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50 Innovative Companies to Watch 2017

50 Innovative Companies to Watch 2017


Company Management Description

Scientific Games
Kevin Sheehan,
As a global leader in the gaming and lottery industries, Scientific Games’ mission is to empower our customers by creating the world’s best gaming and lottery experiences. Our casino, interactive and instant lottery games are designed to reach players wherever they are, whenever they want to play, and in any channel they choose: retail, casino or digital. For more than 84 years through our acquired companies, Scientific Games has delivered what customers and players value most: trusted security, creative content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology.
Jack Zahran,
Pinkerton traces its roots to 1850 when Allan Pinkerton founded Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency. Today, Pinkerton offers organizations a range of corporate risk management services from security consulting and investigations to executive protection, employment screening and protective intelligence. With employees and offices worldwide, Pinkerton maintains an unmatched reputation for protecting clients and their assets around the globe.
Shaklee Corporation
Roger Barnett,
Chairman and CEO
Shaklee Corporation operates as a natural nutrition company. It engages in the manufacture and distribution of natural nutrition, personal care, and household products, as well as water treatment systems. It has operations in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. Shaklee Corporation was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California
BMI Research
Dr. Ranjit Tinaikar,
Through ‘Total Analysis,’ our unique, reflexive approach linking macroeconomic, industry and financial market analysis, we help clients gain unparalleled insight across 24 industries and 200 global markets. For more than 30 years, our forecasts, data and analyses have been used by multinationals, governments and financial institutions to guide critical strategic, tactical and investment decisions. Clients include a majority of Global Fortune 500 companies.
Cheetah Software Systems
Bobby Darroll, CEO Cheetah is one of the world’s most advanced operational dynamic logistics platform. It is the only operations solution that not only plans delivery routes, but also predicts extremely accurate arrival times as it adapts, live and automatically, to changing operational conditions. These changes include traffic, weather, accidents, customer cancellations, new stop-insertion and driver exceptions. The Cheetah optimization engines receive real-time events like GPS while tracking all drivers in its operational network allowing its optimization engines to seamlessly guide the driver through every step of the process.
Stantive Technologies Group
Douglas Girvin, CEO Stantive’s OrchestraCMS is the only content and digital experience platform (DXP) built 100% native on Salesforce. OrchestraCMS helps Salesforce customers create compelling digital experiences for their customers, partners, and employees; uniquely combining content with business data, processes, and applications across any digital channel or device including Salesforce Communities. We empower some of the most progressive brands across the globe to create, manage and publish content dynamically with less risk and at a fraction of traditional cost.
NightOwl Discovery
Andrea Wallack, CEO A leader in Corporate Discovery and Data Review Programs, NightOwl Discovery helps companies in demanding environments reach their discovery, investigations compliance and regulatory needs. Innovative, fixed-fee based data portfolio management such as NightOwl’s nVision® and nFerence® products help enterprise customers maximize investments in people, process and technology. NightOwl offers a comprehensive discovery offering that spans the EDRM for customers in the US, EU and Asia.
Orochem Technologies Inc
Dr. Asha Oroskar,
Dr. Anil Oroskar, Co-founders
Orochem is globally recognized as an organization that conceives, develops, and installs some of the most technologically viable solutions for “highest purities” for industrial or “metric ton” scale purification for API’s, nutritional supplements, fatty acids, and specialty sugars. Orochem provides Simulated Moving Bed (SMB) Chromatography technology for the laboratory scale, pilot scale and large-scale purification of commercially viable molecules for its customers around the world. Orochem’s products and services for Simulated Moving Bed Chromatography include Synthesis and manufacture of stationary phases “tailored for specific separations”, a uniquely engineered SMB system and the installation and commissioning of the SMB systems at customer sites with well-trained Orochem technical service engineers.
Pollux Automation
José Rizzo Hahn Filho, Founder and CEO Founded in 1996, Pollux is the most innovative industrial automation company in Brazil. Listed in the prestigious Exame magazine as one of the fastest growing businesses in the country (2009 edition). With 100 employees and four offices, the company has access to clients throughout Brazil, and has implemented over 500 solutions of automation engineering in several industry segments . Pollux is proud of its technical team, formed by outstanding professionals graduated in some of the finest universities in Brazil, United States, France, Italy and Mexico.
Tommy Sagroun,

CogniFit’s personalized brain fitness programs are unique because they begin with a personal assessment of the user’s cognitive health. Using this preliminary information and the user’s ongoing performance, CogniFit’s patented methodology automatically builds an optimal brain training regimen that matches the user’s unique cognitive needs. In other words, no two people follow the same training regimen.

