2019 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Oakland, 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. Marqeta


Founded: 2010

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

“Marqeta has re-engineered how payment cards, virtual cards and mobile authorization products should be developed and deployed. The Marqeta Platform, built from the ground up with no legacy infrastructure, provides the world’s first fully documented, open API issuer processor platform. Companies can build, issue and deploy innovative payment, finance and commerce solutions with enormous control over what, where, and how purchases are authorized.

Adopters of The Marqeta Platform include leading financial services, e-commerce, retail, and social media brands. Engineered in California, The Marqeta Platform integrates with Visa, MasterCard and Discover and makes it easier than ever to make payments, receive payments, reward customers and create more efficient business processes.”

2. Roofstock


Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

“Roofstock is the leading marketplace for investing in leased single-family rental homes, with listings in 13 states across the U.S. The company’s transparent online marketplace makes buying, owning and selling rental property efficient and transparent by offering detailed home and tenant information, local vetted property management options, as well as analytics and general market insights to help investors evaluate and purchase certified properties. The company stands behind its marketplace with a 30-day, Money-Back Guarantee.”



Founded: 2011

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

“VSCO is a photo company that builds creative tools and a community driven by self-expression. Its mission is to equip, educate, and inspire anyone on the journey towards reaching their creative potential.”

4. 99designs


Founded: 2008

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

“99designs is the global creative platform that makes it easy for designers and clients to work together to create designs they love. From clients who need custom design, to designers who want quality projects, people around the world rely on the tried-and-true 99designs creative process to get great design. Since 2008, 99designs has grown from a small, online forum into a global community of designers that is now the go-to solution for businesses, agencies and individuals.

With headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and offices in Oakland and Berlin, the 99designs team believes that great design can help people create and grow – no matter where they are in the world.”

5. CashBet Coin

CashBet Coin

Founded: 2012

“CashBet is the only mobile-first platform for real-money, social, and skill-based interactive gaming. CashBet offers a complete software solution that enables operators to run a legal and profitable iGaming business end-to-end. The enterprise-grade platform is highly scalable, flexible and customizable to an operator’s needs, with unified back office support for mobile, tablet, and desktop devices.”

6. Mynd


Founded: 2016

“We are committed to making renting and owning real estate simple. We leverage efficiencies with technology, process excellence and, of course, a great team to deliver great service to residents and owners alike.

Our history is rooted in Waypoint Homes, an award-winning public company that managed over 17,000 single family homes across the nation.”

7. Ceres Imaging

Ceres Imaging

Founded: 2014

“Our mission is to conserve the world’s resources. Our technology makes significant impact on the environment and farmers.

Climate change and resource depletion are some of the great challenges of our generation, and many farmers are facing going out of business due to increasing water scarcity and fertilizer regulation.”

8. LaunchDarkly


Founded: 2014

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Oakland

“LaunchDarkly is a Feature Management Platform that serves over 10 billion feature flags daily to help software teams build better software, faster. Feature flagging is an industry best practice of wrapping a new or risky section of code or infrastructure change with a flag. Each flag can easily be turned off independent of code deployment (aka ”dark launching”).

Our vision is to eliminate risk for developers and operations teams from the software development cycle. As companies transition to a world built on software, there is an increasing requirement to move quickly, balanced with the desire to maintain control. LaunchDarkly is the feature management platform to control the whole feature lifecycle from Concept → Launch → Value.

LaunchDarkly has SDKs for all major web and mobile platforms. We are building a diverse team so that we can offer robust products and services. Our team culture is fast-paced, friendly, and supportive.”

9. Fabric Genomics

Fabric Genomics (formerly Omicia)

Founded: 2009

“Fabric Genomics is making genomics-driven precision medicine a reality. We provide clinical decision support software that enables clinical labs, hospital systems and country-sequencing programs to gain actionable genomic insights, resulting in faster and more accurate diagnoses and reduced turnaround time. Fabric’s end-to-end genomic analysis platform incorporates proven AI algorithms, and has applications in both hereditary disease and oncology. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Fabric Genomics was founded by industry veterans and innovators with a deep understanding of bioinformatics, large-scale genomics and clinical diagnostics.”

10. Broadly


Founded: 2014

“Broadly ensures that your business looks great online, and is found and chosen by potential customers. Our review strategy makes it easy for your customers to write great feedback on Google, Yelp, Facebook, and your website with one click, and our SEO technology helps your business stand out.”