To be considered for the list, which looks at growth since 2007, a company must have some form of proprietary technology that brings a majority of the company’s revenue; the company must have had 2007 operating revenues of at least $50,000 and 2011 operating revenues of at least $5 million; and the company must have been in business for at least five years.
The software sector leads the list with 200 places in the top 500 companies. In addition, almost half of the winners, 48%, are publicly traded.
Here’s the top 10:
|1||Tesla Motors (TSLA)||Clean Tech||279,684%||Palo Alto, Calif.||Elon Musk|
|2||Palo Alto Networks (PANW)||Communications/
|166,938%||Santa Clara, Calif.||Mark McLaughlin|
|3||Sagent Pharmaceuticals (SGNT)||Biotech/
|146,443%||Schaumburg, Ill.||Jeffrey Yordon|
|55,413%||Milpitas, Calif.||Ashar Aziz|
|44,569%||Sunnyvale, Calif.||David Flynn|
|38,479%||Reston, Vir.||Ramu Potarazu|
|31,721%||New York, NY||Robin L. Smith, MD, MBA|
|8||Avigilon Corporation (AIOCF)||Software||29,917%||Vancouver, BC||Alexander Fernandes|
|9||Recondo Technology||Software||25,482%||Greenwood Village, Col.||Rick Adam|
|10||EcoSynthetix (ECSNF)||Clean Technology||25,327%||Burlington, Ont.||John Van Leeuwen|