Ernst & Young Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Semifinalists in Northern California

Tue Apr 9, 2013 7:00am EDT

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  SAN JOSE, CA, Apr 09 (Marketwired) -- 
Ernst & Young LLP today announced the semi-finalists for the Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2013 Award in the Northern California
region. The award recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate
excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation,
financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and
communities. These semi-finalists were selected from 118 nominations by a
panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special
gala event on June 22 at The Fairmont in San Francisco.

--  Razor Suleman, chairman and founder, Achievers, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Aaron Bell, CEO, AdRoll, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Amar Panchal, CEO, Akraya, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif.
--  Hannah Kain, CEO and president, ALOM Technologies Corp., Fremont,
--  Chris Barbin, CEO and co-founder, Appirio, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Justin Moore, CEO and founder, Axcient, Mountain View, Calif.
--  Tom Hale, president, Backroads, Berkeley, Calif.
--  Thomas Harman, CEO and founder, Balsam Brands, Redwood City, Calif.
--  Russell Glass, CEO, Bizo, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Raj De Datta, CEO and co-founder, BloomReach, Mountain View, Calif.
--  Ashutosh Garg, chief technology officer and co-founder, BloomReach,
    Mountain View, Calif.
--  Tod Sacerdoti, CEO and founder, BrightRoll, Inc., San Francisco,
--  Christian Friedland, CEO,, Chico, Calif.
--  Justin Gagnon, CEO, Choice Foodservices Inc., San Ramon, Calif.
--  Kristin Luck, president, Decipher, Fresno, Calif.
--  Jedidiah Yueh, CEO and founder, Delphix, Menlo Park, Calif.
--  Fabio Rosati, CEO and president, Elance, Mountain View, Calif.
--  Steve Smith, CEO and president, Equinix, Inc., Redwood City, Calif.
--  Ashar Aziz, founder, chairman and chief technology officer, FireEye,
    Inc., Milpitas, Calif.
--  Bradley Hoover, CEO, Grammarly, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Rutesh Shah, CEO and president, InfoStretch, Santa Clara, Calif.
--  Harpal Sandhu, CEO and president, Integral Development Corp., Palo
    Alto, Calif.
--  Chris Caren, CEO and chairman, iParadigms, LLC, Oakland, Calif.
--  Mark Fischer-Colbrie, CEO and president, Labcyte Inc., Sunnyvale,
--  Richard Ellson, co-founder, Labcyte Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif.
--  Renaud Laplanche, CEO and founder, Lending Club, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Phil Fernandez, co-founder and CEO, Marketo, San Mateo, Calif.
--  Jorn Lyseggen, CEO, Meltwater, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Eric Ryan, co-founder, Method Products Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
--  Adam Lowry, co-founder, Method Products Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
--  Shellye Archambeau, CEO, MetricStream Inc., Palo Alto, Calif.
--  Prem Chand, CEO and president, Milestone Technologies, Inc., Fremont,
--  Daniel Laffoon, CEO and co-founder, Mixbook, Palo Alto, Calif.
--  Robert Shaw, CEO, Net Optics, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.
--  Lewis Cirne, CEO and founder, New Relic, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Timothy Jahnigen, founder and chief information officer, One World
    Futbol Project, Berkeley, Calif.
--  Lisa Tarver, co-founder and chief operations officer, One World Futbol
    Project, Berkeley, Calif.
--  Hayes Barnard, CEO, Paramount Equity, Roseville, Calif.
--  Maky Zanganeh, chief operations officer, Pharmacyclics, Inc.,
    Sunnyvale, Calif.
--  Neil Grimmer, CEO and co-founder, Plum Organics, Emeryville, Calif.
--  James Brear, CEO and president, Procera Networks, Inc., Fremont,
--  Mike Sechrist, CEO, ProTransport-1, Cotati, Calif.
--  Elena Whorton, president, ProTransport-1, Cotati, Calif.
--  Rajeev Goel, CEO and co-founder, PubMatic, Redwood City, Calif.
--  Gurbaksh Chahal, CEO and founder, RadiumOne, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Bob Tennant, CEO, Recommind, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Vladimir Shmunis, CEO and founder, RingCentral, San Mateo, Calif.
--  Katie Rodan, co-founder, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, San Francisco,
--  Kathy Fields, co-founder, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, San
    Francisco, Calif.
--  Jeffrey Dunn, CEO and president, SI-BONE Inc., San Jose, Calif.
--  Lyndon Rive, CEO, co-founder, SolarCity, San Mateo, Calif.
--  John Kispert, CEO, Spansion, Sunnyvale, Calif.
--  Erik Swan, co-founder and chief technology officer, Splunk, San
    Francisco, Calif.
--  Burton Goldfield, CEO and president, TriNet, San Leandro, Calif.
--  Pete Flint, CEO and co-founder, Trulia, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Bill Demas, CEO and president, Turn Inc., Redwood City, Calif.
--  Jeff Lawson, CEO, Twilo, San Francisco, Calif.
--  Robert Pera, CEO and founder, Ubiquiti Networks, San Jose, Calif.
--  Aneel Bhusri, Chairman, co-founder and Co-CEO, Workday, Pleasanton,
--  David Duffield, co-founder and co-CEO, Workday, Pleasanton, Calif.
--  Tien Tzuo, CEO and founder, Zuora, Redwood City, Calif.


Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has
expanded globally to recognize company builders in more than 140 cities
and 50 countries throughout the world. 

    Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award
winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at
the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 16, 2013. The
awards gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic
Growth Forum(R), the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth,
market-leading companies.

 Founded and produced by Ernst &
Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored
by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 

    In Northern California, sponsors include Goodwin Procter, Littler,
RoseRyan, Scherzer International, Smart Business Network, Inc. and The
Big Picture.

    About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 
 Ernst & Young's
Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award
for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant
contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision,
leadership and achievement. 

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Laura Gordon 
Company: Ernst & Young, LLP
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