OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards get downright webby for 2009

Usually when it comes to entrepreneurial awards in the Silicon Forest, I do my best to cheer for the Web, open source, and mobile startups who receive nominations. And then I usually wind up crying in my beer when the awards are handed to apparel and biotech startups.

But not this year, my friend. Oh no. This time around the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards recognized three Web types with awards: Ray King of AboutUs, Jama Software, and Monsoon. All Portland-based, respectively.

“OEN celebrates the recipients of this year’s awards who have all been successful because of their business strategy, the strength of their executive teams, and support for the communities in which they work and live,” said Linda Weston, executive director of OEN in a press release. “We applaud all the companies that participated in the 16th Annual OEN Tom Holce Awards for Entrepreneurship. They are all winners.”

So now that you know who won and why they won, how about I tell you what recognition they won? Sound good? Good. Here we go:

  • Ray won the 2009 OEN Entrepreneurship Award for Individual Achievement
  • Jama won the 2009 OEN Development Stage Company of the Year
  • Monsoon won the 2009 OEN Working Capital Company of the Year

Now you probably know AboutUs. But you might not be as familiar with the other two.

Jama Software makes Contour, an easy–to–use, web-based software that helps companies collaborate together and manage the product development requirements during the entire evolution of a product, from idea to execution.

Monsoon provides a powerful, scalable online marketplace selling solution. Key to the company’s success is the dynamic pricing engine that was named the 2009 Winner of the Star Developer Award by eBay.

Congratulations to all of those who were nominated and, of course, to the winners. It’s great to see some of the Web entrepreneurs in town getting the recognition they so richly deserve.

For more information on the awards, visit the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN).


  1. Thanks Rick for the good vibes.

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