Innovators and TV Stars? San Mateo’s got ’em!

When it comes to “innovation,” a company must stand out mightily in order to garner an award for that effort in Silicon Valley, the standard-bearer of innovation.

And so it was earlier this month when the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) crowned six companies as Innovators at its 2015 Awards of Excellence event. The city of San Mateo might have taken a prize, as well; it is headquarters for three of those award-winning firms.

Incidentally, San Mateo is buzzing with popularity lately. News hit this week that the city’s own Draper University will be featured in a prime-time reality TV show. And, on April 12th, viewers can tune in and watch the city’s own “38th Floor Bar” featured on the TV show “Bar Rescue.”

But, we digress. Bay Meadows wishes great success to the winners of this year’s SAMCEDA Awards:

AlienVault's Andy Johnson, VP of Corp. Communications

AlienVault’s Andy Johnson, VP of Corp. Communications

AlienVault (San Mateo): A champion of mid-size organizations that lack sufficient staff, security expertise, technology or budget to defend against modern threats, AlienVault delivers a unified, simple and affordable solution for threat detection and compliance management.

EcoFactor (Redwood City): EcoFactor is transforming how homes use energy by applying advanced analytics to connected devices in the home. EcoFactor’s cloud-based application manages thermostats on occupants’ behalf to improve comfort while helping them save time, energy and money.

GuideSpark (Menlo Park): GuideSpark is a leader in employee communications, offering a robust employee communications platform, which includes short, engaging, and cost-effective videos on HR-related content. GuideSpark serves hundreds of enterprise customers and more than 1 million employees.

Inflection (Redwood City): Inflection helps people safely build trusted connections and manage their digital identities. Founded in 2006 by a pair of brothers, Inflection organizes Big Data and public records on a common technology platform.

Lumiata (San Mateo): Founded in 2013, Lumiata applies big data-driven medical science to patient data in order to optimize every health care interaction. The company is composed of clinicians, data scientists, and experts in care delivery.

WageWorks (San Mateo): WageWorks is a leader in administering Consumer-Directed Benefits (CDBs), which empower employees to save money on taxes while also providing corporate tax deductions for employers.

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