|By Marketwired .||
|March 17, 2008 09:00 AM EDT||
SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/17/08 -- vSpring Capital announced today the 2008 class of the vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs, also known as the v|100.
Today vSpring Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm headquartered in Salt Lake City, announced this year's list of v|100 winners.
The v|100 was created in 2004 by vSpring Capital as a tool to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who have ties to the state of Utah. Members of the v|100 become part of a community of entrepreneurs that fosters collaboration and support among its members as they build and grow some of the most exciting companies. Each year, vSpring asks members of the Utah business community to nominate individuals who are most likely to lead a successful startup technology venture in the next five to seven years in a c-level executive role. Those nominees who garner the most votes from their peers in a nominee-only second step of the annual voting process are then elected into the v|100.
"The number of nominations submitted this year exceeds all previous years and we are pleased with the results that the v|100 voting process produces," said Paul Ahlstrom, managing director of vSpring Capital. "New venture creation is critical to the growth of our economy, and the v|100 program consistently identifies individuals who are likely to generate successful ventures in the coming years. The quality of the v|100 recipients is an indication of the vibrancy of Utah's entrepreneurial ecosystem and talent pool," Ahlstrom said.
Last year the v|100 program formalized voting rules and added an audit committee consisting of David Jolley - Partner at Ernst & Young, Mark Bonham - Partner at Ray Quinney and Nebeker, and Professor Scott Schaefer at the University of Utah. "This committee has performed a critical function of overseeing the process and ensuring valid results," said Dennis Wood, director of human capital at vSpring Capital. "The v|100 community is a select group of individuals who are handpicked by their peers in the region. We have learned to observe closely who makes this important list of entrepreneurs each year," said Mark Bonham.
Facts about the v|100 Class of 2008
A complete list of members in the 2008 v|100 is enclosed below. Be advised that positions/companies noted were current as of the date of the compilation of the 2008 v|100 list of members. This year there was a tie in the voting, making a total of 101 winners. For additional information about the v|100 or vSpring Capital, please contact vSpring's Dennis Wood at 801-942-8999(wk) or [email protected].
Full Name Company Work Title Website --------- ------- ---------- ------- Rick Alden Skullcandy CEO & Audio www.skullcandy.com Guerrilla Curt D. Allen Agilix Labs President & CEO www.agilix.com Paul Allen FamilyLink.com CEO www.familylink.com Dallin Anderson Code Nutrition President & www.codenutrition.com CEO Jeremy Andrus Skullcandy COO www.skullcandy.com Lindsay Atwood LTA Enterprises Managing Partner Kirt Bailey Celio Corp President & CEO www.celiocorp.com Brad Baldwin Rocky Mountain Co-Founder Voices www.rockymountainvoices.com Bob Barnes Zonder CEO www.zonder.com Jeff Barson Sendside Networks Chief www.sendsidenetworks.com Evangelist/Dir. of Product Marketing Jay Bean OrangeSoda CEO www.orangesoda.com Brian Beutler Alianza CEO www.alianza.com Brent L Bishop ContentWatch Chairman of www.contentwatch.com the Board Brock Blake FundingUniverse CEO www.fundinguniverse.com William Borghetti Sendside Networks CEO www.sendsidenetworks.com David Bradford Linking Universe Chairman & www.linkinguniverse.com CoFounder Dr. Jack Brittain U of U Tech Vice www.techventures.utah.edu Ventures President Stead Burwell Alliance Health CEO www.alliancehealth.com Networks Greg Butterfield Symantec Group President/ www.symantec.com Altiris Bus. Unit Josh Carr Sprout Marketing Director of www.sproutmarketing.com Interactive Marketing David Carter S5 Wireless Founder www.s5w.com Josh Coates Mozy Inc. an EMC Founder www.mozy.com Company Jonathan Coon 1-800 CONTACTS CEO www.1800contacts.com Troy D'Ambrosio Pierre Lassonde Director www.lassonde.utah.edu Entrepreneur Ctr. Nicole Toomey GOED COE /Enclavix Director COE/ www.enclavix.com Davis Pres & CEO Ed Donakey LDS Church/Family Mgr. of www.familysearch.org History Dept. Strategic Relationships Adam Edmunds Allegiance CEO www.allegiance.com John Edwards Move Networks President & www.movenetworks.com CEO James Endicott Exact Wave CEO www.exactwave.com Bjorn Espenes Infopia CEO www.infopia.com Christian Public Engines COO www.crimereports.com Faulconer Martin Frey PowerCode CEO www.powercode.com JD Gardner Monarch Partners Founder www.monarchvc.com Jeremy Hanks Doba Cofounder, www.doba.com Chairman & President Richard D. Hanks Mindshare Chairman & www.mshare.net Technologies President Nathan Hatch Center 7 President & CEO www.center7.com Matt Hawkins Sirsi Dynix COO www.sirsidynix.com Greg Heaps Allegiance COO www.allegiance.com Tim Hunt MIR Foundation President www.lingotek.com Josh James Omniture CEO www.omniture.com David Jenkins DealerTrack Director DMS www.dealertrack.com Marketing J.D. Jeppson Allegiance VP of Sales www.allegiance.com Scott Johnson AtTask CEO www.attask.com Steven G. Jones Vilect CEO www.vilect.com Kimberley Jones Vérité CEO www.verite.com Dr. Greg M. Jones VisTrails CEO www.vistrails.org Stan Kanarowski USTAR Managing www.ustar.utah.gov Director Jeff Kearl Skullcandy Chairman of the www.skullcandy.com Board Abraham Knell AtTask Co-Founder & Vice www.attask.com President, Sales Kristen Knight NuSkin Enterprises Sr. Dir. Prod. www.nuskin.com Mktg. Global Personal Care Chris Knudsen Sapha VP of Business www.podango.com Development Fred Lampropoulos Merit Medical Chairman, www.merit.com President & CEO Andrew Laver APL Capital Principal www.aplcapital.com Advisors Bruce Law Sprout Marketing Founder & www.sproutmarketing.com President Christopher Lee Heritage Makers CEO www.heritagemakers.com Darren Lee NextPage CEO & President www.nextpage.com Scott C. Lemon HumanXtensions CTO www.humanxtensions.com Shawn J. Omniture Chief Legal www.omniture.com Lindquist Officer, SVP & Secretary Ty D. Mattingly Primary Colors Managing Director Ned L. Maxfield Utah Angel Network CEO www.utahangelnetwork.com David B. McGinn Agilix Labs COO www.agilix.com Glen Mella Control4 President & COO www.control4.com W. Tim Miller Echelon President & CEO www.echelon-inc.com Biosciences Clarke Miyasaki Logoworks VP of Business www.logoworks.com Development Ryan Money DealUtah.com CEO www.dealutah.com Mark Newman HireVue CEO www.hirevue.com Dr. Tom Ngo NextPage CTO www.nextpage.com Brent Nixon Cymphonix President www.cymphonix.com Jonathan Oliver Exact Wave CTO www.exactwave.com Warren Osborn Seastone Founder and CEO www.seastone.com John Pestana Omniture Cofounder/Director www.omniture.com Ben Peterson Independent www.sparknetworks.com Consultant/Investor Erich Pletsch Tier Four President www.tierfour.com William Price BYU Center for Manager/ Director www.byu.edu Entrepreneurship Michael Proper DirectPointe President & www.directpointe.com CEO Amy Rees Anderson MediConnect Global CEO www.mediconnect.net Prof. John BYU e-Business Managing www.ebusiness.byu.edu Richards Center Director Larry D. Rigby Larada Sciences Chairman & www.laradasciences.com CEO Kevin Santiago Cymphonix CEO www.cymphonix.com D. Todd Shepherd Studeo CEO www.studeo.com Otto Silva AtTask Director of IT www.attask.com Eric Smith Control4 CTO www.control4.com Cheryl Snapp Snapp Conner PR Managing www.snappconner.com Conner Partner James Lee Sorenson Media CEO www.sorenson.com Sorenson Jr. Jesse Stay II SocialOptimize.com Partner, www.socialoptimize.com Founder Joshua Steimle MWI Founder & CEO www.mwi.com Jack W. ContentWatch President & www.contentwatch.com Sunderlage CEO Benoy Tamang Sapha CEO and Founder www.sapha.com Cydni Tetro NextPage Vice President www.nextpage.com Kimball Thomas BilliardEx CEO www.billiardex.com Kent Thomas CFO Solutions Founder & Managing www.utahcfo.com Member Devin Thorpe USTAR Managing www.ustar.utah.gov Director Will West Control4 CEO www.control4.com Greg Whisenant Public Engines President & www.publicengines.com CEO Tyler Whitaker TM Ventures Founder www.tylerwhitaker.com Ethan Willis Prosper CEO/ Co-Founder www.prospercorp.com Dr. Phillip Kynetx CTO www.windley.com Windley Ken Woolley Extra Space Senior Vice www.exactwave.com Storage President Ralph Yarro ThinkAtomic Chairman/CEO www.thinkatomic.com Allan Young SocialOptimize.com Partner www.socialoptimize.com Richard Zinn GeoAMP.com Founder, www.ballardzinn.com Technologist
About vSpring Capital
vSpring Capital (www.vspring.com) is an early-stage venture capital firm with $260 million under management. With offices in Utah and New Mexico, vSpring invests in information technology and life science companies that have the potential to transform their markets and create lasting value.