Appian CEO Matthew Calkins is speaking at Startup Grind this week

Calkins was a cofounder of the Reston-based low-code software development platform maker, and led it through this year's IPO. He's taking part in a fireside chat on December 13.

Appian staff on IPO day, ca. May 25, 2017.

(Photo via NASDAQ)

Reston, Va.–based Appian made big news in D.C. this year with May’s IPO.

On May 25, cofounder anad CEO Matthew Calkins rang the opening bell at the Nasdaq exchange, and the stock rose more than 25 percent on the first day of trading as APPN.

Months later, the payouts are still coming locally. In November, executives sold off millions in stock, according to the Washington Business Journal.

It capped a memorable year for the low-code software development platform maker that was founded in 1999, and has grown to 1,000 employees.

On Wednesday, Calkins will talk about the journey at this month’s edition of Startup Grind. The 6-9 p.m. event is set to be held at The Alley, a recently opened coworking space. He’s also a board game enthusiast, so there’s a good opportunity to veer from business talk in Startup Grind fashion.



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