Wednesday, September 29, 2010

5,000 Fastest Growing Companies | 2010

Fast growing companies emerge, even during the Great Recession. The median growth rate over the past three years for the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the United States is 96 percent.

The 5,000 fastest growing private companies are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine. The metro areas with the most fast growing companies are as follows:

  1. New York City | 401 companies
  2. Washington, DC | 365 companies
  3. Los Angeles | 260 companies
  4. Chicago | 199 companies
  5. Boston | 184 companies
  6. Atlanta | 178 companies
  7. Dallas / Fort Worth | 158 companies
  8. San Francisco | 156 companies
  9. Philadelphia | 132 companies
  10. Houston | 116 companies

Fast growing companies are more likely than slow growing companies to be hiring as the economy begins to improve.

Fast growing companies are more likely than slow growing companies to be receptive to the business-to-business services you and your company might offer.

Access the Inc 5000 list and see which companies are growing the fastest. Use the advanced search feature to identify the fastest growing companies in your state. Or simply click the following link and change the two character state abbreviation (MA) to your state:

Fastest Growing Companies in Massachusetts

Inc. magazine has identified 194 fast growing companies in Massachusetts. Facebook Fans of Beantown Web gain instant access to a database of these 194 companies, searchable by city. Become a Facebook Fan today.

Listed below are the 50 fastest growing private companies in Massachusetts:

  1. Carbonite | Boston
  2. Gazelle | Boston
  3. Food Should Taste Good | Needham Heights
  4. Reveal Imaging Technologies | Bedford
  5. Crowe Paradis Services | North Reading
  6. PlumChoice | Billerica
  7. Cube 3 Studio | Lawrence
  8. LoyaltyExpress | Woburn
  9. Rapid7 | Boston
  10. Bridge Energy Group | Marlborough
  11. aPriori | Concord
  12. BackOffice Associates | South Harwich
  13. Guidance Technology | Sharon
  14. InBoxer | Burlington
  15. Kurgo | Salisbury
  16. Pro Teck Services | Waltham
  17. Zipcar | Cambridge
  18. Genuine Interactive | Boston
  19. Bioengineering Group | Salem
  20. IneoQuest Technologies | Mansfield
  21. Staticworx | Watertown
  22. Culbert Healthcare Solutions | Woburn
  23. Blue Cod Technologies | Marlborough
  24. Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers | Brockton
  25. Quantech Services | Lexington
  26. Senior Whole Health | Cambridge
  27. Neighborhood Diabetes | Woburn
  28. eClinicalWorks | Westborough
  29. SEI Boston | Boston
  30. NWN Corporation | Waltham
  31. Winslow Technology Group | Boston
  32. Litle & Co. | Lowell
  33. Watermark Environmental, Inc. | Lowell
  34. Long Term Solutions | Natick
  35. Universal Mind | Westfield
  36. CNE Direct | Beverly
  37. Cambridge NanoTech | Cambridge
  38. Radius Financial Group | Norwell
  39. Planet Shoes | Waltham
  40. Trinity Building & Construction Management Corp. | Woburn
  41. Massachusetts Technology Corporation | Allston
  42. Boston Interactive | Charlestown
  43. Johnny Cupcakes | Hull
  44. WorldAPP | Braintree
  45. VoIP Logic | Williamstown
  46. LifeSpan Technology Recycling | Newton
  47. AVEO Pharmaceuticals | Cambridge
  48. EMBER Corporation | Boston
  49. TPR Media | Jamaica Plain
  50. Plenus Group | Lowell

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Great Recession | RIP 2007 - 2009

The Great Recession lasted 18 months. It ended 15 months ago.

OK. That's out of the way. Now, how do we get people back to work?

Source: The New York Times

According to The Times, each of the three most recent post-recession recoveries have been "jobless recoveries."

Learn More to Earn More

In each recession some jobs go away and don't return. New opportunities are created. Training might be required to take advantage of these new opportunities. This might be especially true in the fast moving world of Web technologies.

Training Opportunity #1

Flash | Flex | AIR | ColdFusion

According to Adobe's Brian Rinaldi, "the Wall Street Journal recently reported that demand for Flash developers has been growing."

Brian coordinates "RIA Unleashed : Boston 2010, a two-day event (November 11 - 12) covering general web application development and the Adobe Flash Platform including Flex, AIR, ColdFusion and related technologies and disciplines.

Training Opportunity #2

Ruby on Rails

Business Insider offers the following thought: Looking for work? Learn Ruby on Rails. Mass High Tech reports a similar demand for Rails developers in Startups Competing with Big Firms for Boston Tech Talent.

Boston Rubyists offers an informal Rails Coding Mashup on Saturday, September 25. If you are looking for something more formal, check out Thoughtbot's Test Driven Rails, a two-day training opportunity in Boston, October 12 - 13.

Training Opportunity #3


Talbott Crowell is one of the co-founders of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group. He is one of the co-organizers of SharePoint Saturday. This event will be held for the third time on Saturday, September 25.

