Winter Tech Watch: 26 L.A. Companies to Track

From fast-growing startups to established firms with hefty benefits, here’s a rundown of L.A.’s most noteworthy people-first organizations to watch in the season ahead.

Written by Eva Roethler
Published on Dec. 14, 2022
Winter Tech Watch: 26 L.A. Companies to Track
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Winter is arriving in Los Angeles. The holiday season in Tinseltown looks a little different than the rest of the country: it’s the one time of year could find yourself on the beach, ice skating outdoors Downtown or on a trip out to Big Bear to hit the slopes (or curling up with some hot chocolate at the lodge). 

It might also be a good time to catch up on the movers and shakers in your local tech scene — and Built In LA has curated 26 noteworthy companies to get you started.

What’s more: Many of the city’s tech employers are developing upgrades to the breadth, depth and inclusion of their company culture, tech stacks and benefits.

The L.A.-based companies we featured are special in many ways, but all 26 have one thing in common: They are innovative, people-first organizations with intriguing perks — and well worth keeping on your radar in the winter season ahead.

 

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Collectors is a platform that enables users to grade and manage their collectible items.

 

THE PERKS

  • 401(k) match of 50 percent for up to 6 percent
  • Discounts on select grading services for approved submissions
  • All salaried employees are eligible for flexible time off

 

In the news: In March 2022, Collectors brought its valuation to $4.3 billion after raising a $100 million financing round from existing investors. The fresh capital was set to help the company grow its business and technology, as well as hire more talent.

 

 

System1 is an omnichannel customer acquisition platform.

 

THE PERKS

  • Annual $3,000 continuing education stipend
  • Hybrid work model with remote options
  • Daily in-office lunches

 

Growth strategy: “At System1, we want to grow our ability to source profitable web traffic, while also maintaining diversity in traffic sources. To meet these goals, we launched integrated data analytics support for several new buy side networks. Aligning these integration projects with System1’s growth strategy made our efforts an easy sell to internal partners, while close partnership and constant engagement with users helped us to ensure we were shipping maximum value from ideation to launch,” Product Manager Henry Fellows told Built In LA this September

 

 

FIGS is a direct-to-consumer maker of healthcare garments and personal protective equipment.

 

THE PERKS

  • Access to Ginger, Headspace and Gympass products through Sequoia at no additional cost, plusPeloton spinning room at HQ
  • Home-office stipend for new hires in their first month of work
  • Nonprofit partners such as Center for Transyouth Health and Development at CHLA, RxART, WildAid, Doctors without Borders in Haiti and more


Women empowerment: FIGS is a female-founded company, and women comprise over 50 percent of the leadership team. “The inclusive and equitable culture at FIGS is hard-wired from the beginning. We have two amazing female co-founders who care more than anyone else, and the company provides programs and events to celebrate and empower women,” Sourcing Director Janice Hu told Built In LA this August.  

 

 

 

Veritone is an artificial intelligence platform. 

 

THE PERKS

Remote-first model of work Wellness discount program and a Calm partnership to promote mental health Documented equal pay policy

 

In the news: Veritone was included in the 2022 Deloitte Technology Fast 500. The list ranks each company based on its percentage of revenue growth from the 2018-2021 fiscal years. “We’re excited to be recognized in the Deloitte Fast 500 alongside fellow technology leaders. This award is a testament to our work and continued growth in providing leading AI services and solutions,” President Ryan Steelberg said in a press release.

 

 

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Tala provides financial services to the global underbanked using mobile technology and data science.

 

THE PERKS

  • Remote-first work policy
  • Global Sloth Days, a day off across all offices to de-stress and do things outside of work
  • Professional development opportunities, from conferences and online classes to weekly lunch-and-learn sessions


Driving impact: Chief Technology Officer Kelly Uphoff told Built In LA in February, “With our core machine learning models, we have to think about the impact on an individual person. If we cannot get our decisioning right, we may be denying them the opportunity of financial agency. The high stakes of each decision our technology aids keeps customers at the forefront of how we ideate and innovate.”  

 

 

Metagenics provides vitamins, minerals and health supplements to patients and practitioners.

