CoSchedule in Bismarck earns fastest growing business in North Dakota

Published: Aug. 21, 2018 at 6:58 PM CDT
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The Inc 5,000 list of fastest growing businesses in the country has nine North Dakota businesses in its rankings. Eight of those businesses are in Fargo or West Fargo, but the top one in the state is right here in Bismarck.

Walk through downtown Bismarck and you've probably seen the windows that have CoSchedule scrawled across them. The internet marketing company helps other businesses organize their projects. The co-founders were just trying to fill a need, but CEO Garrett Moon says they struck gold.

Garrett Moon and Justin Walsh didn't always have the best luck creating software. But their persistence is paying off.

"We count probably about 10 different pieces of software or things that we built that didn't go anywhere. Think of CoSchdeule as number 11 and you finally hit something and off it goes,” said Moon.

Coschedule was ranked the 153rd fastest growing business in the nation according to business magazine Inc. 5000. The marketing software company grew nearly 2800 percent and made $4.8 million in 2017.

"We realized that there was a lot of need for a product in the market that helped marketers do this exact job, there just wasn't anyone doing it so we thought that was the big idea and ran after it,” said co-founder Justin Walsh.

CoSchedule has nearly 9,000 customers in more than 100 countries, and Walsh says not much is stopping them from growing more.

"You know the beautiful thing about running a web-based company is they don't have to be in our back yard,” said Walsh.

And making 2019 back-to-back years on the list. All 5000 businesses on the list combined to make more than 200 billion in revenue in 2017 and created 664,000 jobs.