EY names regional judges for Entrepreneur Of The Year in Northern California

EY Ernst & Young announced the following judges for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Northern California. The independent judging panel includes previous award winners, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners will be revealed at a on June 11, 2015, at The Fairmont in San Francisco.

  • Geoffrey Barker, Executive Director & Co-Founder, RPX Corporations, 2012 Award Recipient
  • Joseph Bronson, Principal & CEO, The Bronson Group, LLC
  • Douglas Chu, Head of Western Regions Listings, NYSE
  • Ken Coleman, Special Advisors, Andreesen Horowitz & Chairman, Caama Technologies
  • Chris Harris, Director, Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe, LLC
  • Maha Ibrahim, General Partner, Canaan Partners
  • Lisa Im, CEO, Performant Financial Corporation, 2012 Award Recipient
  • Jon Kossow, General Partner, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Tarkan Maner, Chairman & CEO, Nexenta, 2012 Award Recipient
  • Tod Sacerdoti, CEO & Founder, BrightRoll, Inc., 2013 Award Recipient, 2014 National Award Recipient
  • Scott Tierney, Google Capital Partner, Google Capital
  • Peter Van Deventer, Managing Partner, Integrity Global Management
  • Michael Bartels, VP New Listing & Capital Market, NADAQ

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EY announces regional judges for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Northern California Award

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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year semifinalists

EYErnst & Young announced the semifinalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award in the Northern California region which recognizes success in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

  • Rob Hull, Founder & Chairman – Adaptive Insights, Palo Alto, CA
  • John Foraker, CEO – Annie’s, Inc., Berkeley, CA
  • Jyoti Bansal, Founder & CEO – AppDynamics, San Francisco, CA
  • Kirk Krappe, CEO & Founder – Apttus, San Mateo, CA
  • Jayshree Ullal, President & CEO, Andy Bechtolsheim, Founder, CDO & Chairman – Arista Networks, Santa Clara, CA
  • Thomas Harman, Founder & CEO – Balsam Brands, Redwood City, CA
  • Richard Norgrove, President & CEO – Bear Republic Brewing Company, Cloverdale, CA
  • René Lacerte, CEO/Founder – Bill.com, Palo Alto, CA
  • Jean-Jacques Bienaime, Chairman & CEO – BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Novato, CA
  • Dylan Smith, Chief Financial Officer – Box, Los Altos, CA
  • Jim Yu, Founder & CEO – BrightEdge, San Mateo, CA
  • Howard Rosenberg, CEO – B-Stock Solutions, Redwood City, CA
  • Tom Kemp, CEO & Co-Founder – Centrify, Santa Clara, CA
  • Al Lieb, CEO & Co-Founder – ClearSlide, San Francisco, CA
  • Rob Bernshteyn, CEO – Coupa, San Mateo, CA
  • Kenneth Lin, CEO & Founder – Credit Karma, San Francisco, CA
  • Billy Bosworth, CEO – DataStax, Santa Clara, CA
  • Michael Fitzsimmons, CEO – Delivery Agent, San Francisco, CA
  • James Schoeneck, President & CEO – Depomed, Inc., Newark, CA
  • Keith Krach, Chairman & CEO – DocuSign, San Francisco, CA
  • Paul Nahi, President & CEO – Enphase Energy, Petaluma, CA
  • John Hahn, Co-Founder & CEO – EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, San Francisco, CA
  • Jeremy Roche, President & CEO – FinancialForce.com, San Francisco, CA
  • Meera Kaul, Managing Partner – Germanium Ventures, Mountain View, CA
  • Shashank Samant, President & CEO – GlobalLogic, San Jose, CA
  • Marcus Ryu, CEO ,President & Co-Founder- Guidewire Software, Inc., Foster City, CA
  • Dr. Kathy Johnson, CEO – Home Care Assistance, Palo Alto , CA
  • Rob Bearden, Chairman & CEO – Hortonworks, Inc., Santa Clara , CA
  • Jahangir Mohammed, CEO & Founder – Jasper, Santa Clara, CA
  • Conor Madigan, President – Kateeva, Menlo Park, CA
  • James Osgood, President & CEO – Klean Kanteen, Chico , CA
  • Fred Hsu, President & CEO– Manage, San Francisco, CA
  • Mary Kariotis, President & CEO – Merrimak Capital Company LLC, Novato, CA
  • Suhail Doshi, CEO – Mixpanel, San Francisco, CA
  • Jason Hartlove, CEO – Nanosys, Inc., Milpitas, CA
  • Gautam Gupta, Co-Founder & CEO – NatureBox, San Carlos, CA
  • Howard Robine, President & CEO – Nektar Therapeutics, San Francisco, CA
  • Dheeraj Pandey, President & CEO – Nutanix, Inc., San Jose, CA
  • Todd McKinnon, Co-Founder & CEO – Okta, San Francisco, CA
  • Eric Stang, Chairman, President & CEO – Ooma, Inc., Palo Alto, CA
  • David Ulevitch, Founder & CEO – OpenDNS, San Francisco, CA
  • Peter Arvai, CEO – Prezi, San Francisco, CA
  • Konrad Feldman, Co-Founder & CEO – Quantcast, San Francisco, CA
  • Lisa Falzone, CEO – Revel Systems, San Francisco, CA
  • Selina Lo, President & CEO – Ruckus Wireless, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Edward Lanphier, President & CEO – Sangamo BioSciences, Inc., Richmond, CA
  • Mark Rabe, CEO – Sojern, San Francisco, CA
  • Rohit Kshetrapal, CEO – Tegile System, Newark, CA
  • Peter Gassner, Founder & CEO – Veeva, Pleasanton, CA
  • Thomas Villante, Chairman/CEO/Co-Founder, Matt Golis, Co-Chairman & Co-Founder – YapStone, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Mark Foley – President & CEO – Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc., Pleasanton, CA

