The 2011 Inc. 500 Is Out…and We’re On It!

Kipp Chambers
3 min read

Yesterday, Inc. Magazine announced the Inc. 500 – their annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. And we’re thrilled to say that we’re ranked the 13th fastest-growing private software company in the U.S. (and #144 overall).

SurveyGizmo was founded 5 years ago as a 2-person, bootstrapped startup. We’ve been profitable since year one, and have been growing like wildfire ever since. Since the very beginning we’ve doubled our staff year-over-year. Over the past 3 years, we’ve grown revenue by almost 2000%.

(And we’re just getting started.)

How have we been able to do it?

One of the most important reasons we’ve been able to grow so quickly is the relationships we’ve built with our customers. Christian Vanek, our CEO and co-founder, learned early-on that our customers know a lot more about what they need than we do…and we’ve built that understanding into our entire development cycle.

Rather than having a static, detailed product roadmap, we focus on being able to quickly respond to customer needs and add them to our next iteration. It’s not uncommon for a customer to discuss an idea with support, then find a new feature that meets their requirements released a few weeks later.

In fact, our Customer Support team sits only a few feet from our Development team – and that’s no accident. By allowing information to flow freely between the two teams, we encourage the customer-centric software development that’s made our product so successful. Our customers know that we’re listening, and that we value every word of their feedback.

Don’t believe us? Talk to our survey experts in Customer Support. They’ll win you over pretty quick.

So what’s next?

In spite of the prestige of being named one of the top 150 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., we’re far from resting on our laurels. We’ve been working on several new products that we think will make our software even more useful for our customers, and look forward to releasing them in the next year.

Here’s a few things we’re working on:

  • Our survey API is still the most robust in the business, allowing companies across the world to integrate their applications with us. Whether you need to run surveys from WordPress, SalesForce, or anything in-between, our API lets you easily accomplish it. We’re constantly integrating with other services – look for several more in the near future!
  • We’ll soon launch the SurveyGizmo Marketplace, which will allow our users access to a much wider range of premium add-ons to their SurveyGizmo accounts. From custom question types to survey templates, you’ll be able to extend your capabilities with the click of a button.
  • …and we’ve got a few more big projects up our sleeves that we’re not ready to tell you about just yet (but keep checking this blog for more info!)

We’re thrilled to be a part of the Inc. 500 this year. Our attitude is that we’re just getting started. We hope you’ll join us as we continue to grow and innovate in the years to come.

Read the full press release here.

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