AudioBlocks joins the family as the company continues its growth with 40 people on the team by year's end. Named to the Inc 5000 list for the 3rd consecutive year as the 11th fastest growing media company in the country.
A big year for VideoBlocks, as they launch GraphicStock.com and grow from a handful of employees to more than 20. Honored by the likes of Inc and Deloitte for growth, earning the 2nd highest growth rate in the DC Metro region over the previous 5 years.
VideoBlocks raises $10.5MM in a Series A from Updata Partners (Mashable, iContact, Pet360) and QED Investors (Braintree, MediaMath). Named the fourth fastest growing media company in the US by Inc. Magazine. Makes it to spot #226 on the prestigious Inc 500 list.
With bellwether companies like Netflix shifting their strategy to streaming, Joel realizes the future of the business is digital distribution. He digitizes the Footage Firm library, and launches VideoBlocks.com.
Upon graduating from Babson College’s Entrepreneurship program, Joel turns down a lucrative offer from Wall Street and decides pursue his business full time. Footage Firm, which distributes Joel’s stock video library on DVDs through the mail is born!
Founder and CEO Joel Holland spends a year before going to college flying from city to city, shooting stock, and selling it on eBay to pay for his plane ticket to the next city and shoot. This footage will become the early elements to the company’s library.