First Things First
Sam: Welcome back, folks. It’s already snowing in my hometown of Charlotte, N.C., but it looks like D.C. will only get a few flakes? If that? So much for moving to a colder, more wintry climate!
Anyway, while I stew in my feelings of betrayal by Mother Nature, why don’t you dive into today’s Beat?
The Big One
A breakdown on the day’s biggest Inno story.
Some good news out of Northern Virginia: MicroStrategy will add 300 new jobs at its Tysons HQ, according to a deal announced by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today.
The new jobs come as a part of a $150M lease renewal deal, which will keep MicroStrategy in the Commonwealth State for another 13 years. In the deal, Northam approved a $1M grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to help Fairfax County with the project, and employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
Fairfax County was up against D.C. to land the business software company. In addition to adding 300 jobs to the HQ location, MicroStrategy is required to retain at least 800 jobs at the office, as well.
An expansion of the 200K sq. ft. office is not expected now, but improvements, such as a conference room and employee lounge, are in the works.
The Washington Business Journal has more.
Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves today.
New D.C.-Based Daily Trivia Game for Facebook Messenger
Following the success of HQ Trivia, two D.C.-area founders had an idea. What if they built a daily, HQ game for Facebook Messenger? Now, the game, called Original Trivia, has attracted 1K players and counting. Each day at 2 p.m., users can open their Messenger bot, play the game for 30 seconds and if they’re lucky, win cool prizes along the way. Arriana chatted with the founders about the new game. Read more: Original Trivia Brings the Thrill of a Game Show to Your Phone
Amazon Fulfillment Center in NoVa Warns of Layoffs
The Seattle tech giant filed notice this week in Virginia that 67 employees in Sterling, Va. would be laid off come May 6. A spokesperson confirmed with WBJ that each of the affected employees would be given the option to transfer to another fulfillment center, and if they decline, each will be given severance pay. WBJ has more.
Behind Amazon’s Ties to the D.C. Region
D.C.’s relationship with Amazon goes far beyond Jeff Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post and the company’s growing lobbying efforts. It stretches all the way back to 1999, at least. I pulled together a guide of all of Amazon and Bezos’ investments and acquisitions in the region (at least the ones I could find). Read more: A Look at Amazon’s Acquisitions and Investments in the D.C. Area