2019 Best Tech Startups in Pasadena (California)

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Pasadena, 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. Rockley Photonics

Rockley Photonics

Founded: 2013

“Rockley Photonics represents the commercialization of silicon photonics technology in its most exciting form yet. There is strong demand in the market for the speed and integration capabilities that silicon photonics can provide and we aim to apply our experience to enable accelerated adoption of higher band width networks for a faster and more productive internet experience. As a startup we represent a unique multidisciplinary nature of team and culture. We are seeking team members that want to be a part of our exciting growth, ideas and fast paced environment.”

2. UberMedia


Founded: 2010

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Pasadena

“UberMedia provides the highest quality mobile data solutions trusted by businesses to creatively solve their persistent challenges. The company’s diverse suite of products process billions of social, demographic, and location signals daily for Fortune 500 companies across retail, automotive, and entertainment to better understand and influence modern consumers with the most accurate business decision science.”

3. ObEN


Founded: 2014

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Pasadena

“ObEN is an artificial intelligence (AI) company that creates complete virtual identities for consumers and celebrities in the emerging digital world. ObEN provides Personal AI that simulates a person’s voice, face and personality, enabling never before possible social and virtual interactions. Founded in 2014, ObEN is a Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company and is located at Idealab in Pasadena, California.”

4. AListDaily


Founded: 2010

“AList is an award-winning media platform providing over 1.3 million members of the media and marketing community with insights, trends, data and analysis via our site, events and newsletter, facilitating an active community for our readership across platforms to connect and share insights. We are proud to count the world’s leading marketers and media executives in our core readership.

Our editorial mission is to inform, inspire and feature the most vital members of the global media and marketing community to foster innovation in the community.”

5. codeSpark


Founded: 2014

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Pasadena

“codeSpark’s mission is to ignite curiosity about computer science and turn programming into play. Our award-winning computer science education platform, “codeSpark Academy with The Foos”, is specifically designed for kids 5 and up. (http://thefoos.com).

codeSpark Academy teaches young kids about computer science concepts by letting them program cute characters in a virtual world. The game is self-directed and the interface is 100% visual so anyone, anywhere in the world can play. In 3 years over 20 Million kids in 200+ countries have used codeSpark Academy.”

6. Tap Systems Inc

Tap Systems Inc

Founded: 2015

“Tap is a one-handed, Bluetooth wearable keyboard that types characters on your device when you tap your fingers on any surface. Tap lets you communicate with the world by associating various tapping combinations with each letter of the alphabet. Easy to learn, ergonomic and fashionable.”

7. Altora Health

Altora Health

Founded: 2013

“Our clients are medical and health specialists. You’re experts at what you do, but that might not include digital marketing.

Business is good, but it isn’t growing like it could. You’re bringing in some new business online, but you haven’t gotten it quite right yet, and you don’t have the time to focus on more marketing.

Sound familiar? Let’s talk.”

8. Jazva


Founded: 2010

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Pasadena

“Jazva’s innovative e-commerce solutions help mid to large size retailers and wholesalers reach more customers and sell more by simplifying, synchronizing, and automating the multichannel selling process. Our dynamic enterprise solutions are integrated with some of the world’s largest marketplaces and channels, including eBay, Amazon, Shopify, Magento; and UPS is among our strategic partners.

Using Jazva, our customers receive, process and ship thousands of orders daily. Jazva’s all-in-one streamlined cloud-based platform also manages inventory, CRM, marketing, and financial data, eliminating the need for numerous disparate systems.”

9. MobLab


Founded: 2011

“As an EdTech startup, MobLab has been focused on bringing interactive games and surveys to educational institutions, both in and out of classrooms, across the world since 2012. MobLab specializes in developing games and experiments for economics and management for high schools, colleges, and universities. Our platform has been used in hundreds of classrooms and by tens of thousands of students, augmenting lectures with engaging and immersive activities through which students learn by participating and exploring.

Turn your classroom into a sandbox for first-hand learning and research with our networked games in markets, public goods, and voting. Available on iPhone, Android, and all browsers.”

10. ShadeCraft


Founded: 2016

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Pasadena

“ShadeCraft is a robotics and technology platform based in Los Angeles, founded in 2013 by award-winning designer and entrepreneur Armen Gharabegian. The company’s mission is to improve human life outdoors through robotic technology. ShadeCraft’s unique design paradigm is to combine industrial design and engineering in a seamless way to produce products that have an emotional connection to the consumer.

SUNFLOWER, launched at CES 2017, is the world’s first robotic shading system that tracks the sun and connects consumers to the Internet of Things (IoT) through artificial intelligence (AI) integration and voice activation features.”