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What a great start of the year! This week Forbes named Signpost one of America’s Most Promising Companies. This annual list reviews and ranks high-growth, privately-held companies with under $250 million in annual revenue. The methodology according to Forbes:

Though we prize growth numbers on our Most Promising list, top line doesn’t say everything. We want sustainable growth, so we strive to take a holistic gauge of the companies that apply. Over the course of four months we reviewed hundreds of applications from businesses across the country. The final assessment is based on growth (both in sales and hiring), quality of management team and investors, margins, market size and key partnerships.

We’re proud to be part of the 2014 list, and excited to see like-minded companies also being featured. We’re accompanied by fellow portfolio companies such as AtTask, CircleUp, LendingClub, Kareo, Quantopian and WorkMarket. And there’s a great presence of companies innovating technology to help local small businesses thrive including OnDeck and ShopKick. There’s even the local self-serve frozen yogurt shop Menchie’s founded by husband and wife team Adam and Danna Caldwell, currently 400 locations strong. That’s what we call an inspiring and promising start of the year.