Nov '22


Bay Area tech companies hiring Software Engineers now


We've totally revamped our job search functionality on Employbl. As a celebration of that I wanted to put a post together showcasing all of the cool companies in the Bay Area that are hiring for Software Engineers. This doesn't even showcase all of the remote jobs that are available. Indeed some of these roles may be remote or partial remote work. I narrowed down the list quite a bit to fit into a blog post but should be a quick intro for anyone looking for a Software Engineering opportunity based in the SF Bay Area.

Full post: IT Companies in the Bay Area hiring now

Sep '22


19 Web3 companies to watch out for - September 2022


Last week we published our ultimate guide to web3 companies that featured over three hundred web3 companies that are headquartered in the United States. So for example FTX isn't included in the list because it's a foreign company even though it's run by an American and seeks to pay off American politicians.

This week we've been scouring the internet and have found nineteen more web3 companies to add to our list of web3 companies.

  • Magic Eden - Magic Eden is the #1 NFT marketplace on Solana. Home to the next generation of digital creators. Our mission is to be the only destination for discovering, trading, and creating NFTs. Magic Eden aims to bring the strongest user-friendly experience with cutting-edge tools and support that will allow creators to seamlessly mint and generate digital content and lead the fate and growth of their digital communities online.

  • Octopus Network - Octopus is a cryptonetwork for launching and running Web3.0 application specific blockchains, aka appchains. By decreasing the capital expenditure for bootstrap an appchain by two orders of magnitude, from several million dollars to less than one hundred thousand dollars, Octopus Network is committed to unleash an innovation wave of Web3.0.

  • Glip - Content creator network of 500K+ gamers gearing up to shill gaming NFTs.

  • Prysm - The community ownership platform -- Own anything, together.

  • Novel - Novel Commerce is a low code platform for NFT commerce. Novel’s first product is a Shopify App that gives brands and creators the ability to create and sell NFTs within their existing store or a brand new one. By integrating its tools onto the Shopify platform, Novel has made the cumbersome process of Web3 commerce as seamless, easy, and accessible as traditional online shopping.

  • GigLabs - Founded in 2017, GigLabs is on a mission to empower brands, creators and collectors to create defining and memorable NFT experiences. The company partners with brands, agencies and creators to provide easy-to-use products for generating, minting, and selling NFTs that can be presented within fully customizable brand experiences, both on the web and in VR. Built by the GigLabs’ team of experienced blockchain developers and NFT enthusiasts, the API-driven NFT Bridge platform delivers flexible and scalable NFT tools that allow any brand to build any NFT experience imaginable. RareRooms is GigLabs’ customizable 3D immersive metaverse for showcasing NFTs - digital collectibles, art and more - that’s integrated across multiple blockchains.

  • LUV NFT - LUV NFT is a social media marketplace that allows creators and brands the ability to easily mint NFTs. We replaced the like button with the LUV button and receiving LUV earns you crypto $LUV. Spreading LUV is the call to action to ending hate and greed. Users can buy NFTs with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Kusuma, Unique or LUV tokens. #OneLUV

  • Polymer Labs - Polymer Labs is building the fabric of web3. We're working on an IBC based multi-cluster routing/roll-up protocol providing E2E IBC connectivity across ecosystems.

  • Quidient - Quidient Reality™ engines enable devices like smartphones to capture photorealistic 3D models of any scene or object on earth. The pioneering platforms are capable of Generalized Scene Reconstruction (GSR), which is an important new category of 3D Imaging. GSR engines will become critical components of Web 3.0 (the Spatial Web). Quidient Reality engines are actually five-dimensional (5D) in that they record the three linear dimensions of matter (3D) concurrent with two directional dimensions of light (2D). This revolutionary approach enables devices like smartphones to create complete, visually accurate models of any scene or object, including those that are shiny and transparent.

  • Project Galaxy - Created by Bullet Labs, Project Galaxy is the largest Web3 credential data network in the world. Built on open and collaborative infrastructure, Project Galaxy helps developers and organizations leverage digital credential data to build better products and communities in Web3.

  • Fairmint - Fairmint makes community ownership easy. Founders plug Fairmint'tech on their website, allowing contributors to receive tokenized equity for time or money they invest. Built by founders for founders, our technology leverages blockchain and smart contracts to make equity programmable. Fairmint is the Web3 layer of the modern startup stack, empowering participation in the ownership economy.

  • TRON - Tron is a decentralized content entertainment protocol based on blockchain technology. Tron strives to construct a global free content entertainment system, utilizing blockchain technology. This protocol allows each user to freely publish, store, and own data. The issuance, circulation, and trading of digital assets, through decentralized self governance, lay the foundation for the distribution and subscription of content, thereby empowering content creators as well as forming a decentralized content entertainment ecosystem. The app partners of Tron protocol include Peiwo, Obike, Gifto, Uplive, with a total of 4 millions users, making Tron a blockchain protocol with the most DAPP users in the world.

