The Real Meaning Behind All These Rankings

Rx Savings Solutions, 2019 Inc. 5000 celebration
The Rx Savings Solutions team celebrates back-to-back years in the Inc. 5000.

Whether by coincidence or coordinated effort, we don’t know, but the past couple weeks have brought a series of rewarding rankings for Rx Savings Solutions.

  • First, we made No. 18 on the “Fast 50” list of Kansas City’s fastest-growing companies, according to data collected by the Kansas City Business Journal.
  • A few days later, the 2019 Inc. 5000 was announced, which ranks the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. according to year-over-year revenue growth from 2016-2018. We improved 103 spots over last year to No. 1,527.
  • To close out the week, we learned we’re a finalist for Best Places to Work in Kansas City again, based solely on our employees’ survey responses to an independent third party. We’ll find out that ranking later this fall.

Sure, we played up the news like any company should. But what do these rankings really mean beyond great PR?

It Starts (and Ends) with ‘Why’

Simon Sinek’s famously inspiring TED Talk is over 5 years old now, but it still rings true. We never lose track of why we do what we do:

  • First and foremost, it’s to help people afford the medications they need, in a system that is making that increasingly difficult
  • The pharmacy landscape is overwhelmingly complex; we simplify it for consumers and payers
  • The industry and its supply chain produce an inefficient, manipulated market; we want to transform it

All the growth these past three years simply validates our “why.” Ours is the very definition of organic growth. We haven’t grown by acquiring other companies, customers or by selling more and more widgets. We’ve grown because we’re helping to solve a very real problem, alleviating an enormous pain point on both a human and payer level.

Our mission, vision and values are producing more value for our members and clients. Nobody has created an official Top 10, 50 or 5000 list for that yet. That’s OK. We only care about how our members and clients rank us. If we stick to the “why” and keep improving the “how,” growth will take care of itself.