At Snipply, we write a ton on the future of work. According to Deloitte, the future of work is being shaped by two powerful forces: “The growing adoption of artificial intelligence in the workplace, and the expansion of the workforce to include both on- and off-balance-sheet talent.”
With that being said, there are number related areas defining the future of work. Let’s take a look at some of the top startups around the globe, shaping the future of how, where, and when we get work done. But first…
How Did We Make The List?
We used Crunchbase Pro’s search feature for this list. First, we defined the categories for “future of work” which include — collaboration, collaborative consumption, document management, document preparation, productivity tools, real-time, product management, database, file sharing, content, freelance, peer to peer, outsourcing, content creators, and virtual workforce.
We then excluded all companies marked as closed and searched for founded after 1/1/2013. The way the list is sorted is by “CB Rank”. Crunchbase defines CB Rank as follows:
The Crunchbase Rank algorithm takes many signals into account including the number of connections a profile has, the level of community engagement, funding events, news articles, and acquisitions.
A company’s Rank is fluid and subject to rising and decaying over time with time-sensitive events. Events such as product launches, funding events, leadership changes, and news affect a company’s Crunchbase Rank.
We removed the startups that clearly aren’t related to the future of work, and here we are — the top 50 future of work startups headquartered globally.
50. Music Traveler
Music Traveler is a rapidly growing aggregator and marketplace, bringing a highly fragmented B2B and B2BC environment to the sharing economy. Music Traveler centralizes practice/rehearsal/performing spaces, equipment, and instruction for the performing arts — its mission is to promote the creation, appreciation, and interest in music by reducing barriers, facilitating new interactions.
Website — www.musictraveler.com
Total Funds Raised — $843,095
49. Process Street
Process Street is a SaaS platform that lets non-technical teams create powerful, API driven workflows. It provides an easy way to document, track, automate, and optimize customer-centric processes, helping sales and customer success teams drive revenue and reduce churn.
Website — process.st
Total Funds Raised — $13,358,000
48. Tulip Interfaces
Tulip, a spinout from MIT, brings the power of Industrial IoT and advanced analytics to the manufacturing workforce through its app platform. This revolutionary self-service technology fills the gap between rigid back-end manufacturing IT systems and the dynamic operations taking place on the shop floor. Tulip’s Manufacturing App Platform combines research in intelligent hardware sensors, computer vision, assistive user interfaces, and applied machine learning. Today, Tulip’s Manufacturing App Platform is deployed at dozens of global customers in six countries across multiple industries including Electronics, Aerospace & Defense, Medical Devices, Footwear, Pharmaceuticals, and Contract Manufacturing.
Website — tulip.co
Total Funds Rasied — $52,500,000
AutoRABIT is a developer platform for enabling continuous delivery for SaaS technologies like Salesforce and MuleSoft. AutoRABIT helps its customers automate their cloud software release processes and accelerate the DevOps journey. The company’s Metadata MasteryTM combines process and software so customers can achieve continuous delivery on their salesforce platform.
Website — www.AutoRABIT.com
Total Funds Raised — 12,500,000
Aircall is a cloud phone system and call center software. It makes phone support as easy as email or chat. Aircall’s app enables its clients to have a localized phone presence. The calls are distributed by the app across the team, using their existing devices, wherever they are, and the company is already active in 30 countries.
Website — aircall.io
Total Funds Raised — $40,550,000
DocSend is a secure sharing and tracking platform that helps you identify who is interested in doing business with you and protect your sensitive documents from getting in the wrong hands. With DocSend you can track who opens your document and how much time they spend on each page, protect your documents with security features like email verification and viewer whitelisting, and share multiple documents with a single link using Spaces, our virtual deal room
Website — www.docsend.com
Total Funds Raised — $15,300,000
Zinc is a secure enterprise communication platform built to connect deskless and mobile workers with colleagues both in and out of the office. Zinc combines a full-featured mobile messaging platform that employees love to use with the security, compliance and administrative features that businesses need.
Website — www.zinc.it/
Total Funds Raised — $16,000,000
Website — sourcegraph.com
Total Funds Raised — $43,000,000
Sourcegraph makes code search universal so developers can work on solving problems, not struggle with finding code. With rapidly growing codebases, proliferating number of repos, multiple languages and file formats, and a wide variety of developer tools, Sourcegraph Universal Code Search empowers developers to quickly explore and better understand all code faster.
