Our view from inside the country’s fastest-growing startup ecosystem
So you recently moved to Los Angeles in search of the perfect job. Or maybe you’ve lived here your whole life and are just now interested in LA’s vibrant startup scene. Either way, you’re ready to look into all of the amazing career opportunities that Los Angeles has to offer. Here are 10 of the best startups to work for in Los Angeles, from their culture to office space and more.
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1. Relativity Space
Relativity Space is disrupting 60 years of aerospace tradition by building rockets with 100x fewer parts and at production speeds 10x faster than expected. How? By 3D printing them. With a long term goal of 3D printing the first rocket made from Mars, the LA-based startup is currently printing entire rockets by transforming raw material into flight in just 60 days. Relativity Space employees feel “lucky” to be a part of the team, saying “the team and the work doesn’t get any better than this.”
FloQast has created a collaborative solution that helps accounting teams streamline their monthly closing processes. With customers ranging from the Los Angeles Lakers to GrubHub and Yelp, FloQast helps teams meet deadlines faster and more accurately by keeping track of work on one singular platform. If the stocked kitchen isn’t enough to pull you in, the company culture of incredibly close-knit and collaborative coworkers is sure to do the trick.
Located in sunny Santa Monica, the Inspire team is working to build the world’s first fully-integrated clean energy company. Inspire makes it easy for any household to “go green” through their home managing app, helping homeowners save money on energy bills while simultaneously saving the environment. With an office focused on open communication and strong drive to achieve their mission, Inspire is taking the startup world by storm.
Ordermark is the rapidly growing startup that helps restaurants manage their food orders across third-party marketplaces such as UberEats, Postmates, Doordash, Caviar and more. Trusted by thousands of restaurant brands nationwide, Ordermark has helped restaurants grow online sales by up to 30%. With employees who love the beautiful office in Los Angeles and leaders who refuse to sacrifice healthy culture, Ordermark’s success has just begun.
5. Papaya Payments
Papaya’s award-winning app allows users to pay any bill in seconds through their mobile phone, helping companies receive payments faster and more often. From medical bills to home mortgage and car payments, Papaya is not only original but incredibly easy to use, trusted by over 50,000 businesses in the United States. With diversity and inclusion talks almost weekly, the Papaya team is both talented and incredibly dedicated to their mission. From team lunches to fun company events, there is a lot to look forward to as a Papaya employee.
Completely innovating youth transportation, HopSkipDrive offers safe and dependable transportation solutions for schools and families. The startup saves both parents and school administrators time and stress, with over one million children driven so far. Users can set up one-time or repeating rides for students, and each ride is monitored in real time for parents’ peace of mind. Employees emphasize how rewarding HopSkipDrive’s mission is, with some describing it as “the most meaningful work” they have ever done.
The fastest growing high school sport isn’t soccer or football, but esports. As the official platform for high school esports, PlayVS works with both game publishers and high school students to create sanctioned leagues around the country. Over 80,000 users are already signed up through PlayVS, representing more than 13,000 schools across the nation. PlayVS is known for making industry-shaping moves ahead of their time — their in-house gaming studio keeps the healthy competition alive, inside and outside of the office.
Mobile accounts for 78% of ecommerce traffic today; Tapcart is capitalizing on this trend by helping retailers seamlessly transition their Shopify sites to mobile-ready storefronts. Tapcart has worked with over 7,000 companies including Fashion Nova, Chubbies, and Fanjoy to create custom apps with unique product grids and search functionality, improving customer engagement and strengthening brand loyalty. The nonstop learning culture at Tapcart offers the ideal job-destination for any employee eager to grow alongside other genuine and fun individuals.
Lumi helps brands source, manufacture, and manage packaging at every stage of their production process. Its online platform allows companies to find the best prices and factories for manufacturing and offers real-time tracking at each stage of the production process. With an emphasis on sustainability, the Lumi Dashboard is helping growing brands such as FabFitFun and MeUndies manage their supply chains from sourcing to delivery. With a dog-friendly office that offers coffee and snacks, Lumi has been able to attract incredible engineering and design talent so far.
OpenPath’s security features allow for fast, reliable, and hands-free opening of doors through smartphones. Featured in Forbes and trusted by countless big name companies, the startup’s mobile access control system automates security features while offering touchless access. From commercial real estate to multi-family residential buildings and retail shops, OpenPath has integrated solutions to keep any area secure and safe. OpenPath’s beautiful office along with their free lunches and flexible work schedules only represents part of the allure — OpenPath’s strong, team-oriented culture comes through in employee reviews that highlight genuine admiration for “rockstar” colleagues.