Welcome to the 234th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc.'s Editor, James Ledbetter.

It's debut week for the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. And on the podcast, we featured several stories straight from the top of it.

The No. 1 company this year, Freestar, grew its revenue by a staggering 36,680 percent over the past three years. Features editor Diana Ransom discusses the ad tech phenom, along with three other businesses in the top 10, including Connected Solutions Group, NOM, and Perpay

Next, senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin has the story of the No. 7 company, Bear Mattress, and research director Marli Guzzetta has a cautionary tale from a past year's list.

Check out the full episode in the player below, in Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.