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* lyrical disclaimer *

Like a tool,

I dropped my iPad in the pool,

A digital Persephone,

I am blogging from my phone!!

[Embarassing story to be left for the Koh Tao post]

I am now in Koh Tao and it is time to be looking back at Koh Phangan !

First of all, the hotel I was staying at : The Salad Buri Resort & Spa. Well… you see the golf cart in the picture?

… I could NOT go back to my room or to the restaurant without being carted off like a 102 years old Tropical Pope onto the goddamn golf cart!

The rooms and villas are located on 90 degrees like hills and I literally closed my eyes every time I had to go on the cart, as you face the way down when you go up, and your entire body is asking to roll off the cart and down the hill … ROCK & ROLL!!

The hotel compound is beautiful but to be honest it didn’t have the charm or the vibes Koh Lanta had.

As I didn’t want to feel trapped (Okay i exaggerate, there is a lovely beach opposite), I booked a day trip which included a visit to a crocodile farm, a waterfall, an elephant and a temple. Note to tour operator : I would do the temple first, to allow tourists to pray for the safety of their booty pre-crocodile visit. You’re welcome.

My tour guide was sweet (bless him) and explained a lot of things which I’ll try to retranscribe.

The Crocodile Farm…

Tour guide : “you want to go in and I take pictures? Crocodile lazy animal

Me, turning my head to see this beast:

Then these beasts:

Me, pretending to be a professional photographer and pointing at my camera: “it’s ok! I have a Zoom lens!

HELL TO THE NO!

I don’t care how lazy this animal is (apparently they eat once every 7 days, and lay in the sun to digest the other days) mama was going to zoom the fuck outta the crocodile whilst creating enough distance to be able to make it to Bangkok.

The only reptile I like is in Super Mario Bros, so this was a big deal.(FYI Yoshi)

The good thing is that after the Lacoste mammals I got to see cute little Thai bunnies!

I also got to see an elephant but it made me a bit sad as the Elephant looked depressed. Hopefully he was just sleepy:

The Jungle & The Waterfall

After this animalistic excursion, we drove to Koh Phangan’s National Park, where the Phaeng waterfall is.

THIS is what you have trek on to get to the waterfall :


The waterfall…

There was hardly any water that day other than the one rolling down my forehead !!!

Never mind we carried on walking upwards in the jungle. Haven’t sweat that much since Metallica 2006.

I sat down on a rock and splashed about for a bit to refresh. Going uphill with a big ass and a big ass camera under 30 degrees is not to be underestimated!

After this epic trek (for my lazy city girl standards), it was time to head to the temple!

The Temple (Wat Pa Saeng Dham)

My favourite bit and extremely interesting!

First off, let’s start with something that made me chuckle but also think “why did they need to put this up??!”

This area was amazing because it actually houses 4 temples : one for the Thais, one for the Burmese, one for the Indians and one for the Chinese. All in one place !

The Thai Temple :

My guide mentioned that every Thai goes for 3 months on a “Buddhist Course” at some point in their life, and they are given life advice by monks. “They see you swimmin’, they be hatin’. Don’t be a puppet and they’ll be shooketh!”

[If only we had that in the UK instead of stupid corporate courses about being a sociable colleague!]

Also, monks get given baskets full of convenience goods by the villagers, and in return they provide their spiritual services.

Head, shoulders, knees and cobras.

Buddhists do not worship the Buddha per se, but the state of enlightenment achieved through meditation.

But still, some worship happens … these are bones taken from the cremations of monks … eeek :

Now onto the Indian area :

The Chinese area:

The Burmese area:

The crazy area:

Well that is it for this post on some of Koh Phangnan’s gems.

I need to go ask for spiritual advice on how not to be a dumbass with an iPad so that’s what I’m gonna do for now!

Until then,

Xxx

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If you like making total wagers more than you like making ATS bets, and you think you can either nail the final score for the quickly approaching showdown between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles or come close to it, then you’re going to love our Super Bowl 52 betting prediction on the Final Score.

Expert Super Bowl 52 Betting Prediction on Final Score

  • When: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 6:30 PM ET
  • Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
  • TV: NBC
  • Radio: 94.1 FM (Philadelphia) / 98.5 FM (New England)
  • Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
  • Super Bowl 52 Betting Odds: New England Patriots -5 (Over/Under at 48 points)

As you well know, by now, every football game has an Over/Under Total attached to it that you can wager on to either finish over or under that figure. However, thanks to some fun-filled Super bowl 52 odds, you can also bet on the total points scored in the game, in groups of 10. Thanks to my final score predictions, you’re going to get two possible final scores.

The most ‘likely scenario’ is that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots go on to win their sixth Super Bowl title of the Brady-Bill Belichick era. The Pats are the game’s best problem solvers and will ‘likely’ find a way to answer anything that Philadelphia throws at them in Super Bowl 52.

While Philadelphia isn’t likely to just ‘roll over’ and get blown out, again, the ‘likely scenario’ is that Brady and company go on to win Super Bowl 52, I’m going to say, by a final score of 27-21 to both, claim their sixth title and cover the chalk as a 5-point favorite while the game’s final score plays out as a Push against the 48-point Over/Under total.

However, that’s not the scenario that I like to play out in Super Bowl 52. You see, after picking the Philadelphia to lose against the Atlanta Falcons as a 3-point home dog in the divisional round and again, against the Minnesota Vikings as an identical 3-point home dog in the NFC Championship, I’ve come to my senses.

Fly Eagles Fly

Now, I’m a firm believer that Philly has a date with destiny and is going to overcome the perennially-power Patriots and both, Brady and Belichick. The Eagles are playing out of their minds defensively and oft-maligned quarterback Nick Foles, ‘showed out’ in the NFC title tilt against a Minnesota Vikings defense that was ranked first, almost across the board defensively.

Now, I’m thinking that if Foles could do that to Minnesota’s powerful defense, he could and will put up a similar effort against the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.

The Eagles come in as the Super Bowl 52 Betting Odds underdog.

Which is why I’m expecting Philly to win Super Bowl 52 by a final score of 24-21 – which, by the way, brings me to my total points scored in the game pick below.

Total Points Scored in the Game

  • 0-20: +3000
  • 21-30: +850
  • 31-40: +325
  • 41-50: +190
  • 51-60: +260
  • 61-70: +500
  • 71 or More: +800

A year ago, Super Bowl 51 produced the second highest scoring total in each of the last four Super Bowls (62 points), while finishing second only to Super Bowl 47 (65 Total Points) over the last 10 Super Bowls overall. Four of the last 10 Super Bowls have finished in the 50s, while three have finished in the 30s and just one in the 40s.

However, I’m predicting Super Bowl 52 to also finish in the 40s. Here is a look at the final totals of each of the last 10 Super Bowls, starting with Super Bowl 51. (62, 34, ,52, 51, 65, 38, 56, 48, 50, 31).

Super Bowl 52 Betting Pick: 41-50 Points

Latest Super Bowl 52 Betting Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of Philadelphia’s last 20 games on the road
  • In 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games playing New England, the total has gone OVER
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New England’s last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of New England’s last 12 games at home

 

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Many hockey fans are upset with the organization for their idiotic choice of Kid Rock as one of their halftime entertainers, but let’s put politics aside and concentrate on the annual NHL Betting action surrounding the All-Star Game.

The 63rd edition will be the first ever to consist of four teams in a single elimination tournament. Each All-Star team is made up of the best players from the NHL’s four divisions. The Metropolitan Division will play the Atlantic Division in one contest and the Central and Pacific divisions will go at it in another. Let’s check the latest NHL betting odds while making some predictions.

NHL Betting Picks for All-Star Game & Skills Competition

  • When: Sunday, January  28th
  • Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa
  • TV: NBC
  • Radio: WGN 720 AM
  • Live Streaming: NBCSports.com

Each game consists of two halves of ten minutes each. The primary uniform colors for the tournament will be black for the Central, blue for the Atlantic, white for the Pacific, and Gray for the Metropolitan. Additionally, the uniforms will have stars on the sleeves as was the case in the 1980’s.

The four captains were selected by the NHL after the fan voting was completed. Steven Stamkos of the host Tampa Bay Lightning is captain of the Atlantic Division.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is captain of the Metropolitan Division. PK Subban of the Nashville Predators will captain the Central Division and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers will captain the Pacific Division.

Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators will coach the Central Division. Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning will coach the Atlantic Division. Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals will coach the Metropolitan and Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights will coach the Pacific.

The Atlantic Division is a +235 favorite, with the Central (+240), Metropolitan (+250) and Pacific (+250) right behind.

NHL All-Star 3-on-3 Tournament Winner

  • Atlantic: +235
  • Central: +240
  • Metropolitan: +250
  • Pacific: +250

Then there’s the second year of the 3-on-3 format, which a year ago, was highlighted by the Metropolitan Division topping the Pacific in the championship at the Staples Center in L.A. a year ago.

Facing a 3-2 deficit at the intermission, Wayne Simmonds and Cam Atkinson scored only five seconds apart midway through the second half to lift the Metropolitan Division to the promised land. This isn’t only a for fun event, however, as the winning team gets to split a $1 million pot.

The Metropolitan Division should be your NHL Betting Pick for the 3 vs. 3 tournament.

With Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and John Tavares and two of the top goaltenders around in Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist, I like the Metropolitan Division.

NHL All-Star Game MVP Odds

  • Steven Stamkos: +750
  • Nikita Kucherov:+750
  • Connor McDavid: +750
  • Sidney Crosby: +800
  • Patrick Kane: +850
  • Alexander Ovechkin: +1000
  • Johnny Gaudreau: +1000
  • Nathan MacKinnon: +1100
  • Auston Matthews: +1100
  • John Tavares: +1200
  • Tyler Seguin: +1200
  • Brad Marchand: +1600
  • Brent Burns: +1800
  • Blake Wheeler: +1800
  • Erik Karlsson: +2000
  • PK Subban: +2000
  • Claude Giroux: +2000
  • Drew Doughty: +2000
  • Kris Letang: +2500

When it comes to MVP betting, Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Connor McDavid are the +750 co-favorites, with Sidney Crosby (+800), Patrick Kane (+850), Alexander Ovechkin (+1000), Johnny Gaudreau (+1000), Nathan MacKinnon (+1100), Auston Matthews (+1100) and John Tavares (+1200) rounding out the 10 likeliest candidates to take home the MVP trophy.

I’m going with Stamkos as my NHL Betting Pick simply because everything he does this season is turning into solid gold!

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What do Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, LendingTree CEO Doug Lebda and former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl Jr. all have in common? They have all composed letters to Amazon — delivered in a custom-made wooden box — as part of Charlotte’s bid for the second headquarters location. Although Charlotte did not make it on to Amazon’s HQ2 shortlist, Charlotte Regional Partnership CEO Ronnie Bryant told The Charlotte Observer that Amazon commended Charlotte “for actually trying to understand Amazon’s culture and tailoring our proposal to fit that culture.”

