If you’d rather take a risk and join a budding business than be bound to the rungs of the corporate ladder, startup life may be right for you. But when your potential employer hasn’t existed for more than a few years and may not even have a product, let alone profits, how can you tell if it’s a good place to work?

List of The Top 20 America's Best Startup Employers 2020

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to identify the up-and-coming companies liked best by their employees in our inaugural ranking of America’s best startup employers. The list was compiled by evaluating 2,500 American businesses with at least 50 employees on three criteria: employer reputation, employee satisfaction and growth.

Top 20 America's Best Startup Employers 2020


20. XFL (Media & Entertainment Company in Stamford, Connecticut)


The XFL is a professional American football league owned by Vince McMahon's Alpha Entertainment, and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. It is the successor to the original XFL, which was controlled by McMahon's World Wrestling Federation and NBC, and ran for a single season in 2001.

19. Cameo (Media & Entertainment Company in Chicago, Illinois)


Cameo, also known as BookCameo, is an American video-sharing website headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Cameo was created by Steven Galanis along with co-founders Martin Blencowe and Devon Spinnler Townsend in 2016. The site allows celebrities to interact with users via video.

18. Drinks (Lifestyle & Health Company in Los Angeles, California)


17. Orchard (Real Estate Company in New York)


Orchard is transforming the way people buy and sell their homes. Simplifying it, to the way it should have always been; fair and true to market, straightforward, easy.  Every year in the U.S., $1.5 trillion of single-family residences transact, generating over $120 billion of fees in a process that has changed little in decades. For the average American, the home purchase and sale process takes months, creates anxiety and is filled with uncertainty and hassle.

Orchard offers a modern alternative, making one of life's biggest decisions – the sale and purchase of a home – stress-free, fair, and simple.

Orchard launched in 2017 and was previously known as Perch. The company is headquartered in New York City, has 100+ employees and has grown 10x year over year. We have raised over $300 million in financing from top tier investors including: Firstmark, Accomplice, Navitas, and Juxtapose.

16. Dataiku (Technology Company in New York)


Dataiku is a computer software company headquartered in New York City. The company develops collaborative data science software marketed for big data.

15. Snowflake (Tech Company in San Mateo, California)


Snowflake Inc. is a cloud-based data-warehousing startup that was founded in 2012. It has raised more than $1.4 billion in venture capital, and is based in San Mateo, California. It was publicly launched by Bob Muglia in 2014 after two years in stealth mode.

14. Organifi (Healthcare Company in San Diego, California)


Years ago, Drew Canole, the founder of Organifi was a much different person. Overweight, tired, and unhappy, he decided to make changes in his life. That's when he discovered the life-changing power of superfoods. He began shooting videos and posting them online to share his story. Soon, an outpouring of support from viewers and readers alike helped him to create the Organifi superfood brand.

Today, Drew aims to bring superfoods to every household in North America. Through Organifi’s unique formulation technique, the world's most exotic, powerful superfoods are being blended in a way that is delicious, convenient, and easily accessible. Over one million people have already felt the impact of Organifi, and this is only the beginning.

13. Acorns (Finance Company in Irvine, California)


Acorns is an American financial technology and financial services company based in Irvine, California that specializes in micro-investing and robo-investing. As of 2019, Acorns had over 4.5 million users and over $1.2 billion in assets under management.

12. SheerID (Business Products & Software Services Company in Eugene, Oregon)


SheerID is an Identity Marketing platform that identify and acquire consumer tribes like the military, students, and teachers with personalized offers.

11. Brex (Finance Company in San Francisco, California)


Brex Inc. is an American financial service and technology company based in San Francisco, California. Brex offers business credit cards and cash management accounts to technology companies.

10. Homee (Real Estate Company in Tampa, Florida)


HOMEE is an on demand property maintenance platform that provides instant access to handymen, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing service providers. The HOMEE app allows users to see GPS-located background-checked service providers right from the HOMEE app and request immediate servicing for any property: residential (home, apartment, condo) or commercial (office, restaurant, hotel).

