CEO of VerticalResponse, Inc. Janine Popick Wins Stevie® Award for Best Entrepreneur of the Year

Bay Area’s Fastest Growing Email Marketing Service Provider also Named Finalist in Three Additional Categories for the 5th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Stevie Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 17, 2008 – VerticalResponse, Inc. the leading provider of self-service email marketing, direct mail solutions and survey tools, took home the Award for "Best Entrepreneur of the Year" from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business on Friday, November 14. Presented by Infinity, the 2008 Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the companies they run. The awards are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards, hailed as "the business world’s own Oscars" (New York Post, April 27, 2005).

In winning the Stevie, VerticalResponse was up against other finalists including CEO Saskia Stick from International Checkout, CEO Deborah Theobald from Vecna Technologies, and Dr. Mary Wu from Wu Consulting.

"It’s an honor to be recognized for VerticalResponse, and is especially touching this year as we cycle back into the type of economic climate in which I launched the company almost 8 years ago," said Popick, accepting the award. “I hope VerticalResponse’s success can continue to inspire other small businesses, and my team. I couldn’t have done it without them, or without our customers, who continue to recommend us to friends and colleagues to help us grow"

Stevie Awards were handed out in categories including Best Entrepreneur, Best Executive, Lifetime Achievement, and Women Helping Women at the gala event at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York on November 14. More than 1,200 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.

The Stevies is the second organization this year to recognize Popick for her excellence as an entrepreneur. Recently, she was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist

In addition to winning the Stevie Award for Best Entrepreneur of the Year, VerticalResponse was named finalist in three other categories, including: Best Overall Company of the Year – Service Businesses – up to 100 Employees; Community Involvement Program of the Year; and Fastest-Growing Company of the Year."

"Being named a Winner in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an important achievement," said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. "It means that independent business executives have agreed that Janine has exemplified superior entrepreneurism. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition."

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are governed by a Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors that features many leading women entrepreneurs and luminaries in business. Members of the Awards’ Board selected Stevie winners from among the finalists.  Finalists were chosen by business professional worldwide during the preliminary judging period.

This latest recognition joins the growing list of VerticalResponse’s accomplishments over the past year, which has most recently included:

  • Named Finalist in the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in the "Emerging Growth" category
  • Named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for being one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America as well as Fast 50 in Silicon Valley
  • Won 2008 Web Marketing Award for Outstanding Achievement in Website,Development, and received a Small Business Standard of Excellence Award
  • Ranked No. 1,188 on the 2008 Inc. 5,000
  • Ranked #22 on the 2008 San Francisco Business Times' list of Best Places to Work in the Bay Area
  • Named Finalist in the 2008 CODiE Awards for Best Communication Solution and Best Corporate Blog
  • Ranked # 22 on the 2007 San Francisco Business Times List of "Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area"

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists and Stevie Award winners are available at

About VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse, Inc. ( is a leading provider of self-service email marketing and direct mail services empowering businesses of all sizes to create, manage and analyze their own direct marketing campaigns. VerticalResponse’s flagship product, which allows customers to deliver sophisticated yet easily deployed email campaigns, is the most intuitive and affordable Web-based direct marketing solution available. VerticalResponse is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For additional information, please visit

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Selling Power Sales Excellence Awards.  Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about The Stevie Awards at

Presenting sponsor of the 2008 Stevie Awards for Women in Business is Infiniti. Supporting sponsor is JetBlue. Media sponsor is Pink magazine. The Business TalkRadio Network broadcast the ceremonies live nationwide.


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