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The Nerdery goes 5 for 5 on Inc. 5000, named to Inc. Honor Roll

Ranked #1,041 after $26.2 million in 2011 revenue and a three-year growth rate of 305 percent

Minneapolis and Chicago, August 21, 2012 – The Nerdery has again made Inc. Magazine’s annual list of America’s fastest growing private companies. Qualifying in its first five years of eligibility, The Nerdery climbed to #1,041 on the Inc. 5000. Making the list for the fifth time also puts The Nerdery on the Inc. Honor Roll. Additionally, the web development firm ranked #15 on Inc.’s Top 50 businesses in Minnesota, as well as #92 on Inc.’s Top software companies.

“Our steady growth gives our Nerds abundant opportunities to experience fulfilling personal and professional growth – this is what we ultimately aspire to as a company,” said Mike Derheim, CEO and co-founder of The Nerdery. “Our success also benefits our clients through expanding capabilities and a high level of service.”

"Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

Unified Payments tops this year’s list. The Nerdery joins Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani,, KIND and famed hatmaker Tilly’s, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list. Median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at


The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc.

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit

About The Nerdery

The Nerdery has been voted by its staff (Nerds) to top workplace lists published by Mpls-St. Paul Business Journal, Minnesota Business magazine and Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Nerdery’s team of nearly 400 interactive professionals are collectively versed in every viable development platform and programming discipline. Facebook recently selected The Nerdery as a Preferred marketing Developer of Facebook Apps, a program to represent the various technologies in the Facebook ecosystem and to recognize companies that develop holistic solutions. The Nerdery’s technology agnostic development philosophy is backed by a deep toolbox and an ability to help clients see the big picture and make informed decisions that fit their objectives and budget. The Nerdery’s UX team is skilled at helping clients and developers begin their work with a well-realized end in mind, while its QA team is similarly adept at rigorously testing software so interactive projects launch successfully – bug-free and secure. Through the web development firm’s annual 24-hour Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, developers from The Nerdery and their friends throughout the interactive community have donated more than $2.5 million in professional services to 84 nonprofit organizations.



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