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“Chatbots have the power to personalize a business, give customers a more intimate experience and build consumer loyalty by giving a phone menu or website store a pleasant, responsive, human personality. They may eventually take the place of customer-service people, store clerks and even psychotherapists as computer speeds and artificial intelligence evolve.”

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It's fun to peruse the 2015 Inc. 5000 List.

Loot Crate won the national competition for fastest growing company with a 3-year growth rate of 66,789%. In comparison the runner up, Paint Nite, only grew by 36,555%. Both are in the Consumer Products and Services sector.

"The Los Angeles-based Loot Crate sends as many as 650,000 monthly subscribers in 35 countries a box filled with collectibles like a Back to the Future hoverboard replica and a Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure T-shirt. The company, founded in 2012 by Chris Davis and Matthew Arevalo, tops this year’s Inc. 5000 list by overcoming shipping strikes, product scarcity, and the uncertain subscription-box economy to succeed in the business of fandom."

Among the top 10 fastest growing national winners are the two consumer product companies and two business products companies. The single categories include: government services, health, retail, advertising & marketing, energy and software.

The top Kentucky winners are graphed using the HTML5 canvas element here, and in the table below.

The hyperlinks in the table below will take you to the company's Inc. 5000 description that includes its url.

2015 RANK COMPANY NAME 3-YEAR % GROWTH REVENUE (millions) INDUSTRY LAUNCHED CITY STATE
215 United Installs 606% $3.4 million Construction 2012 Erlanger KY
611 Legion Logistics 744% $25.5 million Logistics & Transportation 2009 Florence KY
730 Bluegrass Dedicated 614% $8.9 million Logistics & Transportation 2011 Bowling Green KY
750 Capture Higher Ed 509% $5 million Education 2011 Louisville KY
1390 Alliance Cost Containment 452% $4.5 million Business Products & Services 1992 Louisville KY
1475 Studio Calico 279% $7.6 million Consumer Products & Services 2007 Bowling Green KY
1503 21c Museum Hotels 273% $3.5 million Travel & Hospitality 2007 Louisville KY
1878 Nexigen 229% $4.6 million IT Services 2003 Newport KY
2312 Kona Ice 56% $18.2 million Hospitality 2007 Florence KY
2350 Component Supply 163% $3.3 million Logistics & Transportation 2000 Louisville KY