Every year Inc. magazine publishes a list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America called the Inc. 5000. These are the small companies that have grown the fastest between 2014 and 2017. Collectively, the companies on this year’s list amassed $206.2 billion in revenue in 2017, up 158 percent from $79.8 billion in 2014.
Of the 5,000 companies on this year’s list exactly 233 are in the financial services category. Below is a screenshot of the top 10 companies in this category. Leading the list is Fundrise, the real estate platform for individual investors, a name that would be familiar to Lend Academy readers (I interviewed CEO Ben Miller on the podcast last year). Another well known name is Fundera, the small business lending marketplace, who were the third fastest growing company in our category. I encourage you to explore the complete list here where you can search for specific companies or filter by industry, state and many other criteria.
Below is a graphic showing the top 10 companies in the financial services category. It is interesting to me that four of the top five companies on this list are based in New York City while San Francisco only has one company in the top 10.
LendIt Fintech Makes the List at #683
We are proud to be included on this year’s list in our first year of eligibility. LendIt Fintech made the list at #683 with a 736% growth rate from 2014 to 2017. Our conference grew from around 1,000 attendees in 2014 to 5,000 in 2017 but in that time we also added Europe and China events to our schedule. We expect to continue to grow and to be on this list again next year.
Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of LendIt Fintech, the world’s first and largest digital media and events company focused on fintech. Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series. Peter has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Fortune, NPR, Fox Business News, the Financial Times, and dozens of other publications.