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60 Mind-blowing San Francisco Startups to Watch Closely in 2021

Jan 21, 202119 min read

Patrycja Mach

IT Marketing Expert at Ideamotive. Focused on Growth Marketing, Data Analytics and Marketing Automation.

Editorial note: this article has been updated on 15.12.2020

 

With hundreds of early-stage and mature startup businesses, a steady flow of talent, and world-leading venture investors and business accelerators, the San Francisco Bay Area remains America’s gold mine for tech startup innovation. Each month, the city is breeding new companies determined to resolve issues ranging from custom chip design, through retail space optimization, to cryptocurrency banking. 

 

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Inspired by the incredible TechCrunch’s SF Disrupt event we have just attended, we hand-picked 60 top San Francisco startups that have the potential to make a transforming impact on our lives. Some of them have only just launched; others are much more mature. Either way, most of these disruptors share a common denominator – they apply AI, machine learning, and data analytics to build their ingenious products. Let’s see how they do it!

1. Hipcamp

Hipcamp is Airbnb for camping aficionados. This web and mobile marketplace connects hosts with campers all around the U.S., allowing them to list a site, browse and discover available opportunities, and book campsites and tents.  

 

Round of funding: Series B

Founder/ CEO: Alyssa Ravasio, Eric Bach

Funding: $50M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook

 

2. Sift

Sift offers a single, end-to-end fraud prevention solution to help businesses grow securely and maximize their ROI. The integrated platform takes from data-driven intelligence to deliver real-time visibility and protection from all kinds of online fraud and abuse, processing 35 billion events per month.

 

Round of funding: Series D

Founder/ CEO: Brandon Ballinger, Jason Tan

Funding: $106.6M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

3. Branch International

Branch is a 100% mobile-based financial app that leverages data science to offer fast, affordable loans to customers’ mobile wallets. The company targets people who struggle with obtaining investment from traditional banking institutions by providing them with access to money via mobile. Apart from San Francisco, the company has global offices in Lagos, Nairobi, Mumbai, and Mexico City.

 

Round of funding: Debt Financing

Founder/ CEO: Daniel Jung, Matt Flannery, Random Bares

Funding: $264.7M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

4. Zero

Operating in a similar vertical as Branch, Zero has created a mobile banking app with a credit card that acts like a debit card delivering cash back on purchases. The card is usable at ATMs at no additional fees and connected to a checking account. Overall, the solution seeks to become a more economical and convenient alternative to traditional banking.

 

Round of funding: Series A

Founder/ CEO: Bryce Galen, Joel Washington

Funding: $47M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

5. States Title

The States Title family of companies develops a range of solutions aimed at facilitating escrow for lenders, agents, and homebuyers. By using machine learning and predictive analytics, they reduce the tedious title search process from days to minutes, enabling faster and less labor-intensive transactions to all involved parties.

 

Round of funding: Series B

Founder/ CEO: Daniel Demetri, Max Simkoff

Funding: $106.6M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter 

 

6. Brightloom

Brightloom (formerly eatsa) applies innovative technology and design to help restaurants transform customer experience and streamline operations. To that aim, the company team comprising of software and hardware engineers, designers, and industry experts, introduces a complete solution that combines digital ordering channels with personalized marketing. Earlier this year, Brightloom struck a deal with Starbucks.

 

Round of funding: Corporate Round

Founder/ CEO: David Friedberg, Tim Young

Funding: $30.5M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Twitter

 

7. The Peak Beyond

The Peak Beyond comes forward with a similar proposition but for a different audience. The startup is a retail technology company that creates interactive shopping displays (wall mounts, countertops, etc.) paired with accompanying software that provides consumer behavioral data. Currently, the solutions are used by cannabis dispensaries across the USA, but the technology is compatible with other retailers as well.  

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Bill Stark, Jeff LaPenna, John Capogna

Funding: $797K

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

8. Copper

Backed by funds from Google Ventures, Copper has created a CRM software for companies that use G Suite. The system integrates smoothly with all Google tools and external apps to enable centralized customer management and boost productivity and collaboration with automated, intelligent solutions. In 2019, the startup ranked 115 on Inc’s list of 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the USA.

