Company Profile

DroneSeed

Uses FAA heavy-lift certified drone swarms to reforest land devastated by wildfires.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Environmental Services
Best In Business: Industry Winner
Year Founded
2016
Location
Seattle, Washington
Leadership
Grant Canary
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Company Description

In recent years, wildfire deforestation has spread faster than new trees can be seeded. After a record-breaking wildfire season, DroneSeed became the first drone operator in the U.S. to receive approval from the FAA for post-wildfire reforestation in six states: California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. The company's coordinated, heavy-lift drone swarms can operate beyond visual line-of-site in clear airspace, dropping vessels containing Douglas fir and ponderosa pine seeds in areas that previously would have taken years to reforest.

Robinhood

Robinhood is a financial services company and mobile app that offers commission-free investing and trading.

Baiju Bhatt (left) and Vladimir Tenev
Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Financial Services
Best In Business: Industry Winner
Year Founded
2013
Location
Menlo Park, California
Leadership
Vlad Tenev, Baiju Bhatt
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Company Description

Robinhood's stated mission is to democratize finance for all, and the company's commission-free investing and trading has indeed revolutionized the brokerage industry. During just the first four months of 2020, the company added more than three million funded accounts. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the company has published articles on topics including how to invest in a down market and launched a video series to give users a rundown of the top financial news stories of the day.

Remitly

Supports immigrants by making the process of sending money to their family members more transparent, straightforward, and cost-effective.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Financial Services
Best In Business: Industry Winner
Year Founded
2011
Location
Seattle, Washington
Leadership
Matt Oppenheimer, Josh Hug, Susanna Morgan
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Company Description

Despite being major economic contributors to the countries in which they live, many immigrants face significant barriers in accessing financial services. Remitly’s digital remittances product helps immigrants send money transfers to their loved ones all over the world, while its digital banking solution, Passbook, empowers immigrants to create bank accounts without social security numbers by accepting forms of official identification common to immigrants and their families. The company also works with Visa to enable customers to access their funds via Visa debit cards everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Remitly’s financial services products have been particularly important to immigrants and their families as the pandemic has interrupted things like traditional offline banking and remittances.

Dave

Provides mobile services for budgeting, finding work, building credit, and accessing cash advances to cover immediate expenses.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Financial Services
Best In Business: Industry Winner
Year Founded
2016
Location
Los Angeles, California
Leadership
Jason Wilk, Paras ChitrakarJohn Wolanin
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Company Description

Dave's Side Hustle app feature helps customers find local, flexible work to cover immediate expenses; nearly 73 percent of customers use their cash advances to pay for groceries. After almost half of all customers reported that their income would be decreased or lost entirely because of the pandemic, Dave responded by quickly expanding its Side Hustle feature to include work-from-home options and adding millions of jobs across dozens of industries, including accounting, child care, and health care—helping customers earn more than $157 million in much needed income this year. The company also donated $250,000 to the Feeding America Covid-19 Response Fund.

Vital Farms

Produces pasture-raised eggs and butter sold at Target and Whole Foods Market.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Food & Beverage
Best In Business: Industry Winner
Year Founded
2007
Location
Austin, Texas
Leadership
Jason Dale
Past Inc. 5000 Rankings
No. 904 (2015), No. 584 (2014), No. 85 (2013), No. 51 (2012)
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Company Description

Matt O’Hayer had a history with eggs. He sold them from a cart when he was in college. After hearing his friend, Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey, talk about pasture-raised hen laying farms, O’Hayer went all-in, founding Vital Farms in 2007 with 20 humanely treated hens on 27 acres. Now the company processes and packs up to two million eggs a day from 200 farms, all of which must meet stringent standards for animal welfare and grazing practices. Vital Farms is also working towards developing a scalable method to avoid egg culling, the process of destroying male chicks that’s standard for most egg-laying operations. As at-home cooking surged, the company's emphasis on maintaining a clean pipeline free of harmful chemicals, including herbicides and pesticides, allowed it to adapt its production easily to sanitized pandemic conditions. Vital Farms, whose revenue is north of $140 million, has also donated over 1 million eggs to food pantries this year.