It may be thousands of miles from New York and north of Silicon Valley, but Portland, Oregon, is its own hotbed of entrepreneurship. In fact, two of the city's startups made it into this year's Inc. 500, with many more filling in the esteemed ranks of the Inc. 5000. Here are the top 10 fastest-growing companies in Stumptown.
CEO: Sean Larkin
Founded in 2011, ThinkShout builds websites using open-source technologies with the aim to create intuitive digital experiences. In three years, its revenue has grown 457 percent, to $2.3 million in 2014.
CEO: Steve Potestio
Mathys+Potestio provides creative and digital agencies, design firms, and corporate marketers with creative, account, marketing, and technical talent through temporary staffing and placement services. Founded in 2010, the company has seen its revenue spike to $5.1 million in 2014, a 509 percent increase since 2011.
CEO: Jason Bolt
Revant, founded in 2010, is a supplier of a wide range of replacement lenses for sunglasses. The company raked in $5.8 million in revenue last year, a 518 percent increase from 2011.
7. Vets First Choice
CEO: Ben Shaw
Founded in 2010, Vet's First Choice provides FDA- and EPA-approved pharmaceuticals, therapeutic diets, and compounded medications to pet owners on behalf of veterinary practices. With a growth rate of 525 percent, Vets First Choice saw its three-year revenue growth spike, to $45.2 million in 2014.
CEO: Ben West
EcoZoom makes clean burning, portable wood- and charcoal-powered cook stoves for use among global populations without access to electricity. With $6.8 million in sales last year, the company's environmentally friendly products are clearly gaining recognition, as its revenue has shot up by 588 percent since its founding in 2011.
5. The Rian Group Real Estate
CEO: Aaron Rian
Founded in 2008, the Rian Group Real Estate brokers residential and commercial real estate in Oregon and southwest Washington state. The company saw its revenue increase 809 percent from 2011, to $3.8 million in 2014.
CEO: Monica Enand
With a 2014 revenue of $4.2 million, Zapproved develops cloud-hosted e-discovery compliance software platforms for businesses facing increasing rules and regulations to help them efficiently manage their obligations. Founded in 2008, the company's clients include massive global companies--undoubtedly contributing to its impressive growth rate of 811 percent since 2011.
3. Bridgetown Natural Foods
CEO: Dan Klock
Bridgetown Natural Foods produces all-natural, organic, gluten-free snack foods including baked goods, bars, and granola. This health food company raised a massive $83.8 million in 2014, up 926 percent from 2011, landing it a spot on the Inc. 500.
CEO: Ryan Wines
Marmoset is a boutique agency that composes and licenses original music for advertising and films. Founded in 2010, the company has seen its three-year sales growth rate spike 1,471 percent to $3.6 million in 2014.
CEO: Brian Maguire
Founded in 2010, Net2Vault specializes in NetApp disaster recovery and NetApp backup in the cloud. As the fastest-growing company in Portland with $2.7 million in 2014 revenue, Net2Vault has grown by an astounding 1,965 percent since 2011.