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Sama Honored On Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies For The Second Year In a Row


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (August, 17, 2021) Sama, the training data platform trusted by the world’s leading AI teams, announces its placement on the annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—it’s independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“We’re honored to once again be recognized by Inc. as one of the fastest-growing companies in the US,” said Wendy Gonzalez, CEO of Sama. “Last year was incredibly challenging for everyone and this recognition is a testament to our ability to not only endure through tremendous adversity as a team but come out stronger. I am incredibly proud of the work we’ve continued to accomplish, including the impact we’ve had as an industry leader in AI and our commitment to the ethical supply chain.” 

Not only have the companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but this year’s list also proved especially resilient and flexible given 2020’s unprecedented challenges. Among the 5,000, the average median three-year growth rate soared to 543 percent, and median revenue reached $11.1 million. Together, these companies have added more than 610,000 jobs over the past three years.

“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership, and the help of a whole lot of people.”

Sama specializes in image, video and sensor data annotation and validation for the world’s most ambitious AI teams including Google, NVIDIA and Walmart. As a leading training data company, Sama prioritizes high-quality results, while remaining committed to its social impact model that’s helped lift over 55,000 people out of poverty. 

The Inc. 5000 recognition comes on the heels of the company’s completion of a three-year Randomized Controlled Trial with MIT, which validated Sama’s impact model in offering economic empowerment and mobility through skills training and AI work. Sama is among one of the first AI companies to become B Corp Certified and was recently recognized in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas and on Forbes AI 50 list. 

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

About Sama

Sama provides high quality training data that powers AI technology. The company’s platform is trusted by the world’s most ambitious organizations to develop accurate machine learning models. Used by leading technology companies such as Google, NVIDIA, GM, and Walmart, Sama specializes in image, video, language, and sensor data annotation and validation for machine learning algorithms in industries including manufacturing and robotics, bio and medtech, autonomous vehicles, entertainment, e-commerce, retail, and agriculture. For more information, visit

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000


Companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2017 to 2020. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2017. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2020. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2017 is $100,000; the minimum for 2020 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to three decimal places. There was one tie on this year’s Inc. 5000.  Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

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The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including web sites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Vision Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

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