Provides domain registration and hosting for websites.
Web hosting company GoDaddy first made a splash more than 10 years ago with racy Super Bowl ads, and founder Bob Parsons says the controversial commercials helped make GoDaddy a household name. (Parsons himself rarely shies away from controversy, famously shooting an elephant.) But it was customer service--done over the phone, and not on the internet--that really helped the company grow. "We felt that when they have problems, people would rather talk to another person," Parsons told Inc. But since GoDaddy launched in 2007, the internet landscape has changed drastically--and the company has more competitors than ever before, such as WordPress and Squarespace. To keep customers from ditching GoDaddy's services in favor of those offered by newer businesses, the company continues to tout its emphasis on customer service. Note: employee count as of Dec. 31, 2015
Provides data analytics to health care organizations.
Inovalon Holdings, founded by Keith Dunleavy, is an analytics company that works primarily with health care organizations to identify gaps in care and assess their financial performance. Inovalon says its platform helps organizations navigate an increasingly digitized industry, while ensuring that they don't lose track of long-term goals. In terms of a track record, Inovalon has an established one--it first turned a profit in 2005. But the U.S. health care system is rapidly changing, and it remains to be seen how Inovalon will adapt to the changes. Note: employee count as of Dec. 31, 2015
Operates a chain of ski resorts, mostly in the Midwest and Northeast.
Peak Resorts founder Timothy Boyd first got into the skiing business in 1982, when he opened a small ski area on a golf course he owned in Wildwood, Missouri. Two years later, he opened his first full-fledged ski resort, in Snow Creek, Missouri, and in 1997, he incorporated Peak Resorts as the holding company for that resort. Peak Resorts now operates 14 ski resorts, mostly in the Midwest and Northeast, such as Hunter Mountain in New York and Alpine Valley in Ohio. The company has yet to expand west of Missouri, where the ski and snowboard business is big. But Peak Resorts says that its past acquisition strategy has proved successful, and that it is confident that it will be able to continue that success as it expands into other U.S. markets. Note: employee count includes number of year-round employees only, as of the end of April 30, 2015.
Administers health savings and flexible savings accounts.
HealthEquity, founded by Stephen Neeleman, aims to help Americans keep a better handle on their Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs. The company created a cloud-based platform through which customers can manage outstanding bills, track their health care spending, and determine if they have been charged erroneously. HealthEquity bills itself as a "first mover," and says it pioneered the employment of technological solutions to address HSA management. But to stay profitable, HealthEquity must ensure that it can keep up with rapidly evolving health care regulations. To maintain company growing, HealthEquity plans to pursue more strategic acquisitions, and to recruit more insurance companies as partners. Note: employee count as of Dec. 31, 2015
Moelis & Company
Provides investment banking and strategic advisory services.
Kenneth Moelis, Navid Mahmoodzadegan, and Jeff Raich, all veteran investment bankers, launched Moelis & Company in 2007. The firm provides investment banking and financial advisory services to its clients on a number of topics, including mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, restructurings, and other corporate finance matters. It works primarily with large corporations (past clients include Yahoo and Anheuser Busch) and government organizations. While such high-profile clients have helped it make a name for itself, one highly publicized, ill-advised acquisition could harm Moelis & Company significantly in the future. To stand apart from its competitors, Moelis & Company plans to continue to increase its global reach, by making substantial investments its offices located across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Note: employee count as of Dec. 31, 2015