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Rod Tiede has helped shape Broadcast International into a force in pushing video over satellite for private companies and now is launching new technology he says will revolutionize broadcasting to a variety of screens, including your mobile phone.
Rachael Herrscher has parlayed an idea by two mothers in a shopping mall into an expanding network of Web sites that cater to parents looking for resources for their kids.
Tiede and Herrscher are new entries this year on the vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs in Utah. The annual list is sponsored by vSpring and those selected are nominated by the business community, with the final list voted on by the nominees themselves.
The list is intended to highlight the successes of entrepreneurs who are building new or expanding existing businesses in the state.
This year's list released Monday includes 52 new honorees not named on past lists. All are being honored at a June 9 luncheon at Grand America hotel in Salt Lake City.
Tiede, president and CEO of Broadcast International, has been at the Midvale company for 22 of its 26 years, including the past 10 as CEO. The company broadcasts video for in-house networks for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Caterpillar and Bank of America. It also is marketing a new video-compression technology that it says allows users to push high-quality videos in smaller bandwidth to a set-top box on a television, a computer, a mobile phone or a screen like on a digital sign.
"It's a great, new video-compression technology that's going to change the world," said Tiede, who said IBM, Microsoft and others are already incorporating the software into their products.
Herrscher, of Salt Lake City, is cofounder and CEO of TodaysMama.com, which sprung from a conversation she was having with cofounder Stephanie Peterson in a mall about not being able to find comprehensive guides to resources for kids, such as music lessons or sports teams. They published a book of Salt Lake area resources in 2004, then quickly began to print similar guides for other cities.
Now, with the social networking revolution underway with the likes of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, they have transformed the books into Web spaces aimed at specific cities and embarking on a new business model.
"Social media has changed so much of what we do in a way that is akin almost to the industrial revolution," she said.
The company pays local bloggers on its 27 Web sites. The sites also feature information and advertising from kids destinations such as zoos and other companies, she said.
The company also is sponsoring a conference on social networking in June at The Canyons Ski Resort (evoconference.com).
The v100 was created in 2004 by vSpring Capital, a venture capital firm with more than $400 million under its management.
David Anderson, a partner at vSpring, said that the recession may actually be driving business creation.
"In a down market, entrepreneurship tends to thrive," he said. "Guys who aren't able to get corporate jobs or lose their corporate jobs are deciding to dabble in entrepreneurship. Some of the top companies like Yahoo and Google were founded in down markets."
But he also said this year's v100 list seems to contain younger people than in the past.
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Rick Alden, CEO » Skullcandy
Curt Allen, partner » Agilix Labs
Paul Allen, CEO » FamilyLink.com
Amy Rees Anderson, founder » MediConnect Global
Jeremy Andrus, president » Skullcandy
Matt Asay, chief operating officer » Canonical
Pete Ashdown, CEO » XMission
Don Atkinson, CEO » ClearPlay
Dave Bascom, CEO » SEO.com
David Bateman, CEO » Property Solutions
Jay Bean, CEO » OrangeSoda
Grant Beckmann, executive vice president » Move Networks
Brain Beutler, founder/CEO » Alianza
Ragula Bhaskar, president/CEO » FatPipe Networks
Clayton Blackham, vice president » Snapp Conner PR
Brock Blake, executive director » Funding Universe
Mark Bonham, partner » SageCreek Partners
William Borghetti, CEO » Sendside Networks
Ryan Bott, director of sales » Fusion-io
David Bradford, CEO » Fusion-io
Stead Burwell, CEO » Alliance Health Networks
Greg Butterfield, managing partner » SageCreek Partners
Ryan Caldwell, founder/CEO » EnticeLabs
Josh Carr, president » FatPlug
David Carter, manager » Upside Investments
Don Cash, vice president mid-market sales » Omniture
Carine Strom Clark, CEO » Symantec
Josh Coates, instructor » BYU Computer Science Dept.
