Each year we rank the 25 fastest-growing technology companies. We comb more than 5,000 publicly traded technology companies, looking for profitable companies with a minimum revenue of $150 million and a minimum market value of $500 million. We then looked for firms with sales growth of at least 10% for each of the past three fiscal years and over the latest 12 months. Finally, we ranked companies based on their three-year average sales growth rates in descending order.
No. 1: LinkedIn
Founded in 2003, LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 150 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Members are able to create, manage and share their professional identity online, build and engage with their professional network, access shared knowledge and insights, and find business opportunities. Its platform provides members with solutions, including applications and tools, to search, connect and communicate with business contacts, learn about career opportunities, join industry groups, research organizations and share information.
No. 2: Apple
Apple designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and sells a range of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The company’s products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, the iOS and Mac OS X operating systems, iCloud, and a range of accessory, service and support offerings. It also sells and delivers digital content and applications through the iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store.
No. 3: Qlik Technologies
Qlik Technologies sells software solutions that deliver data analysis and reporting solutions. QlikTech’s software platform, QlikView, combines enterprise-class analytics and search functionality. Customers range from middle market customers to large enterprises and include Autodesk, Campbell Soup Company, Colonial Life, The Dannon Company, ING, Kraft Foods, and Nasdaq OMX.
No. 4: athenahealth
athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based business and clinical services for physician practices. The Company’s service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management, electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base and integrated back-office service operations. It has clients operating in 46 states and the District of Columbia. In 2012, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review Magazine named them one of the Top 50 most innovative companies in the world.
No. 5: Equinix
Equinix connects businesses with partners and customers around the world through a global platform of high performance data centers, containing dynamic ecosystems and the broadest choice of networks. Platform Equinix connects more than 4,000 enterprises, cloud, digital content and financial companies including more than 690 network service providers to help them grow their businesses, improve application performance and protect their vital digital assets. Equinix operates in 38 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia- Pacific and continually invests in expanding its platform to power customer growth.
No. 6: Ebix
Ebix is an international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance industry,providing end to end solutions ranging from infrastructure exchanges, carrier systems, agency systems and BPO services to custom software development for all entities involved in the insurance industry. With more than 30 offices across United States, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, China, Japan and India, Ebix powers multiple exchanges across the world in the field of life, annuity, health, risk management and property & casualty insurance while conducting in-excess of $100 billion in insurance premiums on its platforms.
No. 7: Aruba Networks
Aruba Networks connects local and remote users to corporate information technology resources via distributed enterprise networks. Its portfolio of campus, branch office, teleworker, and mobile solutions simplify operations and provide secure access to all corporate applications and services regardless of a user’s devicecor network. The products it licenses and sells include high-speed wireless local area networks; virtual branching networking solutions for branch offices and teleworkers, and network operations tools, including spectrum analyzers and wireless intrusion prevention systems.
No. 8: Riverbed Technology
Riverbed Technology has developed solutions to address the fundamental problems associated with information technology (IT) performance across wide area networks (WANs). Riverbed’s family of performance products include solutions for branch offices, mobile workers, private data centers, private clouds and cloud computing. Riverbed’s flagship Steelhead products enable its customers to improve the performance of their applications and access to their data across WANs, by increasing transmission speeds by 5 to 50 times and in some cases by up to 100 times.
No 9: Cognizant Technology Solutions
Cognizant Technology Solutions provides custom information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing services. The company is engaged in technology strategy consulting, complex systems development and integration, enterprise software package implementation and maintenance, data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics, application testing, application maintenance, infrastructure management, and business and knowledge process outsourcing (BPO and KPO).
No. 10: Shutterfly
Shutterfly is an online service that allows consumers to share, print and preserve their digital photographs. The company provides a range of personalized photo-based products and services that allow users to upload, edit, enhance, organize, find, share, create, print, and preserve images. Customers can producing create professionally bound photo books, greeting cards and stationery, personalized calendars, other photo-based merchandise and prints ranging in size from wallet-sized to jumbo-sized enlargements. Other sites include tinyprints.com and weddingpaperdivas.com.
