Meet LA's Top 100 tech companies: Employee count up 24 percent in 2017

October 31, 2017

 

For the past decade, Los Angeles has gone from a fledgling startup scene to one of the world's fastest-growing tech ecosystems. This year, the 100 biggest tech companies in Los Angeles and Orange Counties reported having more than 48,000 employees: a 24 percent jump from last year.

Innovation on full display

Nineteen of Los Angeles’ top 100 tech employers were launched in the past five years, following in the footsteps of local success stories like Dollar Shave Club and Snap. The list’s youngest company, OceanX, which was founded just last year, clocked in at an impressive 258 employees.

More money, more hiring

Los Angeles tech startups raised more than $4 billion in 2016, directing a solid portion of those funds toward talent acquisition. Age of Learning, Hyperloop One, SpaceX, Scopely and ServiceTitan, who collectively have raised $855 million in funding since January 2016, added more than 1,310 positions this year. Combined, these five companies employ more than 6,000 Angelenos.

 

 

Onward and upward

A number of companies who made this list in 2016 made big jumps this year. Google added 600 employees over the last 12 months, while OpenX and Fandango grew by 140 and 135 employees, respectively. Hyperloop One saw its team grow from 147 employees to 257, earning the 60th spot on this year’s list.

Becoming a tech magnet

While this year’s list is still dominated by companies born and raised in LA and Orange Counties, a number of out-of-town tech giants have made big pushes in Southern California. Bay Area megaliths Houzz and Facebook both finished high on the list, as did Chicago company Guaranteed Rate. New York-headquartered SapientRazorfish, DEFY Media and BuzzFeed also grew their presence in Southern California over the last several years.

 

 

Rank: 1 | Employees: 5,000 | Founded: 2002 | Transportation

 

 

Rank: 2 | Employees: 2,611 | Founded: 1991 | Gaming

 

 

Rank: 3 | Employees: 1,887 | Founded: 2007 | E-commerce

 

Rank: 4 | Employees: 1,618 | Founded: 2006 | Gaming

 

 

Rank: 5 | Employees: 1,600 | Founded: 1998 | Web

 

 

Rank: 6 | Employees: 1,298 | Founded: 1997 | Media

 

 

Rank: 7 | Employees: 1,264 | Founded: 1915 | Media

 

 

Rank: 8 | Employees: 1,122 | Founded: 1998 | E-commerce

 

 

Rank: 9 | Employees: 1,076 | Founded: 2007 | Media

 

 

Rank: 10 | Employees: 897 | Founded: 1997 | Gaming

 

 

Rank: 11 | Employees: 741 | Founded: 2011 | Social media

 

Rank: 12 | Employees: 716 | Founded: 1998 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 13 | Employees: 704 | Founded: 1982 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 14 | Employees: 702 | Founded: 1966 | Automotive

 

 

 

 

Rank: 16 | Employees: 640 | Founded: 1976 | E-commerce

 

 

Rank: 17 | Employees: 607 | Founded: 2010 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 18 | Employees: 592 | Founded: 2007 | Edtech

 

Rank: 19 | Employees: 591 | Founded: 1979 | Fintech

 

 

Rank: 20 | Employees: 590 | Founded: 2006 | Media

 

 

Rank: 21 | Employees: 582 | Founded: 2009 | Real estate

 

 

Rank: 22 | Employees: 563 | Founded: 1983 | E-commerce

 

 

Rank: 23 | Employees: 554 | Founded: 2010 | E-commerce

 

 

Rank: 24 | Employees: 529 | Founded: 1969 | Marketing

 

 

Rank: 25 | Employees: 503 | Founded: 2004 | Healthtech

 

 

Rank: 26 | Employees: 500 | Founded: 2008 | Adtech

 

Rank: 26 | Employees: 500 | Founded: 1993 | Media

 

 

Rank: 28 | Employees: 495 | Founded: 1999 | Fintech

 

 

Rank: 29 | Employees: 490 | Founded: 2004 | Marketing

 

 

Rank: 30 | Employees: 475 | Founded: 1987 | Marketing

 

 

Rank: 31 | Employees: 431 | Founded: 1999 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 32 | Employees: 430 | Founded: 2000 | E-commerce

 

 

Rank: 33 | Employees: 429 | Founded: 1994 | Gaming

 

 

Rank: 34 | Employees: 410 | Founded: 2001 | Marketing

 

Rank: 34 | Employees: 410 | Founded: 1995 | Cloud

 

 

Rank: 36 | Employees: 409 | Founded: 2004 | Social media

 

 

Rank: 37 | Employees: 392 | Founded: 1982 | Gaming

 

 

Rank: 38 | Employees: 379 | Founded: 2005 | Automotive

 

 

Rank: 39 | Employees: 376 | Founded: 2001 | Fintech

 

 

Rank: 40 | Employees: 364 | Founded: 2005 | Cybersecurity

 

 

Rank: 41 | Employees: 363 | Founded: 2011 | Media

 

 

Rank: 42 | Employees: 359 | Founded: 1987 | B2B

 

Rank: 43 | Employees: 320 | Founded: 2008 | Adtech

 

Rank: 44 | Employees: 314 | Founded: 2010 | Recruiting

 

