Austin is living up to its "boomtown" reputation, and the proof is in the numbers.
Inc. Magazine measured businesses all over the U.S. for its annual Inc. 5000 list, ranking a whopping 5,000 American businesses and dividing them into categories
As expected, the city shone in tech- but even more companies came from the advertising and products and services industries. Overall, Austin flaunted 107 local businesses that made the cut.
Here's a list of all of the businesses helping Austin's boom:
Advertising & Marketing
Coming in as the top local advertising company, this is Austin-based video marketing agency AdOutreach's first time on the Inc. 5000 list. AdOutreach has demonstrated 4,515% growth since last year and came in 87th place overall.
Digital Thrive (121), CBANC Network (605), Conversion Logix (1,285), Intellibright (1,672), Orange142 (2,448), TriggerPoint Media (2,449), StitcherAds (2,559), Effective Spend (3,323), Tiger Pistol (3,614), Service Direct (4,164) and Threshold (4,515) also made the list.
Business Products & Services
Out in Cedar Park, Cartograph provides fully outsourced management services for Amazon channels and came in 122nd place overall on the list with a 3,259% growth rate. The company was also included in the Inc. 5000 Regionals list this year.
Lab Alley (396), Ninja Partners (1,214), Funsize Corp. (2,325), Skaled Consulting (2,616), Felix Media Solutions (3,120), Fourlane (3,905), The ASK Method Company (4,023), OpenSymmetry (4,131), Sense Corp (4,453), Urban Betty (4,767) and EBQ (4,827) also made the list.
CAN-AM Wireless, a Cedar Park-based company that provides IoT, or Internet of Things, services to large companies and governments, topped the computer hardware list in 292nd place. The company has had a 1,583% growth rate over the last year.
Evergreen Electronics (886) and Simply NUC (1,000) also made the list.
Resort and lifestyle community developer and designer Legacy DCS was one of eight other construction companies to make the Inc. 5,000. In 888th place overall, Legacy DCS has grown by a factor of 547% since 2020.
Alpha Paving Industries (2,046), Green Knight Metal Roofing (2,268), Patriot Services Network (2,583), Hellas Construction (3,280), Encore Mechanical (3,570), Direct Expansion Solutions (3,873) and Kidd Roofing (4,751) also made the list.
Consumer Products & Services
Neck and neck with Austin-based tea subscription service Sips by, Literati was the highest on the consumer products list in 77th place. The book subscription service has been booming with a 4,898% growth rate.
Sips by (79), Woom Bikes USA (1,198), Puracy (1,781), Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning (1,923), Peddle (2,221), Patriot Pool and Spa (2,389) and Camp Gladiator (4,944) also made the list.
Coming in at 3,952 on the list, the Growth Institute is an executive training company for mid-market companies. The company, started in 2012, has growth by 79% and been on the list several times, coming in 2,100 in 2020, 2,251 in 2019 and 1,593 in 2018.
The solar industry consultant Kinect Solar was the only Austin energy company that made the list, clocking in at 2,231st place overall. The company has grown by 191% since it last made the list in 2020, coming in 130th place, and 2019, coming in 162.
Providing financial services for the community, Austin Capital Bank made the 1,066th spot on the list. The company has grown by almost 500% since last year.
Easy Pay Direct (2,676), Consero Global (2,899), AffiniPay (3,022), Simpler Trading (3,856), Red Oak Compliance Solutions Holdings (4,011) shared the list.
Food & Beverage
Basemakers and Mighty Swells Spiked Seltzer were the lone two food and drink businesses on the list, coming in 1,918th place and 1,936th place respectively. The businesses grew at about the same rate—both around 230%.
MKS2 Technologies, which does cybersecurity and development for the Department of Defence and Veteran Affairs, was the sole government services nominee at 1,766th place in Austin. The company enjoyed a 258% growth rate over the last year.
Two companies made it in the health sphere. Medical products distributor Empowering a Billion Women came in highest out of all the Austin companies in 28th place, while at-home medical test provider EverlyWell was 219th.
Towards the bottom of the list in 4,562nd place, full-service recruiting firm Becker Wright Consultants has grown by 57% in the last year.
With a portion of Q2 Stadium named after it, insurance provider The Zebra made it into the top 1,000 with a growth rate of 520% and was the only insurance company on the list.
Wursta, which helps companies grow with Google Cloud, came in 440th place with 1,115% growth. Mission Critical Facilities International, specializing in data center power and cooling equipment, also secured a spot in 3,332nd place with a 107% growth rate.
IT System Development
Simpat Tech, in 1,182nd place, and Motiv, in 4,091st place, led the Austin community in IT system development with a 409% and 74% growth rate respectively.
Logistics & Transportation
With fewer than 100 spaces between the two companies, Arrive Logistics and Dropoff held down the shipping end of Austin's economy. The two grew by 465% and 445%, respectively.
Professional audio equipment manufacturer Warm Audio and machine part manufacturer VIRTEX Enterprises LP shared the manufacturing portion of the list/ The businesses clocked in 2,006th and 2,412th place and saw growth rates of 220% and 175% respectively.
