system indexes custom employee attributes (such as industry-specific certifications) and specific job titles for every industry. PayScale landed $7M in funding led by SAP Ventures in July of 2011.

Avvo, Inc
Avvo is the largest medical and legal resource online that empowers consumers with the information and expert-only advice they need to confidently make the right decisions about their health and legal needs. The site features an extensive professional directory with comprehensive professional profiles, patient and client reviews, peer endorsements and the unbiased, industry-recognized Avvo Rating for more than 90% of practicing doctors and lawyers in the U.S. Avvo collected $10M in financing led by DAG Ventures in March of 2010.

Visible Technologies
Visible® is the leader in social media monitoring, analytics, engagement and social performance dashboard solutions for the SMB and enterprise markets. Visible Intelligence® is our next generation social media platform, designed to deliver big improvements in competitive and brand intelligence, marketing ROI and smarter customer insights through an agile platform that activates brand communities at Internet speed and enterprise scale. The company received $4M in funding from Investor Growth Capital in September of 2011.

Yapta, Inc
Yapta is the leading provider of travel price assurance solutions for companies looking to reduce T&E expenses. Yapta's technology enables travel procurement professionals to monitor the price of their corporate airfare bookings and capture valuable supplier credits when a lower airfare price becomes available prior to takeoff. The company received $5M in funding from Concur in July of 2011.

Based in Bellevue, Washington, Finsphere was founded in 2007 to enable wireless carriers to help protect their customers through identity authentication services. Finsphere utilizes sophisticated analytics to provide a platform for the development of non-intrusive, privacy enhancing services to protect individuals and data across all industry segments. The company has raised $11.3M in venture money from Vodafone Ventures in January of 2012.

Cozi Group, Inc.
Cozi is a free web and mobile service that simplifies busy family life. With Cozi, families have the tools to manage schedules and activities with an online calendar; track grocery lists, shopping lists, and to do lists; organize household chores, and share family moments with relatives and friends—all with one solution. Families can access Cozi from any computer at home or work, and can get their grocery list, shopping list, to do list, schedule and messages on any mobile phone. Cozi received $3M in funding in January of 2012.

Spring Wireless
Spring Wireless delivers end-to-end mobility solutions designed to enable business and organizations to increase productivity, optimize real-time processes and operations, and maximize their business success. Founded in 2001, Spring Wireless is the global leader in platform technology for enterprise mobility software and the fastest growing company in the market. The company received $12M in financing from SAP Ventures in May of 2010.

Gist is an online service that helps you build stronger relationships. By connecting your inbox to the web, you get business-critical information about key people and companies. Gist provides the only full view of the contacts in your professional network by creating a rich business profile for each one that includes the most news, status updates, and work details. Gist landed $4M in financing led by Vulcan Capital in July of 2010.

Stratos Product Development LLC
At Stratos, we know a cohesive, experienced team of developers can't be built overnight. For 25 years, we've been building a superior ecosystem for innovative product development. Expert industrial designers, researchers, software developers, electrical, mechanical, manufacturing and quality engineers and professional project managers are here to support your next product development challenge. The company received $4M in financing from Fisk Ventures in February of 2011.

INRIX is the leading-provider of traffic information, directions and driver services, as well as apps and tools all designed to get your traffic-powered solutions to market rapidly. Intelligently combining the best data from the largest traffic network in the world with game-changing technologies, auto manufacturers, mobile developers, transportation agencies, fleet and Internet companies, INRIX helps to set themselves apart. The company collected $37M in financing led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer in July of 2011.

DataSphere Technologies Inc
DataSphere Technologies, Inc. is a Software as a Service (SaaS) Web technology company built by a group of senior online technologists and Web marketers. The DataSphere team has an unparalleled ability to deliver increased revenue to Web site owners through better search and discovery, traffic generation and other user experience improvements. The company got a hold of $10M in funding from OVP Venture Partners in September of 2010.

Smartsheet Inc
Smartsheet.com, a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) company, offers businesses an intuitive online project management and collaboration tool. The ease of use of the familiar spreadsheet-like interface, coupled with file sharing and work automation features have made it a popular and highly functional business productivity app for teams. Smartsheet is used by thousands of organizations worldwide for managing all types of work including projects and tasks, operations, sales pipelines, events, marketing campaigns and more. The company received $1.5M in funding in September of 2010.

Adapx, Inc
Adapx helps a range of businesses and agencies streamline data capture, collaboration and operations with Capturx software for digital pens, speech, and sketch. Since its beginnings as a natural user interface technology supplier to the Department of Defense, Adapx has developed a full line of Capturx products to streamline data capture into Microsoft Office, SharePoint Server, ArcGIS, PDF, and a range of back-end systems. The company received $5M in financing led by OVP Venture Partners in May of 2011.

Datacastle Corporation
Datacastle empowers IT to enforce endpoint backup and data protection while exceeding compliance requirements. Profiled in Gartner’s Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2011, Datacastle RED is the only solution to integrate multiple endpoint data protection technologies into one silent agent for laptops, tablets, and desktops. Datacastle RED is available through a global network of partners. The company received $2M in financing from CM Capital Investments in February of 2011.

