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Breakout List: High Potential and High Growth Companies

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Meaningful work: Write software to help YC create more innovation in the world.

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Name Logo Notes Tags Links
Flexport

What Flexport makes: Freight forwarder enabling more efficient shipping.

Opportunities for growth: Grew team from 450 to 850 in the past year. Engineering team is about 103 people.

Meaningful work: Shipment of goods is an important component of the economy. Faster and cheaper shipping can boost economic growth, which over the long run tends to bring better lives to all.

Investors include Founders Fund, YC, Susa, Initialized, FRC, DST, 8VC, Bloomberg Beta and GV.

Nuro

What Nuro makes: An autonomous vehicle for autonomous last-mile delivery.

Opportunities for growth: Nuro has grown from 0 to over 200 employees in two years, primarily in software, AI, ML and vision. Autonomous last mile delivery will have massive consumer demand. Autonomy will substantially reduce delivery prices, thereby increasing demand.

Build valuable skills: Engineering for delivery and on-demand logistics is likely to remain a strong growth area.

Investors include Greylock Partners.

Career Advice: Should You Move On
  1. are you growing fast and is the company helping to promote your growth?

  2. do you enjoy working with your colleagues and are you learning from them?

  3. are you being compensated fairly?

If you can only answer β€œyes” to zero or one of those questions, you should definitely leave.

– Auren Hoffman

Blend

What Blend makes: Software for lenders to enable more efficient lending.

Opportunities for growth: Grew team from 270 to 400 in the past year.

Meaningful work: Help ensure that the right people can get loans.

Investors include A16Z, Initialized, LSVP, Greylock Partners, 8VC, and Emergence.

Clearbit

What Clearbit makes: Data enrichment APIs for marketers, salespeople and developers.

Interesting work: Building the future of modern marketing by mapping the entire business world and classifying it with ML and AI.

Opportunities for growth: Grew team from 25 to 60 in the past year, on track for 120+ by the end of 2019.

Investors include SV Angel, FRC, Naval Ravikant, Ilya Sukhar and Hiten Shah.

Bolt

What Bolt makes: Better-than-Amazon checkout experience for the rest of the internet, with zero fraud and frictionless payments.

Opportunities for growth: Grew team from 15 to 70+ in the past year. Strong revenue trajectory.

Uniquely determined CEO.

Meaningful work: Fight back against consolidation in online commerce. Bolt’s frictionless checkout and pioneering fraud detection drives proven revenue lift for independent retailers. Their vision is for frictionless and secure transactions across the internet.

Investors include Floodgate, and founders of PayPal, Intuit and Oculus.

Airtable

What Airtable makes: A part-spreadsheet, part-database tool that allows business users to create powerful collaborative applications and workflows.

Meaningful work: Airtable’s mission is to democratize software creation by enabling anyone to build the tools that meet their needs.

Opportunities for growth: Grew team from 30 to 70 in the past year.

Investors include CRV, Caffeinated Capital, Benchmark, Thrive, Coatue, Freestyle and DCVC.

Career Advice: Cal Newport

If your goal is to love what you do, I discovered, β€œfollow your passion” can be bad advice.

It’s more important to become good at something rare and valuable, and then invest the career capital this generates into the type of traits that make a job great.

The traits of control and mission are two good places to start.

– Cal Newport

Ubiquity6

What Ubiquity6 makes: Tools to enable developers to create augmented reality apps.

Meaningful work: Build augmented reality infrastructure. Augmented reality can be a human enhancement tool, and will enable many old problems to be solved in new ways.

Engineering-heavy small team.

Currently at a pre-breakout stage. This is a high-potential-impact company that’ll be a great fit for some people.

Investors include Benchmark, KPCB, Index, FRC and Gradient.

Career Advice: How Will You Measure Your Life?

“How Will You Measure Your Life” by Clay Christensen:

You’ll be most glad if you optimize for as much challenging work, recognition, responsibility, and personal growth as possible.

In addition, get a baseline of enough β€œhygiene factors” (status, compensation, job security, work conditions) that you aren’t actively dissatisfied or frustrated.

Atrium

What Atrium makes: A law firm for startups to enable better legal services.

Experienced team: CEO Justin Kan sold a company he co-founded for close to $1bn. Engineers have access to Justin as a mentor.

Work in cross-functional squads with “engineers, product owners, product designers, and legal subject matter experts.”

Investors include GC, YC, and A16Z.

Reserve

What Reserve makes: A stable cryptocurrency.

Reserve is building a universal store of value. Backed by Peter Thiel, Sam Altman, Coinbase and others.

Currently at a pre-breakout stage. This is a high-potential-impact company that’ll be a great fit for some people. Very strong culture.

Investors include Sam Altman, Peter Thiel, and Coinbase.

comma

What comma makes: Self-driving car OS.

Unique team: CEO George Hotz previously developed well-known iPhone jailbreaks and other things.

Build valuable skills: Autonomous vehicle engineering is a valuable skill.

Meaningful work: Self-driving cars are a transformational technology. The sooner self-driving cars work well, the better. Currently at a pre-breakout stage. This is a high-potential-impact company that’ll be a great fit for some people.

Investors include A16Z.

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Name Logo Notes Tags Links

Flexport Logo

Flexport

What Flexport makes: Freight forwarder enabling more efficient shipping.

Opportunities for growth: Grew team from 450 to 850 in the past year. Engineering team is about 103 people.

Meaningful work: Shipment of goods is an important component of the economy. Faster and cheaper shipping can boost economic growth, which over the long run tends to bring better lives to all.

