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Alan S. Knitowski recognized among top CEOs in technology industry, including inclusion as #1 ranked CEO in Austin

Austin, TX [June 14, 2017] – Phunware, an enterprise mobile software company whose mobile app lifecycle management platform helps brands engage, manage and monetize mobile users worldwide, today announced that its CEO and co-founder, Alan S. Knitowski, was recognized as a 2017 Owler Top Rated CEO. As a first-time Owler Award honoree, Knitowski was recognized as the #1 rated CEO in Austin, Texas, one of the top CEOs in the technology industry (#12), and a top CEO overall (#26).

The inaugural list, the 2017 Owler Top Rated CEO Awards, honors exceptional performance and leadership and recognizes the top rated CEOs on the Owler platform. Each CEO is rated by members of the Owler community, who have collectively contributed more than a quarter-million ratings in 2017. After a thorough and comprehensive analysis of these ratings, Owler distributed 1,000 awards to the highest rated CEOs from 50 cities and 25 different industries worldwide. The top 1,000 CEOs were chosen from over 167,000 CEOs on Owler, including CEOs from Salesforce, LinkedIn and Netflix.

“It’s an honor to be recognized alongside some of the most innovative and respected business leaders in the world,” said Knitowski. “This has been a year of monumental growth for Phunware and our continued success is a true reflection of the efforts of our entire team. I am extremely humbled to get to work among some of the most talented minds in the tech ecosystem, helping the biggest brands and agencies in the world continue to push the boundaries of mobile innovation.”

“The 2017 Owler Top Rated CEO Awards are a true market view of the most esteemed CEOs,” said Jim Fowler, CEO at Owler. “These winners are the best of the breed: they beat out the other 99.4 percent of leaders on our platform to win a coveted 2017 Top Rated CEO Award.”

The award is the latest accolade in what has been a huge year for Phunware, which recently secured an additional $22 million in Series F funding, bringing it to a total of $91 million raised to date and positioning it as one to watch in the mobile tech space.

It also closely follows the launch of the company’s data subscription service, Phunware Data, which leverages data from over 700 million mobile devices touching the Phunware platform each month and gives brands access to billions of actionable data points. Phunware continues to earn top honors globally and nationally for its strong growth and financial performance, marking $47 million in revenue off of $61 million in bookings in 2016.

Within the past year, Knitowski and Phunware have been recognized by several highly competitive and prestigious outlets including the QuantumShift 2017 Top Entrepreneurs in America, which recognizes 40 entrepreneurs each year who lead high-growth private companies. Additional honors include Phunware as a Red Herring Top 100 company, inclusion on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, recognition as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies on the Inc. 5000 list for the third consecutive year, Forbes’ Most Promising Company in America honoree for the second time.

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About Phunware

Phunware is the pioneer of Multiscreen as a Service (MaaS), a fully integrated suite of platform products, solutions and data that allows brands to engage, manage and monetize their anytime, anywhere mobile application users worldwide. Phunware creates category-defining mobile experiences for the world’s most respected brands, with more than 700 million active users touching its platform each month. For more information about how Phunware is transforming the way the world interacts with mobile in the virtual and physical worlds, visit and follow us on Twitter @Phunware

About Owler

Owler is the world’s largest community-based business insights platform that business professionals use to outsmart their competition, gain competitive insights, and uncover the latest industry news and alerts. Owler is powered by an active community of 1 million business professionals who contribute unique business insights such as competitors, private company revenue, and CEO ratings. From startups all the way to large enterprises (including 96% of the Fortune 500), CEOs, salespeople, marketers, product managers, and all types of business professionals use Owler daily. Launched in 2014, and funded by Norwest Venture Partners and Trinity Ventures, Owler is headquartered in San Mateo, CA with offices in Spokane, WA, and Coimbatore, India.

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