44 Promising Enterprise Startups to Stake Your Career on In 2019

HashiCorp: running, securing and connecting clouds

HashiCorp: running, securing and connecting clouds

HashiCorp cofounder and CTO Mitchell Hashimoto

 HashiCorp

Valuation: $1.9 billion
Total raised to date: $174.53 million
Year founded: 2012
HQ: San Francisco, CA

What it does: HashiCorp is an open source cloud infrastructure automation company.

Why it’s hot: HashiCorp is a leader in bringing multi-cloud to everyone’s attention — and that’s where the industry is going. HashiCorp provides tools to help companies that want to use clouds from multiple vendors, be it Amazon, Microsoft, Google or something else. HashiCorp started as a passion project, but it became so popular and widespread that the creators quit their day jobs to launch a business that’s now valued at $1.9 billion after only six years.

Gusto: a payroll success story that could be heading for an IPO

Gusto: a payroll success story that could be heading for an IPO

Gusto CEO Josh Reeves

 Gusto

Valuation: $2 billion
Total raised to date: $321.25 million
Year founded: 2012
HQ: San Francisco

What it does: A payroll, benefits and HR technology platform for small businesses.

Why it’s hot: Gusto has been a fast-growing, venture capital darling. In July, it raised another huge round that valued the company at $2 billion. It also hired its first CFO in 2018, hinting that its next financing stop is an IPO, which little birds say could happen in 2019.

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