Tribe is all about premium content at an unprecedented scale at a fraction of the cost. Social Influencers have become powerful allies in the marketing world, yet most remain unaware of their true value as influencers and creators. Tribe is a marketplace where brands invite influencers to create thumb-stopping content and engage audiences they’re desperate to reach.
Website — www.tribegroup.co/
Total Funds Raised — $12,295,586
PlanRadar offers a SaaS solution for documentation and communication in construction and real estate projects (e.g. construction documentation, task and defect management. due diligence, etc.). PlanRadar’s solution with web access and native apps for all kinds of mobile devices supports the user in recording, documentation, communication, and tracking of any kind of information for project & site managers, architects & planners, specialists, technicians, property & facility managers, and investors.
Website — www.planradar.com/
Total Funds Raised — €31,200,000
Splice designs and develops a technology platform for music creators streamlines the fragmented process of creating and sharing music. It also provides artists with means to connect with fans and other artists to solicit feedback throughout every step of the process. Matthieu Aimonetti and Steve Martocci founded Splice in 2013. It has its headquarters in New York City.
Website — www.splice.com/
Total Funds Raised — $104,749,998
Krisp app makes Remote Workers more professional. With Krisp you can take calls from wherever you want without worrying about privacy and background noise. The app works with all Conferencing and Recording apps out of the box. It also supports any headset and microphone (built-in, Bluetooth or USB). Krisp has been built in Armenia and has offices in Berkeley and Yerevan.
Website — krisp.ai/
Total Funds Raised — $3,475,000
38. Yellowbrick Data
Yellowbrick Data was founded in 2014 by experts in database and flash memory technologies to simplify data warehousing. They wanted to solve the challenges of high availability, running complex mixed workloads, support for ad-hoc SQL, computing correct answers on any schema, massive scalability and supporting large numbers of concurrent users. Yellowbrick Data empowers companies to make faster decisions with all of their data. Built for enterprises and the hybrid cloud, the Yellowbrick Data Warehouse deploys powerful analytics anywhere, with best-in-class economics.
Website — yellowbrick.com/
Total Funds Rasied — $173,000,000
Contentful provides the essential content infrastructure for your projects, making content accessible via APIs and editable in a CMS-like web app. Companies such as Spotify, Urban Outfitters, Red Bull, Jack in the Box, The British Museum, Xoom, Lenovo, and many others rely on Contentful to author, manage and deliver digital content to any device and multiple platforms.
Website — www.contentful.com
Total Funds Raised — $79,600,000
Productboard is the product management system that helps product teams get the right products to market, faster. Over 2,600 modern, product-led companies, like Zendesk, UiPath, and Microsoft, use productboard to understand what users really need, prioritize what to build next, and rally everyone around their roadmap.
Website — www.productboard.com
Total Funds Raised — $64,700,000
Vymo is a personal assistant app that automates sales force activities, driving sales effectiveness. By capturing rich, contextual data, it generates actionable insights that help managers make need-based interventions to close more deals. The company’s aim is to help its clients achieve an unprecedented degree of sales productivity by automating the activities of enterprise sales and service teams.
Website — www.getvymo.com
Total Funds Raised — $23,000,000
Superhuman is rebuilding the inbox from the ground up to make you brilliant at what you do. Superhuman is gorgeous, blazingly fast, and comes with advanced features that make you feel superhuman like AI, Triage, Undo Send, Insights from social networks, Follow-up Reminders, Scheduled Messages, and Read Statuses. The team previously founded Rapportive (acquired by LinkedIn), created pry (used by 25% of ruby developers), and co-founded Rapleaf/Liveramp (acquired for $310M).
Website — superhuman.com/
Total Funds Raised — $33,000,000
Spike is an application that converts existing emails into a multimedia mobile messaging format based on the people and groups that matter most to its users. Spike automatically turns its users’ old and new email messages to natural chat conversations. It supports real-time messaging, document and photo-sharing, voice and video calls, and more, eliminating the need to use multiple apps to stay in touch. Spike syncs with desktop emails so that conversations, documents, and media will be stored right in its users’ clouds. The company’s goal is to bring all of communications, emails, chats, calls, team collaborations, tasks, and voice notes to one place.
Website — www.spikenow.com
Total Funds Raised — $7,320,000
Filevine is a cloud-based project, team and client management app for legal professionals and firms. Filevine moves beyond using multiple applications that parse time and productivity by providing a singular digital office space. It allows users with different roles and responsibilities to work in real-time as it stores and tracks email, case discussions, sharing and uploading files, collaboration on documents, tracking and setting due dates, and assigning tasks.
