2019 Best Tech Startups in Santa Barbara

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Santa Barbara, 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. Seek Thermal

Seek Thermal

Founded: 2012

“Seek Thermal engineers, designs and manufactures high quality thermal imaging products and core platforms for consumer, commercial, and heat sensing IoT data applications. With headquarters in Santa Barbara, California, the global hub of thermal imaging innovation, the company has developed breakthrough thermal imaging camera cores that will enable a range of affordable products for use at home, work and play. For more information visit and follow #seekthermal on Instagram and @seekthermal on Twitter.”

2. HG Insights

HG Insights

Founded: 2010

“HG Insights is the global leader in technology intelligence. Every day, HG Insights uses advanced data science methodologies to process billions of unstructured digital documents to produce the world’s best technology installation information, IT spend, and contract intelligence. The world’s largest technology firms and fastest growing companies achieve a tremendous advantage by using HG Insights to accelerate their sales, marketing, and strategy efforts. This is powerful information you can use to out-market, out-sell, and out-grow your competition.”

3. cielo24


Founded: 2012

“Now there is a solution to optimize video media data, intelligence, SEO, extend reach, and make video searchable.

cielo24 media data technology and searchable captions™ gives you a complete textual database of your media to unleash its full potential.

You invest considerable resources into making high-quality accessible media content, extend your investment, video shelf life and significantly today.”

4. ShipHawk


Founded: 2012

“ShipHawk is a cloud-based shipping and fulfillment software that helps businesses save money, automate workflows, provide an on-brand buying experience, and run data-driven supply chains.”

5. Carpe Data

Carpe Data

Founded: 2016

“Using proprietary algorithms and proven AI, Carpe Data harnesses the power of emerging and alternative data for insurance carriers around the globe. Utilizing Carpe Data’s data, insurers gain deeper insight into risks and significantly enhance many aspects of the insurance life cycle, including underwriting, claims, and book assessment.”

6. Anchore


Founded: 2016

“In an environment where application development must be fast and flexible, containers are the future. Adoption is accelerating, but with it comes risk.

Anchore makes it possible to manage, secure, and troubleshoot containers continuously, without sacrificing speed. It delivers a process that allows container development and deployment to be secure from the start, by ensuring that the contents of your containers match the standards that you define. The tools are transparent to developers, visible to production, accessible to security, and all designed for the fluid nature of containers.”

7. Riptide IO

Riptide IO

Founded: 2012

“Cloud-based building management solutions to make every building an exceptional experience.

Riptide’s application delivered analytics, diagnostic tools and notification systems to empower your facilities team. It works with the systems, equipment and devices you have in your building.”

8. briq


Founded: 2017

“briq is creating the technology to break down the data silos entrenched in construction, infrastructure, and real estate. We are giving society better tools to improve how, why, and for whom we build.

Our clients are among the largest builders in the world; they’ve built the infrastructure you drive on, they’ve designed the cities you live in, and they are hungry for better and smarter data.”

9. Nomad


Founded: 2012

“We’re a team from Santa Barbara working hard to dream up and build out tools for the 21st century nomad.

And who exactly is a 21st century nomad? It’s us and it’s you. It’s anyone who’d rather live more than own more. Anyone who’d rather invest in experience than waste money, energy and time on useless stuff. Anyone who looks at their smartphone as a tool helping them intertwine work, life and adventure.”

10. Guard Grabber Technologies Inc.

Guard Grabber Technologies Inc.

Founded: 2017

“Guard Grabber delivers licensed professional services on location in real-time tracked by GPS. Unlike any other company, this patent-pending security system allows the service providers to list their own hourly rates, photos, credentials, height, and weight. The Guard Grabber app becomes a personal experience for any service provider and an excellent source of income with the ability to earn part time or full time. Customers are given a selection of background-checked professionals with the ability to use a five-star rating system for review. Guard Grabber provides the customer a simple solution to choose the hourly rate that best fits their budget. Guard Grabber has eliminated the phone calls or long waits, now the customer knows who to hire before they book. When the service providers compete for your business you save time and money.”