  • Newton.co - Newton.co is a cryptocurrency trading platform that buys and sells sell Bitcoin and Ethereum instantly from iPhone, Android, or web apps. The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Bitcoin Depot - Bitcoin Depot is an INC 5000 company and is the largest cryptocurrency ATM Network offering users the ability to buy and sell Bitcoin and over 30 other cryptocurrencies instantly at thousands of locations across the United States.

  • Crypto.com - Crypto.com is a cryptocurrency exchange company based in Singapore. As of 2022, the company has 50 million customers and 4,000 employees. The platform's official Cryptocurrency is Cronos.

  • Autograph - Autograph is an NFT platform that brings together the most iconic brands and legendary names in sports, entertainment and culture to create unique digital collections and experiences.

  • Pinata - Used by over 70,000 developers and creatives, Pinata secures and moves data with #IPFS for #blockchain and #crypto applications. More than 45 million files have been pinned with our #NFT multimedia solution.

  • Uniswap Labs - Uniswap is the largest decentralized exchange (or DEX) operating on the Ethereum blockchain. It allows users anywhere in the world to trade crypto without an intermediary.

  • Aptos - Aptos is a new, independent project focused on delivering the safest and most production-ready Layer 1 blockchain in the world. The team is comprised of the original creators, researchers, designers, and builders of Diem, the blockchain that was first built to serve this purpose.

Full list is available here.

Aug '22


Relaunching the Employbl newsletter on Substack: Decentralized Economy


For the past year or so I've become interested in how to build a better society. I'm definitely trying to do that through providing information about startups and tech companies for free, information that otherwise people would have to pay gatekeepers for. But the reality though is that change requires action and clear thought about what we want the future to look like.

I had a newsletter on ConvertKit but shifted over to Substack because I like the UI and I think that'll help me write the newsletter more regularly. I've also set a focus for the newsletter. It's called "Decentralized Economy" and it'll showcase the regular information about tech news and new startup funding rounds, but also explore the ways in which economic power in our society can be decentralized. Right now economic power across America is highly concentrated. From cheerleading to meat to big tech and finance a few mega-powerful firms weild enormous economic power, which more often than not translates into political power. America's about freedom and part of that freedom is being free from economic and political coercion.

I'm excited to share the new forum and look forward to chatting in an inbox near you :)

May '22


Mar '22


March Startups Report

Hey there, We've still been working on Employbl and shipped some pretty rad updates. Some of which include:

🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁 🥁🥁🥁 Employbl is now officially free to use! 🥁🥁🥁 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁 We had a paywall up but the people who did sign up all churned quickly after signing. Being free allows us to share company data more freely and makes the tool accessible to more people, which is an ultimate goal of the project. Perhaps if lots of people sign up and we get a thriving community going there will be potential to earn revenue from companies. For now though the product is free to use and we don't even have advertisements :) ​

Startup News We recently fetched the freshest fundraising rounds. Here are some buzzworthy funding events that have happened in the past month:

  • AngelList raised a $100 million Series B round. This is their second Series B, the first was all the way back in 2015.

  • One year old Xata.io raised a $30 million Series A out of Ohio. They build serverless database services for developers.

  • Health Gorilla raised a $50 million Series C. Seems like they build APIs for healthcare patient data.

  • Apollo (sales solution) raised a $110 million Series C. They're based in San Francisco.

  • Reforge education and professional training service raised a $60 million Series B. This one I'm excited to keep an eye on. They run training programs specifically built to help people advance their careers in the tech industry. I wish them well. It means more competition for Galvanize and Lambda School, hopefully leading to better options for workers.

  • Veev pulled down a whopping $400 million Series D to buy up a lot of American real estate and build smart homes.

  • New company Inworld AI entered the Metaverse with a $10 million Seed round. They're one year old.

  • Roofstock has more capital to play with after closing a $240 million Series E round this month. They're based in Oakland, CA 🙌🏼

It seems like the big money is flowing into Real Estate so I'd expect we're going to see some corporate consolidation there.

What info would you like to see in future newsletter? Have you tried logging into Employbl yet? What should we build next?

Originally sent via the Employbl newsletter.

