2014 CEO of the Year (Polls open 1/2015)


Not sure why a lot of people vote for “CEO of the Year” before the year ends.

Microsoft took a $900 million charge for the Surface RT due to wrong price!  Surface saved Microsoft under Steve Ballmer leadership; however, not sure if Steve is the biggest winner or loser CEO almost year! Email JD Morris for his top 10 Steve Ballmer BOMBS!

Jorma Ollila was CEO of the Year in 2000 for Nokia by Morning Star!  Even my VC friends changed the name of their VC fund from Nokia Ventures.

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Our polls for CEO of the Year open after our 1st radio show with Investor Network Nights.

Until then, look at Morning Stars CEOs of the Year and read their book (or laugh)!

2013
E. Hunter Harrison
Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)

2012
Merrill A. (Pete) Miller Jr.
National Oilwell Varco (NOV)

2011
James Sinegal
Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST)

2010
Alan Mulally
Ford (F)

2009
Mark Miller
Stericycle Inc. (SRCL)

2008
Warren Buffett
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B)

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2007
Robert S. Silberman
Strayer Education, Inc. (STRA)

2006
Willard Oberton
Fastenal (FAST)

2005
Richard Kinder
Kinder Morgan (KMI), parent company of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) and Kinder Morgan Management (KMR)

2004
Herbert and Marion Sandler, co-CEOs
Golden West Financial Corporation (GDW)

2003
Harold M. “Max” Messmer
Robert Half International (RHI)

2002
Jamie Dimon
Bank One (ONE)

2001
Jim Parker and Herb Kelleher, current and former CEOs
Southwest Airlines (LUV)

2000
Jorma Ollila
Nokia (NOK)

1999
Charles Schwab and David Pottruck, co-CEOs
Charles Schwab and Co. (SCHW)

Investor Network by JD

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Real Estate Deals 4 Investor Network Nights plus deals that closed (angel and VC)


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Information provide by Associated Press, CB Insight, Crunchbase, Forbes, Market Watch, Reuters, and other sources.  Please check company website for best information.

1366 Technologies, a Bedford, Mass.-based silicon wafer manufacturer, has raised $2.5 million in additional Series C funding from existing shareholder Vorndran Mannheims Capital. This brings the round total to $17.5 million, including an initial $15 million tranche led by Tokuyama Corp.www.1366tech.com

Bluenose Analytics, a San Francisco-based customer success platform for SaaS businesses, has raised $10 million in VC funding from The Social+Capital Partnership and Norwest Venture Partners.www.bluenose.com

Egnyte, a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of cloud and hybrid cloud file sharing solutions for businesses, has raised $29.5 million in Series D funding. Seagate, CenturyLink, Northgate Capital were joined by return backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures and Polaris Partners.www.egnyte.com

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers log

Invitae Corp., a San Francisco-based developer of clinical genetic tests for hereditary disorders, has raised $40 million in Series E funding. Backers include Genomic Health Inc., Randy Scott, Thomas McNerney & Partners, Redmile Group, Genesys Capital and Casdin Capital. www.invitae.com

Koru, a provider of workplace readiness learning for recent college grads, has raised $4.35 million in new VC funding. Maveron led the round, and was joined by Battery Ventures, First Round Capital and A16Z Seed. www.joinkoru.com

Lagoa, a Boston-based 3D cloud computing startup, has raised $5.3 million in Series A funding. Atlas Venture led the round, and was joined by Siemens and Real Ventures. www.lagoa.com

Loop Commerce, a San Francisco-based gifting service, has expanded its Series A round from $7 million to $12 million, with the addition of new investor PayPal. Prior investors included angels like Mark Carges (eBay CTO), Don Katz (CEO at Audible) and Michael Scharff, (ex-SVP of retail at Toys “R” Us). www.loopcommerce.com

nWay, a San Francisco-based massively multiplayer online gaming startup, has raised $5 million in new VC funding. TransLink Capital led the round, and was joined by Cowboy Ventures, Baseline Ventures, Harrison Metal, WI Harper Group, XG Ventures and Zhen Fund. www.nway.com

Ooyala, a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of video streaming, analytics and monetization solutions, has raised $43 million in new funding from existing shareholder Telstra. Other company backers include Sierra Ventures, Rembrandt Venture Partners and CID Group. www.ooyala.com

StarMaker Interactive, a San Francisc-based maker of mobile singing games, has raised $4 million in Series A funding from Qualcomm Ventures and iGlobe Partnerswww.starmakerstudios.com

Talend, a French provider of big data integration software, has raised $40 million in new equity funding.Bpifrance and Iris Capital were joined by return backer Silver Lake Sumeru. www.talend.com