 

THE PERKS

  • Paid volunteer time of up to 16 hours per year
  • Mental health programs that are 100 percent employer paid: Employee Assistance Program and wayForward
  • Partnership with Vitamin Angeles

 

Global growth: “The biggest rocket ship-fueling project that I’m currently working on is bringing all Metagenics e-commerce under one umbrella. We’re a global company, but over the years each major geography evolved in unique ways. We’re building a headless e-commerce platform that we can change, enhance and iterate as needed. This is an incredible opportunity to understand how to optimize the direct-to-consumer model within various geographic contexts. Additionally, we’re building an enhanced portal for healthcare providers while maintaining compliance with data laws and regulations in every geography,” Director of Product Management and Global E-commerce John Bevell told Built In LA in September

 

 

 Supernatural is virtual reality fitness app on the Oculus Quest.

 

THE PERKS

  • 16 weeks paid parental leave for the birthing parent, 12 weeks paid leave for a non-birthing parent
  • Learning and development training via LifeLabs, BetterUp and Udemy
  • Remote work flexibility

 

Professional growth: “We have a company perk called ‘Invest In You,’ a program intended to provide employees with the opportunity to invest in their general well-being. The program provides each employee the option for eligible reimbursable expenses such as fitness classes and meditation app memberships. It’s great to work for a company that recognizes the importance of being in a good place both physically and mentally, as it makes developing new skills that much easier when you’re feeling like your best self,” Head of Customer Experience Jose Mella told Built In LA this October

 

 

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HydraFacial is a health and beauty company. 

 

THE PERKS

  • Free HydraFacial treatments
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Mental health benefits

 

In the news: BeautyHealth, home of HydraFacial, announced in November that it entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement to repurchase $100 million of common stock. “Following our strong Q3 results, today’s announcement underscores the executive team’s and the Board of Directors’ confidence in BeautyHealth’s business, community, financial position and long-term growth outlook. We will remain in a strong cash position after the execution of this buyback. As we head toward the end of the year, wrapping up an intentional two-year period of elevated investment in the business to build our infrastructure, we are well positioned to drive and accelerate profitable growth across the globe,” BeautyHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Stanleick said in a press release.

 

 

GrayMatter builds AI robotics that power smart automation solutions for manufacturing.

 

THE PERKS

  • Flexible paid time off
  • Company equity
  • Discretionary funds for enhancing productivity

 

In the news: In August, GrayMatter announced a $20M Series A investment led by Bow Capital and joined by existing investors B Capital Group. With the new capital, GrayMatter Robotics will expand its team to meet customer demand. “We are a next-generation automation company shaping the future of work with smart robots. Automating surface finishing and treatment applications for mission-critical production environments poses some extremely challenging engineering problems in AI and robotics. It is fascinating for our team to see how our day-to-day work is immediately impacting a wide range of industries from recreational equipment to aerospace,” Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Brual Shah said in a press release. 

 

 

Prodege is a marketing and consumer insights platform.

 

THE PERKS

  • On-site wellness programs that include free biometric screening, plus health and wellness discounts
  • Pet insurance through Nationwide
  • Employee recognition programs

 

Interesting work: “One project that we recently kicked off is equal parts challenging and exciting. We’re taking the plunge and migrating our back-end application code from a monolith to a microservice-oriented architecture. I’m always on the lookout for a good refactoring project but, when you’re working with mature tech like our existing application, it’s rare to get a chance to tackle a refactor of this magnitude,” Director of Web Development Phil Curtis told Built In LA this June.

 

 

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Artera (formerly WELL Health) is a SaaS platform for patient health communications.

 

THE PERKS

  • $0 co-pay for in-network mental health visits and free, unlimited access to Ginger, an integrated mental healthcare system
  • $10,000 lifetime credit for a variety of fertility diagnostic and treatment services for each individual on one of our insurance plans
  • Remote-friendly hybrid work model

 

In the news: In August, Artera (formerly Well Health) was named for the third year in a row on the annual Inc. 5000 list, a prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This year Artera ranked 718 nationally and 114 in California, with a three-year revenue growth of 880 percent.  

 

 

FightCamp is a connected at-home boxing gym.

