30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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1997: Optiva
Bellevue, Wash.

1996 Revenue: $72.7 million
Three-Year Growth: 31,507%

Optiva developed, manufactured and marketed Sonicare, the motorized toothbrush. In 2000, CEO David Guiliani sold Optiva Philips Oral Healthcare. “We were growing 30 percent a month, for years at a time,” Guiliani told Inc. in 2000 before the sale. “That pace was very demanding for them. Now growth has slowed to a more moderate rate. It's still very healthy, but we have the resources to build, adjust, and strengthen our infrastructure.”