VerticalResponse Named to Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies

Leading Email Marketing Company Ranks #402 on the 2006 Inc. 500

San Francisco, CA – August 23, 2006 Inc. magazine today announced its 25th annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. VerticalResponse, the leading provider of self-service email marketing and direct mail marketing solutions, ranks No. 402 on the list, with three-year growth of 357.7% percent.  The Inc. 500 list will be available in the September edition of the magazine.

“We’re excited to be recognized on the Inc. 500 list, as it is a tremendous validation of the consistent hard work and commitment to customer service of the VerticalResponse team,” said VerticalResponse CEO Janine Popick. “We’ve experienced significant company growth over the past few years and are on track to continue that trend moving forward. The key to our success is our suite of online tools, which enable anyone, regardless of technical expertise, to get up and running in minutes with their email and direct mail campaigns.”

The 2006 Inc. 500, as revealed in the September issue of Inc., reported the most robust bunch of companies the magazine has ever compiled, with aggregate revenue of $19.7 billion, up from $16.5 billion last year and $12.9 billion in 2000.  The two largest companies on this year’s Inc. 500 are the biggest ever to make the list – No. 170 Western Refining ($3.4 billion in revenue) and No. 376 Newegg.com ($1.26 billion) – and the third and fourth companies in Inc. 500 history to crack the billion-dollar mark.  In all, 14 companies topped $200 million in annual revenue, compared with 11 last year.

Most important, the 2006 Inc. 500 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 90,000 jobs since those companies were founded. 

This year’s list is the first to include businesses that started up immediately before and after September 11, 2001 – including the No. 1 company and 20 companies in the top 50 – as well as many companies that had to raise capital after the dot-com bubble burst.  In total, 104 companies listed on this year’s Inc. 500 were started after 2000. 

“If you want to find out which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500,” said Inc. Editor Jane Berentson.  “These are the most innovative, dynamic, fast-growth companies in the nation, the ones coming up with solutions to some of our most intractable ills, creating systems that let us conduct business faster and easier, and manufacturing products we soon discover we can’t live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc. magazine’s tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition.”

Methodology
The 2006 Inc. 500 list measures revenue growth from 2002 through 2005.  To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based, privately held independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2005, and have at least $600,000 in net sales in the base year. 

About Inc.

Inc., http://www.inc.com, the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. It provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Inc., a Mansueto Ventures LLC publication, inspires and informs, with cutting-edge coverage that reflects our readers’ energy, brashness, and imagination.

About VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse, Inc. (http://www.verticalresponse.com) is a leading provider of self-service email marketing and direct mail services empowering businesses of all sizes to create, manage and assess their own direct marketing campaigns. VerticalResponse’s flagship product, which allows customers to deliver sophisticated yet easily deployed email campaigns, is the most intuitive and affordable Web-based direct marketing solution available. VerticalResponse is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For additional information, please visit www.verticalresponse.com.

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