As the LA tech community has grown, it's clear that Santa Monica is the heart of what we call Silicon Beach. Now teeming with interesting startups, the area has solidified itself as a major player in the global tech ecosystem.
Top Companies in Santa Monica
- Leaf Group
- Naughty Dog
Here are 30 Santa Monica startups to keep an eye on:
Artificial intelligence startup GumGum is doing things for marketing that have long been considered afterthoughts: quantifying the importance of images in advertising and marketing. Through its robust AI platform, the startup helps businesses unlock the value of images and videos across the internet.
Headspace is a mental fitness application that helps users to balance their busy lives through meditation. Founded in 2010, the startup harnesses 3,000 years of meditation research in order to help clear minds.
Industry: Automotive, Fintech
Fair takes the frustration out purchasing a car by allowing customers to make monthly payments on a vehicle without locking into a long-term contract. With over $1 billion in funding, the app allows customers to pre-qualify for a car, choose their ideal vehicle, and make purchases straight from their phone.
Industry: IoT, Greentech
Inspire makes clean energy approachable for everyone with personalized home subscription plans. Members can upgrade to smarter, cleaner homes through a combination of customizable clean energy solutions and smart home devices. Since 2014, the clean tech company has raised over $38 million in funding.
Industry: Digital Media, Agency
For businesses that don't have the bandwidth or expertise to effectively market their company, there are a ton of options to outsource their marketing efforts. Hawke Media is one of them. The startup offers a host of services designed to help businesses get things going in the right direction and realize their full potential.
Becoming a doctor takes close to a decade. After that, they might be qualified to diagnose and treat the various illnesses and injuries people suffer, but running a business is a completely different animal. PatientPop has developed a growth platform for healthcare professionals that helps them market their businesses in the best way possible.
GoodRX saves users time and money by letting them compare prescription drug prices from local pharmacies. On top of finding the lowest deals in their area, users can also take advantage of GoodRX’s coupons, which help to save users even more on everything from Lipitor to Omeprazole. GoodRX is accepted at thousands of pharmacies nationwide, including Walgreens and CVS.
Industry: Healthtech, Cloud, Mobile
TigerConnect is a communication and collaboration platform for everyone involved in the healthcare process, from patients to nurses and even hospital executives. The platform is an all-in-one communication app that allows for secure and compliant voice, video and text chat. The messaging systems can be used by a doctor to communicate directly with a patient, by care teams in a hospital and even by entire health systems for mass communication.
Naughty Dog is one of the most well-known game developers in the world. With classic game series like Crash Bandicoot, The Last of Us and Uncharted under their belt, it’s no wonder that Naughty Dog has been played by millions of gamers over the last thirty years.
Industry: E-Commerce, Fashion, Healthtech
FIGS is a fashion-forward medical apparel company helping healthcare professionals to change the way they shop and dress. The company boasts an impressive lineup of fashionable scrubs in vibrant colors and styles, so medical professionals can look and feel their best on the job.
Industry: Healthtech, Software
Medely gives nurses and allied professionals the flexibility to book jobs and assignments on-demand. The company’s platform allows medical professionals to browse jobs, book shifts and get paid quickly. It even allows nurses to search for per diem and travel assignments.
Industry: Social Media, Mobile
Snap Inc. helps more than 200 million daily users to tell their stories through innovative platforms. The publicly-traded company, which created social media giant Snapchat, helps users to create, film and share the world around them in unique and fun ways.
Industry: Automotive, AdTech
Santa Monica tech companies don't get more OG than Edmunds. The online consumer website for cars started as a magazine way back in 1969, but that doesn't mean it's still stuck in the Summer of Love. The company's massive headquarters was named as one of our favorite offices of 2016.
ZipRecruiter empowers businesses by helping them hire through mobile and email channels. The startup has developed rapidly since being founded in 2010 and has become one of the premier job marketplaces today.
Industry: Edtech, HR Tech
Everyone knows how stressful it is to enter the working world upon graduation. 12Twenty wants to change that. The startup's platform is designed to help universities better help their students to prepare for their professional careers. Career centers on campus can utilize the software to manage students' employment processes while helping them develop a better idea of what it's like to be recruited by a company.
Industry: Mobile, Gaming
PlayQ is a creative studio developing games for use across PCs, tablets and mobile devices. Founded in 2007, their game titles have over 60 million downloads across the world and millions of active users. Popular games include “Taste Buds” and “Charm King.”
Industry: E-commerce, Logistics
Postmates is changing the way we order our favorite products. Through the company’s app, users can find just about anything they’re looking for from hundreds of local restaurants and convenience stores. With Postmates, you can get everything from burgers to batteries delivered to your door in under an hour.
Industry: Software, Drones
With a wave of drone startups taking off in LA, AirMap is one you should definitely keep an eye on. The startup provides powerful airspace analytics to help commercial companies safely track their drones' flights. In February 2017, the startup raised $26 million to help develop its platform.
Industry: AI, Big Data, Software
PatSnap connects the international community to the most up-to-date Intellectual Property results. Companies looking to invent new products or look into burgeoning industries can refer to Patsnap’s massive IP database to help streamline the innovation process. In addition to an office in Santa Monica, PatSnap boasts offices in China, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
Industry: Digital Media, E-Commerce
The digital branch of Hallmark Cards Inc., Hallmark Labs brings their signature style to a 21st century audience. Hallmark Labs runs video subscription, eCard and print-on-demand services.
Industry: Professional Services
Founded in 2008, TaskUs helps companies manage their customer care and back office support efforts to help scale support systems and increase its clients' bottom lines. In 2016, the company raised an additional $14 million to continue its rapid global expansion.
Some businesses have grown so big that it's easy to forget where they originally came from, but that's not the case for content streaming provider Hulu. Founded in LA back in 2007, the company has become one of the premier streaming sites on the internet, responsible for both awesome TV shows and thousands of hours of lost (but enjoyed) productivity.
Industry: Beauty, E-Commerce
Beautycounter is one of the most successful e-commerce brands in Southern California and the Santa Monica-based startup has only been around since 2013. Founded by prolific entrepreneur Gregg Renfrew, the company develops and sells skincare, body and hair products that are as safe as they are effective.
Industry: HR Tech, Cloud
Cornerstone OnDemand is one of the true pillars of the Santa Monica startup scene. With its powerful SaaS platform, the company helps businesses manage their talent in the best ways possible. Having gone public in 2011, the company is regularly cited as one of the best places to work in LA.
Industry: E-commerce, 3D, Augmented Reality
As it becomes clear what exactly is possible for virtual reality, this Santa Monica-based startup wants to support the people making awesome content. Vertebrae provides content creators with a platform that delivers powerful analytics and distribution tools to help them monetize their creative efforts. In 2017, the company was named one of our 50 startups to watch.