While there were no Sally Field or Cuba Gooding, Jr., moments last night at the Northern Virginia Technology Council annual Hot Ticket Awards ceremony it was one of the best events I have attended in Startup Land. It was great to see some of the NVTC members let loose, celebrate, and really embrace the Hawaiian Shirt Theme. It was also great to interact with many of the nominated startups and swap stories.
Two companies in particular really stood out to me: ActivityRocket and Votifi. They were nominated in Hottest Startup and Hottest Bootstrap respectively. While neither won, I cannot imagine they both won’t be wildly successful.
And while winning does not insure success it is a great honor and achievement. I am proud to announce that Lemur IMS won Hottest Startup! This award recognizes the “company with the best story and results during the time period of January 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012.” Since I was not able to rush on stage and celebrate like Sally or Cuba I would like to take this moment on behalf of the Lemur IMS team to thank our family, friends, advisers, and mentors.
Overall at the event there were eight winners in eight different categories. We were privileged to be recognized with the other winners: CFN Services, Inc., Sonatype, GetWellNetworks Inc., Near Infinity Corporation, Micromet, BroadSoft, and newBrandAnalytics.
I am sure we all just wanted to get up there, clutch our award (the doppelganger of the People’s choice award), and shout like Sally Field “You like me, you really like me!!”