“[We] have so much to gain from the experience,” Bryant continued. “We’ve got a very strong portfolio that we will reap great rewards from in the future. 2018 looks good.” Amazon expressed that the roughly 47,000 Charlotte-based tech workers fell short of the competing cities’ 105,000 tech employees.

But Charlotte’s young workforce is on the rise. According to Charlotte Chamber, the city has experienced a 12 percent increase in 20–34 year olds since 2010 and “more than 1,700 core tech-related degrees and certificates [have been] awarded each year in Charlotte.” These skilled employees are ready for their first or next big opportunity — as entrepreneurs, startup founders and skilled tech players.

Banktown

A city of many monikers. Depending on who you ask, Charlotte is known as the “Queen City,” “The Hornet’s Nest,” “The City of Churches,” “The City of Industry,” “Banktown” and most recently “The Energy Capital” — as a result of Duke Energy buying Wachovia’s skyscraper in Uptown.

Home to the headquarters of Bank of America and the east coast base of Wells Fargo — Banktown has maintained its status as the second-largest banking center in the U.S. since 1995. Meanwhile, Bank of America recently announced its plan to invest $1.5 million over three years to build a FinTech hub in Charlotte, as reported by Charlotte Business Journal.

“FinTech is a significant, new opportunity for Charlotte that connects our strong finance and technology infrastructure with innovatively minded people, creating tech jobs and new paths to economic mobility,” said Cathy Bessant, chief operations and technology officer for Bank of America.

David S. Evans and Richard Schmalensee reported in PYMNTS.com, “To be successful [FinTech entrepreneurs and investors] must find the sweet spot where there’s a significant friction in financial services that can be solved with modern technology and where it is feasible to develop a sound business model that can secure critical mass and sustain profitable growth.”

FinTech companies like AvidXChange, LendingTree, DealCloud and Passport Parking, LLC. all have found that sweet spot in Charlotte. With over 175 startup and tech companies and $172, 375,000 in funding last year, according to PYMNTS.com, more FinTech companies and startups are sure to follow.

Although Charlotte was dealt a recent blow with the loss of PayPal as a result of a political gaffe (to put it lightly), this tech scene is growing and the correct policies are sure to follow. They might even have an easier task of building a tech scene the right way. Silicon Valley, for example, has some real work of its own to do regarding improving diversity and inclusive hiring practices. Charlotte can learn from the major player’s mistakes and grow a thriving, robust and inclusive tech scene.

Michael Praeger, AvidXchange’s chief executive, co-founder and CEO told Dice, “The strong banking community here has … helped to recruit and bring talent to Charlotte from all over the world. Once people are here, they’re staying here and starting their own businesses.” As Charlotte’s skilled tech base continues to grow, new startups and companies will have the opportunity to reap its rewards.

Charlotte Tech and Startup Highlights
  • City Startup Labs assists African American millennials in researching, planning, launching and operating their own ventures.
  • Queen City FinTech provides fintech startups access to mentors, capital and financial services organizations
  • The Joules Accelerator helps energy entrepreneurs catalyze business opportunities.
  • Queen City Forward provides social entrepreneurs with professional development, accelerators and events.
  • Ventureprise provides startups and early stage companies with resources, accelerators and more.
  • Charlotte Agenda provides daily newsletter and information on jobs, events, business and more.
  • Dig South Charleston is the South’s tech hub for information on jobs, news, events like the Dig South Tech Conference and more.
  • Tech Talent South teaches children and adults coding and web development skills.
  • The Iron Yard offers full and part-time web development courses online, in person or via corporate training.
  • Charlotte Chamber is a report on Charlotte technology and innovation
  • NextPlex/Charlotte provides tech resources and network information.
  • Charlotte Tech Scene is a podcast focusing on Charlotte’s Tech Scene.
  • Advent Coworking is a coworking community, art gallery, event space and podcast studio.
  • Hygge Coworking is a coworking space providing various memberships options, meeting spaces and a podcast studio.
  • Packard Place is an entrepreneurial hub for sharing skills and business opportunities.

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Note: Only software vendors on G2 Crowd with headquarters currently in the Charlotte area are included in graph.

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CHARLOTTE TECH LEADERS ON THE CITY’S TECH SCENE

TimeTap

“Though traditionally a banking town, Charlotte has seen a growing tech community in past several years. Some companies have raised a lot of capital while others have bootstrapped their way to success. We are excited to be part of a growing number of B2B companies coming out of Charlotte. There’s been a push for technology innovation across the region, and that’s really exciting for us particularly since our product (online scheduling) is one of the newer innovations businesses are implementing.”
— Addy Kapur, CEO at TimeTap


We have compiled data on the state of the Charlotte B2B tech scene that includes all of the top-rated products on G2 Crowd which have parent companies headquartered in the Charlotte area. Our list is ranked by user satisfaction of a company’s top-rated product. To qualify, a product was required to have at least 10 verified user reviews.

For each qualifying product, we created a company profile to recognize what that company is and does, as well as give a little insight into its history. The data relies on G2 Crowd’s more than 300,000 B2B software and services reviews, or from public data sources such as LinkedIn, Crunchbase or each vendor’s website.

This report features 7 B2B Charlotte-based companies, ranging from Salesforce App Exchange tools to time tracking solutions.


Charlotte tech companies

mapanything1. MapAnything
Product: MapAnything
Category: Salesforce App Exchange Tools
City: Charlotte
Founded: 2009
Employees: 183

With an impressive 73 reviews on G2 Crowd, MapAnything is both a High Performer in the Field Service Management category and a leader within our Charlotte-based products. MapAnything, formerly known as Cloudbilt and Saber Solutions, is a Salesforce app that allows companies to use their CRM data to create maps of optimized routes, territories and more. MapAnything is used by companies like Time Warner Cable, Legion Brewing and Groeneveld.

Total Reviews: 73
Categories: Salesforce App Exchange Tools, Field Service Management, Other Sales
Average Company Size: 45% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Mapanything reviewers rated the tool’s CRM integrations (90%) and privacy (83%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: $41,600,000
Funding Rounds: 7
Number of Investors: 9 (Greycroft, David Stern, Harbert Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Michael Lazerow, Columbus Nova, ServiceNow, Harbert Growth Partners, Lighter Capital)
Mission Statement: “Understand Where your business is, and Where it needs to go.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars – based on 44 reviews

View all MapAnything job openings on LinkedIn

Read MapAnything Reviews


signupgenius2. SignUpGenius
Product: SignUpGenius
Category: Volunteer Management
City: Charlotte
Founded: 2008
Employees: 31

With an impressive 58 reviews on G2 Crowd, SignUpGenius is a leader within our Charlotte-based products. SignUpGenius allows volunteers and organizations to connect easily, and includes payment and donation tools.

Total Reviews: 58
Categories: Volunteer Management
Average Company Size: 55% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: 1
Number of Investors: 1 (Providence Strategic Growth)
Glassdoor Employee Rating: 5 out of 5 stars – based on 7 reviews

View all SignUpGenius job openings on LinkedIn

Read SignUpGenius Reviews


timetap3. TimeTap
Product: TimeTap
Category: Online Appointment Scheduling
City: Charlotte
Founded: 2010
Employees: 5

With an impressive 56 reviews on G2 Crowd, TimeTap is a leader within our Charlotte-based products. TimeTap is an online scheduling platform aimed at service providers who are both busy and mobile. TimeTap can integrate with Google Calendar, Outlook, Salesforce, PayPal, Square and more.

Total Reviews: 56
Categories: Online Appointment Scheduling
Average Company Size: 64% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Other Products: checkAppointments
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A

Read TimeTap Reviews

“For us, having our users rate us as being among the top B2B software companies is a wonderful testament to an aspect of our business that we take a lot of pride in: our customer service. Our software is great and we’re really proud of it, but if we don’t have positive relationships with the people we do business with, it would all feel like a sham. We put a lot of energy into making sure that all users on TimeTap feel heard and valued, so to have so many positive reviews just lets us know how much they value that from us. Our customers give us a lot of inspiration and enthusiasm to make a great product and we’re so grateful that they took the time to leave reviews to let us know that we are, in turn, repaying the favor.”
Addy Kapur, CEO at TimeTap


loopcommunications4. Loop Communications
Product: Loop Communications
Category: VoIP
City: Charlotte
Founded: 2009
Employees: 7

With an impressive 24 reviews on G2 Crowd, Loop Communications is a leader within our Charlotte-based products. Loop Communications provides VoIP business phone systems designed for small and mid-sized companies. Companies such as Aflac, SignUpGenius and Nationwide use Loop Communications.

Total Reviews: 24
Categories: VoIP
Average Company Size: 58% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Loop Communications reviewers rated the tool’s VoIP number (93%) and desk-to-desk calls (93%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A

Read Loop Communications Reviews

“Loop is honored to be listed as one of Charlotte’s highest-rated tech companies on G2 Crowd. Customer service is something that is ingrained in our culture and values, so it’s great to see such positive feedback from that commitment. G2 Crowd has provided a tremendous platform that allows users to objectively compare business software, and we’re thrilled to see all the kind words and high ratings from our customers.”
Brian Tolleson, Founding Partner/CEO at Loop Communications


forcemanagement5. Force Management
Product: Force Management
Category: Sales Consulting
City: Charlotte
Founded: 2003
Employees: 92

With an impressive 50 reviews on G2 Crowd, Force Management is a leader within our Charlotte-based products. Force Management is a sales consulting firm that aims to help sales teams be more successful.

Total Reviews: 50
Categories: Sales Consulting
Average Company Size: 62% of reviewers work for a mid-market (51-1000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Force Management reviewers rated the tool’s meeting management (97%) and met deadlines (97%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A

Read Force Management Reviews


avidxchange6. AvicXchange
Product: AvidXchange
Category: Billing
City: Charlotte
Founded: 2000
Employees: 801

With an impressive 27 reviews on G2 Crowd, AvidXchange is a leader within our Charlotte-based products. AvidXchange provides a variety of billing and invoice services for companies with a combination of software and services.

Total Reviews: 27
Categories: Billing, Invoice Management
Average Company Size: 44% of reviewers work for a mid-market (51-1000 employees).
Total Funding: $547,800,000
Funding Rounds: 6
Number of Investors: 13 (Temasek Holdings, MasterCard, Founders Fund, Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec, Pivot Investment Partners, Fifth Third Capital, Keybank, Bain Capital Ventures, Ron Suber, Square 1 Bank, Foundry Group, CT Communications, Charlotte Angel Partners)
Mission Statement: “We pride ourselves on creating a work environment that facilitates personal growth, inspires innovation, and results in leading AP and payment automation solutions for the mid-market.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3 out of 5 stars – based on 113 reviews

View all AvidXchange job openings on LinkedIn

Read AvidXchange Reviews


isolvedhcm7. iSolved
Product: iSolved
Category: Time Tracking
City: Charlotte
Founded: 1986
Employees: 200

With an impressive 20 reviews on G2 Crowd, iSolved is a leader within our Charlotte-based products. iSolved is a platform that allows businesses to collect, manage and process employee time and attendance data. iSolved is used by such companies as Arrowhead, Black Bear Diner, Connor Sports, Quik Mart and Brookline College.

