The 10 Fastest Growing Private Companies In The US

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The fastest growing private companies this year have seen incredible growth due to a combination of innovative products for untapped markets, focused leadership, and old-fashioned hard work.

These companies from the 2014 Inc. 5000 competed against each other in what Inc. says is the annual list’s most competitive year yet. The list only looks at American businesses, and to make the top 500, companies had to meet the minimum of 918.59% in three-year revenue growth.

The top 500’s average sales growth in that time period is 1,828%, and together accounted for 23,000 jobs over the past three years.

Here’s a look at the top 10 ยป

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10. Go Energies

3-year growth: 16,006.8%

2013 revenue: $US32.9 million

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, Go Energies provides software and hardware to its clients in the fuel industry. Today it has 11 employees.

Source: The Inc. 5000

9. Vacasa

Some of the Vacasa team.

3-year growth: 16,192.1%

2013 revenue: $US26.3 million

Vacasa is a vacation rental and property management company headquarted in Portland, Oregon, that has a network of over 1,100 properties across the Western U.S. It was founded in 2009 and today has 264 employees.

Source: The Inc. 5000

8. Plexus Worldwide

President Alfred Pettersen, CEO Tarl Robinson, CMO Alec Clark.

3-year growth: 16,457.7%

2013 revenue: $US159.9 million

Plexus Worldwide is a direct-marketing weight-loss and health supplement seller based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Today it has 130 employees and 1750,000 'ambassadors' selling its products.

Source: The Inc. 5000

7. Crescendo Bioscience

3-year growth: 18,375.1%

2013 revenue: $US27.3 million

South San Francisco-based medical tools-manufacturer Crescendo Bioscience was founded in 2002 and now has 129 employees. Founder Michael Centola tells Inc. that it has grown by meeting the needs of an unmet market of high-tech products that monitor the biology of a patient.

Source: The Inc. 5000

6. Provider Power

Cofounders Kevin Dean and Emile Clavet.

3-year growth: 19,876.8%

2013 revenue: $US138.1 million

Provider Power is an electricity supplier based in Auburn, Maine, that was founded in 2009 and has 50 employees. The company credits its growth to the success of its focused marketing push to customers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Source: The Inc. 5000

5. Acacia Communications

Cofounders Benny Mikkelsen and Mehrdad Givehchi.

3-year growth: 20,690.5%

2013 revenue: $US77.7 million

Maynard, Massachusetts-based Acacia Communications manufactures fibre-optic materials for high-speed data transmission. CEO and president Raj Shanmugaraj tells us that he credits his company's growth to cutting costs and taking clients away from big-name competitors.

Source: The Inc. 5000

4. Superfish

Some of the Superfish team.

3-year growth: 26,043%

2013 revenue: $US35.3 million

Superfish is a Palo Alto-based software company founded in 2006 that currently has 85 employees. The company tells us that it became profitable a year and a half ago due to the success of its first product, Window Shopper, a browser tool that compares prices of items across different online retailers.

Source: The Inc. 5000

3. Reliant Asset Management

A truck transporting one of the company modular units.

3-year growth: 55,460.2%

2013 revenue: $US85.1 million

The Arlington, Virginia-based Reliant Asset Management is a modular building manufacturer and distributor, which was founded in 2010 and had 150 employees at the end of 2013. Its modular buildings provide a quick solution to setting up a work environment, and the company has benefited greatly from North American clients in the energy-extraction business.

Source: The Inc. 5000

2. Quest Nutrition

Founders Tom Bilyeu, Ron Penna, and Mike Osborn.

3-year growth: 57,347.9%

2013 revenue: $US82.6 million

Quest Nutrition is a sports nutrition supplement manufacturer headquartered in El Segundo, California that was founded in 2010 and today has 630 employees. The company tells us that its growth is due to effective online marketing of nutritional products customers actually enjoy.

Source: The Inc. 5000

1. Fuhu

Fuhu's tablets are designed exclusively for children.

3-year growth: 158,956.9%

2013 revenue: $US195.6 million

The El Segundo-based tech company Fuhu takes the number-one spot for the second year in a row, which Inc. says hasn't been done in 33 years. It has grown so tremendously due to its creation of a hot market for the tablets it manufactures for children. It also owes much of its success to its intense work culture and employees who are devoted to constantly pushing new and better products.

Fuhu was founded in 2008 and now has 227 employees.

Source: The Inc. 5000

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