updated 5/18/2011 10:17:36 AM ET 2011-05-18T14:17:36

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FierceWireless ( http://www.fiercewireless.com ) today announced its annual "Fierce 15" list of the top privately held wireless companies of 2011. This year's winners are young, cutting-edge businesses whose innovative wireless technologies and applications are redefining the industry. One firm provides analytics to help operators better understand the growing amount of data that flows over their network, while another has developed a location-based shopping app that is quickly gaining traction with retailers.

FierceWireless, an internationally recognized email newsletter for the wireless industry, evaluated numerous privately-held firms based on the quality of their products and services, the strength of their management teams and their potential for changing the wireless industry. The Fierce 15 companies were evaluated and selected by FierceWireless' team of wireless-savvy editors—Sue Marek, Mike Dano, and Phil Goldstein.

"We carefully evaluate hundreds of emerging companies every year looking for firms that we think are worthy of the Fierce 15 designation," said Sue Marek, Editor-in-Chief of FierceMarkets' Wireless Group. "We have picked every company for its potential to have a profound impact on the industry and wireless consumers."

The "Fierce 15" celebrates the spirit of being "fierce" - championing innovation and creativity, even in the face of intense competition. A profile of each of the "Fierce 15" companies is available on the FierceWireless Web site at: http://www.fiercewireless.com/special-reports/wireless-startups-fiercewireless-fierce-15-2011

The 2011 Fierce 15 winners are:

1.  AppStoreHQ (Seattle, WA)
2.  Audience (Mountain View, CA)
3.  Axis (Atlanta, GA)  
4.  Contextream: Santa Clara, Calif.
5.  Discretix (Santa Clara, CA)  
6.  Dropbox (San Francisco,CA)
7.  Flipboard (Palo Alto, CA)  
8.  Great Connection (San Diego, CA)
9.  Neuralitic systems (Montreal, Canada)
10. Ortiva (La Jolla, CA)  
11. Rajant (Malvern, PA)  
12. Sencha (Palo Alto, CA)  
13. Shopkci (Palo Alto, CA)  
14. Squrae (San Francisco, CA)  
15. Zaarly (San Francisco, CA)  

About FierceMarkets

FierceMarkets, a leader in B2B e-media, provides information and marketing services in the Telecommunications, Life Sciences, Healthcare, IT, and Finance industries through its portfolio of e-mail newsletters, Web sites, webinars, and live events. Every business day, FierceMarkets' wide array of publications reaches more than 1,000,000 executives in over 100 countries. Current publications include: Telecom: FierceBroadbandWireless; FierceCable; FierceDeveloper; FierceIPTV; FierceMobileContent; FierceTelecom; FierceOnlineVideo; FierceVoIP; FierceWireless; FierceWireless:Europe. Healthcare: FierceEMR; FierceHealthcare; FierceHealthIT; FierceHealthFinance; FierceHealthPayer; FierceMobileHealthcare; FiercePracticeManagement; Hospital Impact. LifeSciences: FierceBiomarkers; FierceBiotech; FierceBiotech Research; FierceBiotechIT; FierceDrugDelivery; FierceMedicalDevices; FiercePharma; FiercePharma Manufacturing; and FierceVaccines. Energy: FierceEnergy; FierceSmartgrid. Enterprise IT: FierceCIO; FierceCIO:TechWatch; FierceContentManagement; FierceMobileIT. Finance: FierceComplianceIT; FierceFinance; FierceFinanceIT; Government: FierceGovernment; FierceGovernmentIT; FierceHomelandSecurity.

FierceMarkets was acquired in January 2008 by Questex Media Group ( www.questex.com ), a global diversified b-to-b media provider headquartered in Newton, Mass.

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