Announcing the 2015 Moxie Awards Finalists

May 12, 2015

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For the fourth year in a row, Built In Chicago’s Moxie Awards will bring out the best of Chicago tech with a bit of friendly competition. The event will honor the city’s most innovative digital companies with 16 coveted Moxie Awards. The following are this year's finalists — get your tickets now!

 

Best Consumer Web

Blitsy - Blitsy embodies Best Consumer Web as we have focused entirely on creating the ultimate one-stop destination for creative people worldwide!

Curiosity.com - Add some learning to your digital diet with Curiosity.com, the web’s best learning experiences all in one place. #neverstoplearning

Opternative - The first online eye exam. Take your next eye exam and receive a prescription for glasses or contacts, from the comfort of home.

Reverb - Reverb.com is the ultimate marketplace for musicians. Browse thousands of listings for instruments, or post your own gear for sale.

Wyzant - WyzAnt.com  is the best tutoring marketplace on the web with tutors offering lessons in math, science, test preparation, foreign languages, and more!

 

Best B2B

Kapow - Kapow is revolutionizing corporate events. With 14 cities, more than 150 people and 400 events per month, we love to love our clients.

NowSecure - Your mobile data is only as secure as your weakest app. We help you secure the mobile device and the mobile enterprise: it’s an app economy

Simple Relevance - Machine learning for marketers. Our solution provides predictive analytics & machine learning so you can send personalized messages to customers.

Syndio - Changing the future of management through people analytics; we make large orgs nimble & responsive – like the startups up for these awards.

Urbanbound - Forever changing the way companies relocate talent, UrbanBound streamlines the relocation process for newly hired & transferring employees.

 

Best New Startup

120 Sports - "(W)hat a sports network should look like in the modern era." -- Engadget. 

Uptake - We’re growing at 14% per week—which doesn't compare to the unfathomable impact our predictive analytics will have across major industries.

Charlie - Big meeting coming up? Charlie briefs you on the people you're about to see, minutes before every calendar appointment. #lifesaver

Classkick - Learning platform where students do their assignments and get help right why they need it from teachers and classmates.

Curiosity.com - Add some learning to your digital diet with Curiosity.com, the web’s best learning experiences all in one place. #neverstoplearning

 

Best Startup Founder(s)

Paul Magelli, Aaron Symanski, Geoff Phillips & Rick Halton (Apervita) - Apervita empowers health pros including Mayo/Cleveland Clinics to share world-class analytics to improve patient care and operations.

Adam Tilton & Prashant Mehta (Rithmio) - From missile guidance to wearables, University of Illinois Ph.D. student and his professor launch a gesture recognition platform startup.

Erik Servinghaus (Simple Relevance) - As a consumer, Erik experienced the pain of irrelevant marketing messages andsought to transform digital marketing with SimpleRelevance

Eileen Murphy & Abby Ross (ThinkCerca) - #CPS educator Eileen + entrepreneur Abby +#Impact Engine/#1871 = #ThinkCERCA women change lives through critical thinking in 130 countries!

Brad Keywell (Uptake) - We’re growing at 14% per week—which doesn't compare to the unfathomable impact our predictive analytics will have across major industries.

 

Best Service Provider

LaSalle Network - LaSalle Network serves thousands of companies, helping to identify top talent who fit the job description and the company culture as well
 
People Foundry - We are a recruitment consultancy with an unparalleled process. We partner with high growth companies to help build best-in-class teams. Companies refer us, because we deliver
 
VisaNow - VISANOW provides immigration process services for Fortune 500 enterprises and SMEs. 
 
Hirewell - For over 12 years, Hirewell has helped Chicago's best companies grow, one key hire at a time.  This is the 4th year we've been nominated - so we've got to win eventually, right?  Vote for us!
 
JobSpring/Workbridge - In addition to staffing some of the fastest growing Chicago startups (Centro, Avant, etc) we also connect the community through TIM & ACLTC.
 