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EY Announces EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award Semifinalists in Northern California 

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San Jose Mayor kicks off 29th annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards

Sylvia Flores, Kailesh Karavadra, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Edward Avila take a selfie.

Sylvia Flores, Kailesh Karavadra, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Edward Avila take a selfie.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo teamed with Kailesh Karavadra, Managing Principal of Ernst & Young’s San Jose office, and Ernie Cortes, EY partner, to kick off the top business awards program in the country — the 29th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards – Friday at The Fairmont, San Jose.

“The San José/Silicon Valley region is the birthplace for innovations that drive the global economy. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ award celebrates the vision and passion needed for the long-term success of our region,” says Mayor Liccardo. “I thank Ernst & Young LLP for its decades-long support of entrepreneurs.”

Each year, Ernst & Young showcases successful entrepreneurs from more than 145 cities in 60 countries in their annual EOY Program. Past winners include: Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn Corporation), Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google, Inc), Nick Woodman (GoPro), Lisa Im (Performant Financial), Hamid Moghadam (Prologis), and David Hung, MD (Medivation). This year, past award recipients, future nominees, program sponsors, and other business leaders joined Mayor Liccardo and EY professionals for the 2015 kickoff.

To apply or nominate someone today, visit: www.ey.com/us/eoy/norcal.

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Mayor Liccardo and EY Kick off the 29th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Program

Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner and Curacao founder tells LA Times ‘How I Made It’

EYEntrepreneur of the Year Award winner and Curacao founder tells LA Times ‘How I Made It’ Body: Jerry Azarkman earned an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his successful department store chain Curacao which opened in 1983. Through word of mouth, extended customer credit and customer loyalty, Curacao now boasts more than 2 million customers paying through the chain’s credit card. He tells the Los Angeles Times in the latest “How I Made It” about his success and how he decided to concentrate on what he saw as a neglected and underserved market — Latinos. He shares his thoughts on the power of credit, his leadership style and greatest pet peeve: “People who only know how to say ‘I’ and ‘me.’ If it’s never about ‘us’ or ‘ours,’ then there is something wrong.”

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How I Made It: Jerry Azarkman

Nominations now open for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in LA

EY_Logo2_C_CMYKEY announced nominations are open for the 29th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the world.

“Through the Entrepreneur Of The Year program we have the opportunity to celebrate the risk-taking men and women whose tireless efforts are contributing to our thriving Greater Los Angeles community,” said April Spencer, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, and Co-Director, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program in Greater Los Angeles. “Entrepreneurs are the bedrock of our economy and we are honored to help put a spotlight on them.”

The program celebrates innovative business leaders and game-changing entrepreneurs from more than 145 cities in 60 countries who found, strengthen or transform successful enterprises. In 2014, more than 34 entrepreneurs leading companies from Greater Los Angeles were selected as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award finalists and 13 were chosen as winners. Entrepreneurs may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers and other business leaders.

Applications are due by Friday, March 6, 2015 and can be accessed at www.ey.com/us/eoy/greaterla. The Greater Los Angeles Awards Gala is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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EY calls for nominations for the most innovative entrepreneurs

EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year San Diego winners

EOY SD winners

From left to right: Rick Haux,Mor Furniture For Less Inc.; Peter Martini and Paul Martini, iboss Network Security; Mike Grey, Lumena Pharmaceuticals; Ted Schroeder, Cadence Pharmaceuticals; Kathleen Sellick, Rady Children’s Hospital; and Sean Gailey, J!NX.

EY announced the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego.

