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San Diego, Calif — Red Herring today announced its Top 100 North America award winners in recognition of the leading private companies from the region, celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

WhoKnows is the first smart enterprise network that offers a private expertise and referral network for any organization. WhoKnows automatically build a relationship graph and expertise profile for every employee using the work already being done online. Then WhoKnows will contextually recommend any colleague that can introduce you or help you right at the point of need in any CRM, web app, or search engine. WhoKnows is the only solution that can comprehensively unlock your tacit knowledge and relationships to accelerate your sales, innovation, and cross-company collaboration.

Red Herring Top 100 America enlists outstanding entrepreneurs and promising companies. It selects the award winners from approximately 1,200 privately financed companies each year in the US and Canada. Since 1996, Red Herring has kept tabs on these up-and-comers. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype,, YouTube, Palo Alto Networks and eBay would change the way we live and work.

“In 2015, selecting the top achievers was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “In fact, we had the toughest time in years because so many entrepreneurs had crossed significant milestones so early. But after much thought, rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across North America to the North America winners. We believe WhoKnows embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. WhoKnows should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong.”

“We are honored to an award winner of Red Herring’s Top 100,” said Chris Macomber, CEO of WhoKnows. “The future of smart enterprise applications is just beginning, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation and intellectual property, DNA of the founders, business model, customer footprint and addressable market. A review of the track record and standing of startups relative to their sector peers, allowed Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in North America, complement this assessment of potential.

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