2023 Best Tech Startups in San Francisco

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in San Francisco, California. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Databricks

Databricks

Founded: 2013

Also honored in:

“Databricks is the data and AI company. More than 7,000 organizations worldwide — including Comcast, Condé Nast, H&M, and over 40% of the Fortune 500 — rely on the Databricks Lakehouse Platform to unify their data, analytics and AI. Databricks is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices around the globe. Founded by the original creators of Apache Spark™, Delta Lake and MLflow, Databricks is on a mission to help data teams solve the world’s toughest problems.”

2. Instacart

Instacart

Founded: 2012

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“Instacart, the leading grocery technology company in North America, works with grocers and retailers to transform how people shop. The company partners with more than 800 national, regional, and local retail brands to facilitate online shopping, delivery and pickup services from more than 70,000 stores across more than 5,500 cities in North America on the Instacart Marketplace. Instacart makes it possible for millions of busy people and families to get the groceries they need from the retailers they love, and for more than 600,000 Instacart shoppers to earn by picking, packing and delivering orders for customers on their own flexible schedule.

The Instacart Platform offers retailers a suite of enterprise-grade technology products and services to power their e-commerce experiences, fulfill orders, digitize brick-and-mortar stores, provide advertising services, and glean insights. With Instacart Ads, thousands of CPG brands – from category leaders to emerging brands – partner with the company to connect directly with consumers online, right at the point of purchase. For more information, visit www.instacart.com/company, and to start shopping, visit www.instacart.com. For anyone interested in becoming an Instacart shopper, visit https://shoppers.instacart.com/.”

3. Flexport

Flexport

Founded: 2013

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“We believe trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easy for everyone.

Flexport is building the platform for global logistics—empowering buyers, sellers and their logistics partners with the technology and services to grow and innovate.

Today, companies of all sizes—from emerging brands to Fortune 500s—use Flexport technology to move more than $10B worth of merchandise across 112 countries every year.”

4. Chime

Chime

Founded: 2013

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“Chime was created with the mission to make financial peace of mind a reality for millions of Americans. We’re one of the fastest-growing financial technology companies in the U.S., offering banking services that are helpful, easy, and free—because we want to profit with our members, not from them. Our model doesn’t rely on overdraft, monthly service, minimum balance, or other member fees—it just focuses on delivering member value.

How does Chime work? We partner with regional banks to design member-first financial products. This creates a more competitive market with better, lower-cost options for everyday Americans who aren’t being served well by traditional banks. We offer access to bank accounts with fee-free overdraft, provide members the chance to receive early access to their paychecks, help them improve their credit, and more!

We help drive innovation, inclusion, and access across the industry with one of the most experienced leadership teams in fintech guiding us along the way. We were recently valued at over $25.5B and we’ve raised over $1.7B in funding from leading investors including Sequoia Capital Global Equities, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, General Atlantic, Tiger Global, Dragoneer, DST, Coatue, Iconiq, Menlo Ventures and others.”

5. Faire

Faire

Founded: 2017

Also honored in: 2022 Best Tech Startups in California

“Faire is an online wholesale marketplace built on the belief that the future is local — there are over 2 million independent retailers in North America and Europe doing more than $2 trillion in revenue. At Faire, we’re using the power of tech, data, and machine learning to connect this thriving community of entrepreneurs across the globe. Picture your favorite boutique in town — we help them discover the best products from around the world to sell in their stores. With the right tools and insights, we believe that we can level the playing field so that small businesses everywhere can compete with these big box and ecommerce giants.

By supporting the growth of independent businesses, Faire is driving positive economic impact in local communities, globally. We’re looking for smart, resourceful and passionate people to join us as we power the shop local movement.”

6. Figure

Figure

Founded: 2018

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“Figure is transforming the trillion-dollar financial services industry using blockchain technology. In three short years, Figure has unveiled a series of fintech firsts using the Provenance Blockchain for loan origination, equity management, private fund services, banking, and payments sectors – bringing speed, efficiency, and savings to both consumers and institutions. Today, Figure is one of less than a thousand companies considered a unicorn, globally.

Figure was founded in 2018 by serial technology entrepreneur Mike Cagney, who also founded SoFi and built the company into a multi-billion dollar business under his leadership as CEO.

This is an amazing opportunity to be part of a startup focused on solving real problems with blockchain. You will be part of a team with proven leaders who have created billions of dollars in value in the Fintech space.”

7. Pacaso

Pacaso

Founded: 2020

“Pacaso is a service that creates a more accessible category of second-home ownership. The company helps people buy and own a second home through a property-specific LLC, and reduces the cost and hassle of ownership. Pacaso manages the property and uses proprietary technology to make scheduling easy.

Pacaso was founded by Zillow executives, including co-founder and former CEO Spencer Rascoff and founder and former CEO of dotloop, Austin Allison. The company raised $17 million in Series A funding from leading venture capital firms such as Maveron, Crosscut and Global Founders Capital. Additionally, Pacaso has secured $250 million in debt financing to purchase shares of homes.”

8. Lime

Lime

Founded: 2017

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“We are on a mission to build a future where transportation is shared, affordable and carbon-free. As the global leader in micromobility, we partner with cities to provide a clean alternative to cars. Our fleet of electric bikes and scooters has powered more than 250 million rides in more than 200 cities across five continents replacing 60 million car rides. And this is just the beginning. Learn more at li.me.”

9. Brex

Brex

Founded: 2017

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“We’re reimagining financial systems so every growing company can realize their full potential.”

10. Airtable

Airtable

Founded: 2013

“Airtable enables any team to create apps on top of shared data and power their most critical and unique workflows. Teams at more than 300,000 organizations, including 80% of the Fortune 100, rely on the Airtable Connected Apps PlatformTM to connect their people and data and achieve their most important goals. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in San Francisco, Airtable ranks #6 on the Forbes Cloud 100 and has raised $1.36 billion to date.

We’re hiring! Join us in our San Francisco headquarters, or check out openings across Austin, London, Los Angeles, Mountain View, New York, and remote locations. See open roles here: https://airtable.com/careers/.”

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