SocialShield Selected to Dow Jones VentureWire's FASTech 50 List of Most Innovative Start-ups

Leading social monitoring service recognized by VentureWire editors and top venture capitalists

Sep 09, 2011, 16:24 ET from SocialShield

SAN BRUNO, Calif., Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SocialShield (, the leading online monitoring service dedicated to helping parents keep their children safe on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and other social networks, today announced it has been selected to VentureWire's FASTech 50 list of the country's most innovative start-ups. SocialShield was selected from among 2,000 nominated companies by Dow Jones VentureWire editors and an advisory board of seasoned venture capitalists.

The recognition validates SocialShield's approach to helping parents protect their children on social networks and its innovative technology platform. SocialShield leverages patent-pending technology to scan, analyze and report dangerous, threatening or embarrassing activities that parents wouldn't be able to find on their own.  This is a testament to SocialShield's tremendous growth and market traction over the last year."  

"We are honored to be recognized as one of the top 50 innovative technology start ups," said George Garrick, CEO of SocialShield. "Our vision is to provide parents with the information and tools to guide their children on safe social networking by deterring cyberbullying, reputation damaging content and other troublesome social networking activities.  For us to be recognized by an organization like VentureWire validates that we have the best combination of technology and reporting for parents who want to keep their children safe when using social networks."

The FASTech 50 represents the most innovative start-ups across the technology industry that are developing data storage, cloud, social media, Web, software, healthcare and other technologies for consumers and enterprises. Last year's winners scored nearly $1B in deal flow and liquidity.

"Venture capitalists are always searching for start-ups that are developing truly original technology with the potential to transform the marketplace," said Scott Austin, editor of Dow Jones VentureWire. "The FASTech 50 cuts through the clutter of me-too start-ups to highlight companies developing the most innovative and investment-worthy technologies."

SocialShield CEO George Garrick will present at the FASTech 2011 conference in Redwood City, California, on November 8th.

To view the FASTech 50 list, visit #fastech50.

About Dow Jones FASTech

Dow Jones VentureWire FASTech, November 8-9 in Redwood City, Calif., will assess the dynamics driving innovation and success in the technology industry through exclusive interviews, analysis driven by Dow Jones editors and presentations from the most investment-worthy start-ups pre-screened by leading venture capitalists. To register, visit

About SocialShield

SocialShield is the leading cloud-based social network monitoring service. SocialShield gives parents affordable, easy-to-use, state-of-the-art tools to help them enhance Internet safety for their children in the online environment. The patent-pending SocialShield technology alerts parents about their children's activities on popular social networks so they can feel comfortable about who their children interact with online, what photos and conversations are being posted, and where children have profiles. Yet, by operating primarily as an "exception reporting" technology, children can still use these networks with a feeling of privacy and independence.  Based in San Bruno, CA, SocialShield is backed by USVP and Venrock as well as several notable private investors. For more information, visit

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