30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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1994: Object Design
Burlington, Mass.

1993 Revenue: $24.7 million
Three-Year Growth: 23,376%

In a 1994 Inc. profile of Object Design, the author noted that Object Design is “in a field of computer technology that can make you weep with bafflement if you're not part of the industry.” Object Design built software for object-database management—a lucrative position to be in the midst of a burgeoning tech market. The company launched its IPO in 1996.