Let's get creative: 5 LA startups looking for designers

by John Siegel
May 19, 2017

Los Angeles is known as the cradle for creativity, not just in the United States, but around the world. For decades, LA has nurtured the careers of musicians, writers and actors, but a relatively new outlet for creativity has opened up here over the past 20 years: tech. Here are five startups looking to add to their creative teams as soon as possible.


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Location: Pasadena

Founded: 2007

BioOpenX is a digital and mobile advertising technology developer. Nearly a decade old, the company has two acquisitions to its name, in addition to having raised more than $70 million in funding.

Perks: Healthcare, 401(k) Fidelity investments, disability coverage, catered lunch three times a week, monthly mixers and happy hours, weekly yoga class and an onsite massage therapist, a flexible spending account, life insurance, casual dress and more.


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Headquarters: Irvine

Founded: 2016

Bio: Named one of Built In LA's 50 startups to watch in 2017, Bonfire Studios emerged from stealth in late 2016 with news that it had raised $25 million to work on a much anticipated, yet to be named title. Founded by Rob Pardo, former chief creative officer and lead designer for the smash hit game "World of Warcraft," Bonfire is working diligently on their secret project.

Perks: Medical, dental and vision insurance (family coverage, too), unlimited PTO, employee stock option plan, competitive salaries, studio-wide holiday shutdown.


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Headquarters: DTLA

Founded: 2013

Bio: KEYPR's cloud platform helps hotels and luxury residences reduce operational costs by increasing efficiencies, improving guest experiences in the process.

Perks: Medical, dental and vision coverage, 401(k) retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, fully stocked kitchen, open and creative workspace, and company equity.


Headquarters: West Adams

Founded: 2012

Bio: Omaze is a for-profit cause marketplace changing the way organizations raise money.

Perks: Unlimited PTO, paid sick days, health insurance, 401(k) plan, employee development budget, snacks in the office, volunteer opportunities, mentorship program, paid paternal leave, flexible work schedule and casual dress.


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Headquarters: Long Beach

Founded: 2014

Bio: Zwift develops an immersive video game platform that turns indoor workouts into social adventures. In late 2016, the startup closed a $27 million Series A.

Perks: Employee earn-a-bicycle program, 100 percent coverage for employee medical, dental and vision insurance, indoor cycling, running gym and private showers, beautiful beachfront and citywide views, fun and dedicated coworkers who come fully equipped with Nerf blasters.


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