CogniFit’s revolutionary technology assesses and trains 20+ key cognitive skills that are necessary in daily lives such as memory, concentration, perception and coordination

Ernie Connon,
President and CEO
SiteHawk is a leading innovator in chemical data management and compliance solutions offering a complete approach to SDS management, chemical inventory tracking, and product sustainability initiatives. Organizations in virtually every industry worldwide utilize SiteHawk solutions to manage their hazard communication programs, meet EHS compliance initiatives, manage chemical inventories and chemical data, publish safety data sheets, and keep workers safe throughout the organization.
Dr. Cyrus Hadavi, Founder and CEO Adexa delivers intelligent enterprise business planning and performance management solutions that link strategic planning, financial planning and supply chain planning. In this synchronized environment, the financial impact of planning decisions, and their ramifications on the enterprise, are known in advance to ensure profitable decisions are made every time. The end result is an innovative enterprise, able to proactively adjust to changing market conditions and support growth and capitalization.
Hiten Shah,
Founder & CEO
MES helps develop custom engineered solutions by leveraging global manufacturing resources and implementing comprehensive supply chain solutions. We do this by following five distinct steps including finding and auditing suppliers, developing their quality systems, consolidating shipments at various ports, performing domestic value added operations and warehousing near customers and shipping on Just-In-Time basis.
Creative Realities
Rick Mills,
Creative Realities helps retailers and brands use the latest digital technologies to create better shopping experiences. We’ve designed, developed and deployed thousands of digital ecosystems, transforming the consumer and shopper journey into an intelligent, responsive, aware and immersive experience. We think like an Digital Agency but offer the tech savvy and expertise of a best-in-class Systems Integrator. What makes us different is our ability to deliver fully integrated, end to end solutions from conceptual design creation, platform development, hardware and software engineering.
Procurement Leaders
Eva Milko,
Managing Director
Founded in 2004, Procurement Leaders™ is the world’s foremost procurement insight and peer networking company. Powered by the largest community of senior procurement, sourcing and supply chain executives from leading global corporations, we accelerate our member’s journey to superior performance, providing access to the in-depth insight, practical tools and expert guidance they need to transform procurement into a critical business driver.
George E. Daddis Jr., PhD, CEO and President Omni-ID is the leading supplier of passive low-profile UHF RFID tags and the world’s first visual tagging system - ProVIEW. We’ve solved the challenge of high-value asset identification and tracking across industries. Omni-ID passive RFID tags with global performance and strong on-metal read range offer an affordable alternative to active RFID.
Kirk Krappe, CEO Apttus, the category-defining Quote-to-Cash and Contract Lifecycle Management technology company, drives the vital business process between a buyer’s interest and the realization of revenue. Utilizing a patented combination of SaaS-based applications, the Apttus Intelligent Cloud maximizes revenue and business outcomes for companies of all sizes, including 100 of the Fortune 500. Enhanced by Machine Learning and Max, a Virtual Assistant, Apttus applications include Configure Price Quote (CPQ), E-Commerce, Contract Management, Incentives Management, Renewals, Billing and Order Management. The Apttus Intelligent Cloud is powered by the world’s most trusted cloud platforms, including Salesforce and Microsoft Azure.
Sameer Maskey, Founder & CEO Fusemachines is a technology company that helps B2B Insides Sales teams sell more. We use a unique blend of AI and Human Intelligence to generate highly qualified targeted leads. We help improve the efficiency of your CSRs and connect you with your Ideal Company by automating prospecting, lead qualification, response generation, and appointment booking. Our AI system interacts with humans through emails, and sales software and learns from user behavior to perform tasks automatically.
Centage Corporation
Barry Clapp,
President and CEO

Centage Corporation is the world leader in automated, budgeting and planning software solutions for small to medium-sized organizations. Since 2001, thousands of managers at all levels have utilized the Budget Maestro family of solutions to streamline their budgeting, forecasting, financial consolidation, performance analysis, and reporting processes.

The Budget Maestro family of software products empowers thousands of financial leaders with greater insight into their business performance and increased confidence in their decisions.

