In the 19 years we've been compiling the Inc. 500, we may never have had a list that was as technology-intensive as this one. The tech bias is a result of partly the Internet, partly the general growth in the IT sectors of the economy, and partly the appearance of other new technologies. The 2000 list includes companies, such as PrairieComm (#25), that are involved in the rapidly growing wireless industry, as well as some, like MasterMind Technologies (#354), whose products and services involve computer and Internet telephony, or the integration of computer and telecom systems.
The list of technologies used by the companies on the 2000 list seems almost endless: Lifecodes (#348) provides DNA testing, while PowerLight (#186) sells solar electric products. Even in seemingly nontech markets some Inc. 500 companies are using patented technical innovations: Both Pro-Tech Welding and Fabrication (#185), which manufactures snow removal equipment, and Aquascape Designs (#91), which makes kits for building ponds, boast of patented technologies on their Web sites.