Digital Agency of the Year

Gorilla Group - Our people power the innovative ecommerce solutions that make us who we are. We’re not just Built in Chicago, we’re still building Chicago.

MU/DAI - Humanizing digital through data-driven design

One North Interactive - We may not be able to predict the future, but we can create it. Show your appreciation for digital innovation by voting for One North

Rightpoint - We are makers, informed by technology & fascinated by human behavior. Chicago born, we deliver experiences to the world's most iconic brands.

Rise Interactive - Making math fun, marketers look good, and Chicago proud since 2004

 

Investor of the Year

Guy Turner (HPVP) - 32 reasons in 32 partners: Geofeedia, InContext, TurboAppeal, ParkWhiz, FarmLogs, IrisMobile, Rithmio, G2Crowd, TempoIQ... and 23 more
 
Mike McMahon (Jump Capital) - A strategic executive with over 20 years of general management and financial leadership experience in a broad range of industries from financial services to manufacturing and business services.
 
Adam Koopersmith (The Pritzker Group) - Helping entrepreneurs achieve greatness: Help build @1871Chicago; co-founded @chicagolandec, @IVCAillinois, #TechstarsChi ​
 
Rishi Shah (Jumpstart Ventures) -  Has made over 30 investments in fast growing early to late stage startups. 
 
Bruce Barron (Origin Ventures) - Origin works with entrepreneurs, in & out of our portfolio, to build great companies. We foster a better startup ecosystem in Chicago.
 

Woman in Tech

Shradha Agarwal (President at ContextMedia) - Shradha is an entrepreneur extraordinaire, co-founding ContextMedia at 20! She's brilliant, passionate and inspires women everywhere!

Beth Birnbaum (SVP Product at GrubHub) - Beth has led GrubHub’s product through massive growth in consumer and restaurant adoption, a merger and an initial public offering.

Lisa O'Keefe (‎VP, Talent & Culture at Signal) - Grown Signal's team from 5 to 150+ in 5 years. Monsterful at keeping Signal’s culture brave and true. Pranks colleagues, reads code reviews.

Andee Harris (VP of Sales and Marketing at Syndio) - Entrepreneur, STEM educator, Chicago Ideas Week & Lurie Founders Board member, CCT ambassador, and #1 Mom (according to my 2 kids).

Eileen Murphy (CEO at thinkCerca) - #CPS educator Eileen + entrepreneur Abby +#Impact Engine/#1871 = #ThinkCERCA women change lives through critical thinking in 130 countries!

 

CTO of Year

Brian Lanier (GrubHub) - Brian has quickly made his mark in Chicago’s tech scene by driving a new level of innovation and ingenuity among GrubHub’s tech organization.

Martin Logan (Guaranteed Rate) - Leads Guaranteed Rate’s longstanding efforts to completely integrate modern technology into the traditionally paper-based mortgage process and develop the first fully digital mortgage.

Roger Liew (Orbitz) - Joined as Orbitz fifth employee and led the team that built the original technological infrastructure for the official launch of Orbitz.com in June 2001. 

Eric Lunt (Signal) - Leads developers to create amazing, quality code as a team, to power the next generation of digital customer experiences.

Aaron Rankin (Sprout Social) - Committed to solving hard problems, CTO @AaronRankin keeps @SproutSocial's growing tech team at the forefront of social business innovation.

 

Best Software Company

Centro - Centro’s software makes digital advertising easier. We’ve ran more than 190K campaigns across all digital display platforms and ad formats

DialogTech - Ifbyphone is Now DialogTech, the Global Leader in Call Analytics and Automation

Jellyvision - Cheating on the Turing test to guide users through complicated subjects with clarity, personality, and smarts. If our software becomes sentient, at least our new computer overlord will be nice.

- Secret to success: Hire best talent, build lifesaving product, treat 350+ team like family, keep startup swagger, grow 35%+ ten years straight, retain 96% of customers, throw epic parties.

Sprout Social - Committed to solving hard problems, CTO @AaronRankin keeps @SproutSocial's growing tech team at the forefront of social business innovation.
 
