I might have unintentionally offended some with my posts about the Inc. 5000, so I want to clarify my position.
I do not intend to minimize the accomplishment of being on the list or creating a growing company. It's not easy, and I want to avoid judging anyone who uses the list for recognition or if it helps their company somehow.
I wish there were a better way to recognize entrepreneurial success than by celebrating rapid top-line growth, and if I had a good idea about how to do this, I would want to make it happen.
Unfortunately, I have worked with several companies obsessed with top-line growth (many wanting Inc. recognition) at the expense of everything else. When the dominoes start to fall, it isn't easy to clean them up. And when I see this pain, it makes me wonder about the merits of the Inc. 5000.
I hope this clarifies my position.