Company: Qualvu, Denver, CO
Company Description: Founded in 2008 with a vision to radically change the $6 billion qualitative research category, Qualvu has since gone from start-up to the leader in video-based qualitative research. Leveraging the power of web and mobile video, Qualvu delivers the truth globally, driving more accurate and strategic decisions through innovations in consumer research.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year - Up to 100 Employees
Nomination Title: Qualvu Accelerates Innovation and Growth in 2012
Tell the story about what this nominated organization achieved since January 1 2011 (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes. Begin this section with the following two lines: Year over year revenue growth (%): Year over year employee growth (%):
Qualvu, which pioneered the use of “asynchronous online and mobile video” for qualitative consumer research, started three years ago with two entrepreneurs who were confident they could develop a way to turn market research on its head. That they did, and in the process they created over 75 jobs, scorching a 4,900% growth rate over the past three years.
During that time, Qualvu’s innovative software driven, people powered business model has not only attracted employees but businesses. In 2011 alone, Qualvu more than tripled revenues – with over 1,400 projects in 30 countries and over 200,000 video responses. In Qualvu’s short history, it has managed to distinguish itself as a leader in the industry – innovating every step of the qualitative research process across the spectrum of business needs to keep them connected with their target markets and ahead of their competitors.
While Qualvu’s success is founded on its innovations, its ability to deliver value through the analysis of memorialized digital consumer insights that businesses can mine indefinitely is what has truly propelled its growth. Qualvu delivers new levels of human access to businesses by capturing behavioral and attitudinal feedback from home, work, in-store, and even in-vehicle. Whether via webcams, pocket cams, pen cams, or the Qualvu mobile app available for smartphones and tablets, consumers are empowered to share their truthful feedback on the brands and products they love, and brands are empowered to gain deeper insights and share key business intelligence across the organization.
Qualvu’s growth isn’t just a technology story, however. “Any company that’s grown like Qualvu knows that in addition to a great business idea, it’s about great people creating value every day,” John Williamson, Founder & CEO, said. “We’ve attracted a lot of experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds, all coming together to create a new, streamlined, and effective solution in a category that has gone largely unchanged for decades.” By hiring people who are constantly challenging the status quo because they believe they can do better, Qualvu has developed innovative, proprietary technology that elevates the qualitative research space and delivers efficient, consistent, and actionable recommendations that directly inspire strategic business decisions.
Qualvu counts among its clients some of the world’s most respected companies – such as Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard, Chrysler, and Unilever – who endorse the value Qualvu provides by returning again and again to take advantage of Qualvu’s signature methods of finding the truth about their products and services, and leveraging that truth to guide more effective business strategies.
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John Williamson founded Qualvu in 2008 with a vision to radically change the $6 billion qualitative research category by taking research out of traditional settings and into the real and candid lives’ of consumers. Qualvu provides businesses an innovative online platform to gather video-based insights from customers faster and more cost effectively than ever before, while delivering insight quality that exceeds other methods. As Qualvu’s Chief Executive Officer, John is responsible for the company’s strategic vision and execution, and has grown Qualvu from start-up to the leader in video-based qualitative intelligence.