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uTest leads 7 Massachusetts businesses on Forbes list of most promising companies

Forbes is out with its annual list of America’s most promising companies today, and seven Massachusetts businesses are among the top 100.

That’s a pretty darn good showing that ranked the Bay State third, behind only California (34) and New York (23).

As you might expect, the lineup is dominated by technology and life science companies. Among the local entries, uTest got the most respect, coming in at number seven — one spot higher than last year.

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It’s easy to see why: uTest boasts a global network of more than 100,000 contractors who can test developing software under almost any conditions. Huge corporations, like Google, Amazon and Netflix, trust the service.

You won’t see the uTest name on next year’s list, however. That’s because the Framingham company is on the verge of rebranding as Applause, the name of its service for tracking user feedback on apps.

The other Massachusetts firms recognized for great potential were VMTurbo (number 26), NutraClick (58), ALKU (76), Boston Heart Diagnostics (95), Retroficiency (97) and Quantopian (98).

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