The 12 Austin companies on Deloitte’s Fast 500 list

by Colin Morris
November 16, 2015
 
Today the global financial consulting network Deloitte released its Technology Fast 500 list. The companies were ranked by revenue growth percentage from 2011 to 2014 and included 12 based in Austin.
 
Among those 12, the highest ranked was Phunware, Inc. The mobile customer engagement platform grew by 952 percent to be ranked at 93 in North America, down from the number 4 position on last year’s list.
 
“Our growth rate wouldn't be possible without a mobile-first, native-first and fully integrated-first approach,” CEO Alan Knitowski said in a statement. “We're looking forward to a big year in 2016—adding even more depth and scale to our platform and leveraging the data and insights we can gain from more than 600 million monthly active users.”
 
Q1 Media was ranked second highest in Austin with 797 percent growth. The online advertising platform was founded in 2004.
 
Kinnser Software CEO Chris Hester attributed the company’s number eight spot on the Austin list to the efforts of its employees to improve healthcare, one of the fastest growing industries in the rankings.
 
“We’ve increased our investment in research and aligned with the most effective partners to meet the needs of our customers,” he said.
 
Bazaarvoice was ranked at number 10 in Austin and 394 overall with 161 percent growth. CMO Sara Spivey attributed the company’s success to maintaining its expertise in customer reviews as they become a larger force in the economy.
 
“In order to stay committed to our promise of helping consumers make a more informed purchase decision…Bazaarvoice has evolved from simply a ‘ratings & reviews’ company to a consumer-generated content expert,” she said. “We’ve expanded our product offering to incorporate a suite of tools that will better enable both businesses and consumers throughout that decision journey.”
 
Sizmek rounded out the Austin list. CEO Neil Nguyen said the company is focused on improving the ad experience for web users, regardless of the device they use.
 
“We’re now focused on helping clients build more engaging, interactive ads, making them more relevant to each consumer,” he said. “Then deliver them non-intrusively ... and measure their efforts comprehensively, so they’re clear on how to optimize their campaigns going forward.
 
“It is inspiring to witness the innovative ways that companies are incorporating emerging technologies for business gains, be it cognitive computing, or the Internet of Things,” said Sandy Shirai, who leads Deloitte’s U.S. technology, media and telecommunications practice, in a statement.
 
In order to be considered for the list, North American companies that have been in business at least four years and derive a majority of operating revenue from technology products must submit an application to Deloitte.
 
The 12 Austin companies are ranked below. The complete list is available here.

 

#

Rank

Name

Growth

CEO

1

93

Phunware, Inc.

952%

Alan Knitowski

2

114

Q1 Media

797%

Phil Banfield

3

281

Kimbia

249%

Daniel Gillett

4

325

One Source Networks

202%

Ernest Cunningham

5

333

Q2 Software

193%

Matt Flake

6

345

SailPoint

187%

Mark McClain

7

352

Itransition

183%

Sergey Gvardeitsev

8

381

Kinnser Software

171%

Chris Hester

9

387

Digital Turbine, Inc.

166%

Bill Stone

10

394

Bazaarvoice, Inc.

161%

Gene Austin

11

418

Asure Software

149%

Pat Goepel

12

478

Sizmek Inc.

120%

Neil Nguyen

 

Photo courtesy of Phunware.

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