The Fastest Growing Startups in Boston, Seattle, and SoCal
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We noticed a few interesting points about these lists. The Boston companies are mostly the usual suspects among the region’s highest-flying startups. Ryan wrote about Acceleron’s acceleration in May. But Senior Whole Health is a bit of an outlier—it’s a health insurance plan for senior citizens that is indeed venture backed, but is so far off Xconomy’s beaten path of infotech, life sciences, and energy startups that I wasn’t even aware of it. And I was a bit startled to see Kronos on the list, considering that it cut 250 workers in January.
For Seattle, Greg says the companies on StartUpHire’s roster are not necessarily the ones you’d expect to see on this kind of list, as they’re not companies that have been making a lot of news in our pages. And several of the companies are growth equity-backed, rather than venture-backed—Ignition Partners’ growth fund backs both Liberty Dialysis and SeaMobile, for example—though that may be splitting hairs. WhitePages.com just engineered a $2.5 million relaunch of its website, which may explain all its open positions.
As for Southern California, by which StartUpHire means both Los Angeles and San Diego, most of the companies listed are actually in Los Angeles. Only Covario and Greatcall (the parent company of Jitterbug, which JP wrote about in March) are in San Diego. Which may say something about the lagging state of the venture industry in San Diego.