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Our people-first strategy just proved it can also be the fastest growing in America, Inc 5000

Last week, Inc. magazine ranked our 8-year-old baby, Eight Bit Studios, on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn (#meta), Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.

Building and continuing to grow Eight Bit Studios from scratch is an American Ninja Warrior-level challenge, especially in the face of opportunities to take outside investment. The reality is that few digital craft shops that serve the marketing, design and software needs of other companies choose the health and happiness of their teams over the bottom line. It's not the fault or vision of the founders, but the result of misguided corporate teams, large agency-conglomerates,  and industry outsiders switching the priority from the work and the people to hitting financial targets.

Being recognized by Inc means a lot of things, but for us, it proves that you can create a fiscally sound company that puts people (and their families) first. Artists and engineers who have a chance to get a full nights rest, who aren't expected to put in long hours, who are given freedom on their weekends and the sanctity of their holidays will also go on to produce some of the best work in our industry. 

Quality time at home;
Quality time at work;
Results in quality in everything we do.


About the author

John W Ostler (@seahostler) is Co-Founder and Principal of UX & UI at Eight Bit Studios (@eightbitstudios), an award-winning mobile strategy, design, and development studio that focuses on strategizing and executing the visions of Chicago's most promising startups. His teams have helped lead and produce technical and interaction design engagements with brands like UL, Cadbury Adams, Burger King, Motorola, Career Builder, Groupon, Exelon, Sidley Austin, and HSBC. His studio's work has been featured in Advertising Age, USA Today, ProductHunt, Brandweek, The Daily Beast, NewYork Times Tech blog, Mashable.com, and had multiple apps reach in the Top 25 and receive a "New and Noteworthy" nod from Apple. He is also Co-Founder of Bughouse (@bughousekids) a kids app, toy, game, books startup an education-through-creativity lab for mad scientists.

John Ostler