GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SharpSpring, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHSP), a global provider of cloud-based marketing technologies, today announced it ranked 391 on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. "We have been fortunate to have explosive growth over the past three years, thanks to our easy to use and cost effective marketing automation solution," said SharpSpring's Chief Executive Officer, Rick Carlson. "We've worked hard to ensure that our platform is robust and powerful, while offering it at a far more affordable price point. We are confident that we'll continue to build on this momentum and see fast-pace growth as more digital marketers and marketing agencies become aware of our low-cost, full-featured platform." "Today, when every organization can be a tech company, the most effective businesses not only foster the courage to explore change, but also encourage creativity in using and applying existing assets in new ways, as resourcefully as possible," said Sandra Shirai, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and U.S. technology, media and telecommunications industry leader. "This ingenious approach to innovation calls for the encouragement of curiosity and collaboration both within and outside the office walls." "This year's Fast 500 winners showcase that when organizations are open to diverse perspectives and insights, they are able to create an environment for their employees and customers to see the possibilities and ingenious solutions that might lie ahead," added Jim Atwell, national managing partner of the emerging growth company practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "Entrepreneurial environments foster change and innovation within businesses, and we look forward to watching these companies continue to drive change across all sectors." About Deloitte's 2016 Technology Fast 500™Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 provides a ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies - both public and private - in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2012 to 2015. In order to be eligible for Technology Fast 500 recognition, companies must own proprietary intellectual property or technology that is sold to customers in products that contribute to a majority of the company's operating revenues. Companies must have base-year operating revenues of at least $50,000 USD, and current-year operating revenues of at least $5 million USD. Additionally, companies must be in business for a minimum of four years and be headquartered within North America.