The 2015 Tech Impact Awards: Mobile



Location: Bellevue | Employees: 170

Which cellular network is the fastest? Which most reliable? These are the questions RootMetrics answers in the fierce competition among carriers.

Mobile operators in the United States and United Kingdom soberly await the twice-yearly independent performance measures by the Bellevue-headquartered leader in wireless network analytics, especially as the broad results by city are available to consumers and press.

RootMetrics’ big innovation is providing iPhone and Android users a free app that tests how well the signal at the current location is performing and, similar to traffic crowdsourcing programs like Waze, where a faster one is available nearby. Those results contribute to RootMetrics’ data, so its analyses can more directly reflect what consumers really encounter.

These true-to-experience results are what carriers find valuable enough to pay for RootMetrics’ more detailed performance reports, to help them better identify trouble spots in their infrastructure and resolve them, pushing the cellular network providers to higher standards.

The industry’s increasing reliance on RootMetrics’ reviews prompted Colorado-based telecom and analytics firm IHS to acquire the company in April. 


Location: Bellevue | Employees: 105

Point Inside helps answer a shopper’s two chief questions, “Do you have it?” and “Where can I find it?” Top retailers like Target and Lowe’s Home Improvement integrate the company’s StoreMode platform into their mobile apps for interactive in-store maps, search and offers, while helping stores optimize sales and inventory forecasting. Last year, its platform received three billion shopper interactions from more than 100 million devices, and revenues has grown more than 150 percent each of the past five years. 


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Longtime friends Kate Isler and Susan Gates encourage consumers to shop with purpose