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Announcing the 2014 AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies

Published Sat, July 26, 2014

One look at this year's 12th annual AlwaysOn Global 250 winners, and you can see that the technology landscape has changed dramatically during the last decade. New funding options are bringing more startups into being, and while competition has become fierce, the resulting companies that rise above the rest are proving their worth in today's demanding environment.

Cash-rich companies, both public and private, continue to make acquisitions, incorporating both intellectual capital and technology into their core products. Successful startups are waiting for IPO, stimulating ultra-high valuations, and keeping the venture community on its toes. This year's companies represent a strong, tough group of organizations willing to do what it takes to bring that one kernel of an idea from concept to market.

Hortonworks: 2013 B2B Company of the Year

The AlwaysOn editorial team, along with partners at Morgan Stanley, KPMG, GSV Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners, Khosla Ventures, Accel Ventures, Bridge Bank, Venrock, FirstMark Capital, Doll Capital Management, Benchmark Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Mayfield Fund, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bessemer Venture Partners, Intel Capital, North Bridge Venture Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, InterWest Partners, Qualcomm, Sequoia, and industry experts identified their best private technology startups to select the top 250 private companies in AlwaysOn's most distinguished annual competition.

Disruption Goes Global

Promise has turned to reality, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the B2B arena. Current advances in cloud infrastructure have finally started winning over IT departments. The hybrid cloud is burgeoning, and heavy-duty companies are developing resource-sharing technology that's replacing legacy infrastructure. Security, storage apps, and virtualization are among the most critical uses of the cloud, and business are turning to these solutions in droves.

Mobile applications, as well as the uprising of platform-as-a-service solutions are letting businesses spend their technology resources developing money-making apps instead of on software support. SaaS has almost completely taken over traditional software models. The number of products available, from marketing automation to payment solutions to big data analytics to customer management, has taken a leap forward in terms of quality and reliability.

On the consumer side, social media has branched out into community-based resource-sharing and is forcing a disruption in key legacy institutions that hasn't been seen since online shopping began to tear down the suburban mall in the 1990s. In the transportation industry, the old school is literally taking to the streets in protest against ride-sharing firms like Lyft and Uber.

The travel market has already experienced a huge shakeup during the last decade, with online travel sites completely overhauling the traditional travel agency approach. Now, the advent of online short-term and vacation housing exchanges has rattled the bars of the powerful and entrenched hotel unions, especially in the U.S. Slow to respond, the hotel industry has been blindsided by a wave of companies, and media stories report municipal crackdowns, code enforcement, evictions, and even criminal charges, as this irresistible force threatens to engulf a previously immovable object.

A New Technology Landscape

This year's AlwaysOn Global 250 winners represent leadership in global innovation, developing software and hardware solutions that are ushering in a new era of global prosperity. Each company was selected based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.

Congratulations to all the 2014 AlwaysOn Global 250 winners. While the opportunities for software developers are practically limitless, B2B innovation and advancement in infrastructure solutions may represent the most potential for growth and opportunity. As technology continues to rewrite the present, the Global Silicon Valley remains its driving force.

The winners of this competition will be honored at:

Meet the Captains of Innovation

July 29th - 30th, 2014

Computer History Museum

Mountain View CA

Register today to secure your ticket for Silicon Valley Innovation Summit at the lowest possible rate while tickets are still available!

Contact Shannon Calvin (shannon@aonetwork.com, 954.663.2086), Grant Gunderson (grant@aonetwork.com, 916.217.0427), or Paul Hamadeh (paul@alwaysonventures.com, 415.269.3738) for details on how your company can participate.

For more information on group rates or to make reservations by phone, please contact the AlwaysOn Concierge, Joan Alperin, at 310.993.3584 or by e-mail at VIPtickets@aonetwork.com.

The conference is only three weeks away—Register today.