Total Reviews: 20
Categories: Time Tracking, Workforce Management
Average Company Size: 70% of reviewers work for a mid-market (51-1000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: iSolved reviewers rated the tool’s invoice creation and delivery (88%) and ease of completing timesheets (86%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A

Read iSolved Reviews


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OTHER B2B CHARLOTTE TECH COMPANIES

While we recognized only the 7 best-reviewed software exports from the Charlotte area, there are still an abundance of other B2B tech companies impacting the region’s tech scene. Here’s a rundown of other Charlotte B2B software companies with their founded dates and total funding.

Vendor Product Employees Founded
AddShoppers AddShoppers 18 2011
Insights For Performance TalentPeak 1 n/a
BLUERIDGE Analytics, Inc. SITEOPS 14 2003
rFactr SocialPort 20 2013
SpendBoss SpendBoss 10 n/a
Raeko Software Axiom Sales Manager n/a n/a
VividCortex VividCortex 22 n/a
Velocity Technology Solutions Velocity Technology Solutions 670 n/a
RepRevive RepRevive 1 n/a
FileSolve FileSolve 13 n/a
Marketing Mojo, A Digital Marketing Agency Marketing Mojo 20 2005
Center for Open Science Open Science Framework 51 2013
Salesfully.com Salesfully-com n/a n/a
EnablePath EnablePath 35 2006

For any questions about the methodology or data included in this piece, or to request that your Charlotte B2B tech company be added, please reach out to Editorial Team Lead Jakub Rudnik at jrudnik@g2crowd.com.


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In College Basketball, most major schools go through a couple of rough years at some point. After all, it is tough to constantly fill the gaps left by kids moving on to the NBA draft, many of whom end up going the route of one and done. The biggest programs in NCAAB generally do a good job of recruiting new talent and staying good year after year, but there always seems to come a time when their luck runs out. While we may yet be proven wrong, this is proving to be the season where the Kentucky Wildcats finally hit the wall, just as the College Basketball betting odds are indicating week after week.

They are not playing particularly well at the moment and have slipped out of the top 25 for the first time since 2014. Sure, they still have a record that a lot of schools would die for, but they are not doing enough to meet their own very high standards. Things could get even worse for the Wildcats this weekend, as they have a very tough trip to West Virginia to face the Mountaineers to contend with on Saturday night.

Wildcats vs. Mountaineers College Basketball Betting Prediction

  • When: Saturday, January 27 at 7 PM EST
  • Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 1110 AM (Kentucky) / 105.9 FM (West Virginia)
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN
  • College Basketball Betting Odds: TBA

Team Records

  • All: Kentucky Wildcats 15-5 / West Virginia Mountaineers 16-4
  • Home: Kentucky Wildcats 13-2 / West Virginia Mountaineers 12-2
  • Away: Kentucky Wildcats 2-3 / West Virginia Mountaineers 4-2
  • ATS: Kentucky Wildcats 9-11 / West Virginia Mountaineers 8-8
  • Over/Under: Kentucky Wildcats 10-10 / West Virginia Mountaineers 7-9

Recent Head to Head (Last 5 Games)

  • Record: Kentucky Wildcats lead 4-1
  • Score: Kentucky Wildcats 69.80 / West Virginia Mountaineers 56.80
  • Field Goal Percentage: Kentucky Wildcats 44.44 / West Virginia Mountaineers 35.34
  • Rebounds: Kentucky Wildcats 38.60 / West Virginia Mountaineers 30.00
  • Three-Point Shots: Kentucky Wildcats 27-96 / West Virginia Mountaineers 32-112
  • Steals: Kentucky Wildcats 4.40 / West Virginia Mountaineers 5.00

Why bet on the Kentucky Wildcats?

We are so used to seeing Kentucky be dominant in the SEC that it is a little jarring to see them sitting in third place in conference play right now. Their 15-5 overall record is still respectable enough, especially with a couple of those losses coming to ranked teams, but it’s still very odd to see the Wildcats coming into a game in late January without some sort of ranking beside their name.

Kentucky is trying to pull out of a slump that saw them lose 2 of their last 3 games, but they will need to be better at both ends of the court if they are to get anything out of this one. The Wildcats are outside the top 100 in scoring with just 77.1 PPG, and are in a similar spot defensively, giving up an average of 69.6 PPG. Those are just not the type of numbers you expect from a team with national championship aspirations. Kentucky is just 9-11 ATS and 10-9 O/U this season.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Total Score: 77.05
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.87
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.39
  • Free Throw Percentage: 68.33
  • Total Rebounds: 38.80

Defense

  • Total Score: 69.55
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.28
  • Three-Point Percentage: 27.85
  • Free Throw Percentage: 67.83
  • Total Rebounds: 33.75

Why bet on the West Virginia Mountaineers?

The West Virginia Mountaineers were sitting with a #2 ranking a couple of weeks ago, but started this week at #7, and are likely to drop again after losing to TCU this week. The Mountaineers have now lost 3 of their last 4, and while two of those losses were at the hands of ranked opponents, it may well be a sign of bigger issues in Morgantown.

Despite playing at home, the Mountaineers shouldn't be your College Basketball Betting Pick.

While Kentucky may not be as good as well all expected this year, they are still a very big school, and a win for West Virginia on Saturday night might just be enough to get them back on track. The Mountaineers are posting respectable enough numbers at both ends of the court, scoring 81.1 PPG and giving up 65.8 PPG, which suggests that their current issues may be nothing more than a minor hiccup. West Virginia is 8-8 ATS and 7-9 O/U this season.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Total Score: 81.05
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.48
  • Three-Point Percentage: 33.15
  • Free Throw Percentage: 75.41
  • Total Rebounds: 39.85

Defense

  • Total Score: 65.75
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.25
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.31
  • Free Throw Percentage: 70.45
  • Total Rebounds: 35.10

Latest College Basketball Betting Trends

  • Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Kentucky is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky’s last 7 games
  • West Virginia is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • West Virginia is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of West Virginia’s last 6 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

These are two teams in desperate need of a win right now, and while the common sense pick might well be the Mountaineers at home, I am going the other way and taking the Wildcats to win on the road.

Score: Kentucky Wildcats 72 – West Virginia Mountaineers 68

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“I’m gonna wear that Carolina blue, baby.” — Viola Hastings, “She’s the Man” (2006)

A few things immediately come to mind when you first think of North Carolina: Maya Angelou, Duke, basketball, craft beer and the Great Smoky Mountains.

However, both Raleigh and Durham can proudly hang their hats on the “Research Triangle.” The Research Triangle is made up of the cities Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding institutions like Duke University and University of North Carolina.

In 2015, Mashable included the Research Triangle in its list of areas that could become a fierce competitor to Silicon Valley. Mashable explained that the area “boasts one of the most educated communities in the nation, with nearly one in five residents holding a graduate degree.”

A few months prior, Fast Company preceded Mashable’s post by totaling the number of open tech jobs (28,510 in 2015), the top five tech jobs available in the area, and the average rent in Raleigh that made the city irresistible for entrepreneurs who were “looking to launch their career or their startup in an active technology hub.”

In July 2017, USA Today reported on real estate and investment firm CBRE’s annual ranking of the top cities for tech talent. Turns out Raleigh-Durham made seventh on that list.  

When it comes to tech, the Triangle is only growing. In fact, the Triangle region got its name from Research Triangle Park (henceforth referenced as RTP), a massive tech research and development campus that was established in 1959.

While North Carolina has a strong foundation in the arts, with the first state-owned art museum and one of the first state symphonies, the Wright brothers started a trend of technological innovation that has yet to slow down. According to the 2017 North Carolina State of Technology Industry Report, the tech sector employment is expected to grow by 7.2 percent between 2016 and 2020.

Considering the fact that the combined population of Raleigh and Durham is a little less than 750,000 people, that’s impressive.

In fact, in 2016, Raleigh/Durham had the some of the highest venture capital returns in the country. With a steady stream of STEM graduates coming out of NCSU, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, combined with low real estate costs (way more than hubs like San Francisco)  the Triangle has a thriving technology scene that is host to giants like Cisco, IBM, Glaxo Smith-Kline, and soon-to-be Google Fiber.

In addition, Raleigh is one of the 20 North American cities that made it on the shortlist for Amazon’s HQ2 location.

Some more quick hits about Raleigh-Durham:

  • In 1979, James Goodnight left North Carolina State University to found SAS Institute. Arguably, he initiated Raleigh’s tech scene.  
  • Both Raleigh and Durham made it on NerdWallet’s 2017 list of cities that deftly balanced opportunities for tech workers and cost of living.
  • HQ Raleigh is a giant coworking space, based in — you got it — Raleigh, that has as its mission to empower, foster and cultivate companies for positive social impact. HQ Raleigh champions collaboration between “high-impact, high-growth entrepreneurs.”
  • Durham is home to American Underground, a tech hub that took over the historic American Tobacco Campus in 2010. The repurposed warehouse is now a tech hub, one of the 12 “Google for Entrepreneurs” tech hubs in North America. AU (part incubator, part coworking space) intends to provide Research Triangle Park with a diverse, rich startup scene, in no small part by leveraging the city’s resources and connections.
  • Innovate Raleigh is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was established to act as a catalyst, connector and convener of entrepreneurs and thinkers in Raleigh and the Research Triangle. One of Innovate Raleigh’s successful initiatives was the HQ Raleigh coworking space.

Note: Only software vendors on G2 Crowd with headquarters currently in the Raleigh/Durham area are included in graph.

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NORTH CAROLINA TECH LEADERS ON THE STATE’S TECH SCENE

Pendo

It’s an exciting time to be building a SaaS company in the Triangle. Our region is drawing incredible talent thanks to top universities, industry-leading tech companies and our beautiful setting in the south. We still need more local capital sources to fund the innovation and entrepreneurial activity here, but investors from the East and West coasts are increasingly adding our companies to their global portfolios.

Pendo is fueling the region’s momentum by creating compelling job opportunities, drawing new investors to town, hosting local meetups and providing educational opportunities like Pendomonium, our annual conference for product leaders.
— Todd Olson, CEO and founder at Pendo

Noteninja

The Raleigh/Durham tech landscape continues to rise quicker and quicker each year. Whether it’s the IPO of bandwidth.com, or the increase in VC funding coming to the area, RDU is looking to make some big waves in the coming years in regards to tech. Combining the talent from large companies like Red Hat, SAS, Cisco and IBM with the growing entrepreneurial drive, RDU is poised to expand its mark in the tech scene. You can start a competitive business here for half the cost of Silicon Valley without sacrificing talent.
— Matt Finneran, Cofounder and CEO, Noteninja


We have compiled data on the state of the Raleigh/Durham B2B tech scene that includes all of the top-rated products on G2 Crowd which have parent companies headquartered in North Carolina. Our list is ranked by user satisfaction of a company’s top-rated product. To qualify, a product was required to have at least 10 verified user reviews.

