San Diego might not get as big a share of the startup spotlight as Silicon Valley or Los Angeles, but it still has a business scene with plenty to brag about.
Sixty-four of the 5,000 companies on Inc.'s 2015 list of the fastest-growing companies in America hail from San Diego. In addition, the southern California city has the fourth-largest number of women-led companies on the 2015 Inc. 5000, with 12.
Here are the 10 companies standing out in California's birthplace for their whopping revenue growth.
10. Gold Refinery of San Diego
A buyer and seller of precious metals, No. 473 Gold Refinery of San Diego lands on the Inc. 5000 list for the second time. Founded in 2009 and led by co-CEOs Carmine Mannino and Annette Smith, Gold Refinery of San Diego has a three-year growth rate of 983 percentand a 2014 revenue of $63.3 million.
No. 444 MobileOne, owner and operator of more than 50 T-Mobile premium retail locations in Arizona, California, and Washington, booked just north of $100 million in revenue in 2014. The seven-year-old company is led by CEO David Licavoli, and has a three-year growth rate of 1,050 percent.
8. Nomad Temporary Housing
Companies looking to house new hires or temporary employees in something nicer than a motel can turn to Nomad Temporary Housing, the No. 422 company on this year's Inc. 5000. Led by CEO Gavan James, Nomad Temporary Housing has a three-year growth rate of 1,126 percent and a 2014 revenue of $50 million.
7. Reliant Funding
Financial services company Reliant Funding, No. 382 on this year's Inc. 5000, provides customized, short-term loans to small and midsize businesses across the nation. Founded in 2009, the seventh-fastest-growing company in San Diego has a three-year growth rate of 1,240 percent, with $9.7 million in 2014 revenue. Reliant Funding's CEO is Adam Stettner.
An operator of data centers throughout North America, ScaleMatrix, founded in 2010, grabbed the No. 334 spot on this year's Inc. 5000 list with a three-year growth rate of 1,402 percent. ScaleMatrix CEO Mark Ortenzi helped the company book $11.7 million in revenue in 2014.
5. Multifamily Utility Company
With a three-year growth rate of 1,652 percent, eight-year-old Multifamily Utility Company has landed the No. 280 spot on the 2015 Inc. 5000. A utility and billing company, Multifamily Utility Company specializes in working with apartments, condominiums, commercial buildings, new construction, mobile homes, and military housing throughout the U.S. Led by CEO Brian Stone, the company landed $9.2 million in revenue in 2014.
4. Tipsy Elves
A seller of novelty and holiday apparel, Tipsy Elves has made a name for itself both on the 2015 Inc. 5000 (where it nabbed the 258th spot) and on ABC's Shark Tank. There, co-CEOs Evan Mendelsohn and Nick Morton received an investment from Robert Herjavec, who called it his "best investment to date." Founded in 2011, Tipsy Elves has a 2014 revenue of $6.5 million and a three-year growth rate of 1,742 percent.
3. Tower Paddle Boards
What's better place to sell paddleboards and other beach products than Southern California? No. 239 Tower Paddle Boards, led by CEO Stephen Aarstol, booked $5 million in revenue in 2014, helping the five-year-old company reach a three-year-growth rate of 1,853 percent.
2. Recovery Brands
Led by CEO Jeff Smith, No. 213 Recovery Brands offers information about addiction, treatment, and recovery, including research, tools, and facility ratings and reviews, through its various websites. Founded in 2009, Recovery Brands has a whopping three-year-growth rate of 2,024 percent and a 2014 revenue of $10.5 million.
1. Cognitive Medical Systems
At No. 95, with a three-year growth rate of 3,499 percent, is Cognitive Medical System. That performance was also good enough to make it the fastest-growing company in San Diego on this year's list, and the second-fastest growing company in the San Diego metro area. Founded in 2010, the company provides standards-based software to aid health professionals in managing clinical workflow, decision support, and data modeling projects. Under the leadership of CEO Emory Fry, the company booked $5.2 million in revenue in 2014.