The winners are:

  • Technology
    Paul Martini, CEO & CTO and Peter Martini, President & COO, iboss Network Security, San Diego
  • Consumer Services
    Sean Gailey, President & Co-Founder, J!NX, Poway
  • Emerging
    Mike Grey, President & CEO, Lumena Pharmaceuticals, San Diego
  • Life Science
    Ted Schroeder, President & CEO, Cadence Pharmaceuticals, San Diego
  • Family Business
    Rick Haux, President & CEO, Mor Furniture For Less, Inc., San Diego
  • Social Responsibility (non-profit)
    Kathleen Sellick, President & CEO, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego

EY announces Entrepreneur of the Year LA Winners

urlThe winners of the  EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Greater Los Angeles award were announced in LA at a 700 person black-tie event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The winners are:

  • Retail & Investment Services
    Curacao – Jerry Azarkman, Co-Founder
  • Technology
    EdgeCast Networks – Alex Kazerani, Chairman & CEO, and James Segil, President
  • Distribution & Manufacturing
    ENI-JR286, Inc. – Jonathan Scott Hirshberg, President & CEO
  • Retail & Consumer Products
    Fuhu, Inc. – Robb Fujioka, Founder & President, and Jim Mitchell, CEO
  • Emerging
    The Honest Company – Jessica Alba, Co-Founder & President, Christopher Gavigan, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Sean Kane, Co-Founder & COO, Brian Lee, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Advertising
    Prodege, LLC/Swagbucks – Josef Gorowitz, CEO
  • Business Services
    Stamps.com – Ken McBride, Chairman & CEO
  • Consumer Services
    TrueCar, Inc. – Scott Painter, Founder & CEO

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18 finalists for EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Seattle and Portland

The finalists for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 in the Pacific Northwest as reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal are:

  • EOYMajdi Daher and Mohamad Daher, 3MD dba Denali Advanced Integration, Redmond, Washington
  • Ryo Kubota, MD, PhD, Acucela, Seattle, Washington
  • Joseph Micallef, Allegro Corporation, Portland, Oregon
  • Ben Billups, Billups Worldwide, Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Heather Franklin, Blaze Bioscience, Seattle, Washington
  • Leslie Freytag, butter LONDON, Seattle, Washington
  • Forest Key, buuteeq, Seattle, Washington
  • Kathleen Myers, MD, Essia Health, Portland, Oregon
  • Josh Neblett, etailz, Spokane, Washington
  • Raja Mukerji and Jesse Rothstein, ExtraHop Networks, Seattle, Washington
  • Dan Price, Gravity Payments, Seattle, Washington
  • Kyle Stavig, Myers Container, Portland, Oregon
  • Matt Ehrlichman, Porch, Seattle, Washington
  • Luke Kanies, Puppet Labs, Portland, Oregon
  • Glenn Kelman, Redfin, Seattle, Washington
  • Aaron Easterly, Rover.com, Seattle, Washington
  • Mark Zoske, SaltWorks, Inc., Woodinville, Washington
  • Monty Montoya, SightLife, Seattle, Washington
  • Kevin Klock, TalkingRain, Preston, Washington
  • Joe Whinney, Theo Chocolate, Seattle, Washington
  • Darrell Cavens, zulily, Seattle, Washington

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Award winners will be announced at a gala on June 20 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash.

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Ventura and Simi Valley business founders among semifinalists

EOYRami Rostami, founder and CEO of Technocel Wireless Products in Simi Valley, and Jeff Green, CEO and co-founder of The Trade Desk Inc. in Ventura, are among those hoping to clinch the title of EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the greater Los Angeles region, as reported by the Ventura County Star.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year was founded by Ernst & Young LLP 28 years ago and awards entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Business founders in more than 145 cities and 60 countries are recognized in the contest.

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Local business founders named semifinalists in regional business contest

Entrepreneur of the Year nomination deadline nears

 Los Angeles finalists and award recipients

This past year, the Los Angeles finalists and award recipients (many pictured above) were selected by a panel of independent judges and honored at a gala event with over 700 entrepreneurs and business leaders at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award honors the outstanding entrepreneurial leaders who inspire others with their passion, vision and achievement. Applications are due by Friday, March 14, 2014 at https://eoy-nomination.ey.com.

Anyone can submit a nomination, and it only take a few minutes.

To be eligible to receive an award, the nominee must be an owner or manager of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and an active member of top management for at least two years. In addition, the company must be at least three years old.

Nominees are evaluated by an independent panel of judges. The judges are past winners and business and community leaders. The judges review each nominee based on the following criteria:

  • Vision: creating or improving a business concept and implementing it effectively
  • Leadership: demonstrating the focus and strength of character that enable an entrepreneur to move forward — and inspire a team to do the same — despite skeptics and obstacles
  • Achievement: driving business success by going beyond developing an idea to continual innovation in order to generate new ideas
  • Social responsibility: knowing that commitment and responsibility aren’t confined to business and leveraging energies and resources to give back to the community