A star of the Madison start-up scene has earned props from Forbes.
The national business publication just put Max Lynch of Drifty on its annual list of "30 under 30" for Enterprise Technology.
Drifty, which is located at 121 S. Pinckney St. in downtown Madison, offers tools for people to make their own mobile apps and websites.
"Max Lynch and his childhood friend and inventing partner-in-crime founded Drifty in 2012," Forbes wrote. "The company increased its revenue tenfold and became profitable in 2013, after which it raised $1 million in seed funding in 2014. In less than a year, Drifty's Ionic Framework has become one of the top 50 most popular open source projects in the world."
That partner in crime would be Ben Sperry, a friend from the Milwaukee suburb of Shorewood. Both were former staffers at Madison-based mobile gaming company PerBlue.
The start-up got a big boost in early 2013 when Drifty was invited to the prestigious technology accelerator program TechStars Cloud in San Antonio.
Lynch in a 2013 interview told the Cap Times he is committed to staying Madison despite the challenges of growing a technology business in the Midwest.
"The reason we are staying in Madison is simple: The cost of living makes starting tech companies incredibly easy and access to talent is awesome," he says. "The university has so many incredibly talented people. The trick seems to be to promote our local scene so they stay. It doesn't hurt that Madison is gorgeous and filled with progressive, intelligent people."