 

Round of funding: Series C

Founder/ CEO: Chris Cheng, Jon Lee

Funding: $102M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

9. Harness

Harness is the industry’s first AI-based Continuous Delivery-as-a-Service platform that automates the entire CD process end-to-end. The platform helps engineering and DevOps teams release apps in production much faster by using machine learning to evaluate deployment quality, capture issues and errors, and roll back failed deployments.

 

Round of funding: Series B

Founder/ CEO: Jyoti Bansal, Rishi Singh

Funding: $80M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

10. Checkr

The next San Francisco startup, Checkr, also builds on machine learning intelligence to deliver a platform for providing recruitment teams with an AI-powered background check. Checkr uses the same sources as traditional methods to return results, but it can turn around input data much faster. The platform comes with advanced, data-based background check technology, and can be accessed online and via an API. 

 

Round of funding: Series D

Founder/ CEO: Daniel Yanisse, Jonathan Perichon

Funding: $309M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

11. Ridecell

Ridecell operates in the shared mobility space across Europe and North America, offering a High-yield Shared Mobility toolkit comprising intelligent software, business services, and ecosystem partners. The AI-powered toolkit comes with iOS and Android apps to help rental companies, dealer groups, cities, and private fleets optimize the use of their carsharing services and streamline fleet management. 

 

Round of funding: Series B

Founder/ CEO: Aarjav Trivedi, Arun Elangovan, Steve Dickerson

Funding: $73.8M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

12. Xapix

Another company that can support automotive brands through its products is Xapix. It has built an orchestration platform for digital mobility services that enables direct interaction between various existing systems using a simple drag-and-drop interface. Through this integration, the platform provides companies with access to all data, making it possible to use and distribute it in an optimized fashion and scale services faster and more securely. 

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Christian Umbach, Oliver Thamm

Funding: $2.1M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Twitter

 

13. Allganize

Founded in 2017, Allganize provides enterprise-grade Natural Level Understanding and conversational AI to multiple verticals. The company solutions include conversational chatbot, Q&A AI, and entity extraction engine, among others, all of which enable businesses to automate their workflows, provide real-time insights into current projects, and enhance the customer experience with 24/7 access to services. 

 

Round of funding: Series A

Founder/ CEO: Changsu Lee, Jun S. Lee

Funding: $4.4M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook

 

14. City Cop

City Cop is a social platform for crime prevention and reporting. Communities can use it to report crimes and receive real-time updates on what’s happening in the neighborhood. The solution comes as a mobile app, and it uses AI and machine learning to predict crime and prevent it from happening, thus enhancing public safety.  

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Marcelo Dotti, Nadim Curi

Funding: $430K

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

15. ZeBrand

No one will understand the challenges of a budding startup like another startup. Next on our list is a free branding web service that uses a proprietary data algorithm to generate a complete brand toolkit for aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses, based on a simple questionnaire. The toolkit includes all elements such as design layout, brand colors, and typography, that a startup needs to build a consistent experience across all channels of communication with its customers.  

 

Round of funding: Series A

Founder/ CEO: Ryo Kikuchi, Sayuri Kondo

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

16. SyncSketch

SyncSketch is dedicated to supporting visual artists, authors, and graphic designers through a cloud-based online platform for real-time collaborative media review. Artists can use the system to upload their media and ask for a real-time peer review. The users can read and submit comments and discuss content live with peers, which allows for rapid iteration, sophisticated feedback, and faster project completion.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Bernhard Haux

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

17. HoloAsh

The story of HoloAsh is a personal one. The company founder, Yoshua Kishi, has ADHD, and in the past, he was struggling with finding an outlet for his negative emotions. Professional help was often not available or high-priced. To address these issues and make mental health support readily accessible and affordable to anyone, Yoshua has created Nao, an AI-powered social platform, which helps people coping with loneliness, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other challenges and establish a meaningful connection with members sharing similar experiences. 

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Yoshua Kishi

Funding: $150.2K

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook

 

18. BUTTON Wallet

Button Wallet is a messenger-based software solution for trading and buying cryptocurrencies. The community-focused wallet is built on Telegram messenger, and it allows the users to easily and safely manage their digital assets, and maximize control over their finances. The cross-platform wallet provides options to buy and sell crypto, exchange crypto to another crypto, and quickly send money to friends using their username. 

