Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Boston" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - April 16, 2013 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Boston and surrounding areas, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in Boston" 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 1409 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 53.

"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 Boston 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 Boston, Massachusetts. From there, each company must meet one or more of the following requirements;

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

Skyword Inc.
Skyword is the leading content production platform. The Skyword Platform enables brands, retailers, media companies, and agencies to acquire and engage customers by efficiently producing quality content optimized for search and the social web. Skyword for Agencies is an offshoot of the Skyword Platform designed to meet the specific needs of marketing and advertising agencies that manage content programs for multiple clients. Skyword has raised $6M in financing from Cox Media Group in December of 2011.

Gemvara is the revolutionary leader of custom-made, fine jewelry shopping online. Imagine your perfect ring, necklace, pendant, bracelet, or earrings made by hand with pretty much any gemstone or metal you can think of, created especially for you or your special someone the moment you order it. Gemvara has raised $25M in funding from Norwest Venture Partners in June of 2012.

Terascala Inc
Terascala is the Fast Data Company. Terascala’s LustreStack software suite enables storage providers to offer Lustre-based storage appliances that are simple to deploy, easy to use, and optimally tune. With LustreStack-powered storage appliances, organizations can optimize the performance of HPC and Fast Data applications without requiring specialized expertise or compromising on system availability or performance. The company got a hold of $14M in funding from Ascent Venture Partners in April of 2012.

Nexage is the leading premium mobile advertising exchange, connecting over 300 publishers and developers with over 200 demand sources to create the most efficient, liquid, and vibrant market in mobile advertising today. Nexage landed $15M in funding from Hearst Interactive Media in August of 2012.

Cloud Technology Partners Inc
Cloud Technology Partners enables the world’s leading businesses and institutions to innovate through cloud computing. With a comprehensive cloud-focused services portfolio and custom software and tools, Cloud Technology Partners plans, designs and builds cloud implementations that reduce IT costs, streamline operations and accelerate time to market for enterprise applications and platforms. The company received $2M in funding in September of 2012.

EverTrue, Inc
EverTrue provides a mobile platform that better connects alumni to their communities and to one another. EverTrue is a TechStars and MassChallenge company that offers a mobile platform that leverages the social graph to improve alumni data quality, and that improves alumni networking through a secure and interactive directory. The company got a hold of $5.25M in financing from Bain Capital Ventures in March of 2013.

FirstBest Systems®, Inc
FirstBest® Systems is the leading provider of insurance software solutions that help global insurance companies improve underwriting profitability, scale their business and achieve high service levels with agents, across the enterprise. The patented and proven FirstBest Front Office Suite has processed more than $9 billion in quotes and includes modular underwriting workstation, mobile underwriting, agent portal, and agency upload applications. FirstBest® Systems landed $10M in funding from NewSpring Capital in April of 2012.

Localytics is the leading provider of closed-loop app marketing and analytics solutions. The company helps organizations gain data-driven insights into their end user interactions and leverages this knowledge to create automated, personalized and behavioral-targeted actions within the app, maximizing revenue and driving customer loyalty. Localytics has raised $5.5M in financing from Polaris Venture Partners in September of 2012.

MC10 Inc
MC10 takes electronics 'out of the box' to create thin, conformal systems that are able to move with the natural world. The company combines breakthrough technology with innovative engineering to develop exciting new consumer, medical, and industrial products. The company got a hold of $12.5M in financing from Braemar Energy Ventures in June of 2011.

Hadapt, Inc.
Hadapt has developed the industry’s only Big Data analytic platform natively integrating SQL with Apache Hadoop. The unification of these traditionally segregated platforms enables customers to analyze all of their data (structured, semi-structured and unstructured) in a single platform—no connectors, complexities or rigid structure. The company got a hold of $9.5M in financing led by Norwest Venture Partners in October of 2011.

