7 Local Tech Companies With Big Growth Plans

Jobseekers have lots of power in the current market. Here are some opportunities to explore.
Written by Eva Roethler
March 16, 2022Updated: March 16, 2022

It’s nice to feel wanted, isn’t it? Many employers are motivated to hire right now, which means candidates have more leverage than they’ve had in recent memory. The job market is candidate driven, meaning power has shifted to the applicants, and people who have been waiting for a change might want to consider making a move. 

Zooming in on our local market, Silicon Beach has a lot to offer across a range of industries. There are tech opportunities in artificial intelligence, robotics and even collectibles.

Los Angeles is the ninth fastest tech hub in terms of salary growth according to data from Dice, which offers online recruiting services. Tech talent hunting for jobs in the region might want to know that the average developer and engineer salary is $149,149, while the average data and analytics role offers $120,380, according to Built In LA’s salary data tool. What’s more, as of this writing the region has a total of 4,840 jobs at 384 companies posted on Built In LA. 

To get an inside look at the opportunities out there, Built In LA checked in with some of the top companies hiring in Los Angeles this month to see what they have to offer jobseekers. Many of these employers are seeking talent across the board, in roles including engineering, product, marketing, design and more. 

 

 

Collectors is an authentication and grading service for collectibles.

 

How much growth do you anticipate for the team over the next 12 months? 

We’re looking to grow by about 100 to 125 people in product and tech. That’s pretty impressive considering that the tech organization grew from about 30 to 80 between April and December last year.

 

What’s fueling your current growth? 

The collectibles space is fueled by collectors from all walks of life who are passionate about searching for and acquiring the rarest collectibles, driving sharp increases in the value of these items. The collectibles industry has always had a strong following but with the pandemic, collectors rediscovered their love for the hobby and we welcomed many new collectors to our community — both as a new hobby to pursue as well as a way to potentially drive passive income. This passion to hunt for the rarest collectibles in the best condition possible opened up multiple opportunities for disruptive technologies like machine learning and computer vision. We strive to develop vertically integrated consumer services to create an ecosystem for collectors, to allow them to better pursue the art of collecting. We need talented engineers in order to help us to define, build and lead these innovations.

 

What sets your company apart for potential applicants?

We have the space and capital to rebuild the entire platform from the ground up. We can work on true greenfield projects, starting with the question, “If we were to rebuild everything now with our decades of experience combined with current technologies, knowing how we want to innovate in the future, what would the ideal systems and platforms look like?”

We have notable investors who believe that we have a huge opportunity to disrupt the market, including Mark Cuban, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Timbaland, Mark Wahlberg, Deshaun Watson, Steve Cohen, Ken Kendrick and Andy Roddick.

 

Collectors’ Leadership Roster

  • CEO and board chair Nat Turner is a serial entrepreneur, with his latest major exit being Flatiron, which was acquired by Roche for $2b.
  • CPO Ryan Hoge led Windows 11’s UI/UX development and was the cofounder of OneDrive.
  • Head of Corp Development Nathan Wolfe led Netflix’s nonfiction co-production business.

 

 

LegalZoom team members in the office working on computers
LegalZoom

 

James Mesick
Head of Talent Acquisition

 

LegalZoom is an online platform for legal, compliance and tax solutions.

 

How much growth do you anticipate for the team over the next 12 months?

We’re looking to bring on new employees, who we call Zoomers, across tech, engineering, IT, data, product and design, marketing, sales, and customer care.

 

What’s fueling your current growth? 

Small business formations are fueling our growth. We also need to be able to provide products and services as these new businesses continue to grow and scale.

 

What sets your company apart for potential applicants?

We have a strong mission to democratize law. LegalZoom took a very complex business problem and made it affordable for the masses by enabling small businesses to form and be successful. If you think of it from a societal perspective, 60 percent of our workforce is employed by small businesses, and so if we can enable them to be successful, then ultimately, we help society as a whole.

The second element is our culture. We’re a 20-year-old company but we’re still in a growth mindset. This is a great opportunity for individuals who want to come in and make impactful changes in a fun and remote-first environment.

60% of our workforce is employed by small businesses, so if we can enable them to be successful, we help society as a whole.”

 

Lastly, our growth potential is a differentiator. When we look for potential Zoomers, we’re not assessing them just for the current role, but two roles from now. This is an opportunity to not just come in and learn, but grow with us as we continue to scale and evolve.

 

 

Miso Robotics holiday team photo
Miso Robotics

 

Nadia Cardinale 
Director of Human Resources

 

 

Miso Robotics develops robotic kitchen assistants.

 

How much growth do you anticipate for the team over the next 12 months? 

We are expecting a lot of growth in our team over this next year in order to provide ample support for our increase in deployments. We anticipate adding significant headcount across departments including software, customer support and supply chain management. Specifically, we will be looking to build out the teams working on our computer vision platform, which functions with machine learning frameworks to support object detection and classification. In order to best support our deployments, we also need talented support staff to ensure that our kitchen assistants are assembled and up and running quickly.

 

What’s fueling your current growth? 

We are fortunate enough to be fueled by significant interest from commercial partners in the fast food space. We have received a strong groundswell of capital through our private crowdfunding efforts as people have jumped on board with our mission to automate dangerous and repetitive tasks in commercial kitchens around the world. Our growth is demonstrated in our two new physical locations, which allow for increased development, and our expanded partnership agreements with an exponential rise in planned installations. Now we need the right people to help us execute on this growth opportunity.

 

What sets your company apart for potential applicants?