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Alexandr Safonov, Kirill Kuznetcov, Nick Kozlov

Funding: $500K

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

19. Ilmatic

This San Francisco startup also focuses on crypto trading and payments. Ilmatic makes affordable face-to-face payment systems for Bitcoin and other digital currencies, enabling anyone to use Blockchain-based payments safely. The startup also builds hardware pieces, such as wristbands and smartwatch, to complement its mobile payment app and further facilitate blockchain payments to its users.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Danny Tamez

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

20. PayPoints

Founded this year, PayPoints is one of the youngest startups featured on our lists. Officially launched at TechCrunch Disrupt 2019, it is a platform that enables payments in online stores using credit card reward points. The system provides simple APIs allowing software developers to integrate with credit card issuers quickly and without hassle, and add any reward program to their e-commerce payment system.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Tej Soni

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn 

21. CyberSecuriti AI

Formerly FX Labs, CyberSecuriti AI appeared on the startup stage in 2018 with an enterprise solution that protects companies from attacks targeting the API layer. The solution leverages machine intelligence to automatically and continuously scan thousands of API endpoints across the enterprise and identify privilege escalation vulnerabilities and unauthorized access to resources, which remain undetected for conventional security applications. 

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Amjad Afanah, Intesar Shannan Mohammed

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn

 

22. Bricleir

Bricleir Corporation is a quite recent company with the ambitious goal of building a platform that helps businesses discover the best of startup innovation. The platform takes advantage of data intelligence and automation to match and connect organizations with mutual interests and help them unlock business opportunities and partnerships across various industries.

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Ireland Carter

Funding: $1.3M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

23. HoneyBook

HoneyBook, a multi-platform client management system, centralizes and automates critical business processes to cut the time needed for admin work. Through the solution’s clean and intuitive interface, solopreneurs and freelancers can connect to other professionals and clients, and manage all aspects of their business, from issuing invoices, through developing contracts to tracking projects via the web or mobile app.

 

Round of funding: Series C

Founder/ CEO: Dror Shimoni, Naama Alon, Oz Alon, Shadiah Sigala

Funding: $85M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

24. PIX Moving

Going back to automotive, we now move to PIX Moving, an autonomous chassis with open interfaces and vehicle design and manufacturing system powered by AI and metal 3D printing. The product is aimed to lead the commercialization of self-driving technology and provide customers with self-driving moving space that is flexible and customizable.  

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Yuteng Cao, Chuan Yu, Sean Zhu

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

25. Kosmos AI

This San Jose based startup enables trusted business connections with a proprietary conversational AI platform. By extending a universal language interface, the company offers AI agents that can resolve complex requests with clarity and speed. Kosmos’ solutions can be of particular help for small businesses looking to automate basic aspects of business communications, such as answering calls and emails, responding to FAQs, or managing schedules.

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Oscar Jenkins, Michael Wei

Funding: $200K

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

26. DataGrail

DataGrail is a purpose-built privacy management platform that ensures sustained compliance with the GDPR, CCPA, and more. It directly integrates with over 150 business systems, including SAP, Salesforce, HubSpot, and Marketo, without any coding, to allow companies to map and securely manage all personal data and review privacy requests in real-time. The system is available in the web and mobile versions.

 

Round of funding: Series A

Founder/ CEO: Daniel Barber, Earl Hathaway, Ignacio Zendejas

Funding: $9.2M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

27. AmpUp

The AmpUp app makes driving an electric car much more convenient. It’s an electric vehicle charging network that enables drivers to identify available chargers within the specified location, book them, and share their private chargers for a fee. The app contains up-to-date information on thousands of charging points in the vicinity and provides information on charger availability and compatibility with a given car.

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Thomas Sun

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn, Twitter

 

28. Instrumems

The next disruptive startup from San Francisco develops affordable nanosensors paired with a sensing platform for conducting real-time measurements of temperature, speed, humidity, and other data. The tiny sensors can be used across a range of applications such as weather monitoring, predicting environmental changes, measuring gas pipe performance, or tracking vehicle performance. Instrumems traces its roots to Princeton University, where the microsensors were originally developed and validated. 

