LinkedIn names top 25 startups you should work for

Professional networking company LinkedIn has come up with a list of top employers within America.

To generate this list, LinkedIn examined the activity of its more than 500 million users and measured factors like interest in a company, employee engagement, demand and employee retention. LinkedIn excluded itself and parent company Microsoft from the list.

For consideration on this year’s list, companies needed to be privately-held, seven years or younger and have 50 or more employees.

LinkedIn then looked at the activity of its more than 500 million users to factor in employment growth, engagement with employees, and the company’s ability to attract the best talent from well-known employers on its top companies list.

Laura Lorenzetti Soper, a senior news editor at LinkedIn says her team judged the startups based on interest in the company, or how many people are following it on LinkedIn and looking at its profile, as well as interest in its employees and open positions. Startups’ ability to land high-profile hires also factored in.

So which 25 startups made the cut?

Here’s is the list below.

25. Gemini Trust Company

Global headcount: 150

Headquarters: New York, NY

Gemini Trust Company is a financial services startup that was founded by the two of the first bitcoin billionaires, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.

24. Affirm

Global headcount: 390

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

This lending startup that provide affordable ways to buy online that are more flexible and transparent than any other credit option.

23. Aha!

Global headcount: 80

Headquarters: Remote

Help early stage company build products by offering a better way to set product strategy, collaborate with the product and engineering teams, and create visual roadmaps.

22. Drift

Global headcount: 190

Headquarters: Boston, MA

This company, which recently received $60 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, creates pop-up chat windows for companies so they can better interact with customers on their website.

21. Zoox

Global headcount: 550

Headquarters: Foster City, CA

While many companies are racing to build a successful self-driving vehicle, Zoox is using its $800 million of venture funding to create a new driving vehicle without a steering wheel, according to LinkedIn.

20. Snowflake Computing

Global headcount: 510

Headquarters: San Mateo, CA

Within the past year, this cloud-based data storage company raised $263 million and doubled its headcount, according to LinkedIn. So far, its employees hail from more than 35 different countries.

19. InVision

Global headcount: 705

Headquarters: New York, NY

InVision is the digital product design platform used to make the world’s best customer experiences.

18. Root Insurance Company

Global headcount: 135

Headquarters: Columbus, OH

According to LinkedIn, this 3-year-old insurance company, which raised $100 million in funding, uses A.I. to determine if a driver is good enough to warrant auto insurance coverage.

17. Argo AI

Global headcount: 350

Headquarters: Pittsburgh, PA

Despite Ford’s $1 billion investment into this autonomous car company, Argo remains independent with its own board members and directors and is planning to work with other car industry partners.

16. Samsara

Global headcount: 485

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

builds Internet-connected sensor systems that make it easy and affordable to leverage data from the physical world to increase operational efficiency.

15. Outreach

Global headcount: 285

Headquarters: Seattle, WA

Outreach’s Sales Engagement Platform helps efficiently and effectively engage with customers.

14. Ellevest

Global headcount: 65

Headquarters: New York, NY

This 3-year-old company was started by Wall Street veteran Sallie Krawcheck as a solution to closing some of the financial gaps women face in the workplace. Already, the digital platform has more than $140 million in assets under management.

13. Flexport

Global headcount: 850

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

This 5-year-old company moves freight globally by air, ocean, rail, and truck for the world’s leading brands

12. TripActions

Global headcount: 250

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA

TripActions recently raised $51 million in funding, making it one of the highest capitalized travel startups. The company provides a platform that offers employees an array of options while travelling.

11. Puls

Global headcount: 80

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Puls provides rapid-response in-home repair and installation for smartphones and smart homes, through a network of skilled technicians.

10. Rubrik

Global headcount: 1,200

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA

Rubrik delivers instant application availability to hybrid cloud enterprises for backup, recovery, search, cloud, & development.

9. Aurora

Global headcount: 160

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA; Pittsburgh, PA and San Francisco, CA

According to LinkedIn, this self driving cars startup’s CEO Chris Urmson previously led Google’s self-driving car initiative and has been named an inventor on more than 60 patents.

8. Glossier

Global headcount: 280

Headquarters: New York, NY

This 3-year-old beauty company recently raised $52 million in funding, which it says will go towards improving its overall customer experience.

7. Ripple

Global headcount: 250

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

This 6-year-old startup uses blockchain technology to help speed up the process of sending money internationally across banks.

6. Robinhood

Global headcount: 250

Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA

According to LinkedIn, Robinhood is a 4-year-old investment app that offers commission-free stock trades and now cryptocurrency options. Its co-founder and CEO Vlad Tenev explains that the company comes up with new product ideas by studying what its users search for, but fail to find on the app.

5. Bird

Global headcount: 380

Headquarters: Venice, CA

This electric scooter startup company has been around for a little over a year and operates in more than 30 cities, according to LinkedIn. Contractors for the company are paid money to find and recharge scooters, meanwhile customer rides with the company cost $2-$3.


Global headcount: 130

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

According to LinkedIn, this 2-year-old company, which offers “A.I. as a service,” raised $35 million in June, helping to triple its total funding.

3. Coinbase

Global headcount: 500

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

The growing frenzy around bitcoin has led to significant growth for the digital currency platform Coinbase. The company currently manages more than 20 million accounts and plans to double its headcount by the end of the year.

2. Halo Top Creamery

Global headcount: 100

Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA

Last year, Halo Top Creamery beat out Ben & Jerry’s to become the best-selling ice cream in American grocery stores. According to LinkedIn, the 6-year-old Los Angeles-based company has no set office, as employees are allowed to work remotely or in co-working spaces.

1. Lyft

Global headcount: 3,000+

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

According to LinkedIn, Lyft now controls 35 percent of the U.S. ride-sharing market, which is an increase from 20 percent in 2016. In addition to making plans to expand its services to include bicycles and scooters, the company has also implemented new mental health benefits for its employees.

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