Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Pennsylvania" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - July 23, 2013 - 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 1045 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 18.

"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 Pennsylvania 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 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.

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 got a hold of $5M in venture funding from Safeguard Scientifics in October 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.

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.

Xtium is a leading enterprise software and solutions company innovating managed cloud hosting, online backup and virtual disaster recovery services. We offer companies the most secure virtual private cloud experiences with improved application performance across the network. Our architecture is flexible, allowing customers to remain in control. Xtium got a hold of $11.5 in funding in September of 2011.

PeopleLinx LLC
Founded in 2009 by former LinkedIn employees, PeopleLinx helps the world’s leading enterprises use social tools to outperform Marketing goals. PeopleLinx’s scalable software solution provides tools for profile optimization, customized training, coordinated content sharing, and analytics that turn employees into LinkedIn power users and brand ambassadors. The company has raised $3.2M in financing led by Osage Venture Partners in March of 2013.

Artisan Mobile, Inc.
Artisan Mobile, Inc. is the creator of the industry’s first Mobile Experience Management platform. Artisan significantly accelerates the path to user engagement and creates new opportunities for business growth. By bringing the capabilities of online Customer Experience Management and Web Marketing Optimization to the mobile app world, Artisan helps organizations drive mobile adoption, retention, conversion, and revenue. Artisan received $5.5M in financing from FirstMark Capital in June of 2013.

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 $20M in financing from Lightspeed Venture Partners in July of 2012.

NextDocs Corporation
NextDocs is the global leader in providing compliance software solutions including quality management software, regulatory document management, and clinical portals. NextDocs solutions enable businesses in regulated industries to achieve compliance with FDA and other agencies while automating processes, improving efficiency, and dramatically reducing costs. NextDocs’ customers include pharmaceutical companies, biotechs, medical device companies, and CROs. NextDocs received $10.3M in funding from OpenView Venture Partners in August 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.

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.

HIT Application Solutions
HIT Application Solutions (HIT) is an innovative IT product and services company that specializes in healthcare information technology and consulting services designed to improve both the quality of care as well as the efficiency of healthcare operations across a variety of delivery environments. HIT’s target market includes hospitals, integrated health networks, standalone imaging centers and reference laboratories. The company has raised $2.75M in funding in April of 2012.

Founded in February 2007, Poptent offers its clients a one-stop solution for all their video marketing needs. Poptent's unique model generates high quality video content for any use, with fresh and authentic creative treatments that resonate with audiences. The company received $5.5M in funding from MK Capital in July of 2012.

The Resumator
The Resumator is a quirky, Pittsburgh-based software company that develops Web 2.0 recruiting software. Featured on TechCrunch, Mashable and CNET, we empower growing businesses with fun-to-use recruiting tools they've never had, but have always needed The Resumator has been widely heralded as an innovative, essential product for businesses that need to hire. The company has raised $2.1M in financing from Birchmere Ventures in November of 2012.

Zonoff, Inc
Zonoff, Inc., creator of the Intuitive Home™ platform, provides comprehensive wireless technology and commerce solutions to channel partners who, in turn, deliver “Connected Home” products and services to the consumer mass market. Zonoff’s modular, cross-technology approach includes embedded software, Cloud services and Apps which can be combined to deliver best-of-breed home automation, remote control, energy management and safety monitoring, ranging from entry level to comprehensive solutions. The company received $3.8M in financing led by Valhalla Partners in April of 2013.

Corporate University Xchange, Inc.
Partnering with the best faculty from the best universities, CorpU brings a powerful new way to connect people to solve problems, generate ideas, teach and learn, and capture knowledge. Its Virtual Learning Communities integrate social media, web 2.0, cloud computing, and mobile technologies to seamlessly connect employees anytime, from anywhere, and on any device. CorpU got a hold of $4.5M in funding from Global Silicon Valley Capital in September of 2012.

PHD Virtual Technologies
PHD Virtual provides the best value in data protection and recovery assurance for virtual and cloud environments. More than 6,000 customers worldwide rely on its solutions that reduce the risks and costs of recovery, are easier to use and far more affordable than competitive alternatives. PHD Virtual has been transforming data protection and recovery assurance since 2006. The company collected $4M in funding led by Citrix in March of 2013.

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.

RJMetrics builds software that helps online companies take their mountains of data and use it to improve their businesses. Founded by Robert Moore and Jake Stein in 2009, the company has been focused on delivering insights that help growing organizations beat out their more entrenched competitors. We count many of the fastest growing and most successful new online businesses as our customers, and are proud to be a part of their success. RJMetrics got a hold of $6.25M in venture funding from Trinity Ventures in May of 2013.
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