 
Startup of the Year

Hireology - Hireology's award-winning hiring platform uses predictive analytics to help growing businesses build their best possible team.

Simple Relevance - With SimpleRelevance, email, digital ads & websites are perfectly suited to you because we want to make the world a more personalized place

SpotHero - We take the stress out of parking by showing you available spots and letting you reserve with a discount, online or through our free app.

thinkCerca - #CPS educator Eileen + entrepreneur Abby +#Impact Engine/#1871 = #ThinkCERCA women change lives through critical thinking in 130 countries!

Uptake - We’re growing at 14% per week—which doesn't compare to the unfathomable impact our predictive analytics will have across major industries.

 

Best Company Culture

Centro - Centro, 2X Moxie culture winner, focuses on wellness and career development - offers 401k match, health savings account, and sabbatical.

ContextMedia - Friends who work together & co-workers who hang out after - our culture is built on authentic relationships and humble invincibility towards our mission.

Coyote Logistics - A five-time Chicago Top Workplace, where coworkers are friends and leaders know your name, offering training, talent development, growth opportunity, and perks. 

GrubHub - We’re proud of our fast-paced, creative culture where employees tackle fun problems and collaborate to make takeout better.

Jellyvision - Brilliant people who are kind. High expectations, with no drama.Monkey noises. A best place to work according to Crains, the Trib, and those of us who can’t believe how lucky we are to work there.

 

Best Enterprise Web

Echo Global Logistics - Echo Global Logistics is a technology-enabled BPO service provider, serving the transportation and logistics needs of its clients.

Market6 - Market6 provides web-based retail analytic applications with advanced analytics built-in to guide retailers and CPG companies.

SIM Partners - SIM Partners’ local marketing automation platform, Velocity, is solving for the “last mile” by helping enterprise brands turn “near me” searches into revenue.

SMS Assist - Perfect #Chicago story. New disruptive tech + innovation x old school industry = @SMSAssistLLC #techrockstar #moxieawards #bestenterpriseweb

STATS - Hey Chicago, our technology tells you how far and fast Derrick Rose runs every game in real time. Vote STATS and we’ll show you how we do it!

 

Breakthrough Digital Company of the Year

Avant - Changing the way you borrow with safer, faster, better financial products 

bswift - Our solutions help employers engage and empower employees to take ownership of their benefits and health care. Rapidly growing in Chicago.

ContextMedia - Doubled revenue/profits, serving 30,000 physicians & 121M patient visits, tripled team and won national awards for our media, culture and growth. A breakthrough year? 

Coyote Logistics - Our ever-evolving technology is designed and built internally, from our mobile app for drivers to our internal software to an online portal for customers/carriers.

kCura - Fast-growing kCura overcame more big data challenges for legal e-discovery by building out their team, technology, and user community—and garnered a $125 million investment to help.

 

CEO of the Year

Shawn Riegsecker (Centro) - Shawn led Centro’s growth while keeping focus on core values – major reason why it is Chicago’s Best Place to Work 4 straight years.

Jeff Silver (Coyote Logistics) - 9 years. 2,000 Coyotes. 16 offices. $1.9B 2014 rev. The UM/MIT alum changed the industry w/ proprietary tech, unique backhaul strategy, and hands-on leadership.

Matt Maloney (GrubHub) - Coming off last year’s IPO, Matt has continued to grow GrubHub and maintain its place as the industry leader.

Amanda Lannert (Jellyvision) - Triple digit growth.  Very profitable. Crain’s #1 Best Place to Work for Millennials. Headcount rocketing toward 200. Killer shoes.  But most importantly: you won’t find a CEO who cares so deeply about the personal and professional well-being of her staff.

Glenn Trout VelocityEHS (formerly MSDSonline) - Secret to success: Hire best talent, build lifesaving product, treat 350+ team like family, keep startup swagger, grow 35%+ ten years straight, retain 96% of customers, throw epic parties.

 

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