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Gilad Arwatz, Marcus Hultmark

Funding: $1M

Follow on: LinkedIn

 

29. Metromile

Metromile, an AI-driven pay-per-mile car insurance company, is another creation of Brightloom’s founder, David Friedberg. To use the service, customers pay a low base rate, and then a small fee charged depending on how much they drive. Metromile leverages its AI-based claims system to facilitate claims processing and extends its innovative platform to insurers around the world to provide them with integrated, data-driven customer experience and fraud detection capabilities.

 

Round of funding: Series E

Founder/ CEO: David Friedberg, Steve Pretre

Funding: $293M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

 

30. Clerkie

Considering that only 24% of millennials are financially literate, developing a personal financial planner for mobile seems like a great idea. Clerkie is doing that by combining conversational AI with detailed financial knowledge graphs to offer individual recommendations to clients on how to improve the management of their financial assets. The user-friendly app features a host of financial services and even allows users to borrow cash to cover their expenses. 

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Guy Assad

Funding: $6M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

31. Swit

Juggling between dozens of business applications is frustrating and counterproductive. To resolve this, Swit has created a modern collaboration suite that couples real-time team communication with effective task management, all in one place. The platform brings together all aspects of teamwork, including chat, project calendar and tracking system, roadmap display, and other functionalities to create a company-wide hub of collaboration.  

  

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Josh Lee

Funding: $7.3M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

32. Courier

This brand-new subscription-based solution features a simple REST API that lets developers route user notifications across their existing communication channels based on various factors (e.g., active users right now or a specific topic thread). All outbound messages can be created from a single place and then forwarded to the desired channels. The API easily integrates with any communication system, including SMS, mobile push, email, and chat.  

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Troy Goode

Funding: $150K

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

33. Phiar

Remember Netradyne from our San Diego list? Similarly to that startup, Phiar puts AI into use to improve the driving experience, enhance the driver’s safety, and facilitate navigation on the road. Through its mobile vehicle navigation platform that leverages augmented reality and deep learning, the company provides drivers with a real-time understanding of driving conditions.

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Chen-Ping Yu, Xinyu Li

Funding: $3.3M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Twitter

 

34. Kloudless

The next San Francisco startup, Kloudless, looks to resolve application integration challenges faced by businesses with an enterprise-grade platform for enterprise software integrations. By extending a simple, unified API, the solution allows software developers to quickly build native integrations into the systems used in the company, without the need to customize and maintain each integration individually. Currently, over 60 integrations are supported for a variety of products including cloud storage, messaging, calendar, CRM, and more. The platform can be hosted locally or in the cloud.

 

Round of funding: Series A

Founder/ CEO: Brian Tang, Eliot Sun, Timothy Liu, Vinod Chandru

Funding: $7.3M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

35. Beam

Beam is a San Francisco-based technology company that offers mobile-only, high-interest banking to its users. The company’s mission is to allow virtually everyone to have access to the highest interest rates that used to be only available to the wealthy. The virtual account has no minimum balance, deposits, or fees, and it’s compatible with all existing accounts in traditional banks.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Aaron Du

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

36. Wise

Wise offers a similar product to Beam, but it targets small businesses. The startup founded in December 2018 provides a 100% mobile business banking solution, which includes an FDIC-insured banking account and a Visa debit card, and is soon to be extended with invoicing capabilities, credit card, and point of sale payments features. As a goal, Wise aims to deliver a fully integrated ecosystem of growth services to empower its customers to streamline their business. 

 

Round of funding: Pre-seed

Founder/ CEO: Arjun Thyagarajan, Suresh Venkatraman

Funding: $1.6M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook

 

37. Tally Inc

Banking and financial apps are pretty popular among San Francisco startups, and here’s another instance. Tally is the first automated debt manager that helps users clear credit card debt. The mobile app uses data analytics to determine the optimal way to pay down debt and makes tracking and managing multiple cards hassle-free. Apart from providing advice and card management capabilities, the solution also presents late fee protection and due date tracking functions.  

 

Round of funding: Series C

Founder/ CEO: Jason Brown, Jasper Platz

Funding: $92M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

38. Unum ID

Unum ID strives to help organizations improve security and ensure compliance with its decentralized, blockchain-based platform for login and identity verification. As the platform has no database, it stores no personal data on its servers, which greatly enhances security. All authentication data is kept on an individual user’s device and remains protected with biometrics and sophisticated encryption. 

