RingCentral’s CEO and Founder Vlad Shmunis Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Semifinalist in Northern California
San Mateo, Calif. April 11, 2013 – Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Vlad Shmunis, CEO and founder of RingCentral, Inc., a leading cloud business communications provider, was named a semifinalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 program in the Northern California region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Finalists will be named in May, with awards being presented at a special gala on June 22nd at the Fairmont San Francisco.
“It’s an honor to be selected as a semifinalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California,” said Vlad Shmunis, CEO and founder of RingCentral. “As an entrepreneur, my mission has been to lower the barriers to starting a business by making business communication solutions more accessible to companies of all sizes.”
Now in its 27th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In Northern California, sponsors include Goodwin Procter, Littler, RoseRyan, Scherzer International, Smart Business Network, Inc., and The Big Picture.
RingCentral is a leading provider of cloud business phone systems designed for today's mobile and distributed workforce. By combining a hosted, multi-extension business phone system with advanced voice and fax functionality, RingCentral delivers ease of use, flexibility and mobility, which cannot be provided by complex and expensive on-premise legacy phone systems. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, RingCentral is privately held with backing from Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, Cisco, Scale Ventures, and DAG Ventures. For more information on RingCentral products call 1-877-268-2403 or visit www.ringcentral.com.
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.
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