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vSpring Capital Unveils the Inaugural v|100 - A Peer-selected Community Designed to Foster Collaborative Partnering and Mentoring Among Top Entrepreneurs in the Region

The 2005 v|100 (vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs) is comprised of "individuals most likely to lead a successful tech/biotech venture in the next 5-7 years"

Mar 02, 2005

vSpring Capital today announced the 2005 class of the vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs, also known as the v|100.

The v|100 was conceived by vSpring as a tool to recognize the region's outstanding entrepreneurs and to support and promote partnering and collaboration among top entrepreneurs in the region.

"The v|100 has been an effective method to help vSpring and the community to recognize leadership and innovative excellence and increase networking in the entrepreneurial community within the state," said Dinesh Patel, managing director of vSpring Capital.

Each year, members of the Utah business community are asked by vSpring to nominate individuals with ties to the state of Utah who are most likely to lead a successful startup venture in the next five to seven years in the IT (information technology) or biotech industries in a chief executive or chief technical officer role.

These nominees are then invited to participate in a confidential online survey to vote for the top 10 individuals they feel would most likely meet the selection criteria. Nominees garnering the most votes from their peers in this annual process are then elected into the v|100. The result is a community-nominated, peer-selected group of the top IT and biotech entrepreneurs in the state. These individuals are then invited to participate in an array of ongoing interactions throughout the year designed to provide increased exposure, resources and collaboration among this important group.

"Running a startup can be a lonely experience," said Eric Jacobsen, managing partner of Utah- and Connecticut-based private equity firm Dolphin II and v|100 member for both 2005 and 2004. "I want to interact, communicate and talk with other entrepreneurs that are dealing with similar problems and challenges. Membership in the v|100 offers access to like-minded entrepreneurs and that has been a very positive experience for me."

Facts about the 2005 class of the v|100

The 2005 class of the v|100 includes a unique combination of dynamic young entrepreneurs, technology thought leaders and experienced leaders in the technology and biotechnology industries. This year 42 new members were inducted into the v|100. As a whole the 2005 class of the v|100 has raised more than $4 billion in capital assets and created more than 15,000 new jobs during their careers.

A complete list of members in the 2005 v|100 is enclosed below. Be advised that positions/companies noted were current as of the date of the compilation of the 2005 v|100 list of members. For additional information about the v|100 or vSpring Capital, please contact vSpring's Dennis Wood at 801-942-8999(wk) or, or David Politis of Politis Communications at 801-523-3730 or

