Meet Colorado’s Top 100 tech companies: Employee count up 20 percent in 2017

October 23, 2017

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The Colorado tech sector has seen steady year-over-year growth — and 2017 proved no different. Colorado’s 100 biggest digital tech companies alone employ more than 25,000 people, up 20 percent from 2016. That number was buoyed by growth from pillar tech companies and up-and-comers alike.

Colorado tech’s rising stars

Denver-based Gusto made the year’s biggest leap, moving 53 spots to number 36 and nearly quadrupling in size. OpenTable’s Denver office also saw substantial growth this year, rising 32 spots from 2016 by adding 70 positions. Peaksware, FareHarbor and Catalyst Repository Systems also rose roughly 20 spots each.

Broomfield's Webroot, which ranked at number 15 last year, climbed six spots to number nine after experiencing a year of explosive growth that added 250 new members to its team.

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High-growth startups blazing trails

This year’s list includes 14 companies founded in the past five years, proving it’s not just the established tech companies hiring in droves. Of those 15, more than half boast teams of 100 employees or more, including Layer3 TV, Gaia and OrthoFi.

Boulder-based Sovrn, founded in 2014, employs 225 people, landing at number 33 on the list.

Beyond Boulder and Denver

While most companies on the list hail from the Denver and Boulder metro areas, other parts of the Front Range did not go unnoticed. Colorado Springs’ BombBomb jumped 21 spots to number 65, Fort Collins’ Madwire crept up two spots to number 15 and Loveland’s Aleph Objects, while dropping three spots to number 49, continued to see workforce growth.

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The 2017 Top 100

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Rank: 1 | Employees: 1,800 | Founded: 1935 | 2016 Rank: 1

 

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Rank: 2 | Employees: 1,474 | Founded: 1999 | 2016 Rank: 2

 

Cognizant Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 3 | Employees: 1,450 | Founded: 1994 | 2016 Rank: 5

 

DigitalGlobe Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 4 | Employees: 1,042 | Founded: 1993 | 2016 Rank: 4

 

Vantiv Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 5 | Employees: 800 | Founded: 2001 | 2016 Rank: 6

 

TeleTech Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 6 | Employees: 718 | Founded: 1982 | 2016 Rank: 3

 

Google Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 7 | Employees: 700 | Founded: 1998 | 2016 Rank: 9

 

Zayo Group Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 8 | Employees: 644 | Founded: 2007 | 2016 Rank: 7

 

Webroot Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 9 | Employees: 600 | Founded: 1997 | 2016 Rank: 15

 

Oracle Data Cloud Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 10 | Employees: 586 | Founded: 2002 | 2016 Rank: 11

 

CA Technologies Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 11 | Employees: 501 | Founded: 2001 | 2016 Rank: 8

 

VMWare Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 12 | Employees: 500 | Founded: 1998 | 2016 Rank: 9

 

Travelport Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 13 | Employees: 482 | Founded: 2001 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

LogRhythm Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 14 | Employees: 423 | Founded: 2003 | 2016 Rank: 13

 

MadWire Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 14 | Employees: 423 | Founded: 2009 | 2016 Rank: 17

 

Vertafore Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 16 | Employees: 401 | Founded: 1985 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

NetApp SolidFire Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 17 | Employees: 378 | Founded: 2010 | 2016 Rank: 18

 

Inspirato Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 18 | Employees: 364 | Founded: 2011 | 2016 Rank: 13

 

RingCentral Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 19 | Employees: 345 | Founded: 2003 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Healthgrades Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 20 | Employees: 340 | Founded: 1998 | 2016 Rank: 18

 

Four Winds Interactive Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 21 | Employees: 328 | Founded: 2005 | 2016 Rank: 16

 

ServiceSource Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 22 | Employees: 326 | Founded: 1999 | 2016 Rank: 12

 

Ibotta Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 23 | Employees: 318 | Founded: 2011 | 2016 Rank: 30

 

SendGrid Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 24 | Employees: 300 | Founded: 2009 | 2016 Rank: 21

 

