VerticalResponse, Inc. today announced that it ranked number 541 on Technology Fast 500™, Deloitte LLP’s ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the five-year period from 2004–2008. VerticalResponse grew 541 percent during this period.
VerticalResponse previously ranked #319 as a Technology Fast 500™ award winner for 2008, and ranked #254 in 2007.
VerticalResponse’s CEO, Janine Popick, credits the company’s customer service, a focus on new partners such as Intuit, aggressive customer acquisition, and ultimately customer referrals with the company’s 541% revenue growth over the past five years. She said, "The loyalty of our customers, and their resulting referrals, has always been a key driver of growth for VerticalResponse,” said Janine Popick. “Our small business customers like that we understand their specific needs, given that we have experienced similar challenges and growing pains since beginning our small business more than eight years ago.”
"Technology Fast 500™ recognizes innovative companies that have broken down barriers to success and defied the odds with their remarkable five-year revenue growth," said Phil Asmundson, Vice Chairman and U.S. Technology, Media and Telecommunications leader, Deloitte LLP. "We congratulate VerticalResponse on this accomplishment."
"With its impressive five-year growth, VerticalResponse has earned its position among the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America," said Mark Jensen, Managing Partner, Technology and Venture Capital Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "Deloitte is proud to honor VerticalResponse for its achievement."
Overall, Technology Fast 500™ award winners for 2009 had growth rates ranging from 212 to 146,050 percent over five years, with an average growth rate of 2,486 percent.
Technology Fast 500™ Selection and Qualifying Criteria
Technology Fast 500™ provides a ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. This ranking is compiled from nominations submitted directly to the Technology Fast 500™ website, and public company database research conducted by Deloitte. Technology Fast 500™ award winners for 2009 are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth during the five-year period from 2004 to 2008.
In order to be eligible for Technology Fast 500™ recognition, companies must own proprietary intellectual property or proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of the company's operating revenues. Using other companies' technology or intellectual property in a unique way does not satisfy this requirement. Consulting companies, professional service firms, etc. are not eligible unless they have proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of their operating revenues.
Technology Fast 500™ award eligibility requirements also include base-year operating revenues of at least $50,000 USD or CD, and current-year operating revenues of at least $5 million USD or CD. These revenues must have more than doubled between 2004 and 2008. Additionally, companies must be in business for a minimum of five years, and be headquartered within North America.
VerticalResponse, Inc. (verticalresponse.com) is a leading provider of self-service email marketing, online surveys and direct mail services empowering small businesses to easily create, manage and analyze their own direct marketing campaigns. VerticalResponse’s flagship product is the Small Business Stimulus Package, which bundles email, online surveys and postcards to offer customers an integrated Web-based direct marketing solution that’s intuitive and affordable. VerticalResponse is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
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