Advice to Grads: Join A Winning Startup (v. 2017)

It’s that time of year again! Graduating students hungry to dive into the startup community (aka StartupLand) are eager to start their careers but struggle to select the right, specific opportunity. Each spring, I provide a comprehensive list of exciting, growing, hiring startups–both private or recently public–that are worthy of consideration as places to start or continue a career in StartupLand.

Before we get into the companies themselves, I suggest checking out my post Seeking a Job in Startup Land, where I give some advice on how to select the right company for you. Once you have reviewed this framework for deciding what you’re looking for, this post will give you a list of over 350 companies to research and approach.

As usual, the list is compiled and organized based on location since I believe in selecting a geography to plug in to (and contribute to) a community and ecosystem. I received fantastic input from angels, entrepreneurs, lawyers and VCs across the world, helping me pressure test and compile this list (note: Flybridge portfolio companies are in blue). I’m sure I made many mistakes and omissions, which are all my own. Feedback welcome!







ATL: Kabbage, MailChimp

CHI: AvantCredit, BucketFeet, Civis Analytics, Dough, Inc., Fooda, Groupon, Iris Mobile, Kapow, Narrative Sciences,, RemoteYear, ShopRunner, Shiftgig, SpotHero, SproutSocial, Uptake

CO:  FullContact, Ibotta, LogRhythm, Rally, SendGrid, Sympoz, TeamSnap, VictorOps, Webroot, Welltok

DC: 2U, Cvent, Optoro, Sonatype, Tracx, Vox Media, WeddingWire

SEA: Apptio, Avalara, Avvo, ExtraHop, Julep, Juno, Koru, Peach, Porch, Pro, Redfin

UT: Bamboo HR, Canopy Tax, Domo, Health Catalyst, Hirevue, InsideSales, Instructure, Lucid Software, Observe Point, Pluralsight, Qualtrics, Solution Reach, Workfront

That’s it! Edits/suggestions welcome. Special thanks to all those who provided me with input (who shall go nameless to protect the innocent) as well as my colleague, Nick Shanman.

8 thoughts on “Advice to Grads: Join A Winning Startup (v. 2017)

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  3. Reblogged this on 2MBoldn: Energy and Presence for Leadership and commented:
    I am honored to serve as a coach and trainer for some of San Francisco’s most successful startup companies through coaching company Better Manager. Here is a list of the most exciting and successful startups in several US and international cities as compiled by Harvard Business School Professor Jeffrey Bussgang on his blog Seeing Both Sides.


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  7. Great list Jeff! Some suggested additions (some in our portfolio, some outside our portfolio)

    – Upserve (Providence)
    – InsightSquared
    – Bookbub
    – Chewy (Florida based, but hiring very aggressively in Boston)

    New York:
    – Triplelift
    – Mealpal
    – VTS
    – Common

    – ThredUp


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