Case Study: Topflight

Southern California UI/UX designer and developer took the skills learned in a Founders First accelerator program to break the top 1,500 of the Inc. 5000 2022 class.

Joe Tuan
CEO and Founder, Topflight

September 2021 FastPath Graduate

We spent most of our time building out features and fixing issues and not so much growing the company. What we were missing was the right team that can take this big idea and mold and chisel it.”


Topflight’s core company centers around employing talented staff who can bring a client’s vision to life. Hiring experienced developers takes a ton of capital, something Topflight didn’t have readily available. They also wanted to invest in research and development to find ways to create additional revenue streams to keep cash flowing into the business.


Topflight decided to take on debt financing to grow their business even further. Founders First’s initial revenue-based financing amount of $250,000 freed up the capital to add new developers, invest in R&D and keep the growth trajectory going strong.


Additionally, Topflight decided to leverage one of Founders First CDC’s business accelerator programs as an entrepreneur-in-residence opportunity for Charudhi Pankaj, Head of Growth. 


Since Founders First Capital Partners invested into the company with a revenue-based financing loan, Topflight blasted onto the Inc. 5000 list in 2022 at number 1,326 because of its 493% YoY growth.

89% growth in revenue within 6 months

Allowed for additional staff

Invested into R&D


Revenue-based financing is a good fit if your software development company meets the following:

  • Profitable, break-even or on the clear path to profitability
  • Recurring or predictable revenues or repeatable customer contracts
  • Seeking $50,000 to $2 million in growth capital
Interested in pursuing revenue-based financing for your diverse-led business?


Topflight is a product design company of product strategists, UI/UX designers, full-stack developers, and ex-founders of companies, each rigorously hand-picked for the qualities that contribute most to product success. Together, Topflight builds web and mobile apps that solve clients’ problems in the most multidisciplinary and innovative ways possible. The company is passionate about bringing purposeful ideas to life and making a positive impact on the world.

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