Modify named to Top-100 Startups List, Invited to the White House!

On November 17, 2011 Modify was invited to a White House ceremony honoring the top-100 young startups in the U.S. We were named part of the Empact 100 list, which “recognizes the top 100 companies run by young entrepreneurs age 30 or younger who impact our economy and inspire others to join the movement to revitalize our economy by starting a business of their own.” You can see video of the whole event here.

When we found out about the event, my first question was, “define young”. Turns out the restriction was having founders under-30. We made it (barely. But of course a gentleman never reveals his age).

We were there as part of a few different groups, all of which are pretty amazing resources for entrepreneurs

The day started at the Capitol Building with discussions and presentations by entrepreneurship education leaders, including senior staff and heads of the Young InvinciblesNFTE, Junior Achievement, the Chamber of Commerce and more. We also heard from Sen. Mary Landrieu and various members of Congress. One of them made a very political speech.

We then moved to the White House for the event described above. A few photos from that event

Accepting our award with representatives from Empact, Startup America and the White House!

All 100 companies

All 100 Empact companies (Modify in the upper right)


We moved to the Case Foundation offices for an event with Startup America. No pictures from that event, it was cray-c.

Then we ended at the Newseum, which is listed as D.C.’s “Most Interactive museum”. I didn’t know that was part of the rating structure, but congrats anyway! Aside from eating lots of chocolate and drinking seltzer water, we also had the opportunity to share a message with the world, thanks to Robert Fogarty and his *amazing* Dear World project (seriously, click the link and check it out). My message is below

Please note that "Smile!" is written bigger...


  1. Lisa says:

    So AWESOME! Go Modify!

  2. Matt B. says:

    (In my best Chris Farley impression….) THIS…IS…AWESOME!!!! Congrats Aaron, Ashil and the rest of the Modify crew. Great things come to those who persevere. Love it!

  3. Liz Foley says:

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  4. Dave says:

    bad ass! proud of ya!

  5. Chris Cheng says:

    This is so great, congrats Aaron and the Modify team!

  6. Arlene Fox says:

    I LOVE, LOVE my Modify(s)….I get stopped dead in my tracks and asked about my Modify everywhere I go. It’s an awesome conversation starter and great way to meet others…craziness really! I’m wondering if I can get a referral fee for directing peeps to the website to buy! :) Congrats on the award, and Go Modify!

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