With more than 5,000 tech companies in Utah, it’s not hard to find 10 worth talking about—what’s hard is only talking about 10 of them. The economic climate has been an interesting factor in this year’s High Tech 10 companies—mostly because it has hardly bothered them, and in many cases increased business, stirred new ideas and opened more channels of sales. History has proven that many successful companies have started or made a breakthrough during recessions, and who knows, maybe one of these Utah companies will be the next GE, Microsoft, PayPal or CNN.
“The future of nutrition and medicine is to customize nutritional plans and pharmaceuticals based on the genetic profile of the individual, says Code Nutrition CEO Dallin M. Anderson. “Code Nutrition is leading the way by providing nutritional supplements customized to individuals and designed to offer optimal support in the areas they need it most.” These areas include energy use and immune system, cholesterol management, fat intake and metabolism, bone and muscle health, and antioxidant levels.
With a simple swab of the cheek to gather DNA, Code Nutrition deciphers how an individual’s body transports and absorbs nutrients, and then mails a custom-made nutritional report along with personalized nutritional supplements.
ZenPrint is focused on building user-friendly Web-to-print applications that provide a way for any size business, from a blogger to a restaurant chain, to design, develop, produce, sell and distribute product. It’s designed so companies can have online storefronts, direct marketing campaigns and user-generated custom products without the cost of inventory.
“We are excited about where we are headed and our prospects for growth,” says JD Gardner, CEO of ZenPrint. “What’s encouraging is how many potential partners immediately get how our solution can add value to their business. In the current economic climate, software like ours that helps eliminate managerial overhead, inventory and production costs is a pretty easy story to sell.”
“Mangia” means food in Italy, but in America, it means you won’t have to wait in vendor lines at sporting events anymore. Using a mobile phone, fans can order food, merchandise and eventually tickets directly from their seat. Purchased items can be delivered to the customer or are available at an express pickup location in the stadium. Currently Mangia can only be used at the Rio Tinto Stadium, but it hopes to expand soon to professional and college stadiums across the nation.
Hal Widlansky, Mangia CEO, says, “Like any early-stage company, pacing our rollout is a challenge for Mangia. We must balance high demand for our services with our commitment to providing the best possible experience for partners and fans.”
InContact provides solutions to more than 600 contact centers across the world in a cost-effect software-as-a-service model, helping clients of all sizes with their handling needs, to improve their agent workforces and to save money.
“We’ve been able to grow through-out the year in this economy, and we’ve been able to help our customers improve the cost and quality of their call centers, particularly at this time when they’re being asked to do more with less,” says Paul Jarman, inContact CEO. InContact solutions include an e-learning and communication application, workforce management functionality, customer feedback survey solution, automated call distributor, computer telephony integration, and interactive voice response.
Mozy by Decho Corporation
When a computer experiences hard drive crashes, virus attacks, burglaries or natural disasters, Mozy users’ information is safely secured at an offsite location. Mozy has more than 1 million total users, more than 40,000 businesses customers and stores more than 15 petabytes of data—an equivalent of 1,000 libraries of congress. Mozy’s fast growth has resulted in a tax incentive from the State of Utah.
Vance Checketts, global vice president of technical operations at Decho Corp says the company is still continuing to grow. “We are expanding our team and expect to do so over the next 10 years. Whether it’s development, sales, marketing or product management, we’re interested in finding the best in Utah.”
Amber Alert GPS
Parents everywhere can breathe a bit easier thanks to Amber Alert GPS, a small tracking device made for children. Once attached to a child, parents can call or text to receive a detailed map and address of the child’s location, or keep track of multiple devices on a computer.
“We are going to put this small device in the hands of millions of families who want to live a life free from worry,” says Russ Thornton, Amber Alert GPS founder. “But we are also going to inject ourselves into the National Amber Alert network and join forces with child advocacy groups all across the nation to find ways to make kids safe.” A portion of all sales is contributed to communities across the country to improve tracking and reporting systems.
Andrew Locke came to Utah from Britain and started a free Internet TV series called “Help! My Business Sucks!” giving tips to small business owners and entrepreneurs. It has been watched in countries around the world by more than 100,000 people, and is the No. 1 show for entrepreneurs
on Apple iTunes. These Webisodes sprouted a Web TV Network—GotBiz.tv, one of the first WebTV networks to offer original, on-demand business training to educate, entertain and inspire entrepreneurs worldwide.
“I hope it finds an audience among business owners who are struggling in the present economy,” says Locke. “There’s something for everyone.” GotBiz.tv is expecting more than 1 million unique weekly visitors in its first year.
Rain is internationally recognized for its work in interactive media and its latest release is the Kelly Clarkson Open Mic app for the iPhone. This app scores the users’ pitch and rhythm as they sing along with Clarkson. “The Open Mic app we built in partnership with SONY and RCA records is the first pitch detection karaoke game for the iPhone or iPod Touch,” says Andrew Howlett, president of Rain. “From a development standpoint, this was a truly complex and innovative leap. The success of this app has won us contracts with another mega-entertainment client.”
Lead Media Partners
Chandler Horsley co-founded Lead Media Partners after working as an education company lead provider, and seeing a way to improve lead-generating technology. “[Lead Media] technology uses client successes and failures as its primary inputs to predict sale likelihoods,” says Horsley. “This level of client focus is unmatched in our space and yields higher quality leads than our competitors are capable of producing.”
Lead Media technology is used by many of the largest for-profit universities in the country, and the list is growing. Lead Media also plans to expand into new industry verticals, doubling their company headcount and revenue over the next year.
FrogZog is the newest way to clip coupons, and like most other things new—it is done through a Website or a cell phone. “We built a platform that allows consumers to search for whatever they want, get a list of offers, select what they want and redeem it at the merchant instantly,” says FrogZog CEO Bill Quick. “Free, simple and no spam. Everything we do puts the consumer first. It ensures that they will keep coming back for more, with merchants receiving the benefits.”
FrogZog is adding new merchants every day, but users can currently search for everything from deals on desserts to dentist visits.