Igloo named to Deloitte’s 2015 Technology Fast 50 & Fast 500

By Igloo Software - November 13, 2015

It’s been a long road, but we’re thrilled to be recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in both Canada and North America, alongside such notable names as Tesla, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook .

Just a few weeks after we turned the page on our office opening, we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ and Fast 500™. This annual ranking recognizes the fastest growing public and private technology companies in Canada and, more broadly, in North America as well.

The Technology Fast 50 and Fast 500 celebrate technological innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and rapid growth. For 18 years, the program has recognized companies representing a variety of segments in tech – from software to digital media. And in an age where digital technologies are transforming business, this list is a predictor of the future.

Go fast

Being mentioned on any list that includes companies like Tesla, LinkedIn, and Twitter is an absolute honor, as is being recognized among six local companies from the Waterloo Region, and alongside some of our great customers.

The companies profiled are diverse – large and small, public and private. Some are early-stage startups experiencing hyper-growth, while others are more established. Of course, the bigger a company gets, the harder it is to keep growing at a fast clip. That’s why the presence of mid-sized technology companies like Igloo is so impressive.

It’s an interesting mention for us too because it speaks to one of the problems our intranet platform is ideally suited to address – managing growth. Growth is something that we obsess over in business, it’s a key indicator of success. These days if a company isn’t growing, it’s failing. But managing growth is a difficult endeavor.

Growing gracefully

Communication breakdowns can stunt even the most promising starts. When a company is small and the team is tight knit, communication is simple, and everyone is engaged. It’s easy for people to think their work is making a difference when they have access to leadership and can have daily one-on-ones with the CEO.

It’s when you start adding more and more employees that disconnects can surface. Things get a little bit more complex, people don’t know what’s going on, and the original values that were instrumental in the beginning become lost.

As you break teams into departments and begin to compartmentalize work, it becomes critical to take the time to write things down – to establish a common language, to create a central source of knowledge about the company and its processes. Then, even as the organization gets more and more complex, it still remains relatively easy to find answers to common questions and trace the evolution of the company.

Yes, we’re in the software business, but you could also say that we’re in the business of making growth more manageable, helping companies talk to themselves, and making information more discoverable. It’s why we advocate for all employees to have a voice. And for more companies to have an internal communications strategy right from the start, not as an afterthought.

In a lot of ways, this award is so special to us because it shows that our product works, and it works really well. Obviously, we’ve used it to make sure that we could hire over 35 employees this year. We can talk all day about how successful our clients are, but if we aren’t right alongside them in this kind of list, that loses meaning really fast. So we have a message to the others listed on the Fast 50/Fast 500: Hey neighbor, need an intranet?