5 SoCal startups where JavaScript skills pay off

by John Siegel
May 7, 2018

As the Southern California tech scene expands, the competition to attract and retain seasoned engineers becomes more fierce by the day. Developing interesting new ways to keep employees happy and healthy, ultimately comes down to a company’s product. 

From Irvine to Santa Monica, these five are on the hunt for experienced engineers to join their ranks.
 

headspace guided meditation app santa monica

Headquarters: Santa Monica

Bio: Headspace offers a guided meditation app to improve mental health, battle stress and improve sleep.

Tech they use:

  • Languages: JavaScript, Microservices, Typescript

  • Frameworks: Node.js

  • Databases: MySQL

Perks: Optional daily meditation, unlimited PTO policy, competitive salaries, full medical, dental and vision coverage, a $75 gym stipend, career growth opportunities, speaker series, daily catered healthy lunches, quarterly hackathons, free parking.

 

simplepractice healthtech software startup santa monica

Headquarters: Santa Monica

Bio: Founded in 2012, SimplePractice offers health and wellness professionals a software to help them streamline their businesses, offering features like integrated, online billing and paperless client intake.

Tech they use:

  • Languages: JavaScript, Ruby, Kotlin, Swift

  • Libraries: ReactJS

  • Frameworks: Ember.js, Ruby on Rails

  • Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis

Perks: 401(k) matching, casual dress, company outings, dental, health and vision benefits; a meditation room, company happy hours, parking, a pet-friendly office and more.

 

goguardian edtech startup el segundo

Headquarters: El Segundo

Bio: GoGuardian develops monitoring, filtering and theft prevention tools for Chromebooks being used in dozens of schools districts around the U.S.

Tech they use:

  • Languages: JavaScript, Golang, Scala

  • Databases: MySQL, AWS

Perks: Catered breakfast, lunch and dinner, company fitness initiative (with an on-site gym), dog-friendly office, professional growth program and a number of frequently scheduled company activities, including yoga and video games.

 

bridg adtech startup los angeles
bridg

Headquarters: West LA

Bio: Software developer Bridg offers restaurants and retailers an AI-powered platform that uses big data to help them understand who their customers are.

Tech they use:

  • Languages: JavaScript, Java, Python, Clojure

  • Libraries: React

  • Frameworks: Node.js, Spring

  • Databases: Cassandra, Hive, MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis

Perks: 401(k) matching; medical; generous PTO; stock options; stocked kitchen; secure covered parking; located just two minutes from the 405, walking distance to restaurants and shopping.

 

cie digital labs startup studio irvine

Headquarters: Irvine

Bio: Orange County-based Cie Digital Labs is a startup studio that incubates and spins off tech companies, one of which is El Segundo-based ad tech company Nativo.

Tech they use:

  • Languages: JavaScript, .NET, C#, Java, PHP, Xamarin

  • Libraries: jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap

  • Frameworks: Angular.JS, ASP.NET, Backbone.js, Express

  • Databases: Memcached, Microsoft SQL Server, MongoDB, MySQL, Redis, SQLite

Perks: Monday lunch, breakfast every other Friday, monthly in-office team building activities, quarterly offsite team building activities, employee of the month celebrations, monthly birthday celebrations, fully stocked snack (including fresh fruit), two revolving beer taps, fully stocked wine fridge, onsite gym.

 

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