LinkedIn’s 2019 list of the 50 Top Startups in the U.S. once again includes three companies from Seattle, with two unicorns and one fast-growing customer data platform making the cut.
The third annual look at the hottest companies to work for now features Amperity, Convoy and Outreach among a list of startups that are “growing massively, scrambling industries, shifting talent flows around the world and, often, altering how we work and live,” according to LinkedIn.
- Amperity broke in at No. 36 on the list. Founded in 2016, the startup helps companies fine-tune their targeted marketing campaigns by connecting disparate data sources about individual customer habits from across the internet. Amperity raised $50 million this summer to bring its total funding to date to $87 million. According to LinkedIn, year-over-year revenue growth in 2018 was 355 percent and employee headcount has jumped 60 percent to 120 people — and there are still 34 open positions.
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Convoy is on the list for the third straight year, coming in this year at No. 44. Only seven other companies have made the list three years in a row: Affirm, Databricks, Flexport, Glossier, Rubrick, Robinhood, and Snowflake Computing. Convoy, founded in 2015, develops technology to match truck drivers with shippers looking to move freight and with a $1 billion valuation it’s out to disrupt the $800 billion trucking industry. After hiring about 500 employees, “Convoy isn’t shifting out of high gear anytime soon,” LinkedIn said, and has plans to hire for more than 180 roles.
- Outreach is the other unicorn to get noticed again by LinkedIn, this time at No. 50. The sales automation startup founded in 2014 raised $114 million last spring to reach the $1 billion mark. The plan is to reportedly grow to 450 employees by the end of this year, and LinkedIn said Outreach has doubled its revenue growth every year since 2016, boasting 3,500 customers, including Adobe, DocuSign and eBay.
Convoy CEO Dan Lewis and Outreach CEO Manny Medina will join Auth0 CEO Eugenio Pace on a “Meet the Unicorns” panel at the 2019 GeekWire Summit. The event takes place in Seattle, Oct. 7-9.
LinkedIn generated its list by analyzing data generated by the platform’s 645 million members, including four pillars in particular: employment growth, engagement, job interest and attraction of top talent. To be eligible, companies must be 7 years old or younger, have at least 50 employees, be privately held and headquartered in the U.S. More on the methodology here.