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Software developer Joel Hensley works earlier this year at Hudl's offices in the Haymarket. The company was named the 149th fastest-growing private company in the country by Inc. magazine.

Hudl has made a splash in its first appearance on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the nation.

The Lincoln company, which makes video software for sports teams, came in at No. 149 on the list, one of the highest rankings ever for a Lincoln company.

According to Inc., Hudl's sales grew 2,535 percent from 2009 to 2012, to $14.1 million.

"It's an awesome honor. We're psyched," said David Graff, Hudl's CEO.

Graff, John Wirtz and Brian Kaiser started the company in 2007, when they still were students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Hudl had 73 employees at the end of 2012; Graff said it now has 104 full-timers and 15 interns.

Graff said much of the company's growth has come from high schools. Hudl now has more than 13,000 schools using its football software and more than 6,000 using its basketball products. The vast majority in both categories are high schools.

Acquisitions also have helped. Hudl has acquired two of its largest competitors since 2011.

"We have grown a lot these past few years," Graff said.

Hudl was one of seven Lincoln companies to make the Inc. 5000 list, the most since the magazine expanded the list from 500 to 5,000 companies in 2007. The other companies are:

Infogressive, an information security company, made its first appearance on the list at No. 1380; Five Nines Technology Group, which provides a variety of IT services, came in at No. 2,460; Executive Travel landed at No. 2,760; Lincoln Industries, which does metal finishing, ranked No. 3,709; Pen-Link, a security and surveillance technology company, was No. 4,259; and Heme Management, which offers perfusion services -- therapy in which a drug intended for an isolated part of the body is introduced via the bloodstream -- to hospitals, was No. 4,675.

Additional companies from Southeast Nebraska that made the list were Lambert Vet Supply of Fairbury, which came in at No. 3,386, and Headwind Consumer Products of Syracuse, at No. 3,960.

Both companies have Lincoln ties. Lambert opened a Lincoln office at 3601 Calvert St. in December. Headwind is owned by businessman Steve Glenn, who owns Executive Travel and other businesses in Lincoln.

Overall, 27 Nebraska companies made the Inc. list, one fewer than last year.

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Inc. 5000 firms in Nebraska

Rank Name 3-yr. growth Revenue (2012) Field Employees Location
150 Hudl 2535% $14.1 million Software 73 Lincoln
612 Complete Nutrition 753% $93 million Health 86 Omaha
1382 Infogressive 293% $2 million Security 12 Lincoln
2460 Five Nines Technology Group 145% $10 million IT Services 57 Lincoln
2464 Offwire 145% $47.8 million Retail 74 Omaha
2597 Client Resources 136% $26.4 million IT Services 130 Omaha
2760 Executive Travel 126% $3.8 million Travel & Hospitality 34 Lincoln
2996 Amber Pharmacy 113% $155.6 million Health 120 Omaha
3016 Box Office Ticket Sales 111% $13.1 million Consumer Products & Services 20 Omaha
3264 Medical Solutions 98% $59.9 million Health 667 Omaha
3316 Red Zone Tickets 96% $6.3 million Travel & Hospitality 9 Omaha
3322 Linoma Software 95% $4.9 million Software 22 Ashland
3343 NorthStar Financial Services Group 94% $137.9 million Financial Services 485 Omaha
3386 Lambert Vet Supply 92% $113.4 million Consumer Products & Services 145 Fairbury
3556 Beck Ag 86% $7.3 million Advertising & Marketing 16 Wayne
3618 CoSentry 83% $32.7 million IT Services 177 Omaha
3709 Lincoln Industries 79% $118 million Manufacturing 467 Lincoln
3730 P&L Technology 78% $3.4 million IT Services 31 Omaha
3960 Headwind Consumer Products 69% $2 million Consumer Products & Services 9 Syracuse
4259 Pen-Link 59% $23.3 million Software 67 Lincoln
4485 Triage Staffing 51% $24.3 million Health 260 Omaha
4487 TPG TeleManagement 51% $14.6 million Business Products & Services 209 Omaha
4651 The MSR Group 46% $7.5 million Business Products & Services 245 Omaha
4675 Heme Management 45% $3.8 million Health 19 Lincoln
4941 KB Building Services 36% $4.5 million Business Products & Services 220 Omaha
4995 Sterling Computers 35% $166 million Government Services 98 Norfolk
4141 US Storage Search 63% $3.2 million Logistics & Transportation 71 Omaha

Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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