DC's Fastest-Growing Companies
From The Farmer
Company: Direct-to-consumer provider of weekly farm-box food, connecting consumers directly to farmers and producers in the DC area. Founders, pictured, are Nick Phelps and Jason Lundberg.
Growth: 150% in revenue; 165% in head count
Reason for growth: High level of service and word-of-mouth.
Latest news: Soon rolling out new features and products, including humanely raised meats.
Most people don’t know: While a food logistics company at its core, From the Farmer has built its own technology and web applications, making it a food company powered by technology.
Company: Marketing-as-a-Service company that created a cloud-based digital marketing automaton platform for hyper local marketing for small businesses and multi-location national brands.
Growth: 60% in revenue; 50% in head count
Reason for growth: Company’s marketing automation platform (SurePulse), geared to small businesses, is built on an open tech stack, letting clients customize their user experience without being locked into proprietary software.
Top customers: Andersen Windows, GAF (roofing shingles), Louisiana Pacific Corp, Rite Aid/RediClinic
Latest news: Released new features on SurePulse so users can publish to and manage over 50 online directories. Company was also named to Inc. 5000 for second year.
Most people don’t know: Surefire Social built the first and only complete tech stack for hyper local digital marketing.
Company: Consulting services firm that moves apps into the cloud and onto devices.
Growth: 28% in revenue
Reason for growth: Added full stack development capabilities; market opportunity dramatically increased for HTLM5 and mobile web applications; and company expanded resources geographically.
Top customers: Fortune 500 clients (can’t be named), Spargo Inc, Tillster
Latest news: Opened new HQ in Reston; opened first international office in Romania, which has grown to 20 people in nine months; named fastest-growing software company in DC region by Inc Magazine; and hired new VP of sales, Jeremiah Smith.
Most people don’t know: Modus Create co-founder/CEO Pat Sheridan (above) is a former artist and has large mural paintings in DC. Pat and the team recently designed and built a 15-foot cardboard boombox that greets office visitors. Now attempting to wire it for sound so that employees can control it with mobile devices.
Company: An on-demand roadside assistance service that doesn’t require a subscription or membership fee. (Think Uber for roadside assistance.)
Reason for growth: Rise of the on-demand economy. Over 200,000 drivers have used the service and millions will have direct access through connected car platforms, including AT&T Drive and Cost2Drive. Millennials are not joining traditional auto clubs like AAA and are instead choosing on-demand options.
Top customers: AT&T, MapQuest, Zendrive
Latest news: Raised $7M in Series A funding from Allianz Digital Corporate Ventures, Verizon Ventures and Forté Ventures.
Most people don’t know: The team sounds an alarm and throws confetti every time an auto club tests the Urgent.ly service.
Company: Wireless integrator for network operators, OEMs and tower companies.
Customers: Nextel, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, SiriusXM
Latest news: Named to Inc. 5000 list second year in a row.
Most people don’t know: TeleWorlds holds a tea time at 3pm daily, where employees in the office huddle for tea and biscuits and talk about the day. Great way to keep connected and have fun.