44 Promising Enterprise Startups to Stake Your Career on In 2019

Toast: Keeping restaurants running

Toast: Keeping restaurants running

Toast

 Toast/Glassdoor

Valuation: $1.4 billion
Total raised to date: $247.25 million
Year founded: 2011
HQ: Boston

What it does: Toast makes “point of sale” software for restaurants that handles payments and orders.

Why it’s hot: Toast is one of Boston’s hottest startups, growing to unicorn status this year. It’s popular in about 25 cities and counts Jamba Juice, Dos Toros Taqueria and B.Good burgers as customers.

Samsara: connecting a universe of ‘things’ to the internet

Samsara: connecting a universe of 'things' to the internet

Samsara CEO Sanjit Biswas

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Valuation: $1.4 billion
Total raised to date: $130 million
Year founded: 2015
HQ: San Francisco

What it does: Samsara offers sensors and cloud software for Internet of Things applications.

Why it’s hot: The company was founded by Sanjit Biswas and John Bicket, who previously founded cloud corporate network company Meraki, sold to Cisco for $1.2 billion.

IoT is fast becoming the next big wave in tech, where everyday objects get sensors and apps, and Samsara is one of the biggest IoT success stories so far. It claims 5,000 customers, from tiny shops to giant corporations.

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