5 Founder Insights From the Inc. 5000

What does it mean to land a spot on the Inc. 5000 list? Ask a dozen different people, and you’ll likely get a dozen different answers, ranging from solemn admiration (“It means you have a great company”) to wry skepticism (“It’s nothing but a marketing ploy”).

Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, what’s certain is that the Inc. 5000 represents a ton of work on behalf of the founders and companies listed on it. All told, the companies on this year’s list account for ~$209B in revenue and ~600k employees.

Last year, we did a deep dive on all 5k rows of the Inc. 5000, which ultimately became the basis for our Inc. 5000 Signals database

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