InsightSquared provides disruptive and breakthrough sales and marketing analytics for Salesforce. The analytics, dashboards and reports are built from the ground up for sales managers and business executives who run small and midsize companies (SMBs). Our Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product lives in the cloud, meaning SMBs don’t need to license expensive software, invest in new hardware, or employ dedicated IT and analytical staff to use it. InsightSquared collected $4.5M in funding from Atlas Venture in May of 2012.

Fiksu, Inc
Fiksu, Inc. helps leading brands optimize their iOS and Android mobile app marketing campaigns and secure large volumes of loyal users. The company’s flagship product, the Fiksu® Mobile App Marketing Platform, spans the entire mobile ecosystem providing the most cost-effective, predictable and intelligent mobile advertising solution, slashing user acquisition costs and ensuring sustained user engagement. Fiksu, Inc. received $10M in financing from Qualcomm Ventures in July of 2012.

Wayfair Inc
Wayfair is in the business of giving our customers easy online access to the world’s home stuff in one place. Wayfair believes that options for your home can come from just about anywhere, so we carry over 5,000 brands of products like furniture, lighting, cookware, and everything in between. The company has raised $36.3M in financing in December of 2012.

Plastiq is an online payment provider based in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded to provide convenient, flexible, and secure payment options, the company is advancing innovative payment solutions across North America. Plastiq has raised $6M in funding led by Atlas Venture in March of 2013.

Invoke Solutions
Invoke Solutions offers a unique real-time online interactive market research platform, with optional research services, to help companies uncover valuable customer insights through a combination qualitative and quantitative tool that blends the concepts of focus groups and online surveys into a live dashboard view with advanced segmentation, reporting and analytics capabilities. The company received $3.8M in funding from North Atlantic Capital in May of 2011.

Bradford Networks
Bradford Networks offers the best solution to enable secure network access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices. The company’s flexible platform is the first network security offering that can automatically identify and profile all devices and all users on a network, providing complete visibility and control. Bradford Networks got a hold of $3M in funding from Updata Partners in May of 2012.

aPriori software and services generate hard-dollar product cost savings for discrete manufacturing and product innovation companies. Using aPriori’s real-time product cost assessments, employees in engineering, sourcing and manufacturing make more-informed decisions that drive costs out of products pre- and post-production. aPriori received $5M in financing from Sigma Partners in July of 2012.

Thinking Phone Networks
Thinking Phone Networks is the smart choice in cloud UC. The company enables midmarket and larger enterprises, service providers, and PBX vendors to deploy cloud communications quickly, easily, and cost effectively. Its award-winning ThinkingSuite solution combines powerful analytics-driven communications services, application integration, and turnkey back-office operational functionality on an open architected platform. Thinking Phone Networks landed $16.5M in funding led by Advanced Technology Ventures in October of 2012.

Cartera Commerce, Inc
Cartera Commerce is the leading provider of card-linked marketing solutions that increase revenue and customer loyalty for merchants, banks, card issuers and loyalty programs. For merchants, Cartera powers OfferLink℠, the industry's largest card-linked advertising network that markets offers to more than 150 million consumers - including 65 million active linked cards - to help acquire and retain customers. The company received $12.2M in funding led by Comvest Group and included new investments from all of Cartera's previous investors including Flybridge Capital Partners, Dace Ventures, LBO Enterprises, and Venture Capital Fund of New England in June of 2012.

Kinvey is the leading Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform. The company makes it easy for developers to setup and maintain store-ready or enterprise cloud backend for their mobile, tablet and web apps. The company offers BaaS platforms and solutions for individual developers, enterprise developers and agency partners. Kinvey received $2M in financing in August of 2011.

Retroficiency, Inc
Retroficiency enables energy service providers and utilities to cost-effectively prioritize high potential commercial buildings and evaluate thousands of energy efficiency measures in minutes. Our Building Efficiency Intelligence platform delivers accurate, actionable insights and recommendations aligned with target goals. Retroficiency is trusted by some of the largest utilities and energy service providers in the world. The company received $3.32M in funding from Point Judith Capital in December of 2011.