 

THE PERKS

  • Child care stipend
  • Free lunch five days a week
  • Access to one-on-one advisory services from a licensed fiduciary

 

Who FightClub is hiring: After launching on Android earlier this year, FightCamp is looking for a senior Android engineer among other product and engineering roles. 

 

 

Metropolis is a parking and mobility commerce platform connecting transportation, local businesses and payments.

 

THE PERKS

  • Unlimited PTO with at least two weeks required for full-time exempt employees
  • 100 percent paid medical premiums for employees and dependents
  • Monthly team outings

 

In the news: In June, Metropolis raised $167 million in Series B funding, bringing its funding total to $226 million. The app is active in over 60 cities and is used by more than 1.8 million members. “We’re excited to ramp up hiring across engineering, sales, growth and more,” Co-founder and Chief of Staff Courtney Fukuda told Built In.

 

 

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Lever is a talent acquisition suite of software solutions.  

 

THE PERKS

  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Adoption assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement

 

In the news: In November, Lever released its “2022 DEI Through the Recruiting Lifecycle Report”, highlighting how diversity, equity and inclusion impacts the employee lifecycle from initial hiring through long-term employment. “DEI has come to the forefront for many companies, and while numerous organizations are making positive strides, employees and candidates are still unsure about bringing their true selves to work. Employers must reevaluate their DEI efforts to ensure their policies are making employees and candidates feel included, welcome and comfortable. One-off DEI initiatives don’t cut it for employees or candidates, and inclusive and equitable practices need to be ingrained into the fabric of the company,” Senior Vice President of Customer Success Jessica Green said in a press release. 

 

 

MFour Mobile Research is a mobile market research and intelligence company.

 

THE PERKS

  • Hybrid workplace
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Unlimited vacation policy

 

In the news: In November, MFour Mobile Research launched MFour Studio, a cloud-based home for its suite of SaaS products. “Consumers own their shopping and search data and want to control who gets it. We believe in fair trade data, compensating people fairly to share their app and web behaviors, which helps our clients to survey specific behaviors,” MFour Chief Executive Officer Chris St. Hilaire said in a statement, according to Destination CRM.  

 

 

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Demand.io operates a suite of e-commerce products.

 

THE PERKS

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Continuing education stipend
  • Unlimited vacation policy

 

Top speed: Within hours of Apple’s announcement that it would bring Safari web extensions to iOS and iPad, Demand.io’s lean team started bringing its web product, SimplyCodes, to mobile. The product shipped in three weeks. “We’re a small, highly skilled team which enables us to be nimble, agile and to make strategic bets on innovation that keep us ahead of our competition and fuels our growth as a company. This was a perfect opportunity to show that yet again,” Founder Michael Quoc told Built In LA in August.  

 

 

 Autograph is a non-fungible token platform.

 

THE PERKS

  • Hybrid workplace with an option for remote work, depending on the role
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Catered lunches

 

Web3 funding: In January, Autograph announced that it raised a $170 million Series B, which it planned to invest in expanding its team, according to Built In LA. In October, the company announced the launch of its collection with the “SAW” movie franchise. 

 

 

Emotive is an all-in-one SMS growth platform for e-commerce businesses.

 

THE PERKS

  • Remote workplace
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Closed one day per quarter to give employees a fully paid mental health day

 

Great product: “We are transforming the way brands are able to communicate with their customers through two-way text messaging. This provides a five-times return on investment guarantee for e-commerce brands utilizing our platform and allows their consumers to have the in-person experience via text message. Brands are able to keep customers engaged based on previous shopping history with tools such as abandoned cart SMS broadcasts, and consumers can communicate and ask questions before making a purchase,” Senior Director of Sales Development Melissa Stapleton told Built In LA in April

 

 

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Pluto TV is a free streaming television service.

 

THE PERKS

  • Adoption assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Pet insurance

 

Growing platform: In October, Pluto TV parent company Paramount announced that it added more than 6,300 episodes of content from the CBS television vault to the platform, including properties such as “Sister, Sister” and “Star Trek”. “Pluto TV and CBS are both proven leaders delivering world-class entertainment to global audiences. With unrivaled access to the coveted CBS library, Pluto TV is able to deliver the best of both worlds to our viewers – world-class, evergreen programming with flexible viewing options, all for free,” Paramount Streaming President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Ryan said in a press release.  