SharePoint Saturday is FREE and open to the public. Three session tracks are available: End User, Developer and Administrator. Register now and begin learning this in-demand Microsoft technology and start networking with Boston area technology professionals.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Web Innovators Group | WebInno27

Eleven companies. Eleven hundred networking opportunities. All FREE.

If you are interested in previewing the latest innovations on the Internet and mobile devices, and networking with industry leaders, then check out the next gathering of the Web Innovators Group.

This 27th installment (WebInno27) will feature the following presentations:

Main Dishes

  • Play 140 | we make social games with words

  • TurningArt | rotate artwork in your home

  • AisleBuyer | the world's first virtual shopping assistant and mobile self-checkout

Side Dishes

  • Discovir | follow your interests; follow anything

  • HuddleHub | manage all of your fantasy sports teams in one application

  • Webiva | performance inbound marketing platform

  • Custommade | your source for all things custom made

  • Brass Monkey | an SDK which connects multiple devices over a WIFI network

  • Athleague | intramural sports made easy

  • Zazu | tells you what you need to know to start your day off right

  • Episend | send anything to anyone

Special Breakout Session

A panel discussion entitled Self-Funded Success Stories will be conducted with the following entrepreneurs:

[NOTE: Simply click the "in" icon to view the individual's LinkedIn profile.]

Event Details

Monday, September 13, 2010, 6:30 pm

Royal Sonesta Cambridge

Registration is FREE and the networking could prove invaluable! Check out the Attendee List of more than 1,100 pre-registrants to determine if this networking event is right for you.

Registrants are encouraged to join the Boston Web Innovators Group on LinkedIn and connect with more than 1,300 members.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Boston Market | September 2010

More than 4,000 business executives were surveyed about their hiring plans for the fourth quarter. Here are two highlights:

  • nearly half of executives (47 percent) said it is challenging to find skilled professionals today
  • executives in the business services sector anticipate the most professional-level hiring in the fourth quarter, a net 16 percent increase

These findings bode well for workers who have a proven track record of delivering high quality professional services. Additional details are available in a press release available from Robert Half International, a recognized leader in professional staffing services.

Boston Market | September

The job market for technology professionals in the Boston marketplace continues to demonstrate resilience. Fifteen of the Top 20 Web technologies posted an increase in demand during the month of August, a period of traditionally sluggish hiring.

Here are the Top 5 most in-demand technologies according to a keyword search at

  1. SQL | 798 09%
  2. Oracle | 727 18%
  3. Java | 443 02%
  4. XML | 310 08%
  5. SQL Server | 307 08%

Here are the technologies that round out the Top 10:

  1. JavaScript | 272 03%
  2. C# | 227 03%
  3. HTML + CSS | 176 09%
  4. "Web Services" | 175 08%
  5. Perl | 170 02%

The remaining technologies that comprise the Top 20 are listed in the right-hand column.

The Boston Two Step

To succeed in this economy, it's helpful to develop dance moves like John Travolta. Here is a two-step plan to expand your business prospects for the remainder of 2010:

Step #1: Workers who provide professional services, including Web designers and developers, should consider targeting companies in the business services sector for the remainder of 2010. These companies are most likely to be expanding their staff to meet demand.
Step #2: Develop a plan to become a skilled professional that nearly 50% of executives say are difficult to find. For Web designers and developers this means demonstrating proficiency in several Top 10 Web technologies. Add country coding moves to your disco design skills.

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Friday, September 03, 2010

Startup Watch | August 2010

Two services provide insights into the Boston startup community.

The Boston Startup Tracker identifies the Top 100 startups in the Boston area based on website traffic and engagement. Clicking on a name provides a profile of that company including current job openings. The tracker is updated monthly.

Mass High Tech highlights startup companies each week in a series called "Five You Should Follow." These companies may not be as established as the ones that make the Boston Startup Tracker list.

Startup Watch for August

Here are 20 startup companies to keep your eye on:

[NOTE: Hover over company name to view a tooltip summary of that company's value proposition.]

» Aisle Buyer | Boston

» Audax Medical, Inc. | Littleton

» | Boston

» Erelyx, Inc. | Boston

» Fivi | Boston

» g2gConnect, LLC | Framingham

» Glassbooth | Cambridge

» Greenbean Recycle | Somerville

» GroundedPower, Inc. | Newton Lower Falls

» MindChild Medical, Inc. | Andover

» | Woburn

» Open Near Me, LLC | Lexington

» OsmoPure | Boston

» Pozit | Boston

» Shareable Ink | Newton

» SkinnyTrip, Inc. | Somerville

» Solar Engineering Solutions, Inc. | Cambridge

» Trenergi Corp. | Hopkinton

» Zero Carbon, Inc. | Rockport

Five new startups are listed every Tuesday at Mass High Tech -- The Journal of New England Technology. Access Startup News for details. If your company was founded within the last three years, and would like to be considered for the Watch List, contact the Startup Watch editor.

Access previous Startup Watch lists:

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