SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Oct 17, 2012) - Puget Sound Business Journal recently announced that SEOmoz ranked number 23 on the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list at an awards event at the Meydenbauer Center. The event, which drew nearly 500 people, announced and honored all 100 companies on the list and revealed each company's ranking. The 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies are listed, with select companies profiled, in a special publication of the Business Journal on Oct. 12.
The Fastest-Growing Private Companies program was launched 17 years ago by the Puget Sound Business Journal to identify and recognize companies speeding to the top of their industries. To be eligible, companies must be privately held and headquartered in Washington, have at least $500,000 in net revenue in 2009, show an overall growth from 2009 to 2011 calendar years, and agree to submit their net operating revenues with Puget Sound Business Journal.
"The companies that make this list are, by definition, among the most dynamic in our region," said Business Journal Publisher Gordon Prouty. "Especially this year, making membership on this elite list is all the more impressive, and these companies are showing all of us what qualities it takes to grow in challenging times."
SEOmoz is recognized as the leading industry provider of search engine and social optimization software with a current roster of nearly 20,000 paying subscribers and a monthly web count of over two million visitors to its very vocal online community. Founded in 2004, CEO Rand Fishkin has expanded his company from a two-man shop to a team of 92 quirky and innovative "Mozzers" and counting. After raising $19.1 million in funding, SEOmoz has also been on an acquiring spree, adding Followerwonk, a Twitter analytics company, to its software expertise.
"To be acknowledged on this year's PSBJ 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list is a great feat for the company," said SEOmoz co-founder and CEO Rand Fishkin. "I took a risk in 2004 by putting everything I had into Moz and to see how far it has grown, with an amazing group of people on my team, proves the risk was worth taking."
The 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies program is presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal and sponsored by CliftonLarsonAllen; Wells Fargo; Comcast Business Class; Regence; Robert Half; Sound Mental Health; and Stoel Rives.
SEOmoz is the industry's most popular provider of search engine and social optimization software, easy-to-use tools and tutorials enabling businesses of all sizes to grow their traffic in the areas where people search most. The company is powered by a passionate group of Mozzers who aspire to provide pioneering technology that empowers users to leverage the reach of the Internet -- increasing visibility through organic search and social media marketing. The software's API capabilities connect the Mozscape web index with web-based campaign applications, Open Site Explorer and dozens of additional third party offerings -- helping brands gain greater mindshare easily and effectively. With a mission focused on education as well as technical innovation, SEOmoz hosts a powerful community of contributors and marketers united in bringing beneficial, user-oriented content to the top of the page.
Puget Sound Business Journal is the region's premier source of business information, serving an unparalleled audience of business and community leaders. In addition to the weekly newspaper, the Business Journal provides daily updates via its web site and email alerts. The company also plays a vital role in bringing the area's leadership community together by hosting a wide variety of events throughout the year, from the Women of Influence awards event to the Washington's Best Workplaces event at Safeco Field. Puget Sound Business Journal is a unit of American City Business Journals, which operates 40 local business newspapers throughout the United States. Visit Puget Sound Business Journal on the web at www.pugetsoundbusinessjournal.com, www.facebook.com/pugetsoundbusinessjournal, www.twitter.com/psbj.