Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Seattle" awards" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - March 19, 2013 - 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 1348 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 41.

"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 Seattle 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 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 Corporation develops solutions for personalized deal search, discovery, and recommendation under the Blue Kangaroo brand. The company is founded by leading digital marketing and data experts Nick Weir, Usama Fayyad, and Hunter Madsen, who helped shape the strategy of organizations that include Yahoo!, Audience Science (formerly digiMine), Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, MicroStrategy, NASA, Wired, and J. Walter Thompson. The company received $3.2M in financing in August of 2011.

2nd Watch
2nd Watch, Inc. offers a unique combination of software, services and analytics to make leveraging the cloud simple. Our operational management tools and expert guidance allow mid-size and enterprise companies to operate in the cloud more efficiently, decrease risk and increase profitability. An Amazon Web Services Premier Consulting Partner, Microsoft Cloud Champion and Cloud Accelerate partner, the company is based in Seattle Washington. 2nd Watch got a hold of $4.2M in funding led by Madrona Venture Group in December of 2012.

Yapta, Inc
Yapta is a pioneer in airfare price assurance services for travelers, and the developer of FareIQ, the corporate travel industry’s only independent airfare price tracking solution. Launched in 2007 as the travel industry’s first airfare price tracking and refund alert service, Yapta quickly gained more than 1 million registered members and delivered more than $450 million in airfare savings alerts to consumers. Yapta received $5M in funding from Concur in July of 2011.

Cozi Group, Inc.
Cozi is the family technology company dedicated to simplifying everyday life, easing communication and connecting busy families. Cozi Family Organizer, has more than 6 million users and is the leading solution for busy families to manage schedules and activities, track grocery, shopping and to do lists, plan meals and store recipes, organize household chores and keep family memories. Cozi Family Organizer is accessible across multiple platforms—from any PC or Mac at Cozi.com or via mobile and tablet apps for iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Cozi received $3M in funding in January of 2012.

ValueAppeal's powerful web-based platform enables homeowners to check if they are overpaying their property taxes and provides the necessary tools for filing successful appeals. We provide nationwide coverage and understand the tax appeal process. We provide our customers the necessary resources to win, as well as help every step of the way. ValueAppeal has raised $1.2M in financing in June of 2012.

Redapt, Inc. delivers tightly integrated Cloud and Data Center Solutions assembled from the best technologies available, fitting each solution to the business need for the highest possible value. The company received $40M in venture funding from GE Capital in March of 2012.

DataSphere Technologies Inc
DataSphere Technologies, Inc. is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing Internet companies in the Seattle area with 3x year over year growth in staff and revenues. We are focused on the huge opportunities associated with the local advertising and small business market, providing a unique combination of technology and sales capabilities that make it easy for major media publishers to reach and provide advertising solutions for the millions of local businesses in the US. The company landed $8M in funding from First Analysis in March of 2012.

Visible Technologies
Visible is the leader in social media monitoring, analytics, and services for enterprises globally. Visible’s award-winning technology and expertise helps businesses analyze social media conversations to better understand consumer preferences, market dynamics, competitive strengths and weaknesses, and other information critical to a company’s reputation and brands. The company got a hold of $4M in funding from Investor Growth Capital in September of 2011.

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 $3M financing in July of 2012.

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. Finsphere has raised $11.3M in venture money from Vodafone Ventures in January of 2012.

DreamBox Learning
DreamBox Learning was founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Washington and launched 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 offers a groundbreaking combination of intelligent adaptive learning, rigorous elementary mathematics curriculum, and motivating learning environment. DreamBox Learning received $11M in funding from Netflix in December of 2011.

nFluence media, inc
nFluence technology enables companies to have fast, fun, valuable conversations with their consumers about what they are interested in resulting in an unprecedented and accurate picture of what content, advertising, and offers consumers will actually respond to. The nFluence Interest Graph technology can be applied to ads, deals, offers, vouchers, music or TV and to any form of digital content or anything else you want to promote on any platform you choose. The company got a hold of $1.6M in funding in February of 2013.

creativeLIVE, Inc.
creativeLIVE offers free online workshops in photography, video, web and graphic design, app development and a wide array of other creative topics. The company received $8M in financing in March of 2012.

