Lead411 launches "Hottest Companies in Southern California" awards
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - February 05, 2013 - In order to recognize the fastest growing technology companies in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara, Lead411 is proud to announce the release of its "Hottest Companies in the Southern California" 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 1621 companies and it has been narrowed down to the top 49.

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

Luxtera, Inc. is the world leader in integrated silicon CMOS photonics. It is the first company to overcome the complex technical obstacles involved with integrating high performance optics directly with silicon electronics on a mainstream CMOS chip, bringing direct “fiber to the chip” connectivity to market. Luxtera got a hold of $21.7 in financing led by August Capital in February of 2012.

Cooking.com sells more than 90,000 kitchen products, all backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. In addition to being a store, the site has a large collection of recipes and community features. Cooking.com also operates online stores for many big brands including Starbucks (starbucksstore.com), Betty Crocker (bettycrockerstore.com), Pillsbury (pillsburystore.com) and the store for the Food Network. The company landed $13.5M in financing led by BIA Digital Partners II LP in December of 2011.

OpenX Technologies Inc
OpenX is a global leader in digital and mobile advertising technology. OpenX’s vision is to unleash the full economic potential of digital media companies. OpenX products, including OpenX Enterprise, OpenX Market, OpenX Lift and JumpTime provide a unique Software-as-a-Service platform by combining ad serving, an ad exchange, a Supply Side Platform and content valuation. OpenX is based in Los Angeles and is backed by leading investors including Accel Partners, Index Ventures, SAP Ventures, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc., and Presidio Ventures, the wholly owned investment vehicle of Sumitomo Corporation. OpenX received $22.5M in financing led by Samsung Venture Investment Corporation in January of 2013.

SolarFlare Communications, Inc
Solarflare is the leading provider of application-intelligent networking I/O products that bridge the gap between applications and the network, delivering improved performance, increased scalability, and higher return on investment. The company's solutions are widely used in scale-out server environments such as high frequency trading, high performance computing, cloud, virtualization and big data. Solarflare has raised $2.5M in venture funding in October of 2012.

SocialVibe Inc
SocialVibe is a digital advertising technology company that powers engagement advertising for some of the world’s top brands. The company's rich media engagement ads guarantee active consumer attention to a brand's message across premium sites like Zynga games, Causes.com and Pandora. SocialVibe enables advertisers to engage with consumers at a time when they are most motivated to participate in brand experiences. The company landed $20M in financing from Norwest Venture Partners in March of 2011.

Slacker, Inc
Slacker has the most personalized content of any radio service. We combine the knowledge of the nation's leading music experts from every genre and your own personal taste to create perfect radio stations. You can listen to custom music, news, sports, and comedy stations for free, while subscribers have on-demand access to specific songs, albums and playlists. With Slacker, you can personalize your content and listen everywhere. Slacker got a hold of $3M in venture money in February of 2011.

GumGum Inc
GumGum is the world's largest in-image ad platform and a Quantcast Top 20 Network, reaching 120 million unique visitors and serving billions of in-image ads per month. GumGum was founded in 2007 when a team of seasoned Internet entrepreneurs realized web site publishers were missing out on valuable revenue by not monetizing their image-based content. GumGum received $7M in financing led by New Enterprise Associates in October of 2011.

Alteryx, Inc
Alteryx is dedicated to creating business intelligence (BI) technology that lets users easily invent smart and extensible software applications to solve data analysis problems and make decisions. We seek to inspire ingenuity in our customers and associates by bringing freedom, flexibility and creativity to insightful data management tools. Alteryx got a hold of $6M in venture funding from SAP Ventures Fund I in April of 2011.

SolveForce.com, LLC
Solveforce Telecom Consultants has relationships and discounted pricing from every carrier in the market that we pass directly on to you. We will provide you with multiple options of pricing and the carriers available at your location(s). You pick the pricing and we send you the paperwork directly from the carrier. All service and billing will come directly from the carrier you choose. There is no cost to you for our service but the options and pricing you receive is invaluable. The company has increased revenues by 140% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $1.2M in 2011.

Leads360 LLC
Leads360 is a market leading provider of cloud-based lead management solutions. Leads360 offerings include lead management and sales dialing solutions that complement CRM and marketing automation solutions with deep sales automation designed to optimize lead conversion. Leads360 landed $15M in funding from Volition Capital in February of 2012.

Based in San Diego, Calif., ecoATM (www.ecoatm.com) is the first company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system that uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate and buy back used electronics directly from consumers for cash or store credit. ecoATM holds both Responsible Recycling (R2) and ISO14001 certification, confirming the company’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of electronics recycling. The company has raised $17M in venture funding led by Claremont Creek Ventures in May of 2012.