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Aidan McCarty, Liam McCarty

Funding: $865K

Follow on: LinkedIn

 

39. Sysdig

Sysdig also focuses on security but seen from a completely different angle. This San Francisco innovation startup is a cloud-native intelligence company that has built a unified platform for monitoring, security, and troubleshooting of microservices-driven architecture. The platform monitors millions of containers across hundreds of customer organizations to provide their IT professionals with in-depth visibility into systems and containers. 

 

Round of funding: Series D

Founder/ CEO: Loris Degioanni, Suresh Vasudevan

Funding: $121.5M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Twitter

 

40. Healthline Media

Healthline Media is a well-established health information website that provides health-related content, tools, and solutions. Among them are several mobile apps designed to empower people living with chronic conditions, such as  Breast Cancer Healthline, an app that supports women with breast cancer, or MS Buddy a social community support chat for MS patients.  

 

Round of funding: Private Equity

Founder/ CEO: Dean Stephens

Funding: $161.5M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

41. Corporate Central

Corporate Central describes its mission as ‘democratizing application development’. The company pursues that goal through its WAG tool, which is a mobile development platform that runs on Android tablets and iPads. As the startup claims, thanks to this intuitive, drag and drop tool, businesses can create powerful native mobile and web apps without any programming or integration. 

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Nisim Heletz

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn

 

42. Tribyl

The next startup on our list is a very attractive proposition for business sales teams. Tribyl is an AI-powered sales coach that helps sales representatives improve their skills and create greater value for the specific industries and use cases they serve. The tool applies Artificial Intelligence and data mining to capture and analyze sales knowledge from a variety of sources and share data-driven insights with users who can leverage them in their prospecting assets, discovery calls, demos, and pitches.

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Sanjeev Somani, Saurabh Saxena

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn

 

43. zGlue

zGlue is a Silicon Valley company offering an innovative platform for building quality, secure custom chips on demand. Its proprietary design tool, ChipBuilder 2.0, contains realistic 3D models and SDK that greatly enhance and speed up chip creation for users. Once the coding stage is complete, an order can be sent to manufacturing through zGlue’s Shuttle Program. Thanks to the solutions offered by the startup, businesses can create their own chips already within two weeks.

 

Round of funding: Series A

Founder/ CEO: Jawad Nasrullah, Ming Zhang, Myron Shak

Funding: $9.1M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

44. Veamly

There are a few productivity management apps on our list, but Veamly is uniquely positioned to help engineers become more efficient. It is a web-based centralized workstation that integrates with all collaboration apps to provide a single platform for communication with various teams and across all projects. Thanks to features such as cross-application search, priority sorting, and user reports, Veamly makes it easy for developers to stay focused. 

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Emna Ghariani

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

45. Narvar

Narvar developed a technology that helps retailers deliver a seamless post-purchase experience to delight, engage, and retain customers. This enterprise-grade customer experience web and mobile platform applies machine learning to consumer interactions to track, analyze, and enhance the buyer’s experience with brands at every step of their interaction. Currently, over 500 retailers use the solution, including Gap, Bose, Sephora, Home Depot, and Patagonia.

 

Round of funding: Series C

Founder/ CEO: Amit Sharma

Funding: $64M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

46. Expa

Started in 2013 by Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, Expa was poised for success from the very beginning. Similarly to Bricleir, this San Francisco startup has been built to facilitate venture development and growth. Expa is a team of experienced founders and entrepreneurs who seek new startup opportunities and share their knowledge, know-how, and experience in business strategy, UX, branding, and networking to help the next generation of business owners thrive and prosper.  

 

Round of funding: Capital Fund

Founder/ CEO: Garrett Camp

Funding: $150M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

47. Vivoo

There’s certainly no shortage of nutrition brands, especially in California. What sets Vivoo apart is that this SF startup suggests meal plans for its customers based on their… urinary sample analysis. The company sends customers a package containing urinary strips. A person has to urinate on a strip, take a photo of it with a free Vivoo app, and wait for personalized nutrition advice from a team of Vivoo dieticians & nutritionists. The service is available worldwide as a one-off purchase or on a subscription basis, and the strips measure a variety of factors including pH, hydration, immunity level, and more.

