Together with Hunter Walk, a seed VC at Homebrew and early YouTube employee, we surveyed some of the top startup investors and asked which companies they would recommend new grads join early in their career? The results: 17 Best Startups to Join for New Grads.
Further Reading: Midstage Startups Are Your Best First Job in Tech
Amplitude is building a world class analytics platform to help companies build better products and drive growth. Product teams around the world, from Microsoft, to Square, and Hubspot are using their analytics. In August 2017 the company raised a $30M Series C from IVP, with existing investors Benchmark and Battery Ventures also participating.
BuildingConnected makes communication ridiculously easy in the $8 trillion commercial construction industry. Builders use their platform to send invitations to bid, qualify vendors, and track opportunities, while providing analytics and reports on how the business is performing.
Coinbase is on a mission to create an open financial system for the world, and is the leading platform for buying and selling cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum. In August 2017 the company raised a $100M Series D to fuel its explosive growth and is hiring in multiple roles across the entire organization. If you are interested in helping build the future of currency and payments and are passionate about cryptocurrencies, join their team in San Francisco.
Color believes that everyone deserves access to high-quality information they can use to improve and maintain their health. Their genetic test for hereditary disorders risk is transforming how genetic testing is done by removing financial, educational, and geographic barriers to clinical-grade genetic testing. In August 2017 the company raised an $80M Series C and is looking for talented designers and engineers to join their team.
Dronebase is an on-demand marketplace for drone services. The company has a network of pilots flying in 50 states and 40+ countries providing aerial imagery, video, and data for any business. As Dronebase investor Fred Wilson explains on AVC:
This is a business to business oriented marketplace. If you are in the construction industry and want to hire a Drone Service Provider to monitor or survey your job site, Dronebase is for you. If you are in the mining industry and want to hire a Drone Service Provider to measure inventory values in your stockpiles, Dronebase is for you. If you are in the real estate industry and want to hire Drone Service Provider to create aerial imagery for your properties, Dronebase is for you.
The eero WiFi system blankets every corner of every room in fast, reliable WiFi. No more dead zones. No more buffering. In 2016 the company raised an additional $50M, bringing their total funding to date to $90M. If you believe that WiFi is the new electricity join this world-class team — they are hiring in multiple positions.
eShares offers cap table management, 409A valuations, and liquidity for private companies. In October 2017 eShares raised a $42M Series C led by Menlo Ventures and Social Capital. The company is hiring engineers, designers, analysts, and other skillsets all across the organization.
Guild Education is helping large employers offer college education and tuition reimbursement as a work perk to the 64 million working-age adults who lack a college degree. In September 2017 the company has raised a $21M Series B led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Redpoint, Social Capital, Cowboy Ventures, and others
Gusto reimagines payroll, benefits, HR, and personal finance by automating the most complicated, impersonal business tasks and making them simple. The company has raised $161M to date and was recently named #7 on Fortune’s Best Places to Work list. Gusto has multiple open positions across all departments in Denver and San Francisco.
Heap builds analytics infrastructure that powers decisions for over 6,000 online businesses. While other analytics tools require you to define events upfront and manually instrument code, Heap automatically captures everything: clicks, submissions, and taps — which lets users analyze data instantly and retroactively without writing code. In May 2017 the company raised a 27M Series B round.
Honor is a comprehensive home care company helping older adults continue to live safely in their own homes as they age. Honor offers a higher level of in-home care by combining the best professional caregivers with smart, easy-to-use technology that makes scheduling, delivering, and managing care simple and safe. The company counts Marc Andreessen as a board member, and in August 2016 raised a $42M Series B led by Thrive Capita.
Intercom is a communication platform with a suite of integrated products for every team — including sales, marketing, product, and support. Their products enable targeted communication with customers on your website, inside your web and mobile apps, and by email. In April 2016 Intercome raised $50M led by Index Ventures, bringing their total funding to date to $116M. The company is hiring in multiple positions in Dublin and San Francisco.
13. Managed by Q
Managed By Q is the platform for office management. They makes it easy to run an office by connecting offices to services, including cleaning, maintenance, office administration, IT, and security. Companies use Q’s marketplace to discover vetted service providers, request project quotes, schedule work, and pay for office services, all in one place. In December 2016 the company raised a $30M Series C and is hiring in multiple positions in San Francisco and New York City.
Mark 43 is building crimefighting technology that helps law enforcement keep communities safe by changing the way police officers collect, manage, share, and analyze data. The company raised a $27M Series B in April of 2016, and counts Jeff Bezos and Ashton Kutcher as investors. Mark43 has multiple engineering roles available in New York City.
Opendoor is on a mission to make it simple to buy and sell homes. The traditional process is broken, with an average home taking over 90 days to sell and costing thousands of dollars. Opendoor make buying and selling a home stress-free and instant. The company has raised over $300M from top-notch investors and are growing fast, buying and selling more than $100M of homes per month. Opendoor has multiple engineering roles available in San Francisco.
Parachute makes modern bedding and bath essentials for a more comfortable home. The company sells their product directly to customers, and is looking to expand a physical and experiential version of Parachute in more cities around the world through retail spaces. Parachute raised a $10M Series A from top investors and is hiring in multiple positions.
Textio invented augmented writing, which is writing supported by outcomes data in real time. The first application of Textio’s technology was in talent acquisition, where customers could submit draft job postings and get feedback on how well those postings would perform. The company raised a $20M Series B in June 2017 and is looking to expand beyond recruiting and job postings.