It's Lighter Capital's first time on the list, and we're excited and grateful. We're especially thankful to our customers — the 120+ companies we've worked with since 2010. You keep us focused and inspire us to continually improve our product and processes. Making the Inc. 500 list is so important to us because we only succeed when our customers do well, too.
We're also grateful for the hard work by employees, board members, investors, advisers and supporters to help get us where we are today. Since I joined the company in 2012, we've grown from three employees to over 30, and it's been one heck of a fun ride.
So we're honored to make the list for the first time, and we're eagerly looking forward to sustaining our growth — we have big targets to hit this year and beyond in order to make the Inc. 500 again! In fact, 500 is a key number for us, because we plan to fund 300 companies via 500 fundings by 2018.
We also want to congratulate our client companies honored on this year's Inc. 5000 list: BombBomb, Ceterus, Good Done Great and Likeable Local. Congratulations on making the list and your continued growth!
According to Inc. this year's Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 lists were the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years.
The Inc. 5000 list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.
More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000
The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000.