For each qualifying product, we created a company profile to recognize what that company is and does, as well as give a little insight into its history. The data relies on G2 Crowd’s more than 300,000 B2B software and services reviews, or from public data sources such as LinkedIn, Crunchbase or each vendor’s website.


Raleigh/Durham tech companies

bandwidth1. Bandwidth
Product: Bandwidth
Category: Cloud Communication Platforms
City: Raleigh
Founded: 1999 (NASDAQ: BAND)
Employees: 459

Bandwidth powers communication systems like Google and Skype. Bandwidth built its own nationwide VOIP network, one that would deliver business-grade quality to companies. The solution also offers APIs that help users embed voice calling and text messaging into software and customer-facing applications. In October 2017, the company filed for an $85 million IPO, and now lists on the Nasdaq as BAND.

Total Reviews: 119
Categories: Cloud Communication Platforms
Average Company Size: 47% of reviewers work for a mid-size company (50 to 1,000 employees).
Total Funding: $20,500,000
Funding Rounds: 2
Number of Investors: 1 (Ailanthus Capital Management)
Mission Statement: “Together with our customers, we’re unlocking remarkable value from IP networks, questioning the status quo, and helping people interact with technology and one another, oftentimes in ways they never dreamed possible”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.3 out of 5 stars – based on 91 reviews

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openshift2. Red Hat
Product: OpenShift
Category: Cloud Platform as a Service
City: Raleigh
Founded: 1993 (NYSE: RHT)
Employees: 9,952

With 32 reviews on G2 Crowd, OpenShift is both a leader in the cloud platform as a service category and a leader within our Raleigh/Durham-based products. OpenShift is Red Hat’s container application platform. The product automates the provisioning, management and scaling of applications, so that developers can streamline the processes of creating, testing and delivering them. OpenShift received a Leader badge in the Winter 2018 Cloud PaaS Grid® Report. G2 Crowd features 18 Red Hat products on the site, including RedHat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Middleware. In October 2017, Red Hat made it to the shortlist of Computing’s Women in IT Excellence Awards. In January 2018, Fortune named Red Hat as one of the Most Admired Companies for 2018.

Total Reviews: 32
Categories: Cloud Platform as a Service
Average Company Size: 72% of reviewers work for a small business (less than 50 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: OpenShift reviewers rated the tool’s ease of use (89%) and ease of admin (89%) as its two top-rated features.
Other Products: View all Red Hat products
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “To be the catalyst in communities of customers, contributors, and partners creating better technology the open source way.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars – based on 973 reviews

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servicetrade3. ServiceTrade
Product: ServiceTrade
Category: Field Service Management
City: Durham
Founded: 2012
Employees: 24

With ServiceTrade, field service and contractor organizations can streamline and make more efficient service operations and enhance customer engagement. Additionally, ServiceTrade’s mobile applications increases field tech and workers’ productivity. The product integrates with third-party accounting applications as well as offers an open API that helps integrate the solution into your existing workflow. ServiceTrade received a High Performer badge in the Fall 2017 Field Service Management Grid® Report.

Total Reviews: 24
Categories: Field Service Management
Average Company Size: 62% of reviewers work for a small business (less than 50 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: ServiceTrade reviewers rated the tool’s booking (91%), reports (91%) and CRM integrations (91%) as its three top-rated features.
Total Funding: $4,800,000
Funding Rounds: 2
Number of Investors: 2 (unknown)
Mission Statement: “ServiceTrade helps commercial service companies deliver an amazing customer experience and increase the value of their business.”

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pendo4. Pendo
Product: Pendo
Category: Digital Analytics
City: Raleigh
Founded: 2013
Employees: 164

Pendo is a product experience platform that provides user analytics, user feedback, and tailored user onboarding. With the product, product managers can understand why a product succeeds or not. They can also use Pendo to understand early adopters and super users of a released product. Pendo received two badges in the Winter 2018 Mobile App Analytics Relationship Index: Easiest Doing Business With and Best Support. Pendo.io was ranked on LinkedIn’s 2017 list of top 50 startup companies.

Total Reviews: 29
Categories: Digital Analytics, Mobile App Optimization, Mobile App Analytics
Average Company Size: 72% of reviewers work for a mid-size company (50 to 1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Pendo reviewers rated the tool’s custom event tracking (98%), user data (97%) and standard tracking (97%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: $58,600,000
Funding Rounds: 6
Number of Investors: 8 (Dingman Center Angels, Contour Venture Partners, Core Capital Partners, Battery Ventures, IDEA Fund Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Spark Capital, Meritech Capital Partners)
Mission Statement: “Pendo is on a mission is to reinvent the way product teams build and increase engagement in their products.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars – based on 20 reviews

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pendo-quote“To me, this means product teams at companies across industries are doing their jobs better as a result of Pendo. Users are more engaged in our customers’ products, helping to drive revenue and satisfaction for both parties. When users love the products they need to do their jobs every day, it’s a win for our customers and our team at Pendo.”
— Todd Olson, CEO and founder at Pendo


noteninja5. Noteninja
Product: Noteninja
Category: Sales Coaching and Onboarding
City: Durham
Founded: 2016
Employees: 4

Noteninja leverages demos to create enriched assets that sales teams can share and learn from. Noteninja provides “game film” of sales conversations to facilitate future training, coaching and knowledge transfer between sales professionals. By capturing and retaining customer interactions, organizations can retain patterns of success and align with customer needs. Noteninja easily integrates with video conferencing solutions like Zoom, UberConference, GoToMeeting and join.me.

Total Reviews: 42
Categories: Sales Coaching and Onboarding
Average Company Size: 64% of reviewers work for a mid-size company (50 to 1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Noteninja reviewers rated the tool’s video recording (97%) and knowledge base (97%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Our mission is to enable sellers to offer the best customer experience.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars – based on 1 review

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noteninja-quote“We’re honored to be recognized as a leader in the RDU scene. We consider ourselves to be small by mighty and hope we can achieve the same recognition as other large companies in the Triangle.”

Matt Finneran, Cofounder and CEO at Noteninja


keepass6. KeePass
Product: KeePass
Category: Password Manager
City: Raleigh
Founded: 2003
Employees: 1

KeePass is a free, open-source password manager that helps users securely manage their passwords. (KeePass is certified by the Open Source Initiative.) The solution stores passwords into a database that is entirely encrypted, even during the process stage. Users and organizations do not need to install any software to utilize the password manager.

Total Reviews: 89
Categories: Password Manager
Average Company Size: 39% of reviewers work for a mid-size company (50 to 1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: KeePass reviewers rated the tool’s password generator (96%), admin management (94%) and quick login (94%) as its three top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

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processmaker7. ProcessMaker
Product: ProcessMaker
Category: Business Process Management
City: Durham
Founded: 2000
Employees: 153

ProcessMaker is an open-source business process management and workflow management software. The web-based solution offers a drag-and-drop interface that simplifies the creation and deployment of approval-based workflows. The software also provides digital forms that can simplify form-driven processes. ProcessMaker easily integrates with third-party ERP, business intelligence, CRM and document management tools. The company was one of the finalists for the 2017 Stratus Awards for Cloud Computing.

Total Reviews: 38
Categories: Business Process Management, Forms Automation
Average Company Size: 39% of reviewers work for a mid-size company (50 to 1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: ProcessMaker reviewers rated the tool’s process design (96%), real-time process monitoring (93%), process repository (93%) and process routing (93%) as its four top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “We improve your efficiency.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars – based on 5 reviews

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atlas8. Global Software
Product: Atlas
Category: On-Premise Data Integration
City: Raleigh
Founded: 1973
Employees: 172

Global Software, Inc., provides Microsoft Excel-based reporting and automation platforms to streamline the processes and workflows of data analysts. Atlas, one of its products, provides a two-way integration with Microsoft Excel so that organization can easily collect data from multiple sources in one report. The product supports all versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Total Reviews: 10
Categories: On-Premise Data Integration
Average Company Size: 50% of reviewers work for a mid-size company (50 to 1,000) employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Atlas reviewers rated the tool’s data lifecycle management (82%), master data management (82%) and asynchronous messaging (82%) as its three top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Global Software, Inc. is the No.1 worldwide provider of Microsoft® Excel-based reporting and automation solutions to ERP systems”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.2 out of 5 stars – based on 25 reviews

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OTHER B2B RALEIGH/DURHAM TECH COMPANIES

While we recognized only the 8 best-reviewed software exports from the Raleigh/Durham area, there are still an abundance of other B2B tech companies impacting the region’s tech scene. Here’s a rundown of other Raleigh/Durham B2B software companies with their founded dates and total funding.

Vendor Product Employees Founded
Windsor Circle Windsor Circle 35 2011
Shoeboxed, Inc. Shoeboxed 47 n/a
BoostSuite Corporation BoostSuite 3 2013
Sageworks ProfitCents 136 1998
SiteLink SiteLink Web Edition 45 n/a
Trackur Trackur 6 2007
FM:Systems FM-Interact 49 1984
COZYROC COZYROC SSIS+ Library 4 2006
Cognitect Datomic 41 2003
ServusConnect, Inc ServusConnect 1 n/a
TaskTorch TaskTorch 2 n/a
Shipedge ShipEdge 5 n/a
BizCom Web Services BizCom CMS 7 2005
Fabl Fabl 5 n/a
aPersona Adaptive Security Manager 4 n/a
Field Solutions Group LLC Field Solution Group 1 n/a
HIPAA Institute HIPAA Institute n/a n/a
Spreedly Spreedly 8 2008

For any questions about the methodology or data included in this piece, or to request that your Raleigh/Durham B2B tech company be added, please reach out to Editorial Team Lead Jakub Rudnik at jrudnik@g2crowd.com.


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If you’ve ever walked around downtown San Francisco on a work day — in the last decade, at least — you’ve probably seen the surreal “Battle Royale”-esque scene among local startups. Thousands of shirts, hats, backpacks and lunchboxes repping their brand’s respective logos … the sense that an all-out deathmatch could unfold at any minute of the lunch break.

And it would forever be known as: LogoMania!

Competition is cutthroat, particularly among tech companies, and it grows fiercer by the second. For better or worse, a company’s logo is their opening maneuver in the fight for attention, customers and acceptance in the marketplace. And if you’re a small business owner on a quest for the title belt, especially in the tech scene, you’ve got to lace your boots and come prepared to the battle; you need a fitting logo for your brand.

It doesn’t have to be complicated, or even expensive. Twitter’s logo apparently only cost $15, and it helped them transform the world, rake in billions and make “Tweet” a daily word in the White House press briefings (which is still really silly, when you stop and think about it).

