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It fights crime--with tech.

Public Engines
Draper, Utah

No. 297
2011 Revenue: $2.7 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,247.5%

This five-year-old start-up prevents, reduces, and even solves crime with easy-to-use, cloud-based technology. One of the company’s products, Crime Reports, maps out where crimes have been committed using Google Maps. Another, TipSoft, lets people report crime directly from cell phones. “People have all types of information--they just don’t have a safe venue to be able to provide that information to police,” says the company’s founder, Greg Whisenant. TipSoft has received over 2.4 million tips to date, resulting in 243,000 arrests, removal of 24,000 weapons from streets, and the recovery of $3 billion in stolen goods and contraband.