October 20, 2004 11:01 AM PDT
Study shows Google on revenue fast track
The search company is No. 1 among the 500 fastest-growing technology companies in North America, according to rankings released Wednesday by financial-services firm Deloitte & Touche USA.
The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 ranks companies based on their percentage revenue growth for fiscal years 1999 through 2003. Over that five-year period, revenue at the search engine climbed from $220,000 to more than $961 million--a growth rate of 437,115 percent, Deloitte said.
This year marks the first time the Mountain View, Calif.-based search engine is figuring in the list. It wasn't until earlier this year that Google made its revenue figures public, as it prepared for its blockbuster debut on the Nasdaq in August. The ranking results come a day ahead of a quarterly earnings announcement by the company.
Google hasn't been resting on its IPO laurels. The company recently unveiled a desktop search tool that's seen as an invasion of Microsoft's control of desktop computing, because it searches for information on a user's PC as well as on the Web. Google has also announced new offerings, such as Google Print, similar to book searches at Amazon.com, and Google SMS, a software tool to allow people to search the Web from a mobile phone.
"Google tops a list of companies that are proving the resilience of the technology sector," Mark Evans, managing director of Deloitte's technology group, said in a statement. "With growth percentages ranging from 329 to 437,115 percent, the Fast 500 winners have demonstrated an ability to perform in difficult conditions."