Are you looking to seriously accelerate your career? One great way to do so is by joining a company that’s currently flying under the radar—but is about to become big. Not only will you be an integral part of its success, you’ll have the status of being there before the company is a household name.
Sound exciting? Check out these 10 companies most people haven’t heard of—yet—and apply to them before they blow up.
When Sarah Leary was living in San Francisco, she knew only one person on her block. She realized there should be a better way to communicate with neighbors—and so Nextdoor, a free and private social network for local communities, was born.
Right now, we’re in one in four neighborhoods across the country,” says Ryan Sims, director of product design. “That means we have over 53,000 Nextdoor neighborhoods. We’re three years in, and we have such a big opportunity.”
If you love Nextdoor’s mission (it’s hard not to) and want to be a part of bringing it to those other three in four neighborhoods, check out the company’s positions.
OptionsCity makes professional financial trading much easier to manage, and thanks to its pioneer technology, the company won the Chicago Innovation Award and the Best Options Trading Platform (two years in a row). According to Victor Glava, chief technology officer, the company is looking forward to unveiling new software “that will continue to change the way traders think and utilize technology.”
At this company, you should be prepared to tackle challenges you didn’t see in the job description. Team members say they’re encouraged to seek out opportunity, apply new skills, learn about the company’s inner workings—and become a driving force in its success.
“You can learn every aspect of the business at OptionsCity and grow your skill set,” says Ben Sandmann, director of engineering. “You don’t have to be involved in every single role—but you can be. The sky is the limit at a company like this.”
“People who really love their jobs and tend to give it their all—those are the people who really stand out in my eyes, and they’re the people we really try to recruit,” explains CEO of Twice, Noah Ready-Campbell.
While right now, Twice is an online marketplace for buying and selling second-hand fashion, Ready-Campbell says the company is expanding to “all kinds of products.”
Ready-Campbell and his team absolutely give it their all when it comes to growing Twice. A couple of years ago, the company had just a handful of employees and small workspace in Oakland. Now, Twice has over 200 employees and an office spacious enough for rollerblading. (That’s just one of the ways they celebrated move-in week.)
Growing with this company is gonna be good—we don’t have to tell you that twice.
We have to admit, Blinds.com already has a pretty high profile. It’s the largest online provider of custom window treatments—not just in the U.S., but in the world. And while growth has been huge, the team remains small—meaning there’s plenty of space for you to still join on the ground floor.
And trust us—the ground floor is pretty amazing. The Blinds.com complex is a state-of-the-art, high-tech facility with giant lava lamps, collaborative meeting spaces, and a giant digital board that’s video and hand controlled. There’s also a “Brain Wave” nap room and a meeting space filled with bobbleheads of current employees.
Plus, the company still has so much room to grow. A recent merger with The Home Depot has the company set up for even more success—and the team at Blinds.com is not going to let anything get in their way. “Here at Blinds.com, we are reminded that ‘failure’ is just a bump in the road to success. You may fall, but you should pop right up and continue on,” explains Stephanie Pertuit, the VP of customer experience.
5. Pinsight Media+
Pinsight Media+ is a mobile media company that’s powered by Sprint. Mobile media is a completely new industry growing really quickly—which gives the team constant opportunities to work with awesome brands including Sequent, WMC Global, and Media Thirst Partner.
Employees say they love how Pinsight operates like a lean startup while leveraging the assets and resources of Sprint.
“I really like the smaller, family-like atmosphere, where meetings are not the norm,” says Lisa Wilson, advertising account management and operations manager. “You walk over to someone’s desk rather than schedule a time and accomplish your tasks immediately.”
Sourcegraph is a code search platform that’s transforming the way modern programmers search, explore, and review code.
“At Sourcegraph, we want you to be as open as possible about everything you build because that’s our mission—and that’s what’s going to get us in the desktops of every single programmer in the world,” says Quinn Slack, co-creator.
When it achieves programmer-world domination, everyone on the team will share equally in the success: Charles Vickery says everyone at Sourcegraph is seen as a co-creator.
Working at Sourcegraph, you’ll also enjoy the mandatory vacation time and regular meetups with Silicon Valley engineers and developers (we hear the team throws an awesome party).
7. SLI Systems
SLI Systems works with clients like Sports Authority, Jelly Belly, and 7 For All Mankind to improve the customer search experience. The company is a leader in the e-commerce space, and that’s a good place to be—e-commerce companies are growing by 5-10% every year. As a result, companies are putting more energy and money into their websites—and making SLI Systems an extremely valuable resource.
“The future of SLI is really exciting because there is so much growth ahead of us, and we’re working on the cutting edge of e-commerce,” says CEO and co-founder Shaun Ryan.
Ryan says the company wants employees who are willing to stay with the company long-term, which means you’ll definitely reap the rewards when SLI becomes huge.
Handy is defining an “undefined market:” the household chores market.
By connecting individuals to top-notch professionals with a few iPhone taps and swipes, Handy is making booking a handyman “as easy as it is to buy a book on Amazon and reserve a car on Uber,” says Oisin Hanrahan, CEO and co-founder.
We’re all familiar with Amazon and Uber, and Handy is poised to become just as notable: It’s already in 24 cities and is quickly expanding to more.
Act fast, because this company won’t qualify as “under-the-radar” for much longer.
9. Century Interactive
Things look bright for Century Interactive’s team. Literally—the floor-to-ceiling windows in its offices display a panoramic view of downtown Dallas.
The company, which provides call tracking and analytics for its clients, is focused on what’s in front of it in more ways than one. Team members are constantly trying to make Century Interactive bigger, a process facilitated by Century Interactive’s “mishmash” desk assignments. Teams and developers sit next to consultants, marketers, and salespeople, and even the CEO and COO.
“Everyone here has the same entrepreneurial spirit, and that’s really important to me,” says lead developer Bryan Palmer.
Be nice. Have fun. Deliver results.
Those are the three rules of Fishbowl, an online marketing platform for restaurants. Fishbowl’s clients vary; the company has an impressive roster of blue chip clients and also works with a ton of cool independent restaurants.
“The possibilities are endless. That’s one thing that’s really exciting about working for a rapidly expanding and growing company,” says Caroline Smith, marketing consultant.
Fishbowl’s employees have super diverse backgrounds, from fashion to Eastern European studies. According to Smith, as long as you’re motivated, hard-working, and love the restaurant industry, you’ll make a great Bowler.