Investors include Founders Fund, YC, Susa, Initialized, FRC, DST, 8VC, Bloomberg Beta and GV.

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Nuro Logo

Nuro

What Nuro makes: An autonomous vehicle for autonomous last-mile delivery.

Opportunities for growth: Nuro has grown from 0 to over 200 employees in two years, primarily in software, AI, ML and vision. Autonomous last mile delivery will have massive consumer demand. Autonomy will substantially reduce delivery prices, thereby increasing demand.

Build valuable skills: Engineering for delivery and on-demand logistics is likely to remain a strong growth area.

Investors include Greylock Partners.

πŸ‘‰ Nuro

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Should You Move On Logo

Career Advice: Should You Move On

  1. are you growing fast and is the company helping to promote your growth?

  2. do you enjoy working with your colleagues and are you learning from them?

  3. are you being compensated fairly?

If you can only answer β€œyes” to zero or one of those questions, you should definitely leave.

– Auren Hoffman

πŸ‘‰ Should You Move On

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Blend Logo

Blend

What Blend makes: Software for lenders to enable more efficient lending.

Opportunities for growth: Grew team from 270 to 400 in the past year.

Meaningful work: Help ensure that the right people can get loans.

Investors include A16Z, Initialized, LSVP, Greylock Partners, 8VC, and Emergence.

πŸ‘‰ Blend

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

Clearbit Logo

Clearbit

What Clearbit makes: Data enrichment APIs for marketers, salespeople and developers.

Interesting work: Building the future of modern marketing by mapping the entire business world and classifying it with ML and AI.

Opportunities for growth: Grew team from 25 to 60 in the past year, on track for 120+ by the end of 2019.

Investors include SV Angel, FRC, Naval Ravikant, Ilya Sukhar and Hiten Shah.

πŸ‘‰ Clearbit

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

Bolt Logo

Bolt

What Bolt makes: Better-than-Amazon checkout experience for the rest of the internet, with zero fraud and frictionless payments.

Opportunities for growth: Grew team from 15 to 70+ in the past year. Strong revenue trajectory.

Uniquely determined CEO.

Meaningful work: Fight back against consolidation in online commerce. Bolt’s frictionless checkout and pioneering fraud detection drives proven revenue lift for independent retailers. Their vision is for frictionless and secure transactions across the internet.

Investors include Floodgate, and founders of PayPal, Intuit and Oculus.

πŸ‘‰ Bolt

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

Airtable Logo

Airtable

What Airtable makes: A part-spreadsheet, part-database tool that allows business users to create powerful collaborative applications and workflows.

Meaningful work: Airtable’s mission is to democratize software creation by enabling anyone to build the tools that meet their needs.

Opportunities for growth: Grew team from 30 to 70 in the past year.

Investors include CRV, Caffeinated Capital, Benchmark, Thrive, Coatue, Freestyle and DCVC.

πŸ‘‰ Airtable

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

Cal Newport Logo

Career Advice: Cal Newport

If your goal is to love what you do, I discovered, β€œfollow your passion” can be bad advice.

It’s more important to become good at something rare and valuable, and then invest the career capital this generates into the type of traits that make a job great.

The traits of control and mission are two good places to start.

– Cal Newport

πŸ‘‰ Cal Newport

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Ubiquity6 Logo

Ubiquity6

What Ubiquity6 makes: Tools to enable developers to create augmented reality apps.

Meaningful work: Build augmented reality infrastructure. Augmented reality can be a human enhancement tool, and will enable many old problems to be solved in new ways.

Engineering-heavy small team.

Currently at a pre-breakout stage. This is a high-potential-impact company that’ll be a great fit for some people.

Investors include Benchmark, KPCB, Index, FRC and Gradient.

πŸ‘‰ Ubiquity6

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have Ubiquity6 on the homepage for the next release.

How Will You Measure Your Life? Logo

Career Advice: How Will You Measure Your Life?

“How Will You Measure Your Life” by Clay Christensen:

You’ll be most glad if you optimize for as much challenging work, recognition, responsibility, and personal growth as possible.

In addition, get a baseline of enough β€œhygiene factors” (status, compensation, job security, work conditions) that you aren’t actively dissatisfied or frustrated.

πŸ‘‰ How Will You Measure Your Life?

If you work here: Believe your company can pass extra vetting? Apply to have How Will You Measure Your Life? on the homepage for the next release.

Atrium Logo

Atrium

What Atrium makes: A law firm for startups to enable better legal services.

Experienced team: CEO Justin Kan sold a company he co-founded for close to $1bn. Engineers have access to Justin as a mentor.

Work in cross-functional squads with “engineers, product owners, product designers, and legal subject matter experts.”

Investors include GC, YC, and A16Z.

πŸ‘‰ Atrium

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

Reserve Logo

Reserve

What Reserve makes: A stable cryptocurrency.

Reserve is building a universal store of value. Backed by Peter Thiel, Sam Altman, Coinbase and others.

Currently at a pre-breakout stage. This is a high-potential-impact company that’ll be a great fit for some people. Very strong culture.

Investors include Sam Altman, Peter Thiel, and Coinbase.

πŸ‘‰ Reserve

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

comma Logo

comma

What comma makes: Self-driving car OS.

Unique team: CEO George Hotz previously developed well-known iPhone jailbreaks and other things.

Build valuable skills: Autonomous vehicle engineering is a valuable skill.

Meaningful work: Self-driving cars are a transformational technology. The sooner self-driving cars work well, the better. Currently at a pre-breakout stage. This is a high-potential-impact company that’ll be a great fit for some people.

Investors include A16Z.

πŸ‘‰ comma

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