Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing
Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

For the 2nd Year in a Row, Optimal Design Co. Appears on the Inc. 5000,
Ranking Among the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL August 14, 2019 – Inc. magazine today revealed that Arlington Heights-based Optimal Design appears for the second year in a row on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“Of the tens of thousands of companies that have applied to the Inc. 5000 over the years, only a fraction have made the list more than once,” noted Optimal Design CMO Joe Wascow. “A mere one in four companies have made the list two times. That we have achieved this honor is a testament to the focus, energy and expertise of our team. I’m proud of everything we have been able to accomplish.”

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

Joe Wascow, CMO, Optimal Design Co.
601 West Campus Drive, Suite B3
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
P: 847-818-1000 x19
F: 847-483-1461

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Optimal Design
Optimal Design is an award-winning product development firm specializing in the design and
engineering of Wearables, Mobile Computing Products, and connected devices for the Internet
of Things. Optimal Design’s integrated and in-house services include technology R&D, industrial
design, mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, RF design, prototyping
and production sourcing. With a key role in over 200 patents over the past 15 years, Optimal Design brings a proven track record in creating patentable intellectual property that protects the client’s investment. Optimal Design focuses on designing for manufacturability and success in the marketplace at optimized margins. Please contact info@optimaldesignco.com or visit
http://www.optimaldesignco.com to learn more.

About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions. For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit https://conference.inc.com/.