Federal Contractors/Technology: MATT CALKINS
CO-FOUNDER, CEO AND EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, APPIAN CORP., McLEAN
While cloud computing and enterprise software firm Appian expects revenues of up to $446 million in 2022, a 21% increase from 2021, don’t expect any of that to come from Russia.
Calkins told Yahoo! Finance in April that his company has never done business with “Putin’s Russia” and urged others to follow suit as global businesses severed ties with the country after its unprovoked assault on Ukraine.
Calkins, who co-founded Appian in 1999 at age 26, ranks No. 705 on Forbes’ list of world billionaires. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994 and worked for MicroStrategy Inc. in the late 1990s.
More than 100 of Appian’s 350 customers are among the biggest companies in the world. Appian simplifies app development and workflow automation and provides software for government contractors.
In May, Appian was awarded more than $2 billion in damages — estimated to be the largest award in Virginia state court history — in a lawsuit in Fairfax County, finding a competitor had used multiple methods to gain access to Appian’s trade secrets.
Calkins is a top competitor at the World Boardgaming Championships who has created award-winning board games including Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan and Tin Goose.