Joe Pezzillo, Perry Evans and Joy Milkowski at the Startup Junkie Underground
On Monday night the DaVinci Institute’s Startup Junkie Underground hosted Perry Evans, founder of such successful companies as MapQuest, Jabber, and Local Matters. Over the last fifteen years Evans has raised over $80 million in investor capital and “created value” to the tune of $1.5 billion. These figures are all the more impressive considering Evans spent a large part of his career working for larger companies, until he spun MapQuest out of R.R. Donnelly & Sons in 1994. MapQuest was subsequently acquired by AOL in late 1999 in a stock deal valued at $1.1 billion.