Introducing the AlwaysOn Global 250:

B2B Company of the Year

Category: Cloud and Infrastructure

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA

CEO: Tom Reilly

Year Founded: 2008

Employees: ca. 580

Investors Include: Accel Partners, Google Ventures, Greylock Partners, Ignition Partners, In-Q-Tel, Intel Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, SV Angel, T. Rowe Price

  

Consumer Company of the Year

Category: Consumer—Mobile

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

CEO: Sam Shank

Year Founded: 2010

Employees: ca. 100

Investors Include: Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, Coatue Management, First Round, GGV Capital, SV Angel, U.S. Venture Partners

  

B2B – Cloud and Infrastructure

 Category Winnner

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA

CEO: Tom Reilly

Year Founded: 2008

Employees: ca. 580

Investors Include: Accel Partners, Google Ventures, Greylock Partners, Ignition Partners, In-Q-Tel, Intel Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, SV Angel, T. Rowe Price

www.acquia.com

Burlington, MA

www.actifio.com

Waltham, MA

agari.com

San Mateo, CA

AlienVault

www.alienvault.com 

San Mateo, CA

apigee.com

Palo Alto, CA

AppDynamics

www.appdynamics.com

San Francisco, CA

AppEnsure

www.appensure.com

Santa Clara, CA

Appirio

appirio.com

San Francisco, CA

www.appnomic.com

Santa Clara, CA

www.aryaka.com

Milpitas, CA

www.bettercloud.com

New York, NY

www.bigswitch.com

Mountain View, CA

Bluebox Security

bluebox.com

San Francisco, CA

Box

www.box.com

Los Altos, CA

Centrify

www.centrify.com

Sunnyvale, CA

CloudFlare

www.cloudflare.com

San Francisco, CA

CloudPhysics

www.cloudphysics.com

Mountain View, CA

CloudVelox

www.cloudvelox.com 

Santa Clara, CA

Conviva

www.conviva.com

San Mateo, CA

Coraid

www.coraid.com

Redwood City, CA

Couchbase

www.couchbase.com

Mountain View, CA

Cumulus Networks

cumulusnetworks.com

Mountain View, CA

www.datastax.com 

Santa Clara, CA

www.delphix.com

Menlo Park, CA

Dropbox

www.dropbox.com

San Francisco, CA

Elastica

elastica.net

San Jose, CA

Embrane

www.embrane.com

Santa Clara, CA

Evolve IP

www.evolveip.net

Wayne, PA

forgerock.com

San Francisco, CA

  

GridGain

www.gridgain.com

Foster City, CA

Globant

www.globant.com

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hortonworks

hortonworks.com

Palo Alto, CA

instartlogic.com

Mountain View, CA

Kaltura

corp.kaltura.com

New York, NY

MapR

www.mapr.com

San Jose, CA

MemSQL

www.memsql.com

New York, NY

Midokura

www.midokura.com 

Tokyo, Japan

www.mongodb.org

New York, NY

www.mulesoft.com

San Francisco, CA

New Relic

newrelic.com

San Francisco, CA

Nutanix

www.nutanix.com

San Jose, CA

Panzura

panzura.com

Campbell, CA

www.pernixdata.com

San Jose, CA

pertino.com

Los Gatos, CA

Pica8

www.pica8.com

Palo Alto, CA

Plexxi

www.plexxi.com

Nashua, NH

PLUMgrid

www.plumgrid.com

Sunnyvale, CA

Pluribus Networks

www.pluribusnetworks.com

Palo Alto, CA

Pure Storage

www.purestorage.com

Mountain View, CA

Sencha

www.sencha.com

Redwood City, CA

SimpliVity

www.simplivity.com

Westborough, MA

Skyhigh Networks

www.skyhighnetworks.com

Cupertino, CA

SnapLogic

www.snaplogic.com

San Mateo, CA

www.soasta.com

Mountain View, CA

Spiceworks

www.spiceworks.com

Austin, TX

Splice Machine

www.splicemachine.com

San Francisco, CA

Tegile Systems

www.tegile.com

Newark, CA

ThousandEyes

www.thousandeyes.com

San Francisco, CA

ThreatMetrix

www.threatmetrix.com

San Jose, CA

Tintri

www.tintri.com

Mountain View, CA

Twilio

www.twilio.com

San Francisco, CA

www.varmour.com

Santa Clara, CA

vIPtela

viptela.com

San Jose, CA

Virtual Instruments

www.virtualinstruments.com

San Jose, CA

www.getzephyr.com

Fremont, CA

B2B – Digital Media

 Category Winnner

Headquarters: Baltimore, MD

CEO: Scott Ferber

Year Founded: 2007

Employees: ca. 320

Investors Include: Catalyst Investors, Comcast Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Pinnacle Ventures, QED Investors, Valhalla Partners