Website — filevine.com/
Total Funds Raised — $12,360,000
Construction companies of all sizes use Fieldwire to power clear communication on over 500,000 projects worldwide. With its easy-to-use mobile application, Fieldwire saves each user 1 hour every day by enabling more efficient information sharing onsite. Fieldwire’s key features include plan viewing, task management, issue tracking, reporting, and more — all accessible from one place. Fieldwire is venture-backed by top investors in the industry and is already transforming the way dispersed teams communicate and collaborate on projects.
Website — www.fieldwire.com
Total Funds Raised — $41,200,000
Flock is a faster, more organized way for teams to communicate. Flock provides one-on-one chat and public and private channels and offers multi-party video and audio calling and screen sharing. It also integrates with over forty third party apps including Google Drive, Github, Trello, Asana and many others and provides a set of business apps including Shared To-dos, Reminders, Polls, Note Sharing, Code Snippet Sharing and so on. Flock powers over 25,000 companies and Flock users around the world have reported increased productivity by 30%, 50% fewer emails, and a 50% reduction in in-person meetings
Website — www.flock.com
Total Funds Raised — $45,000,000
Industrious is a premium workplace platform, blending five-star service, and stunning design to provide unparalleled workplace experience for established professionals. Founded in 2013 by Jamie Hodari and Justin Stewart, the company provides members with stunning offices, inviting hospitality, and inspiring communities. By transforming real estate into a personal, elegant and high-quality experience, Industrious built the concept of co-working into a scalable platform for businesses of all sizes. Industrious has more than 20 locations across the country.
Website — www.industriousoffice.com/
Total Funds Raised — $222,000,000
Honeycomb provides full-stack observability — designed for high cardinality data and collaborative problem solving, enabling engineers to deeply understand and debug production software together. Founded on the experience of debugging problems at the scale of millions of apps serving tens of millions of users, they empower every engineer to instrument and query the behavior of their system.
Website — www.honeycomb.io/
Total Funds Raised — $26,900,000
27. CData Software
CData Software offers data integration solutions for real-time access to on-line or on-premise applications, databases, and Web APIs. It specializes in providing access to data through established data standards and application platforms such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET, OData, SSIS, BizTalk, and Excel. The company was founded in 2016 and headquartered in North Carolina, United States.
Website — www.cdata.com/
Total Funds Raised — $20,000,000
Heap automates away the annoying parts of analytics so that companies can focus on making smarter business decisions. The company’s mission is to power business decisions with truth and encourages companies to focus on discovering insights and taking action. With Heap, organizations can remove technical jams and obtain a single comprehensive view of the customers. The software automatically gathers, organizes, analyzes, and connects customer data, so businesses can create more valuable products and experiences. Heap serves over 6,000 companies in ecommerce, SaaS, fintech, retail, media, and beyond including Twilio, LendingClub, App Annie, Optimizely, Morningstar, Monotype, and Casper.
Website — heap.io/
Total Funding — $95,120,000
ContentCal is a social media company with the mission to help anyone and every one succeed in social media marketing. ContentCal originally started as a social media marketing agency in London in 2014. After spotting an opportunity to bring robust strategies, workflows, and social media marketing practices to companies of all sizes they successfully rebranded and launched ContentCal to market. They are focussed on continually innovating in the social media space and putting their user’s needs first with every decision they make, producing some of the best social media marketing products in the world.
Website — www.contentcal.io
Total Funds Raised — $6,426,303
Evisort is an AI-powered contract management company founded in 2016 by Harvard Law and MIT researches to develop AI algorithms to help companies mine contracts for data. Evisort’s AI understands meaning and context in legal language, virtually eliminating the need to read contracts and helps companies organize, understand, and extract data from their contracts. With Evisort, information locked away in documents becomes searchable, and key terms can be surfaced to the right people at the right time. It can be used across all documents across an organization and helps companies reduce costs and improve their compliance and business operations.
Website — evisort.com
Total Funds Raised — $20,600,000
Shift is a productivity platform that helps customers streamline and optimize their workflow, in one beautiful place. Their mission is to bring focus and convenience to the workday and make managing multiple apps and accounts — without logging in and out or opening up a browser — simple and intuitive. By re-thinking the way work gets done, Shift is solving an acute pain point felt by millions, and growing at an unprecedented rate.
