19 Under-the-Radar Companies to Join Before They're Huge
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you managed to get in on the ground floor of something amazing? What if you had been in that garage with Steve Jobs? What if you had been hanging out in that dorm room with Mark Zuckerberg?
Yes, quite a bit of that is just luck—it’s being in the right place at the right time.
But, guess what? We’re a step ahead of you (and fate). We’ve pulled together this list of awesome companies that are bound to be huge. So, brush up your resume and buckle up. Joining one of these teams means big things are likely in your future.
TrackMaven is a competitive intelligence platform that provides digital marketers with the analysis they need to build great brands.
With the growth in respect for content marketing, it’s no wonder that a company that offers analytics and insights to help brands take their content to the next level is experiencing an almost constant growth spurt.
TrackMaven’s CEO Allen Gannett says it best: “What I’m most excited about for the future of TrackMaven is if we keep going down the path we’re going—if we keep hiring amazing people, if we keep empowering them to do great work—we really have endless possibilities.”
Curalate is an innovative visual commerce platform that provides its clients with an enhanced digital experience that consists of tools to increase brand awareness, engagement, and revenue.
What’s one surefire way to make a name for yourself? By always being a step ahead. And, Curalate undoubtedly lives and breathes that philosophy.
“Technology changes often, but we’re able to predict trends before they happen,” explains Client Success Manager Chelsea Zarion. “It’s exciting to know that we have a pulse on what’s occurring in the market.”
ContextMedia is a mission-driven health education company, empowering healthcare professionals to engage patients with healthy living digital media technologies.
If you’ve ever been bored to tears while reading a year-old magazine in your doctor’s office waiting room, it’s all too easy to see why this cutting edge company is on the up and up.
And, their innovative efforts don’t go unnoticed. They were named one of Inc’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in both 2013 and 2014. Want to join the movement? There’s no time like the present to throw your hat into the ring.
NextCapital provides leading financial technology services—delivering personalized and world-class investment portfolio management to investors everywhere.
While the financial accounts services industry might not seem like it breeds innovation at first glance, NextCapital is definitely breaking the mold. As the first company to build an automated 401(k) finance system, the team at NextCapital is always keeping their eye on ways to continue pushing the envelope.
“The industry we’re in is growing and so is the company,” shares Software Engineer Alex Lang. “We’re a small, fast growing company with the ability to try new things.”
Jumpcut is a production and engineering company that’s on a mission to empower digital content creators to optimize their online communities.
When the whole business is centered on the idea of viral content, you just know this company is only going to keep getting bigger. Need further proof that its future is bright? Jumpcut was selected to participate as part of Y Combinator’s summer 2016 batch, where the team will have the opportunity to get sage advice to scale the company and present to some of the world’s top startup investors.
Swirl is a next generation advertising technology company—helping retailers attract and influence consumers with smart indoor mobile marketing.
Think you know what life at an advertising agency is like? Think again. Swirl is an “ideas agency”, and it’s safe to say that the team here does things differently.
“Where Swirl is headed, there are no rules,” explains co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer Tom Sebastian. “By creating a brand technology platform that no one has seen before, we get to write our place in history.”
ServiceTitan is a mobile, cloud-based software platform that helps home service companies streamline operations, improve customer service, and grow their business.
Forging their own path in a traditionally underserved industry, ServiceTitan is committed to making the lives of those who own service-based businesses at least a little bit easier.
Another thing this company is committed to? Their future of the industry and the growth of the company. “What I’m most excited about here at ServiceTitan is definitely the opportunity in front of us,” says Patrick Mackenzie, Sales Team Lead. “We’re constantly evolving our product and growing it, opening it up to new markets.”
Duarte creates visual presentations and software training, applying storytelling and visual thinking to craft persuasive communications.
Presentations are key for any business’ success, and Duarte knows that involves more than standard PowerPoint slides and some cliché clipart. With its unique VisualStory methodology, this company is changing what it means to build a presentation—which has won it high-profile clients like Twitter and Cisco.
As Duarte’s CEO Nancy Duarte says, “It’s been really fun to be a leader in the field and knowing that we may actually be the ones to take it farther.”
ROBLOX is the world’s biggest 3D user-generated online gameplay platform for all ages, enabling developers to create and publish computer games, and modules to massive audiences.
As a company that’s striving to create the future of entertainment using something called an “Imagination Platform,” you can’t help but to think the sky’s the limit. And, so far, there’s no end in sight for this user-generated content platform.
With a continuously growing community of over 300,000 users, there’s only one way for ROBLOX to go: up.
HelloSign is a cloud-based electronic signature tool, enabling users to sign, fill out, send, retrieve, and save documents paperlessly.
Every business needs to sign documents and one point or another. So, to say that HelloSign’s growth potential is limitless is almost an understatement. Combine the need for this service with the company’s top-notch team? Well, you have a surefire recipe for success.