33Across

33across.com

New York, NY

www.adroll.com

San Francisco, CA

AppNexus

www.appnexus.com

New York, NY

BrightRoll

www.brightroll.com

San Francisco, CA

collective.com

New York, NY

www.datalogix.com

Westminster, CO

www.dataxu.com

Boston, MA

www.drawbrid.ge

San Mateo, CA

The Exchange Lab

www.theexchangelab.com

London, U.K.

exelate.com

New York, NY

Extreme Reach

www.extremereach.com

Emeryville, CA

Innovid

www.innovid.com

New York, NY

integralads.com

New York, NY

www.lifestreetmedia.com

San Carlos, CA

MediaMath

www.mediamath.com

New York, NY

www.mediaocean.com

New York, NY

Moat

www.moat.com

New York, NY

www.nativo.net

Long Beach, CA

newscred.com

New York, NY

www.onespot.com

Austin, TX

www.ooyala.com

Mountain View, CA

www.optimizely.com

San Francisco, CA

www.pubmatic.com

Redwood City, CA

www.pulsepoint.com

New York, NY

RichRelevence

www.richrelevance.com 

San Francisco, CA

Sailthru

www.sailthru.com

New York, NY

Simulmedia

simulmedia.com

New York, NY

www.sprinklr.com

New York, NY

www.tapad.com

New York, NY

www.thetradedesk.com

Ventura, CA

www.tubemogul.com

Emeryville, CA

Turn

www.turn.com

Redwood City, CA

Visible Measures

www.visiblemeasures.com

Boston, MA

B2B – Mobile

Category Winnner

Headquarters: Acton, MA

CEO: Hassan Ahmed

Year Founded: 2010

Employees: ca. 125

Investors Include: Bessemer Venture Partners, CRV, KCK Group, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, T-Venture, Vodafone Ventures

www.adtheorent.com

New York, NY

www.aerohive.com

Sunnyvale, CA

www.appcelerator.com

Mountain View, CA

Apperian

www.apperian.com

Boston, MA

www.appia.com

Durham, NC

apsalar.com

San Francisco, CA

Flurry

www.flurry.com

San Francisco, CA

Good Technology

www.good.com

Sunnyvale, CA

InMobi

www.inmobi.com

San Francisco, CA

ItsOn

www.itsoninc.com

Redwood City, CA

www.kargo.com

New York, NY

Kiip

www.kiip.me

New York, NY

Lookout

www.lookout.com

San Francisco, CA

Medialets

www.medialets.com

New York, NY

www.mobileiron.com

Mountain View, CA

www.mocana.com

San Francisco, CA

  

Nexage

www.nexage.com

Boston, MA

www.ninthdecimal.com 

San Francisco, CA

www.phunware.com

Austin, TX

ServiceMax

www.servicemax.com

Pleasanton, CA

SessionM

www.sessionm.com

Boston, MA

Smaato

www.smaato.com

San Francisco, CA

Urban Airship

urbanairship.com

Portland, OR

Xamarin

xamarin.com

San Francisco, CA

B2B – SaaS and Enterprise

Category Winnner

Headquarters: American Fork, UT

CEO: Josh James

Year Founded: 2011

Employees: ca. 250

Investors Include: Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark, Bezos Expeditions, Dragoneer Investment Group, Fidelity Investments, Founders Fund, GGV Capital, Greylock Partners, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, Mercato Partners, Morgan Stanley, Pelion Venture Partners, Salesforce, SV Angel, T. Rowe Price, TPG Growth, Transmedia Capital, Viking Venture Management, WPP

