10 Clark County Tech Firms you’ve never heard of

There are over 340 technology companies in Clark County employing 8,800 workers. While many are established brands like Hewlett-Packard and Sharp, many are lesser-known local startups that are working hard, growing fast and gaining regional and national attention among their industry peers.

Over the weekend, The Columbian profiled 10 tech firms that you’ve never heard of and they were right.

  1. ClearAccess – Works with small telecom companies to manage digital home networks. Using the company’s clear vision auto-configuration server, utilities that provide broadband Internet can remotely access a customer’s home networking device.
  2. Avatron Software Inc. – Develops iPhone applications. Its Air Sharing app, which can send files wirelessly between an iPhone and a computer, took off after the company gave away the first 1 million downloads. Sales spiked again when the app was featured in a full-page Apple advertisement in the Wall Street Journal.
  3. MapWith.UsCreates customized online maps for businesses and publishers that can be updated on the go with a mobile phone application. The social media startup was founded last year by Washington State University engineering professor Orest Pilskalns and employs seven former WSU Vancouver students.
  4. FormosDevelops customized enterprise software and Web applications for businesses. It was founded in 2002 and has 35 employees in Vancouver.
  5. Evosus Solutions Inc. – Provides information technology consulting services to small- and medium-size businesses. President Patrick Gagnon has worked in IT for US Bank, Nautilus Corp. and Pacificorp.
  6. iCooper Inc.Based in Washougal, developed the “mobile warrior platform” that gives businesses the capability to create custom iPhone applications without writing a single line of code. 
  7. HatchableThis business is a new startup of Dotster founder George DeCarlo to launch Web applications. His first ventures include iAte.com, which uses Twitter to track and rate a city’s most popular restaurants, and FreeAppAlert.com, which alerts iPhone users when a paid app becomes free.
  8. Keyframe Video/Spyker Media – Soon to be renamed Spyker Media, this production company creates online “branded entertainment” videos and Internet television programming for businesses. It works with video server providers to create corporate video Web sites that work like a private YouTube.
  9. Data Data Inc. – The company develops algorithms to improve document classification and information extraction from images of public records documents. For instance, it mines the data from county assessors to create customized market reports for title companies.
  10. Identification International – Founded by former InFocus CEO Steve Hix, a Camas resident, the company makes biometric security equipment, including lightweight digital fingerprint scanners. It’s headquartered in Virginia but operates a West Coast office in Vancouver.