Simple Thread named to Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing List for 2022

Simple Thread appears on the prestigious list for the second year in a row with 166% growth over three years

Simple Thread named to Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing List for 2022

Richmond, VA. ( August 17, 2022) – Simple Thread, a digital product design and technology consulting agency based in Richmond, Virginia announced it ranked #3,208 on the 2022 Inc. 5000 list, ranking it among some of the fastest growing private companies in America. This marks Simple Thread’s second straight year in the Inc. 5000.

“I’m so proud of everything the team has accomplished, and we are just getting started,” said Founding Partner Justin Etheredge. “When we founded Simple Thread, we knew that we had to worry about the people first, and the success would come later. When we look at all of the wonderful people we get to work with every day, we can see that playing out.”

“It is humbling to see how quickly we’ve grown over the last decade,” said Co-Founder 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 LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pandora, Timberland, Yelp, Zappos, and Zillow.

With all the economic headwinds that many businesses faced over the last two years through the Coronavirus pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and inflation 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 accomplishment of building one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., in light of recent economic roadblocks, cannot be overstated,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that have established themselves through innovation, hard work, and rising to the challenges of today.”

Simple Thread boasts clients from all over the United States but also has benefited from the vibrancy of the state economy. Virginia boasts 258 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 2021 Virginia was awarded CNBC’s America’s Best State for Business 2021 for a record fifth time. 38 Richmond area businesses made the list in 2022, of which Simple Thread was the 19th 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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