TalkTo, Inc
TalkTo lets you text ANY local business - as easily as you text your friends - and ensures you can get a text response back. The company received $3M in financing from Matrix Partners in April of 2012.

Founded in 2011 by industry veterans of mobile technology companies, SessionM has built an innovative mobile loyalty and advertising platform that connects consumers with mobile content and advertising in fun and rewarding new ways. Clients include some of the most notable developers and advertisers in the world, including Viacom Interactive, The Weather Channel, Demand Media, PepsiCo, Universal, Volvo and Unilever. SessionM received $20M in funding from Charles River Ventures in May of 2012.

AppNeta is revolutionizing IT Performance Management with the first cloud-delivered service for integrated, end-to-end visibility across networks and applications. AppNeta delivers an industry-first SaaS portfolio of end-user experience monitoring services with broad, cross application performance visibility and unprecedented network performance insight. AppNeta has raised $16M in venture money led by Bain Capital Ventures March of 2013.

NuoDB, Inc., is a Cambridge, MA-based technology leader that provides the industry’s patented, elastically scalable Cloud Data Management System (CDMS). Unlike every other database, NuoDB is architected to scale out effortlessly on the cloud without compromising any of the features or guarantees of relational databases. NuoDB got a hold of $10M in venture money from Morgenthaler Ventures in July of 2012.

Shareaholic Inc.
Founded in 2008, Shareaholic has quickly grown from a "nights and weekends" project to a fast-growing VC backed company that today is the leader in making content discovery & sharing on the web a simple, delightful and elegant experience for readers while providing powerful tools to content publishers to measure, analyze and improve the effectiveness of their content to drive even more visibility, traffic, leads and views. Shareaholic got a hold of $3M in funding in November of 2012.

ProfitBricks, Inc
ProfitBricks - Cloud Computing 2.0 - is the cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) company offering more speed and flexibility than any other cloud provider. Founded in 2010 by the previous co-founders of 1&1 Internet, ProfitBricks has built the world's first, true virtual datacenter, enabling users custom defined instances with live vertical scaling and class-leading double redundant cloud storage – all with simple and transparent minute-based billing. The company has raised $19.5M in funding from United Internet AG in March of 2013.

SimpliVity Corporation
SimpliVity was established with the mission of simplifying IT infrastructure by delivering a new data structure and platform architecture designed to deliver the functionality that the virtualized and cloud-enabled data center demands. SimpliVity's OmniCube converges server and storage functionality along with significant advanced functionality which today is delivered by numerous disparate appliances—all at a fraction of the cost and with extreme reduction in complexity. The company got a hold of $25M in funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in September of 2012.

CoachUp is the first online marketplace that connects athletes with great private coaches in every sport. For athletes, we make it easy to find, review, and schedule lessons with a great coach. For coaches, CoachUp makes it easy to create an online profile, reach new clients, and process payments. The company received $2.2M in financing led by General Catalyst Partners in November of 2012.

ownCloud, Inc
Based on the popular ownCloud open source file sync and share community project, ownCloud Inc. was founded in 2011 to give corporate IT greater control of their data — combining greater flexibility, openness and extensibility with on premise servers and storage. The company has raised $2.5M in funding from General Catalyst Partners in November of 2012.

Optaros Inc
Optaros delivers digital commerce services that embrace emerging technologies to create exceptional branded experiences.Optaros provides the technical capabilities of a systems integrations company, the UX and creative design of an interactive agency, and the insights of an expert commerce consultancy. Optaros got a hold of $4M in funding in February of 2012.

Bit9, Inc.
The leader in Trust-based Security, Bit9 continuously monitors and records all activity on servers and endpoints to detect and stop cyberthreats that evade traditional security defenses. A cloud-based software reputation service combined with policy-driven application control and whitelisting provide the most reliable form of security in a model that can be rapidly implemented with less maintenance than traditional tools. Bit9 has raised $34.5M in funding from Sequoia Capital in July of 2012.