  • Curt Allen, Agilix Labs,, President & CEO
  • Paul Allen, Infobase Ventures,, Managing Partner
  • Dallin M. Anderson, Montigen Pharmaceuticals,, CEO
  • Matt Asay, Novell,, Director, Linux Business Office
  • David Bateman, Property Solutions,, Founder
  • David Bean, Attensity Corp.,, CTO and Co-founder
  • Dr. David J. Bearss, Montigen Pharmaceuticals,, CSO
  • Dr. Ragula Bhaskar, FatPipe Networks,, CEO
  • Patrick Burke, Myriad Genetics, www.myriad.comindex.htm, Business Development Manager
  • Greg Butterfield, Altiris,, President & CEO
  • Dr. Patrick M. Byrne,,, President and Chairman
  • Mark Calkins, Agilix Labs,, VP of Platform Marketing
  • Don Cash, Omniture,, VP of Sales
  • Brad Christensen, Novell,, Director of Product Mgmt.
  • Craig Christensen, Altiris,, Vice President & General Counsel
  • James Clarke, Clear Link, CEO
  • Josh Coates, Berkeley Data Systems,, President/CTO
  • Tom Creighton, Epixtech,, Chief Architect
  • Dr. Gregory Critchfield, Myriad Genetics Labs,, President
  • Gary L. Crocker, AnzenBio & Crocker Ventures,, President and Managing Director
  • Nicole Toomey Davis, Enclavix,, President & CEO
  • Terry Dickson, Avinti,, CEO
  • John Dunn, Banyan Ventures,, Director
  • Mike Dutton, Dolphin II,, Partner
  • Adam Edmunds, Silent Whistle,, President & CEO
  • Bjorn Espenes, Infopia,, CEO
  • JD Gardner, vSpring Capital,, Venture Partner
  • Lee Gibbons, LDS Audio,, CTO
  • Stephen W. Gibson, The Academy for Creating Enterprise,, Founder Social Entrepreneur
  • Darin D. Gilson, Banyan Ventures,, Managing Director
  • Brett Graham, Ingenix,, VP of Strategic Planning
  • Michael Hall, Senforce,, President & CEO
  • Richard D. Hanks, Mindshare Technologies,, Chairman and President
  • Jon Hansen, MSTAR.NET & Chicago Venture Partners,, CEO
  • Nathan S. Hatch, Helius,, Senior Vice President Marketing & Corporate Development
  • Ron Heinz, Helius,, CEO
  • Sheryl G. Hohle, BioCatalogia,, President & CEO
  • Spence Hoole, Diversified Insurance Brokers,, Partner
  • Eliot Jacobsen, 0 to 60 Ventures, President
  • Eric Jacobsen, Dolphin II,, Managing Director
  • Josh James, Omniture, www.omniture.comCEO/Co-Founder
  • Rob Jeppsen, Primary Intelligence, www.primary-intel.comChief Strategy Officer
  • Seth B. Johnson, Redi2 Technologies, www.redi2.comcontact.html, CEO
  • Greg Jones, Visual Influence,, President
  • Kimberly Jones, Verite,, CEO
  • Jeff Kearl, LogoWorks,, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Gary Kennedy, Double Eagle Ventures, Owner
  • Dwain Kinghorn, Altiris,, Chief Technology Officer
  • Rebecca Olpin Krull, Star Bridge Systems,, Director of Sales
  • Fred Lampropoulos, Merit Medical Systems,, CEO
  • Bruce Law, Sprout Marketing,, President and Founder
  • Carl Ledbetter, UV Partners,, Partner
  • Scott C. Lemon, Agilix Labs,, President
  • Amy Lewis,,, CEO
  • Ron Lindorf, Humanvoice,, Chairman
  • Drew Major, Move Networks,, Founder
  • William Marble, Calixus,, Board Member
  • Ty D. Mattingly, Raser Technologies,, Consultant
  • David McGinn, Agilix Labs,, CFO/ COO
  • Peter D. Meldrum, Myriad Genetics,, Managing Partner
  • Glen Mella, Control4,, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Craig Miller, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,, Director of Member Needs
  • W. Tim Miller, Echelon Biosciences,, President
  • Blake Moderzitski, UV Partners,, General Partner
  • Matt Mosman, Levanta,, CEO
  • Jan Newman, Altiris,, VP of Business Development
  • Thomas Ngo, NextPage,, CTO
  • Amy Paul, Bard Access Systems,, President
  • Brad Pelo, NextPage,, Chairman of the Board
  • Jim Perry, Perrypoint Ventures, CTO
  • Ben Peterson, MingleMatch,, President
  • Greg Peterson, GH Peterson Holdings,, Managing Partner
  • Dr. Glenn D. Prestwich, University of Utah and Sentrx Surgical,, Presidential Professor & CSO
  • Michael Proper, DirectPointe,, President & CEO
  • John E. Richards, BYU Center for Entrepreneurship,, Associate Teaching Professor
  • Larry Rigby, ZARS,, President & CEO
  • David Rowe, Trend Micro,, Executive VP of Global Marketing
  • Todd Shepherd, Studeo,, Co-Founder/Partner
  • Eric Smith, Control4,, CTO
  • James Sorenson Jr., Sorenson Media,, CEO
  • Bryan Sparks, Solera Networks,, Managing Partner
  • Tim Stay, Marketing Ally, Founder
  • Joshua J. Steimle, MWI,, CEO
  • Ian Stiles, Agilix Labs,, Software Architect
  • Tom Stockham,,, President & CEO
  • Weston Swenson, Forum Systems,, CEO
  • Cydni R. Tetro, NextPage,, Vice President Product and Corporate Marketing
  • Daren Thayne,,, Chief Technology Officer
  • Kent L Thomas, CFO Solutions,, Founder & Managing Member
  • Rodney Tiede, Broadcast International,, President/CEO
  • Mike Tippets, Helius,, SVP Engineering & Strategy
  • Jay Verkler, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,, Director FCH Group
  • Brett Walker, VitalSmarts,, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Brad Walters, MaxStream,, Chairman, President & CEO
  • Will West, Control4,, CEO
  • Greg Whisenant, Wasatch Solutions,, President
  • Weston Whitman, Harvard Business School,, MBA Candidate 2005
  • Gary Williams, Brigham Young University,, Associate Director-Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Phillip J. Windley, The Windley Group,, Associate Professor
  • Ralph Yarro, Canopy Group,, President & CEO

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