Qumulo, Inc
Qumulo is a Seattle-based enterprise data storage startup. We believe that storage should be simple, scalable, and efficient. Formed in 2012 by leaders from Isilon Systems, Adobe, and Wily Technology, Qumulo is reimagining enterprise storage. Qumulo has raised $24.5M in financing from Highland Capital Partners in November of 2012.

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 got a hold of $37M in financing led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer in July of 2011.

PayScale, Inc.
Creator of the largest database of individual compensation profiles in the world, PayScale, Inc. provides an immediate and precise snapshot of current market salaries to employees and employers through its online tools and software. PayScale's products are powered by innovative search and query algorithms that dynamically acquire, analyze and aggregate compensation information for millions of individuals in real time. PayScale got $7M in funding led by SAP Ventures in July of 2011.

SmartSheet Inc
Smartsheet, a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) company, offers businesses an intuitive online collaboration tool. The ease of use of the familiar spreadsheet-like interface, coupled with file sharing, work automation and Gantt chart features have made it a popular and highly functional online collaboration tool for teams. Organizations worldwide rely on Smartsheet to help them manage their work. The company received $26M in financing led by Insight Venture Partners in December of 2012.

ExtraHop Networks Inc
ExtraHop provides the real-time operational intelligence required to make IT more agile and proactive. The world’s best-run IT organizations use ExtraHop to manage more than a quarter-million devices and monitor over a trillion transactions daily, including Adobe, Alaska Airlines, Concur, Expedia, and Microsoft. The company has raised $14M in venture funding led by Meritech Capital Partners in May of 2011.

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. The company landed $19.5M in funding from Ignition Partners in March of 2012.

Symform Inc
Symform is a revolutionary cloud storage and backup service, allowing users to pay with Bytes instead of Bucks. You join our network by contributing some of your excess local storage in exchange for valuable cloud storage. Symform's distributed global network is the fastest, most secure, and lowest-cost cloud storage available today. The company has raised $8M in venture funding from WestRiver Capital in April of 2012.

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

Buuteeq Inc
buuteeq is a Seattle based startup that makes the world's first Cloud Digital Marketing System (DMS) for hotels and lodging properties. Since officially launching the Cloud DMS product in January of 2011, buuteeq has added thousands of properties to their system across nearly 40 countries worldwide. The company received $10M in funding from Madrona Venture Group in October 2012.

Pirq is a free smartphone app that provides consumers with a convenient, digital way to earn rewards and get instant deals at local businesses. With Pirq, you can easily manage your punch cards and search for nearby deals - all right on your phone! The more you use Pirq's service, the more rewards you receive. The company has raised $1.2M in funding from Rally Capital in November of 2012.

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 got a hold of $2M in funding in January of 2012.

SpaceCurve is developing a third-generation Big Data platform that delivers real-time immersive intelligence and drives innovations in location-based services. By simultaneously meeting the volume, variety and velocity demands of real-time Big Data that current technologies can’t handle, SpaceCurve extends existing Big Data applications and provides new capabilities for services across markets, including mobile, social media, financial trading, energy, communications, transportation, government and other markets. SpaceCurve landed $3.5M in funding from Triage Ventures in August of 2012.

Placed, Inc
Placed is Location Analytics. By connecting the physical and digital worlds, Placed has created a new class of analytics focused on location. Placed provides clients the most complete understanding of what consumers do in the physical world – and turns that information into actionable insights. The company got a hold of $3.4M in venture money in March of 2012.

VoloMetrix is an enterprise SaaS company focused on providing applications to improve strategic alignment and execution. VoloMetrix analyzes anonymous, real-time information from a company’s email, calendar, instant messaging, and social platforms to provide deep insight into how teams are allocating time, where collaboration can improve across the organization, and which important business topics need a response. The company received $1.6M in venture money from Shasta Ventures in April of 2012.

