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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® semifinalists in Northern California

San Jose, 8 April 2013

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Ernst & Young LLP today announced the semi-finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the Northern California region. The awards program 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 22nd at The Fairmont in San Francisco.

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

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 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 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, 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 EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY’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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