When Good Things Happen to Good People
I have always admired SAS, the analytics company in North Carolina. It’s not simply because they are a venerable 30+ year old company in the tech space, but because they do many things very well. Today they announced a couple of bright spots on their horizon that I thought would be worth sharing.
1. Did I mention they are a privately held company still run by their founder? Today this private company announced record revenue of $2.725 billion in 2011 and increase of 12% over the year before.
2. SAS is also one of the best places on the planet to work. I’ve been there and I drank the lemonade. Today I learned that SAS is ranked #3 on 2012 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list in the US. You have to understand what a disappointment this is because SAS has been number one twice. All I can say is that it must be hard to be a judge.
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Great article. In building Buzzient, I always point to SAS as the model more companies should emulate. From nothing they’ve not only built a world class company, but literally a technology community.
By staying private, and away from the limelight of Wall Street, they’ve also managed to focus on product, execution, culture and not quarterly earnings or helping their VC’s raise another fund.
I detail my admiration for them here in this blog post:
Great stuff! I’m in the SAS fan club as well.