As Designer Berenice Mendez says, “When you get together with people who are as driven as the people who work here, great things are meant to happen.”
HomeSuite connects people to furnished rentals in major cities across the country by checking out the best options and handling the hard stuff—so planting new roots is a cinch.
HomeSuite might specialize in helping people find sweet rentals in major cities. But, one thing’s for sure: Once you land a role with this company, it’ll be anything but temporary—you’re going to want to stick around.
This company’s down-to-earth atmosphere and collaborative culture continue to push the team onward and upward. “Even though we’re all working different day-to-day jobs,” shares Senior Sales Operations Specialist Laura Urbanas, “we often step back and see this big thing we’re accomplishing and growing together.”
12. Euclid Analytics
Euclid Analytics is a cloud-based analytics service that helps retailers quantify impact, optimize performance, and understand customer behavior.
More and more, retailers want to understand consumer behavior and make data-driven decisions for their businesses. So, it’s safe to say that Euclid Analytics is only going to keep growing.
Need a little more convincing that this company is on the path to becoming major? When starting Euclid Analytics, the company’s founder teamed up with one of the founders of Urchin, a company that later turned into a little something you might be familiar with: Google Analytics.
TapInfluence delivers a seamless SaaS platform and Influencer Marketplace, uniting authentic content creation and targeted delivery through proven social channels.
As the industry’s leading SaaS platform, TapInfluence is redefining marketing. And, the crew here doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Their team is rapidly growing—in fact, the headcount has already tripled in size. Needless to say, one thing’s for sure: Things at TapInfluence are only going to continue to get bigger and better.
ThoughtSpot is helping the world’s most successful companies analyze their data with its browser-based search interface.
ThoughtSpot has big plans for the future. Dedicated to building a world-class company, it’s striving to build both its user base and its talented team.
And, when it comes to building that team? Associate Systems Engineer Sofie has an important message for prospective employees: “If you are interested in working on something that is quite revolutionary and with a team of brilliant people who want to work as hard as they can to produce the very best work, then you are looking at the right company.”
Wealthfront is a world-leading automated investment advisory service, offering exceptional and affordable finance management.
Wealthfront is paving the way for a new generation of investors to achieve their financial goals. The company believes this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change an industry and build something new, something different, something better.
Named one of Fox Business’ “30 Hot Fintech Startups to Watch”, this company is redefining how people approach their money—and have only just scratched the surface. Keep an eye on Wealthfront. Or, better yet, join the team.
Tilt offers a new take on crowdfunding, focused on a community of creators. This start-up is building a sleeker, swifter, sexier platform for campaigns across the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Netherlands.
The folks at Tilt are seeing explosive growth—in both the company’s user base and its reach. The organization is expanding into Europe and Oceania, with Asia not far behind.
With an impressive client roster including the likes of Snoop Dogg and the Jamaican Bobsled Team, this company doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. “We truly have an opportunity to revolutionize not only the way people get their resources together, but make changes—on an international level,” says Tilt’s Growth Manager Sam Baker.
Accolade revolutionizes the healthcare industry, improving client experiences and lowering costs through a combination of trusting relationships, technology applications, and data science.
If you ask Accolade’s Director of User Experience, expansion for this healthcare concierge company is inevitable: “I think the single most exciting thing for the future of the company is growth. We’re working to provide this very significant product and service to a lot more people.”
Join the team at Accolade and you’ll not only have a promising future, but also the fulfilling knowledge that you’re empowering people to make better health decisions. Doing good for yourself and for others—a winning combination!
InMobi enables companies to engage mobile consumers around the world through creative, personalized advertising.
Everything seems to be moving toward mobile, so we can only assume that InMobi’s going to keep blowing up. With a billion users each month and coverage in over 200 countries and regions, InMobi is poised to revolutionize the mobile ecosystem.
“Mobile advertising has a lot of potential,” explains Interactive Art Director Kelly Ioerger, “Everything is going mobile, with handheld devices and wearable technology, so there's a lot of potential here.”
Billtrust is the leader in payment cycle management services. The company provides a one-stop solution for its clients to receive invoice payments from customers as quickly as possible.
Growth is unavoidable for a company who lives by the saying, “Progress not perfection.” And, Billtrust is charging full steam ahead with its innovations.
“We’re doing something in the market on our own,” shares VP of Software Development Steve Loper. “We don’t have a lot of competition with people doing what we are—that ability to create something that isn’t out there is very exciting.”
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Kat is a Midwest-based freelance writer, covering topics related to careers, self-development, and the freelance life. In addition to writing for The Muse, she's also the Career Editor for The Everygirl, a columnist for Inc., and a contributor all over the web. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she's usually babying her rescued terrier mutt or continuing her search for the perfect taco. Say hi on Twitter @kat_boogaard or check out her website.More from this Author