Who they are: Dollar Shave Club is a men's lifestyle brand and e-commerce company on a mission to change the way men address their shaving and grooming needs.
Unique Perk: Dollar Shave Club is finding new ways to better their employees' lives. The company protects the office's furry friends with pet insurance and on Fridays they provide car washes and haircuts to employees.
Perks: Free catered lunch every day and tons of snacks, moving to a brand new custom built office in January with a 360 panoramic view of Glendale, and a flexible time off policy
ServiceTitan is a management software platform, powering some of the world's best home service companies. It helps streamline operations, deliver amazing customer service, and improve sales.
"This is a great opportunity to be a part of a start-up that is already successful, yet early enough to offer its team members significant growth and equity opportunities," said Rafi Kurkdjian, VP of Talent Acquisition. "We have a proven product, brand-name customers, significant revenue and growth, and are backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, the leading investors in cloud software.
If you are intelligent, humble, passionate about making a huge difference in the lives of hard-working individuals, and want to have a real, immediate impact on our firm, ServiceTitan wants to be your platform for achieving the extraordinary."
Who they are: ZestFinance was founded by a team of data scientists from Google who came together with a mission – use machine learning algorithms to revolutionize how credit decisions are made to provide fair and transparent credit to everyone.
Unique perk: A relaxed employee is a productive employee. ZestFinance gives their employees manicures and pedicures in massage chairs twice a week.
"Working at Factual means working together with fellow puzzle-addicts on projects that excite, deconstruct, explode, and reshape our thinking. We're here to solve real problems that take serious applied and theoretical skills because the data we deal with is noisy, contradictory, and there are petabytes of it. At Factual, our mission is to make data accessible to every developer, entrepreneur, business, or organization — anyone who needs data to build a better app, provide a better search result, make smarter software — anyone who needs data to make a better decision or help others make better decisions. Factual is a place that brings together smart, talented, and diverse people; a place where you can bring your whole self to work." — Alexis Kavazanjian, People Operations Manager at Factual
Perks: No rigid limitations on PTO, lunchtime yoga or afternoon pilates, and organic fruit and healthy snacks in our kitchen.
Perks: Onsite gym, onsite mini-market, birthday holidays, generous parental leave, days off for volunteering, employee discount program for multiple venues/food/activities.
LegalZoom is a nationally recognized provider of personalized, affordable online legal solutions for families and small businesses. Founded more than 10 years ago by attorneys with experience at some of the top law firms in the country, LegalZoom has helped more than two million Americans with trial-tested legal documents.
"As the principal innovative force in the legal industry, LegalZoom seeks sharp marketing, tech, and finance talent who thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and are always ready to rise to the next challenge," said Director of Talent Management Lisa Fernandez. "We embrace people who align with our mission of democratizing law. People attracted to us are looking for a fun yet challenging work environment that offers an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives."
Realty Mogul is a crowdfunded marketplace for accredited investors to pool money online and buy shares of pre-vetted investment properties.
Location: West LA
Funding: $46.25 million
Perks: Company-funded educational courses, daily catered lunch, fully stocked kitchen with coffee/espresso and mountains of snacks.
"It may be cliché and you may have heard this time and time again, but RealtyMogul.com hires 'A' players. We hire achievers and thought leaders. We hire and value individuals who have the tenacity and desire to learn, grow, and contribute on several levels. We seek individuals who are driven and thrive being outside of the box and outside of the job description. RealtyMogul.com is a transparent environment, where all doors are open, and everyone is encouraged to contribute," said Nathan Gibson, Head of Technical Recruiting.
"At TeleSign we pride ourselves on our exciting, fast-paced environment that is fueled by intelligent, compassionate people at every turn. As such, the ideal candidates to join our team will be intelligent, resourceful, a strong team-player and someone who is curious about technology. Working at TeleSign presents the unique opportunity for someone with the right work-ethic to make a positive impact on the world by working on innovative products that improve the future of the online experience. Your work, combined with the global efforts of our team, will make the online world a better place—one that is safer, more secure and more productive for everyone around the world." — Darren Stewart, Principal Talent Acquisition Consultant at Telesign
Perks: Comprehensive benefits, open pantry, dog-friendly office, a Patent Reward Program, and company-sponsored gym memberships, happy hours and events.
Bio: Leaf group is a diversified Internet company that builds platforms across its media and marketplace properties to enable communities of creators to reach passionate audiences in large and growing lifestyle categories.
Perks: Working with talented leaders in the industry and the opportunity to make a huge impact within the organization; you'll be inspired by creativity and innovation. Other perks include a kitchen is fully stocked with drinks, snacks and candy, "Thirsty Thursdays", catered lunch on Fridays, lunchtime yoga and discounts to fitness classes/venues, travel reimbursement for vacation, on-site education via a monthly speaker series featuring CEO's and industry leaders, on-site car wash and dry cleaning, employee discounts for Saatchi Art and Society6 products, in-house events including art galleries and industry panel discussions.
