July 21, 2010

AlwaysOn, the leading producer of world-class conferences for venture investors and entrepreneurs of emerging private companies, today announced the winners of the AlwaysOn Global 250, the premier list of the top emerging private companies that are creating new business opportunities in the global technology industries. The overall winner is SecondMarket, the largest centralized marketplace and auction platform for illiquid assets.

The AlwaysOn Global 250 has a proven track record of predicting the companies that will represent the biggest business investment and deals over the next 12 months. The 2010 list categories winners are OpSource (Cloud and Infrastructure), GroupOn (Consumer Internet), FreeWheel (Digital Media), Bloom Energy (Greentech) and Appirio (SaaS and Enterprise.) SecondMarket is also winner in the category of Enabling Tools and Devices.

The companies selected for the AlwaysOn Global 250 represent the top private companies that are demonstrating significant market traction and pursuing game-changing technology in Cloud and Infrastructure, Consumer Internet, Digital Education, Digital Media, Enabling Tools and Devices, Greentech, and SaaS and Enterprise. The list is selected by AlwaysOn editors in collaboration with partners at Manatt, Morgan Stanley, the Blackstone Group, KPMG, Silicon Valley Bank, Sonnenschein, and Bridge Bank, as well as industry experts across the globe. Judges recognize honorees based on market opportunity, nature of innovation, media buzz and awareness, commercialization and ability to create stakeholder value.

“After examining the companies that are on the AO Global 250 list, it’s obvious that innovation is not only alive and well in the Global Silicon Valley, it’s accelerating in economic power and scope,” says Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. “The companies certainly represent some of the highest-growth opportunities in the private company marketplace.”

All of the winners of the AlwaysOn Global 250 will be celebrated at annual “Summit at Stanford” conference, to be held July 27-29 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. This two-and-a-half-day executive gathering is designed to identify the most promising entrepreneurial opportunities and investments in the global tech industry. AlwaysOn and Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) “Summit at Stanford” features the most innovative companies, eminent technologists, influential investors and journalists in keynote presentations, panel debates and private company CEO showcases.