No. 11: Sourcefire
Sourcefire provides cybersecurity solutions for healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, energy, education, retail and telecommunications companies, and federal, state and local government organizations worldwide. Its security solutions provide customers with a network security defense of assets and applications before, during and after an attack. The company’s solutions consist of multiple hardware, software and cloud-based product and service offerings.
No. 12: SolarWinds
SolarWinds designs, develops, markets, sells and supports enterprise information technology (IT) infrastructure management software to IT professionals in organizations of all sizes (100,000 customers worldwide). It’s products range from individual software tools to software products, which solve problems faced every day by IT professionals and help to enable management of networks and IT environments.
No. 13: ServiceSource International
ServiceSource International is engaged in service revenue management, providing solutions that drive renewals of maintenance, support and subscription agreements for technology companies. The company provides end-to-end management and optimization of the service contract renewals process, including data management, quoting, selling and service revenue business intelligence. Its business is built on its pay-for-performance model, whereby customers pay the ServiceSource based on renewal sales that it generates on their behalf.
No. 14: Synchronoss Technologies
Synchronoss is a provider of automation software and cloud technology solutions. Our solutions connect, synchronize and activate any device or service across any channel or network for Tier One Communications Service Providers (CSPs) and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) across the globe. Synchronoss’ customers include tier 1 service providers such as AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, tier 1 cable operators/MSOs such as Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable and large OEMs such as Apple, Dell, Panasonic and Nokia. These customers utilize our platforms, technology and services to service both consumer and business customers.
No. 15: Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com is an online family history resource, with approximately 1.8 million paying subscribers worldwide. Subscribers use its online services and content collection to research their family histories, build their family trees, collaborate with other subscribers, upload their own records and publish and share their stories. Registered users have uploaded more than 115 million photographs, scanned documents and written stories. In 2011, the Ancestry introduced Fold3.com, as its website specializing in military records; released mobile apps for both the iOS and Android-based platforms and developed technology to synchronize family trees between platforms, including online, mobile devices and Family Tree Maker desktop software.
No. 16: Fortinet
Fortinet is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader in unified threat management (UTM). Our products and subscription services provide broad, integrated and high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT security infrastructure. Our customers include enterprises, service providers and government entities worldwide. Fortinet’s flagship FortiGate security appliances deliver ASIC-accelerated performance and integrates multiple layers of security designed to help protect against application and network threats. Its broad product line of complimentary solutions goes beyond UTM to help secure the extended enterprise - from endpoints, to the perimeter and the core, including databases and applications.
No. 17: Pegasystems
Pegasystems provides business process management and software for customer centricity, helps organizations enhance customer loyalty, generate new business, and improve productivity. Its patented Build for Change technology speeds the delivery of critical business solutions by directly capturing business objectives and eliminating manual programming. Pegasystems flexible on-premise and cloud-based solutions enable clients to quickly adapt to changing business conditions.
No. 18: Rackspace Hosting
Founded in 1998, Rackspace Hosting offers a range of cloud computing services, including dedicated cloud hosting and public cloud hosting, to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as large enterprises. Its services are sold to more than 172,000 businesses in more than 120 countries. The company manages more than 79,000 servers and 2,700,000 e-mail accounts.
No. 19: Quality Systems
Quality Systems develops and markets healthcare information systems that automate certain aspects of physician, inpatient and dental practices, networks of practices, such as physician hospital organizations (PHOs) and management service organizations (MSOs), ambulatory care centers, community health centers, federal qualified health centers (FQHC) and medical and dental schools. It also provides inpatient electronic health records (EHR) and financial solutions for community hospitals, as well as revenue cycle management (RCM) services through the practice solutions division.
No. 20: NIC
NIC is the nation’s largest provider of outsourced eGovernment portals. They build and manage official government Web sites, eGovernment services, applications and secure payment processing for 3,000 state and local agencies that serve more than 97 million people in the United States. The company operates in two segments: portal outsourcing segment and software & services segment. The portal outsourcing segment includes its subsidiaries that operate outsourced government portals and the corporate divisions that support portal operations. The software & services segment primarily includes NIC’s subsidiaries that provide software development and services other than portal outsourcing services.