Masterimage 3D, Inc.
MasterImage 3D, Inc provides pioneering 3D technology for cinema and mobile devices; uniquely delivering 3D solutions whether in theaters or on the go. With digital 3D cinema systems installed in over 70 countries, MasterImage 3D is a global leader offering audiences the clearest, sharpest 3D experience; while providing exhibitors the highest quality, high frame ready 3D solution without having them pay a fee on every 3D ticket sold. Breaking new ground in the mobile space, MasterImage 3D is ushering in a new generation of glasses-free 3D smartphones and tablets. MasterImage 3D received $15M in funding from Samsung Ventures in March of 2011.

Fuhu, Inc
Fuhu Inc., developer of Fooz Kids, was founded in 2008 by Robb Fujioka and John Hui to create a suite of cloud-served solutions that transform the way people consume content through devices. Fooz Kids is a parent-controlled application that enables children to create, connect, discover and learn in an online environment that offers content specific to their age, gender and interests. The company received $10M in financing from ORIX Ventures in August of 2012.

Transonic Combustion, Inc
Transonic Combustion is a developer of next-generation fuel injection systems. Transonic Combustion’s Fuel Injection System delivers precisely controlled injection of heated fuel up to supercritical state. This Fuel Injection System is designed to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. The company received $32M in financing from Venrock in November of 2012.

PixelFish Inc
PixelFish is a Software-as-a-Service provider delivering video marketing and advertising solutions that connect businesses to customers. PixelFish operates dual brands to best satisfy the unique video needs of all sized businesses. PixelFish Studios works with high profile, national brands, while CitySquares services local businesses with affordable and effective video marketing and advertising products. The company received $4M in financing from Bullpen Capital in July of 2011.

SteelHouse™ an ad:tech award-winning company, brings innovative advertising solutions to brands, agencies, and eCommerce marketers. SteelHouse reaches more than 125 million consumers a month, across hundreds of the world’s largest brands. The company’s behavioral marketing solutions, including A2, Real Time Offers™ and Retargeting enable brands to drive high engagement in their ads, on or off their site, based on their consumers’ real time behaviors. SteelHouse got a hold of $8.25M in financing led by Qualcomm Ventures in July of 2012.

PackageX Inc
PackageX, Inc. is a firmly established developer of Web-based software for integrated brand management and packaging worldwide. Users include consumer packaged goods companies, packaging manufacturers, ad agencies, and retailers. PackageX has increased revenues by 300% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $2M in 2011.

YouMail, Inc
YouMail is the future of "value-added communication". We're all about reinventing services like voicemail and caller id (and much more soon) so that they become services that people love to use, instead of being painful and barely useable. Our secret sauce is our proprietary, massively scalable, hosted communication platform and a collection of APIs and web services that speed mobile development. YouMail has raised $4M in funding in July of 2011.

Freshdesk, Inc
Freshdesk is a cloud-based help desk software that allows organizations to support their customers through email, phone, website, Facebook and Twitter. With powerful features, an easy to use interface and a freemium pricing model that makes it essentially a free support software for small businesses, Freshdesk is widely used by companies ranging from startups all the way up to enterprises. Freshdesk received $5M in funding from Tiger Global Management in May of 2012.

Machinima, Inc
Machinima is the dominant video entertainment network for young males around the world. The number one entertainment channel on YouTube, Machinima serves over 2.6 billion video views per month, and reaches over 262 million viewers monthly. Machinima’s global network is the best place for gaming content. The network features official publisher content, gameplay videos, scripted series, and original content, including weekly and daily shows, all aimed at the coveted 18-34 year old male demographic. The company has raised $35M in funding from Google Inc in May of 2012.

Awarepoint Corporation
Awarepoint is the leader in providing workflow automation and tracking solutions to the acute care hospital marketplace. Real-time Location System (RTLS) solutions have quickly become must-have tools for hospitals tackling asset management, compliance, and efficient patient throughput challenges. Awarepoint has raised $27M in funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in August of 2011.

CrowdGather, Inc
CrowdGather is one of the leading networks of community forums, reaching millions of passionate users each month. The heart of CrowdGather is the richness of content created by our highly engaged audience of technology, gaming and lifestyle enthusiasts. CrowdGather received $7.85M in financing from Rodman & Renshaw LLC in March of 2011.

UberMedia, Inc
UberMedia is the leading independent developer of applications and web-based services that make it easier for users to find, follow and communicate with others on Twitter and other social media platforms. The company is focused on driving innovation in user experiences across a range of online and mobile platforms. UberMedia has raised $5.6M in financing from Burda Digital in June of 2011.

