Simple Thread named to Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing List for 2021

Simple Thread named to Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing List for 2021

Richmond, VA. ( August 17, 2021) – Simple Thread, a digital product design and technology consulting agency based in Richmond, Virginia announced it ranked #2,825 on the 2021 Inc. 5000 list, ranking it among some of the fastest growing private companies in America.

“This is an honor and is a testament to the people at Simple Thread,” said Founding Partner Justin Etheredge. “We have never chased growth for the sake of growth, but it is a wonderful side effect of the trust that our partners have put into us.

“It is humbling to see how quickly we’ve grown over the last decade,” said Al Tenhundfeld. “When we started this agency, we believed great software is made by great people, and when we look across our team and our partners’ teams we are lucky enough to see that play out everyday.”

The Inc. 5000 list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the backbone of the American economy; independent small businesses. By measuring these businesses’ growth and ranking them accordingly, the Inc. 5000 showcases some of the nations most vibrant and rapidly expanding businesses. Over the list’s 37 year history past honorees have included household names like 7-Eleven, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pandora, Timberland, Yelp, Zappos, and Zillow.

With all the economic headwinds that many businesses faced over the last eighteen months through the Coronavirus pandemic, this list seemed special to the Inc. 5000 team who compiled the rankings and told the stories of some of the most inspiring businesses.

The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled. Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership, and the help of a whole lot of people.

Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc.

Simple Thread boasts clients from all over the United States but also has benefited from the vibrancy of the state economy. Virginia boasts 310 businesses in this year’s Inc. 5000 — behind only California, Texas, and Florida on the list. Virginia’s wealth of rapidly growing businesses is a signal of the innovation and growth of the economy in the Commonwealth. In July, Virginia was awarded CNBC’s America’s Best State for Business 2021 for a record fifth time. 44 Richmond area businesses made the list in 2021, of which Simple Thread was the 25th highest rated.

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About Simple Thread

Simple Thread is a digital product agency that delivers exceptional user experiences. For more than 10 years, Simple Thread has designed and built custom software and apps that seamlessly blend award winning design with scalable engineering to inspire your team and propel your mission. Simple Thread is a remote-first business with offices in Richmond, Va. and Charlottesville, Va. which enables startups to Fortune 500 enterprises run more efficiently and achieve new business value. Founded in 2010, builds products for a variety of industries and ranging from consumer marketplaces to internal efficiency tools for highly regulated industries. For more information, please visit

About Inc. Media

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multi-platform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including web sites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. For more information, visit

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