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vSpring Capital Releases Its List of the 2008 Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs

v|100 Fosters Collaboration Among Entrepreneurs and Showcases Utah's Most Successful Venture Entrepreneurs

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/17/08 -- vSpring Capital announced today the 2008 class of the vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs, also known as the v|100.

Today vSpring Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm headquartered in Salt Lake City, announced this year's list of v|100 winners.

The v|100 was created in 2004 by vSpring Capital as a tool to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who have ties to the state of Utah. Members of the v|100 become part of a community of entrepreneurs that fosters collaboration and support among its members as they build and grow some of the most exciting companies. Each year, vSpring asks members of the Utah business community to nominate individuals who are most likely to lead a successful startup technology venture in the next five to seven years in a c-level executive role. Those nominees who garner the most votes from their peers in a nominee-only second step of the annual voting process are then elected into the v|100.

"The number of nominations submitted this year exceeds all previous years and we are pleased with the results that the v|100 voting process produces," said Paul Ahlstrom, managing director of vSpring Capital. "New venture creation is critical to the growth of our economy, and the v|100 program consistently identifies individuals who are likely to generate successful ventures in the coming years. The quality of the v|100 recipients is an indication of the vibrancy of Utah's entrepreneurial ecosystem and talent pool," Ahlstrom said.

Last year the v|100 program formalized voting rules and added an audit committee consisting of David Jolley - Partner at Ernst & Young, Mark Bonham - Partner at Ray Quinney and Nebeker, and Professor Scott Schaefer at the University of Utah. "This committee has performed a critical function of overseeing the process and ensuring valid results," said Dennis Wood, director of human capital at vSpring Capital. "The v|100 community is a select group of individuals who are handpicked by their peers in the region. We have learned to observe closely who makes this important list of entrepreneurs each year," said Mark Bonham.

Facts about the v|100 Class of 2008

A complete list of members in the 2008 v|100 is enclosed below. Be advised that positions/companies noted were current as of the date of the compilation of the 2008 v|100 list of members. This year there was a tie in the voting, making a total of 101 winners. For additional information about the v|100 or vSpring Capital, please contact vSpring's Dennis Wood at 801-942-8999(wk) or [email protected].

Full Name          Company             Work Title                   Website
---------          -------             ----------                   -------

Rick Alden         Skullcandy          CEO & Audio
Curt D. Allen      Agilix Labs         President & CEO
Paul Allen      CEO     
Dallin Anderson    Code Nutrition      President &
Jeremy Andrus      Skullcandy          COO     
Lindsay Atwood     LTA Enterprises     Managing Partner
Kirt Bailey        Celio Corp          President & CEO
Brad Baldwin       Rocky Mountain      Co-Founder

