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And the 2019 winner of the Inc 5000 Fastest-growing Company is--

Finally! The big winner of the Inc 5000 annual list is an Advertising and Marketing company! Freestar of Phoenix, Az., “works with businesses to build brand awareness, establish marketing campaigns and increase revenue based upon content promotion.”

Their route to the top began with a printed wall calendar…

Not a buzzy new calendar app. Not a life-altering meeting request. A printed wall calendar. One of those relics with pictures of animals or landscapes that we all used to tack up in the kitchen.

This particular calendar—Tempe12—had, well, swimsuit models. Arizona State University co-eds in bikinis, to be exact. "All the girls had to have a minimum 3.0 GPA, so they had beauty and brains," explains Freestar co-founder David Freedman, without a trace of sheepishness. Freedman, who launched the calendar when he was a 22-year-old fifth-year senior at ASU back in 2004, has come a long way since then. But he draws a straight line from that fairly crude start to his current success.

Freestar, you see, sells solutions and services that help publishers make more money online by optimizing their advertising operations.

Read more.

Kentucky companies on the 2019 Inc 5000 List

Kentucky’s highest rank on the Inc 5000 list for 2019 is Number 21. The company, Tailor Made Compounding, located in Nicholasville, boasts a 3-year growth rate of 8,327% with 2018 revenue of $10.2M. It provides pharmaceutical compounding formulations to meet the needs of physicians and patients. It is No. 4 among Inc’s 2019 Top Health Companies.

Number 1 in that category is Cano Health, Miami, Fla., which offers a "primary care plus" menu of medical, dental, vision, specialty, and diagnostic services. It began in 2009 with one facility that offered patients medical and dental care for a flat rate of $30/month. Growth rate: 14,183%. It pays to be reasonable.

Two other Kentucky health companies made the list at the No. 92 and No. 317 positions, Kentucky Counseling Center (3,418%) and HANDLE (1,448%).

Below are the top ten Kentucky winners. Read more on Inc’s website!

The hyperlinks in the table below will take you to the company's Inc. 5000 description that includes its url.

2019 RANK COMPANY NAME 3-YEAR % GROWTH REVENUE (millions) INDUSTRY LAUNCHED CITY STATE
21 Tailor Made Compounding 8,327% $10.2 million Health 2015 Nicholasville KY
92 Kentucky Counseling Center 3,418% $4.9 million Health 2014 Louisville KY
317 HANDLE 1,448% $2.3 million Health 2015 Prospect KY
546 LEDMyplace 810% $7.3 million Energy 2014 Louisville KY
782 Synergy Home 553% $4 million Consumer Products & Services 2014 Lexington KY
1346 CAP Venture Group 307% $3.8 million Real Estate 2013 Louisville KY
1468 CisCom Solutions 282% $8.6 million IT Management 1996 Louisville KY
1491 Vac2Go 277% $12.3 million Business Products & Services 2012 LaGrange KY
1913 United Installs 209% $10.6 million Construction 2012 Erlanger KY
2066 Mightily 195% $2.9 million Advertising & Marketing 2013 Louisville KY

REVOLUTIONARY WEALTH - A book review

Future Shock. The Third Wave. Power Shift. And now, Revolutionary Wealth. Having read the first three of Alvin Toffler's bestsellers on how life is changing and why, I searched for his fourth major work in 2000. His series clarified for laypeople the evolution from a "first wave" agrarian-based economy to a "second-wave" industrial to the knowledge-based "third-wave" economy, and his prognostications were very useful. I needed the one I was sure would be out in 2000, but it wasn't there.

Future Shock, published in 1970, prepared us for the information age; The Third Wave, published in 1980, further interpreted the movement toward electronic empowerment; Power Shift, published 1990, prophesied a change in the very nature of power. Then, the Tofflers, as Alvin included his wife Heidi, stated they would not publish a book in 2000. The turn of the millennium was not a good time --too many uncertainties. Finally, in 2006, Revolutionary Wealth joined the line up of hallmark achievements for these very special authors.

What's in their book for you? A mind-blowing discourse on what goes on in the first decade of the 21st Century and what to look for; an expansive digest of world trends and events that are churning up the "third wave." A reader might be lucky enough to amass revolutionary wealth by keying into one of the featured trends of the knowledge economy. For example: "The new wealth system demands a complete shake-up in the way increasingly temporary skill sets are organized for increasingly temporary purposes throughout the economy." This prediction may lead you to challenge your staff to find ways of meeting American customer desires by supporting their new and changing family configurations.

Or, you may be the powerful player who pushes legislative change to keep pace with societal need. The Tofflers note that while business and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are moving at speeds of 100 or 90 mph, labor unions, education and legal institutions are lagging at speeds of 30 to only 1 mph. This is an amazing dilemma if your law suit is never settled until your actual business need ceases to exist.

Knowledge Described
Taking a bird's eye-- or more like a satellite-view of production and human labor over history, one sees a bright future despite the glaring hardships besetting nations, economies and workers at the present. A glance at the facts of knowledge reveals why the knowledge-based economy holds immense potential for people relative to the agrarian and industrial epochs… Knowledge...

  • is inherently non-rival - the greater the number of people who use it, the more likely it is that someone will generate more knowledge from the same bit of it.
  • is intangible
  • is non-linear - tiny insights can yield huge outputs
  • is relational - a unique piece attains meaning only in context with other bits
  • mates with other knowledge - the more there is, the more possible combinations there are
  • is more portable than any other product - can be distributed instantaneously to the next cubicle or to ten million in Hong Kong at the same near-zero price
  • can be compressed into symbols or abstractions - unlike tangibles
  • can be stored in smaller and smaller spaces - coming soon is storage nano scale
  • can be explicit or implicit - shared or not
  • is hard to bottle up - it spreads.

(The above list is an edited version of the ten features on pp. 100-101 of RW.)

Can you now understand why more job creation is simply a matter of exercising our collective imaginations? Factories exported to Mexico? So what. China manufacturing more and more: Big deal. America, you are the giant of the knowledge economy! Realize your prowess!

Other messages are not so fun: Desynchronization between the deep fundamentals like time and space and our major institutions is a serious dilemma. MUCH more troubling: Our educational system is not preparing students to work in the new economy that is striving to get in sync with the deep fundamentals.

The Tofflers put stock in science. If the trends and realities of this accelerated day and time are shocking and unwieldy, apply scientific method and planning. This, in their view, is an effective salve for the human condition.

Prediction: In an age of NGOs becoming past-masters at negotiations and missions accomplished, we can expect human cloning and such other possibilities to occur. One NGO will fight against particular agendas; another will successfully advocate. The clout of NGOs will eclipse that of nations.

Insights for the US
RW is not blithely proglobal. It does not turn a blind eye to China's military budget "estimated to have shot up at least sixfold between 1991 and 2004" (p. 322) and its theft of intellectual property (p. 377).

RW sees that the great powers including America are less and less great. And in the current climate of anti-American sentiment worldwide, where is the appreciation for her contributions? Winston Churchill's statement about the U.S. Marshall Plan under which the WWII-torn nations were rebuilt as "the most unsordid act in history" is quoted.

As you can see, the book runs the gamut from reasons to regard your prospects with amazement to woeful potential turns of fate for the red-white-and-blue.

From the "24 hour street" in Curitiba, Brazil, to "obsoledge" in the internet, to the unpaid work of prosumers, to the rise of para-money, to sensor technology that is emerging as one of the most important industries of the future, you will like Revolutionary Wealth, if you enjoy roller coaster rides.

Revolutionary Wealth, by Alvin and Heidi Toffler. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2006.

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