With basic graphic design software, you could throw together the next smash-hit logo. It can’t do your job for you, but it sure as heck can make an impression. If you’re giving consumers a store to visit, a service to frequent, an app to download or a software to use in their own business — and God forbid you have merchandise — even the tiniest logo can be huge. It tells your narrative without speaking a sound and is a time-tested way to stick in the psyches of could-be loyal customers.

The logos you know and love come from varying sources. You may go the route of external graphic design services or branding agencies to lend a hand in logo ideation and development. There’s no shame there, as some of the biggest brands in history enlisted outside help to devise “the one.” But if you prefer to attempt it in-house, there are exceptional drawing tools and vector graphics applications at your disposal.

G2 Crowd welcomes users of drawing software to write reviews about how their tool of choice helped them create unique, colorful and eye-grabbing images for use in their business. Based on reviews from G2 Crowd users on small-business teams, and their average ratings on Satisfaction questions like Ease of Use and Ease of Setup, here are some of the best logo design tools for startups.


Sketch Logo Design

Product Name: Sketch
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews: 424


It takes a lot of chutzpah to name your drawing tool “Sketch.” I’ve seen restaurants called “Eat” while driving through small towns, and they didn’t inspire a lot of confidence. But the Mac-based vector design app — with a who’s who of clients such as Google and NASA — provides the steak to back up that sizzle. And as a certified High Performer among small businesses, Sketch ain’t just for drawing spaceships.

Sketch provides a complete toolkit for creating new graphics in a quick, intuitive little package. It’s an ever-expanding toolkit as well, thanks to the sweet expansions from the product’s developer community. The “Symbols” feature is also incredibly handy for logo design, allowing for easy saving, reuse and tweaking of custom design elements. If you draw a logo of a monster wearing a hat, for instance, you can drop it into different documents with a slightly different hat every time. Great for A/B testing or fun use cases once your logo is complete. (We’re just giving away ideas here, people.)

For a startup looking to dive right in with logo design, Sketch’s user-friendliness is a huge draw. In a five-star Sketch review, Adaoha S. wrote, “I love the simplicity of Sketch and how easy it is to learn. I love the community behind it and all the support and plugins.” You can easily snag a free trial from the Sketch website, and pricing beyond that is based on number of users or “seats,” so you can start small with the design team and go from there. Many reviewers also comment on the product’s usefulness in UX design — so you can milk this cow well past the final touches on your logo.


Artrage Logo Design

Product Name: ArtRage
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews: 54


ArtRage is marketed to the old-school artists looking for the home painting experience in digital form. ArtRage 5, the latest edition of this “full-featured digital painting program” from Ambient Design, offers a boatload of brush options and other realistic doodle devices such as chalk and felt pen with which to empower your resident Warhols and Kahlos. And for only $79 — complete with both Mac and Windows versions — you can go low for your logo.

Users of ArtRage can customize brushes of their own, upload and edit images to be used as stickers and blend colors and textures with the Palette Knife tool, experimenting and innovating to their heart’s content. There also is a number of “drawing aids” such as grids, image tracing and stencils that make life easier and results cleaner. You don’t need to be a master artist to click around ArtRage and come up with some worthwhile logo ideas.

In their ArtRage review, Victor S. wrote: “What I love the most about ArtRage is how easy it is for users to find every tool and use them freely in a very natural way. The way the strokes are so smooth, and how it allows you to use different mediums and textures is truly a delight and a wonderfully easy experience.”

As of Dec. 5, 2017, ArtRage has the highest Satisfaction rating in the Drawing category from small-business reviewers on G2 Crowd — so you could say it’s all the rage. These ratings include responses on a scale of 1–7 in regards to things like ease of use, quality of support and overall meeting of requirements.


Adobe Photoshop Logo Design

Product Name: Adobe Photoshop
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews: 3,058


Adobe Illustrator Logo Design

Product Name: Adobe Illustrator
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Total Reviews: 1,136


The San Jose-based team at Adobe is no stranger to the design game. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017, Adobe has helped countless companies — young and old alike — with their graphic design needs. Illustrator first hit the scene in 1987 and is now in its 22nd iteration. And at nearly 5 stars on G2 Crowd, the vector graphics tool clearly has gas left in the tank; it offers everything from freehand drawings to vivid custom typography, all at a starting price of only $40.

In a recent Adobe Illustrator review (Dec. 5, 2017), Aaron H. raved about the product’s logo-bilities. When asked what business problems they were solving, they wrote: “Logos. In almost any case you can think of: Recreating, live tracing, making from scratch and adjusting.”

Aaron, like many of Illustrator’s worldwide user base, uses the software for a list of tasks.

“The sheer volume that is capable of this program astounds even me and I’ve been using this program since 2009. The ability to create, to adjust, to layout, and to even edit. I’ve used Illustrator for logos, adverts, websites, motion graphics, newsletters, brochures, stickers, buttons, t-shirts, posters, signs (larger and small) and even once — a hoodie for a dog. I always recommend using other programs like InDesign and Photoshop in tandem, but my main program is Illustrator.”

Though primarily a photo editing software, Adobe Photoshop is oft-cited as an obvious choice for logo design. The platform, also approaching its 30-year mark, does a whole mess of cool stuff (in 26 languages, no less). As described by the product’s website, users can “Create and enhance photographs, illustrations, and 3D artwork. Design websites and mobile apps. Edit videos, simulate real-life paintings, and more. It’s everything you need to make any idea real.”

On G2 Crowd, Photoshop is the far-and-away No. 1 Leader in the photo editing category, both among small-business reviewers and overall. But reviewers are quick to point out its utility beyond red-eye reduction and meme creation.

Valeria M., in a five-star Adobe Photoshop review, wrote: “This is by far the most complete product I’ve used because I can add a white canvas space with ease, and after that I can add as many layers as I want, in order to create new amazing images without the need to change all the parts I don’t want of that design. I also love that this software helps me align everything inside my design with its integrated rulers. So, in summary, this is the best software you can use to design and create illustrations and images.”

These Adobe products might be the first and last design tools for many a startup in their logo-making voyage. You don’t need to be a sleuth to see why.


If these featured products don’t catch your fancy, you may consider one of these other well-reviewed design products to help with creating the dream logo design for your startup.

Product No. of Reviews G2 Crowd Star Rating
Sketchbook 67 4.4 out of 5
Inkscape 124 4.3 out of 5
CorelDRAW 106 4.0 out of 5
Affinity Designer 34 4.7 out of 5


LogoMania is well underway, and your startup entered the ring on its first day of business — whether you realized it or not. As Fortune put it in June 2017, logos have become “the most important quarter-inch in business,” something that customers now take with them and build an intimate relationship with. A memorable logo is one common thread in today’s biggest startups, and you’ll need to dress for the occasion if you want to put up a fight. Fortunately, some of the same logo creation tools used by billion-dollar businesses are readily available to you, and for a price that won’t make your logo a no-go.

Explore all your in-house graphic design options on G2 Crowd, see what fellow users are saying and reach out to vendors for demo or pricing information. Keep in mind that you can draw up a great logo on relatively simple software; the real magic is in the idea.

Beyond logo design

Businesses can leverage branding agencies to develop, launch and manage brands and capture their vision. Learn more here.

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You never forget your first game of shuffleboard.

Not that imposter tabletop version you see in some bars. No, I’m talking about the real thing. The one played with long, paddle-like cues and a court laid out on the floor next to a pool — a leisurely staple of cruise ships and Florida beachfront condominiums.

Though it has roots in the U.K., the game is ideal for the muggy Florida outdoors, because you can play it year-round. In 1979 the International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) launched in St. Petersburg, FL, paving the way for shorts-wearing snowbird seniors for the rest of time.

Nothing quite embodies the sunny, slow-paced vibes of the state like a game of shuffleboard while drinking a cold beverage with a tiny umbrella poking out. And as it turns out, these vibes aren’t just for retirees. A legion of ambitious entrepreneurs are discovering that Florida’s warm weather, affordable housing and relaxed pace of life are a favorable contrast to the daily demands of many skyscraper cities. A perfect place to launch a software startup, in other words.

In 2018, the Sunshine State is making a sizable splash in B2B (business-to-business) technology. It’s also making headlines as a pretty sweet place to move, regardless of your industry:

  • Time Magazine named two Florida communities in its recent Top 10 list for highest well-being in the U.S., with Naples grabbing top honors.
  • Two Florida areas (Naples and Sarasota) made Forbes’ Top 25 Happiest Cities in America list back in October.
  • Four cities in Florida are among the fastest growing in the U.S., according to WalletHub, with two (Lehigh Acres and Fort Myers) appearing in the top 10.

Between the increasingly unreal living expenses of some bigger markets and one of the coldest winters on record smacking the northern states, you can expect the Florida migration to increase, filling out cities like Orlando and Miami and trickling into the numerous towns on the up-and-up. If you’re not sold, did we mention the zero state and personal income tax? And the Marlins Park home run sculpture?

“Haters gonna hate,” as the saying goes — Florida has and will always get an unfair rap in some circles — but locals and transplants know it’s a little slice of paradise, and as good a place as any to build a business.

Just as the ISA was founded to nurture the habitual and competitive growth of shuffleboard, other community-focused organizations set out to ensure that ambitious innovators don’t get bored or lost in the shuffle. For instance, a branch of the California incubator Founder Institute came to Fort Lauderdale in 2015. According to the Institute’s website, it’s helped launch more than 2,300 companies, and at a survival rate of 72 percent. Early meetings for the South Florida chapter were held at General Provision, a coworking space that opened just a year earlier and represents a similar injection of startup sauce into the swampy state. Spaces like this give local go-getters an affordable and comforting place to plug away on whiteboards and network with kindred spirits.


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FLORIDA TECH LEADERS ON THE STATE’S TECH SCENE

DataCore Software

Florida is not just about great beaches; we have a lot of local talent to drive innovation. Leading companies like Citrix, Ultimate Software and Magic Leap were all founded in Florida, and DataCore Software is proud to be a successful Florida-based high-tech software company that has been in business for more than 20 years. We now have thousands of customers using our world-class software-defined storage and database optimization software solutions worldwide.
— George Teixiera, Executive Chariman at DataCore Software

ITProTV

ITProTV is located in Gainesville which is quickly becoming a tech hub for the state of Florida. There is a talent-rich tech community and several high-performing companies are attracting regional and national investors. ITProTV is at the heart of it with our corporate culture and our talented and entrepreneurial-minded team.
— Valerie Riley, Director of Marketing at ITProTV

Qgiv

Central Florida is an exciting place for tech enabled businesses right now. We’re located in the I-4 corridor, where some of the state’s best tech innovators have settled down and started businesses. It’s an honor for us to be counted among them.
— Todd Baylis, President and Co-Founder of Qgiv

PowerDMS

We’ve had great success growing our business in Orlando. It’s an exciting time to be part of this community and to help shape the future of the tech industry here. Orlando’s unique culture matches that of our company and has helped us attract the type of talent we need to succeed.
— Josh Brown, CEO of PowerDMS


It’s not just the humidity and the incredible Latin food; Florida is bringing the heat in an industrial sense, thanks to a perfect storm of young, driven companies and older corporations making a leap into the future. We’d like to showcase the state’s current landscape with profiles on the top 25 business software vendors, according to reviews on G2 Crowd. Reviews collect satisfaction-related data such as Ease of Use and Quality of Support and our rankings are based on the overall best Satisfactions scores. Only products with at least 10 reviews qualified for inclusion.

