Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Midwest" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - June 26, 2013 - 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 1340 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 37.

"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 Midwest 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 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.

Vox Mobile
Since 2004, enterprises in North Americaand 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 got a hold of $7.5M in financing from Edison Ventures in May of 2012.

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.

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 has raised $8M in funding from Northwater Capital Management in January of 2012.

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 received $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 received $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.

The SAVO Group
Founded in 1999, SAVO is a leading provider of sales enablement solutions. SAVO’s on-demand sales enablement platform maximizes the sales team’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 got a hold $14M in funding from SAP Ventures in August of 2011.

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.

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. SilkRoad received $35M in funding led by Keating Capital in May 2012.

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 has raised $52.5M in funding from Accel 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.

Braintree Payment Solutions, LLC
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. Braintree has raised $35M in financing led by New Enterprise Associates in September of 2012.

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.

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.

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.

OptiMine Software LLC
OptiMine’s sophisticated bid optimization software forecasts the performance of each paid search ad placement each day and automatically sets optimal bids, giving marketers the best possible return on their paid search investment. OptiMine solves the complex pricing problem facing advertisers in every channel of digital advertising with a first focus on keyword bidding in paid search advertising. The company landed $3.6M in funding from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners in October of 2011.

InContext Solutions
InContext Solutions is an award winning technology-based insights services firm that leverages 3D virtual environments to add value at every stage of the concept development cycle. Its collaborative software tools and research capabilities enable the world’s best known consumer brands to acquire highly accurate, timely and cost-effective behavioral and attitudinal insights into shopper behavior, and to more effectively collaborate and drive consensus around key decisions. The company landed $1.5M in funding from Hyde Park Angels in December 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.

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.

Commerce Guys
Commerce Guys is the creator of Drupal Commerce, one of the fastest growing eCommerce solutions with over 27,000 active sites worldwide. Drupal Commerce is revolutionary software integrating commerce, content and community to create engaging Web experiences that bring e-retailers more traffic to drive more commerce. Commerce Guys has raised $5M in venture money from Alven Capital in March of 2012.

SoMoLend Holdings, 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 got a hold of $1.4M in funding from Think Big Ventures in June of 2012.

eSpark Learning helps innovative schools use iPads in the classroom to raise student achievement. eSpark works to change the way students learn by using fun, targeted educational iPad applications and data-driven assessments to create personalized curriculum targeted to students’ learning needs. eSpark partners with classroom teachers to identify student goals aligned to Common Core State Standards. The company received $5M in funding led by MK Capital in September of 2012.

Risk I/O, Inc
Risk I/O is the first vulnerability intelligence platform. Delivered via SaaS, Risk I/O aggregates and prioritizes vulnerability data from over 20 of the most widely-deployed security assessment technologies to provide enterprises with a single view of their security risk. By integrating with the top bug fix and ticketing systems, Risk I/O enables organizations to collaborate on vulnerability remediation. The company received $5.25M in funding led by U.S. Venture Partners in November of 2012.

SpotHero is the best way to reserve & pay for parking. SpotHero allows you to search and view available parking options in and around the city of Chicago, Milwaukee, & D.C. By reserving your parking online ahead of time through SpotHero, you know exactly how much you're going to pay, and where you're going to park. The company has raised $2.5M in venture funding led by 500 Startups in December of 2012.

MindMixer sparks community through online engagement. Ideas, voices, and perspectives are shared revealing actionable insights. MindMixer’s vision is to create connected and contributing communities by promoting community dialog online, ultimately leading to community action offline. Our simple process and easy-to-use tool creates a place for community members to share ideas, evolve ideas, and ultimately take action on those ideas. The company received $4M in funding from Nelnet in May of 2013.

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 collected $12M in funding from eXome Capital August 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.

Netchemia is one of the fastest-growing providers of talent management solutions for K-12 school districts. Netchemia's cloud-software platform delivers simple, quick and affordable management solutions for Teacher Evaluation (TalentEd PerformTM), Recruitment & Hiring (TalentEd Recruit & HireTM) and Special Education (netIEP®), with no hardware to buy or software to install. The company got a hold of $6.5M in funding from Mainsail Partners in May of 2013.

ParkWhiz LLC
ParkWhiz is the number one place to find and reserve a guaranteed parking space before you reach your destination. ParkWhiz.com presents a fast, efficient way for drivers to find available parking on their computer or mobile phone before they reach their destination. Parking search results reflect real-time parking availability at hundreds of ParkWhiz partner locations, enabling drivers to make a reservation and know for sure that a guaranteed parking spot will be waiting for them when they arrive. The company got a hold of $2M in financing from Hyde Park Venture Partners in December of 2012.

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 has raised $5.6M in funding led by MK Capital in September of 2011.

Target Data
Target Data is a big data firm that provides an end-to-end platform for integrated mover marketing solutions, powered by the most accurate, timely and comprehensive pre-mover data available. Working with Target Data, businesses can accurately identify, deeply understand and rapidly market to the greatest number of pre-movers. Target Data got a hold of $1M in financing from Apex Venture Partners in August of 2012.

Peerless Network, Inc.
Peerless Network, Inc. is a leading provider of interconnection and data center services focused on simplifying how networks, devices and people connect. Headquartered in Chicago, Peerless Network is among the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies and ranked 97th overall on the 2012 Inc. 500 list. Peerless Network got a hold of $15M in financing from Square 1 Bank in January of 2013.
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