I've written about PageOne PR (and its affable yet urbane founder, Lonn Johnston) before. Well, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that recognizes the work Lonn and crew have done for open-source companies (like mine - PageOne is the public relations firm for Alfresco, and also does work for SugarCRM, JasperSoft, Funambol, Atlassian, Black Duck, Cleversafe, Groundwork, Krugle, Linux Foundation, Lumen, MuleSource, Open Logic, Open X-change, Open Solutions Alliance, Sourceforge, and Untangle). Inc. Magazine has honored PageOne PR as one of the fastest-growing companies on the planet.
The reason I mention this is PageOne's reason given to Inc. as to why it's growing so fast: open source.
Asked why PageOne is growing faster than the industry average, Lonn responded:
The free-software sector is growing even faster than the rest of the technology industry. The company also recruits from top universities and "intentionally overpays" employees.
One thing I love about working with Lonn and his team is that they understand my market and strategy, plus they understand the reporters to whom they're pitching stories. They won't pitch a product announcement to a business reporter. They respect reporters' time too much.
This, by the way, is a rare trait among public relations professionals. I get pitched all the time for space on this blog, and generally it's from people who clearly have never read anything that I've written. I care about open-source business strategy, trends, etc. Business issues. I care very little about the nitty-gritty technology releases that companies offer.
Anyway, congratulations to Lonn and team. (Lonn, humble guy that he is, did not send me the link to the Inc. story. I had to dig it out on my own. He stinks, in other words, at doing his own PR. :-)