Local CEOs Honored by the Washington Business Journal

Congratulations to our own Steve Case who was recognized as one of the ‘Most Admired CEOs’ within the region last week at the Washington Business Journal’s annual recognition for the best and brightest in business. We were thrilled to also see several other noted Washingtonians among the ranks for ‘Most Admired CEO’, including José Andrés of ThinkFoodGroup, Timothy Chi of WeddingWire Inc., Seth Goldman of Honest Tea, and Nicky Goren of The Meyer Foundation.

D.C. Based Optoro Raises $50 Million in Funding, led by Kleiner Perkins

This morning, one of our Revolution Growth portfolio companies announced a huge milestone – $50 million in Series C funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers (KPCB) with co-investment from Generation Investment Management (Generation). We also participated in this round that included other local D.C. area venture capital firms Grotech Ventures and SWaN and Legend Venture Partners.

Virginia-Based CustomInk Named Top Workplace by FORTUNE

Congratulations are in order for Revolution Growth portfolio company CustomInk, who was named to FORTUNE magazine’s Top Retail Workplaces! Thanks to their emphasis on keeping their 1,113 employees healthy and happy on the job, they are the only Washington, D.C.-area company to make the list. This isn't the first time CustomInk has scored big on employee satisfaction; they were recognized in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 in Great Place to Work Rankings: Best Medium Workplaces.

We Can (and Should) Celebrate The Downtown Project

Amidst the Downtown Project’s announced restructuring and round of layoffs, it felt a bit odd to be participating in Tech Cocktail’s so-deemed Celebrate Conference this month. Centered in the heart of downtown Vegas, the conference showcased the redevelopment work of the past few years, both local and out-of-town startups, and a slate of speakers focused on entrepreneurship and fostering emerging tech hubs.

Rise of the Rest 1.0 Reunion Recap

Last June, Steve and several members of the Revolution team hit the road for the inaugural Rise of the Rest Road Tour – a multi-partner effort to shine a spotlight on high-growth entrepreneurship in regions of the country often overlooked by investors and national media. Our goal was to not only talk about entrepreneurship where it’s happening but accelerate it.  To achieve that we held “Rise of the Rest” pitch competitions in each of the four cities we visited where the winners earned a $100,000 investment from Steve.


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