Large tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple are home to some of the brightest engineers in Silicon Valley. That is of course, until they’re ready to start their own company. And so… we were curious… What are some of the most interesting companies today founded by former Google engineers?
We found close to 200 recent startups in the AngelList database that were started by former Google engineers. In this post, we highlight 12 of the most interesting ones — and some of them are currently hiring. Read on, and if you’re looking to make a move check out their open positions.
Coda is a new type of document that blends the flexibility of documents, the power of spreadsheets, and the utility of apps into a single new canvas. The company just raised $60M from top investors like Greylock, Khosla Ventures, and General Catalyst to rethink how we approach documents, with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is joining the board of directors.
TextNow is the world’s first cloud-based phone carrier. The company’s goal is to connect the world more effectively by creating the most exceptional and affordable phone service — without a contract.
Cardiogram is an Apple Watch app that measures your heart rate every five minutes, and uses the data to help you get a better picture of your sleep, stress, fitness, and overall health patterns. You can use it to measure your resting heart rate, daily activity level, and sleep. You can also use it to build and track habits, like sleeping for 7+ hours, meditating, or going on a daily bike ride.
Amplitude is an analytics platform that helps you understand user behavior, ship the best features quickly, and drive specific business outcomes. This tool does it all — from helping you understand which features are the most engaging, to identifying on-site behaviors that predict user retention.
DITTO is a virtual try-on and frame recommendation technology for eyewear retailers. It measures a customer’s face shape, features, measurements, skin tone, and hair and eye color. Then, it uses that information to allow the customer to digitally try on as many frames as they want.
Vymo is a high-performance personalized and intelligent enterprise assistant. It schedule, communicates, and plans your work life while you’re on the go. Similar to the Google Now product, the tool predicts what a sales rep or manager should do next, and helps teams generate 30–50% more sales within the first three months of using the product.
Zenysis is building software that helps governments and international organizations improve public health systems, respond to large-scale humanitarian emergencies, and tackle other unpredictable and complex challenges quickly. The software is specifically designed to help developing countries, and currently helps countries and organizations serving 100 million people around the world.
Shoes of Prey is a global e-commerce retail brand that allows women to create their very own custom-made shoes at non-luxury prices. They are made just for you, and arrive at your door in two weeks. The company was born out of a problem that one of the co-founders, Jodie Fox, was trying to solve for herself: finding the perfect shoe.
SnapTravel lets users book hotels at heavily discounted exclusive rates over SMS and Facebook Messenger. How? Hotels sell unsold inventory to Priceline and Hotwire because the prices are too low to show publicly. SnapTravel then lets you book at those special rates without having to guess the hotel’s name because your discounted price isn’t displayed publicly over private chat. A genius workaround.
DotDashPay is a payment and loyalty IoT software platform that helps retailers transform any interactive customer experience into one that accepts payments. Imagine items equipped with RFID tags, interactive screens, and price scanners that help customers pay whenever they are ready and self-service machines. It works anywhere — from gas stations, to drive-through windows, to retail stores.
Zerocycle’s flagship product is a citywide comparison report for homeowners and city officials that tracks recycling effectiveness by neighborhood. The company sends in-depth reports with full-color maps and neighborhood recycling rankings to foster friendly competition in an effort to increase recycling efforts.
Cape virtualizes drone hardware. Users can log into Cape’s online cloud platform from anywhere, and connect to crash-proof physical drones that may be located thousands of miles away. They can fly drones safely with high-res video and ultra-low latency controls that can be used to analyze threats and identify safety issues without ever having to deploy helicopters or a team.