Both new and long-time employees remark on how Miso is always willing to go above and beyond to give them the tools and environment necessary to do their best work. We strive to foster a culture that recognizes both individual and companywide accomplishments to make sure that our employees know how much we value their time and commitment to our shared goals. We have large-scale ambitions that we are aware can only be made possible by the extraordinary talent and effort that our growing team provides. Applicants with Miso notice through our interview process how passionate we all are not only about our individual projects and areas of expertise, but how aware we are of the overall success of our team and everyone on it.

Employees remark on how Miso is always willing to go above and beyond to give them the tools and environment necessary to do their best work.”

 

 

Thea Drake
VP, Talent Acquisition

 

Ritual is a direct-to-consumer health brand.

 

How much growth do you anticipate for the team over the next 12 months? 

We more than doubled our team in 2021 and are excited to continue another year of exciting growth and expansion. We’ll be nearly doubling our team again this year and hiring across all departments.

We’ll be nearly doubling our team again this year and hiring across all departments.”

 

What’s fueling your current growth? 

The trust and support of our customers. We have hundreds of thousands of customers across different life stages who trust us to support their foundational health, and we’re excited to continue innovating and developing what we believe are best-in-class products to support them. We have lots more to come, from expansion into new product categories to our first owned retail location!

 

What sets your company apart for potential applicants?

Our clear brand mission, collaborative and innovative work culture, and people-first focus help foster an environment where every member of our team can feel inspired to do some of the best work of their careers.

 

 

 

Deep 6 AI is an artificial intelligence platform that helps accelerate recruitment for clinical trials.

 

How much growth do you anticipate for the team over the next 12 months?

We are planning to double our team size over the next 12 months. We are looking for talented folks in product management, software engineering, cloud architecture, data engineering, machine learning and data science, specifically natural language processing.

 

What’s fueling your current growth? 

Our growth is fueled by amazing demand for our software. It transforms and accelerates clinical trials to help get life-saving treatments to patients faster and accelerate innovation in healthcare.

 

What sets your company apart for potential applicants?

Our company mission sets us apart. Our employees get to do work that saves people’s lives. We have talented people from Snap, Apple and Google who have come to work at Deep 6 because they truly believe in the mission of our company.
 

Also, our culture allows for a flexible work schedule, quarterly off-sites and a generous benefits and PTO plan. Deep 6 AI is headquartered in Los Angeles and has a significant number of employees in Chicago, Seattle, the Bay Area, NYC and Nashville. We are invested in career growth and development and provide the tools needed for our employees to be successful. 

We have talented people from Snap, Apple and Google who have come to work at Deep 6 because they truly believe in the mission.”

 

 

Helium 10 office with team members having a meeting in a conference room
Helium 10

 

Ryan Iyengar
President

 

Helium 10 is an e-commerce SaaS.

 

How much growth do you anticipate for the team over the next 12 months? 

We hired more than 100 people over the past 12 months, and we’re likely to repeat that this year as well. We’re aiming to grow our engineering, product and affiliate marketing teams specifically by more than 50 people. We’re expanding internationally, so teams in Asia and Europe will be a key piece of our growth as we tap the international e-commerce market.

 

What’s fueling your current growth? 

E-commerce has exploded over the past few years, and Helium 10 is well-positioned to help all kinds of merchants succeed across platforms. Whether you’re a new seller setting up your first Fulfillment By Amazon business or an experienced e-commerce team running a multibillion dollar brand, our data and community will help fuel growth in your sales and efficiency.

 

What sets your company apart for potential applicants?

We’ve always been a remote-first team, so we’ve adapted to the new normal in stride. Our growing company is a great place to expand your career, test your skills and try new things. We’re constantly challenging ourselves to be the best we can and provide maximum value for our customers.

We’ve always been a remote-first team, so we’ve adapted to the new normal in stride.”

 

 

Trusted Media Brands office workspace
Trusted Media Brands

 

Jen Tyrrell 
Chief People Officer

 

Trusted Media Brands is a media and entertainment company.

 

How much growth do you anticipate for the team over the next 12 months? 

We’re expecting to hire more than 100 new employees during the first half of 2022. We’re looking for talented individuals across technology, product, marketing, production, business intelligence, design and more. As a media and entertainment company that operates 15 media brands that engage audiences across streaming TV, web, social media and print, it takes strong teams working across every department to ensure that we’re meeting our goals as a business and providing the best possible experience for our viewers and readers.

 

What’s fueling your current growth? 

We’re a multifaceted media company, and we’re excited to be growing across multiple areas of the business. U.S. digital revenue grew by more than 100 percent year over over, while our affiliate and e-commerce revenue grew 105 percent. Our streaming TV business is also a massive area of growth for the company with more than 30 percent year-over-year growth. Our four networks are carried on the biggest ad-supported streaming TV platforms in the world including Samsung TV Plus, Vizio WatchFree, The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, XUMO and more. 

As a part of our growth plans, TMB acquired streaming and social video powerhouse Jukin Media last August, adding FailArmy, The Pet Collective, People Are Awesome and other great brands to the TMB portfolio as a part of the acquisition.

 

What sets your company apart for potential applicants?

We have a strong and unique company culture, and for us, culture goes beyond perks and benefits — though we have those, too. Communication and transparency are key values for the company, and those values show through in a number of ways including monthly town-hall meetings where members of the leadership team take questions from the rest of the staff, weekly email updates from leadership, and employee-led committees for culture and events. 

Our culture goes beyond perks and benefits — though we have those, too.”

 

Further, employee health and wellness are a priority for our organization. Offering wellness programs and resources, including an employee assistance program, is an important component, as are our dedicated HR resources to help identify and solve workplace problems. We also offer various fun activities, both in-person and virtually, that we encourage employees to participate in as a way of taking a break from their duties. These include cooking and mixology demonstrations by our editorial food experts and opportunities to volunteer for local organizations as a group. Overall TMB is a growing business that cares about employees as whole people and invests in their well-being.

 

 

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