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The 2014 Inc. 5000 tracked company performance, including the three-year revenue growth rate, between fiscal years 2010 and 2013. Below, find out which companies in Seattle grew their revenue the fastest.
Three out of four patients are at risk for an adverse pharmaceutical drug event, says Genelex. In light of this fact, Genelex, which started DNA testing 25 years ago, now focuses on personalized medication management. The company, which is ranked at number 1,104 on the Inc. 5000, concentrates its efforts on pharmacogenetic testing and offers clinical decision support software to evaluate a patient's potentially adverse drug interactions. The goal? To avoid overdose, death and negative reactions. With a 404 percent three-year growth rate, Genelex reeled in $11.5 million in revenue in 2013.
Instead using a host of web analytics, site management, and brand marketing tracking platforms to get the full, real-time picture of your company's online performance, Moz does it all in one place. Moz, which is ranked at number 1,083 on the Inc. 5000, is one of the most reputable SEO companies that offers its subscribers access to online software and educational products to track all of a website's SEO, content, rankings, links, and social performance. It also tracks all inbound marketing efforts on one software platform and tells you how to improve. Founded 10 years ago as SEOmoz by mother-and-son team Gillian and Rand Fishkin, Moz can now boast a three-year growth rate of 411 percent and made $29.3 million in subscription fees.
8. PitchBook Data
Founded in 2007 by CEO John Gabbert, PitchBook Data is a comprehensive database of global private equity and venture capital activity. By providing quality, in-depth data on deals and companies to subscribers via its site and mobile app, the company aims to help investors make informed decisions. So far, the database has collected information on 247,135 deals, 58,266 investors, and 633,481 contacts. Ranked at number 1,044, PitchBook has grown by 427 percent and brought in $10.6 million in subscription fees.
7. Syntegrity Networks
Co-founded in 1996 by Daniel and Nathanael Coffing, Syntegrity Networks is a leading provider of integrated security strategies for companies on Forbes' Global 2000. Syntegrity, which is ranked at number 754 on the Inc. 5000, integrates user and data security with services like risk-based authentication and identification, intelligent single sign-on and automated security control. With a 605 percent three-year growth rate, the company brought in $7.6 million for 2013 revenue.
When it comes to caring for elderly loved ones, assisted living facility SeniorHomes.com has built a comprehensive national directory of care options. It also provides a free care advisory service and reveals provider ratings on assisted and independent living, Alzheimer's care, retirement communities, or home care professionals. With a three-year growth rate of 670 percent, SeniorHomes.com is ranked number 678 on the 2014 Inc. 5000, as it brought in $2.4 million in 2013.
This three-time Inc. 5000 company is a good indicator of how self-conscious Americans are--or how much plastic body parts we have. RealSelf is a site that supplies cosmetic surgery information and connects consumers with doctors who can provide consultations. People can also find before and after images, reviews, and pricing information. Originally placed on the Inc. 5000 at the number 306 slot in 2012 and then 594 in 2013, RealSelf is ranked 669th this year. With a three-year growth rate of 682 percent, the Seattle-base site pulled in $7.4 million last year. That's a lot of people looking for a new schnoz.
4. Rooster Park
Formerly the vice president of engineering and technology for WhitePages.com, Scott Ruthfield founded Rooster Park in 2008 as a technology consultancy that builds custom software for companies. It's also a boutique engineering recruiting firm for contract and full-time jobs in the Seattle area. Coming in at number 576 on the Inc. 5000, Rooster Park sold $8.2 million in services last year, a 826 percent uptick from its 2010 revenues.
3. Spoken Communications
After spending 12 years working on projects like Smart Card security, GSM wireless communication and multimedia operating systems for Microsoft, in 2005, Gilad Odinak founded Spoken Communications, a cloud-based call center. The company, which is ranked 413th on the this year's Inc. 5000 and came in at 90 in 2013, helps clients run call centers and currently supports more than 20 million minutes of service calls per month. Spoken grew its revenue by 1,149 percent to bring its sales to $15.5 million last year.
2. Level 11
If your company needs help taming your clunky IT infrastructure, Level 11 can help. This two-time Inc. 5000 honoree was founded by its CEO Mark Hadland in 2009 and now ranks at number 391 on the list. Growing its revenue by 1,199 percent in three years, Level 11 made $8 million in last year by helping businesses be more effective, put out solid products, and implement data processing architecture.
The fastest growing private company in Seattle is also a two-time Inc. 5000 honoree. The software-as-a-service firm, Tune, helps mobile marketers build and grow their advertising relationships. Tune has two products: MobileAppTracking shows companies which ads and campaigns are successfully convincing people to install their app, as well as presents in-app engagement levels, and purchases. There's also HasOffers, which is an affiliate tracking software that helps ad networks and agencies manage and pay their brand affiliates and direct publishers. Founded in 2009, Tune clocks in at number 88 on the Inc. 5000 and grew its revenue by 3,939 percent in three years to reach $18.9 million in 2013.