To be successful, early-stage technology companies often need support beyond an initial investment from venture capitalists. Startups need management assistance, technology, and support with business services. was a private equity firm based in Washington D.C. The group formed with an investment focus in online media and marketing, software technologies, telecommunications services, domain name, and consumer Internet services. was created with the goal of supporting early-stage technology companies while providing the return on investment to nonprofit organizations through and Make Change! Trust. invested in companies that worked together by sharing resources, talent, and technologies to offer a wide range of innovative products and services. The firm helped incubate companies that appeared on the Inc. 500, which recognizes the fastest-growing companies in the United States. has invested in a wide array of successful companies including,,,, Yield Software, and X3O Emerging Technologies. has shared its success by providing for needy nonprofits.