Company Profile

No.6

Grove

This MIT eco-startup wants you to grow veggies with your fish tank

Industry
Consumer Products & Services
Location
Somerville, Massachusetts
Year Founded
2013
Company Size
11-50 employees
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Company Description

Three years after it was a dorm room project in an MIT frat house, Grove has become a full-fledged business. The company's first product, a bookshelf-size aquarium ecosystem, allows consumers to grow more than 20 organic herbs and vegetables in their homes. It has the potential to be a game-changer in the $27 billion U.S. produce market--decentralizing it, the way solar panels have decentralized energy. Customers control the ecosystem from a smartphone app called Grove OS, or gOS for short. If you tell gOS what you'd like to grow, it'll optimize the ecosystem's settings for those plants. If your aquarium gets low on water, you'll receive a text specifying how many liters to add. In Grove OS, the founders believe they have another high-potential product--something gardeners or home-growers could use to care for plants and flowers remotely. From this perspective, you can also view the company's upside in terms of the $5.5 billion U.S. home automation and controls market. In other words, Grove might just become the next Nest.
Note: All data as of 1/31/16

No.7

HashiCorp Inc.

A startup only DevOps--and investors--could love

Industry
Business Products & Services
Location
San Francisco, California
Year Founded
2012
Company Size
11-50 employees
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Company Description

In 2012, Armon Dadgar and Mitchell Hashimoto founded HashiCorp to build open-source tools and commercial products for software infrastructure management. In layman speak: HashiCorp's DevOps software makes it easier for businesses to build apps. Hashimoto (CEO) and Dadgar (CTO) use the metaphor of the power grid to explain their tools: Think of an app as an electronic device, and HashiCorp services as the transmission lines that carry power to it. Except instead of connecting electronics to electricity, it helps the internet of things stay connected to the cloud servers that keep products and services running. As highly technical and obscure as the company's niche sounds, Dadgar says data-center management is potentially a $100 billion market. What makes it different from other options, say the founders and customer Twitch, is how it offers a general solution that doesn't sacrifice options for modification. That flexibility is one reason big-name customers--Dropbox, Square, Commonwealth Bank of Australia--are drawn to the service.
Note: All data as of 1/31/16

No.8

Hometeam

This startup actually wants to help you take care of your grandmother

Industry
Consumer Products & Services
Location
New York City, New York
Year Founded
2013
Company Size
201-500 employees
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Company Description

Hometeam is a health care technology startup that pairs older adults with quality, in-home health aides. Using an iPad app, aides can record important patient data and communicate in real time with physicians and family. Unlike traditional competitors, Hometeam trains the aides itself, brings them on as full-time employees and pays them $15 per hour, versus the industry standard of $9.50. What's more, it guarantees them between 30 and 40 hours of work each week, 52 weeks a year. It has raised $38.5 million in venture capital, is operational in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and licenses its software for free to hospitals and nursing homes. Co-founder Josh Bruno says his company's goal is to create "beautiful days for older adults" while simultaneously empowering the work force.
Note: All data as of 1/31/16

No.9

Imgur

Imgur is the easiest way to find the funniest, most entertaining, and most inspiring images, memes, GIFs, and visual stories on the internet.

Industry
Media
Location
San Francisco, California
Leadership
Alan Schaaf
Year Founded
2009
Company Size
Medium (50 - 99) employees
Twitter
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Company Description

WHY WE'RE A BEST PLACE TO WORK

We pride ourselves on providing a positive and supportive workplace culture that encourages creativity, happiness, and community among our team. We are a close-knit team and thrive on lifting one another up and recognizing the great work that we do, both individually and as a team. We value flexibility and empower our team to work in the style that best suits their needs. One way we?ve done this is by allowing employees to work remotely, while we offer flexible hours as well.

No.10

InstaBrand

This social media startup is reinventing how big brands advertise

Industry
Business Products & Services
Location
Los Angeles, California
Year Founded
2013
Company Size
11-50 employees
Data as of Publication on Aug. 11, 2020
Company Description

InstaBrand works as the middle man that connects brands with social media influencers (essentially, those who have a large Web presence and an outrageously high number of followers) to sell their products. A company looking to promote its line of accessories, for instance, may have Instagram influencers post a picture of themselves wearing one of the brand's necklaces. InstaBrand's primary goal is to bring the human element back into advertising. The company has a network of about 100,000 influencers (defined as users who have more than 10,000 followers per social media platform) and counts major names such as Airbnb and Fossil as brand clients. One of the biggest challenges InstaBrand will face will be to maintain the "organic" feel of its ad campaigns, as social media users are inundated with more and more sponsored posts.
Note: All data as of 1/31/16