Established by Inc.
magazine in 1982, the Inc. 500/5000 list is considered a bellwether of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. Numerous high-ranking payment and alternative lending companies are included in the 2015 list which was released Aug. 12, 2015. Leigh Buchanan, Inc.
's Editor-at-Large noted a median year-over-year growth rate of 1,772 percent among honorees and named healthcare, financial services and technology as the most robust sectors of the U.S. economy.
"In response to a survey question, hundreds of Inc. 500 CEOs described hard lessons learned from experiences that could have killed, but ultimately strengthened, them," she wrote. "Some of those lessons involved brass tacks: how to price proposals, hedge risks, divide equity, or establish metrics."