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KnowBe4 Named to Inc.’s First-Annual Best-Led Companies List

First-ever roundup of companies that proved management excellence across the middle market

Inc. announced its first annual Best-Led Companies list, an exciting 12-point measure of management excellence across the middle market — a select, data-driven list of the very strongest U.S. firms with revenue of $50 million to $2 billion. This novel program is the first Inc. recognition list to honor both public and private companies.

The final list recognizes 250 companies that are agile enough to maneuver but also big enough to have a broad impact. These companies employ 35 million people, about one of four U.S. workers. All 250 have a successful track record with leadership teams that spur solid performance, create value, penetrate markets, engage with customers, and more.

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“Our leadership principles that we live by at KnowBe4 are practice radical transparency, manage by objectives and key results and maintain an unparalleled corporate culture. -Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4.”

To be considered for the list, each company had to fill out an application answering questions about its performance, executive team, and leadership. Applicants were then analyzed via an algorithm that identified the very best companies according to their leadership teams’ superlative accomplishments in four key areas: performance and value creation; market penetration and customer engagement; talent; and leadership team.

“This inaugural list of companies represents the remarkable midsized companies, both public and private, often founder led, that are at the vanguard of reinventing American business,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. magazine. “With their leadership, all business will benefit from an exciting, competitive future full of possibilities.”

“Being recognized by Inc. as one of the best-led companies of 2021 on their inaugural list is certainly an honor,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “KnowBe4’s leadership team is a deep bench full of top professionals in their respective areas who truly believe in leading and enabling their teams to do their absolute best work. Our leadership principles that we live by at KnowBe4 are practice radical transparency, manage by objectives and key results and maintain an unparalleled corporate culture.”

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After years of hard work and preparation, in April 2021, KnowBe4 became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ. This was a huge milestone in the history of the organization, which was established in 2010. KnowBe4 is unlike other security awareness training providers because we take a new-school approach to training by making it interactive and engaging on a continuous basis.

KnowBe4 is consistently highly ranked on Google (4.5 out of 5), TrustRadius (9.3 out of 10) G2 (4.7 out of 5), Gartner (4.7 out of 5) and other credible review sites. Also, the organization wins a plethora of awards for its unique company culture, strong and transparent leadership and overwhelmingly positive workplace environment.

To compile the list, Inc. evaluated private and public U.S.-based companies with a 2020 revenue of $50 million to $2 billion or a valuation of $50 million to $10 billion using a proprietary 12-point measure of management excellence generated with input from partners at Pitchbook and Shango Labs.

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