JumpTap, Inc
Jumptap, Inc. is the leading mobile audience targeting platform. Reaching 171 million mobile users in the U.S. and 269 million mobile users worldwide, Jumptap uses its extensive technology portfolio, as well as industry-first partnerships with more than 20 third-party data providers, to understand mobile audiences better than any other ad platform and provide intelligent targeting with scale. The company got a hold of $27.5M in financing in July of 2012.

Aternity Inc
Aternity monitors any application on any physical, virtual or mobile device providing a unique, user-centric vantage point that closes the visibility gap existing with network- and server-centric application performance management tools. The company landed $13M in funding from Investor Growth Capital in October of 2011.

Gazelle provides an easy, fast, and safe way to sell your used gadgets to upgrade to the latest technology. We pay for shipping and we pay you fast. You can feel good about upgrading while we make sure your gadget is reused. Gazelle received $22M in financing led by Craton Equity Partners in July of 2011.

Attivio, Inc.
Attivio's Active Intelligence Engine® (AIE®) is powering today's critical business solutions with a completely new approach to unifying information access. By extending enterprise search capabilities across documents, data and media, AIE brings depth and agility to business applications and websites. The company received $8M in funding from General Electric Pension Trust in January of 2013.

Neolane provides the only conversational marketing technology that empowers organizations to build and sustain one-to-one lifetime dialogues, dramatically increasing revenue and marketing efficiency. Born digital, with best-in-class email and inbound-outbound channel fusion capabilities architected into a single code-based platform, marketers achieve results in record time. Neolane got a hold of $27M in financing from Battery Ventures in January of 2012.

uTest Inc
uTest provides in-the-wild testing services that span the entire software development lifecycle – including functional, security, load, localization and usability testing. The company’s community of 70,000+ professional testers from 190 countries put web, mobile and desktop applications through their paces by testing on real devices under real-world conditions. uTest got a hold of $17M in funding led by QuestMark Partners in December of 2011.

Extreme Reach
Extreme Reach is the leading provider of video advertising management, ad distribution and ad serving solutions spanning all video media. The company’s unique pure-digital ad delivery network is the world’s largest for video advertising. It directly connects more than 2,000 advertisers and agencies with hundreds of production houses and more than 17,000 media outlets. Extreme Reach received $9M in venture money from TD Bank in January of 2012.

ProcessUnity Inc
ProcessUnity is a risk management software company headquartered in historic Concord, Massachusetts. ProcessUnity’s Software as a Service solutions provide financial services firms and other organizations with the visibility and control they need to assess, measure, and mitigate risk and to ensure the optimal performance of key business processes. The company got a hold of $5M in funding from Rose Park Advisors in April of 2013.

Zmags unlocks new revenue opportunities for retailers and marketers by delivering fully branded, commerce-enabled digital catalogs and publications that are consistent across all consumer touchpoints. The Zmags platform provides an immersive digital environment that invites discovery, deepens customer engagement, allows streamlined purchasing directly from the page and increases ROI. The company landed $6M in funding from North Atlantic Capital in October of 2012.

Abine, inc.
Abine is the leading online privacy company, offering tools and services that help people take control of their private information online. The company has become well known for the simplicity of its products as well as its expertise in online privacy and security. The company’s most popular tool, DoNotTrackPlus, has been downloaded more than 2.2 million times since its mid-February launch. The company has raised $5.2M in venture money led by General Catalyst in July of 2011.

Boston Technologies
Boston Technologies is an innovative leading provider of software, solutions, services and trading platforms to institutional and retail brokerage firms in the foreign exchange, CFD (contracts for difference), commodities, futures and options marketplace.BT specializes in inter-exchange connectivity which allows our clients to focus on their core trading activities while we provide mission critical IT services that are tailored to fit their specific requirements. The company collected $2.5M led by Bridge Bank in June of 2011.

