Inc. (magazine)

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September 2019 issue of Inc.
EditorScott Omelianuk
Frequency6 times per year[1]
Total circulation
(June 2019)
First issueApril 1979; 44 years ago (1979-04)
CompanyMansueto Ventures LLC
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City, New York, U.S.
LanguageEnglish Edit this at Wikidata

Inc. is an American business magazine founded in 1979 and based in New York City.[3] The magazine publishes six issues per year, along with surrounding online and social media content. The magazine also produces several live and virtual events yearly.

Published by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is best known for its annual rankings of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States, called the "Inc. 500" and "Inc. 5000."[4]


Inc. was founded in Boston by Bernie Goldhirsh, and its first issue appeared in April 1979.[5] Goldhirsh was an MIT-trained mechanical engineer who founded Sail magazine,[4] which he sold for $10 million in 1980. Paul W. Kellam, who had joined Goldhirsh's company as editor of Marine Business, was one of Inc.'s first editors.[6] Goldhirsh kept a low profile, and George Gendron, who served as editor-in-chief from 1980 to 2002, was considered the "public face" of the magazine. In 2000, Goldhirsh sold the magazine to German publishing house Gruner + Jahr[7] for a reported price of over $200 million.[6] In 2005, Joe Mansueto, founder of investment research firm Morningstar Ventures, bought Inc. and another business title, Fast Company, for about $35 million, forming publishing company Mansueto Ventures.

Inc.'s office is at 7 World Trade Center in New York City. In December 2013, Eric Schurenberg was appointed president and editor-in-chief of Inc.,[8] replacing the long-tenured Bob LaPointe. In March 2018, Schurenberg was appointed CEO of Mansueto Ventures and Ledbetter was promoted to editor-in-chief of Inc.[9]

Its current editor-in-chief is Scott Omelianuk, former editor-in-chief of This Old House magazine. He succeeded James Ledbetter in early 2020.[10][11]

In October 1981, Inc. became the first magazine to feature Steve Jobs on its cover, alongside the proclamation, "This man has changed business forever."[12]

Inc. publishes books under the imprint An Inc. Original in partnership with Greenleaf Book Group.[13] The books are written by business experts and cater to an audience of entrepreneurs.

Inc. produces a weekly, award-winning podcast called Inc. Uncensored, where Inc. journalists discuss startups, technology, market and industry trends, and more. The podcast has released hundreds of episodes, and won the 2016 and 2017 min's Best of the Web Awards for Best Podcast, along with a 2018 Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Award honorable mention.[14]

Inc. received multiple Folio awards in 2017 and 2018, including honors for full-print issues, best redesign, use of video, and use of social media.[14] Its 2016 feature "The Stealthy Sales Kings of Amazon" won a Best in Business award from the Society for Advancing Business Writing and Editing.[15]

Inc. 5000[edit]

In 1982, Inc. introduced the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. In 2007, the magazine expanded the Inc. 500 list to Inc. 5000, giving readers a more extensive understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape, and capturing a broader spectrum of success. [16]

Today, the Inc 5000 list provides a data-driven ranking of the fastest-growing independent companies in the US. It ranks companies by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. All 5,000 honoree companies are individually profiled on, the magazine’s website.[16] Facebook, Chobani, Microsoft, Pandora, Patagonia, Toys ‘R’ Us and many other well-known brands received their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.[16]

Inc. 5000 2023 list[edit]

Companies on the 2023 Inc. 5000 were ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2019 to 2022. The minimum revenue required for 2019 was $100,000; while the minimum for 2022 was $2 million. Collectively, these 5,000 companies generated $358 billion in 2022, and created 1,187,266 jobs. In the 2023 list, 3,047 companies were repeat honorees – companies who have been included in the list more than once.  [17]

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  1. ^ "How many issues does Inc. publish a year?". Inc. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  2. ^ ""Consumer Magazines"--Alliance for Audited Media". June 30, 2019. Archived from the original on September 17, 2019. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "Trends in the Market for Entrepreneurship Faculty, 1989-1998". ResearchGate. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Delbridge, Emily (November 21, 2019). "The 8 Best Business Magazines of 2020". The Balance Small Business. New York City: Dotdash. Best for Startups: Inc. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Entrepreneurship Education Chronology - eWeb: Entrepreneurship Education Resources by Jerome Katz". Archived from the original on March 1, 2021. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Do the Right Thing - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. March 13, 2007. Archived from the original on March 13, 2007. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Boston Business Forward - August 2001 - Reversal of Misfortune". March 10, 2002. Archived from the original on March 10, 2002. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "Editor Out at 'Inc.'". Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  9. ^ Ledbetter, Eric Schurenberg and James (March 16, 2018). "Inc. Welcomes New Design and New Leadership". Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "Inc. Turns 35 Under Editor Jim Ledbetter". Observer. October 2, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  11. ^ Kelly, Keith J. (January 10, 2020). "Inc. magazine might have a future in TV".
  12. ^ Isaacson, Walter (2011). Steve Jobs. New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 106. ISBN 978-1451648539.
  13. ^ Group, Greenleaf Book (September 10, 2019). "Book Distribution by Greenleaf Book Group". Greenleaf Book Group. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards 2018 Finalists Announced". Eddie & Ozzie Awards. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  15. ^ "2016 Best in Business Honorees « SABEW". Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  16. ^ a b c "What is the Inc. 5000". Inc Magazine.
  17. ^ "Inc. 5000 list of winners". Inc. Magazine.

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