9. Policygenius (Finance Company in New York)


Policygenius is America's leading online insurance marketplace with a mission to help people get insurance right by making it easy for them to understand their options, compare quotes, and buy a policy, all in one place.

Since 2014, Policygenius has placed $35 billion in coverage and helped over 100,000 families get the financial protection they need. 

8. Curology (Lifestyle & Health Company in San Francisco, California)


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7. Lemonade (Finance Company in New York)


Sells renters’ insurance from $5 a month and homeowners’ from $25 a month using AI to approve coverage in 90 seconds and pay claims in as little as three minutes. Aims to discourage bogus claims by donating excess (after claims, expenses and a fixed fee) to charities customers choose. Now in 26 states, Washington D.C. and Germany, Lemonade is expanding throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Funding: $480 million, including $300 million Series D led by SoftBank last summer, and earlier money from Allianz, Sequoia and Aleph. Latest valuation: $2.1 billion, according to PitchBook.

Bona fides: More than 500,000 customers, producing annual recurring revenue of $115 million. Loss ratio declined to 73% in 2019 Q4, down from 368% in 2017 Q1
Cofounders: CEO Daniel Schreiber, 48, and COO Shai Wininger, 46.

6. Dave (Finance Company in Los Angeles, California)


With its cartoon bear mascot and “Banking for Humans” pitch, Dave’s $1-a-month app offers users checking accounts with no minimums or overdraft fees; automated budgeting; cash advances of up to $100; and the ability to build up their credit scores through reporting of rent and utility payments to credit bureaus.

Funding: $76 million from Section 32, Mark Cuban, Norwest Venture Partners and others Latest valuation: $1.2 billion

Bona fides: Five million-plus users, estimated 2019 revenue of $90 million

Cofounders: CEO Jason Wilk, 34, who founded three other startups prior to Dave; CTO Paras Chitrakar, 40; Chief Design Officer John Wolanin, 37

5. Dispatch (Business Products & Software Services Company in Bloomington, Minnesota)


Dispatch is a technology that enables businesses to order a courier directly from the driver - bypassing traditional expenses that minimize company profits and reduce driver pay.

With a traditional system, you don’t know what’s happening once you place an order. Maybe you need information on a driver who’s on their way to get a package for pickup and delivery. Or you want to know the expected timing so you can make most efficient use of everyone’s schedule.

Either way, you are spending more time than necessary coordinating logistics. And, chances are too much time is lost to waiting than is good for your business.

Believe Me. We Know. That's Why Dispatch Was Created

4. Verkada (Security Company in San Mateo, California)


Verkada brings the ease of use that consumer security cameras provide, to the levels of scale and protection that businesses require. By building high-end hardware on an intuitive, software platform, modern enterprises are able to strengthen the safety and productivity of their surveillance operations.

3. Petal (Finance Company in New York)


Petal is a credit card company started by people who were sick of credit card companies. A company that aims to help people succeed financially while they build their credit history.

2. Chime (Finance Company in San Francisco, California)


Digital bank Chime offers no-fee checking accounts with the option to automatically round up purchases and deposit the change into savings accounts. The mobile-only bank offers a debit card, fee-free overdraft protection of up to $100 and access to paychecks up to two days early.
Funding: $805 million from DST Global, General Atlantic, ICONIQ and others

Latest Valuation: $5.8 billion
Bona fides: Passed seven million accounts in January 2020
Cofounders: CEO Chris Britt, 46, who did previous stints at Green Dot and Visa; CTO Ryan King, 43.

1. Allbirds (Retail Company in San Francisco, California)


Allbirds is a New Zealand-American footwear company that uses a direct-to-consumer approach and is aimed at designing environment friendly footwear. Allbirds' first shoe was the Wool Runner, which is made from New Zealand superfine merino wool.

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