Since 2009, Fortune Magazine selects its Top 10 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs. I remember learning about the list in college and setting a goal to one day build a company that would be great enough to make the list. I was beyond excited and honored to be included on this year’s list. The credit really goes to the Enplug Team, who deserves all the recognition. We’re always pushing ourselves to be better, to build the best software to manage and show content on digital displays in stores, restaurants, gyms, and offices.
How did we get recognized on the list?
First, to be considered, you must have at least $1 million in revenue, which we were proud to have already reached. Then, our investor Howard Marks (co-founder of Activision, a multi-billion dollar business) nominated us for the list. That nomination got us an application invitation. In the detailed application, we’re asked about our growth, revenue, employee count, # of customers, involvement in the community, leadership philosophy, and impact of our product. There were a number of essay questions.
Here’s my answer about “what my company is”: Enplug is the leading open software for powering digital displays in stadiums, malls, hotels, stores, restaurants, and banks. The software enables businesses to manage and distribute content across hundreds of displays. Uniquely, Enplug’s App Market features the largest variety of interactive content including Twitter feeds, news feeds, games, analytics dashboards, and many more third-party developed apps.
We were invited to and honored at the annual Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. The high-profile event, an invite-only event, hosts the most powerful women in the world as the name suggests. This year, participants included First Lady Michelle Obama, General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra, Warren Buffett, Deloitte’s CEO Catherine Engelbert, Intel’s President Renee James, and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch. If you ever get the chance to go, it is a remarkable experience.
I’m inspired by the women entrepreneurs I’m surrounded by and the women leaders who made it possible for us. Other honorees of Fortune’s Most Promising list include:
- Paperless Post
- Hearsay Social
- Rent the Runway
- The Honest Company
- Wildfire Interactive (sold to Google for $350 million)