12 Charleston Tech Companies Land On Inc. 5000 List


Inc. Magazine revealed its 35th annual Inc. 5000, a prestigious ranking of the nation’s 5000 fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses.

In the most competitive crop of the list’s history, twenty-three businesses in the Charleston region made the list – including twelve tech companies in Silicon Harbor.

PureCars led the pack ranked #696 with a 3-year growth rate of 566% and $26.5M revenue in 2015. They were joined by five-time honorees ISHPI, Omatic Software and Call Experts, as well as Blue Acorn, Codelynx and Cantey Technology who ranked for the fourth consecutive year. Newcomers to the list included Good Done Great and Ceterus.

The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012, U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent. The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period.

Here is the roundup of the Charleston tech companies who made the 2016 Inc. 5000 list:


PureCars provides digital marketing services. Uses big data to assist automotive dealers with sales.

Rank: #696
3-Year Growth: 566%
2015 Revenue: $26.5 M
Location: Charleston, SC
Industry: Advertising & Marketing
Founded: 2009
Top SC Companies: #6
Inc. 5000 Previous Years: 2015, 2014


Blue Acorn designs, develops and markets e-commerce sites for brands and retailers.

Rank: #1265
3-Year Growth: 307%
2015 Revenue: $10.1 M
Location: Charleston, SC
Industry: IT Services
Founded: 2008
Top SC Companies: #14
Inc. 5000 Previous Years: 2015, 2014, 2013


PhishLabs provides 24/7 cybersecurity and threat intelligence services that help organizations fight back against attacks targeting their employees and customers.

Rank: #1510
3-Year Growth: 252%
2015 Revenue: $6.6 M
Location: Charleston, SC
Industry: Security
Founded: 2008
Top SC Companies: #16
Inc. 5000 Previous Years: 2015, 2014


ISHPI provides cyber services to the US Armed Forces and other direct defenders, specializing in information operations.

Rank: #1937
3-Year Growth: 192%
2015 Revenue: $50.2 M
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
Industry: IT Services
Founded: 2006
Top SC Companies: #20
Inc. 5000 Previous Years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011


Good Done Great provides software and consulting to help organizations maximize their corporate social responsibility programs.

Rank: #2375
3-Year Growth: 153%
2015 Revenue: $3 M
Location: Charleston, SC
Industry: Software
Founded: 2009
Top SC Companies: #24


Ceterus makes financial reporting and automated accounting software for small businesses.

Rank: #2621
3-Year Growth: 135%
2015 Revenue: $2.2 M
Location: Charleston, SC
Industry: Software
Founded: 2008


Advantage Media Group is an international publisher of business, self-improvement, and professional development books and online learning.

Rank: #3115
3-Year Growth: 109%
2015 Revenue: $6.1 M
Location: Charleston, SC
Industry: Media
Founded: 2005
Inc. 5000 Previous Years: 2014, 2013, 2012


eHouse Studio provides design and development services for e-commerce products, apps and websites to engage user experiences.

Rank: #3046
3-Year Growth: 112%
2015 Revenue: $2.4 M
Location: Charleston, SC
Industry: Advertising & Marketing
Founded: 2002
Inc. 5000 Previous Years: 2015


Call Experts provides a full-service call center, call experts, virtual office services and customer support globally.

Rank: #3839
3-Year Growth: 79%
2015 Revenue: $5.9 M
Location: Charleston, SC
Industry: Telecommunications
Founded: 1982
Inc. 5000 Previous Years: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009


CodeLynx is a technology services provider specializing in high-end access control and video surveillance applications and software engineering services, including identity management, alarm and event management.

Rank: #3904
3-Year Growth: 76%
2015 Revenue: $5.4 M
Location: North Charleston, SC
Industry: IT Services
Founded: 2003
Inc. 5000 Previous Years: 2015 , 2014, 2013


Cantey Technology provides managed services, responsive support and IT consulting.

Rank: #4094
3-Year Growth: 70%
2015 Revenue: $3.4 M
Location: North Charleston, SC
Industry: IT Services
Founded: 2007
Inc. 5000 Previous Years: 2015, 2014, 2013


Omatic Software develops and delivers innovative technology to help nonprofits of all sizes and around the world integrate, extend and optimize their software and processes.

Rank: #4848
3-Year Growth: 46%
2015 Revenue: $7.2 M
Location: North Charleston, SC
Industry: Software
Founded: 2002
Inc. 5000 Previous Years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

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