No. 21: Red Hat
Founded in 1993, Red Hat provides operating system platforms along with virtualization, middleware, applications, management, and service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions, as well as support, training, and consulting services to customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat’s open source strategy offers customers a long-term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with a focus on security and ease of management.
No. 22: Global Payments
Global Payments provides electronic payments transaction processing services for consumers, merchants, independent sales organizations (ISOs), financial institutions, government agencies and multi-national corporations located throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Asia-Pacific region, the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation. The company has customers in a number of vertical industries, including financial institutions, gaming, government, health care, professional services, restaurants, retail, universities, nonprofit organizations and utilities.
No. 23: CommVault Systems
CommVault Systems offers data and information management software applications and related services. It develops, markets and sells a unified suite of data and information management software applications under the Simpana brand. Its Simpana software is a platform with licensable modules that work together, sharing a single code and common function set, to deliver backup and recovery, archive, replication, search and resource management capabilities. Simpana provides the Company’s customers with data protection, including backup and recovery; data migration and archiving; snapshot management and replication of data; embedded deduplication; e-discovery and compliance solutions; enterprise-wide search capabilities, and management and operational reports, remote services and troubleshooting tools.
No. 24: CACI International
CACI International is an international information systems, high technology services, and professional services corporation. It delivers professional services and information technology solutions to its clients, primarily the United States government. Other customers include state and local governments, commercial enterprises and agencies of foreign governments. Its services are primarily targeted to the areas of defense, intelligence, homeland security and IT modernization.
No. 25: Verisign
VeriSign provides domain name registry services and infrastructure assurance services. VeriSign segment includes naming services, which consists of registry services and network intelligence and availability (NIA) services. Registry Services operates the directory of all .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names and the back-end systems for all .gov, .jobs and .edu domain names. Operations infrastructure consists of three primary company-operated secure data centers in Virginia, Delaware and Switzerland.
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Manhattan’s density encourages it (as do expensive cab fares), but wherever you are, if you have the time, find an excuse to put feet to pavement.
One highlight for locals and tourists alike: On a warm Sunday in 2000, a colleague and I footed the entire length of Manhattan. We started at 7:15 a.m. at the very northern edge, where the Harlem River hooks west to the Hudson. From there we hit the Cloisters museum and gardens, crisscrossed Harlem (chocked with decked-out church-goers), carved off part of Central Park, took in the swells on the Upper East Side, dodged tourists in gaudy Times Square, plunged south through the fashionable Flatiron District, meandered through bustling Greenwich Village, Soho and Tribeca, took stock of slumbering Wall Street, and eventually docked at the South Street Sea Port. Nearly 16 miles, five food stops and 12 hours in all.
2) Competition Is Good
Proof: some 150 exceptional restaurants I can think of.
3) What We Crave
Whatever shape the economy’s in, millions of people continue to pay an absurd premium to toil and escape in New York City. That’s because deep down—more than any specific satisfaction or vice—we all crave possibility. In that sense, NYC might be the world’s greatest brand: It makes you feel (goofy as it sounds) like anything can happen.
4) If You Don’t Care, No One Will
People have their own dreams, details and distractions to contend with. If you want them to care about your story, you have to make them care.
Ode to a legend: If you ever took a 6 a.m. out of LaGuardia Airport during the early 2000s, you’re probably familiar with the Brooklyn National Diner in the main terminal. The small stand made decent eggs, good coffee and generous sandwiches; it also made for great theater, thanks to the tireless, remorselessly effervescent taskmaster who ran it. “DA-li-cious break-FAST!” he’d bark at bleary-eyed newcomers while moving committed customers through the line. I never caught his name, but I’ll never forget him.
5) Markets Will Always Be Inefficient
An 8-foot Christmas tree goes for about $100 in Manhattan’s funky-cool Greenwich Village. About one mile south, in ritzy Tribeca, an inferior specimen might run $150. An extra two subways stops (yes, you can squeeze one of those suckers on the train) saves you $50.
6) Star Interns Are Lifesavers
If you can find some whippersnappers who demonstrate serious aptitude, take initiative, can survive on a pittance, and keep coming back for more, show thanks for your insanely good fortune by training the living the hell out of them.