Website — tryshift.com/
Total Funds Raised — CA$1,000,000
Oxygen is a neo (challenger) bank, focused on freelancers and the gig-economy at large offering banking and credit. At its core, Oxygen is a digital bank. They have banking and lending services for the massive gig-economy and are focused on making banking easy for contractors/freelancers while making returns to employers and private capital investors.
Website — www.oxygenbank.com
Total Funds Raised — $5,500,000
Workato is an intelligent automation platform designed to automate work in businesses. It enables business and IT to integrate their apps and automate complex business workflows with security and governance. It helps businesses create powerful, business critical integrations between cloud apps in minutes. Founded on 2013, Workato is trusted by top brands as well as its growing innovators. It is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
Website — www.workato.com
Total Funds Raised — $105,000,000
Total funding: $14,639,204
Alpha’s on-demand insights platform empowers clients to rapidly accelerate experimentation, inform business decisions with customer wants and needs, deliver and scale agile research capabilities, and develop better products faster. By integrating traditionally manual tasks like audience sourcing, concept designing, test scripting, and data reporting, the platform accelerates time-to-insight from months to hours. One of their taglines is that they’re the fastest way for companies to learn more about their future customers.
Website — alphahq.com
Total Funds Raised— $14,639,204
Sublet, get out of your lease or find a flexible place to live. Flip is the easiest way to sublet or get out of your lease, and it’s 100% free for listers. While more of a future of living startup, the future of work is all about working where and when you want, and Flip certainly helps with that.
Website — flip.lease/
Total Funds Raised— $7,300,000
18. Thrive Global
Founded and led by Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global is a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform aimed at changing the way we work and live. Thrive Global’s mission is to end the epidemic of stress and burnout by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance. Thrive Global’s three interconnected core components are: corporate trainings and workshops that bring the latest strategies and tools around health and well-being to organizations; a media platform that serves as the global hub for the conversation about well-being and performance, with an emphasis on action; and an e-commerce platform that offers a curated selection of the best technology and products for well-being.
Website — www.thriveglobal.com/
Total Funds Raised— $50,000,000
Pendo is a product experience platform that helps software product teams deliver software users love. By combining product analytics with qualitative feedback, Pendo closes the loop with users, learning from product usage patterns and user sentiment so product teams can make more informed decisions. With this, you can target and prioritize features and enhancements, identify which customers are at risk for churn, and which ones are ready to advocate. From these same insights, you can easily set up in-app messages, guides and walkthroughs without any coding to help users get the most value from your products.
Website — www.pendo.io
Total Funds Raised — $208,250,000
Front is reinventing the inbox so people can accomplish more together. With new workflows, efficient collaboration, and all their communication channels in one place, more than 5,000 businesses rely on their Front inbox to be more productive as a team. Founded in 2013, Front has raised $79 million from Sequoia, DFJ, and others to unlock new ways to work that make people more efficient, fulfilled, and ultimately happier at work.
Website — frontapp.com
Total Funds Raised — $138,250,000
Lattice is a people management platform that enables People Leaders to develop engaged, high-performing teams. By combining continuous performance management and employee engagement in one solution, HR and People teams get powerful, real-time analytics that leads to actionable insights turning managers into leaders, employees into high-performers, and companies into the best places to work. Lattice was founded in 2015 and based in San Francisco, California.
Website — www.lattice.com/
Total Funds Raised — $49,320,000
Founded in 2017, Neighbor is a peer-to-peer self-storage company based in the Silicon Slopes of Lehi, Utah. The company connects people who have unused space in their homes, garages or apartments to renters who are looking for affordable storage. Neighbor benefits renters by providing safer, more accessible storage for half the price of a traditional self-storage unit, while giving hosts the opportunity to earn thousands of dollars per year from their empty space. Neighbor’s team helps keep the connection safe, easy and friendly and provides an unprecedented $25,000 renter guarantee for items stored and a $1 million host liability guarantee so that good neighbors everywhere can help each other out.
Website — www.neighbor.com
Total Funds Raised — $12,700,000
13. The Wing
The Wing is a network of work and community spaces designed for women with locations in New York, California, and Washington, D.C. The Wing’s mission is the professional, civic, social, and economic advancement of women through the community.
