Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Austin" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - April 30, 2013 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Austin, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in Austin" 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 435 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 31.

"We are very proud of the momentum and recognition our Hot Awards have gained in the past 4 years," said Tom Blue, CEO of Lead411. "The 2013 list showcases companies with outstanding performance in their fields, who have all earned the right to be called a Austin Hot Company."

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 Austin, Texas. 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.

Malauzai Software, Inc
Malauzai was incorporated in 2009 in response to the growing demand in the mobile channel marketplace. As a leading edge company in a cool town, with a focus primarily on community financial institutions, Malauzai looks to provide mobile solutions that will enhance the customer experience ultimately resulting in increased value. Malauzai received $2.3M in funding in April of 2012.

Illumitex Inc
Founded in 2005 by imaging and optics industry veterans, US-based Illumitex’s industry-shifting achievements began with a fresh approach to traditional LED design. By refusing to settle for the losses associated with secondary optics, Illumitex’s breakthrough LED technology incorporates fundamental physics principles to maximize light extraction at the source. Illumitex has raised $9.3M in funding led by New Enterprise Associates in April of 2012.

Xplore Technologies
Xplore is engaged in the business of developing integrating and marketing mobile wireless Tablet PC computing systems. The Company’s products enable the extension of traditional computing systems to a range of field and on-site personnel, regardless of location or environment. Xplore received $3.5M in funding in February of 2012.

CopperEgg Corporation
CopperEgg cloud monitoring provides unified, simple, smart, and fast insight into the performance, quality, and availability of cloud services, applications, websites, and servers running at production scale. Our SaaS-based cloud application performance metric monitoring, server monitoring, and web application monitoring deliver immediate intelligence into critical cloud performance problems, correlated visibility into developing trends, and split-second decision support for organizations of all sizes. The company has raised $2M in funding from Silverton Partners in July of 2011.

MyEdu Corp
MyEdu is the leading academic and careers platform helping students complete college and find internships and jobs. MyEdu’s free tools and rich academic data have been used by millions of students to graduate in less time and reduce the cost of earning their degree. The MyEdu has raised $10M in funding from The University of Texas System in October of 2011.

Famigo Inc
Famigo provides a platform for families to safely discover, manage, and enjoy content and apps on smartphones and tablets. We want everyone from toddlers to grandmothers to have successful interactions every time they use a smartphone or tablet in a family setting. Famigo got a hold of $1M in funding from Silverton Partners in March of 2012.

Alereon is a fabless semiconductor company developing innovative Ultrawideband (UWB) wireless chipsets. Our mission is to simplify networking by removing cables, allowing effortless connections between PCs, consumer electronics, PC peripherals and mobile devices. We want to change the way consumers use electronic devices to connect to the world. The company received $6M in funding from Enhanced Capital Partner in June of 2012.

Reddwerks Corporation
Reddwerks Corporation was formed more than eight years ago by a group of individuals who saw that the supply chain industry was sorely lacking a single solution for managing all the order fulfillment needs within a distribution facility. Reddwerks provides the only event-driven, single-platform warehouse controls and warehouse management solution for managing your entire order fulfillment process, conveyor sensor through shipping management. The company received $5.8M in financing in October of 2011.

Quarri Technologies
Quarri Technologies, Inc. is a security software company that empowers organizations to keep their sensitive data secure. The company’s products defend against both external and internal attacks and prevent unauthorized use and replication of confidential data by controlling both malicious and careless end-user behavior. Quarri received $1.3M in financing led by Houston Angel Network in October of 2012.

Portalarium, Inc
Portalarium, Inc. was formed in September 2009 for the purpose of developing and publishing online social games, virtual worlds and related services and products. Target deployment is across all the popular social networks (Facebook, MySpace, etc.), mobile platforms (iPhone, iPad, Android), browser types (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer), and PC hardware platforms (PC, Macintosh). The company landed $7M in financing from m8 Capital in July of 2012.

