The 2016 Fastest Growing Firms: Mavens


34. Mavens Growth Rate: 108%  HQ: Chicago

Founded in 2007 by former Salesforce employees, Mavens Consutling’s mission is to combine best-in-class cloud technology and strategic partnerships to build software solutions that connect people to cures and elevate the global healthcare industry. Mavens Consulting has grown into the Life Science industry’s premier implementation partner focused exclusively on delivering game-changing Salesforce and Veeva solutions to pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Mavens was founded by former Salesforce employees in 2007, so cloud is in its DNA, says Prasad Kanumury, CEO of the firm. “We are a Salesforce Gold Partner and work together directly with Salesforce to strengthen our customers’ adoption of the platform,” he says. In 2014, Mavens won the Salesforce Partner Innovation Award for Marketing. Each of its consultants holds multiple Salesforce professional certifications. At Mavens, “our mission is to build software solutions that connect people to cures and elevate the global healthcare industry. We can only accomplish that by partnering with the world’s leading technology providers,” says Kanumury  We work closely with our partners to bring to life modern cloud technology solutions that provide our clients the ability to deliver amazing experiences to their customers.” Mavens is headquartered in Chicago with experts throughout the U.S. and Europe. Consulting caught up with Kanumury to discuss the firm’s performance that led to a 108 percent growth rate, good enough to land the firm at No. 34 on our Fastest Growing Firms ranking. 

Consulting: What were the main factors that contributed to your firm’s exceptional growth?

Kanumury: Our growth in Europe and our track record of success through industry specific solutions.

Consulting: How is this year shaping up for your firm?

Kanumury: We are looking at a 50 percent global head count growth along with a sizable jump in revenue over last year.

Consulting: How would you describe your firm’s outlook for 2017? Where do you see the most opportunities?

Kanumury: Our outlook is an approximate 30 percent revenue growth year over year. We will do this by providing an increased adoption for industry specific growth in pharma. I believe Europe will be our greatest area of opportunity during 2017.

Consulting: What would you say are your firm’s biggest challenges in 2017?

Kanumury: The first challenge is making sure that people are aware of the solutions we can provide. The second challenge is competing with single sourcing mentality in strategies.

Consulting: What does being named one of Consulting’s Fastest Growing Firms mean to your firm, your employees and your clients?

Kanumury: Consulting is all about service excellence. It’s about guidance. Moreover, it’s about using that guidance to help the clients navigate the unknown. We’re able to help clients chart new waters. Showing them how to use the cloud and connect people to cures. Helping them solve new problems that will help them achieve their goals. This award is a reflection of what we are all about in our business intent. We take a lot of pride in that.