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In its first issue in 1979, Inc. magazine published the Inc. 100, a list of the fastest-growing privately held small companies; in 1982, the list was expanded to become the Inc. 500, and in 2007, it was expanded again to become the Inc. 5000.

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth over a three-year period. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of the starting calendar year, and therefore able to show three full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31 of the last year measured. Revenue in the initial year must have been at least $100,000, and revenue in the most recent year must have been at least $2 million.

Since 2007, Texas companies appearing on the Inc. 5000 list have ranged in age from 4 to 30, with the most common age being 7 when they first appeared.

To see the entire list, and various analyses of their profiles, click here: