Responses from co-founder and President Gregg Lavin:
What did you do to achieve the company’s growth?
We founded uSamp during one of the worst economical downturns this country has ever faced, we managed to buck the recession by taking a big risk. We were not afraid to disrupt an industry with our innovative consumer and business solutions.
How did you manage the growing workload? For example, did you have to add space or move into new facilities?
When we launched uSamp in 2008, there were just three of us in a small office. The following year we quadrupled our staff, so we moved to an office across the street that would comfortably accommodate 30 people. In 2010, we really took off and doubled our size. We moved into an even larger office and took over two floors. Meanwhile, we acquired a company in Dallas from AOL and opened up an office in the greater New York area as well as India. In the past year, we have expanded the uSamp footprint overseas and launched an office for our team in London that services all of Europe. We currently have more than 200 employees.
What was the biggest challenge for your staff?
Because of our rapid growth, many of our colleagues have had to take on more tasks than would be considered normal.
Do you plan on continuing a fast-growth path, or has the time come to slow down a bit?
We see fast-paced growth throughout Europe and Asia in the upcoming years as we continue to establish ourselves.
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TWO-YEAR GROWTH RATE: 321 percent
2011 REVENUE: $36.2 million
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