Litera Corp
Deepak Massand, Founder Litéra delivers integrated solutions for document lifecycle management through a comprehensive suite of patented creation, collaboration, and control technologies. With platform agnostic and cloud savvy solutions, Litéra empowers you to generate, review and distribute quality content quickly and securely, from any device anywhere. Litéra has won multiple innovative technology awards, maintains a 99.9% client retention rate, and has grown consistently since the company was first founded in 2001.
ISU Corp
David Mansilla, CEO & Founder

ISU Corp is a high tech company specializing in enterprise software development and consulting.

We have a comprehensive team of IT professionals that bring to the business many years of experience in a wide variety of technologies. We write software for software companies from conception to the end. In addition to working with a number of software companies, ISU Corp is also partnered with organizations in the food industry, the stock market, the education industry, the medical industry, financial industry, and real estate industry.

Apptium Technologies
Rick Kapani,
Apptium is a leading technology and management consulting firm headquartered in Herndon, US, serving Global Enterprise customers. To stay a step ahead of emerging business trends and outperform the competition, Apptium enables broadband, wireline, and wireless communications service providers and operators around the globe become more efficient at delivering and managing enterprise services. Through its EPortal platform, software solutions and Professional Service engagements, we allow Service Providers to focus on their customers, increase revenues, and reduce costs. It helps them transform and thrive in a changing world by co-creating breakthrough solutions that combine strategic insights and execution excellence.
Marc Alringer,
CEO & Founder
From San Diego to Seattle, the company designes and developes top websites and mobile applications for growing startups and enterprises. It is positioned as an industry-leading mobile and digital agency on the forefront of technology—its team specializes in full-stack development and an expert in user experience design, web apps, and mobile apps. It works with brands across a wealth of different verticals including Healthcare, Hospitality, and Automotive. For each, we get to know their business and their customers, and intimately craft custom software solutions that provide cutting edge experiences and increase ROI.
Virtual PBX
Paul Hammond, Founder & CEO VirtualPBX pioneered cloud based business phone systems and still has the most features, the highest reliability, and the best value. No matter the size of your company, you can have a corporate-class business phone system without the expense or hassle of buying and maintaining your own phone switch. And with VirtualPBX, you can use your own phones, or save even more with our business VoIP service.
Afanassenkov, co-founder,
Every modern business relies on its data processing infrastructure, which quality and costs could be key to success or failure. With constantly changing technological environment selecting the right vendor is crucial and difficult. The large established vendors are extremely expensive and inflexible while home grown solutions are cumbersome and even more expensive in the end. With us you will find a rare combination of commercial software vendor and service provider with over 15 years experience and extensive list of customers from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
DRAXware Inc.
Dr. Jianfei Xu, Founder & CEO DRAXware is where innovation meets pragmatic solution. Born from a partnership between advanced research and practical industry specific solutions, DRAXware continues in the spirit of partnership, believing firmly that they become an extension of their customers. DRAXware is a focused niche solution; the DRAXware technology is built for the industry’s most demanding, information-intensive projects in the industrial construction market including oil and gas, pipelines, mining, power generation and refining industries.
John Herr, CEO Avetta provides a cloud-based supply chain risk management and commercial marketplace platform. Our global solution is uniquely designed to connect the world’s leading organizations with qualified suppliers, driving sustainable growth. We build trustworthy bonds through responsive technology and human insight. Our process is collaborative. Our global reach is complemented by our local expertise. Hundreds of global organizations depend on Avetta to align their supply chains to sustainable business practices, worldwide.
Jeff Goins,
Founder & CEO