You hear this advice a lot in NYC, especially from miserable souls who can’t seem to follow it. “There’s a time to surf and a time to synthesize,” warns Chunka Mui, managing director of The Devil’s Advocate Group. “Multitasking makes it hard to focus on the right information and near impossible to think through the implications. If a meeting isn’t worth unplugging for, it’s not worth having.”
8) Find A Role Model
Teachers provide tools, and mentors offer support, but role models set targets. Good luck without one—and that goes for teenagers and business owners.
9) Mean A Little To Many, Or Mean A Lot To A Few
With a few exceptions, that’s the continuum. Find your spot, own it, and be at peace.
10) Toughen Up
Few images bolster resolve (or just make you stop in awe) like a scoliotic elderly woman navigating a grocery cart through a crowded street—and knowing that a big part of her wouldn’t have it any other way.
11) Take Your True Measure
Be there, do that (within reason), and then draw a conclusion.
12) Appreciate A Park: Every Blade Of Grass (And Shard Of Glass)
The dirt softball field under the 59th Street Bridge (connecting Manhattan with Queens) doesn’t exactly make you feel, as Paul Simon would say, groovy. In fact, it’s a treacherous place, devoid of grass and littered with broken glass. Adding insult to probable injury, shallow pop flies get swatted down by the bridge’s understructure. But then, if you get hold of one over the right-field fence you might nail a bus (that’s fun!), and you can nurse your wounds over piles of worthy hot wings at the nearby Blue Room.
13) Heroes Are Everywhere
Everyone in my apartment building who had left for work on 9/11 prior to the attacks wasn’t allowed home for 10 days during the evacuation. Meanwhile, our then-superintendent slept in the lobby the very first night to make sure all the pets—32 floors worth—had enough to eat. You’re a hero, Gus.
14) You Can Only Control What You Do
That one’s bigger than the five boroughs combined.
15) Give Thanks
Before I knew him, a dear friend from business school worked at Cantor Fiztgerald, a financial firm formerly headquartered in One World Trade Center. On 9/11 Cantor lost 658 of the 960 employees based there. My friend is alive because his train was late. He still works for Cantor (in Hong Kong) but he won’t go near the Trade Center site. Sometimes he laments his luck. I’m just grateful his train was late.
16) By Age 17 Alexander Hamilton Was George Washington’s Right-Hand Man
More impressive, that same son of a Nevis prostitute later became the father of the modern banking system. I thought about that every time I passed Hamilton’s grave (in the Trinity Church graveyard near Wall Street) and it made me smile.
17) The Joy Of Stress
The Occupational Safety and Administration declared stress a hazard of the workplace. And I have no doubt that Web MD is doing us all a public service by reporting that 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress. NYC is a stressful place. But uncomfortable as it can feel, a little stress can also be a powerful motivator. The trick is letting off steam now and again by abusing the star intern.
18) Short-Term Thinking Is The Real Health Hazard
See: America’s fast-approaching fiscal cliff. (For more on how to deal with it, check out: A Radical Way To Build New Companies (Not Just Web Startups), Create Jobs And Boost The Economy.)
19) You Get What You Incentivize
If you want repeat revenue, tie bonus pay to customer-satisfaction forms. If you want to crank up mortgage-processing fees, don’t ask borrowers for proof of income. And, please: If you want to stop financial fraud and other nefarious behavior, forget all of these speed-bump-sized fines. Put people in jail or into penury!
20) Success = Talent + Vision + Sustained Effort
Heavily weight that third variable—ask any entrepreneur.
21) Break It Down
If you can’t explain something in simple sentences, numbers or diagrams, overwhelming odds are that you either 1) don’t fully understand it, or 2) it doesn’t make sense.
22) Chat Up A Cabbie
A cab ride is an opportunity to get cheated (perhaps), to get carsick (likely, depending on the time of day), and to learn something (always). Just don’t take the dude’s stock tips.
23) The Three Sweetest Words In The English Language
“Two and twenty”—ask any hedge-fund manager.
24) Read The Footnotes (Or Listen To Those Who Do)
Short-sellers and accounting geeks are obsessed with fine print. They also tend to know better.
25) Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
One of the great ironies of NYC is that the very people who glorify its energizing collision of cultures and vast menu of choices are often the same people who confine their social lives within the same three square-blocks (and I’m not just talking about newly minted parents). 26) Have A Ritual (Part 1)
Sunday morning at Petite Abeille, in Tribeca, with a Belgian waffle, a pool-sized latte and back issues of the New Yorker.
27) Most First-Person Accounts Are Self-Absorbed Crap
But sometimes (ahem) readers can be counted on for clemency.
28) Be Inspired
If you need help, watch a new office tower’s steel skeleton punch the sky.
29) There Are All Kinds Of Thanksgivings
Until age 35, I was lucky enough to have never missed Thanksgiving with my extended family in Chicago. In 2006, with work and business school bearing down, there was too much to do to make the trip home. At 7 pm on Thanksgiving night, a workaholic colleague appeared at my office door and declared: “This is bull@#$%. We need some turkey.” So we walked to Grand Central Station and ate in the great hall at a place called Metrazur (now an Apple store). With all respect to my aunt Judy, it was the best bird I ever had.
30) Be Alone
Not all the time—just long enough to hear yourself.
31) What It Takes
Talent gets you invited to camp; determination gets you on the team; teamwork gets you on the field; confidence gets you on the starting unit; love for the game keeps you there. And too many sports metaphors get you smacked in the face.
32) If You Present A Problem, Present A Solution
Otherwise you’re just a whiner, and no one likes a whiner.
33) The Older You Get, The Less Patience You Have, And The More You Need
More aggravating still is that knowing it doesn’t really help.
34) Small Is Magnificent
That goes for movie theaters, Italian restaurants, music venues, consignment shops, grocery stores—everything except a martini pour.
35) Look Out The Window On The Descent
That’s right: “Wow…”
36) Spending More Than You Can Afford Is Alarmingly Easy To Do…
That’s true everywhere, but NYC puts a rather fine point on it.
37) …But You Don’t Need $1 Million To Feel Like A King
Twelve years ago my buddy dumped what he had into a sailboat he lived on and docked in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from the twin towers. One Sunday afternoon he invited some friends to grill burgers while bobbing in New York Harbor. It was September 9, 2001. Most of us were barely making rent. But for a few hours—with the towers in front and the Statue of Liberty behind—the world was ours.
38) Have A Guilty Pleasure Or Two
Mine included the occasional dearly priced ginger margarita at the Mercer Hotel bar, and—somewhat embarrassingly—a 3-hour spin on the Circle Line Tour (the guided tour boat that circumvents Manhattan). Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own town.
39) Ask For What You Want
“No” is a mild cut. Regret is a cancer.
40) Don’t Take Things Personally
It frees up energy to make adjustments.
41) Always Ask: “And Then What?”
The answer might surprise you.
42) Don’t Wait
My parents and I had talked for years about a trip to Italy. Mom has aggressive arthritis and a weak ticker, Dad a bum back and stubborn aversion to change. Four summers ago, as they both neared 70, they came for a visit. After three days, the city had visibly taken its toll—and those years of talking suddenly felt like precious wasted time. Nine months later we booked our Italy trip, and it was one for the ages.
43) Glib Gets Old
Jonathan Franzen, able satirist and author of Corrections, said anything that betrays real passion is uncool. It’s a great line—and you’d be amazed how many people take it to heart.
44) Best Pizza (Ever)
Lucali, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
45) Catch Up With Clifton
Every weekday morning for nearly 10 years, a short, wiry gentleman with a Caribbean accent, grey hair, cherubic smile and kind heart camped out with a newspaper at the south exit of the Rector Street subway stop, three blocks from Ground Zero. I hope you’re well, Mr. C.
46) Surprises Are For Birthdays
Whatever it is, get ahead of it.
47) Put Fresh Eyes On It
Whatever it is, it’ll need work in the morning.
48) Communicate Like A Grownup
Call to discuss, email to confirm.
49) Have A Ritual (Part 2)
Annual testosteronic outing called Steak Night—with up to 22 friends and family members from five states—at a storied NYC chophouse, preferably Peter Luger in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
50) Every Day Is New
In 14 years, I rarely needed a reminder. And still don’t.
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