3Pillar Global turns intelligent risk into growth
With visionary software products, a culture that promotes innovation and an eye on the future, 3Pillar Global is an unheralded story of growth and success in Fairfax County.
In business for 10 years, 3Pillar ( http://www.3pillarglobal.com/) has gone from one employee to more than 720, with branches in Romania and India as well as corporate headquarters in Fairfax.
3Pillar enables businesses to build software that will deliver seamless customer experiences and, in turn, drive revenues. According to CEO David DeWolf, this is thanks to a worldwide company culture that emphasizes teamwork, innovation and a bit of risk-taking.
"Everyone in the company -- from the C-suite on down -- is invested in that company culture," DeWolf says. "We try to make sure that 3Pillar is a great place to work.When you're competing in the technology space, culture is so essential because of how competitive the market is for the best talent and how critical culture is in driving innovation.
"Our focus has always been on intelligent risk-taking. If you're going to do something noteworthy in this industry, you have to be willing to try something new. It might not always work out, but you want to be cutting-edge and forward-thinking."
The three pillars on which the company was founded are innovation, agility and integrity. Those core values are the foundation of an organization that helps clients bring software products to market quickly, optimize their impact and, in doing so, keep clients steps ahead of the competition.
To that end, 3Pillar Labs acts as the company's internal research and development arm, constantly working on new technology for software and apps.
The proof is in the numbers. 3Pillar is currently working with more than 50 clients -- many of them noteworthy -- and the vast majority are both long-term and repeat customers. For example:
After working with 3Pillar to design and implement its Carfax for Dealers apps, the Fairfax County-based vehicle reporting company looked to 3Pillar to turn its web-based consumer application into Carfax Reports apps for iPhone and Android and to build myCarfax apps for both platforms.
When the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) needed help getting its award-winning iPad app and PBS Kids apps to market, they called on 3Pillar. From those original iPad apps, 3 Pillar has gone on to develop additional PBS products for Android, Kindle Fire, Chromecast and Roku.
DeWolf says that 3Pillar's Fairfax County location has paid dividends in multiple ways.
"The first is geographic," he says. "We work with a number of companies along the I-95 corridor in the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast and it's very easy to see them, even on short notice.
"Another is access to local talent. Being in such close proximity to (Washington) D.C., in concert with proximity to nearby colleges like Georgetown, George Mason, Virginia Tech, William & Mary and the University of Virginia, provides us access to some of the best and brightest minds as they hit the job market."
Additionally, Fairfax County offers a location with international appeal for its quality of life. "It's a place that people are happy to move to," says DeWolf, whose company recently lured an experienced researcher from Microsoft in Seattle.
"We think we offer our employees a great place to live and some very cool, cutting-edge projects to work on," DeWolf says. "For people in our space, those are two of the best calling cards you can have."