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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Northern California Awards semifinalists

APRIL 03, 2017 | EY

SAN FRANCISCO, April 3, 2017 – EY today announced semifinalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Awards in the Northern California program. As the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes innovative trailblazers in more than 145 cities in 60 countries who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The semifinalists listed below were selected from nearly 60 business leaders nominated by a panel of independent judges. Finalists will be announced on May 15, and winners will be revealed at a black-tie awards gala on Friday, June 23, hosted by NBC Bay Area anchor, reporter and Press:Here host Scott McGrew at The Fairmont in San Jose, California.The semifinalists are:

8x8 Inc. | Bryan Martin, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer and Vikram Verma, CEO | San Jose, California

Adesto Technologies | Narbeh Derhacobian, President and Chief Executive Officer | Santa Clara, California

Ambarella | Fermi Wang, CEO | Santa Clara, California

App Annie | Bertrand Schmitt, CEO & co-founder | San Francisco, California

Ardelyx, Inc. | Mike Raab, CEO | Fremont, California

Big Switch Networks | Douglas Murray, Chief Executive Officer and Kyle Forster, Founder | Santa Clara, California | René Lacerte, CEO and founder | Palo Alto, California

Brillio | Raj Mamodia, CEO | Santa Clara, California

C3 IoT | Thomas Siebel, CEO, Chairman, and Founder | Redwood City, California

Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Inc. (CLASS) | Denise Pollard, President / Chief Executive Officer | San Mateo, California

Couchbase, Inc. | Bob Wiederhold, President, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board | Mountain View, California

CoverHound Inc. | Keith Moore, CEO & Executive Board Director | San Francisco, California

Credible Labs Inc. ( | Stephen Dash, Founder and CEO | San Francisco, California

CrowdStrike | George Kurtz, President and CEO | Sunnyvale, California

Doximity | Jeff Tangney, CEO and Founder and Shari Buck, Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Management | San Francisco, California

Druva | Jaspreet Singh, Founder and CEO | Sunnyvale, California

Entelo | Jon Bischke, Co-founder and CEO | San Francisco, California

Financial Technology Partners | Steven McLaughlin, Founder / CEO / Managing Partner | San Francisco, California

Five9 | Mike Burkland, President & CEO | San Ramon, California

Full Circle Insights, Inc. | Bonnie Crater, President & CEO | San Mateo, California

hint Inc. | Kara Goldin, CEO | San Francisco, California

HotelTonight | Sam Shank, CEO | San Francisco, California

Impossible Foods | Patrick Brown, Founder & CEO | Redwood City, California

IronPlanet | Gregory Owens, Chairman and CEO | Pleasanton, California

JLM Energy, Inc. | Farid Dibachi, Co-Founder & CEO and Kraig Clark, Co-Founder & Chairman | Rocklin, California

Kateeva, Inc. | Conor Madigan, Chief Operating Officer, President & Co-Founder | Newark, California

Lastline Inc. | Christopher Kruegel, Co-founder and CEO | Redwood City, California

Leeyo Software, Inc. | Jagan Reddy, Co-founder, CEO & CTO | San Jose, California

Liftoff Mobile, Inc. | Mark Ellis, CEO | Palo Alto, California

Madison Reed | Amy Errett, CEO & Founder | San Francisco, California

Metamarkets | Michael Driscoll, CEO and Founder | San Francisco, California

Nevro Corp. | Rami Elghandour, President and CEO | Redwood City, California

One, Inc | Christopher Ewing, CEO & President | Folsom, California

Ooma, Inc. | Eric Stang, CEO | Palo Alto, California

Opendoor | Eric Wu, Founder and CEO | San Francisco, California

Peek Travel, Inc. | Ruzwana Bashir, CEO | San Francisco, California

Proterra | Ryan Popple, President and CEO | Burlingame, California

Qubole | Ashish Thusoo, Co-founder & CEO | Santa Clara, California

RackWare | Sash Sunkara, Co-Founder & CEO | Fremont, California

Smule, Inc. | Jeffrey Smith, Co-founder & CEO | San Francisco, California

SST, Inc./ShotSpotter | Ralph Clark, Chief Executive Officer | Newark, California

Tanium | David Hindawi, Executive Chairman & co-founder and Orion Hindawi, Chief Executive Officer & co-founder | Emeryville, California

Tatcha | Bradford Murray, President, Co-Founder and Victoria Tsai, Founder, CEO | San Francisco, California

Tradeshift, inc. | Christian Lanng, CEO, chairman, and co-founder | San Francisco, California

TRX FITNESS ANYWHERE LLC | Randal Hetrick, CEO/Founder | San Francisco, California

Vungle | Zain Jaffer, CEO & Co-Founder | San Francisco, California

YOU Technology | Cheryl Black, CEO | Brisbane, California

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Regional award winners are eligible for consideration in the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The YearTM Award in Monaco in June 2018.

2017 Northern California judging panel

The independent judging panel includes previous award winners, leading CEOs and private capital investors, and other regional business luminaries. Thank you to our esteemed judges, including Tom Bedecarre**, Founder & Chairman, AKQA; Laura Brege, Managing Director, Cervantes Life Science Partners, LLC; Joseph Bronson, Principal and CEO, The Bronson Group, LLC; Doug Chu, Co-Head of Listings, NYSE; Lisa Earnhardt*, CEO & President, Intersect ENT; Nils Erdmann, Vice President, NASDAQ; Chris Harris, Partner, FFL Partners; Kash Kapadia, Founder and CEO, Digital Directive; Marcin Kleczynski*, CEO, Malwarebytes; Jim Marggraff, Director, Product Management, Google; Rory O'Driscoll, Partner, Scale Venture Partners; Kathleen Utecht, Managing Partner, Core Innovation Capital; Dave Welsh, Managing Director & Head of TMT Growth Equity , KKR;

* Prior regional winner

** Prior regional winner and national finalist


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Northern California area, regional Gold sponsors include SolomonEdwards; Silver sponsors include Chatham Financial.

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EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is one of the world’s most prestigious business awards programs for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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