Mar '22


Updated Company Profiles and Job Board Collections


The "Job Boards" page where we show all of the companies in a given collection has been updated to work now. On this page you can see all of the companies that belong to a particular topic. In the below image we have all companies that First Round Capital has invested in. There are some known issues with timeouts on really large collections. We still need to add pagination logic so we don't try to render thousands of companies in one go 🙈

The company profiles on the main dashboard also got a facelift! 📈

Feb '22


February Startups Report is out



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February Startups Report


Hey there Hope you're all doing well and not reading too many news headlines :) 🇺🇦 We've been pretty heads down on Employbl feature development. I'd like to share some info in this note about recent startup funding rounds and new capabilities of the Employbl dashboard. First, one list I've been keeping an eye on is companies that have recently raised Series A rounds, have headquarters in San Francisco and are backed by "top tier" Venture Capital firms (more on that later). It seems to me that right after a Series A is a pretty good time to join a startup. Companies at that stage are not super mature, they still believe in their people, the mission and the corporate culture. They pay pretty well. It's risky but it's not like joining a Seed stage company. By virtue of raising a Series A round the founders have convinced the monied classes that there's merit to the idea. As an employee there will be opportunities for advancement and interesting challenges to solve. Anyway, you may disagree with me about the best time to join a startup, but information for job seekers about startup financing stages is woefully inadequate. LinkedIn has a deal with Crunchbase so they show financing information right on LI company profiles, but you can't search or filter for that information. To do that you need to buy a Crunchbase subscription. Crunchbase as a product is primarily geared toward financiers and salespeople not developers looking to level up their careers. AngelList has a way to filter for companies based on their largest investment round, but not every startup is on AngelList. TechCrunch reports on funding rounds all the time, the data is public, but who wants to read TechCrunch all the time? The filters are crap. This month we re-launched the Employbl "Funding Rounds" dashboard where we can filter for funding rounds based on corporate information. For instance using these filters in the dashboard..

We can see that within the past six months the following SF based companies have raised Series A rounds and are backed by either Sequoia Capital, First Round Capital, Accel or went through the YC program (links go to public facing Employbl company profiles):

This approach of relying on public web data instead of companies beholden to advertisers and corporate sponsors yields better results, more actionable data and empowers workers to take charge of their careers instead of relying on recruiters or adverts. How do you specify "top tier" VCs? I've taken a stab at a public list of "top tier" VC firms in this blog post but it's based on my own subjective experience in the tech industry. Would it be helpful to have a quick filter like "is backed by top tier" VC firm? What's Next? We launched some improvements to the job listings page this month too but honestly I feel like searching the internet for jobs by title and keyword is pretty well covered. That said we have over 70,000 active job listings in the Employbl database and could commit ourselves to fetching more if it's what the people want :) Our next focuses as a product are..

  • Maps: who doesn't love a good map? I've been waiting for like an Airbnb or Zillow but for startups for a long time. Gunna try launching something in that space.

  • Tech Stacks: what technologies do companies use? And no BuiltWith, I'm not talking about oh this company uses Google Analytics, Hubspot, Wordpress and Javascript. I'm talking let me find companies backed by a16z that use Ruby On Rails ✨

  • People: a corporation isn't much without the humans that make it run. Pretty soon I'd like to pull in information about founders and current employees so we can see in the Employbl dashboard the people that work at various companies and what their backgrounds are.

What would you like to see? What could a knowledge tool like Employbl do for your career? Are we barking up the right tree? ​

Dec '21


New blog post on early stage startups in San Francisco

Published a new blog post featuring Venture Capital backed startups that have raised a Pre Seed, Seed or Series A round so far in 2021: https://www.employbl.com/blog/early-stage-startups-headquartered-in-san-francisco

Looking forward to digging into this data more and publishing more reports about startups based in other parts of the United States. As alway to view, sort and filter all the tech company data you can login to the Employbl dashboard :)

Sep '21


Top AI Startups and segmenting companies by financing round


New blog post out featuring the largest Artificial Intelligence companies as well as 51 new startups that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in Series A and Seed financing since the start of 2020: https://www.employbl.com/blog/artificial-intelligence-companies-and-startups

We've also updated some landing page for company collections to include more data:

On the backend we've started saving company financing rounds to our database. Soon we'll be able to add filters to the Employbl dashboard to filter companies by financing round (Seed, Series A, Series B companies in San Francisco etc)

Aug '21


Aug '21


Update Landing Pages


Added new public "Discover Companies" page

  • Updated public page for viewing groups of companies: https://www.employbl.com/discover-companies/tags

    • Company Collections: These are custom collections of companies curated by the Employbl team.

    • Investor Portfolio Companies: These are the portfolios of various Venture Capital firms. This shows all companies that a firm has made financial investments in.

    • Companies By Industry: These are companies grouped by a similar industry like "Software Companies" or "Software As A Service (SaaS) Companies".

    • Companies By Tech Stack Used: These are companies that all use a common technology like React.js, Laravel (a PHP framework) or Marketo.

Update for Bay Area Companies landing pages

Find companies in the East Bay Area, South Bay Area or the Peninsula

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