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Miray Tayfun

Funding: $620K

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

48. BlueSmart

Another health and wellness proposition comes from BlueSmart, a specialized range of IoT baby products. The company’s first product is a smart baby feeding monitor that tracks all the essential aspects of baby feeding, such as temperature, angle, duration, portion sizes, and more, to make parents’ lives easier and worry-free. The product is baby-safe and easy to clean, and it’s paired with a free app that records and displays all feeding information.   

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Gisela Xie

Funding: N/A

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

49. Krome Photo

Krome Photos is a fast and affordable creative photo editing and design service that can be used by small and medium businesses to advertise their products online and expand their digital presence. Krome receives photos taken on mobile and turns them into listing images, ads, infographics, and other visual marketing assets. What’s interesting, to ensure fast service, Krome uses a proprietary AI-driven platform that instantly assigns submitted photos to experienced editors across the globe.   

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Eduardo F Llach

Funding: $3.2M

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

50. Lenmo

We conclude with Lenmo, a personal finance startup akin to SoLo Funds that was featured on our LA startup list. Lenmo is a mobile app that facilitates peer-to-peer lending by connecting borrowers looking for a small loan with investors willing to grant it. The app connects to the Facebook account to enable fast and easy borrowing, and it makes it possible for both parties to define the size of the loan, and choose payback dates and terms.

 

Round of funding: Seed

Founder/ CEO: Albert Mansour, John Hakim, Mark Maurice

Funding: $423K

Follow on: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

 

 

51. Figure

Figure is a financial technology company that uses blockchain, artificial intelligence and analytics to provide innovative solutions for home equity and other products that help improve the financial lives of their clients. 

 

They are creating a blockchain protocol to fundamentally change the way financial products are created and used. 

 

The company offers to join a culture and environment that encourages you to do your best work - a place to be inspired, appreciated, transcended, and teamwork on the issues that matter most to their clients. 

 

Surround yourself with the spirit of innovation, challenge the status quo, and work with a talented team that supports each other in achieving team goals. This is a great opportunity to be part of a startup focused on solving real-world blockchain problems. You will be part of a team of proven leaders who have made billions of dollars in fintech.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Mike Cagney, Colin Luce

Funding: $1.4B

Follow on: Linkedin

 

52. Airtable

Airtable was founded on the belief that software shouldn't dictate how you work - you should dictate how it works. Their mission is to democratize software development by allowing anyone to create software tools that meet their needs. 

 

Creators and creatives around the world use Airtable for everything from livestock tracking to movie making, and they've got a lot to say. 

 

The team brings the experience of building and scaling products used by millions of people across Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft, Dropbox, and other leading technology companies. 

 

They are proud of the product and work hard to provide you with the best possible experience, even if it requires the creation of new technologies and design paradigms. 

 

Airtable is an independent privately-owned company headquartered in San Francisco. The company has raised over $63 million in funding from prominent investors including CRV, Caffeinated Capital, Freestyle Capital, Data Collective, Founder Collective, CrunchFund, and Box Group.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Howie Liu

Funding: $355.6M

Follow on: Linkedin

 

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53. Extend

Extend enables any merchant to offer extended warranties and protection plans through the easy-to-integrate APIs or pre-built e-commerce apps. They provide extended warranties both online and offline, and provide consumers with a modern digital experience that eliminates the problems customers face today with legacy offerings. 

 

Their platform is integrated with leading e-commerce solutions including Shopify, Magento, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, BigCommerce, and more, so you can get started quickly without any technical requirements. They also provide customized API integrations for larger merchants who have their own ecommerce platform.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: N/A

Funding: $56.4M

Follow on: Linkedin

 

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54. Figma

Figma is a collaborative design tool that aims to bring similar experiences to Adobe, with the difference that Figma is a web ecosystem. Figma allows the entire team to carry out the design process in one online tool.

