SALT LAKE CITY, March 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- vSpring Capital today announced the 2005 class of the vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs, also known as the v|100. The v|100 was conceived by vSpring as a tool to recognize the region's outstanding entrepreneurs and to support and promote partnering and collaboration among top entrepreneurs in the region. "The v|100 has been an effective method to help vSpring and the community to recognize leadership and innovative excellence and increase networking in the entrepreneurial community within the state," said Dinesh Patel, managing director of vSpring Capital. Each year, members of the Utah business community are asked by vSpring to nominate individuals with ties to the state of Utah who are most likely to lead a successful startup venture in the next five to seven years in the IT (information technology) or biotech industries in a chief executive or chief technical officer role. These nominees are then invited to participate in a confidential online survey to vote for the top 10 individuals they feel would most likely meet the selection criteria. Nominees garnering the most votes from their peers in this annual process are then elected into the v|100. The result is a community-nominated, peer-selected group of the top IT and biotech entrepreneurs in the state. These individuals are then invited to participate in an array of ongoing interactions throughout the year designed to provide increased exposure, resources and collaboration among this important group. "Running a startup can be a lonely experience," said Eric Jacobsen, managing partner of Utah- and Connecticut-based private equity firm Dolphin II and v|100 member for both 2005 and 2004. "I want to interact, communicate and talk with other entrepreneurs that are dealing with similar problems and challenges. Membership in the v|100 offers access to like-minded entrepreneurs and that has been a very positive experience for me." Facts about the 2005 class of the v|100 The 2005 class of the v|100 includes a unique combination of dynamic young entrepreneurs, technology thought leaders and experienced leaders in the technology and biotechnology industries. This year 42 new members were inducted into the v|100. As a whole the 2005 class of the v|100 has raised more than $4 billion in capital assets and created more than 15,000 new jobs during their careers. A complete list of members in the 2005 v|100 is below. Be advised that positions/companies noted were current as of the date of the compilation of the 2005 v|100 list of members. For additional information about the v|100 or vSpring Capital, please contact vSpring's Dennis Wood at 801-942-8999(wk) or firstname.lastname@example.org, or David Politis of Politis Communications at 801-523-3730 or email@example.com. Curt Allen, Agilix Labs, www.agilix.com, President & CEO Paul Allen, Infobase Ventures, www.infobaseventures.com, Managing Partner Dallin M. Anderson, Montigen Pharmaceuticals, www.montigen.com, Chief Executive Officer Matt Asay, Novell, www.novell.com, Director, Linux Business Office David Bateman, Property Solutions, www.propertysolutions.com, Founder David Bean, Attensity Corp., www.attensity.com, CTO and Co-founder Dr. David J. Bearss, Montigen Pharmaceuticals, www.montigen.com, Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Ragula Bhaskar, FatPipe Networks, www.fatpipeinc.com, CEO Patrick Burke, Myriad Genetics, www.myriad.com/index.htm, Business Development Manager Greg Butterfield, Altiris, www.altiris.com, President & CEO Dr. Patrick M. Byrne, Overstock.com, www.overstock.com, President and Chairman Mark Calkins, Agilix Labs, www.agilix.com, VP of Platform Marketing Don Cash, Omniture, www.omniture.com, VP of Sales Brad Christensen, Novell, www.novell.com, Director of Product Mgmt. Craig Christensen, Altiris, www.altiris.com, Vice President & General Counsel James Clarke, Clear Link, CEO Josh Coates, Berkeley Data Systems, www.berkeleydata.net, President/CTO Tom Creighton, Epixtech, www.epixtech.com, Chief Architect Dr. Gregory Critchfield, Myriad Genetics Labs, www.myriad.com, President Gary L. Crocker, AnzenBio & Crocker Ventures, www.anzenbio.com, President and Managing Director Nicole Toomey Davis, Enclavix, www.enclavix.com, President & CEO Terry Dickson, Avinti, www.avinti.com, CEO John Dunn, Banyan Ventures, www.banyanventures.com, Director Mike Dutton, Dolphin II, www.dolphintwo.com, Partner Adam Edmunds, Silent Whistle, www.silentwhistle.com, President & CEO Bjorn Espenes, Infopia, www.infopia.com, CEO JD Gardner, vSpring Capital, www.vspring.com, Venture Partner Lee Gibbons, LDS Audio, www.ldsaudio.com, CTO Stephen W. Gibson, The Academy for Creating Enterprise, www.creatingenterprise.com, Founder Social Entrepreneur Darin D. Gilson, Banyan Ventures, www.banyanventures.com, Managing Director Brett Graham, Ingenix, www.ingenix.com, VP of Strategic Planning Michael