Breakout List helps people in tech find the best startups to further their careers
Breakout List is “the best guide to high potential & high growth startups.” We help engineers, salespeople and other people in tech accelerate their learning and career trajectory. Investors know lots about the potential of a given startup - they’ve likely seen or been told their private financial metrics. Candidates deserve better information on companies. They’re betting their career.
Companies on the Breakout List include Airtable, Blend, Bolt, Vanta, Clearbit and Newfront.
Joining a fast growing startup is often the most beneficial route
YC President Sam Altman: “If you join a company, my general advice is to join a company on a breakout trajectory.”
Wealthfront CEO Andy Rachleff: “All our advice on Silicon Valley careers is based on a simple idea: that your choice of company trumps everything else. It’s more important than your job title, your pay or your responsibilities.”
A16Z founder Marc Andreessen: “Apply this rule when selecting which company to go to. Go to the company where all the action is happening.”
Gmail creator Paul Bucheit: “Most startups are s**t. There’s a few of them that are really exceptional, and if you land at an exceptional one, you can do really well. If you randomly pick something, you’ll probably have a bad time.”
Sheryl Sandberg and Eric Schmidt: “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.”
Breakout List makes it easy and efficient
Check out the Breakout List and you’ll find some cool companies to apply to. It’s not completely scientific, but it’s a pretty accurate view.
Founded in 2014
Some favorite user love stories:
Someone interviewed at a company. Their interviewer liked them. Their interviewer told them “look, I think you have potential, don’t work here – go look at Breakout List and work at one of those companies.” This is our favorite user story :)
We’ve been told that students at a strong Computer Science school in Northern California use Breakout List as a vetting mechanism to decide if a company is worth applying to
A senior engineer who told us that they asked friends where they should work, and 3 of the 4 friends they asked said to just use Breakout List to find companies
We exist because 99% of startups aren’t very good to work for. It’s hard for talent to tell the good ones from the bad ones. Breakout List focuses on improving the efficency of the talent<>startup allocation market. Great companies should find it easier to hire and bad companies should find it harder to hire. A more efficient talent market for startups will allow startups to grow faster and solve more problems, improving economic growth and making the world better. Information asymmetry makes it hard for people to pick the best companies for them. We focus on making it easy to join the best companies.