Zapier: The plumbing that connects the internet
Total raised to date: $2.56 million
Year founded: 2011
HQ: Sunnyvale, CA
What it does: Zapier helps users easily connect apps together through integrations. In other words, it will automatically connect one piece of workplace software to another
Why it’s hot: This six-year-old company has raised a total of $2.56 million, but this year, it announced that it already has a $35 millionannualized run rate, a key measure of revenue. Oh, and by the way, at Zapier, you can work in pajamas from the comfort of your bedroom, if you really wanted to. This all-remote company even started a delocation package of $10,000 to move away from the pricey San Francisco Bay Area.
Platform Science: a telematics bigwig is back with a new company
Total raised to date: $14 million
Year founded: 2015
HQ: San Diego
What it does: Platform Science does what it calls “enterprise IoT fleet management” which is a lot of buzzwords that means it puts a specialized computer into each truck (or other fleet vehicle) stuffed with all kinds of apps, communications, mapping, fuel economy, driver performance. Plus it allows other software developers to write apps for the device, too.
Why it’s hot: CEO John Kennedy is a former Qualcomm bigwig, who sold his last telematics company for $800 million. Now he’s back with a new telematics company that uses all the latest tech to take on the legacy players.