"We hire for culture and talent first, skills second.We want someone who won’t settle for anything but their very best work. While we’re looking for people who play well with others, we also want those who aren’t timid about jumping in when needed or when they see an improvement that could be made. We’re not a traditional, corporate office and we don’t want someone who thinks of this as a “job.” Instead, we’re building a team of people who thrive in our dynamic, nimble environment and consider PatientPop the next step in their dream career." — Taylor Timmer, Co-Founder & VP of People
Perks: Full benefits, fun loft-style office with foosball table and patio overlooking the ocean, organic snacks, catered lunch on Thursday from delicious local restaurant, and a dog friendly environment.
*Rank is determined by total Los Angeles County-based employees at digital technology companies as of August 2015.
*MaxCDN, Cargomatic, and Retention Science all reported the same number of employees and therefore share the 100th spot
* Correction: Five companies were wrongfully ommited from the list including Demand Media (350+), Media Temple (230+), Zealot Networks (225+), Dun & Bradstreet (150+), and Thrive Market (60+). We apologize for this error.
We are excited to recognize The Top 100 Tech Employers in Los Angeles. These digital companies have driven an impressive amount of economic growth by creating almost 28,000 jobs and have played a large part in making LA the third best startup ecosystem in the world.
LA is still content driven
While the industry breakdown shows there is a generally even representation on the list, digital media reigns supreme with 24 companies cracking the Top 100. Media giants like Snapchat, Riot Games, Hulu, Netflix, and BuzzFeed demonstrate that LA remains a storytelling city and the tech scene has found new outlets to deliver that content.
Despite digital media’s majority share of the landscape, there appears to be no industry outlier in LA’s tech scene. The ecosystem’s diversity is even more apparent when viewing the top 20 companies on the list — in which the e-commerce, digital media, and software industries were all represented at least four times.
Santa Monica is king… for now
There may be an impending migration to Playa Vista on the horizon, but for now, Santa Monica remains the city's main tech hub with 23 of the top 100 companies. Downtown LA and Playa Vista are a close second.
"It’s exciting to see top tech talent in LA that didn’t exist before,” Don Robertson, TrueCar’s Executive Vice President of People, said. “The fact that TrueCar offers a progressive culture and an ocean view of Santa Monica doesn’t hurt either. We’ve also been able to successfully tap into the entertainment industry for recruitment purposes and marketing content.”
The majority of the companies on the list are headquartered in LA county, while many industry giants consider Los Angeles their second home. Of the top 50 companies, 39 have LA headquarters, and 33 are still privately held.
Age is an honor
Amid a city of fast-growing startups, the industry staples have still maintained their dominance (eight of the top 10 companies were founded before the new millennium). The youngest companies on the list are DEFY Media, Realty Mogul, Service Titan, and MakersKit, all of whom were founded in 2013.
“Los Angeles is a great place to build a tech company, and every year it just gets better. LA is now a force to be reckoned with, able to compete with technology hubs such as Silicon Valley,” said Dave Hagan, CEO of Boingo Wireless. “Our great institutions, including UCLA, USC, and Caltech, among others, are producing incredible home-grown talent. We graduate the largest number of engineers—more than any other geographic region in the nation—which is ideal for the LA tech industry."
Breaking down the capital
With over $3 billion in funding in 2014, LA has not slowed down in 2015. Known as one of the most capital-heavy cities in the world, LA tech has already accumulated over $1.87 billion at the halfway point of 2015 — highlighted by Snapchat’s $537.6 million round in May, Dollar Shave Club’s $75 million round in June, and Flipagram’s $70 million round in July.
Who’s on the rise
Omaze has gone from a bootstrapped apartment-based startup to a $10 million dollar company in just over six months. The site operates as a raffle-style charitable giving platform that has brought together LA’s entertainment, startup, and nonprofit industries to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for users.
Los Angeles’ gaming companies have been on fire this summer as the mobile and online gaming industries continue to grow. Currently sitting at #46 on the list, SGN received a $130 million investment from Korea’s Netmarble, which will help the Culver City company branch into the lucrative Asian gaming market.
ServiceTitan, the Glendale-based mobile management platform, has created a strong foothold in an underutilized home service industry. The company closed an $18 million Series A round in June and plans to double their current employee count.
The quality and quantity of companies in the Los Angeles tech ecosystem has continued to rise across the board. With access to superior university talent, investor capital, and the lucrative entertainment industry, LA has solidified itself as a thriving hub in the landscape of American tech.