Wesbite — www.the-wing.com
Total funding: $117,500,000
Primer wants to help companies understand massive stores of text data using AI. It uses machine learning techniques to help parse and collate a large number of documents across several languages in order to facilitate further investigation. Users feed Primer’s software a stream of documents, and it automatically summarizes what it determines to be the most important information out of that haystack of data. Users are then able to filter by topic, event, and other categories to drill down into the information Primer collected so they can go beyond the automatically generated headlines.
Website — primer.ai/
Total Funds Raised — $54,700,000
Porch.com is a home services platform that helps homeowners maintain their homes and get projects done by connecting them with quality home improvement professionals. Porch is available nationwide online, through the Porch App and serves as the exclusive in-store resource in over 1,720 Lowe’s stores across the U.S.
Website — porch.com
Total Funds Raised — $119,850,000
Hive is a productivity platform that drives companies to work forward. Their productivity platform powers the fast pace at companies like Starbucks, Uber, IBM, and Netflix, and they are passionate about changing how people work and communicate. Hive aims to improve workplace productivity for companies of all types and sizes. Hive was founded by John Furneaux and Eric Typaldos in 2015 and is based in New York, USA.
Website — hive.com/
Total funds Raised — $16,000,000
Slite is where modern teams write and organize their content: meeting notes, processes, how to’s, collaborative docs, and more. Slite helps teams work more thoughtfully — it’s a simple tool to write and centralize docs in a way that encourages a less interrupted, more transparent way of working. They’re also a fully-remote team and YC grads.
Website — slite.com
Total Funds Raised — $15,400,000
Pitch provides the next generation of content collaboration and presentation software which enables anyone to easily develop and share beautiful presentations. Behind Pitch is a senior team funded by renowned investors. The company was founded in 2018 and is based in Berlin, Germany.
Website — pitch.com
Total Funds Raised — $52,700,711
Eigen is a research-led artificial intelligence company based in London and New York. The company’s mission is to help individuals and organizations make the right decisions, and this is done by unlocking the value of their qualitative data. Eigen automates the extraction and classification of information from documents. Its simple, flexible Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology accurately extracts information from diverse types of documents at scale and can be integrated into our clients’ workflows. The company uses use state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to recognize patterns in text and give accurate answers to unique questions.
Website — www.eigentech.com/
Total Funds Raised — $59,382,862
Coda creates online documents and the utility of applications into a single new canvas. Coda is a new type of doc that blends the flexibility of documents, the power of spreadsheets, and the utility of applications into a single new canvas. That’s Coda. It lets you make a doc as powerful as an app. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, California.
Website — coda.io/
Total Funds Raised — $60,000,000
Unqork is a no-code enterprise application platform that helps large companies build, deploy, and manage complex applications. Companies like Liberty Mutual, Goldman Sachs, and John Hancock are using Unqork’s drag-and-drop interface to build enterprise applications faster, with higher quality, and lower costs than conventional approaches. It digitizes the entire client lifecycle and enables financial services and insurance companies to bring complex and regulated products to market.e.
Website — www.unqork.com/
Total Funds Raised — $158,169,951
WorkJam is an employee engagement suite that unleashes the potential of enterprise workforces through agile scheduling, transformative communication, experiential learning, and tailored recognition, empowering the shift-based, hourly, and non-desk workers. It manages and optimizes the entire employee-employer relationship life cycle with dynamic mobile communication and workforce management to drive operational efficiency and productivity. It also enables employers to improve labor cost management and sales through better communication with their workforce, enhanced employee self-service, and better customer experience through a more motivated and engaged staff.
Website — www.workjam.com/
Total Funds Raised — $62,000,000
Maven is a media coalition of professional content destinations. It operates on a shared digital publishing, advertising, and distribution platform, providing a major media scale alternative to news and information distributed on social platforms. The company was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Website — maven.io
Total Funds Raised — $77,625,000
Notion is for notes, tasks, wikis, and databases. The app blends everyday work apps into one. It serves as an all-in-one workspace for note-taking, task management, and project management. The app can be accessed via most web browsers. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Website — www.notion.so/
Total Funds Raised — $60,000,000
Forecast is a business management platform that helps project-based companies automate operations, empower people, and leverage insights to drive business performance and client success. The company believes every day should be filled with less ad-hoc and administrative work. With Forecast, people spend time acting from data, instead of spending time collecting data. It enables people to move from old world projects first to a new world of clients first, which in turn delivers better results.
Total Funds Raised — $9,703,798
So that concludes the list. Make sure to follow the blog as we’ll also be adding tons of resources and commentary over the next few weeks on everything from the future of work to growth hacks and automation.
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