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Software » Provo’s rising star of survey and data collection is ready to go big.


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Now that Qualtrics is taking over a second floor, the team is hoping to build a slide to connect them, as well as a mock 7-Eleven store on the new floor, complete with a Slurpee machine.

The company stresses transparency. From one end of the office to the other, you can see through all the small meeting rooms and glass conference areas given cartoon names such as "Bam Bam" and "Pebbles." Employees can even write notes on the windowed walls with whiteboard markers.

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Qualtrics, from the inside

What » Provo company that produces Web-based survey software that can collect and analyze data for businesses and colleges.

Employees » About 200, including sales staff, customer support personnel and software engineers. Will be hiring another 250 by the end of the year.

Founded » In 2002 by Scott Smith, son Ryan and Stuart Orgill in Scott Smith’s Provo basement.

Funding » Recently received $70 million in venture capital from Silicon Valley investors Accel Partners and Sequoia Capital.

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Every Friday, the office stages its "TGIF" meetings where employees get free lunch, discuss employee achievements and get to ask the executives any questions they like.

"We believe in radical transparency," Ryan Smith said. "It’s an open book. But it’s that way with everything."

With that $70 million from Accel and Sequoia, Qualtrics plans to expand its international market, produce more products and hire another 250 employees by the end of the year, maybe more.

"We can do this," Scott Smith said. "We can turn this into a billion- or multibillion-dollar company. We’ve got everything in line. It works, and we are having too much fun. And we’re not done yet."

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