44 Promising Enterprise Startups to Stake Your Career on In 2019

Checkr: background checks for the sharing economy

Checkr: background checks for the sharing economy

Checkr team


Valuation: $900 million
Total raised to date: $149.12 million
Year founded: 2014
HQ: San Francisco

What it does: Cloud software that runs background checks on employees

Why it’s hot: With the rise of contract employment thanks to the likes of Uber, GrubHub, Instacart and the like, comes the rise for the need for background checks. Checkr has become the popular choice for Silicon Valley companies who rely on contract work.

Fastly: Making websites and apps faster

Fastly: Making websites and apps faster

Fastly CEO Artur Bergman


Valuation: $925 million
Total raised to date: $220.04 million
Year founded: 2011
HQ: San Francisco

What it does: Fastly calls itself an “edge cloud platform.” It helps large websites work faster by moving data and apps closer to their users.

Why it’s hot: Fastly has come on strong in this well-established market (also known as a Content Delivery Network) and already powers sites such as Airbnb, GitHub, Alaska Airlines, Pinterest, Vimeo, The Guardian, and The New York Times.

It reportedly broke the $100 million revenue mark in 2017 and this year raised funding that included backing by the investment arm of telecom giant Deutsche Telekom.

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