1010data

www.1010data.com

New York, NY

Act-On Software

www.act-on.com

Beaverton, OR

Adaptive Insights

www.adaptiveinsights.com

Mountain View, CA

Anaplan

www.anaplan.com

San Francisco, CA

Apptio

www.apptio.com

Bellevue, WA

www.ariasystems.com

San Francisco, CA

Asana

asana.com

San Francisco, CA

Atlassian

www.atlassian.com

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Ayasdi

www.ayasdi.com

Palo Alto, CA

BeyondCore

www.beyondcore.com

San Mateo, CA

bluejeans.com

Mountain View, CA

BrightEdge

www.brightedge.com

San Mateo, CA

www.c3energy.com

Redwood City, CA

C9

www.c9inc.com

San Mateo, CA

capillarytech.com

Singapore

CashStar

www.cashstar.com

Portland, ME

www.clearstorydata.com

Palo Alto, CA

www.cloudwords.com

San Francisco, CA

Coupa Software

www.coupa.com

San Mateo, CA

Datameer

www.datameer.com 

San Francisco, CA

Dataminr

www.dataminr.com

New York, NY

www.egnyte.com

Mountain View, CA

FinancialForce.com

www.financialforce.com

San Francisco, CA

Gigya

www.gigya.com

Mountain View, CA

GoodData

www.gooddata.com

San Francisco, CA

hearsaysocial.com

San Francisco, CA

Hightail

www.hightail.com

Campbell, CA

hoopla.net

San Jose, CA

www.hubspot.com

Cambridge, MA

InsideSales.com

www.insidesales.com

Provo, UT

www.jumio.com

Palo Alto, CA

www.kenandy.com

Redwood City, CA

Lithium

www.lithium.com

San Francisco, CA

LiveOps

www.liveops.com

Redwood City, CA

www.marqeta.com

Emeryville, CA

metamarkets.com

San Francisco, CA

Monetate

www.monetate.com

Philadelphia, PA

Moxie Software

www.moxiesoft.com

Sunnyvale, CA

N2N Global

www.n2nglobal.com

Longwood, FL

Okta

www.okta.com

San Francisco, CA

Palantir Technologies

www.palantir.com

Palo Alto, CA

  

ReadyPulse

www.readypulse.com

New York, NY

  

www.retailigence.com

Redwood City, CA

retailnext.net

San Jose, CA

Samanage

www.samanage.com

Netanya, Israel

Shopify

www.shopify.com

Ottawa, Ont. Canada

www.skytree.net

San Jose, CA

Soonr

www.soonr.com

Campbell, CA

www.spredfast.com

Austin, TX

Stripe

stripe.com

San Francisco, CA

SugarCRM

www.sugarcrm.com

Cupertino, CA

  

www.taulia.com

San Francisco, CA

Thismoment

www.thismoment.com

San Francisco, CA

www.unifiedsocial.com

New York, NY

www.xactlycorp.com

Boston, MA

Zenfits

zenefits.com

San Francisco, CA

Zoho

www.zoho.com

Pleasanton, CA

Zoom

www.zoom.us

Santa Clara, CA

www.zuora.com

Foster City, CA

Consumer – Devices

Category Winner

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

CEO: Hosain Rahman

Year Founded: 1999

Employees: ca. 475

Investors Include: Andreessen Horowitz, Deutsche Telekom, Fortress Investment Group, J.P. Morgan, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, SharesPost Investment Management, Silver Lake Partners, SV Angel, Wells Fargo & Company

 

