I’m excited to announce that Baynote has been recognized by OnMedia as a top private company. The 100 companies selected this year represent the most forward-thinking companies in their respective industries, each pushing the envelope by bringing forward innovative ideas and taking on new challenges to improve the customer experience.

Truly, the opportunity has never been better for online retailers to understand their customers and personalize accordingly, so it was fitting the #1 company in the line-up was Pinterest, the virtual pin board that has recently ignited a media frenzy. According to the Wall Street Journal , traffic to Pinterest’s website has grown tenfold over the past six months – in fact, in January Pinterest had almost a third of the number of Twitter’s unique visitors. We’re following the Pinterest phenomenon very closely because we believe it represents the very beginning of what opportunities exist for retailers as curated content intersects with the social graph. We’re also pleased to be recognized alongside other leaders selected this year, including Square, foursquare, Twitter, Tumblr, Quora, Gilt Groupe, Living Social, and Baynote partners CrowdFactory and Monetate.

We can’t wait to see how the technology landscape continues to grow and evolve – likely with continued innovation from OnMedia winners. We’re excited to see the innovation and big ideas that this year’s winners have brought to the table – the opportunities have never been bigger and the future never brighter. Congratulations again to all of the 2012 winners, we’re impressed and thrilled to be in such great company.