Revolution Growth’s Optoro #38 on 2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 List

There are always conversations, stories, speculations, and predictions about the next “it” company that will revolutionize their industry and disrupt the disruptors. Today, I am thrilled to announce that the Revolution Growth portfolio company, Optoro, was named to the 2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 List because they identified an unexploited niche of the retail industry. They beat out 400 companies from the U.S.

Revolution Dominates 2015 Washingtonian Tech Titans List

Every other year Washingtonian magazine compiles it’s Tech Titan list – naming 100 of the most influential and exciting people in Washington’s growing technology scene – from upstart entrepreneurs, to industry stalwarts, government, media, influencers and of course, investors. This year we are proud to share that Revolution and our portfolio companies had a huge showing on the list. Making the list in 2015 from the Revolution family:

Rise of the Rest – Spring 2015 Edition: Pitch Competition Participants Revealed!

In just one week, we’ll kick off the third installment of the Rise of the Rest Tour, which will traverse through the Southern U.S. from May 4th-8th. Hot off the presses, we’re excited to briefly introduce the 40 startups who will line up to pitch Steve Case for a chance to win a $100,000 investment. Which promising young startup will rise to the top in Richmond, Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, Atlanta, and New Orleans? Follow our live Road Trip Journal on riseofrest.tumblr.com to find out. 

On the Road Again

Willie Nelson wrote that he loved making music with his friends and couldn’t wait to “get on the road again.”

At Revolution we love working with entrepreneurs and helping them to start and scale new businesses, which is why we are looking forward to firing up the Rise of the Rest bus again and hitting the road in early May.

Edtech Startup, Echo360, Proves Active Learning Greatly Improves Student Outcomes

In the United States, there has been an ongoing discussion and debate about the future of higher-education including its affordability, access, relevance to the modern workforce, diversity, competitiveness in the context of the global community, and the role technology should play. In order for the U.S. to continue to be an educational leader in the global world, we must find innovative solutions to address these issues. In particular, the rising cost of attending a college or university, which is preventing an increasing portion of our younger population from attending and graduating.

All-in-One Local Service Commerce Platform, Booker, Closes $35 Million Funding Round

About five years ago, we met a company with a product called SpaFinder. The company had a promising technology that addressed a big challenge that no one else was tackling - moving the sale of services from offline to online. At the time, the ability to buy products online was exploding, but booking services online was still few and far between. We knew they were on to something big, so we worked closely with them to recapitalize, spin it out and launch of the new company (then named GramercyOne) in 2011. 

Revolution's David Hall Reflects on the TechCrunch Atlanta Meetup and Pitch-Off

Over the past year or so, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time in Atlanta to meet with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the region. Every time I come to visit, I continue to be impressed by the development of the city’s startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is the right combination of all of the right ingredients –iconic companies, solid exits, active angel and seed investors, and great universities pumping out the next generation of talent – with a huge helping of southern hospitality.

Revolution at SXSW 2015

Revolution is heading to SXSW in a few weeks, and we invite you to join us at the various events we are hosting in Austin! If you will be in town and are interested in our events, we encourage you to RSVP below. If you want to connect with the Revolution team in advance please shoot us an email and let us know your plans!

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