I was traveling in Maine yesterday and missed a mild earthquake and all of the celebrations at InkHouse surrounding the Inc. 5000. InkHouse came in at number 1879. Not bad -- especially if you consider that there are nearly 7 million private, employer-based companies in the U.S.
Last night, I had some time to look into the other winners and examine the charts. According to Inc.’s data, the Inc. 5000 created 370,592 jobs in the last three years alone. See below for data over the last 30 years from some of the top Inc. 500 startups that have fueled job creation.
That’s awesome news in the face of headlines about an unemployment rate that’s holding steady above nine percent nationwide.
We’re in great company with the likes of HubSpot, which came in at number two in Boston. Congrats! Yesterday, HubSpot did an analysis using its Website Grader and found that the Inc. 500 score better than 70 percent of websites. Inc. reports that 78 percent of the Inc. 500 use Facebook, 78 percent use LinkedIn and 73 percent use Twitter. Only nine percent use none of these. We’re not surprised.
Reflecting on this kind of recognition, Meg and I are thrilled, of course. When we started InkHouse, we had big hopes and were betting on our ideas about how PR and social media were changing. We’re extremely grateful for the opportunities our hard work has afforded us and are excited about the team we have assembled. We would not be here without the confidence our clients place in us or the hard work our employees put in each and every day. And we do not take that for granted. We earn our reputation with each campaign and plan to keep it that way.
Here’s to all of the other winners and to a 2012 full of the kind of inspiration, hard work and economic outlook that lead to more jobs and more innovation.
* If you’d like to read more about how the Inc. 500/5000 were selected, click here.
Beth is the CEO of Inkhouse, which she co-founded in 2007 and has grown into one of the top ranked agencies in the country. Beth’s been recognized as one of the Top Women in PR by PR News, the Top 25 Innovators by The Holmes Report and as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Beth believes that shared values, and the freedom to create are the foundations of all meaningful work. She brings this philosophy to building a culture of creative progress at Inkhouse.