UCG On The Rise
From the day we launched UCG in 1977, we have been entrepreneurial, highly competitive
and had a passion for excellence.
Today we are far larger, have employees and customers around the world, and many
more resources than when we started as a two-person business in storage space above
a liquor store in Washington, D.C.
There are a number of turning points and decisions along the way that helped shape
the portfolio of extraordinary companies we’ve become.
In our early days we delivered our content through newsletters and conferences.
But within three years, driven by our customers’ demand for more timely delivery,
we became among the first companies in the world to deliver information electronically.
Long before the advent of the Internet we were delivering our proprietary, trusted
content, expert analysis, news alerts and fast-changing data electronically to customers
in the energy, government contracting and defense industries.
In 1978, we won our first journalism award for editorial excellence. And in the
years since, we have won over 100 awards for excellence in journalism and dozens
more for creative marketing.
Another early turning point: That same year, 1978, we acquired our first of many
specialized information businesses, enabling us to diversify into multiple business
verticals ranging from healthcare, to banking to technology and telecom. In the
ensuing years we acquired dozens of companies including taking a public company
private and one of our private companies public.
Over the years we have retained many of the entrepreneurs of the businesses we’ve
acquired. We give these business builders the autonomy to run their own show and
the resources to accelerate growth. UCG has become a full-fledged portfolio of companies
run by world-class entrepreneurs.
We have also sold two of our companies, investing the proceeds to successfully expand
Today, we sell our products around the world, hold conferences in Europe, the U.K.,
Asia and Australia, have offices in the U.S. and Europe and Asia. We remain committed
to adding information and software businesses to our portfolio to serve new and
exciting verticals, continue growing our existing lines of businesses. As we expand
we honor the best attributes of that small company above the liquor store – nimble,
competitive, and passionate about creating the best products and solutions.