 

 

Papaya Pay is a bill-paying app.

 

THE PERKS

  • 100 percent remote company
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Unconscious bias training

 

People first: “Benefits like unlimited PTO, flexible work hours and generous parental leave, which allow employees to have a better work-life balance, support a people-first culture. At Papaya, we also have a program called Papaya Talks, where employees have the opportunity to showcase their passion and talents to the whole company. Topics have included beekeeping and 3D printing,” Recruiter Humna Gardezi told Built In LA in February.

 

 

 Mothership is an on-demand logistics company.

 

THE PERKS

  • Flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times
  • Quarterly company outings
  • Unlimited vacation policy

 

Laser focus: “In the last few quarters, our team has become hyper-focused on messaging and personalization. We recently onboarded messaging platform Braze, which was a huge undertaking involving almost every team at the company. The project has opened up a whole new range of functionality to our team. We are focused on how timely messaging can help to create and influence our customer or carrier behavior,” Director of Product Marketing Peter Prior told Built In LA in July.

 

 

 

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Alchemee is a skincare company.

 

THE PERKS

  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Pet insurance

 

Beauty evolution: “The beauty industry is a continuously evolving business sector that never becomes old. It empowers people to make a change in their lives and drives confidence and self-esteem. New trends in ingredients and systems are more powerful than ever, with breakthroughs in studies that keep the excitement alive. It feels great to be a part of something that makes a difference for others,” Senior Director Product and Package Development Scott Bruce told Built In LA in May.  

 

 

DISQO is an audience insights platform.

 

THE PERKS

  • Remote-first work policy
  • Flexible work schedule with flexible start and end times around core hours
  • Discounted membership to 24 Hour Fitness

 

Data transparency: “I joined DISQO because of the people, our values and the opportunity to build both a user-centric mindset and design team within the product organization. Over the past six months, we’ve been working to transform our products so they reflect our transparency value as well as create a fair exchange of value for sharing data with consent. The option of consent is a big differentiator in the market and something that inspires me about DISQO’s business model,” Director of Product Design Om Suthar told Built In LA in May.  

 

 

Serving more than 12 million users, Albert’s banking app combines banking, savings, investing and budgeting tools with guidance from a team of expert financial advisors.

 

THE PERKS

Free in-office catered lunch, coffee, snacks and beer

$100 monthly wellness stipend

Professional development opportunities like on-site and remote training courses

 

Nurturing women: In a February 2022 interview about empowering women, Head of Product Amanda Lui told Built In LA, “One of the best things you can do is give people space to grow. Growth is difficult, especially in a fast-paced startup environment. I believe in learning by doing, which involves searching for ways to give team members a chance to try new things. If you give them space to hone a new skill or make mistakes and learn from them, there’s a good chance they’ll achieve success.”

 

 

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WhoWhatWear operates fashion news sites in the United States and United Kingdom.

 

THE PERKS

  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Pet insurance policy covering up to 90 percent of out-of-pocket expenses
  • Company covers 85-100 percent of health insurance premiums

 

Take aim: “We’re big believers in the objectives and key results goal-setting methodology and center conversations around goals, objectives, successes and improvement opportunities. We connect each person’s job role to the company’s objectives and ensure our employees know how they contribute. We have a little fun, too. We’re big into team events, social good events, employee mixers and meals together where we cut loose,” People and Talent Manager Kia Topps told Built In LA in June.

 

 

OpenX is a global omnichannel advertising exchange.

 

THE PERKS

  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Home office stipend for remote employees
  • Online course subscriptions available

 

New leadership: OpenX recently made a key hire: digital ad veteran Mike Chowla joined as the senior vice president of product as the marketing industry braces for a world without third-party cookies. “OpenX has fantastic technology built on a modern platform, and it has a strong track record of innovation. I’m eager to apply those strengths in building solutions for both buyers and publishers as the industry transitions to new types of identity and targeting, and as it accelerates the adoption of programmatic and biddable CTV advertising,” Chowla said in a November press release. 

 

 

Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Images via Shutterstock.

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