Plexxi is a venture-funded startup located in Cambridge, Massachusetts founded by networking pros who have the perspective that comes with experience to get at the root of what’s wrong with today’s complex, inefficient costly data center networks, and tackle it head-on. Plexxi offers the first and only affinity-driven networking solution, specifically built for the fluid and dynamic nature of today’s data center computing needs. The company received $20M in funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners in July of 2012.

TwinStrata, Inc
TwinStrata delivers cloud-integrated storage solutions that seamlessly combine the flexibility of cloud-based technologies with the robustness of traditional storage. As a result, customers benefit from significant reductions in IT costs, time and administrative requirements. Customers of all sizes use TwinStrata to capitalize on the cloud’s scalability and economy advantages without sacrificing the security, performance and peace of mind of local storage. The company landed $8M in funding from Avalon Ventures in October of 2011.

CounterTack, the industry’s first and only in-progress attack intelligence and response solution provider, was born out of the critical need to develop new security approaches for enterprise and government organizations. The detection gap persists despite massive investments and continuing advancements in security technologies, with cyber attacker innovations outpacing cyber defenses. CounterTack has raised $9.5M in funding from Fairhaven Capital in November of 2011.

Objective Logistics
Objective Logistics is gamifying the workplace. We are a retail/restaurant-focused software company that provides an artificially-intelligent, web-accessible labor management platform (MUSE) scientifically proven to increase sales and save managers countless hours of precious time. MUSE introduces a competitive environment that compels staff to self-motivate and actively upsell while achieving high customer service ratings. The company received $5.1M in financing led by Atlas Venture in December of 2011.

Verivo Software Inc.
A leading provider of enterprise mobility software, Verivo Software helps companies accelerate their business results. Its unique technology empowers teams to centrally build, deploy, manage and update their mobile apps — rapidly, securely and across multiple devices. Hundreds of companies in numerous industries around the world rely on Verivo’s platform to drive their mobility initiatives. Verivo has raised $17M in financing from Commonwealth Capital Ventures in January of 2012.

Ginger Software
Ginger Software empowers users to dramatically improve their written communication. The company offers its best in class error detection and correction engine integrated into your browser or word processor. Ginger corrects misused words, grammar and spelling mistakes based on the context of each sentence. Additional functionality is available through Ginger Premium, which includes English learning modules, personalized to your individual mistakes, and a text-to-speech functionality. Ginger Software raised $6.3M in financing in February of 2012 from Vaizra Ventures and other private investors.

CloudLock, Inc.
CloudLock provides a suite of information security applications that makes Google Apps the most secure productivity platform. The largest Google Apps customers in the world trust CloudLock to protect and monitor sensitive information, address compliance regulations and control third-party applications’ access to the corporate Google Domain. The company received $8.7M in financing from Ascent Venture Partners in March of 2012.

TribeHR Corp
TribeHR Corp. builds TribeHR, the first truly social human resources management software. Its easy-to-use tools are used by businesses worldwide, allowing companies to focus more on what they do best and less on things that get in the way. TribeHR was founded in 2009. The company landed $2.5M in financing from Relay Ventures in August of 2012.

Intigua Inc
Intigua virtualizes the management layer – just as servers, storage and networks have been virtualized – bringing cloud-grade scalability and agility to infrastructure monitoring and management. Intigua enables enterprises to ensure the performance, availability and security of business-critical applications running on large-scale physical, virtual, private and public cloud, and hybrid infrastructures. The company has raised $8.6M in funding from Bessemer Venture Partners in January of 2013.

ParElastic Corporation
Founded in 2010, ParElastic is led by industry veterans with deep database expertise. Heralding from Progress Software and Netezza, co-founders Ken Rugg, CEO, and Amrith Kumar, CTO, understand scalability from years of hands-on experience building some of the world’s largest and most complex systems. ParElastic’s patented technology is the only solution that brings the flexibility of cloud architectures to all dimensions of your database. The company landed $5.7M in funding from General Catalyst Partners in April of 2013.
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