Bigcommerce Pty. Ltd
Bigcommerce is the easiest way to sell your products online and reach thousands of new customers both locally and around the world. Bigcommerce helps the world's best up-and-coming brands launch professional online stores to share their products with the world and drive more revenue. The company has raised $2M in financing in March of 2013.

Appconomy, Inc
Appconomy operates a cloud-based platform for mobile marketing and commerce that directly connects consumers and merchants through its Jinjin™ marketplace and apps for smartphones, tablets, and feature phones. Appconomy got a hold of $3.7M in funding in October of 2012.

Handshakez offers a collaboration and analytics platform that aims to bring business relationships out of email and into private collaborative spaces, improving transparency and engagement. It features curated rich media assets including presentations, financial models, whitepapers, videos and news items; social interactions including activity streams, @mentions, comments, polls, pre-built integration with enterprise tools including Microsoft Outlook and Salesforce.com. Handshakez has raised $3.6M in funding led by Austin Ventures in March of 2013.

Spanning Cloud Apps
Spanning was created with a singular purpose – to help companies protect and manage their information in the cloud. We provide powerful, reliable, enterprise-class data protection for all your Google Apps: Gmail, Drive, Sites, Calendars and Contacts. Spanning protects business-critical data in the cloud and easily scales to meet the needs of individuals and businesses of all sizes. The company collected $6M in financing from Foundry Group LP in March of 2013.

TextureMedia, Inc.
TextureMedia, Inc. is the social media platform for the textured hair influencer in the world of curls, coils and waves. Our six brands empower and connect millions of consumers, thousands of stylists and hundreds of hair care brands. TextureMedia received $1.2M in financing in June of 2011.

Xtreme Power
Xtreme Power provides scalable, real-time digital power management and energy storage system product and service solutions that decouple the rigid electric grid, enabling a more sustainable, reliable and cost-effective electric grid network. Xtreme Power’s Dynamic Power Resource™ product combines customized milli-second controls and high-efficiency power electronics with the energy storage capabilities of the company’s proprietary PowerCell™ technology. Xtreme Power received $16.4M in funding in July of 2011.

Sparksight is a creative agency with a focus on video production, creative design, and event management. Sparksight is also the company behind Leading Reach (http://leadingreach.com), a SaaS solution for lead capture at events and patient engagement in healthcare. This unique combination of software and services, as well as a fun-yet-professional company culture, has made Sparksight the "go-to" agency for video and event production in Austin. In fact, several of the companies on Lead411 "2013 Hottest Austin Companies" list are Sparksight agency clients and Leading Reach software customers! Sparksight is 100% self-funded and currently has 20 full time employees. The company has increased revenues by 314,185% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $1.1M in 2011.

Dachis Group
Dachis Group is the global leader in data-driven social marketing solutions. Built on a proprietary big data analytics platform, Dachis Group’s social performance measurement and amplification software applications, collaborative insights and reporting capabilities, and world leading data-driven social marketing solutions group help the world’s largest brands engage@scale with their customers. Dachis Group landed $7.5M in financing led by Austin Ventures in March of 2013.

Based in Austin, Texas, Spredfast provides social media management software that allows organizations to manage, monitor, and measure their social media programs at scale. Spredfast enables more people, in more places, to engage in more conversations from a single platform on supported social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Foursquare, and popular blogging platforms. The company has raised $18M in financing from OpenView Venture Partners in February of 2013.

Macheen Inc
Macheen Inc. is a leading global mobile application service provider for connected devices and services. Its flexible cloud-based platform enables innovative mobile business models and connected service offerings that can be tailored to individual device and market segments. Macheen is unique in providing a flexible platform for new mobile broadband subscription models for bundled access, sponsored content and fine-grained enterprise connectivity. The company has raised $10M in funding from GemVentures in September of 2012.

