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Agosto Inc. lands on the Fast 50 List at No. 14 with revenue growth of more than 105 percent since 2014. Last year its revenue approached $16 million.
CEO Irfan Khan talks about the tech company’s growth:
What’s been the biggest challenge managing a fast-growing company?
Maintaining the company culture and continuing to find and hire great people
Has the jobs/skills gap impacted your company’s growth?
Not our growth per se. However, due to a lack of candidates for certain roles, we have had to expand our search outside of Minnesota to fill the gaps.
What went right last year?
In a tight employment market, we continue to hire great people. We launched a new digital signage platform called Skykit that has been well received by the market, and amazing customers such as Yale, Consumer Reports and Johnson Controls are being added on a weekly basis. Another highlight was Eric Schmidt calling out Agosto in front of more than 10,000 people during his keynote address at Google Next.
What is your No. 1 priority for the year ahead?
Continue to grow our practice areas that support the design, engineering, and development of Google Cloud Platform and tools. We’ll add capacity to our machine learning, internet of things, data analytics and cloud infrastructure teams.
What scares you most about the year ahead?
Having the ability to continue to hire the best people in the market at a rate that supports our growth
Growth rate: 105.65%
2014 revenue: $7,736,320
2015 revenue: $11,319,456
2016 revenue: $15,910,088
Top executive: Irfan Khan
Business: Cloud systems integrator, software developer and Google Premier Partner
Employees at end of 2014: 20; now: 55