Top Company 2022: Startups
Congratulations to Fulfilld, Titan CEO and Guide Real Estate for being the best Startups in Colorado!
The outpouring of applications for this year’s Top Company awards is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of enterprises that do business in the state. Applications for the 35th annual awards numbered in the hundreds, and it was particularly encouraging to see so many companies rebounding from two years of COVID restrictions, with most posting revenue and employee gains approaching—and in some cases, exceeding—pre-pandemic numbers.
This year’s Top Company winners and finalists represent 13 industry categories, plus a startup category for companies in business less than four years. Entrants were judged on three criteria: outstanding achievement, financial performance and community involvement. The judging panel was made up of ColoradoBiz magazine’s editorial board and two representatives from the business community.
Winner — Fulfilld Intelligent Warehouse Software
Fulfilld is an intelligent warehouse management orchestration platform that directs tasking between warehouse workers and connected systems (robotics, vehicles, etc.) and is delivered via a monthly bundled software and hardware subscription. Fulfilld’s disruptive objective is to optimize core-warehousing operations by driving cost savings, greater efficiencies, labor optimization, higher throughput, and act as a company’s warehousing orchestration engine.
The company’s founders are no strangers to the startup space. Before Fulfilld, they self-funded and grew tech firm NIMBL to more than 300 people, at which point it was acquired by a publicly traded competitor. Raising VC funds for Fulfilld during the pandemic was no small challenge, but the company raised $4 million from global VC investors.
“One could argue the worst time to start a business is during an economic downturn,” says co-founder and CEO Yosh Eisbart. “Fulfilld believes the opposite. While many businesses were pivoting to navigate their respective challenges, Fulfilld seized this once in a lifetime — hopefully — event to not only tackle head-on a challenge…but double-down on the opportunity due to perceived supply-chain, logistics and warehousing disruptions coming in the future. Obviously, Fulfilld could not have imagined the level of supply chain disruption that was to be and seized the opportunity.”
According to the company, Fulfilld clients experience an average 25% increase in maintenance cost savings, a 20% increase in productivity, and a 50% increase of savings in total cost of ownership.
Though it was founded less than two years ago, Fulfilld is already making its mark as an ally in the community. Partnering with the Colorado Refugee and Immigration Security Service (CRISS), Fulfilld aims to recruit, re-train and hire about 200 refugees and immigrants per year and provide livable jobs for refugees and immigrants not earning sustainable wages. Fulfilld has worked with CRISS since the founders’ NIMBL days and has procured resources including 13 computers for refugee computer literacy training classes.
Finalist — Titan CEO
Titan CEO focuses on three major offerings: CEO peer groups, The Titan 100 and Executive Retreats. The company fosters a much-needed community for executives through a suite of resources including private CEO peer groups, high-level networking and executive retreats that focus on the unique needs of the executive leader.
Titan CEO is also the creator of the Titan 100 program, which recognizes 100 CEOs and C-level executives: 100 Titans of Industry. This program is designed to build and connect a community of CEOs and C-level executives and serve as inspiration to the local business community. Currently, the Titan 100 program exists in five cities across the country and will recognize 500 Titans of Industry in 2022. The program will recognize 1,000 Titans of Industry annually by 2024.
Reaching the top of one’s industry is no easy feat, and Titan CEO makes sure that if a business leader’s impact is great, he or she is recognized for it.
However, it is the company’s ability to facilitate high-level networking events, catered business tutoring, and an elite level of community that truly makes each Titan CEO a titan in his or her own right.
Using this network of executives to foster community engagement and outreach is the company’s true goal. For this year’s Titan Days, the company’s annual community outreach event, Titan CEO will partner with the Infinity Foundation of Colorado, a nonprofit focused on creating opportunities for families and individuals impacted by intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.
The company also plans to partner with a local nonprofit in each of the five major cities that Titan CEO operates in, for an estimated 600 hours of cumulative volunteer service throughout the Titan 100 community.
Finalist — Guide Real Estate
Originally founded by Bret Weinstein as BSW Real Estate in 2019, the company rebranded to Guide Real Estate in 2022. The agency was created to reshape the landscape of real estate through value and transparency, with a focus on continuing education for clients and agents alike.
The 70-agent company announced earlier this year a partnership with the brokerage platform Side, ensuring Guide remains on the cutting edge of the evolving real estate market while continuing to deliver premium services to clients with a platform that includes proprietary technology, transaction management, branding and marketing services, public relations, legal support, lead generation, vendor management, infrastructure solutions and more.
Since 2019, Guide agents have donated many hours and more than $100,000 to local charities, putting into practice their belief that real estate is about uplifting everyone. Guide agents have hosted a supply drive, are currently putting together a food drive, and have assisted victims of the Marshall Fire to find rentals.
Agents at Guide Real Estate have a good role model to follow: Weinstein, the CEO, has ranked among the top 1% of Colorado agents each of the last 10 years.