Adaptive offers standards-based solutions that help organizations better align their valuable information by supporting specific management challenges including Data Governance, Data Quality, Metadata Management, Enterprise Architecture Management and IT Portfolio Management while ensuring Knowledge is retained as systems evolve.
Shail Jain,
Peter Gibson, Chief Executives
Knowledgent is a data and analytics consultancy that improves lives and business through data. Our expertise seamlessly integrates industry experience, data science, and data architecture and engineering skills to uncover actionable insights. We have not only the technical knowledge to deliver game-changing solutions at all phases of development, but also the business acumen to evolve data initiatives from ideation to operationalization, ensuring that organizations realize the full value of their information. With offices in New York City, Boston, Toronto, and Warren, NJ, Knowledgent works with organizations in the Life Sciences, Healthcare, Financial Services, Products, and Services industries.
Panamax Inc
President & CEO,
Bankai Group
Panamax Inc. is successfully scaling the international markets and helping telcos, carriers, MNOs & MVNOs to do business with advanced technologies. Our Business Support System (BSS) products extend converged & interconnect roaming solutions, rating, retail subscriber prepaid and postpaid billing, deal management, fraud management, and business process automation solutions. We provide Network Switching Subsystem (NSS) solutions through a complete product suite of Class 4 & 5 Switching solutions, Unified Communications, VoBB, IP Telephony, Transcoding & Conference solutions. Our mobile financial solutions (MFS) facilitate dynamic wallet management, mobile money, microcredit, international remittance and bill payment for telcos and Banks.
Proactive Worldwide, Inc
Gary Maag,
Proactive Worldwide is a global decision support, research and consulting firm that provides evidence-based strategic intelligence anchored by primary research. For over 20 years, our multi-lingual professionals have assisted clients with competitive research studies and custom benchmarking services related to market and competitive positioning, market entry and defense strategies, customer insight analysis, and competitive alert programs. Our market and competitive intelligence professionals also lead clients through war gaming and scenario planning exercises to pressure test their business strategies and ensure they stay Out in Front® of their competitors.
Wetherington, Founder & CEO
iFoodDecisionSciences, a software and database solutions provider, partners with companies to develop and manage secure portal sites and provides custom software applications for streamlining and managing business. iFood’s Team has extensive experience in assisting specialty crop commodity groups in putting data to work by compiling, managing, and analyzing individual company data in a confidential manner.
iTernity GmbH
Ralf Steinemann, CEO iTernity Compliant Archive Software (iCAS) is an enterprise archive and data protection software that helps organizations store data flexible and securely. Built upon industry standards and Windows platforms and supporting SAN and NAS storage devices iCAS offers the adaptability todays IT departments need. iTernity solutions are available through a wide network of partners. Customers worldwide, from small businesses to huge international enterprises, entrust their data to iTernity solutions.
Gumstix, Inc
W. Gordon Kruberg, President & CEO Gumstix, Inc. is a leader in the development of advanced computer-on-module (COM) products. With a head office in Redwood City, California and a warehouse in San Jose California, Gumstix manages research and development in Vancouver, Canada. Gumstix designs, manufactures and distributes open-source computer products that are known for their tiny size, wide range of function and ease of use. Design engineers use Gumstix modules to make products faster, lighter, smaller and lower cost than ever before.
Diane Carco,
Swingtide, Inc. is an organization of high-value consultants with real-world experience, an analytical approach, and the ability to identify and solve IT-related business problems with well-defined methods. Its senior business and IT professionals have the experience required to solve complex business and technical problems in rapidly changing environments.
George Dannecker, CEO & President Senet’s cost-effective, highly-scalable LPWAN network enables companies to capitalize on opportunities in the rapidly growing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Internet of Things (IoT) landscape. Check us out and let us know what low power, long distance IoT applications you have in mind.
Sepp Rajaie, CEO