Bob Barnes         Zonder              CEO         
Jeff Barson        Sendside Networks   Chief
                                        Evangelist/Dir. of
                                        Product Marketing
Jay Bean           OrangeSoda          CEO     
Brian Beutler      Alianza             CEO        
Brent L Bishop     ContentWatch        Chairman of
                                        the Board
Brock Blake        FundingUniverse     CEO
William Borghetti  Sendside Networks   CEO
David Bradford     Linking Universe    Chairman &
Dr. Jack Brittain  U of U Tech         Vice
                    Ventures            President
Stead Burwell      Alliance Health     CEO 
Greg Butterfield   Symantec            Group President/
                                        Altiris Bus. Unit
Josh Carr          Sprout Marketing    Director of
David Carter       S5 Wireless         Founder        
Josh Coates        Mozy Inc. an EMC    Founder       
Jonathan Coon      1-800 CONTACTS      CEO   
Troy D'Ambrosio    Pierre Lassonde     Director
                    Entrepreneur Ctr.
Nicole Toomey      GOED COE /Enclavix  Director COE/
 Davis                                  Pres & CEO
Ed Donakey         LDS Church/Family   Mgr. of
                    History Dept.       Strategic
Adam Edmunds       Allegiance          CEO     
John Edwards       Move Networks       President &
James Endicott     Exact Wave          CEO      
Bjorn Espenes      Infopia             CEO        
Christian          Public Engines      COO   
Martin Frey        PowerCode           CEO      
JD Gardner         Monarch Partners    Founder  
Jeremy Hanks       Doba                Cofounder,    
                                        Chairman &
Richard D. Hanks   Mindshare           Chairman &  
                    Technologies        President
Nathan Hatch       Center 7            President & CEO
Matt Hawkins       Sirsi Dynix         COO     
Greg Heaps         Allegiance          COO     
Tim Hunt           MIR Foundation      President 
Josh James         Omniture            CEO       
David Jenkins      DealerTrack         Director DMS
J.D. Jeppson       Allegiance          VP of Sales
Scott Johnson      AtTask              CEO         
Steven G. Jones    Vilect              CEO         
Kimberley Jones    Vérité              CEO         
Dr. Greg M. Jones  VisTrails           CEO      
Stan Kanarowski    USTAR               Managing
Jeff Kearl         Skullcandy          Chairman of the
Abraham Knell      AtTask              Co-Founder & Vice
                                        President, Sales
Kristen Knight     NuSkin Enterprises  Sr. Dir. Prod.
                                        Mktg. Global
                                        Personal Care
Chris Knudsen      Sapha               VP of Business
Fred Lampropoulos  Merit Medical       Chairman,    
                                        President & CEO
Andrew Laver       APL Capital         Principal
Bruce Law          Sprout Marketing    Founder &
Christopher Lee    Heritage Makers     CEO 
Darren Lee         NextPage            CEO & President
Scott C. Lemon     HumanXtensions      CTO 
Shawn J.           Omniture            Chief Legal
 Lindquist                              Officer, SVP &
Ty D. Mattingly    Primary Colors      Managing Director
Ned L. Maxfield    Utah Angel Network  CEO
David B. McGinn    Agilix Labs         COO         
Glen Mella         Control4            President & COO
W. Tim Miller      Echelon             President & CEO
Clarke Miyasaki    Logoworks           VP of Business
Ryan Money        CEO       
Mark Newman        HireVue             CEO        
Dr. Tom Ngo        NextPage            CTO       
Brent Nixon        Cymphonix           President
Jonathan Oliver    Exact Wave          CTO      
Warren Osborn      Seastone            Founder and CEO
John Pestana       Omniture            Cofounder/Director
Ben Peterson       Independent              
Erich Pletsch      Tier Four           President 
William Price      BYU Center for      Manager/ Director
Michael Proper     DirectPointe        President &
Amy Rees Anderson  MediConnect Global  CEO    
Prof. John         BYU e-Business      Managing
 Richards           Center              Director
Larry D. Rigby     Larada Sciences     Chairman &
Kevin Santiago     Cymphonix           CEO      
D. Todd Shepherd   Studeo              CEO         
Otto Silva         AtTask              Director of IT
Eric Smith         Control4            CTO       
Cheryl Snapp       Snapp Conner PR     Managing
 Conner                                 Partner
James Lee          Sorenson Media      CEO       
 Sorenson Jr.
Jesse Stay II  Partner,
Joshua Steimle     MWI                 Founder & CEO  
Jack W.            ContentWatch        President &
 Sunderlage                             CEO
Benoy Tamang       Sapha               CEO and Founder
Cydni Tetro        NextPage            Vice President
Kimball Thomas     BilliardEx          CEO     
Kent Thomas        CFO Solutions       Founder & Managing
Devin Thorpe       USTAR               Managing
Will West          Control4            CEO       
Greg Whisenant     Public Engines      President &
Tyler Whitaker     TM Ventures         Founder
Ethan Willis       Prosper             CEO/ Co-Founder
Dr. Phillip        Kynetx              CTO        
Ken Woolley        Extra Space          Senior Vice
                    Storage             President
Ralph Yarro        ThinkAtomic         Chairman/CEO
Allan Young  Partner
Richard Zinn          Founder,

About vSpring Capital

vSpring Capital ( is an early-stage venture capital firm with $260 million under management. With offices in Utah and New Mexico, vSpring invests in information technology and life science companies that have the potential to transform their markets and create lasting value.

Dennis Wood
vSpring Capital
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