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YEC Members Receive Prestigious Awards and Recognitions
In this YEC news roundup, see which members and products have recently been in the media.
From Ontario to California — and in fields ranging from advertising to software — YEC members have been garnering attention from esteemed publications and organizations. These men and women have been selected for prestigious awards, included on lists of experts in their industries, and selected as speakers at upcoming events. Read about a handful of members’ recent achievements below.
Jorge Granier of Pongalo Named One of Adweek’s ‘Young Influentials for 2016’
Jorge Granier, CEO of Pongalo, a diversified Latino-focused digital media company, was named to Adweek’s “Young Influentials for 2016” list of marketers, content producers and entertainers under 40 who are shaping their industry. Pongalo (previously Latin Everywhere) is a Spanish-language global streaming service. “I knew that with the growth of the Latino population in the U.S., there needed to be something else there,” he told Adweek.
Tim Chaves’ Company ZipBooks Named Top Product on G2 Crowd’s Top 50 Small-Business Software Products
ZipBooks, a free accounting software created by YEC member Tim Chaves, was named the top product on G2 Crowd’s Top 50 Small-Business Software Products list for 2016, which “showcases the software that small-business users have rated highly, based on customer satisfaction score.” ZipBooks explained its success to G2 Crowd, a business software review platform: “ZipBooks strives to blow away the expectations that our users have about the kind of experience you are going to get from free accounting software. We aspire to provide a premium product, excellent customer support, and useful integrations within a business model that doesn’t rely on a monthly subscription.”
Dr. Rami Cohen’s Company Telesofia Medical Ltd. Receives Prestigious Frost & Sullivan Award
Telesofia Medical, founded by YEC member Dr. Rami Cohen, was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Patient Engagement Platform Best New Product Innovation Award. Telesofia Medical provides a platform that aims to make medical information clear. Frost & Sullivan explained in a statement why the company was selected: “Telesofia has employed video technology to improve patient engagement in a manner that is truly personalized, dynamic, easy-to-understand, easy-to-use, and relevant. Frost and Sullivan firmly believes that Telesofia has developed a game-changing healthcare platform, one that enables long-term patient engagement while simultaneously adding value to society by way of improved long-term patient health, safety and reduced rates of readmissions.”
Robert Glazer’s Company Acceleration Partners Named One of Fortune’s Top 10 Places to Work in Advertising and Marketing
Acceleration Partners, a digital marketing firm focused on online customer acquisition for rapidly growing consumer and e-commerce companies, was named one of Fortune’s top 10 places to work in advertising and marketing in 2016. YEC member Robert Glazer is founder and managing director of Acceleration Partners, which has offices in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. To determine the best places to work, employees of U.S.-based advertising and marketing companies were asked about their workplaces and employers’ behavior, including “management’s honesty and ethics, camaraderie among employees, and fair and respectful treatment and clear expectations from management.”
Stephen Ufford’s Company Trulioo Wins 2016 Startup Canada Innovation Award
Trulioo, a global identification verification company founded by YEC member Stephen Ufford, is the winner of the 2016 Startup Canada Innovation Award. Trulioo aims to solve global problems associated with verifying identities online, and their electronic identity verification service GlobalGateway has already been honored in various online reports. The company won this award for being an entrepreneur-led business demonstrating excellence in British Columbia and the north region. “It is an exciting time to be part of the phenomenal growth of Canadian FinTech and playing a key role in helping businesses securely navigate the ever-changing financial regulatory hurdles, while continuing to accelerate innovation forward,” Stephen said in a statement.
Josh Harcus of Hüify and Jared Fuller of PandaDoc Selected to Speak on HubSpot’s Virtual Conference Inbound Sales Day
Two YEC members — Josh Harcus, co-founder and head of inbound growth at Hüify, and Jared Fuller, vice president of partnerships at PandaDoc — have been selected to speak on HubSpot’s Virtual Conference Inbound Sales Day. This year’s event, held in September, brought “together the stars of the sales industry to share their multi-million dollar playbooks,” Hubspot said in its announcement. Josh focuses on measurable outcomes at Hüify, which is a HubSpot Platinum Certified Agency Partner, and Jared leads sales efforts at PandaDoc, which integrates with HubSpot CRM.
