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Tracy Williams
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Linda Whalen
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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Northern California Awards semifinalists

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
  • Bill.com | 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. (Credible.com) | 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

To learn more about the Northern California program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/norcal. Join the conversation on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYNORCAL.

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.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
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