For each product, we created a profile to summarize what it is and what it does, and to give some insight into the company behind it. All the data comes from G2 Crowd.com (and our 300,000-plus B2B software and services reviews), or from publicly available sources such as LinkedIn and Crunchbase. These 25 Florida B2B companies are represented by 1,998 verified reviews from real users across a variety of categories, from E-Commerce Platforms to CRM to Business Content Management. Read more below about some of the companies playing a major role in Florida’s buzzworthy tech environment.


Florida tech companies

utimatesoftware1. Goverlan, Inc.
Product: Goverlan Reach
Category: Enterprise IT Management Suites
City: Coral Gables
Founded: 1998
Employees: 14

Goverlan Reach is an on-premises remote access software that automates an organization’s IT management, network, and system admin tasks, no matter the industry. The solution supports corporate users as they roam in and out of the corporate network, through admin access privileges and on-demand assistance. IT professionals can utilize the software to monitor screen activity, performance issues, and any other health status activity. Goverlan Reach also supports a variety of platforms and system types, from GovRC to VNC to Telnet. Goverlan Reach received a High Performer badge in the Winter 2018 Enterprise IT Management Suites Grid® Report.

Total Reviews: 68
Categories: Enterprise IT Management Suites, Remote Desktop
Average Company Size: 51% of reviewers work for an enterprise company (1,001+ employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Goverlan Reach reviewers rated the tool’s remote access (94%), workflow management (91%) and service management (91%) as its three top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

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utimatesoftware2. Ultimate Software
Product: UltiPro
Category: Core HR
City: Weston
Founded: 1990
Employees: 3284

Ultimate Software is a golden child of the Sunshine State. Not only is its biggest product, UltiPro, an established Leader in most of the HR categories on our site — a force to be reckoned with as far as human resources tools go — but the company itself is a model organization and employer. It landed at number 10 on Glassdoor’s recently updated list of “Best Places to Work,” and Fortune ranked it first on the “10 Best Large Workplaces in Technology.” Other honors include seventh on Forbes’ “Most Innovative Growth Companies,” second on People’s “50 Companies That Care,” and third on Fortune’s “50 Best Workplaces for Diversity.” It’s an ultimate company with ultimate products, going toe-to-toe with Silicon Valley’s finest in every regard. Anyone questioning Florida’s legitimacy in the B2B scene can start here.

Total Reviews: 521
Categories: Core HR, HR Management Suites, Performance Management, Payroll, Compensation Management, Workforce Management, Time Tracking, Applicant Tracking System (ATS), Onboarding
Average Company Size: 51% of reviewers work for an enterprise company (1,001+ employees).
Highest-Rated Features: UltiPro reviewers rated the tool’s direct deposit (93%) and self-service portal (90%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: $19,088,273
Funding Rounds: 4
Number of Investors: 1 (HarbourVest Partners)
Mission Statement: “Our mission is to deliver unified, end-to-end HCM cloud solutions—everything from HR, to payroll, to benefits, to time & attendance, to recruitment, to talent management—to improve the personal work experience for you and your people — the power behind your business.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars – based on 807 reviews

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powerdms3. PowerDMS
Product: PowerDMS
Category: Governance, Risk, & Compliance
City: Orlando
Founded: 2001
Employees: 90

PowerDMS is a GRC tool that’s “so easy, a polar bear could use it,” according to one PowerDMS review. The software offers features for policy, training, and accreditation management so businesses can ensure that legal, industry and regional standards are met across their operation. Currently, it’s one of only two Leaders in the Governance, Risk & Compliance category, with nearly a perfect score of 4.8 stars after 48 reviews. You can sign up for a free trial of the software on the PowerDMS website and see what makes this Orlando-based tool such a hit with customers.

Total Reviews: 47
Categories: Governance, Risk & Compliance, CMS Tools
Average Company Size: 60% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1000 employees).
Total Funding: $5,325,000
Funding Rounds: 1
Number of Investors: 1 (Ballast Point Ventures)
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars – based on 9 reviews

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“It’s an honor to be recognized as one of highest-rated B2B software products in Florida, especially since it’s based on user ratings and feedback. The customer experience is, and has always been our No. 1 priority. Our commitment to customer satisfaction and dedication to building the best software solution are what drive our success. I’m proud of our team and their continued dedication to producing an exceptional product and providing the best customer service possible.”
Josh Brown, CEO of PowerDMS


cxgroup4. CX Group
Product: CXQuest
Category: Customer Success
City: Coral Gables
Founded: 2014
Employees: 5

The modest-sized team out of South Florida has earned a reputation that’s hard to be modest about: a G2 Crowd star rating of 4.9 out of 5 after 20-plus reviews. CXQuest, the main solution from the company, is a “customer engagement platform that helps businesses listen and react to their customers better.” Users can collect a wealth of analytics and insights from customer feedback and also see out a number of critical interactions directly from the platform.

In a five-star CXQuest review, Jacob S. wrote: “We use CXQuest to communicate better and be better in touch with our customers through emails and texts. As soon as there is an interaction with a customer, CXQuest automatically sends out a message asking whether we can serve them in any other way. I am really blown away with the utility of this type of system.”

Total Reviews: 24
Categories: Customer Success, Enterprise Feedback Management, Survey
Average Company Size: 38% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: CXQuest reviewers rated the tool’s upsell opportunities (100%) and machine learning (100%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 5 out of 5 stars – based on 1 review

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nearpod5. Nearpod
Product: Nearpod
Category: Classroom Management
City: Aventura
Founded: 2012
Employees: 151

Bringing interactivity to classrooms with more than 6,000 digital lessons (and growing), Nearpod is a hit with teachers, school administrators and students all over; according to the Nearpod LinkedIn page, 100,000-plus teachers and six million students use the software each month. The company itself was listed on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies the past two years in a row, and recently appeared in South Florida Business Journal’s list of the 10 highest-valued tech startups in the region ($84 million). Investors include Mark Benioff (CEO of Salesforce) and Scott Cook (founder of Intuit). Curious teachers and school administrators can schedule a demo of the popular platform on the company’s website.

Total Reviews: 23
Categories: Classroom Management, Assessment
Average Company Size: 48% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Nearpod reviewers rated the tool’s interactive quizzes (94%) and presentation building (93%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: $30,200,000
Funding Rounds: 5
Number of Investors: 18 (Crunchbase)
Mission Statement: “At Nearpod, we strive to empower educators to create learning experiences that engage and inspire millions of students around the world.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars – based on 9 reviews

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6. Breezy HR
Product: BreezyHR
Category: Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
City: Jacksonville
Founded: 2012
Employees: 12

BreezyHR is one of the best-reviewed products in the very crowded Applicant Tracking System (ATS) category, recently certified as a High Performer for Fall 2017. It provides an extensive feature set that assists with much of the recruiting lifecycle, including candidate sourcing and management, actionable analytics and automated job posting. The platform also boasts team collaboration features to make recruiting a group effort for everyone on your HR team.

In a five-star BreezyHR review, David C. wrote: “We do a lot of hiring so we’re constantly looking for more efficient ways attract, hire and onboard new employees. Breezy has been a breath of fresh air for us, right down to background screening and new hire onboarding.”

Total Reviews: 142
Categories: Applicant Tracking System (ATS), Video Interviewing, Recruitment Marketing
Average Company Size: 67% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: BreezyHR reviewers rated the tool’s applicant tracking (92%) and hiring process training (90%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: $1,916,567
Funding Rounds: 2
Number of Investors: 2 (Real Ventures, Symphony Technology Group)
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

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qgiv7. Qgiv
Product: Qgiv
Category: Fundraising
City: Lakeland
Founded: 2005
Employees: 34

Qgiv is a modern tool for charities and other organizations to collect donations and engage with donors. You can read testimonials from regional chapters of nonprofits such as United Way and Boys & Girls Club on the Qgiv website, in which they discuss the success they’ve found with the platform. The software comes complete with unique features such as Text Giving, which allows donors to send contributions by simply responding to a text message. Qgiv was just recently named a High Performer on the Winter 2018 Grid® Report for Fundraising.

Total Reviews: 34
Categories: Fundraising
Average Company Size: 71% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Total Funding: $1,400,000
Funding Rounds: 3
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 5 out of 5 stars – based on 1 reviews

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“Being highly rated by our users means the world to us. Our users inform every facet of our platform; we count on them for feature suggestions, enhancement ideas, and continuous feedback. Their high ratings are an honor and mean that our goal to build a platform that makes their lives easier and better enables their mission is on the right track.”
Todd Baylis, President and Co-Founder of Qgiv


zudy8. Zudy
Product: VINYL
Category: No-Code Development Platforms
City: Miami
Founded: 2013
Employees: 36

VINYL from the people at Miami-based vendor Zudy allows businesses to create applications without getting tangled up in the complexities of coding. The platform architecture is broken down into three primary “layers” — Design, Business Logic, and DataAccess — that allow for secure development in hours. It adds up to “true rapid app development,” according to user Melissa M.

She continues, in her five-star VINYL review: “VINYL gives us the flexibility to connect disparate data sources across our enterprise. We can spin up applications in hours, and have them in the hands of our users in days. Previously it would take weeks, months or even years to deploy applications, but not anymore.”

Total Reviews: 63
Categories: No-Code Development Platforms, Low-Code Development Platforms
Average Company Size: 51% of reviewers work for an enterprise company (1,001+ employees).
Highest-Rated Features: VINYL reviewers rated the tool’s data security (99%) and customized branding (97%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: $7,500,000
Funding Rounds: 1
Number of Investors: 1 (Miami Stuff)
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars – based on 16 reviews

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solodev9. Solodev
Product: Solodev
Category: Web Content Management
City: Orlando
Founded: 2006
Employees: 17

Solodev’s web studio allows users to “design without limits and create engaging web experiences,” as worded on the product website. The self-described “web experience platform” offers membership packages from Cadet to Commander, with an increasing number of helpful tools based on the plan. This user-friendly tool puts website improvements and maintenance in the hands of everyone — not just development pros. Solodev also offers secure cloud hosting and digital marketing solutions.

In a five-star Solodev review, Brittny K. wrote: “I have been working with Solodev for nearly four years and I couldn’t be happier with the results and product they have delivered. Our newly designed website is everything we could have ever imagined and the CMS software is very functional and user-friendly, and easy to learn and teach to colleagues. What I like best about Solodev is being able to explain my vision and have them exceed all expectations!”