The Orange Chef Co., a San Francisco-based connected kitchen startup, has raised $1.2 million in seed funding. Google Ventures and SparkLabs Global Ventures co-led the round, and were joined by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Kima Ventures, The Social+Capital Partnership and Graph Ventures. www.theorangechef.com

Yodo1, a Beijing-based mobile game publisher and platform, has raised $11 million in Series B funding.GGV Capital led the round, and was joined by Singtel Innov8, Pavillion Capital and Iris Capital.www.yodo1.com

UIEvolution Inc., a Seattle-based provider of connected screen software and services, has raised $8 million in new VC funding. Intel Capital led the round, and was joined by Shaw Ventures.www.uievolution.com

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JD Morris

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Jan 28th Investor Network 3.0 Webinar! Plus 10+ deals that closed!


INVESTOR NETWORK NIGHTS:

Hear two people pitch and learn more about grants from Naval Health Research Center former Navy Officer in charge!  Learn about Red Hook Capital’s management buy out (MBO) program!  Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6370085834619177216

DEAL FLOW:

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DEALS THAT CLOSED:

  • AppNexus, a New York-based online advertising platform, has raised $75 million in Series D funding.Technology Crossover Ventures led the round, and was joined by Venrock and Tribeca Venture Partners. The company now has raised more than $140 million in total VC funding. www.appnexus.com
  • Bluebox, a provider of enterprise cloud hosting and managed services, has raised $4.3 million in Series A funding co-led by Founders Collective and Voyager Capital. Bluebox has offices in both Seattle and New York City. www.bluebox.net
  • CircuitHub, a San Jose, Calif.-based electronics design facilitator, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Google Ventures, Y Combinator and individual angels like Paul Buchheit and Matt Cutts.www.circuithub.com
  • Extole, a San Francisco-based social advocacy platform, has raised $7.6 million in VC funding from return backers Shasta Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Trident Capital.www.extole.com
  • Front Flip, a Leawood, Kansas–based loyalty marketing company, has raised $3.75 million in Series B funding. Jon Darbyshire (founder of Archer Technologies) led the round, and was joined by individuals like Peter Brown (CEO of AMC Entertainment) and Gary Fish (CEO of FishNet Security).www.frontflip.com
  • Goal Zero, a Bluffdale, Utah-based developer of portable solar power systems, has raised $7 million in VC funding from Mercato Partnerswww.goalzero.com
  • KnowRe, a South Korea-based developer of an online adaptive learning service for mathematics, has raised $1.4 million in VC funding from SoftBank Ventures Koreawww.knowre.com
  • Leyden Energy Inc., a Fremont, Calif.-based maker of lithium-ion batteries, has raised $10 million in Series C funding. Return backers include New Enterprise Associates, Lightspeed Ventures, Sigma Partners and Walden International. www.leydonenergy.com
  • OLO, a New York-based online and mobile ordering platform for restaurants, has raised $5 million in Series B funding. PayPal was joined by return backers Core Capital Partners, RRE Ventures and David Frankel. www.olo.com
  • ParkMe, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based provider of database and analytics software for parking locations and availability, has raised an undisclosed amount of new VC funding. Angeleno Group led the round, and was joined by return backers Fontinalis Partners and IDG Ventures. www.parkme.com
  • Recondo Technology, a Greenwood Village, Colo.-based developer of healthcare payment processing software, has raised $20 million in growth equity funding from Bregal Sagemount.www.recondotech.com
  • ReliOn, a Spokane, Wash.-based provider of fuel cell solutions for backup power and grid-support applications, has raised an undisclosed amount of strategic equity funding from Cummins Inc.(NYSE:CMI). www.relion-inc.com
  • Solegear Bioplastics Inc., a Vancouver-based developer of bioplastic technologies, has raised an undisclosed amount of strategic funding from Best Buy Capital. The company previously raised Series A funding from Yaletown Venture Partners. www.solegear.ca
  • Tradeshift, a London-based social network for businesses, has raised an undisclosed amount of strategic funding from Intuit. The company previously raised around $24 million from Notion Capital, Ru-Net Holdings and Kite Ventures. www.tradeshift.com
  • True Office, a New York-based company that gamifies regulatory and compliance, has raised $3 million in Series A funding. Backers included Rho Ventures, the Partnership for New York City Fund and Contour Venture Partners. www.trueoffice.com
  • Wercker, a Dutch developer of cloud-based continuous delivery solutions, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding. Shamrock Ventures led the round, and was joined by Greylock Partners and Vitulum Ventures. www.wercker.com
  • WizIQ, a provider of SaaS-based virtual classroom software for teachers, has raised $4 million in Series B funding led by Kaizen, an India-based private equity fund focused on the education sector. Bertelsmann also participated. www.wiziq.com

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