Cheryl Snapp Conner, managing partner, Snapp Conner PR
Brian Cummings, director » U of U Technology Commercialization Office
Nicole Toomey Davis, director» Center of Excellence, Governor's Office of Economic Development
Mike Dodson, CEO » iFan Media
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Adam Edmunds, vice president » Allegiance
David Elkington, CEO » InsideSales.com
James Endicott, president/CEO » Exact Wave
Deborah Eppstein, president/CEO » Q Therapeutics
Dan Farr, CEO » DAZ 3D
Eric Farr, executive officer » BrainStorm
Vicki Farrar, CEO » Catheter Connections
Christian Faulconer, vice president, marketing » Franchise Foundry
Stephen Fulling, founder/CEO » Kynetx
Clark Gilbert, CEO » Deseret Digital Media
Gary Goodrich, president/CEO » ProPay
Mick Hagen, founder, vice president » Zinch
Jeremy Hanks, cofounder, chairman and president » Doba
Greg Heaps, business development » Allegiance
Matt Heaton, CEO » BlueHost
Rachael Herrscher, cofounder/CEO » TodaysMama.com
Tim Hunt, CEO » Go Natural CNG
Karl Israelsen, partner » Carman, Lehnhof, Israelsen
Josh James, senior vice president/general manager » Omniture
J.D. Jeppson, vice president sales and service » Allegiance,
Greg Jones, executive director of research » John A. Moran Eye Center, U of U
Justin Jory, managing director » Scalar Partners
Ashok Joshi, president/CEO » CERAMATEC
Stan Kanarowski, CEO » Scintalla
Jeremy Kartchner, partner » Snapp Conner PR
Ken Kaufman, founder/CEO » CFO Wise
Maile Keone, chief marketing officer » Lava7
Trajan King, cofounder » Snirk.com
Dwain Kinghorn, partner » SageCreek Partners
Abraham Knell, CEO » WhyTry
Chris Knudsen, senior vice president » SEO.com
Ken Krogue, president/cofounder » InsideSales.com
Robert Kunz Jr., founder/CEO » KnowledgeBlue
Bruce Law, president » Sprout Marketing
Alexander Lawrence, president/CEO » TwitJump
Darren Lee, CEO » NextPage
Scott C. Lemon, president/chief technology officer » Human Xtensions
Richard J. Linder, CEO » Coherex Medical
Kyle Love, managing partner » Pro-Motion Action
Dave McGinn, chief operating officer » Agilix Labs
Glenn Mella, president » Control4
Derek Miner, cofounder » OrangeSoda.com
Clarke Miyasaki, founder » Skullcandy
Ryan Money, partner » Franchise Foundry
Eric Montague, founder/CEO » Executech
Jed Morley, president » Outrigger Marketing
Tom Ngo, vice president » Disney Research
Brandt Page, director, customer acquisition » Launch Sales and Marketing
Russ Page, chief operating officer » Fifty Studio
Michael Paul, CEO » Lineagen
Brad Pelo, CEO/cofounder » i.TV
Ben Peterson, president » Bamboo HR
Andrew Pincock, operations head » LotusJump
Nate Quigley, CEO » LiveTV
Andrew Raguskus, CEO » OtoKinetics
Adam Slovik, CEO » RemedyMD
Eric Smith, cofounder » Control4
John Sperry, CEO » Mindshare Technologies
Jesse Stay II, founder, CEO » SocialToo.com
Tim Sullivan, president/CEO » Ancestry.com
Jack W. Sunderlage, president/CEO » ContentWatch
Benoy Tamang, cofounder/CEO » Shopping Nanny
Alan Taylor, president » DirectPointe
Cydni Tetro, chief marketing officer » FamilyLink.com
Kent Thomas, founder/CEO » CFO Solutions
Ron Tiede, president/CEO » Broadcast International
Brandon Warburton, CEO » Backcountry.com
Will West, CEO » Control4
Greg Whisenant, CEO » Public Engines/CrimeReports.com
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Hal Widlansky, CEO » Mangia Technologies
Phil Windley, chief technology officer » Kynetx
Clark Winegar, president/CEO » Mustache Power Productions
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Mark Wolfgramm, vice president » Agilix
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For the list of those named to this year's vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs, go to www.sltrib.com/business.