 

Round of funding: Series B

Founder/ CEO: Dylan Field

Funding: $132.9M

Follow on: Linkedin

 

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55. Tempo

Tempo was founded back in 2015. Since the project has become a game-changing home gym that tracks your movements and improves your fitness. Based in San Francisco, the company employs 90 people.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: N/A

Funding: $78.8M

Follow on: Linkedin

 

56. Perfect Day

In early 2014, the co-founders Ryan and Perumal were recent vegans.

 

When they started out, their dream was to make the most delicious milk and sell it under the Perfect Day brand. But they realized that instead of competing with the big food and dairy companies, they could have a much greater impact by working with them to help them produce cleaner, healthier foods with their animal-free dairy protein.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Ryan Pandya, Perumal Gandhi

Funding: $361.5M

Follow on: Linkedin

 

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57. Human Interest

Human Interest offers the easiest and most affordable retirement plan for today's workforce. They enable all enterprises, regardless of their size, to secure the financial future of their employees. They are an automated paperless system that reduces the administrative burden for the clients. 

 

It only takes a few minutes to sign up for the plan, as long as their website is simple and user-friendly for both employers and employees. 

 

Human Interest offers innovative solutions to huge problems: In 2015, US pension assets totaled $ 25 trillion. Even so, less than half of Americans have saved enough to retire. 

 

The founder wants to change that. Human Interest is backed by Y Combinator, SoftTech VC, SV Angel, CrunchFund, Slow Ventures, and other top Silicon Valley investors.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Jeff Schneble

Funding: $81.7M

Follow on: Linkedin

 

58. Modern Health

Modern Health is a mental health care platform for employers. It is the only solution that can meet the full range of mental wellbeing needs through both evidence-based technology and the professional support of a certified trainer or therapist. Whether someone wants to proactively manage stress or treat depression, Modern Health guides people to the right care at the right time and helps companies save money on interactions and healthcare costs. Modern Health has raised over $ 11 million from Kleiner Perkins and Y Combinator and works with leading companies looking to take a proactive approach to mental wellness.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: N/A

Funding: $42.4M

Follow on: Linkedin

 

59. Chime

Chime is a startup based in San Francisco that aims to help its members lead healthier financial lives. Chime is the leading US mobile bank account designed to help people avoid fees, automatically save money, and improve their finances. 

 

They have created a new approach to banking that does not rely on commissions or profits from member failures or mistakes. Chime members receive a debit card, expense account, savings account, and a powerful app that simplifies financial automation and keeps members in control. 

 

The Chime app is available for iPhone and Android devices and has been voted one of the best new money management apps in the App Store.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Kate Karas

Funding: $1.5B

Follow on: Linkedin

 

Chime Online Banking App and Debit Card

60. Calm

Calm is Apple's App of the Year for 2017 iPhone! And their mission is to make the world a happier and healthier world with the superpower Calm. 

 

They are developing a range of digital and physical products that improve mental health and alleviate some of the most important mental health problems of today (anxiety, depression, insomnia and stress). 

 

Calm has over 25 million users and is profitable (10x revenue growth in two years). Mental Fitness is rapidly emerging as a new Physical Fitness area, and the founders believe a huge global brand will be built in this space. 

 

The company’s goal is to transform Calm into one of the most valuable and significant brands of the 21st century - Nike of the Mind. Calm is co-founded by Alex Tew and Michael Acton Smith.

 

Round of funding: N/A

Founder/ CEO: Alex Tew, Michael Acton Smith

Funding: $143M

Follow on: Linkedin

 

San Francisco Startup Scene Is Not Going Anywhere

Despite heavy competition from blossoming innovation hubs like San Diego or LA, The Fog City remains America’s breeding ground for innovation. We hope that our list of 50 disruptive startups in San Francisco has demonstrated that. 

 

Which of the above companies appealed to you the most? Have we missed any startup that deserves a spot? 

 

Share your thoughts with us and tell us which of these top San Francisco startups has inspired you to pursue your business idea through web and mobile development. And stay tuned for our next startup summary; we’ll be heading to Atlanta, the Empire City of the South!

Patrycja Mach

Patrycja is a B2B Marketing Expert with experience in growing IT businesses since 2014. She creates and implements 360-degree marketing strategy. In her career, she focuses on lead generation based on marketing automation, collecting data, AB experiments and complex customer journeys. Business, self-development and psychology enthusiast.

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