Glancing at our Hot 100 listings from the past six years, you'd be hard-pressed to make a connection between the companies. From construction and organic foods to telecommunications and pharmaceuticals, these hot companies have run the gamut of industries, seemingly linked only by the fact that they've had a phenomenal start in the business world-millions in sales after less than three years in business.
But probe a little deeper, and you'll find similarities: The owners' love for their industries. Nonstop innovation. Staying one step ahead of both the competition and the times. For some, jumping on the tech and Internet locomotive as it was picking up speed. Strong investments and gratitude for employees. And, of course, the refusal to ever stop thinking about where the future might lead the company.
We've revisited entrepreneurs from each year of our listing to not only see how they're doing, but heck, to see if we picked the right ones after all. As you'll see from the profiles to follow, our record's not half-bad.