Shradha Agarwal and Rishi Shah, Co-Founders of ContextMedia, Featured in the New York Times
YEC members and co-founders of ContextMedia, Shradha Agarwal and Rishi Shah, were featured in a New York Times article for their support of other startups. ContextMedia is a suite of digital healthcare networks that delivers programming at point of care founded a decade ago. Shradha and Rishi have since founded Jumpstart Ventures, an angel fund that has backed more than 45 businesses in five years. The co-founders had support from their community when launching ContextMedia and are now able to “pay it forward” with their fund.
Erik Huberman, Founder and CEO of Hawke Media, Featured in Variety Magazine
YEC member Erik Huberman, the founder and CEO of Hawke Media, was featured in an August issue of Variety magazine. In the full-page feature, the magazine writes that “Variety is (Erik’s) main media source for all entertainment business news.” Hawke Media is an outsourced CMO based in California. “With all of the work we do with celebrities and entertainment, Variety is my finger on the pulse of the industry,” Erik said in Variety.
Andy Eastes, CEO of SkuVault, Selected for Endeavor Entrepreneurs Program
SkuVault CEO and YEC member Andy Eastes was selected for the Endeavor Entrepreneur program, members of which “gain access to comprehensive customized services, including introductions to local and international business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key needs.” SkuVault CTO Slav Ivanyuk was also selected for the program. Endeavor, an international high-impact entrepreneurship movement, chose 34 entrepreneurs representing 18 companies and 12 countries at its international selection panel in September.
Cooper Harris’s Company Klickly Honored at Innovate! and Celebrate Startup of the Year Competition
Klickly, an impulse-payments platform, won the Consumer Technology Association’s 2016 startup award and won the No. 2 Top Startup in the “Startup of the Year” competition. Founded by YEC member Cooper Harris in 2014, Venice, California-based Klickly, a data-driven impulse payment solution for social streams and mobile experiences, was chosen from more than 1,000 nominated startups, and out of the 50 semi-finalist startups in the Startup of the Year competition, Klickly was chosen as the single winner highlighted in Eureka Park showcase at CES 2017. This event, held in San Jose, is where “tech leaders intersect with cutting-edge startups.” Previously, Klickly was one of only four U.S. companies chosen to participate in the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity’s Start-Up Academy.
Peter Kozodoy of GEM Advertising Wins Junior Achievements Green Bat Award and Selected to Speak About Millennials in Business at CEO Clubs of America
YEC member Peter Kozody, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of GEM Advertising, was selected for a Junior Achievement’s Green Bat Award. The awards go to “board members for going above and beyond in any given school year.” Peter has been a JA member for three years and is on the JA of Southwest New England Board of Directors and the JA New Haven Advisory Board. “Peter Kozodoy was selected based on his incredible commitment to Junior Achievement. Peter is constantly thinking ‘big picture’ and is looking for opportunities that will help put JA on the map,” said president of JA of Southwest New England Jeremy Race in a statement. As well, he was recently selected to speak in New York City about millennials in business. His talk, “Honest to Greatness: Capitalizing on the Millennial Mindset in Business,” is loosely based on his upcoming book by the same name.
Viral Nation Co-Founders Joseph Gagliese and Mat Micheli Named to Marketing Magazine’s 30 Under 30 List
YEC member Joseph Gagliese and Mat Micheli, the co-founders of Viral Nation, were named to Marketing magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. Viral Nation is an influencer talent and marketing agency with offices in Toronto and New York. The magazine’s list highlights “industry superstars you should know” in Canada. Started about five years ago when the co-founders were college students, Viral Nation has since worked with brands such as Crayola, Butterfinger and Jolly Rancher.
These are just a handful of YEC members’ recent exciting achievements. Read about what other members are working on here. Have news of your own to share with the community? Submit your accomplishments to our team.