San Francisco is the financial hub of the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. Many of the techies are interested to work with start-ups instead of working with an established company. Here I am listing some best startups to work in San Francisco.
Dropbox is the popular file hosting service operated by Dropbox Inc, which is the most valuable ($10 billion) and well-funded ($1.1 billion) company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It provides cloud service, file synchronization, personal cloud and client software. Dropbox has more than 200 Million users and plenty of space to occupy in the market. It was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi as a Y Combinator startup company. It offers client software for Windows, Android, Linux, Blackberry, Mac OS X and all web browsers.
Pinterest offers the visual discovery, collection and sharing and storage tool. It lets the users to create and share the collections of visual bookmarks. It was founded by Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann in March 2010. Pinterest has raised $563 million and with a valuation of $3.8 billion. It is becoming one of the keystone sites of the internet and is now second only to Facebook in terms of traffic. Pinterest offers the perks such as dog-friendly office and flexible vacation.
Nextdoor is the social networking service for the neighborhoods in the United States and it lets users to connect with people who live in neighborhood. It is currently venture capital funded which seems to be cracking the code on the big idea, a social network for neighborhood. It now claims 32k neighborhoods and has raised $100 million from top tier venture capitalists. It has only 85 employees there’s still plenty of the time to get in relative early and have a good impact. It was founded by Nirav Tolia and it is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Uber is the travelling companion app and service headquartered in San Francisco. It receives the requests for a ride from the users and then it dispatches these trips to the drivers through the app as well. It has survived regulatory battles and the occasional bad headline to become a fixture in biggest cities in US and abroad. It was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garret Camp and as of August 2014, the service was available in 45 countries and 200 cities worldwide and valued at $18.2 billion.
Optimizely makes the customer experience optimization software for companies. This optimizely platform technology offers businesses the ability to conduct A/B testing, multipage and multivariate testing which may be used for making data-driven decisions. It is based in San Francisco and offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands and it was founded in 2010 by Pete Koomen and Dan Siroker. Till now it has raised more than $40 million.
Okta till now has raised more almost $80 million for its identity management software for the enterprises i.e, Okta helps the businesses to manage which users have access to the cloud services like Dropbox, Salesforce and Google Apps. Okta is the riding the wave of cloud services and appears to be in the right place at right time and appears to be the great place to work.
It is the online ticketing service which lets event organizers to plan, set up ticket sales, promote events and publish them across Twitter, Facebook and other social networking tools directly from the site’s interface. It was founded by Kevin Hartz in 2006 and based in San Francisco, California. The company has raised $200 million and till now it has processed more than 200 million tickets and this company with $1 billion valuation.
Lookout is the San Francisco headquartered in mobile security company which offers security to both private and business mobile devices. This multibillion dollar mobile security market provides the plenty of room for growth but its founder John Hering has even bigger ideas for the company. It has currently raised $132 million with a valuation of $1 billion.
9. Lending club
Lending Club is the United States peer-to-peer lending company and it is headquartered in San Francisco, California founded by Renaud Laplanche in 2006. It has approximately more than 600 employees and has raised over $220 million and claims to have lent over $4 billion to the customers through its person to person lending platform. US consumers owe almost $1 trillion in the credit card debt, so the Lending Club is only scratching the surface of its market opportunity.
OpenDNS is the world’s largest internet security network handling more than 2 percent of the world’s internet requests everyday. It was founded by David Ulevitch in 2005 and headquartered in San Francisco, California. It currently has more than 100 employees and it processes an estimated 60 billion DNS queries daily from the 50 million active users connected to the service through its 24 data centers available worldwide. OpenDNS has been cash flow positive for the years and has plenty of room to grow in the enormous global internet security market.