Hall, Senforce, www.senforce.com, President & CEO Richard D. Hanks, Mindshare Technologies, www.mindsharetech.net, Chairman and President Jon Hansen, MSTAR.NET & Chicago Venture Partners, www.mstar.net, CEO Nathan S. Hatch, Helius, www.helius.com, Senior Vice President Marketing & Corporate Development Ron Heinz, Helius, www.helius.com, CEO Sheryl G. Hohle, BioCatalogia, www.biocatalogia.com, President & CEO Spence Hoole, Diversified Insurance Brokers, www.diversifiedinsurance.com, Partner Eliot Jacobsen, 0 to 60 Ventures, President Eric Jacobsen, Dolphin II, www.dolphintwo.com, Managing Director Josh James, Omniture, www.omniture.com, CEO/Co-Founder Rob Jeppsen, Primary Intelligence, www.primary-intel.com, Chief Strategy Officer Seth B. Johnson, Redi2 Technologies, www.redi2.com/contact.html, CEO Greg Jones, Visual Influence, www.visualinfluence.com, President Kimberly Jones, Verite, www.verite.com, CEO Jeff Kearl, LogoWorks, www.logoworks.com, Chief Marketing Officer Gary Kennedy, Double Eagle Ventures, Owner Dwain Kinghorn, Altiris, www.altiris.com, Chief Technology Officer Rebecca Olpin Krull, Star Bridge Systems, www.starbridgesystems.com, Director of Sales Fred Lampropoulos, Merit Medical Systems, www.meritmedical.com, CEO Bruce Law, Sprout Marketing, www.sproutmarketing.com, President and Founder Carl Ledbetter, UV Partners, www.uvpartners.com, Partner Scott C. Lemon, Agilix Labs, www.agilix.com, President Amy Lewis, Mediconnect.net, www.mediconnect.net, CEO Ron Lindorf, Humanvoice, www.humanvoice.com, Chairman Drew Major, Move Networks, www.cargonet.com, Founder William Marble, Calixus, www.calixus.com, Board Member Ty D. Mattingly, Raser Technologies, www.rasertech.com, Consultant David McGinn, Agilix Labs, www.agilix.com, CFO/ COO Peter D. Meldrum, Myriad Genetics, www.myriad.com, Managing Partner Glen Mella, Control4, www.control4.com, Chief Marketing Officer Craig Miller, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, www.lds.org, Director of Member Needs W. Tim Miller, Echelon Biosciences, www.echelon-inc.com, President Blake Moderzitski, UV Partners, www.uvpartners.com, General Partner Matt Mosman, Levanta, www.levanta.com, CEO Jan Newman, Altiris, www.altiris.com, VP of Business Development Thomas Ngo, NextPage, www.nextpage.com, CTO Amy Paul, Bard Access Systems, www.bardaccess.com, President Brad Pelo, NextPage, www.nextpage.com, Chairman of the Board Jim Perry, Perrypoint Ventures, CTO Ben Peterson, MingleMatch, www.minglematch.com, President Greg Peterson, GH Peterson Holdings, www.ghpeterson.com, Managing Partner Dr. Glenn D. Prestwich, University of Utah and Sentrx Surgical, www.utah.edu, Presidential Professor & CSO Michael Proper, DirectPointe, www.directpointe.com, President & CEO John E. Richards, BYU Center for Entrepreneurship, www.byu.edu, Associate Teaching Professor Larry Rigby, ZARS, www.zars.com, President & CEO David Rowe, Trend Micro, www.trendmicro.com, Executive VP of Global Marketing Todd Shepherd, Studeo, www.studeo.com, Co-Founder/Partner Eric Smith, Control4, www.control4.com, CTO James Sorenson Jr., Sorenson Media, www.sorenson.com, CEO Bryan Sparks, Solera Networks, www.soleranetworks.com, Managing Partner Tim Stay, Marketing Ally, Founder Joshua J. Steimle, MWI, www.mwi.com, CEO Ian Stiles, Agilix Labs, www.agilix.com, Software Architect Tom Stockham, MyFamily.com, www.myfamily.com, President & CEO Weston Swenson, Forum Systems, www.forumsys.com, CEO Cydni R. Tetro, NextPage, www.nextpage.com, Vice President Product and Corporate Marketing Daren Thayne, MyFamily.com, www.myfamily.com, Chief Technology Officer Kent L Thomas, CFO Solutions, www.cfosolutionsllc.com, Founder & Managing Member Rodney Tiede, Broadcast International, www.broadcastinternational.com, President/CEO Mike Tippets, Helius, www.helius.com, SVP Engineering & Strategy Jay Verkler, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, www.lds.org, Director FCH Group Brett Walker, VitalSmarts, www.vitalsmarts.com, Chief Marketing Officer Brad Walters, MaxStream, www.maxstream.net, Chairman, President & CEO Will West, Control4, www.control4.com, CEO Greg Whisenant, Wasatch Solutions, www.wasatchsolutions.com, President Weston Whitman, Harvard Business School, www.hbs.edu, MBA Candidate 2005 Gary Williams, Brigham Young University, www.byu.edu, Associate Director -- Center for Entrepreneurship Phillip J. Windley, The Windley Group, www.windley.com, Associate Professor Ralph Yarro, Canopy Group, www.canopy.com, President & CEO About vSpring Capital vSpring Capital (www.vspring.com) is an early-stage venture capital fund focusing on investment opportunities in Information Technology and Life Sciences. vSpring capitalizes on the managerial skills and operating experience of its principals to successfully invest in and mentor early-stage companies. vSpring has offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Alamos, New Mexico.
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