G2 Crowd

G2 is a peer-to-peer review site headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. It was known as G2 Labs, Inc. until 2013. The company was launched in May 2012 by former BigMachines employees, with a focus on aggregating user reviews for business software. Competitors of similar peer review sites include TrustRadius, SoftwareReviews, Inc. Capterra and GetApp. Platform users can review the products they use. To encourage reviewers to participate, some users are compensated by G2 Crowd with gift cards, contest rewards and reputation points on the website. G2 Crowd attempts to identify fraudulent user reviews through an algorithm that identifies employees at companies reviewing their own products and employees at companies reviewing their competitor's product. In addition, reviews are manually screened and voted on by the community to discourage spam and unhelpful comments. G2 Crowd requests screenshots of the reviewer using the product for verification purposes. Information from reviews is aggregated to score business software products on The GridSM, which acts as a competitor to Gartner’s magic quadrant review model.

Satisfaction and market presence ratings are generated based on product reviews and market presence data, which are used to plot products onto a quadrant. The four quadrants in a G2 Crowd Grid are Leaders, High Performers and Niche; the reviews submitted to G2 Crowd are available for public consumption. An individual researching software can build their profile and filter information provided by reviewers similar to themselves based on company size, user role and user industry. In 2012 five former employees of BigMachines – Tim Handorf, Godard Abel, Matt Gorniak, Mark Myers and Mike Wheeler – founded G2 Crowd, with Abel serving as president; when Abel left to continue building Steelbrick with Salesforce, Handorf took over as CEO, a role he continues in today. A beta version of the review site launched in December 2012, with several thousand users testing the service before its full launch in 2013. In early 2018, G2 Crowd Cofounders Godard Abel and Matt Gorniak returned to the company after a brief period building Salesforce acquired Steelbrick CPQ.

In 2014, G2 Crowd raised $2.3 million in seed funding from investors, including Chicago Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Andrew Filipowski, Greg Jones, founding CEO of uBid. In 2015, G2 Crowd raised an additional $7 million in Series A funding led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital. Investors included 2014’s contributors in addition to co-founder Godard Abel, Thomas Lehrman and Scott Dorsey. G2 Crowd announced. In 2017, G2 Crowd secured a $30 million Series B, led by VC Accel with participation from LinkedIn and the company's founders; the funds are being used to help the company expand into services. In December 2015, G2 Crowd surpassed 50,000 verified-user product reviews, more than 28,000 of which were submitted that year; the firm reported that more than 3,000 reviews were submitted per month on average. In January 2016, G2 Crowd reported more than 400,000 sessions per month, includes more than 400 product categories. In September 2016, G2 Crowd reached more than 100,000 reviews. G2 Crowd has been nominated for and earned a number of awards since its founding for its growth and culture.

Top 100 nominee Chicago Innovation Award Top 100 Small Business Influencer Award 50 on Fire Award nominee Coolest Companies nominee G2 Crowd hires ex-IDC analyst Mike Fauscette as head of research 50 on Fire Award nominee No. 179 Fastest Growing Company Official website

Ambiguity (album)

Ambiguity is the third album by German metal band Brainstorm. Franck on vocals. All songs written and arranged by Brainstorm, all lyrics by Andy B. Franck. "Crush Depth" – 6:06 "Tear Down the Walls" – 3:54 "Beyond My Destiny" – 8:41 "Arena" – 3:53 "Coming Closer" – 5:52 "Darkest Silence" – 0:54 "Maharaja Palace" – 5:27 "Far Away" – 5:47 "Revenant" - 4:44 "Demonsion" – 6:36 "Lost Unseen" – 6:14 "Perception of Life" – 4:27 Andy B. Franck - lead and backing vocals Torsten Ihlenfeld - guitar and backing vocals, engineer Milan Loncaric - guitar and backing vocals Andreas Mailänder - bass Dieter Bernert - drumsAdditional musicians Michael'Miro' Rodenberg - keyboardsProduction Dirk Schlächter - producer, backing vocals Sascha Paeth - mixing, mastering