Los Angeles's neighbor to the north might get far more attention for its fast-growing startups, but San Francisco can't claim all the sunshine. With world-class universities like UCLA and USC, a growing venture capital community, and now 51 companies on the Inc. 5000--a ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.--L.A. is a major entrepreneurial destination in its own right.
Here are the top 10 startups in Los Angeles to watch:
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 387 | Three-year growth 1,191% | 2018 revenue $19.5M
In 2014, Ross McCray founded VideoAmp with the goal of giving marketers analytics tools to measure ad performance. After raising more than $108 million in venture funding, VideoAmp now has more than 250 customers and four patents, including two for television advertising placement and consumer behavior-inspired ad targeting.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 352 | Three-year growth 1,293% | 2018 revenue $24.2M
Founded in 2014 by Sean Kelly and Andy Mackensen, SnackNation offers a healthy snacks subscription service for in-home or office use. Starting at $199, businesses will get a box of 150 single-serve snacks delivered to their office as often as they like, whether that's daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Monthly family-size subscription boxes range from $8.49 to $33.99.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 312 | Three-year growth 1,461% | 2018 revenue $3.2M
Max Baumann founded Basemakers in 2015 to help brands achieve higher visibility for their products. Today, companies like Health-Ade Kombucha and Penta Water use the merchandising service for their in-store displays, as well as for price audits and out-of-stock product management.
7. Virtual Machine Solutions
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 235 | Three-year growth 1,790% | 2018 revenue $2.3M
This company's VirMach product offers businesses inexpensive virtual private servers and other cloud computing services. Its data centers are housed in nine U.S. cities, as well as Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 125 | Three-year growth 2,782% | 2018 revenue $38.8M
It was only a matter of time until doctors' offices would get a tech upgrade. That's where PatientPop comes in. Its software handles numerous back-office tasks like booking appointments and sending email or text reminders. Plus, doctors can get immediate feedback from patient reviews on PatientPop, which can help them improve their services over time.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 106 | Three-year growth 3,201% | 2018 revenue $3.5M
Marketing company BuzzyBooth offers photo booths that help brands engage with their customers. With about 500 photo booth installations, business has been swift for the four-year-old company, which was founded by Jolina Li in 2015. When customers email or text themselves photos, the brand hosting the booth can retain that contact information for future online marketing campaigns. Plus, BuzzyBooth charges "hundreds" of clients, such as Orangetheory Fitness and the Hard Rock Cafe, $99 a month for use of its software.
4. 4th & Heart
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 70 | Three-year growth 4,283% | 2018 revenue $14.3M
Founded by Raquel Tavares in 2014, 4th & Heart makes several lines of ghee, a clarified, lactose-free butter that originated in India. The company bills its products, which can be found in Whole Foods and Fairway, as healthier alternatives to regular butter. 4th & Heart donates part of its proceeds to Yoga Gives Back, a nonprofit that gives microloans to Indian women so their daughters can stay in school.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 43 | Three-year growth 5,936% | 2018 revenue $7M
Founded by Joe Liebke in 2014, this company hand selects luxury homes and villas for vacationers. Villaway currently services destinations like California, Hawaii, and Indonesia. The company also operates an online travel magazine highlighting its rental locations.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 15 | Three-year growth 10,176% | 2018 revenue $17.3M
In 2014, Steve Weiss founded this digital marketing company to help companies advertise on social-media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Google, and YouTube. Today, MuteSix helps businesses like Adidas, GNC, and Condé Nast develop, execute, and evaluate digital advertising campaigns.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 10 | Three-year growth 11,996% | 2018 revenue $21.4M
NOM, or Not Ordinary Media, is an advertising tech firm co-founded by Loren Rochelle and Brent Neill. The former co-workers started their own agency in 2014 to focus exclusively on optimizing clients' video distribution through channels like YouTube. This year, NOM was named the Silicon Beach Startup of the Year by ThinkLA, a nonprofit that promotes media, marketing, and advertising innovation in L.A.