Fitbit

www.fitbit.com

San Francisco, CA

MC10

www.mc10inc.com

Cambridge, MA

Pebble

getpebble.com

Palo Alto, CA

Consumer – Internet

Category Winnner

Tinder

Headquarters: West Hollywood, CA

CEO: Sean Rad

Year Founded: 2012

Employees: ca. 35

Investors Include: IAC

Airbnb

www.airbnb.com 

San Francisco, CA

Beyond the Rack Enterprises

www.beyondtherack.com

Saint-Laurent, Qc., Canada

Birchbox

www.birchbox.com

New York, NY

BuzzFeed

www.buzzfeed.com

New York, NY

www.carecloud.com

Miami Springs, FL

Complex Media

www.complexmediainc.com

Greenwich, NY

Cooliris

www.cooliris.com

San Francisco, CA

Coursera

www.coursera.org

Mountain View, CA

www.creditkarma.com

San Francisco, CA

www.docusign.com

San Francisco, CA

Dwolla

www.dwolla.com

Des Moines, IA

www.edmodo.com

San Mateo, CA

Etsy

www.etsy.com

Brooklyn, NY

Eventbrite

www.eventbrite.com

San Francisco, CA

www.evernote.com

Redwood City, CA

Flipboard

flipboard.com

Palo Alto, CA

Fullscreen

www.fullscreen.com

Culver City, CA

GitHub

github.com

San Francisco, CA

HealthTap

www.healthtap.com

Palo Alto, CA

Hulu

www.hulu.com

Los Angeles, CA

Knewton

www.knewton.com

New York, NY

www.lendingclub.com

San Francisco, CA

LivingSocial

www.livingsocial.com

Washington DC

Lyst

www.lyst.com

London, U.K.

www.mobitv.com

Emeryville, CA

www.mylife.com

Los Angeles, CA

N3twork

www.n3twork.com

San Francisco, CA

Nextdoor

nextdoor.com

San Francisco, CA

One Kings Lane

www.onekingslane.com

San Francisco, CA

Outbrain

www.outbrain.com

Netanya, Israel

Pinterest

www.pinterest.com

San Francisco, CA

poshmark.com

Menlo Park, CA

Practice Fusion

www.practicefusion.com

San Francisco, CA

Prosper

www.prosper.com 

San Francisco, CA

Quirky

www.quirky.com

New York, NY

Quixey

www.quixey.com

Mountain View, CA

Quora

www.quora.com

Mountain View, CA

Rent The Runway

www.renttherunway.com

New York, NY

www.sharethis.com

Palo Alto, CA

Shazam

www.shazam.com

London, U.K.

Slice

www.slice.com

Palo Alto, CA

Snapchat

www.snapchat.com

Pacific Palisades, CA

SoundCloud

soundcloud.com

Berlin, Germany

Spotify

www.spotify.com

Luxembourg

Sulia

sulia.com

New York, NY

www.surveymonkey.com

Palo Alto, CA

TaskRabbit

www.taskrabbit.com

San Francisco, CA

thirdlove.com

San Francisco, CA

TuneIn

tunein.com

Palo Alto, CA

Consumer – Mobile

Category Winnner

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

CEO: Sam Shank

Year Founded: 2010

Employees: ca. 100

Investors Include: Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, Coatue Management, First Round, GGV Capital, SV Angel, U.S. Venture Partners

www.chacha.com

San Francisco, CA

Clinkle

www.clinkle.com

San Francisco, CA

Foursquare

foursquare.com

New York, NY

Lyft

www.lyft.com

San Francisco, CA

Path

path.com

San Francisco, CA

Smule

www.smule.com

San Francisco, CA

Square

squareup.com

San Francisco, CA

www.tango.me

Mountain View, CA

www.textplus.com

Marina del Rey, CA

Uber

www.uber.com

San Francisco, CA


The winners of this competition will be honored at:

Meet the Captains of Innovation

July 29th - 30th, 2014

Computer History Museum

Mountain View CA

Register today to secure your ticket for Silicon Valley Innovation Summit at the lowest possible rate while tickets are still available! Contact Shannon Calvin (shannon@aonetwork.com, 954.663.2086), Grant Gunderson (grant@aonetwork.com, 916.217.0427), or Paul Hamadeh (paul@alwaysonventures.com, 415.269.3738) for details on how your company can participate.

For more information on group rates or to make reservations by phone, please contact the AlwaysOn Concierge, Joan Alperin, at 310.993.3584 or by e-mail at VIPtickets@aonetwork.com.

The conference is only three weeks away—Register today.