Smart buildings are boring, but these startups aren’t

Smart buildings are boring, but these startups aren’t.

Both startups and big companies are bringing connected sensors and data analytics into commercial offices.

Motion sensors driving light switches used to be state of the art in office buildings, but now startups and big companies are bringing connected sensors and data analytics into commercial offices that will make building management look a lot more like IT.

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Smart buildings are boring, but these startups aren’t

The 10 Fastest-Growing Companies in America

1. Ultra Mobile

The Costa Mesa, California, wireless company, founded in 2011 by David Glickman, posted an astonishing 100,849 percent rise in sales, to $118.2 million, from 2011 to 2014.

2. Tryfacta

The nearly-20-year-old cloud and big data service grew its sales an impressive 28,365 percent, to $34.4 million, from 2011 to 2014. In five years, CEO Adesh Tryaga wants Tryfacta to become a “20,000-employee company with over $3 billion in revenue.”

3. Optima Tax Relief

This Santa Ana, California-based tax services firm launched in 2011. Optima Tax Relief’s three-year revenue jumped more than 26,007 percent, to $33.6 million, from 2011 to 2014. Over that same period, its headcount grew to 302 from eight.

4. Castle Medical

Founded by Scott Damron in 2004, the Smyma, Georgia, workplace-drug and genetics tester Castle Medical grew its sales 25,485 percent, to $83.7 million, from 2011 to 2014.

5. Quick Bridge Funding

Co-founded in 2011 by Ben Gold and Jason Osiecki, the Irvine, California alternative lender credits its 24,138 percent three-year sales growth rate to its focus on transparency.

6. Drawbridge

The San Mateo, California, ad tech firm gives brands insight into online and offline consumer behavior. The five-year-old company, founded by Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, saw its revenue jump 23,484 percent, to $32.9 million, from 2011 to 2014.

7. StartApp

Gil Dudkiewicz founded the mobile advertising platform for developers in 2008. The New York City firm notched $37.1 million in sales in 2014, up 22,036 percent from 2011.

8. Restore Health

Matt Wanderer’s seven-year-old company, based in Madison, Wisconsin, offers personalized medicines to physicians and patients. Restore Health posted $30.5 million in sales last year, a 21,753 percent growth rate from 2011.

9. Scopely

Co-founded in 2011 by Walter Driver, Scopely publishes free-to-play games–and business is booming. The Culver City, California, company’s 2014 revenue reached $32.1 million, up more than 19,500 percent from 2011.

10. Company.com

With $31 million in 2014 sales–an 18,888 percent hike since 2011–the social network founded by financial industry veteran Bill Wade easily cracked the 2015 Inc. 5000.

The 10 Fastest-Growing Companies in America

Business, like government, must master geo-economics

Today, there is no harsh bilateral collision between opposing political and economic ideologies. Instead we are faced with geopolitics that encompass a host of ever more tightly interconnected factors: from international security, jurisdiction, global governance and diplomacy, combined with a global economic landscape in which leaders struggle to interpret the interconnected complexities of monetary and fiscal regimes, currency shocks, shifting international trade frameworks, global investment, talent migration and a host of other globalized macroeconomic forces.

Business, like government, must master geo-economics

8 Best Industries for Starting a Business Right Now

Here are the sectors with the most promising opportunities for new entrants.

  • Food e-commerce
  • Legal Marijuana
  • Gamification Services
  • Agricultural Software
  • Relaxation Beverages
  • Public-Sector Technology
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • Fantasy Sports Services

8 Best Industries for Starting a Business Right Now

The World’s 26 Best Cities for Business, Life, and Innovation

What is the greatest city in the world?

  1. New York
  2. Toronto
  3. San Francisco
  4. Stockholm
  5. Sydney
  6. London
  7. Chicago
  8. Paris
  9. Singapore
  10. Hong Kong
  11. Houston
  12. Los Angeles
  13. Berlin
  14. Tokyo
  15. Madrid
  16. Seoul
  17. Beijing
  18. Abu Dhabi
  19. Shanghai
  20. Mexico City
  21. Moscow
  22. Santiago
  23. Istanbul
  24. Sao Paolo
  25. Johannesburg
  26. Mumbai

The World’s 26 Best Cities for Business, Life, and Innovation.

How Cloud Computing Will Transform Small Business by 2020

Companies that dont take advantage of cloud computing will be in the minority in less than six years. Heres why.

How Cloud Computing Will Transform Small Business by 2020.

Three Ways The Cloud Can Help Your Business Thrive

Cloud computing is no longer a new trend, but business as usual for many. 50 percent of large enterprises have deployed clouds in their organizations.

But what about the other 50 percent — what’s keeping them on the fence? For those businesses that are still considering when and how to jump into cloud, here’s three cloud attributes that every business and institution can benefit from:

  1. Flexibility
  2. Control
  3. Efficiency

Three Ways The Cloud Can Help Your Business Thrive.