Gogo Business Aviation Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 25 | Employees: 288 | Founded: 1991 | 2016 Rank: 20

 

Peaksware Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 26 | Employees: 268 | Founded: 2000 | 2016 Rank: 47

 

SpotX Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 27 | Employees: 254 | Founded: 2007 | 2016 Rank: 27

 

ViaWest Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 28 | Employees: 250 | Founded: 1999 | 2016 Rank: 24

 

Optiv Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 28 | Employees: 250 | Founded: 2002 | 2016 Rank: 22

 

CSG International Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 30 | Employees: 231 | Founded: 1994 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Cherwell Software Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 31 | Employees: 230 | Founded: 2004 | 2016 Rank: 25

 

Sovrn Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 32 | Employees: 225 | Founded: 2014 | 2016 Rank: 28

 

Wiland Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 33 | Employees: 215 | Founded: 2005 | 2016 Rank: 31

 

Zoll Data Group Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 34 | Employees: 210 | Founded: 1983 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Xilinx Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 35 | Employees: 208 | Founded: 1984 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Gusto Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 36 | Employees: 207 | Founded: 2011 | 2016 Rank: 90

 

Envysion Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 37 | Employees: 204 | Founded: 2010 | 2016 Rank: 50

 

Ping Identity Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 38 | Employees: 202 | Founded: 2002 | 2016 Rank: 26

 

Evolve Vacation Rental Network Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 39 | Employees: 201 | Founded: 2011 | 2016 Rank: 55

 

Prescient Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 40 | Employees: 194 | Founded: 2007 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Personal Capital Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 41 | Employees: 176 | Founded: 2009 | 2016 Rank: 38

 

Craftsy Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 42 | Employees: 175 | Founded: 2010 | 2016 Rank: 32

 

Alteryx Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 43 | Employees: 170 | Founded: 2010 | 2016 Rank: 42

 

Conga Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 43 | Employees: 170 | Founded: 2006 | 2016 Rank: 48

 

Return Path Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 45 | Employees: 169 | Founded: 1999 | 2016 Rank: 22

 

Pivotal Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 46 | Employees: 166 | Founded: 2013 | 2016 Rank: 51

 

Sphero Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 47 | Employees: 150 | Founded: 2010 | 2016 Rank: 34

 

SurveyGizmo Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 48 | Employees: 140 | Founded: 2006 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Aleph Objects Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 49 | Employees: 135 | Founded: 2011 | 2016 Rank: 46

 

Xero Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 50 | Employees: 133 | Founded: 2006 | 2016 Rank: 60

 

Catalyst Repository Systems Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 51 | Employees: 127 | Founded: 2000 | 2016 Rank: 71

 

Layer3 TV Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 52 | Employees: 125 | Founded: 2013 | 2016 Rank: 40

 

Gaia Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 52 | Employees: 125 | Founded: 2012 | 2016 Rank: 51

 

Tendril Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 54 | Employees: 124 | Founded: 2004 | 2016 Rank: 42

 

Marketo Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 54 | Employees: 124 | Founded: 2006 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Mapquest Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 54 | Employees: 124 | Founded: 2000 | 2016 Rank: 39

 

OrthoFi Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 57 | Employees: 123 | Founded: 2013 | 2016 Rank: 66

 

Travelers Haven Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 57 | Employees: 123 | Founded: 2008 | 2016 Rank: 51

 

EMS Software Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 57 | Employees: 123 | Founded: 1986 | 2016 Rank: 64

 

OpenTable Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 60 | Employees: 122 | Founded: 1998 | 2016 Rank: 92

 

Adtaxi Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 61 | Employees: 120 | Founded: 2010 | 2016 Rank: 42

 

Workiva Top 100

Rank: 62 | Employees: 117 | Founded: 2008 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Statera Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 63 | Employees: 115 | Founded: 2001 | 2016 Rank: 35

 

AUTOPAY Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 64 | Employees: 111 | Founded: 2007 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

BombBomb Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 65 | Employees: 109 | Founded: 2006 | 2016 Rank: 86

 

Convercent Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 66 | Employees: 107 | Founded: 1999 | 2016 Rank: 76

 

