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RapidDeploy Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024
Public safety leader joins the ranks of Nvidia, YouTube, Taco Bell, and more.
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AUSTIN, Texas (March 19, 2024) - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – RapidDeploy, the leader in cloud-native technology solutions for public safety, has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024.

This year’s list shines a spotlight on businesses that are shaping industry and culture through their innovations. These organizations are setting new standards and achieving remarkable milestones in all sectors of the economy. Alongside the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company recognizes 606 organizations across 58 sectors and regions. 

RapidDeploy achieved significant milestones in the past year in advancing its mission to save lives by transforming emergency response and delivering on the promise of Next Generation 911 (NG911).The company launched Lightning, the groundbreaking mobile app designed to deliver critical 911 call data directly to field responders' smartphones and tablets. Lightning provides real-time insights and location accuracy, empowering field responders to make informed decisions and expedite emergency response efforts.

RapidDeploy's collaboration with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council to roll out the Lightning mobile app to 25,000 first responders marks a milestone in advancing NG911 solutions statewide. By leveraging cloud-native mapping, analytics and mobile technology, RapidDeploy is leading the public safety industry forward by providing enhanced situational awareness data for first responders in the field.

Steve Raucher, CEO and co-founder of RapidDeploy, expressed his gratitude for the recognition, stating, "Being named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies is a privilege and recognition of the hard work and dedication of our team. We are committed to building cutting-edge technology that revolutionizes emergency response and ensures the safety of communities nationwide."

The World's Most Innovative Companies stands as Fast Company's hallmark franchise and one of its most anticipated editorial efforts of the year.

Fast Company's editors and writers identified the companies driving progress around the world and across industries, evaluating thousands of submissions through a competitive application process. The result is a globe-spanning guide to innovation today, from early-stage startups to some of the most valuable companies in the world.  

“Our list of the Most Innovative Companies is both a comprehensive look at the innovation economy and a snapshot of the business trends that defined the year,” said Fast Company editor-in-chief Brendan Vaughan. “We saw extraordinary innovation across the board in 2023, but we also saw a handful of clear patterns: the growing footprint and impact of AI, the triumphant return of live events, and great leaps forward in climate tech. We face daunting challenges on many fronts, but the solutions we celebrate in MIC give me plenty of hope about the future.”

RapidDeploy's innovative solutions, including Lightning Mobile, Radius Mapping and Eclipse Analytics have garnered praise from government agencies, investors and industry experts alike. By harnessing the power of cloud computing, real-time data analytics and integrated communication tools, RapidDeploy is addressing critical societal issues and shaping the future of emergency response.

For more information about RapidDeploy and its innovative solutions, learn more here.

About RapidDeploy

Founded in 2016, and based in Austin, TX, RapidDeploy is the leading cloud-native platform for public safety. We provide Next Generation 911 solutions that deliver intelligent information throughout the emergency response journey, empowering agencies and first responders to drive better outcomes in mission critical situations.  

With a curated partner network, our platform combines mobile signals, critical datasets, and call information into a single operating system, improving emergency response with location accuracy, situational awareness, modern communications, and actionable insights. Our products improve outcomes and ultimately save lives. In 2024, RapidDeploy earned recognition for the 7th year in a row as a prominent company to watch on the GovTech 100 list, and as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies. Learn more at

About Fast Company

Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at

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