 

Rank: 45 | Employees: 313 | Founded: 1997 | HR

 

 

Rank: 46 | Employees: 305 | Founded: 1970 | Adtech

 

 

Rank: 47 | Employees: 299 | Founded: 1996 | E-commerce

 

 

Rank: 48 | Employees: 297 | Founded: 1989 | Media

 

 

Rank: 49 | Employees: 281 | Founded: 2003 | E-commerce

 

 

Rank: 49 | Employees: 281 | Founded: 2001 | Legal tech

 

 

Rank: 51 | Employees: 280 | Founded: 2012 | E-commerce

 

Rank: 52 | Employees: 275 | Founded: 2006 | Media

 

 

Rank: 53 | Employees: 267 | Founded: 2006 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 54 | Employees: 263 | Founded: 1992 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 54 | Employees: 263 | Founded: 1998 | Marketing

 

 

Rank: 56 | Employees: 260 | Founded: 2006 | Media

 

Rank: 56 | Employees: 260 | Founded: 2008 | Cannabis tech

 

 

Rank: 58 | Employees: 258 | Founded: 2013 | Software

 

Rank: 58 | Employees: 258 | Founded: 2016 | E-commerce

 

 

Rank: 60 | Employees: 257 | Founded: 2014 | Transportation

 

Rank: 60 | Employees: 257 | Founded: 2012 | E-commerce

 

 

Rank: 62 | Employees: 250 | Founded: 2013 | Food

 

Rank: 63 | Employees: 248 | Founded: 1991 | Software

 

 

Rank: 64 | Employees: 244 | Founded: 2006 | Marketing

 

 

Rank: 65 | Employees: 240 | Founded: 2014 | Gaming

 

 

Rank: 66 | Employees: 233 | Founded: 1994 | Gaming

 

 

Rank: 67 | Employees: 230 | Founded: 2001 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 68 | Employees: 228 | Founded: 2007 | Adtech

 

 

Rank: 69 | Employees: 224 | Founded: 1986 | Gaming

 

Rank: 70 | Employees: 220 | Founded: 2014 | Marketing

 

Rank: 70 | Employees: 220 | Founded: 2013 | Media

 

 

Rank: 72 | Employees: 219 | Founded: 1997 | Cybersecurity

 

 

Rank: 73 | Employees: 212 | Founded: 2004 | Marketing

 

Rank: 74 | Employees: 210 | Founded: 1989 | Consulting

 

 

Rank: 74 | Employees: 210 | Founded: 2012 | E-commerce

 

Rank: 76 | Employees: 208 | Founded: 2012 | E-commerce

 

Rank: 77 | Employees: 206 | Founded: 2011 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 78 | Employees: 204 | Founded: 1951 | Adtech

 

 

Rank: 79 | Employees: 202 | Founded: 2006 | Marketing

 

 

Rank: 80 | Employees: 201 | Founded: 1999 | Real estate

 

 

Rank: 81 | Employees: 200 | Founded: 2006 | B2B

 

Rank: 81 | Employees: 200 | Founded: 2002 | Software

 

 

Rank: 81 | Employees: 200 | Founded: 2011 | Adtech

 

Rank: 81 | Employees: 200 | Founded: 1986 | Marketing

 

Rank: 85 | Employees: 196 | Founded: 2014 | Agency

 

Rank: 86 | Employees: 191 | Founded: 2012 | Social media

 

Rank: 86 | Employees: 191 | Founded: 2001 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 88 | Employees: 190 | Founded: 2012 | E-commerce

 

Rank: 89 | Employees: 185 | Founded: 2015 | Marketing

 

 

Rank: 90 | Employees: 184 | Founded: 1990 | Web

 

 

Rank: 91 | Employees: 183 | Founded: 2012 | IoT

 

Rank: 92 | Employees: 182 | Founded: 2012 | Consulting

 

 

Rank: 93 | Employees: 175 | Founded: 2004 | E-commerce

 

 

Rank: 94 | Employees: 173 | Founded: 2007 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 95 | Employees: 169 | Founded: 2010 | Adtech

 

Rank: 96 | Employees: 167 | Founded: 1990 | Marketing

 

 

Rank: 97 | Employees: 160 | Founded: 1999 | Marketing

 

Rank: 98 | Employees: 158 | Founded: 2008 | B2B

 

 

Rank: 99 | Employees: 155 | Founded: 2014 | Healthtech

 

Rank: 99 | Employees: 155 | Founded: 2010 | E-commerce

 

 

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Built In LA’s Top 100 is a ranking of the largest digital tech employers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties based on local, full-time employee count as of September 1, 2017. This ranking is compiled by submissions to the Built In LA website and market survey as well as press releases, news coverage and other publicly available data.

To be eligible for inclusion, a company’s primary business and industry must be digital technology/innovation, including web and mobile applications, software, IoT, e-commerce, VR/AR and digital agency work. Employee numbers only include workers in Los Angeles and Orange counties and do not count part-time employees, interns, contractors or non-W2 workers. Both private and public companies have been surveyed.

Some companies that may have been eligible have been excluded because they have self-opted to not disclose headcount or have not supplied the required information requested in the survey.