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Breakout List: Identify Top Startups To Join

Companies With The Tag 'New Grads: Take Note'

These are some companies that new grads may want to closely consider. They're mostly companies with between $20mm and $300mm of revenue. See the explanation behind that range from Andy Rachleff below. Note the tags, too. If you're going for an engineering job, look for companies with the tag 'engineers.' If you're an engineer, we don't recommend companies without the tag 'engineer' as strongly, even if they're hiring engineers.

I prefer to see them take their first jobs after graduation at midsized companies with momentum, not startups, because they are the companies most likely to be big successes.

Why is success so important? You get more credit than you deserve for being part of a successful company, and less credit than you deserve for being part of an unsuccessful company. Success will help propel your career. At a fast-growing company, chances are good you’ll have a higher position two years after you join. At a slow-growth company, no matter how good a job you do, you won’t have the same opportunities to advance.

You also may gain something that’s even more valuable from that first job: insight. If you’re part of a company that’s the leader in a market for which you have a passion, you’re more likely to develop a unique insight that could lead to a great company of your own.

By the way, if it hasn’t been obvious already, I don’t buy the adage that you should start a company when you’re very young, because that’s when you have the energy. Insight, not energy, is the key to success in technology and insight doesn’t arrive on a particular timetable.

Why the upper limit of revenue? Above a certain company size, the lessons you learn are no longer applicable to the startup you eventually want to be part of. For example, if you join Facebook or Google today, you’ll spend most of your time learning how to take advantage of your company’s massive market position. Startups don’t have that problem so those lessons learned are not of much value. Company-building lessons tend to translate until around $300 million of revenue, though that is extremely subjective.

Andy Rachleff

Andy Rachleff is the CEO of Wealthfront, which offers financial planning and robo-investing. Andy also lectures at the GSB. Andy is a founder of Benchmark Capital, one of the greatest VC funds of all-time.

Name Logo Notes Tags Links
Carta

What Carta makes: Cap table management software for ownership management and compliance.

Cloudflare

What Cloudflare makes: Performance and security solutions for websites like CDN and DDoS protection.

Confluent

What Confluent makes: An Apache Kafka-based data streaming platform to unite its clients around a single source of truth.

Convoy

What Convoy makes: A marketplace for trucking services enabling more efficient transportation of goods.

Databricks

What Databricks makes: An analytics tool for big data processing with Spark.

Drift

What Drift makes: Conversational sales platform to enable businesses to close more sales.

Freshworks

What Freshworks makes: SaaS apps for running businesses.

Gitlab

What Gitlab makes: Tools to handle all of the steps of the DevOps cycle.

Gusto

What Gusto makes: Payroll, benefits and HR software for businesses.

HashiCorp

What HashiCorp makes: Tools for provisioning, securing, connecting and running cloud apps.

Career Advice: Hunter Walk
Justworks

What Justworks makes: Payroll, benefits and compliance for businesses.

Mapbox

What Mapbox makes: Mapping APIs to enable developers to integrate maps.

Pendo.io

What Pendo.io makes: Tools for understanding product usage, surveying users, and improving onboarding.

ThoughtSpot

What ThoughtSpot makes: Business intelligence and data analytics tools.

Name Logo Notes Tags Links
Carta Logo

Carta

What Carta makes: Cap table management software for ownership management and compliance.

👉 Carta

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Carta on the homepage for the next release.

Cloudflare Logo

Cloudflare

What Cloudflare makes: Performance and security solutions for websites like CDN and DDoS protection.

👉 Cloudflare

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Cloudflare on the homepage for the next release.

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Confluent

What Confluent makes: An Apache Kafka-based data streaming platform to unite its clients around a single source of truth.

👉 Confluent

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Confluent on the homepage for the next release.

Convoy Logo

Convoy

What Convoy makes: A marketplace for trucking services enabling more efficient transportation of goods.

👉 Convoy

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Convoy on the homepage for the next release.

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Databricks

What Databricks makes: An analytics tool for big data processing with Spark.

👉 Databricks

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Databricks on the homepage for the next release.

Drift Logo

Drift

What Drift makes: Conversational sales platform to enable businesses to close more sales.

👉 Drift

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Drift on the homepage for the next release.

Freshworks Logo

Freshworks

What Freshworks makes: SaaS apps for running businesses.

👉 Freshworks

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Freshworks on the homepage for the next release.

Gitlab Logo

Gitlab

What Gitlab makes: Tools to handle all of the steps of the DevOps cycle.

👉 Gitlab

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Gitlab on the homepage for the next release.

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Gusto

What Gusto makes: Payroll, benefits and HR software for businesses.

👉 Gusto

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Gusto on the homepage for the next release.

HashiCorp Logo

HashiCorp

What HashiCorp makes: Tools for provisioning, securing, connecting and running cloud apps.

👉 HashiCorp

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have HashiCorp on the homepage for the next release.

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Career Advice: Hunter Walk

Midstage Startups Are Your Best First Job in Tech

  1. Your Work Will Matter

  2. Growth Creates Opportunity

  3. The Early Team Still There and They’ll Be Your Tribe for Years

  4. Your Options Very Likely Worth Something

  5. The Bias of Reputation Effect

Hunter Walk

👉 Hunter Walk

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Justworks Logo

Justworks

What Justworks makes: Payroll, benefits and compliance for businesses.

👉 Justworks

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Justworks on the homepage for the next release.

Mapbox Logo

Mapbox

What Mapbox makes: Mapping APIs to enable developers to integrate maps.

👉 Mapbox

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Mapbox on the homepage for the next release.

Pendo.io Logo

Pendo.io

What Pendo.io makes: Tools for understanding product usage, surveying users, and improving onboarding.

👉 Pendo.io

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Pendo.io on the homepage for the next release.

ThoughtSpot Logo

ThoughtSpot

What ThoughtSpot makes: Business intelligence and data analytics tools.

👉 ThoughtSpot

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have ThoughtSpot on the homepage for the next release.

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