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Forbes "MostĀ Promising"

Influence & Co., a Columbia, Mo.-based firm that specializes in creating and publishing bylined articles for individuals and brands — a form of content marketing, ranked No. 72 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Most Promising Companies.”

Influence & Co. started in 2011 with a $150,000 investment from Brent Beshore of, a venture capital and private equity firm based in Columbia, Mo. Influence & Co. has grown from $3,000 in revenue and two employees in 2011 to 45 employees and about $1.5 million in 2013 revenue. The company is expected generate between $3 million to $5 million in revenue in the next year, according to founder and CEO John Hall.

Hall said one of the main reasons for the growth is that his firm is one of a few companies pursuing this kind of content creation. The company has more than 80 clients, including Office Depot. Hall founded the company with Kelsey Meyer.

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