Red Herring has announced the winners for its annual Top 100 North America Awards and included on their list is not one, but two, Vancouver companies.
The Top 100 North America has become not only a springboard for some of tech’s biggest names, but a valued and trusted tool for venture capitalists, experts and analysts predicting trends at the industry’s sharpest edge.
Red Herring’s editorial team chose the winners during a months-long process that takes into account criteria including disruptive impact, proof of concept, financial performance, market footprint and quality of management.
Vancouver’s Damon Motorcycles and East Side Games were singled out as two of North America’s tech elite.
Built in Vancouver and founded by serial entrepreneurs Jay Giraud and Dominique Kwong, Damon Motorcycles is a two-wheel technology company that employs radical innovations in sensor fusion, robotics and AI to expand the reach of a rider’s senses in 360º and deliver enhanced situational awareness. Damon raised $3 million earlier this year and acquired the intellectual property of Mission Motors.
East Side Games (ESG) is a leading publisher and developer of mobile games. Founded in 2011 by game industry veterans, it has created chart topping hits for top Hollywood brands as well as Canadian superstars The Trailer Park Boys. ESG was acquired by LEAF for $150 million last month in a reverse takeover to take the company public.
Red Herring’s editors have been evaluating the world’s startups and tech companies for over two decades, giving them the ability to see through the industry’s hype, and select companies that will continue on a trajectory to success. Brands such as Alibaba, Google, Kakao, Skype, Spotify, Twitter and YouTube have all been singled out in Red Herring’s storied history.
Winners were selected from thousands of entrants and whittled down to hundreds that presented their companies at the virtual conference on November 17th and 18th.