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TiEcon Unveils List of Elite Entrepreneurs: TiE50 Winners
Companies to Be Showcased at TiEcon May 15-16, 2009
By: Marketwired .
May. 13, 2009 02:28 PM
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/13/09 -- TiEcon 2009, the world's largest conference for entrepreneurs, today announced the winners of the TiE50 Awards. Selected from nearly 1,200 nominated companies, the winners represent the hottest emerging startups in five focus segments: Consumer Web, Internet Infrastructure, Cleantech, Wireless and Software. A full list of the TiE50 is available at http://www.tiecon.org/home/tie.
While the TiE50 winners are diverse in terms of size, progress, maturity and location, they share a common thread of innovation, ingenuity, strong management teams and overall quality of ideas. Trends notable this year include momentum in several areas within the five segments including:
-- Entertainment -- companies focused on gaming, streaming video to TV and virtual currency including PlaySpan, Verismo, sezmi and Offerpal Media. -- Security -- businesses providing firewall, biometric, enterprise document analysis for audit support and detecting security issues with TiE50 winners that include Kazeon, Mimosa, Imperva, Splunk, upek, and Palo Alto Network. -- Performance Enhancement -- now more than ever performance matters and companies that deliver services like giga bit switching, optical burst switching and high performance databases are noted with winners including Matisse, Arista, Aster Data Systems and Nominum.
"All of this year's winners embrace TiE's message of the bold entrepreneur," said Mateen Syed, TiE50 Chair. "The judges were impressed by the quality of ideas and execution across each vertical segment. These fifty companies represent the finest in entrepreneurship and serve as role models encouraging and inspiring emerging startups to succeed as entrepreneurs stimulating the economy."
"While the TiE50 winners have innovated in a variety of different areas, some clear patterns have emerged highlighting the current hot spots," said Jai Rawat, content chair for TiEcon 2009. "Fifteen out of the 30 winners in Consumer Web, Software and Internet Infrastructure are creating products and services related to online entertainment, security and performance optimization. It clearly reflects the current market needs and future growth areas."
The TiE50 judging process was designed with meticulous planning, screening and judging by a list of over forty prominent entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives and other domain experts. TiE is also pleased to acknowledge the nominee companies and those who publicly voted from around the world who contributed to the TiE50 selection process. Over 50,000 votes were cast in a little over two weeks. TiE50 winners will present their companies in a live showcase over the two days of TiEcon 2009, on May 15th and 16th in Santa Clara, California. In addition to being featured at TiEcon 2009, the TiE50 will also receive ongoing support and increased visibility throughout the year.
TiE50 Winners 2009 Consumer Web ------------ Buzzintown Intent Jajah Kiva Kosmix Like.com Mochimedia Offerpal Media PlaySpan Tonchidot Internet Infrastructure ----------------------- Arista Networks Mashery Matisse Networks Nominum Palo Alto Networks Rubicon Project sezmi Splunk upek Verismo Networks Software -------- Aster Data Systems Imperva Jobvite Kazeon Mimosa Systems Mint serus Xobni Xprotean ZOHO Wireless -------- Amobee Carrier IQ eye-fi GetJar Melodis Corporation Mozes mPortal Inc. Pronto Networks reQall Vanu Cleantech --------- AltaRock Energy Deeya Energy Enphase Energy Mariah Power Nanosolar seriousmaterials SolarReserve Solazyme solyndra Stion Corporation
The TiE50 award is presented by TiE, a global, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurs across its international network sponsored by top venture capital firms and Fortune 500 corporations. TiE is spread across 53 chapters in 12 countries comprising of 1,800 experienced entrepreneurs and business executives as charter members, 12,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals as members.
About TiEcon 2009
TiEcon 2009 is two action-packed days of rich dialogue, networking and deal making with thousands of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry executives, and thought leaders. TiEcon 2009 is themed "The BOLD Entrepreneur," focusing on dynamic individuals who are able to adapt to changing conditions and create their own future despite downturns and uncertainties. TiEcon 2009 keynote speakers include Hans Morris, President of Visa Inc., Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit and Reid Hoffman, Founder, Chairman and CEO of LinkedIn.
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