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10 Fastest-Growing Companies in San Francisco
Think you know San Francisco? Get familiar with this year's fastest-growing Bay Area companies.
By Jordan Smith
Jordan Smith is an editorial intern for Inc. She attends South Dakota State University and is editor in chief of her college newspaper, The Collegian.
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10 Fastest-Growing Companies in San Francisco
Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies in San Francisco
Although Silicon Valley accounts for a majority of the companies on this list, the top spot goes to a company a little further up the road, and in an unexpected industry. But these companies all share something in common: they think big and take risks. That may explain why all of them have landed in the top half of this year's Inc. 500. Here are the Top 10 fastest-growing Bay Area companies on this year’s Inc. 500 list.
10. Lending Club
No. 248 2013 Revenue: $98 million Three-Year Growth: 1,854.2%
is an online credit marketplace via which investors provide loans to creditworthy borrowers. Lending Club has facilitated over $5 billion in loans since inception. “Our offices in San Francisco’s Financial District place us right at the intersection of technology and finance,” says CEO Renaud Laplanche.
9. LiveRail (No. 243) 1,892.6% 2013 revenue $72.7 million
LiveRail develops a platform through which Internet publishers can monetize their video content, one that delivers 50 billion impressions each month. The company's focus is on providing premium publishers and broadcasters with technology that enables them to sell their video inventory smarter and safer, across all devices.
8. Levitate Media
No. 237 2013 Revenue: $2.1 million Three-Year Growth: 1,923.4% As a producer of marketing videos for the technology sector,
helps companies explain their offerings more effectively through animation, motion graphics, 3D, live video capture, and testimonials. The nontraditional management style at the company (employees do not have set office hours) drives the employees to take on more responsibility and contribute big ideas, says managing partner Matt Kendrall.
7. 6 Pack Fitness
No. 181 2013 Revenue $6.3 million Three-Year Growth: 2,336.4% This company designs
, bags, and luggage that incorporate partitions that can carry a day's worth of meals and supplements, keeping everything fresh for at least eight hours. So no matter how long your hike or how grueling your triathlon training session, you can have nutrition at the ready, nothing melted. (Except, possibly, you.)
No. 146 2013 Revenue: $5.9 million Three-Year Growth: 2,634.3%
provides live online special-education services, ranging from speech therapy to occupational therapy and counseling, to schools and families. Co-CEO and Founder Clay Whitehead had some learning disabilities growing up, and Co-CEO and founder Jack Lynch has a close family member on the autism spectrum. PresenceLearning attributes its success to the close relationships its clinicians form with students, families, and schools. The company has a nice pitch as it competes for talent: "Would you rather build the thousandth social/mobile/local commerce start-up, or change lives for the better at scale in an incredibly meaningful way?”
No. 144 2013 Revenue: $21 million Three-Year Growth: 2,665.3%
enables marketers to unify customer databases across disparate online marketing applications and leverage the data for analytics, targeting, measurement, and content optimization. The company was acquired by
in July 2014.
No. 139 2013 Revenue $51.7 million Three-Year Growth: 2710.9%
provides software and a cloud-based platform that enables developers to add communications functionality that meets their specific needs, from integrating voice, messaging and/or VoIP capabilities into a Web or mobile app to building a call center. Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson says he sees communications capabilities becoming an increasingly important aspect of collaboration. Not only does the Bay Area give Twilio access to talent, but access to the kinds of companies most likely to use its products.
No. 105 2013 Revenue: $8.1 million Three-Year Growth: 3443%
is a software platform helps companies build and manage mission-critical content for mobile devices and the web. Inkling Habitat, its collaborative authoring tool, allows anyone to create interactive content for training, marketing, and internal communications. Sounding a common theme, founder and CEO Matt MacInnis says the startup culture in Silicon Valley enables Inkling to more-aggressive, forward-leaning decisions.
2. Bizness Apps
No. 58 2013 Revenue: $6.2 million Three-Year Growth: 5,078.6%
is a do-it-yourself iPhone, iPad, Android & HTML5 app platform that allows any small business to simultaneously create, edit, and manage mobile apps and mobile websites online, no programming knowledge needed. Bizness Apps was, in fact, built by non-technical founders, according to CEO Andrew Gazdecki. "We grow our business every month by staying dedicated to our goal of providing the latest in mobile technology to our small business customers, and being in San Francisco allows us to deliver on this goal," Gazdecki says.
1. Dolls Kill
No. 33 2013 Revenue: $7.6 million Three- Year Growth: 7,055.7% Online fashion—and edgy fashion, at that—is not the first thing that comes to mind when considering the sectors that define San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Dolls Kill
is an ecommerce fashion brand that is a self-proclaimed leading fixture in the society of praised rebellion. Dolls Kill is loyal to their customers, and vice versa. On the marketing side, the company has a “Be a Doll” campaign, in which it finds girls to represent the brand through Instagram and Facebook. Dolls Kill also attributes its success to its location, with ready access to the technology and people that help it stay ahead of the competition.
Last updated: Aug 20, 2014
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