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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A Union Pacific cargo train hit a man in his 40s, killing him Thursday morning, Austin police said.
The train's driver called the police after the train hit the man at around 12:45 a.m. in the 300 block of Orchard Street, nearby Fifth Street and Lamar Boulevard.
Police have not released the identity of the man.
Over a year after they took the stage for the first time in Los Angeles, Austin FC returned to Banc of America Stadium to snatch the No. 1 spot from LAFC in a 2-1 statement win late Wednesday night.
Austin FC, which has flirted with the top spot in the MLS West this season, has now solidly reached the summit just a year after its second-to-last first season finish. The new top dogs are now 7-2-3 overall.
Here's a look at three highlights from the match:
Flashback in LA
For many Austin FC fans and naysayers alike, the match was more than a fight for the MLS West throne: it also served as a symbol of how far the team has come.
The two clubs first met on the Banc of America pitch as Austin FC saw its first game and first loss all at once in a 2-0 battle last April. It was an exciting but shaky start to the club's first season, and the loss seemed to set the tone for the rest of its inaugural year as the club dipped to second to last in the conference.
If Austin's first season was hallmarked by its first match, then its second-year success was foretold by its back-to-back five-goal victories to kick off the season.
Since then, the club has battled its own first-year shadow, claims of "bonus games" and a few unexpected obstacles—both on and off the pitch—but it has almost always come out on top.
That fight to the top was fully realized Wednesday, even as the club played its toughest opponent yet. Even with a man down in the middle due to Daniel Pereira's red card last game, the club kept its cool through even the trickiest moments of the match. Jhojan Valencia, who patched the Pereira hole in midfield, got his first MLS start and first MLS assist as Ruben Gabrielsen scored the first goal of the game.
Gabrielsen came to Austin FC as a potential hero for the team's center back position, but the club's resident Viking has already nabbed two goals in his first season with the team.
"That's center forward material," Austin FC announcer Adrian Healey said as Gabrielsen took control of Valencia's pass, paused to fake out the defense, and calmly tucked the ball into the left corner to complete the first goal of the match.
Even as LAFC dominated possession for much of the match, Austin FC saw another wide-open goal opportunity crumble as midfielder Diego Fagundez's shot hit the corner goalpost in the 23rd minute.
But Fagundez wasn't finished. The midfielder was short on his Verde hair dye but full of surprises as he nimbly sunk a shot over LAFC defense to make it 2-0 with 10 minutes to go.
Fagundez, who has spent more time setting up goals for his teammates (becoming the No. 1 assister in the MLS in the process), finally took the center stage with his second goal this season.
Owen Wolff, head coach Josh Wolff's own son, had a scoring opportunity of his own foiled by the goalpost as he started his first MLS match as one of the youngest starters in the league this season.
But Austin FC wouldn't score again; instead, LAFC powerhouse Carlos Vela made the win a bit trickier in the 86th minute as he got past Austin keeper Brad Stuver to cut the lead in half. The other Wolff quickly subbed in a five-prong defense as the club kept steady for the final 10 painstaking minutes to win the match.
BONUS: Stuver's career-making match
Six saves on the night in LA for Brad Stuver! 🚫 pic.twitter.com/02V6hcUd3Y— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 19, 2022
After two weeks on the bench due to a knee gash, Austin's star keeper Brad Stuver had the Stuver-iest match of all time (yes, we're making it a word) as he pulled off six saves to help his team to No. 1.
Stuver looked like a pinball machine as he pulled off save after save with his feet, hands and body to keep it nearly 100% clean on the back end.
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