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Rocket Builders Names Top 25 Technology Companies to the 2010 ‘Ready to Rocket 25’ List

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Rocket Builders Names Top 25 Technology Companies to
the 2010 ‘Ready to Rocket 25’ List

Annual list highlights technology trends and those private BC companies
positioned for high growth potential in 2010
VANCOUVER, BC – January 26, 2010 –
Rocket Builders today released its eighth annual ‘Ready to Rocket 25’ list
naming 25 privately held BC companies that are best positioned
to capitalize on the 2010 technology sector trends that will lead them to
faster growth than their peers.
The annual ‘Ready to Rocket 25’ list provides accurate predictions of
companies that will likely experience significant revenue growth, venture
capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year. The
‘Ready to Rocket 25’ list is the only predictive list of its kind in North
The Ready to Rocket list is viewed by investors from around the world.
According to Kevin Cable, an Executive Vice President with Seattle-based
Cascadia Capital, “When a BC company hits my radar I check to see if they
are on the Ready to Rocket list. It helps me understand if they are a
company I should get to know
There are 19 companies on the 2010 list that repeat as “Ready to Rocket”
recipients. The 6 new companies to appear on the “Ready to Rocket” list
• MetroLeap Media
• Axia Software Corporation
• Clevest Solutions Inc
• Advanced Ecommerce Research Systems (AERS)
• Conasys Consumer Assurance Systems Inc
• Pulse Energy, Inc
Each year, Rocket Builders does many man months of investigation into
market trends and companies to refine its selection criteria. For 2010, much
attention was spent on identifying industry sectors where the economy will
recover more quickly while also identifying solutions where customer
demand is more urgent.
In the past we have observed how trends like Software-as-a-Service or
new wireless technologies like the BlackBerry had driven growth of B.C.
said Geoffrey Hansen, Managing Partner at Rocket Builders.
For the coming year, we are predicting a big impact for Smart Grid
technology. We’ve already observed increased Venture Capital interest,
including a recent large financing of B.C.’s Tantalus Systems.

MetroLeap, Axia, Clevest and AERS are past recipients of “Emerging
Rocket” recognition, a list that identifies pre-growth companies with high
likelihood of acquiring investment and customers to position themselves
for future selection as “Ready to Rocket” companies.
Today, Rocket Builders is also publishing its 2010 lists of “Emerging
Rockets” and highlights companies across 4 areas of technology:
• BioTech & HealthTech
• CleanTech
• Information Technology and Communications (ICT)
• Internet, Wireless and New Media
According to Dave Thomas, Senior Partner at Rocket Builders, “B.C. has
strong clusters of emerging technology companies that are attractive to
investors. At this year’s Canadian Financing Forum in Vancouver later this
week, attendees have indicated increased interest in early stage investing
in B.C. companies
Ready to Rocket 2010 List

  • Advanced Ecommerce Research Systems
  • Antarctica Digital Marketing Ltd.
  • Aquatic Informatics Inc.
  • Avigilon Corporation
  • Axia Software Corporation
  • Bycast Inc.
  • Carbonetworks Corporation
  • Clevest Solutions Inc
  • Colligo Networks Inc.
  • Conasys Consumer Assurance Systems Inc
  • Contigo Systems Inc.
  • Digital Payment Technologies
  • Fit Brains (Vivity Labs Inc)
  • GenoLogics Life Science Software Inc.
  • Guard RFID Solutions
  • In Motion Technology
  • Inetco Systems
  • MetroLeap Media
  • Pulse Energy, Inc
  • RX Networks Inc.
  • Sempa Power Systems Ltd.
  • Tantalus Systems Corporation
  • TenDigits Software Inc.
  • Teradici Corporation
  • Vivonet Inc

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Rocket Builders Reveals Success of the 2009 ‘Ready to Rocket 25’ List

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Rocket Builders Reveals Success of the 2009 ‘Ready to Rocket 25’ List
Despite challenging economic conditions, companies on 2009 Ready to
Rocket List have breakthrough growth and drive employment
VANCOUVER, BC – January 26, 2010 –
Each year, Rocket Builders releases a report card of the previous year’s
Ready to Rocket list in conjunction with the announcement of the next
year’s Ready to Rocket list.
Companies on the 2009 list far exceeded the performance of the economy
and the technology sector as a whole (which grew at close to 3% to 4% last
“The average growth rate across the 25 companies on our list was 75%
revenue growth with 9 companies more than doubling their 2008 revenue
performance.” said Geoffrey Hansen, Managing Partner at Rocket Builders.
“Equally impressive was the 900 employees employed by these companies
and the 11% average headcount growth representing new jobs created
despite the slow economy.”
This data is consistent with economic forecasts predicting “small
businesses” as they key drivers of new jobs in the current economy.
Many economists are reporting an “asymmetric recovery” for the economy,
meaning that some industry sectors will recover much sooner than others.
“With many of the Ready to Rocket companies being vertically focused, we
observe their growth to vary across industry focus” said Reg Nordman,
Managing Partner at Rocket Builders, “We noted that some companies saw
good quarters all through 2009, while others saw increasing performance
in the latter part of the year. In fact, some companies observed record lows
and highs for their recent company history within the 2009 year.”
Another positive performance indicator was the financial positions and
investment and acquisition activity observed:

  • Neoteric was acquired by a US company in April of 2009
  • 10 of the 25 companies received significant investment capital in 2009
  • many companies reported a record quarter in the 4th quarter of the 2009 calendar year
  • many companies that did not receive investment are operating as profitable companies

For details on the ‘Ready to Rocket 25” list and the “Emerging Rockets”
lists, please visit

About Ready to Rocket
Ready to Rocket is a unique business recognition list that profiles
technology companies with the greatest potential for revenue growth. Each
year, based on analysis of trends that will drive growth in the technology
sector, Rocket Builders identifies twenty-five (25) private companies that
are best positioned to capitalize on the trends for growth.

This selection methodology has been an accurate predictor of growth with “Ready to
Rocket” companies exceeding the industry growth rate. Also, many of
these companies raise investment capital and each year many of the
profiled “Ready to Rocket’ companies are acquired.

“Ready to Rocket” is a trademark of Rocket Builders, a respected management consulting firm
servicing the technology industry. To qualify for the ‘Ready to Rocket 25’
list, companies must have a fully commercialized technology and some
customer traction with their products. Potential candidates for the list are
then mapped against the key trends identified by Rocket Builders
About Rocket Builders
Rocket Builders is a management consulting firm providing sales and
marketing services. With a focus on helping technology companies to grow
and prosper, Rocket Builders has a proven track record of success with its
clients. Since 2000, we have been engaged in market research, market
planning, business development initiatives, strategic selling, and product
launches for over 200 organizations.

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