Food delivery and working from home will stay on the rise for a while, and companies steeped in these trends are not hesitating to hire.
With more Americans staying at home amid the pandemic, remote-centered industries boomed and catered to the country’s new normal. With over 12 million Americans still receiving unemployment payments, working for a startup might be an option for someone who aims to work remotely.
LinkedIn released on Tuesday its list of 2020’s top startups, highlighting emerging and growing industries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The honorees on this year’s Top Startups list have demonstrated resilience and continued innovation in the face of numerous, unanticipated challenges,” said Jessi Hempel, senior editor at large at LinkedIn. “Not only have these companies survived, but they are growing and hiring, with more than 2,500 jobs at these startups available now on LinkedIn.”
Homeownership startup Better.com made its debut at the top of the list. DoorDash, Robinhood and Samsara continued to rank among the top 10, making a comeback from the year before.
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The factors LinkedIn evaluated for its ranking including interest in the company, employment growth, engagement with employees, job interest and its ability to attract talent from the LinkedIn Top Companies. The timeline measured was January through July 2020.
These are the top 10 startups in the U.S., according to LinkedIn
1. Better.com: Debuting in the top spot, the startup has seen a 200% increase in demand for its digitized homeownership products, funding $8 billion in loans since March. In that time, the company has virtually hired and onboarded more than 1,500 employees.
2. DoorDash: Filing to go public in February, the food delivery company expanded into pharmacy and grocery offerings with the launch of DashMart virtual convenience stores and has delivered millions of pounds of food to those in need with Project DASH.
3. Robinhood: The company makes its third consecutive appearance in the top 10. The fintech company recently announced a $200 million Series G funding, part of which will be invested in its Learn resources, which have seen a 250% increase in daily visits since January.
4. Samsara: Samsara Inc. is supporting many essential service industries with its internet-connected sensor systems and has been hyper-focused on keeping its employees connected and productive from home with town halls, leadership training, virtual yoga and cook-offs, and iPads for employees’ kids to learn remotely.
5. Databricks: The data startup was prepared for a business slowdown, thanks to founder Ali Ghodsi’s “sky is falling” data-based modeling around worst-case scenarios. Following a $6.2 billion valuation in 2019, the company is currently hiring for 200 roles on LinkedIn.
6. Outreach: This company is no stranger to pivoting, with the founders changing Outreach’s focus from HR to enterprise sales when they were two months shy of running out of seed money.
7. Brooklinen: The luxury bedding company has moved beyond its core sleep and bedding products into a range of goods around comfort at home, all direct-to-consumer, and raised $50 million in March to expand abroad.
8. Attentive: The company has nearly doubled in size this year. The personalized mobile messaging platform has embraced a “survival of the fastest” mindset, quickly launching a COVID-19 microsite, interactive virtual events and self-care kits for customers.
9. Loom: The video messaging startup had remote-first as part of its culture from the outset, leaning heavily on the asynchronous communication they’re innovating themselves. The company announced a $29 million funding round in late May with a $350 million valuation.
10. Verkada: The software company is breaking through the challenges of the traditional physical security industry, securing a Series C round of $80 million in January at a $1.6 billion post-money valuation. The company recently shifted attention from retail to healthcare facilities where remote monitoring and building security solutions are needed.
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