These 10 Bay Area startups are tops among tech job hunters, LinkedIn says – Silicon Valley Business Journal Linkedin published its third annual list Wednesday of the 10 Bay Area startups that rank highest among tech job seekers, based on millions of interactions between the companies and 337,000 software engineers and IT pros who use its professional network.
Who would have thought Lytro, the Mountain View camera company that shifted focus earlier this year, would come out on top? But there it is at No. 1.
1. Lytro turned heads a few years ago with its technology that lets people shoot first and focus their pictures later. But that didn’t translate into big sales, and advances in smartphone photography were keeping most folks happy. So the company came out with a new camera aimed at high-end photographers.
2. Theranos: The founder of this Palo Alto maker of low-cost blood-test equipment, Elizabeth Holmes, is on one of the covers of the new Forbes magazine, where she is listed as the third-youngest person on its list of the richest Americans, behind Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moscovitz. So she’s worth an estimated $4.5 billion and runs one of the hottest places to work for local techies.
3. Fitbit: This San Francisco company showed up on another top 10 ranking this month, the one from CB Insights of the best-funded wearables startups. It was No. 2 there, but with Apple jumping into the health technology game, it will be interesting to see if this remains near the top of LinkedIn’s list next year.
4. Coursera: Another Palo Alto-based startup from Stanford grads, this one is in the educational technology business. The former president of Yale, Rick Levin, took over as CEO there earlier this year, which probably also makes it the Bay Area startup that is hottest with Ivy League presidential job seekers.
5. Minted: The main mission of this San Francisco company is to provide a marketplace for stationery, wall art and party decor from independent graphic designers. But it apparently is keeping the IT folks happy, too.