DataSphere Technologies President and Chief Executive Officer Satbir Khanuja Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Pacific Northwest Award Finalist

 

Bellevue, WA May 5th, 2010 – DataSphere Technologies today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Satbir Khanuja is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Pacific Northwest Award finalist. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Satbir Khanuja was selected as a finalist from nearly 90 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 10, 2011 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers.  

DataSphere Technologies is the leading provider of online neighborhood news and advertising in the US. DataSphere works with major media companies such as Gannett, Raycom, Fisher and Local TV to provide up-to-date information about what’s happening in thousands of neighborhoods in more than 70 cities covering almost half of the US population. DataSphere has been growing explosively, adding over 300 new staff members and increasing revenue by more than 3X in the last 12 months. “This is an amazing honor for DataSphere”, says Khanuja. “The company has grown tremendously and it has truly been a team effort to get to where we are today. We are continually obsessed with delivering value to customers and fostering a culture that is all about working hard, having fun and making a huge impact.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, which will be held November 9–13, 2011.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor.

In the Pacific Northwest, regional sponsors include Union Bank, ADP, The Big Picture, Seattle Business and Scherzer International.

About DataSphere Technologies

DataSphere Technologies, Inc. (www.DataSphere.com) is the leading web technology and hyperlocal ad sales company focused on generating online profits for media companies covering almost 40% of the US population, including Gannett, Raycom Media, LocalTV LLC, Fisher Communications and Hubbard Broadcasting. DataSphere offers a range of turnkey solutions to rapidly improve website monetization and visitor experience with minimal investment of time and money. DataSphere’s solutions also incorporate broadcast TV content and process knowledge provided by its strategic partner Fisher Communications. The company is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, USA and led by a team of Internet veterans with backgrounds from Amazon.com, IMDb, Microsoft, RealNetworks and AltaVista.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

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