Total Reviews: 14
Categories: Web Content Management
Average Company Size: 43% of reviewers work for an enterprise company (1,001+ employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Solodev reviewers rated the tool’s user community (100%) and internal search (98%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

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itprotv10. ITProTV
Product: ITProTV
Category: Online Course Providers
City: Gainesville
Founded: 2013
Employees: 55

ITProTV is an online learning resource for growing IT teams and aspiring IT professionals, with more than 3,300 hours of video training laid out in specific, engaging courses on a smattering of IT topics. Users can sharpen skills or take practice tests for industry certifications, while IT teams can collectively get up to speed with group sessions. You can check out the course library on the ITProTV website for a taste of the proficiencies that are covered. The platform is one of the best-reviewed Online Course Providers on G2 Crowd, with 4.9 out of 5 stars after 35 reviews.

Total Reviews: 35
Categories: Online Course Providers
Average Company Size: 40% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Disrupt the technology learning marketplace with engaging effective content.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 5 out of 5 stars – based on 1 reviews

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“Companies can brag in marketing speak about their features and usability, but real users will give it to you straight. When we can lead the pack on G2Crowd with positive reviews, we know that we’re delivering what IT professionals want. We’ve got the most current and engaging training in an convenient and consumable format and our members are telling us they love it.”
Valerie Riley, Director of Marketing at ITProTV


sharpspring11. SharpSpring
Product: SharpSpring
Category: Marketing Automation
City: Gainesville
Founded: 2012
Employees: 146

With features ranging from a landing page builder to visitor identification and much more, SharpSpring is a complete marketing automation solution, and currently a Leader on the highly competitive Marketing Automation Grid®. The platform moved into the Leader quadrant from the High Performer quadrant since the Fall 2017 Grid® Report, signifying an upward trend in its user feedback and overall market presence. You can request a live demo of the tool used by more than 6,000 companies on the vendor website — you can also read case studies that showcase the product’s impact with past clients.

Total Reviews: 171
Categories: Marketing Automation
Average Company Size: 84% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: SharpSpring reviewers rated the tool’s lead scoring & grading (92%) and lead nurturing (90%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars – based on 15 reviews

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aspiretechnologies12. Aspire Technologies Inc.
Product: QuoteWerks
Category: CPQ
City: Orlando
Founded: 1993
Employees: 50

The top-selling product from Orlando-based Aspire Technologies, formerly Creative Software, QuoteWerks is used in over 100 countries to help with sales quoting and proposing. You can watch both a 4-minute and 30-plus minute guided demo of the product on the QuoteWerks website. While there you can also read more about the integrations and features, such as QuoteValet, which helps you send proposals in the form of webpages.

In a five-star Quotewerks review, Katie P. wrote: “Since using QuoteWerks, we have won several high dollar contracts. Our customers love how professional the proposals look and we love how everything seems so automated. You can also integrate it with other software, such as Sedona. The integration is pretty seamless and has cut down on the amount of time put into creating new jobs.”

Total Reviews: 119
Categories: CPQ, Proposal
Average Company Size: 85% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: QuoteWerks reviewers rated the tool’s PDF creation (96%) and custom branding (93%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Provide an integrated quoting and proposal solution at an affordable price with great support.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars – based on 8 reviews

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softwarekey13. SoftwareKey.com
Product: SoftwareKey Licensing System
Category: Fraud Protection
City: Winter Garden
Founded: 1991
Employees: 2

As of press time, SoftwareKey Licensing System is batting 1000 with five stars after 10 reviews. This tool from SoftwareKey.com is provides a “complete license management lifecycle,” and is used by software developers around the world to prevent theft through copy protection, encryption and other fraud protection measures. Although there is no Grid® established in the Fraud Protection category as of yet, SoftwareKey has far and away the most reviews and best ratings at the start of 2018. In a SoftwareKey Licensing System review, Chuck V. wrote of the platform, “Dependability is second to none — of any product I have used in the last three decades.”

Total Reviews: 10
Categories: Fraud Protection
Average Company Size: 80% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

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relentacrm14. Relenta CRM
Product: Relenta CRM
Category: CRM
City: Miami
Founded: 2005
Employees: 4

Relenta is an email-based CRM solution that will help your team “be insanely productive,” according to the product’s website. One of the key features of the tool is that it transfers outgoing and incoming email histories into contact relationship timelines, allowing any tidbit of old information to be accessed in seconds. It also provides a shared workspace for optimum collaboration across your team. You can take it for a test drive with a 14-day free trial, and the full system is available for $39 per month per user at up to 5,000 contacts each.

Total Reviews: 21
Categories: CRM
Average Company Size: 90% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Relenta CRM reviewers rated the tool’s contact & account management (96%) and dashboards (94%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

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fuse15. Fuse Workforce Management
Product: Fuse Workforce Management
Category: Payroll
City: Delray Beach
Founded: 2003
Employees: 10

Fuse Workforce Management, formerly ProPayroll, is a robust HR platform and a current High Performer in three different categories on our site (HR Management Suites, Payroll and Core HR). It also provides features for time & attendance and employee scheduling, as well as an Affordable Care Act compliance module. The small team out of Delray Beach is doing something right, with a stellar rating of 4.8 stars after 35 reviews. In a Fuse Workforce Management review, reviewer Terri B. wrote, “Never thought I’d find a system this perfect!”

Total Reviews: 35
Categories: Payroll, HR Management Suites, Workforce Management, Core HR, Time Tracking
Average Company Size: 51% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Fuse Workforce Management reviewers rated the tool’s tax filing (98%) and reporting (98%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

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“Today, business leaders recognize the value of a cloud-based Human Capital Management system. This investment provides an ROI far greater than any other tool in their business. At Fuse, our goal is to make it easier for employers to engage with and gain greater visibility into their entire workforce. When our clients report that this goal is being met and recognize the enormous value a partnership with Fuse brings to their entire team — that’s quite an honor.”
John Duval, CEO of Fuse Workforce Management


insightsoftware16. insightsoftware.com
Product: Hubble
Category: Corporate Performance Management (CPM)
City: Weston
Founded: 2004
Employees: 157

Major players such as Mizuno, Recology and Nintendo are satisfied customers of Hubble, a platform that gives financial teams a clear window into their company’s performance and assists with critical accounting tasks such as financial close. The platform is divided into Business Performance Management and Financial Performance Management features, and integrates with ERP ecosystems JD Edwards, SAP EBS, and SAP for in-depth reporting, planning and analytics. This main offering from insightsoftware.com is a High Performer in the Corporate Performance Management category with 4.6 out of 5 stars after 35 reviews.

Total Reviews: 35
Categories: Corporate Performance Management
Average Company Size: 51% of reviewers work for an enterprise company (1,001+ employees).
Other Products: My Vision Express
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Driving high performance is more than just business jargon. It’s our purpose and our passion. We’re committed to maintaining a culture of trust, communication, collaboration, customer-obsession and entrepreneurialism in everything we do. But most importantly, when we work together, it’s fun.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars – based on 20 reviews

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vipre17. VIPRE Security
Product: VIPRE for Business
Category: Endpoint Management
City: Clearwater
Founded: 1991
Employees: 93

The folks at VIPRE Security have been in the cybersecurity game for more than a quarter of a century — the company’s awards and accolades speak for themselves. VIPRE for Business utilizes machine learning and behavior analysis to help maximize endpoint security on both the server and the cloud, with advanced antivirus and threat intelligence features. You can test out the platform with a free 30-day trial available on the VIPRE website. For a trustworthy take on the world of cybersecurity, drop by the VIPRE blog while researching the solutions for your business.

Total Reviews: 47
Categories: Endpoint Management, Endpoint Antivirus
Average Company Size: 47% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: VIPRE for Business reviewers rated the tool’s malware detection (88%) and endpoint intelligence (86%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars – based on 5 reviews

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citrix18. Citrix
Product: Citrix ShareFile
Category: Business Content Management
City: Fort Lauderdale
Founded: 1989
Employees: 11006

Certainly the largest company on this list — 11,000 employees and 200,000-plus followers on LinkedIn — Citrix has a hard-earned seniority in the Florida tech scene after nearly 30 years in operation. More than 10 products from the vendor are positively reviewed by users on G2 Crowd. Citrix ShareFile leads the pack with a whopping 377 reviews as of publication, and is a Leader in the Business Content Management category alongside Google Drive, Box and SharePoint. It’s also a Leader in the File Storage and Sharing category. The platform allows users to share and collaborate on a range of files with both coworkers and clients, with heavy duty security and recovery to give added peace of mind. A free trial with unlimited bandwidth for up to five users is available on the ShareFile website.

Total Reviews: 377
Categories: Business Content Management, File Storage and Sharing
Average Company Size: 41% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Citrix ShareFile reviewers rated the tool’s security (93%) and storage limits (91%) as its two top-rated features.
Other Products View all Citrix products
Total Funding: $20,000,000
Funding Rounds: 1
Number of Investors: 23 (Crunchbase)
Mission Statement: “We aim to power a world where every person, every organization, and everything is connected. A place where all businesses can move with the hustle of a disruptive startup. Where organizations everywhere are using the cloud, mobile, and big data to invent new business models and to reinvent how we work and live. A world where our customers can make the unimaginable possible.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars – based on 2,200 reviews

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connectwise19. ConnectWise
Product: ConnectWise Manage
Category: Help Desk
City: Tampa
Founded: 1982
Employees: 820

Just recently passing the 35-year mark, ConnectWise is the eldest vendor on this list — the company began as a full-service IT provider in 1982. Fast-forward to today, and the Tampa-based vendor helps more than 10,000 technology organizations with its suite of modern software solutions. ConnectWise Manage, the most heavily reviewed of these products, gives IT help desk teams a centralized hub to communicate with the staff, document incidents and gain visibility into system performance. The hearty platform also comes with features for time tracking and billing, project management and procurement. Pricing for the software is customized based on the needs of your company; you can request a pricing quote on the software’s website.

Total Reviews: 133
Categories: Help Desk, Professional Services Automation, CRM
Average Company Size: 68% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: ConnectWise reviewers rated the tool’s ITIL compliance (93%) and user, role, & access management (90%) as its two top-rated features.
Other Products: View all ConnectWise products
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “So what do we aim for? Just like you, we want to come to work every day and feel like we’re making a difference. That’s why we focus on creating innovative solutions that make a positive impact on the lives and businesses of our partners. We work together, across teams and departments, to keep fueling the fire of our incredible community.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars – based on 201 reviews

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dnsimple20. DNSimple
Product: DNSimple
Category: Domain Registration
City: Orlando
Founded: 2010
Employees: 9

“The City Beautiful” Orlando is represented once again by DNSimple, an easy solution for finding, registering and renewing professional website domains. Among the defining features of DNSimple is a unique Slack integration that allows users to register new web properties right from a Slack channel. It also offers access to a helpful and creative community of developers that can help expand the potential of your company’s (or companies’) domains. The software is a High Performer in the Domain Registration category. User Thejdeep G. wrote in their DNSimple review, “The interface is beautiful to look at. And this makes DNS management simple and easy. You can easily transfer and add domains.”

