Fastest-Growing Companies Party!
Over 200 people came to celebrate the Trending 40: Fastest-Growing Companies last night at 1776-Crystal City. We've got all the pics.
The Fastest-Growing Companies in the DC area are doing everything: changing the way commercial office buildings monitor their energy consumption (Aquicore); helping the government acquire the best technology (Carahsoft); serving up unique, healthy dishes (Cava Grill); and bringing farm fresh food to doorsteps (From the Farmer).
Surefire Social, a cloud-based digital marketing automation platform, was one of several tech companies on the list. Why? It posted 60% growth in revenue in the last year. The team here included Jennifer Clark, Michelle Lettmann, Shashi Bellamkonda, David Reed, Steve Eastlack, Lauren Morse and Thomas Risden.
Modus Create was also a winner, with 28% revenue growth. The company moves apps into the cloud and onto mobile devices for Fortune 500 customers. It opened a new HQ in Reston and its first international office in Romania. The team includes Richard Bullington-McGuire, Russ Rands, Steve Dalgetty, Jaymes Jones and Misha Manulis.
Aquicore has doubled in head count in the last year and is on track to post 150% revenue growth. The team was represented by new chief marketing officer Shana Glenzer and biz dev manager Anna Buglaeva, who flank founder Logan Soya. He also appeared on the Trending 40: 40 Under 40 list.
Surefire Social's Tony Surak and Contactually's Zvi Band chat growth. Contactually posted 125% revenue growth selling a CRM product for professional services. Zvi, who co-launched the company in 2011, is also one of the founders of Proudly Made in DC, a site that promotes DC's startup community.
10Pearl's Megan Leavy and McGladrey's Meredith Perdoni flank Knight Point Systems' Justin Kuzemka and Daniel Duenkel. Knight Point won for its growth in the government IT space. The service-disabled, veteran-owned business was launched in 2006 and also works with state and local agencies and commercial enterprises.
Eagle Ray was represented by CEO Babs Doherty and CFO Dave Uehlinger. The company specializes in program management and process improvement and counts DIA, Customs and Border Protection and the Office of Naval Intelligence as customers.
APX Labs chief product officer Ed English and his wife, Laura English, represented the 5-year-old company. APX developed a software platform that powers industrial applications for smart glasses.
Macro Solutions' Todd Hager, Joe Savukas, Pete Boyer and Todd Barnes were on hand to claim their Fastest-Growing Companies award. The IT and management consulting firm has seen 41% revenue growth and has scooped up customers like FDIC, DOD and HHS.
There were plenty of supporters on hand, including Sidewalks' Mark Merrill, Morgan Stanley's Shaun Halberda and Chris McGrath, Millennial Solution's Gabrielle Jackson and InGo's Michael Barnett.
Big thanks to our partners: Crystal City, Vornado, K&L Gates, KPMG, Wingate Hughes, Herman Miller, Chain Bridge Bank, HiRise and NeoSystems.