TechR2 is an industry leader in technology asset retirement services with over 17 years of industry best practice experience. We specialize in exclusive onsite data destruction solutions. From mobile to mainframe, we’ve got you covered.

TechR2 is certified in five different international Standards of Management Systems designed to best serve the needs of our customers by providing secure data destruction and responsible recycling solutions. We are also proud to be a part of the WBE enterprise. We take pride in our data security best practices and our role in honoring the environment.

Inspyrus Inc
Nilay Banker, Founder & CEO Inspyrus is a Silicon Valley Fintech software development company that specializes in transforming Accounts Payable and Finance Operations into profit centers. Our passion and mission is to provide the most innovative, game-changing solutions on the market, and solve business problems that other providers have failed to address. We have built a reputation of excellence and trust, based on world-class technology, solutions delivery and service with our clients.
Mark J. Barrenechea, CEO OpenText enables the digital world, creating a better way for more than 100,000 organizations to work with information, on premises or in the cloud. As a global leader in Enterprise Information Management, its products enable businesses to grow faster, lower operational costs, and reduce information governance and security risks. It works with its customers to enable success in their digital journeys, by providing comprehensive EIM expert services for all phases of the transformation, from planning to implementation, operation, and continuous improvement.
Toufan Rahimpour, COO We are Logoworks, and are an online graphic design agency that specializes in logo and website design. We have a community of designers from all around the world who we work with to consistently produce high quality designs for our clients. In the 17 years since we’ve opened our doors, we’ve produced over 300,000 logos for 70,000 happy customers, but we’re only just getting started.
  Idealstor, founded in 2002, is an Austin-based data protection company. Specializing in removable backup storage solutions, Idealstor concentrates on data backup, archiving, migration, WORM and disaster recovery for businesses of all sizes.
xFusion Technologies
Sanjib Nayak, Founder and CEO xFusion Technologies, Inc. is a State of California Incorporation head quartered in Rancho Cordova, California. We specialize in serving various Public and Private sector organizations. Our management team, employees and business partners are skilled in selected Domains and Technology. xFusion offers a full spectrum of IT services which are delivered via our Practices and Expertise in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Custom Product Development, Outsourced Product Development, and Data Warehousing and Analytics services.system-integration.
Promise Phelon, CEO

TapInfluence is the industry’s leading SaaS platform that empowers consumers to make better purchasing decisions. Through Influencer Marketing Automation, we help brands put authenticity back into their messaging and communications by connecting them with trusted voices in their industry.

Through the application of science and data, our proprietary marketplace provides an efficient way for brands and influencers to scale the creation, management and measurement of online influencer marketing programs and deliver consumers the type of meaningful and relevant content they desire.

SyncDog Inc
Jonas Gyllensvaan,
SyncDog is the leading independent software vendor (ISV) for building secure infrastructure frameworks that protect enterprise networks from cyber breach from mobile computing sources. The SentinelSecure™ product line for application containerization and IoT (Internet of Things) module monitoring provide the industry’s most proactive approach to securing enterprise mobility computing.
The SentinelSecure™ data security solution delivers defense-grade secure mobile device partitions or “containers” that can secure emails/contacts, calendar items, IM apps, Internet browsers, mobile file stores and other business apps provisioned on personal devices to be used in a BYOD or COPE (corporate owned personally enabled) setting.
Hanumayamma Innovations and Technologies

Chandrasekhar Vuppalapati, Founder & CTO

Hanumayamma Innovations and Technologies Inc. is a Delaware Corporation established in the year 2010. Hanumayamma Innovations and Technologies is a U.S. based corporation that is in the business of building Internet of things (IoT), machine learning, data analytics SAAS products and software development technologies and training. We have developed products in Dairy, Healthcare, Mobile security, and data center optimization analytics. We have Dairy Analytics product that integrates with IoT sensors. We have patent pending products on Dairy Analytics and Mobile Application products.
App Orchid
Krishna Kumar,
CEO & Founder
AppOrchid Inc., a Silicon Valley based enterprise is a disruptive product development company specializing in the revolutionary science of Cognitive Computing. Founded by a successful repeat entrepreneur, the company has signed up healthcare, marketing, device manufacturers and energy customers amongst others. AppOrchid has 4 products that enable development of SaaS based cognitive multi-device apps for the rapidly growing “Internet-of-Everything” industry.
Sean Fitzpatrick, Founder & CEO Over the last 17 years, TalentMap has helped countless public and private sector organizations across North America of all sizes measure and manage employee engagement and workplace intelligence to create positive organizational change. Our approach to employee survey deployment has evolved into a flexible and configurable experience in which companies select the support they need while taking control of the aspects where they have expertise.
Tango Networks
Andrew Silver, Co-Founder & CTO

At Tango Networks, we empower enterprises to maximize the reach, impact and value of their communications systems by extending their applications to any mobile device.

Our groundbreaking Kinetic Communications Platform provides simple, flexible orchestration of enterprise voice and messaging applications, even in multi-vendor environments.

VIPR Solutions
Richard Brown, Director VIPR is an award-winning provider of sophisticated software solutions for the insurance market. Our unrivalled market insight has secured our reputation as industry innovators. Driven by our clients – insurance companies, managing agents, managing general agents and brokers – our products address ever growing compliance and regulatory burdens enabling you to capture and manage your data effectively.
Militus Inc
Paul Manley,
Militus Inc. is a new star-up providing state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Solutions with a no-nonsense, value-driven approach to information security. Militus provides tools and services that offer real value - determine and fulfill an organization’s true security needs with minimal negative impact to its operations.