29 Tech Companies in Santa Monica You Need to Know

Written by John Siegel
August 29, 2023Updated: August 29, 2023
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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

  • GumGum
  • Headspace
  • GoodRX
  • Postmates
  • Inspire
  • 12Twenty
  • Tradesy
  • Leaf Group
  • Naughty Dog
  • PlayQ
  • TaskUs


Here are 31 Santa Monica startups to keep an eye on:


Motional Tech Companies Santa Monica

Industry: Automotive, Machine Learning 

A product of Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional has become a leader in driverless vehicles. Combining AI and machine learning technology, Motional is building vehicles that learn as they accumulate miles and provide seamless driving experiences. The company has built up partnerships with Lyft and Uber Eats, laying the foundation for robotaxi fleets as it welcomes in the next chapter of transportation.   


gum gum adtech company santa monica

Industry: Adtech

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.


snap santa monica companies

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.


edmunds automotive company santa monica

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


inspire cleantech company santa monica

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.


goodrx santa monica companies

Industry: Healthtech

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.


medely santa monica companies

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.


tigerconnect santa monica companies

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.


hawke media media company santa monica
hawke media

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.


figs santa monica companies

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.

tradesy ecommerce company santa monica

Industry: E-Commerce

Tradesy is a marketplace where users can buy and sell designer goods. In May 2016, the startup raised $30 million.


12twenty edtech company santa monica

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.


playq gaming company santa monica

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.” 


momentfeed adtech company santa monica

Industry: AdTech

MomentFeed is a marketing platform that allows global brands to launch massive mobile marketing. Their mobile customer experience management software helps businesses with multiple locations more effectively leverage their consumers via mobile channels.


headspace healthtech company santa monica

Industry: Healthtech

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.


ziprecruiter software company santa monica

Industry: Software

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.


leafgroup media company santa monica
leaf group

Industry: Digital Media

Leaf Group is a media company that operates a number of well-known websites, including Society6, Saatchi Art, Livestrong.com and eHow. Formerly known as Demand Media, the startup rebranded in 2016. Back in 2011, they went public.


naughty dog santa monica companies
Naughty Dog

Industry: Gaming

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.


postmates santa monica companies

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.


airmap software company santa monica

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.


patsnap big data company los angeles santa monica

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.  


hallmark labs media company santa monica
Hallmark labs

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.


taskus professional services company santa monica

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.


hulu media company santa monica

Industry: Media

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.


beautycounter ecommerce company santa monica

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.


cornerstone ondemand software company santa monica
Cornerstone OnDemand

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.


mitu media company santa monica

Industry: Digital Media

mitú is a media company that develops content for a millennial Latino audience. The company utilizes a number of channels to distribute its edgy, humorous brand of content. In early-2015, the startup raised $27 million.


tastemade media company santa monica

Industry: Digital Media, Food

Startups don't get tastier than Santa Monica's Tastemade. The food-centric media company makes content dedicated to how delicious your diet can be by enabling users to show the type of food and drinks they care about.


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