MTLC Awards Give Nods to Cleantech, Gaming, and Inkless Printing

10/24/08

The Mass Technology Leadership Council gave nods to cleantech and gaming investors, inkless printing technology, and Web innovators with its 2008 Mass Technology Leadership Awards, according to the industry group. Over the last year or so, Xconomy has written stories that capture many of these award-winning accomplishments. Here’s a complete list of this year’s winners with links to those tidbits from our archive:

Commonwealth Award — MIT

Yep, there’s no doubt that MIT is a centerpiece of the Massachusetts innovation economy. We’ve got about 150 stories’ worth of clues about why the technology powerhouse nabbed this award.

Emerging Innovative Company of the Year — Zink Imaging

Wade profiled this Bedford, MA-based firm and its inkless printing technology, which has its roots in Polaroid. Polaroid’s new PoGo printer, which uses the Zink technology, launched this summer.

Company of the Year — Constant Contact

It’s no surprise to see that Waltham, MA-based online marketing firm Constant Contact (NASDAQ:CTCT) has won this award. The company’s $107 million initial public offering last year seems like a reminder of a bygone era, given the current chaos on Wall Street.

Public Sector Organization of the Year — UMass Online

UMass Online has advanced the University of Massachusetts’ online education and distance-learning programs since launched in 2001. The organization says its online system supports nearly 80 degree programs and more than 1,500 courses a year — which sounds like an awful lot to me, and it beats taking the bus.

And the technology leadership awards for individuals go to…

Commonwealth Award — Paul Maeder

Maeder, a general partner at Highland Capital Partners, is leading efforts at the venture firm’s Lexington, MA office to invest in energy. Bob wrote earlier this year about how Maeder is recharging the firm’s focus on energy investments after a three-year hiatus from the sector.

Innovator of the Year — Paul Graham

Like MIT, Graham and his early stage investment firm Y Combinator get a lot of ink in Xconomy. Here’s one of our more popular stories on Y Combinator, which Bob wrote this summer.

CEO of the Year — Robert Keane

Keane is the founder and obviously chief executive of VistaPrint (NASDAQ:VPRT), a Bermuda-based online provider of marketing products for small businesses with offices in Lexington and elsewhere around the world. Here’s Keane’s biography.

CIO of the Year — Rebecca Rhoads

Rhoads has the huge responsibility for the information technology backbone of Waltham, MA-based aerospace and defense company Raytheon (NYSE:RTN).

CTO of the Year — Paul English

English is in charge of technology at Norwalk, CT-based Kayak.com, which provides a search engine that enables people with travel bugs to scour more than 140 vacation and travel sites for the best deals.

CXO of the Year — Jon Pilkington

Pilkington is the vice president of marketing for semantic Web firm Metatomix, of Dedham, MA, which Wade wrote about with some rich historical context earlier this year.

Investors of the Year — Jim Matheson and John Simon

Matheson, a partner of Cambridge, MA, VC firm Flagship Ventures, has also increased his focus on the hot clean energy area. Here’s the first of a series of posts he wrote for Xconomy during a clean energy fact-finding and information sharing mission in the U.K. this summer.

Simon, a managing director and co-founder of General Catalyst Partners, is a veteran entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He has lead Cambridge, MA-based General Catalyst’s investment in Seattle-based casual gaming firm Big Fish Games, which hooked an $83.3 million round of venture capital announced last month.

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