Kimbia, Inc.
Kimbia provides the most powerful and flexible online fundraising and event management tools in the marketplace today, empowering nonprofit organizations and community foundations to significantly increase giving, participation and advocacy through online, social media and mobile channels. Based in Austin, Texas, Kimbia is proud to support more than 3,000 customers to date, including the American Heart Association, WGBH-Boston, The Heritage Foundation, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and The Boston Foundation. Kimbia got a hold of $4M in funding from S3 Ventures in August of 2011.

Founded in January 2008, Calxeda brings new performance density to the datacenter on a very attractive power foot print by leveraging ultra-low power processors as used on mobile phones as a foundation for its revolutionary technology. Calxeda will make it possible for datacenter managers to increase the density of their computer resources while significantly reducing the need for power, space and cooling. The company has raised $55M in funding led by Austin Ventures in October of 2012.

MTPV is a clean energy semiconductor chip company using its breakthrough technology to harness the world’s waste heat and convert it to electricity. MTPV collected $10M in financing from Northwater Capital Management in January of 2012.

Veros Systems, Inc.
Veros Systems provides an intelligent, Web-enabled, software solution that continuously monitors and autonomously assesses electric machines to detect developing problems. The software displays early warning of any developing faults or anomalies that could cause sudden machine failures or changes in operating efficiency. The company got a hold of $1.5M in funding from Texas Emerging Technology Fund in August of 2012.

Bloomfire is a social web application for sales team productivity. Trusted by thousands of users across hundreds of organizations, Bloomfire encourages people to ask and answer questions, create and post content, and engage around mutual topics of interest through a rich, collaborative experience. Bloomfire got a hold of $8M in venture money from Austin Ventures and Redpoint Ventures in March of 2013.

Kinnser Software, Inc
Kinnser Software, Inc. was founded in 2003 to create web-based solutions that deliver clinical and business results for the home health industry. Thousands of clinicians and staff, at hundreds of home health agencies and therapy companies, use Kinnser´s solutions every day to support clinical outcomes, improve communication, improve revenue, and reduce costs. Kinnser Software has raised $40M in funding from Insight Venture Partners in March of 2012.

Umbel Corp
Umbel is an audience measurement company that helps publishers and content providers demonstrate the value of their audience by unlocking deep insights from social media and big data. Umbel empowers clients to discover leads and expose premium audience segments with real-time audience data. The company received $3.7M in financing from Austin Ventures in May of 2012.

VolunteerSpot, Inc.
VolunteerSpot is the leading FREE volunteer management software that's so easy, anyone can use it! A simple online sign up sheet makes organizing everyone easier and faster. VolunteerSpot's free volunteer scheduling software lets organizers quickly set up volunteer needs in an online calendar and invite volunteers to sign up from their computer or smart phone. The company got a hold of $1.5M in funding from ff Venture Capital of New York in June of 2012.

OutboundEngine is a hands-free way for independent professionals to market and grow their business through email and social media. OutboundEngine got a hold of $1.6M in funding in November of 2012.

The Fisoc Inc
fisoc leads the merchant funded loyalty space with its Buzz Points platform. Buzz Points rewards customers for shopping and spending, with even more rewards for spending locally at our network of local merchants. With Buzz Points, Financial Institutions realize substantially increased non-interest fee based income, while providing their users with a next gen loyalty platform on the web and mobile. Local merchants win with dramatically increased revenues. fisoc received $5M in funding led by Greycroft Partners in December of 2012.

Ziften Technologies
Ziften brings unprecedented visibility and control to Enterprise Client Management through comprehensive intelligence, analytics, and remediation, enabling enterprises to boost computing performance, enhance security, and optimize IT assets in Windows, cloud, and mobile devices. The rich and unique data Ziften provides is an ideal complement to IT monitoring and management tools already in place, extending their capabilities and taking ECM to a whole new level. Ziften got a hold of $5.5M in financing in May of 2012.
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