Skytap is the leading provider of self-service cloud automation solutions for dynamic workloads. Skytap enables users to run enterprise applications unchanged in the cloud, collaborate securely with global teams, and gain unparalleled business productivity. Additionally, IT organizations can gain visibility and control over cloud projects, align capacity with demand, and reduce costs by 70% or more. Enterprises can securely connect Skytap to their data centers and create virtual private clouds. Skytap got a hold of $10M in financing from OpenView Venture Partners in January of 2011.

ExtraHop Networks Inc
ExtraHop Networks is the leading provider of network-based application performance management (APM) solutions. The ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance system performs the fastest and deepest analysis in the industry, achieving real-time transaction monitoring at speeds up to a sustained 10Gbps in a single appliance and application-level visibility with no agents, configuration, or overhead. The company has raised $14M in venture funding led by Meritech Capital Partners in May of 2011.

Exponential Entertainment Inc
Exponential Entertainment™ is a media entertainment company that connects and entertains people through immersive gameplay. The company currently offers a variety of customized game arcades and services to entertainment studios, consumer product and services companies, and content providers. The service offering features a growing suite of proprietary games, including Double Exposure, JigScene™, Movie Match Up and Movie Q. The company received $1.7M in financing from Band of Angels in March of 2010.

Opscode Inc
Opscode is the leader in cloud infrastructure automation. We help companies of all sizes develop fully automated server infrastructures that scale easily and predictably; can be quickly rebuilt in any environment; and save developers and systems engineer's time and money. Opscode's team is comprised of web infrastructure experts responsible for building and operating some of the world's largest websites and cloud computing platforms. Opscode received $11M in financing from Battery Ventures in June of 2010.

Corensic, Inc. is a software quality tools company based in Seattle, WA and funded by Madrona Ventures and WRF Capital. Corensic’s mission is to deliver tools that enable software developers and software development organizations to build higher quality software. Corensic combines decades of expertise in designing and testing enterprise-grade software and tools with deep knowledge of multi-core hardware and software. The company received $4.5 in venture money in January of 2011.

Tier 3 LLC
Since 2006 Tier 3 has helped large and mid-size enterprises bring applications and services to the cloud. The company provides an enterprise-grade virtual private or hybrid cloud, enhanced by a framework-agnostic cloud orchestration layer to enable IT automation and agility. Architected for security, risk mitigation and high availability -- with 99.999% SLA at all layers and disaster recovery in every deployment -- Tier 3’s cloud platform is optimized for production environments and mission-critical applications. Tier 3 received $8.5M in funding led by Ignition Capital in March of 2011.

Nimbic Inc
Nimbic is the leading provider of Maxwell-accurate, 3D Full-Wave EM Integrity solutions. Nimbic’s nWave 3D field solver enables signal integrity, power integrity and EMI analysis for chip-package-system design. Nimbic’s nCloud scalable cloud compute platform facilitates em integrity analysis for complex designs cost-effectively and in near real time. Nimbic has raised $6.9M in venture money led by Austral Capital in June of 2011.

Buuteeq Inc
buuteeq is the world's first Digital Marketing System (DMS) for hotels. It fuses technology ingenuity with online marketing savvy to help hotels increase occupancy and reduce distribution costs by converting more direct reservations through online bookings. buuteeq's DMS includes a content management system, multi-channel digital marketing, content publishing, online reservations and integrated business intelligence. buuteeq received $3.5M in financing in June of 2011.

Pirq is a free smartphone app that gives users exclusive deals at nearby restaurants. Users love Pirq because they receive 20%-50% off their entire bill all day, everyday at a variety of local restaurants. Pirq also delivers tremendous value to vendors with its pioneering SmartYield technology that automatically and intelligently adjusts deals in real-time to maximize a restaurant's off-peak and peak hours, which helps deliver new customers and increase profit for the restaurant. Pirq got a hold of $2M in venture funding from Rally Capital in December of 2011.

SpaceCurve is creating a new spatial-temporal database and graph analysis tools for big data. By providing the ability to ingest and analyze large geospatial, geotemporal, sensor and network data sets and create real-time actionable intelligence, SpaceCurve will enable new opportunities in location-based services, social applications, commodities, defense, emergency services and other markets. SpaceCurve has raised $2.7M in venture money from Reed Elsevier Ventures in February of 2012.

Varolii Corporation
Varolii is a leading provider of customer interaction management applications. Our cloud-based communication service help organizations more effectively interact with large numbers of customers and employees through voice, text messages, smartphone applications and email, reducing cost of operations and improving service. The company’s award-winning Interact platform enables companies to deliver personalized communication on a large scale, achieving better results from fewer interactions. Varolii got a hold of $8M in funding led by BlueRun Ventures in July of 2011.

OnRequest Images
OnRequest Images provides creative professionals with a new and innovative solution for specifying and acquiring Custom Stock™ Photography. A hybrid between hiring a photographer and using stock imagery, OnRequest Images creates custom, rights-managed images in 48-72 hours. The company landed $2M in financing from Menlo Ventures in June of 2010.

