Solana Named Coolest Company in Richmond


From parties overlooking the James River to volunteer work to paid parental leave, Richmond’s tech companies are constantly innovating from within to build better company culture. Every improved perk and policy helps boost creativity and productivity – not to mention attracting new talent.

But what makes a company “cool?” It’s not just a cool office, great amenities or a ping pong table in a conference room. It's about having pride in your company and its mission, enjoying the people you work with, and living well in and outside the workspace. Ultimately, being cool means that your employees are supported and valued, and they absolutely love coming to work every day.

But, okay, catered lunches, paintball outings and cold brew coffee help too.

Every company’s cool factor comes from a slightly different place. Whatever it is, morale is approaching an all-time high at Richmond tech companies. This year, we had dozens of firms nominated from all around the community.

The competition is fierce, but "cool" is more a state of mind than a science, so this contest celebrates everyone — and awards top distinctions to those that stood out most to Inno staff and readers.

We looked carefully at the nominees and, based on the submissions and our own office visits and conversations around the River City, we narrowed it down to eight winners."

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