Context Relevant
Context Relevant is a leading provider of Big Data analytics modeling and analytics software. Whether a company is struggling to find and hire data scientists or wants to make its existing team more efficient, Context Relevant reduces risk, simplifies data handling and adds the capability to systematically turn an organization’s Big Data into a competitive advantage. Context Relevant landed $1.3M in financing from Madrona Venture Group in June of 2012.

Simply Measured
Simply Measured brings social media analytics to life. The company’s measurement and reporting solution aggregates social media data from more than a dozen sources and presents it in a single dashboard that is easy to access on the fly and share across a team. More than 25 unique reports can be created in real-time and pushed to familiar tools such as Excel or PowerPoint with the click of a button. Simply Measured received $8M in financing from Bessemer Venture Partners in January of 2013.

Launched in 2011, Seattle-based FlexMinder delivers Software as a Service (SaaS) that saves consumers time and money while reducing costs for TPAs, private health exchanges and health carriers. FlexMinder is an Enterprise SaaS company that aggregates an individual’s healthcare information from multiple sources and automates the reimbursement process for their healthcare FSA claims. Consumers can view all of their healthcare-related claim information through a single portal. The company got a hold $1.4M in funding from WRF Capital in January of 2013.

Impinj Inc
Impinj is the leading provider of UHF RFID solutions for identifying, locating and authenticating items. Impinj draws on its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver a wide range of products and solutions, comprising high-performance tag chips, readers, reader chips, software, antennas and RFID subsystem integration. The company has raised $21M in financing in July of 2012.

Discovery Bay Games
Based in Seattle, Discovery Bay Games is the worldwide leader in tablet gaming accessories and supporting apps. In addition to developing original content, the company partners with the most recognized content owners in the world to deliver enhanced tablet play experiences to consumers. Discovery Bay is led by experienced game developers and professionals from a bevy of high-profile companies including Clearwire Corporation, Cranium, Hasbro, Microsoft/Xbox, and Screenlife. The company landed $15M in funding from Trilogy Equity Partners LLC in August of 2012.

FlowPlay, a developer of browser-based virtual world technology and games, makes immersive worlds and massive multiplayer games possible with no software required beyond a basic browser. Flowplay's first consumer product, ourWorld, has been enjoyed and played by over 30 million players, and is one of the most popular teen virtual worlds. The company has increased revenues by 10,016% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $1.1M in 2011.

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. Apptio got a hold of $50M in financing from T Rowe Price in March of 2012.

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 leader in rewarded social expression, striving to revolutionize the way the world discovers and consumes product and content. With a membership community of millions in 195 countries, Lockerz rewards its members with PTZ® (points) for engagement and following, including collecting, sharing, shopping and influencing their friends. The company has raised $7.5M in venture funding in October of 2012.

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. The company received $1.7M in funding in October of 2011.

Since dogs give so much affection to their owners, we are jumping through hoops so people can find home stays that their dogs will love. Rover.com is a trusted online community for dog owners seeking local sitters to provide real homes when they travel. The company has thousands of qualified sitters who love dogs and are eager to add the personal touch that each dog is accustomed to at home. Rover.com got a hold of $7M in funding from Foundry Group in February of 2013.

Prosodic, Inc. is a big data predictive analytics platform, designed to helps brands and agencies target the right content to the right audience, at the right times. The name Prosodic [pruh-sod-ik] is, at its foundation, a linguistic analysis term. Prosody is the study of poetic meters and versification or a particular or distinctive system of metrics and versification. Prosodic collected $1.4M in funding from Ignition Partners in May 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 got a hold of $8M in funding led by BlueRun Ventures in July of 2011.

Redfin is a technology-powered real estate broker that represents people buying and selling homes. Founded and run by technologists, Redfin has a team of experienced, full-service real estate agents who are advocates, not sales-people, earning customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions. Redfin's online tools feature all the broker-listed homes for sale, as well as for-sale-by-owner properties that don't pay brokers a commission. The company has raised $14.8M in venture money from Globespan Capital Partners in October of 2011.
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