Redfin is the real estate industry's first online brokerage, combining a customer-focused team of real estate agents with online tools for making the process of buying or selling a home easy. Redfin's agents handle every facet of a transaction, including tours, pricing analyses, negotiations, inspections and closings. Redfin is the only major search site to feature listings direct from broker databases as well as for-sale-by-owner and foreclosure properties from across the Internet. Redfin has raised $14.8M in venture money from Globespan Capital Partners in October of 2011.

Bag Borrow or Steal
Founded in 2004, the new Bag Borrow or Steal, is the largest online rented-luxury retailer. The company offers a new way for anyone to access and enjoy luxury accessories, including designer handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, watches and luggage. Members simply select accessories to rent, keep them as long as they like and then purchase, or exchange them for something new. The company got a hold of $4M in financing in July of 2011.

DocuSign pioneered e-signature technology in 2003 following the enactment of the federal ESIGN legislation that established electronic records and signatures as legally binding. ESIGN paved the way for widespread adoption of online transactions. The company set out to make e-signatures the preferred method of closing business by creating fast, easy and secure e-signature solutions to save companies substantial amounts of time and money. DocuSign received $27M in funding led by Scale Venture Partners in December of 2010.

AdReady provides powerful software that enables any marketer to master online advertising. Unlike time-intensive, inefficient approaches that don’t get the job done, AdReady simplifies the process with an intuitive start-to-finish solution that improves advertising ROI by successfully reaching and converting digital consumers where they live. AdReady landed $5.3M in funding led by Madrona Venture Group in May of 2010.

Keymetric Inc
KeyMetric is the industry's premier solution for measuring the overall effectiveness of search engine marketing and sales activity across online and offline direct-response channels, including telephone calls. With KeyMetric, businesses accurately track responses and conversions, including telephone calls, across unique content sources, organic search terms, and pay-per-click search keywords - providing visibility into which campaigns and content are generating increased lead. The company has increased its revenues by 669% from 2008 to 2010 ending with $2.7M in 2010.

Apptio is the leading independent provider of on-demand Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions for managing the business of IT. Apptio enables IT leaders to manage the cost, quality and value of IT Services by providing deep visibility into the total cost of IT services, communicating the value of IT to the business through an interactive "Bill of IT," and strategically aligning the planning, budgeting and forecasting processes. The company received $16.5M in funding from Shasta Ventures in September of 2010.

Symform Inc
Symform is a revolutionary secure cloud storage service. The Symform Cloud Storage Network protects your data, your business and your bottom line, providing unlimited offsite cloud storage and backup for the lowest flat fee. Unlike traditional data center storage, Symform’s global network encrypts, shreds and geo-distributes data. This disruptive technology provides greater security, higher performance and more cost-effective cloud data storage and backup than any alternative today. Symform collected $2M in funding from WestRiver Capital in January of 2012.

Optify provides an Inbound Marketing Software Suite to help marketers reach more buyers and generate more demand for their business. Our Inbound Marketing software is SaaS-hosted and runs 100% in the cloud, all you need is a browser. Optify was founded in 2008 by Brian Goffman and Erez Barak and is funded by Madrona Venture Group, Triangle Peak Partners and prominent angels. Optify has raised $6.1M in venture money in October of 2010.

Centri Technology, Inc.
Centri Technology is an emerging leader in new wireless service thchonlogies. Based on advanced data acceleration technologies, Centri developed its BitSmart solution that enables a better wireless user experience. This solution is critical for any wireless service, including cloud computing, mobile applications, and online gaming, where increased speeds, low latency, instant error recovery, bidirectional performance, and lossless data reproduction are desirable and even critical. The company landed $1.5M in funding in August of 2011.

Banyan Branch
Banyan Branch, based in Seattle, WA, is a full- ­service social media agency that provides end- ­to- ­end marketing services including strategy, creative, execution and analytics. With a holistic approach that integrates Strategy, Social Media Creative, Engagement and Research & Analytics, Banyan Branch delivers social media programs unmatched by smaller agencies, while providing more personalized service and quicker response than large- ­scale digital firms. Banyan Branch got a hold of $1.7M in funding in October of 2011.

Walk Score
Based in Seattle, WA, Walk Score rates any address based on its proximity to nearby amenities (grocery stores, restaurants, schools, parks, public transit, etc.) and promotes walkable neighborhoods for their economic, environmental and health benefits. Walk Score delivers four million scores per day across a network of over 10,000 websites. According to independent research conducted by CEOs for Cities, one point of Walk Score is worth as much as $3,000 in home value. Walk Score landed $2M in funding in January of 2012.

Ivytalk was created by Ivycorp, a technology company based in Washington State, with offices in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. As a company, Ivycorp's focus is providing communication tools and services to businesses and individuals through the web, email, and mobile technology. Ivycorp got a hold of $1M in financing from Women s Venture Capital Fund in January of 2012.
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