16 Venice Beach Startups and Tech Companies You Should Know

Written by Alyssa Schroer
Published on Oct. 16, 2023
16 Venice Beach Startups and Tech Companies You Should Know

California has long been synonymous with tech companies and startups, but when we think of Venice Beach, innovative technology isn’t exactly the first thing to come to mind. That said, nowadays, among the surf and sand, there’s talk of software and startup financing. Get to know the neighborhood a little better and discover who is operating out of Abbot Kinney’s playground. 

Top Companies in Venice, CA

  • System1
  • Within
  • Wevr
  • Snap
  • Seriously
  • StackCommerce
  • Cargomatic
  • Enervee


MagicLinks is a social commerce platform for video-based influencers. It has allowed more than 20,000 Instagram, TikTok and YouTube influencers to post and share products they represent so that followers can purchase them. MagicLinks also partners with brands like Nordstrom, Adidas, HP, Glossier and DIOR, connecting them with influencers and data for quality marketing campaigns.


Snap makes applications to instantly share moments with friends and family. Its best known product, Snapchat, is used by more than 150 million people on a daily basis. Snapchat has evolved from a simple app with disappearing photos into an entire multimedia channel complete with multiple forms of content and advertising.


System1 is an independent marketplace for pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. Its platform uses “search box intent” technology to connect users to advertisements in the PPC network, leading users to a more friendly and relevant ad experience.  


StackCommerce combines native and branded content to make native commerce. Through the platform, brands and companies integrate products and services into the content put out by well-known publishers. StackCommerce works with top brands like audible, BarkBox, Adobe, Drobbox, Hulu and Blue Apron to drive revenue and increase content engagement.


Enervee is a platform providing consumers with an easy way to make energy-efficient purchases. The platform engages customers to make more informed choices and provides  appliance data and insights in the marketplace and home.


Seriously creates mobile games, including their award-winning game, “Best Fiends.” The company operates in dual offices, building games out of their Helsinki office in Finland and putting their marketing efforts to work in Venice.


Wevr is a virtual reality studio considered to be a pioneer in the landscape. Since the early days of Oculus Rift, Wevr has been apart of the world of immersive gaming and content. They've gone on to produce Wevr Transport, a network granting access to VR technology for creatives and storytellers.


Within is a VR destination for a variety of immersive experiences from intense game universes to in-depth documentaries. Within can be used in tandem with all major VR head gear including HTC Vive, Sony Playstation VR, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.


Markett is a new way to advertise products and acquire new customers. The automated platform manages an entire network of individual marketers. Social media influencers are connected to brands and market products through promo codes on their own pages. This system enables brands to target specific audiences and use word-of-mouth promotions in lieu of or along with traditional ad campaigns.


Industry: Software

Cargomatic is a logistics company connecting shippers with carriers through web and mobile apps for easier tracking. Currently operating out of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, Cargomatic has 4.2 million pallets shipped and 1.8 million miles traveled to date.  


Industry: News and media, Digital media

Creators Media is the first fan-focused media platform where fans can create content based on their passions. They own brands like Movie Pilot, Now Loading and Champions — where fans can share their content with a community of over 32 million users.


Pledgeling is a platform where brands offer social impact benefits with their products and services. Brands and organizations like the Los Angeles Times, Tinder, Discovery Communications and the Chicago Tribune have worked with Pledgeling to raise money and awareness for causes worldwide. To date, Pledgeling and its partnered companies have raised over $8 million in donations.


The Bouqs Company is a flower retailer providing fresh, cut-to-order flowers on demand,  and even bouquet subscription services for those who can’t seem to remember those special dates. The Bouqs Co. partners with eco-friendly and sustainable farms, only cutting what they sell, eliminating a large amount of waste.


Zefr drives better brand experiences through targeted video advertisements. Each time a user is presented an ad before a Youtube video, Zefr ensures it is relevant to the content they’ve already chosen to watch. Brands like Netflix, Target, Chase, Universal, Sony and Honda all use Zefr to enhance their ad campaigns.


Sensay is a human-data messaging platform featuring an anonymous community where users ask advice or questions and other experienced users offer answers. Sensay works through mobile SMS, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Skype, Slack and other messaging apps.


If Tinder and Snapchat had a baby, it would be Pinwheel. The location-based app allows users to meet people based on customized age, sex and geographic radius filters. In addition to photos, users can upload video stories that remain live for a week, giving users more insight into who they’re connecting with.

Margo Steines contributed reporting to this story. This article was originally published in 2017.

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