Inc. 500: Gotta Love These Companies

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It gives away free stuff.

Prodege (Swagbucks)
Torrance, Calif.

No. 49
2011 Revenue: $23.7 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,836.1%

Who doesn’t love free stuff? That’s the premise behind, which lets consumers earn rewards--like gift cards--for doing simple online tasks, like searching the Web or filling out surveys. Advertisers, eager for Web data, funnel rewards back to consumers who complete a task on the service. So far, about 5.7 million people have signed up, and one million are actively earning rewards and saving money. “Our missions is to make the consumer’s time online more rewarding,” says CEO, Josef Gorowitz. Since 2008, the company has given away nearly $30 million in rewards.