MassVentures’ Companies Muzzy Lane, Vsnap and uTest Take Home Prestigious 2013 MassTLC Leadership Awards

Three MassVentures’s companies, Muzzy Lane, Vsnap and uTEST each received an award at the Mass Technology Leadership Council‘s prestigious leadership awards ceremony earlier this month. In front of a crowd of more than 700 technology executives, the companies took home some of the night’s most honored awards. The finalists for the 2013 MassTLC Leadership Awards program were chosen from almost 300 submissions for their exemplary leadership and excellence in the Massachusetts technology community.

Muzzy Lane: Winner of the Innovative Technology of the Year – Ed Tech award, Muzzy Lane’s Government in Actionis an award-winning educational game where students role play a member of Congress as a way of exploring American Government. Based in Newburyport, MA, Muzzy Lane was funded through the MassVentures’ START program.

Vsnap: Winner of the Innovative Technology of the Year – Sales & Marketing, Vsnap provides a more personal alternative to email, allowing for fast, easy B2B and B2C video messaging to engage with clients on a more personal level, drive customer action, increase customer advocacy and decrease churn.

uTestWinner of one of the night’s biggest awards, uTest received the Private Company of the Year award. uTest is the world’s largest marketplace for software testing services with 80,000+ QA professionals from more than 190 countries.In the past year, uTest has increased its headcount by more than 50% while growing revenue by 225%. Its launch of Applause, an application analytics tool that crawls some 70 million reviews of more than one million apps, has gained wide acclaim as a premier rating index for the apps economy.

“The community came out in full force to celebrate an all-star line-up of finalists and winners,” said Tom Hopcroft, President and CEO of MassTLC. “The depth and breadth of technology innovation on exhibit is a testament to the caliber of the Massachusetts ecosystem. This year’s winners are the driving force in our economy and deserve our accolades and praise.”

In addition, Matt Johnson, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at uTest was nominated for Emerging Executive of the Year and another MassVentures portfolio company, Harvest Automation, was nominated for Innovative Technology of the Year – Robotics. It was commendable to have them recognized in such a competitive environment.

“The nominees and award winners should all be applauded for their excellent work in the industry. The fields were competitive and having three MassVentures’ companies receive awards and two additional nominations, demonstrates MassVentures’ and the Commonwealth’s commitment to the technology industry,” said Jerry Bird, President of MassVentures. “We look forward to continuing to support the excellent teams at uTest, Vsnap and Muzzy Lane and watching them grow and prosper. Congratulations to all the winners!”