FullContact Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 66 | Employees: 107 | Founded: 2011 | 2016 Rank: 57

 

OnDeck Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 68 | Employees: 105 | Founded: 2007 | 2016 Rank: 33

 

Green Chef Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 68 | Employees: 105 | Founded: 2014 | 2016 Rank: 73

 

Monigle Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 70 | Employees: 104 | Founded: 1973 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

GoSpotCheck Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 71 | Employees: 101 | Founded: 2010 | 2016 Rank: 77

 

FareHarbor Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 72 | Employees: 100 | Founded: 2013 | 2016 Rank: 94

 

Signpost Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 72 | Employees: 100 | Founded: 2010 | 2016 Rank: 63

 

PaySimple Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 74 | Employees: 98 | Founded: 2006 | 2016 Rank: 64

 

GutCheck Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 74 | Employees: 98 | Founded: 2009 | 2016 Rank: 40

 

Beeline Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 76 | Employees: 96 | Founded: 1999 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Protectwise Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 77 | Employees: 95 | Founded: 2013 | 2016 Rank: 92

 

InteliSecure Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 78 | Employees: 94 | Founded: 2002 | 2016 Rank: 49

 

Backflip Studios Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 78 | Employees: 94 | Founded: 2009 | 2016 Rank: 37

 

ReadyTalk Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 78 | Employees: 94 | Founded: 2000 | 2016 Rank: 29

 

SRS Acquiom Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 81 | Employees: 93 | Founded: 2007 | 2016 Rank: 69

 

Zen Planner Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 82 | Employees: 92 | Founded: 2006 | 2016 Rank: 71

 

Zoom Communications Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 83 | Employees: 91 | Founded: 2011 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Apto Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 84 | Employees: 90 | Founded: 2012 | 2016 Rank: 84

 

Granicus Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 84 | Employees: 90 | Founded: 1999 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Greystone Technology Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 86 | Employees: 87 | Founded: 2001 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Billtrust Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 87 | Employees: 86 | Founded: 2001 | 2016 Rank: 73

 

Recondo Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 88 | Employees: 85 | Founded: 2006 | 2016 Rank: 57

 

VictorOps Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 88 | Employees: 85 | Founded: 2012 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Wayin Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 88 | Employees: 85 | Founded: 2011 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Xactly Corp Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 88 | Employees: 85 | Founded: 2005 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

FRONTSTEPS Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 92 | Employees: 82 | Founded: 2013 | 2016 Rank: 69

 

Cloud Elements Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 93 | Employees: 78 | Founded: 2012 | 2016 Rank: 94

 

Booj Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 94 | Employees: 70 | Founded: 2005 | 2016 Rank: 79

 

Blue Moon Digital Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 95 | Employees: 69 | Founded: 2014 | 2016 Rank: 80

 

Kapost Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 96 | Employees: 68 | Founded: 2010 | 2016 Rank: 77

 

HOSTING Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 96 | Employees: 68 | Founded: 1997 | 2016 Rank: 66

 

iBeta Quality Assurance Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 98 | Employees: 67 | Founded: 1999 | 2016 Rank: 66

 

MJ Freeway Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 98 | Employees: 67 | Founded: 2010 | 2016 Rank: N/A

 

Blinker Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 100 | Employees: 65 | Founded: 2013 | 2016 Rank: 100

 

Effective Top 100 Colorado

Rank: 100 | Employees: 65 | Founded: 2005 | 2016 Rank: 60

 

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Built In Colorado’s Top 100 is a ranking of the largest digital tech employers in Colorado based on local, full-time employee count as of September 1, 2017. This ranking is compiled by submissions to the Built In Colorado website and market survey as well as press releases, news coverage and other publicly available data.

To be eligible for inclusion, a company’s primary business and industry must be digital technology/innovation, including web and mobile applications, software, IoT, e-commerce, VR/AR and digital agency work. Employee numbers only include workers in the state of Colorado and do not count part-time employees, interns, contractors or non-W2 workers. Both private and public companies have been surveyed.

Some companies that may have been eligible have been excluded because they have self-opted to not disclose headcount or have not supplied the required information requested in the survey.

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