Total Reviews: 10
Categories: Domain Registration
Average Company Size: 80% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

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datacore21. DataCore Software
Product: DataCore SANsymphony
Category: Storage Management
City: Fort Lauderdale
Founded: 1998
Employees: 258

SANsymphony from DataCore is a storage management software that “solves the ‘Big Problem’ standing in the way of virtualization projects,” as worded on the product’s G2 Crowd profile. It’s the vendor’s flagship solution, powered by its trademark Parallel I/O technology to bolster IT infrastructure availability, performance and utilization. You can watch an overview of the software or request a free 30-day trial on the SANsymphony website. It is currently the only High Performer in the Storage Management category and one of only four products on the Grid®.

In a five-star DataCore SANsymphony review, Damon D. wrote: “This solution allows the use off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage. So we can throw in our own enterprise-class hardware (including SSDs) and not pay any extra based on the type of storage we use. This is the same model used with server virtualization. Keep the hardware separate from software. This is true ‘storage virtualization’ at it’s finest. The software over the years has matured to be a very robust and allows you to build a very high performing storage platform. It has all the features of any high-end SAN such as fibre channel, iSCSI, thin provisioning, storage tiering, snapshots, continuous data protection/recovery synchronous and asynchronous mirroring, performance reporting/graphing, true HA design.”

Total Reviews: 10
Categories: Storage Management
Average Company Size: 50% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1,000 employees).
Other Products: View all DataCore Software products
Total Funding: $95,000,000
Funding Rounds: 3
Number of Investors: 10 (Crunchbase)
Mission Statement: “Make it practical for organizations large and small to remove physical, geographical and device-specific restrictions of data storage equipment that slow down, interrupt or endanger their IT operations.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.2 out of 5 stars – based on 30 reviews

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“Being recognized for having one of the highest-rated B2B software products is a true honor. As a company, we are always here to support our customers, and DataCore has consistently enjoyed excellent product renewal rates as a result.
After all, it’s customers that are in the driver’s seat, and the highest praise is knowing that our
solutions are being successful in fulfilling their needs.”
George Teixeira, Executive Chairman at DataCore Software


tecomgroup22. Tecom Group
Product: HandiFox Desktop
Category: Inventory Control
City: Melbourne
Founded: 1992
Employees: 83

Though Florida is known more for its alligators and mosquitos, it’s also produced a pretty great fox … a HandiFox, that is. HandiFox Desktop gives warehouse operations a way to manage supply chain pipelines, automate sales, and track inventory, whether at the desk or in the field with the mobile application. The ability to scan barcodes from a smartphone with HandFox empowers manufacturing teams to save loads of time and stress in their inventory control tasks. Visitors can schedule a live demo or download a free trial of the software on the HandiFox website.

Total Reviews: 11
Categories: Inventory Control, Barcode
Average Company Size: 100% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: HandiFox Desktop reviewers rated the tool’s accounting integrations (93%) and low stock notifications (89%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating:N/A

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gleanview23. GleanView
Product: GleanView
Category: CRM All-in-One
City: Jacksonville
Founded: 2015
Employees: 20

GleanView, from the home of the Jaguars, is a High Performer in the contentious CRM All-in-One category. The platform offers features across the spectrum of sales team needs: Account management, opportunity forecasting and performance dashboards to name a few. It also comes packaged with marketing tools like an email builder and customer segmentation. In a five-star GleanView review, Marc P. wrote, “We switched from a competing CRM to GleanView and ended up saving over $20K per year without losing any functionality. The service has been top notch and has went above and beyond to accommodate our needs. The team at GleanView has been able to really customize the integrations to match our sales and marketing process, and we now have a full solution that manages our customers and prospects from lead to repeat order.

Total Reviews: 18
Categories: CRM All-in-One
Average Company Size: 78% of reviewers work for a small business (1-50 employees).
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 5 out of 5 stars – based on 2 reviews

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sunview24. SunView Software, Inc.
Product: ChangeGear
Category: Service Desk
City: Tampa
Founded: 2003
Employees: 59

SunView Software bills itself as “the leading provider of Artificial Intelligence-powered IT Service Management software that helps companies create smarter, more response IT environments.” The ChangeGear platform is the central offering to back the claim. One of the software’s biggest selling points is its machine learning-driven service management features that leverage user interactions and historical data to provide predictive analytics and recommendations for service. For more information on the tool’s capabilities, you can watch a demo or contact SunView with a question through the product’s G2 Crowd listing.

Total Reviews: 15
Categories: Service Desk, Incident Management
Average Company Size: 67% of reviewers work for an enterprise company (1,001+ employees).
Highest-Rated Features: ChangeGear reviewers rated the tool’s automate ticket routing (96%) and ticket notifications (93%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 2.8 out of 5 stars – based on 18 reviews

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hcrsoftware25. HCR Software
Product: CompensationXL
Category: Compensation Management
City: Jacksonville
Founded: 2006
Employees: 13

Rounding out the list is the third of Jacksonville’s offerings, CompensationXL, a solution for managers and HR teams to streamline tasks related to determining salaries, raises, bonuses and other compensation decisions. This cloud-based platform is compatible with global currencies so businesses across the globe can plan and execute compensation plans accordingly, and integrates with Microsoft Excel to make documenting and storing information on budgets, allocations and the like as easy as possible. CompensationXL has an impressive customer portfolio that includes HBO, Panasonic and DocuSign.

In five-star CompensationXL review, Olga C. wrote: “The software is very intuitive and flexible to make changes/adjustments. Implementation was easy and uneventful. The reporting analytics are great. The team we work with at CXL is awesome … they are always available and always turn things around quickly.”

Total Reviews: 15
Categories: Compensation Management
Average Company Size: 67% of reviewers work for an enterprise company (1,001+ employees).
Highest-Rated Features: CompensationXL reviewers rated the tool’s compensation history (96%) and internalization (96%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: N/A

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

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OTHER B2B FLORIDA TECH COMPANIES

While we recognized only the 25 best-reviewed software exports from Florida, there are still an abundance of other B2B tech companies impacting the region’s tech scene. Here’s a rundown of other Florida B2B software companies with their founded dates and total funding.

Vendor Product Reviews Founded
Onstream Media Onstream Webinars 129 1993
V12 Data V12 Data 40 1999
Pentaho Pentaho 31 2004
Appworx Rxphoto 22 2011
Web.com Group Inc. Network Solutions 21 1997
Horizon Business Services, Inc. caterease 15 1991
Campus Management Corp. Talisma 13 1988
CRMGamified Hurrah!¨ Leaderboard 13 2013
WAVE Corporation MediaBank 12 1987
Computer Solutions & Software International VUE Billing and Collections 12 1991
3dcart 3dcart 11 1997
SCC Soft Computer SoftLab 9 1979
Optima Healthcare Solutions Optima Therapy 9 90636
Molehill Tick 8 2006
Great Circle Learning LeaderGuide Pro Plus 7 n/a
Esotech Inc. TLDCRM 7 n/a
brightmove BrightMove Staffing 6 2005
Modernizing Medicine Modernizing Medicine’s EMAª EHR System 6 n/a
Rocket Matter, LLC Rocket Matter 5 2007
DATIS Datis 4 1996
PlanSource PlanSource 4 2008
PRO Unlimited Wand VMS 3 n/a
ChannelSale ChannelSale 3 n/a
MagicPay MagicPay Merchant Services 2 2012
IZEA IZEA 2 n/a
LiveTecs TimeLive Time Tracking Software 2 n/a
CloudBooks CloudBooks 2 n/a
RealScenario, Inc. RealZips GeoData Platform for Salesforce.com 2 n/a
TrustSpot Inc. TrustSpot 2 n/a
Mintek Transcendent 1 1934
Emphasys Software AgentOffice 1 1976
Uplevl Uplevl 1 2002
Aplicor Aplicor 3C 1 2003
Optimal IdM TheOptimalCloud 1 2005
EfficientLab LLC Work Examiner 1 2006
PayPanther PayPanther 1 2008
Revcontent Revcontent 1 2010
KiteDesk, Inc. KiteDesk 1 2011
Gravity4 Gravity4 1 2014
OnSolve Mir3 1 2017
Vector Solutions SimplyDigi 1 n/a
Cendyn/EVENTS Cendyn Hospitality Marketing Cloud 1 n/a
Accusoft edocr 1 n/a
Tiliq Tiliq 1 n/a
Streamline, Inc Streamline Shipping 1 n/a
Tribridge Tribridge Consulting 0 1998
Veriato Veriato Investigator 0 1998
DataMentors DataMentors 0 1999
Ability Commerce SmartSite 0 1999
Jagged Peak Jagged Peak 0 2000
Admin eSolutions Admin eSolutions CMS 0 2001
Fortune3 Fortune3 0 2001
GoToBilling Inc GoToBilling 0 2005
rackAID rackAID Server Management 0 2006
SNA Software Proteus Envision 0 2007
GreenerBilling GreenerBilling 0 2008
Bluleadz Bluleadz 0 2009
Bill Perfect, Inc. TimelyBill 0 2009
Webmoblink, INC. Webmoblink 0 2010
MobiWork MobiWork MWS 0 2010
ClearCi ClearCi 0 2011
ContactUS.com ContactUs.com 0 2012
VisitBasis Tech, LLC VisitBasis 0 2013
The Pitch The Pitch 0 n/a
LionMailer LionMailer 0 n/a
eLink Business Innovations, Inc eLink Consulting 0 n/a
Happy Tax Franchising Happy Tax Franchising 0 n/a
ProjStream BOEMax 0 n/a
Social Upgrades Social Upgrades 0 n/a
Justin Dennis Prospxt 0 n/a
RedVector RedVector LMS 0 n/a
Careerscore careerscore 0 n/a
Virtual Stacks eZnet CRM 0 n/a
Designer Task Designer Task 0 n/a
The Daily Hundred, Inc. Loot! 0 n/a
SproutLoud Media Networks SproutLoud 0 n/a
ACES Risk Managment ACES Audit Technology 0 n/a
CertiPay CertiPay Payroll 0 n/a
SERPWoo SERPWoo 0 n/a
AuraPortal AuraPortal Helium 0 n/a
DDH Software HanDbase 0 n/a
Krell Software OmniAudit 0 n/a
HR Soft COMPview 0 n/a
Dealers United SEO For Auto Dealers 0 n/a
ArgusQ ArgusQ 0 n/a
The Search Monitor The Search Monitor 0 n/a

For any questions about the methodology or data included in this piece, or to request that your Florida B2B tech company be added, please reach out to Editorial Team Lead Jakub Rudnik at jrudnik@g2crowd.com.


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