2019 Best Tech Startups in Washington, D.C.

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Washington, D.C. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Optoro


Founded: 2010

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Washington, D.C.

“Optoro is using innovative technology to solve a large, and growing, global problem. Every year, over 15% of inventory is returned or deemed excess, costing retailers $500 billion nationwide. Optoro’s software platform helps retailers optimize the management of returned and excess inventory in a more efficient and cost-effective way, maximizing recovery value, enabling consumers to get great deals, and reducing environmental waste. Working with some of the largest retailers in the US, Optoro’s software platform has enabled its clients to maximize recovery costs by 50 – 200%.

Founded in 2010, Optoro has been named one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Optoro has also received many awards and accolades, including CNBC’s Disruptor 50, EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year and the World Economic Forum’s Circular Economy Award, Most recently, Optoro was named a “Top Workplace” in DC by The Washington Post.”

2. Everfi


Founded: 2008

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Washington, D.C.

“EVERFI is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 16 million learners in critical skill areas. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, The Rise Fund, Advance Publications, and Rethink Education, and Rethink Impact. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 4,200 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada.”

3. Mapbox


Founded: 2010

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Washington, D.C.

“Mapbox is the location data platform for mobile and web applications. We’re changing the way people move around cities and explore our world.

From finding a coffee spot on Foursquare, to pinning a vacation spot on Pinterest, to geo-tagging notes in Evernote – we do the geo stuff so developers can focus on building their app. Mapbox is the foundation for other platforms, letting enterprises analyze their data, drone companies publish flyovers, real estate sites visualize properties, satellite companies process cloud-free imagery, and insurance companies track assets.”

4. Virtru


Founded: 2011

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Washington, D.C.

“We believe everyone has a right to keep their digital content private and secure. We founded Virtru because we believe that exercising that right should be easy and convenient–simple email encryption for everyone.

With Virtru, you can choose when to keep your digital content private and secure for its lifetime, even after it’s shared online. Manage and revoke access to emails, photos, files, and other content at any time, right from within your favorite programs like Gmail and Outlook, on your desktop or mobile device.”

5. Fundrise


Founded: 2010

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Washington, D.C.

“Fundrise was born from the belief that everyone deserves a simpler, smarter, more reliable way to invest. Using technology, Fundrise has created the first low-cost, direct private market investment platform built for you.

Fundrise offers a low-cost alternative to investing in stocks and bonds. The once-unattainable world of direct private investments is now available to any individual, regardless of net worth.

Fundrise is not just changing HOW you invest, but what YOU invest in.

Fundrise is a two-time Forbes FinTech 50 award winner and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and TechCrunch.”



Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Washington, D.C.

“You deserve a better business trip. Upside is building a world-class team passionate about creating a product that will turn business travel from mundane to magical. This is no ordinary startup. We’ve already brought on some of the most passionate, intelligent and seasoned founding team members on the planet.

Our founders started websites you’ve been using for years and are some of the most connected deal-makers in business. We are ambitious, well-funded and plan to change a $1 trillion global industry. If you’re looking for challenging work that demands real thinking, bold action and big-time responsibility, then check out our available positions.”

7. FiscalNote


Founded: 2013

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Washington, D.C.

“Government Relations, reinvented.

With its Government Relationship Management (GRM) Platform, FiscalNote enables government affairs professionals and executives to maximize their influence on legislation and regulatory policy through automation; optimization; and the delivery of analytical insights.”

8. Measure


Founded: 2014

“Measure is an aerial intelligence company specialized in collecting, analyzing, and delivering information that transforms how businesses make decisions to keep people safe and assets at peak performance. Through thousands of commercial flights, a specialized data engineering team, and a portfolio of scalable solutions, we deliver the benefits of drone technology to clients in energy, construction, and public safety.”

9. Social Tables


Founded: 2011

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Washington, D.C.

“We are the #1 software for event planners and event properties to work together.

More than 83,000 unique users rely on our desktop and mobile product line, which includes online sales and marketing solutions, 2D and 3D room diagramming, business intelligence for hotels, and event attendee management. Users have planned over 1,000,000 events with Social Tables.”

10. LearnZillion


Founded: 2011

“LearnZillion is a curriculum company dedicated to taking the highest quality curriculum and making it teacher friendly and classroom ready. Founded by two educators in 2011, LearnZillion is now used by more than 1 in 3 U.S. teachers.”