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Inc. Magazine Reveals Its 25th Annual List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies

August 23, 2006

Colorado-based Booyah Networks Ranks No. 23 on the 2006 Inc. 500 With Three-Year Sales Growth of 2017.3%–Booyah is the only Colorado company to break the top 25.

New York, August 23, 2006 – Inc. magazine today announced its 25th annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. Colorado-based Booyah Networks, ranks No. 23 on the list, with three-year growth of 2017.3 percent. Booyah Networks is the only Colorado company to make this year’s top 25.

Founded in 2001, Booyah Networks is an online marketing and technologies company, which started as a paid search network. The network’s success made it possible to develop and launch two new divisions, The Booyah Agency and SpotXchange. The Booyah Agency (www.thebooyahagency.com) is a boutique-style online marketing agency that manages about 20 clients including NewsGator, Little Tikes, ThoughtEquity and more. Booyah’s auction-based video ad serving platform, SpotXchange (www.spotxchange.com), is currently in beta, set to launch in September 2006.

The 2006 Inc. 500, as revealed in the September issue of Inc., reported the most robust bunch of companies the magazine has ever compiled, with aggregate revenue of $19.7 billion, up from $16.5 billion last year and $12.9 billion in 2000. The two largest companies on this year’s Inc. 500 are the biggest ever to make the list – No. 170 Western Refining ($3.4 billion in revenue) and No. 376 Newegg.com ($1.26 billion) – and the third and fourth companies in Inc. 500 history to crack the billion-dollar mark. In all, 14 companies topped $200 million in annual revenue, compared with 11 last year.

Most important, the 2006 Inc. 500 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 90,000 jobs since those companies were founded.

This year’s list is the first to include businesses that started up immediately before and after September 11, 2001 – including the No. 1 company and 20 companies in the top 50 – as well as many companies that had to raise capital after the dot-com bubble burst. In total, 104 companies listed on this year’s Inc. 500 were started after 2000.

“If you want to find out which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500,” said Inc. Editor Jane Berentson. “These are the most innovative, dynamic, fast-growth companies in the nation, the ones coming up with solutions to some of our most intractable ills, creating systems that let us conduct business faster and easier, and manufacturing products we soon discover we can’t live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc. magazine’s tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition.”

Hottest Regions for Fastest-Growing Companies

Federal spending again propels a large number of companies from Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland onto the Inc. 500.

Washington, D.C., is the top metropolitan area for the fourth consecutive year, with 43 of the fastest-growing companies, an increase of one over last year. New York City is a close second and the biggest gainer, adding 17 companies for a total of 42 companies this year, followed by Los Angeles with 25 (down seven companies from last year), Boston with 24 (down three companies), and Atlanta with 20 (no change).

California is the state with the most Inc. 500 companies – 66 (down from 77 last year). Virginia and New York both are home to 34 of the fastest-growing companies, followed by Texas (32) and Massachusetts (28).

The Immigration Debate

At least 55 of this year’s Inc. 500 CEOs were born outside the U.S., coming from countries as far-flung as Argentina, the United Kingdom, India, Russia, Pakistan, and the Philippines. The companies they run employ more than 14,300 workers and contributed more than $1.36 billion to the economy last year. Other countries may offer cheaper business costs (India, China) or more incentives for entrepreneurs (Ireland, Taiwan), but America still retains its land-of-opportunity glow for these CEOs.

Hottest Industries for Fastest-Growing Businesses

The largest business category among this year’s Inc. 500 is IT Services, with 68 companies in this category. Health (36 companies), Retail (35 companies), Real Estate (30 companies), and Human Resources (29 companies) round out the top industries ranked on the 2006 Inc. 500.

Methodology

The 2006 Inc. 500 list measures revenue growth from 2002 through 2005. To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based, privately held independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2005, and have, and have at least $600,000 in net sales in the base year.

Visit http://www.inc.com to dig deeper into this year’s Inc. 500 rankings

To celebrate the 25th annual Inc. 500 list, Inc.com has assembled an exclusive lineup of interactive resources that includes: 

  • Interactive maps allowing for quick insight into regional and industry trends
  • A timeline of world events and pop culture trends that shaped the past 25 years that explains how the Inc. 500 corresponds to and is reflected by those events
  • Slide shows of the top companies and most innovative products from the Inc. 500 class of 2006
  • A quiz that includes interesting facts such as which former Inc. 500 CEO won a World
    Series ring.

Inc., http://www.inc.com, the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. It provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Inc., a Mansueto Ventures LLC publication, inspires and informs, with cutting-edge coverage that reflects our readers’ energy, brashness, and imagination.

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MarketWatch: Auction-based video ads

August 15, 2006

Commentary: Coming soon to a player near you, By Bambi Francisco, MarketWatch Aug. 15, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — They can’t do it today, but pretty soon advertisers will be able to bid to be placed on video advertisements served up by Google.

That’s the word from Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt, who fielded questions from a couple dozen journalists last week during the SES conference in San Jose, Calif.  Schmidt was fresh from announcing Google’s deals with Viacom’s (VIA). That’s the word from Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt, who fielded questions from a couple dozen journalists last week during the SES conference in San Jose, Calif. and News Corp’s (NWS) digital properties, including MySpace.

One of my questions to Schmidt was when would Google leverage its sophisticated auction-based AdWords bidding model and let advertisers bid against each other in a transparent way for video placement?

Schmidt suggested that Google has already been working on such an auction-based AdWords service for video, but it’s not yet ready for prime time.

His affirmative response doesn’t surprise me all that much. After all, the automated bidding process has broadened the number of advertisers in Google’s network, thereby expanding sponsored advertisements for atypical keyword strings, like “day spas in Ethiopia.”

On the other hand, his response was quite a change from a few months ago.

Back in May, when Google held a press day down in Mountain View, Calif., I asked Schmidt the same question about video. At the time, Schmidt said Google was not working on such an auction-based platform. He said, however, it was an idea worth looking into and if there were companies working on such an auction-based bidding solution for video, he’d like to know about them.

It’s unclear when Google will roll out its video-ad auction platform. My guess is that a number of factors have to be in place, such as, umm, video ads created specifically for the Web.

If Google does roll out such as service, it will be one of the first. My bet is the service comes out before the end of this year. Besides Booyah Networks in Denver, there aren’t many, if any companies offering such an auction-based bidding service for video today. Trust me, I’ve looked around.

It’s not surprising that there wouldn’t be such a service, however. It’s only recently that Web videos have exploded to place video ads on.
The question is — what will video ads look like in 2007?

Speed dating on MySpace
San Francisco-based Browster, a startup with technology that lets you browse the Web faster, just launched an updated client that will let MySpace members browse profiles faster.

I know, I know. You’d think the Web has already hastened the networking process enough. Do we really need a service that conditions us to go through life even faster than we already do?

To be fair, you have to use Browster’s service for the browsing experience to make sense. On MySpace, Browster takes only certain information and provides an executive summary of sorts of that personal page, excluding the personal music that may be associated with that page.

Browster founder Scott Milener said his technology is helping those on MySpace find friends faster. My analogy: Speed dating or a catalog at the front of a store. Now the trick will be convincing people that browsing faster is enough of an incentive to download the Browster client.

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