Today the Inc 5000 came out and we are #3613, up over 500 places from last year! The letter we received from Inc noted that less than 1 in 5 companies make the list three times, yet alone three straight years. This consistent growth is one of the things that I’m most proud of. I think I summed up my thoughts well when we made it last year:
I think making back-to-back lists is a testament to the quality of the organization that we’ve built. There are a lot of companies who make lists like this once because of a fluky year of sales or one big customer like a government contract. But staying on the list means you’re more than just a one-hit-wonder. We haven’t had explosive growth. Instead we’ve had steady, consistent growth every year for a decade. We’ve just kept chipping away with our 15 percents, making the business more efficient, creating better experiences for our customers, developing our employees, and pre-scaling so we don’t hit a wall during our next phase of growth.
By the way, making these lists have had little to no effect on the growth of our business. They’ve really been for us and for our enjoyment. I often look critically at the business – the challenges we have ahead, the things that need to be improved, our limitations, etc. I think that mostly serves me/us well, but to be happy with your progress you have to do things to boost morale (one of my favorites is sending customer testimonials to everyone at the company). These accolades do a good job of forcing you to step back and say “whoa, what we’ve accomplished is uncommon”.
2017’s numbers are looking great thus far so I think there’s a good chance we’ll be back on the list again next year…hopefully up a few more spots!
Update 8/17/17: – the Albany Business Review did their yearly roundup of all of the local companies. We were 11th out of the 20 Albany area businesses on the list!