JESS3 Lands on Inc. Magazine’s List of Fastest-Growing Private U.S. Companies

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At No. 430 on the Inc. 500, Agency Made 868 Percent Sales Growth in Three Years

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Our growth and this recognition show me that I picked the right co-founder and had the right vision when I chose to start an agency that specialized in data visualization,” said JESS3 CEO and founder Jesse Thomas.

Inc. Magazine named creative agency JESS3 to its 31st annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

JESS3’s debut on the list – at No. 430 – is a testament to the 4-year-old company’s tremendous growth, driven by innovation and respect by vanguard clients worldwide. Its sales growth between 2008 and 2011 was a staggering 868 percent. JESS3 specializes in the art of visual storytelling, with services ranging from animation and infographics to socially optimized content creation and interactive data visualization.

“I’ve been buying the Inc. 500 issue for as long as I can remember, scanning the list for companies I might know. To see JESS3’s name up in lights is surreal,” said JESS3 CEO and founder Jesse Thomas. “Our growth and this recognition show me that I picked the right co-founder and had the right vision when I chose to start an agency that specialized in data visualization.”

Recently named Inc. 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs, Thomas and his co-founder, Leslie Bradshaw, have built their company without outside funding and operating virtually until 2011. “JESS3 represents the company of the future: from our native understanding of digital technologies, to our ethos of creating advertising and marketing that serves the end user, to our ability to meaningfully visualize big data, to our seamless use of the cloud to collaborate with team members around the world," said Chief Operating Officer and co-founder Leslie Bradshaw. "Many of our fellow 2012 Inc. 500 awardees have mastered these four frontiers and, mark my words, every company in the future will need to be experts in these areas to compete."

The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy: America’s independent entrepreneurs. "Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward,” said Inc. magazine Editor Eric Schurenberg. “Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is.”

About JESS3
JESS3 is a world-renowned creative agency that specializes in data visualization. Through the mastery of illustration, information design, visual storytelling, animation and engineering, JESS3 brings beauty to complex concepts, issues and data sets. In addition to working for vanguard brands including Google, Nike, Intel, ESPN, American Express and Facebook, JESS3 also has a dedicated Labs division, which funds and launches its own content, products and initiatives. More details are at http://www.jess3.com.

Methodology
The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 with 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of Dec. 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/500.

About Inc.
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly, from 2 million in 2010 to more than 6 million today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com.

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