Kareo is the only medical office software provider dedicated to serving the small practice. Kareo believes that, with the right tools and support, small practices can do big things. Over 16,000 medical professionals count on Kareo to manage their offices intuitively and affordably. Quick to set up and simple to use, Kareo’s cloud-based software helps doctors get paid faster, keep cash flowing, and see the financial big picture through medical billing and practice management tools. The company has raised $20.5M recently led by Stripes Group.

Digg delivers the most interesting and talked about stories on the Internet right now. The Internet is full of great stories, and Digg helps you find, read, and share the very best ones. It’s simple and it’s everywhere: visit Digg on the web, find it on your iPhone, or get the best of Digg delivered to your inbox with The Daily Digg. Digg received $5M in financing in July of 2011.

Based in San Diego, Qualcomm Ventures backed Zeebo Inc. is currently working on a next generation Android-based platform for launch in 2012. The company is focused on the vast opportunity to bring interactive education to emerging markets around the world. Near-term operations and business interests are centered on India via a joint venture with Educomp and Lakshya Digital. Zeebo got a hold of $17M in funding in August of 2011.

Roambi, Inc.
Roambi is the stunning business app that redesigns the way the world interacts with data. Built on the belief that mobile changes everything, Roambi delivers the most engaging, interactive information to anyone – anytime, anywhere. Through constant innovation and relentless focus on user experience, Roambi transforms data to illuminate important issues and deliver key insights. The company received $30M in funding from Sequoia Capital in September of 2011.

Music Mastermind LLC
Music Mastermind (MMM) is an entertainment software company that is changing the way music is created, shared, and enjoyed. Led by top players in the three very different industries of music, finance, and product engineering, the MMM team comprises musicians and music enthusiasts who are dedicated to taking the joy of music creation global. Music Mastermind received $10.8M in funding led by Intel Capital in May of 2011.

Predixion Software
Predixion Software is a disruptive predictive analytics software company with a unique focus on the last mile of analytics – the deployment of powerful predictions to the people who need to act upon them. Predixion offers an easy-to-deploy self-service predictive analytics solution that allows customers to unlock deep insights within their data with technology that integrates with leading business intelligence platforms, business applications and clinical systems. Predixion Software has raised $6M in financing led by DFJ Frontier in October of 2011.

ScoreBig is the newest place on the web to get great tickets for live sports, concert and theater events – at guaranteed savings of up to 60%. ScoreBig members pick their own price on seats from the floor to the rafters and never pay any fees. For its partners, ScoreBig is an entirely new “value channel” that creates a safe environment to move unsold ticket inventory in a way that doesn’t negatively impact their brand or cannibalize full-price sales. ScoreBig received $14M in financing from U S Venture Partners in April of 2011.

NationBuilder is the world’s first Community Organizing System: an accessible, affordable, complete software platform that helps leaders grow and organize communities to achieve great things. NationBuilder was founded by CEO Jim Gilliam and co-founded by President Joe Green and Lead Designer Jesse Haff. The company is based in Los Angeles. NationBuilder recieved $6.25M in financing from Andreessen Horowitz in March of 2012.

Pyntail is a leading iOS and Android app developer. NBC, Sharp, National Geographic, Verizon and others have used our team to define their mobile strategy and build their mobile products. We are passionate about creating simple, fun, and innovative ways for consumers to use mobile technology in achieving their goals; be it entertainment, business, or wellness. Pyntail has increased revenues by 249,999,900% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $2.5M in 2011.

Morphlabs, Inc. is a recognized leader in converged infrastructure solutions for the Enterprise. Our mCloud products pre-integrate hyperscale hardware with best-of-breed software to deliver the most price performant private cloud available today. The mCloud solution’s next generation modular architecture completely integrates compute, storage and networking to dramatically reduce the cost of IT while accelerating time to market. Morphlabs got a hold of $5M in funding from BBT Fund in September of 2011.

textPlus is a leading mobile communications service that lets anyone text, talk and share for free or cheaply. We offer unparalleled choice, savings and reliability to consumers globally for a better phone experience. Our open network connects over 110 million people worldwide through a chart-leading app available for iOS, Android and Windows smartphones and devices including iPod touch and tablets. textPlus received $18M in financing from The Raine Group in October of 2012.

Zoomdata, Inc
Zoomdata allows users to analyze multiple sources of data share and share their visualizations with others, creating a “data quilt” at the grass-roots level instead of requiring top-down enterprise data modeling. Zoomdata got a hold of $1.1M in funding from Hemang Gadhia in November of 2012.

NuORDER is a revolutionary wholesale platform and marketplace for the fashion industry. We're passionate about technology and fashion, and we've combined the two to take fashion wholesale to the next level. NuORDER allows fashion brands to directly increase sales by reaching more accounts in less time, and even saving money in the process. The company has raised $3M in funding from GRP in November of 2012.

Viddy, Inc
Viddy is a simple way for anyone to capture, beautify, and share amazing videos with the world. Viddy lets you capture key moments of your life, instantly produce it into a beautiful video, and share it with those who matter most. The company has raised $36M in funding last year.

Lettuce, Inc.
Simple order & inventory management tool for small business. Take an order anywhere, process it in seconds, and reduce repetitive data entry. Our centralized order & inventory management system connects with all the ways you sell (Shopify, wholesale, trade shows, sales reps, etc.) so that all your sales, order, and inventory information is in one place -- without repetitive data entry. Lettuce got a hold of $2.1M in financing from CrossCut Ventures in October of 2012.

Connexity LLC
Connexity is an integrated digital advertising company focused on optimized audience buying and selling through its proprietary, streaming, end-to-end solution. Connexity Audience Discovery® extracts relevant connections, interests & consumer intent using multi-graph analysis, seeded with advertiser and publisher first party data. Connexity has raised $5M in funding in the past two years.

Mogreet Studios
Mogreet is the leader in video text message marketing and mobile technology solutions. As the original pioneer in mobile video, Mogreet continues to innovate and offer its platform to businesses and developers globally. The company landed $4.1M in financing from Black Diamond Ventures in April of 2012.

Movieclips, Inc
Launched in December 2009, MOVIECLIPS.com is a premium online video destination offering audiences the largest and most diverse collection of movie scenes. MOVIECLIPS allows fans to find, watch and share more than 12,000 movie clips from the libraries of six major Hollywood studios including 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros. MOVIECLIPS also gives fans a chance to rent or purchase their newly discovered movie. MOVIECLIPS.com landed $7M in funding from MK Capital in August of 2011.

Flipswap is the global leader in consumer electronics (CE) buyback programs and is committed to reducing eWaste globally. The Company acquires CE devices in order to resell or recycle them in an environmentally-friendly manner. They do this to extend the lifespan for electronics that are still usable, and provide fully functional used alternatives to consumers around the world. Flipswap has increased revenues by 106% from 2009 to 2011 ending with $12.3M in 2011.

Anametrix transforms marketing with digital analytics. We collect, analyze, and make sense out of data across all channels in real time to enable marketers to discover new truths about customers, prospects, and the market at large. Anametrix delivers 360-degree visibility into business data to uncover new trends and hidden correlations, explore new relationships, and deliver a bigger and more predictable impact on revenue. The company received $4.4M in financing from TVC Capital in October of 2012.

SAManage is a leading provider of secure, SaaS-based IT Management services that helps companies manage their IT assets, deliver an ITIL-based IT Service Desk, organize software licenses and IT contracts, and detect risks and license compliance gaps. Delivered as a SaaS service with no software or servers required, SAManage empowers companies of all sizes with capabilities that were previously available only to large companies. The company got a hold of $3M in funding from Carmel Ventures in September of 2012.

MicroPower Technologies, Inc
MicroPower Technologies, Inc. was founded on the idea that wireless surveillance could be cost effective, easy-to-deploy, secure and highly reliable. The company’s innovative research team designed a comprehensive surveillance system that redefines the market through the use of intelligent algorithms that enhance video quality and reliability, while maximizing cost effectiveness. MicroPower Technologies got a hold of $6.5M in funding from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital in January of 2012.

EndPlay Inc
EndPlay® is a leading provider of Content Management, Engagement and Monetization solutions delivered in the cloud. Powered by our unique Intelligent Rendering technology, EndPlay's end-to-end Platform and Mobile Rendering solutions provide a streamlined user experience that empowers clients to seamlessly produce, manage and instantly deliver content optimized for virtually any device. EndPlay has raised #21.5M in funding from VantagePoint Capital Partners in April of 2012.

Gehry Technologies
Gehry Technologies provides Web-based 3D project collaboration and building information modeling (BIM) technology as well as advanced project delivery services to leading owners, architects, engineers, builders, fabricators and industry professionals worldwide. Our solutions allow customers of all sizes to communicate more effectively, improve design and construction quality, and accelerate project cycle times. The company got a hold of $10M in financing from Autodesk in February of 2012.

Ranker is your one-stop-shop for lists about anything. Browse lists, share lists and check out real-time 'wisdom of crowds' rankings. You bring the opinions, we’ll take care of everything else. The company received $1.3M in funding from Draper Associates in April of 2011.

Campus Explorer
CampusExplorer.com is the place to begin that great adventure. We have compiled everything you need for a college search, right here in one site. We even have direct partnerships with schools to put you in touch with admissions officers. CampusExplorer.com recieved $5M in funding from Vicente Capital Partners in January of 2011.
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