As the second-highest Austin company on the list, real estate platform OJO Labs was 49th and has grown a healthy 6,767%. Sharing the real estate label, developer Urban Gravity made it within the top 1,000 in 965th place with a growth rate of 498%.
Family-founded clothing store ZOX and Bill Murray's lifestyle company W.M. Golf were the only two companies in Austin's retail lineup. Zox came in 818th place with a strong 595% growth rate, while W.M. Golf was a bit lower at 1,627th place with 285% growth.
eCommerce solutions company KBMax and compliant cloud software developer ClearDATA Networks repped Austin in the security department in 2,097th and 3,082nd place. Praetorian also made the list in 3,712nd place.
Both software companies WebForce and Pushnami were well within the top 1,000. Webforce came in 152nd place and saw 2,776% growth, while and Pushnami was just a bit behind in 554th place with 869% growth.
AlertMedia (624), Bucket.io (922), IIIMPACT (1,043), Invoiced (1,172), ActivTrak (1,606), Zuar (1,804), ESO Solutions (2,137), Digital Pharmacist (2,337), SecureLink (2,645), Aurigo Software Technologies (3,061), Khoros (3,188), Bloomfire (3,275) and SBDP (4,700) also made the list.
Telecommunications and cybersecurity provider Select Communications held strong in 3,390th place with a modest 104% growth rate.
Travel & Hospitality
Finally, remote hotel sales support company Jacaruso Enterprises was the sole travel company that made the list. Towards the tail end, Jacaruso Enterprises secured spot number 4,181 and grew by 70%
You can view the rest of the Inc. 5000 list here.
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After months of speculation, a new report says political personality Beto O'Rourke is mulling a run for Texas governor that he will announce later this year.
Sources tell Axios the former congressman is preparing his campaign for the 2022 election, where he will likely vie for the position against incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. The only other candidate that has announced he will take on Abbott for governor is former Texas GOP Chairman Allen West—no Democrats have announced they are running as of yet.
"No decision has been made," Axios reports David Wysong, O'Rourke's former House chief of staff and a longtime adviser, said. "He has been making and receiving calls with people from all over the state."
A new poll from The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler shows O'Rourke is narrowing the gap between himself and Abbott's prospects for governor. In the poll, 37% said they'd vote for O'Rourke over Abbott, while 42% said they'd vote for Abbott.
Abbott has been in the hot seat due to his handling of COVID-19 and the signing of landmark legislation into law, including new abortion and voting rights laws; 54% of poll respondents voted they think the state is headed in the "wrong direction." Still, Texas hasn't had a Democrat as governor since the 90s.
O'Rourke's people-focused approach to the 2018 Senator race, which he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz, gave him a widespread following and many hoped he'd throw his hat into the ring since he said he was considering it earlier this year.
"We hope that he's going to run," Gilberto Hinojosa, the state chair of the Democratic Party, told Axios. "We think he'll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott because he's vulnerable."
Austin rapper Jordi Esparza may not have won the 2021 Red Bull Batalla, the world's largest Spanish freestyle rap competition, but for a spirited two rounds, the 22-year old Mexican native looked like he had every right to.
On Saturday evening in Los Angeles, the event itself looked like Cobra Kai meets Star Search with graphics adding a very Batman Beyond aesthetic. Over a dozen rappers hoping to represent the U.S. in the international round of the competition took to the stage with in-your-face jabs at accents, sexual orientation and odors, among other things.
This was Esparza's second rodeo; he had placed third at the 2020 National Finals, automatically securing him a spot this year.
However, things were different this year. He was not nervous about the contest. Unlike in 2020, when he made his Red Bull Batalla debut, the anxiety of the event led him to "feeling so bad."
Affecting a casual calm, the locally-based landscaper said he just felt "so relaxed, so happy" and primarily wanted to "enjoy everything."
Choosing his first-round opponent, Esparza, whose stage name is Jordi, elected to go against LA-based Boss.
Esparza freestyled an attack on his opponent's weight and cholo style of dress.
Boss—bracketing his Latin freestyle with English appeals to the crowd—mocked Jordi's lack of education, made fun of how clean Jordi's shoes looked and suggested that Jordi just came back from a Footlocker.
That first round went to Jordi.
But his next opponent Eckonn would prove to be his undoing.
Eckonn compared Jordi to Hannah Montana, while Jordi soulfully explained that he had learned from the best.
Esparza's verbal dexterity is matched by a rattling rhythm and a game face that is as mawkish as it is mockish. The overall effect is that of an underdog with bite.
Eckonn beat Esparza in that round with the overall championship going to Palm Beach-based rapper Reverse.
However, Esparza was just happy to be there. He recently told Austonia going to the finals again was a dream come true—a pinnacle that he said he won't know how to top.
With his nimble jabs and sneaky prowess, honed from pop culture and the swagger of a young working man hungry to be more, Jordi Esparza is just getting started.