Startup jobs are becoming more and more popular, not just among Scouted candidates, but job-seekers everywhere. The idea of getting your hands dirty, wearing multiple hats while simultaneously learning valuable skills, and making a difference from day one appeals to a lot of people.
While startup life can be demanding (ie. the wearing multiple hats thing and the potential, nay, guarantee for some late nights), they come with a lot of upsides as well. They often allow employees to own stock in the company, provide (at least the occasional) free lunch, offer more or unlimited vacation time, flexible work hours, and usually have a more collaborative environment.
Do you have the startup spark in your eye?
This week at Scouted, we wanted to highlight several startups we’re – really – excited about this month. Some of them you’ll find are hiring on Scouted. Some, we just had to mention anyway.
Catchafire is a social enterprise on a mission to realize the future of social impact work. The company’s goal is to catalyze greater impact in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors by connecting nonprofits with talented people who want to do pro bono work (read: they’re like a Scouted for non-profits). The team is comprised of diverse thinkers and people on the constant pursuit of professional and personal growth. This is the perfect opportunity for smart, ego-free do-gooders who want to change the status quo while working with an incredibly talented and impressive team of people.
What if you could get things at a wholesale price instead of the retail price while shopping? With fast and free shipping and no membership fees, Boxed does that for you. The only condition is that you will be only shipped a box. Their team tests and selects a range of the most popular products so buyers can be confident in your purchase. Shop tried-and-true household favorites as well as new, hand-picked brands.
Boxed has received $243 million in funding. Currently, it is working as an authentic wholesaling store that sets it apart from the rest. Simplified shopping is something we all can look forward to, thanks to this startup. (Source: Cloudways.com)
Garner Health wants to help employers give their employees access to the best quality healthcare providers. By conducting analytics on individual doctors, changing the financial incentives baked into normal health insurance plans, and offering consumer-friendly tools, Garner guarantees employers a 10% savings on healthcare costs while improving quality outcomes for employees.
But here’s what makes Garner awesome: The company is led by Nick Reber who was on the leadership team at Oscar Health and saw the company through early-stage growth and success. And with Reber at the helm, Garner has secured venture funding and is ready to build out its pre-launch team in the areas of data science, product, and engineering. Not to mention the competitive salary, early-stage experience, and a high-energy team.
Language-learning app Duolingo has opened up new opportunities for smartphone users. Being bilingual looks great on a resume, can open life up to new cultural opportunities, and research has shown it can even delay symptoms of dementia. Now with a new round of funding from Google parent Alphabet, the fast-growing language-learning platform is looking to expand its technology, marketing and staff.
Duolingo, which offers the most-downloaded education app in the world, just raised $30 million in a Series F funding from Alphabet’s CapitalG late-stage growth venture fund, becoming the first Pittsburgh-based tech start-up valued at more than $1 billion by venture capital investors. Duolingo’s new valuation is $1.5 billion. It has raised a total of $138 million, including from existing investors such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Union Square Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Drive Capital, Ashton Kutcher, and Tim Ferriss. (Source: CNBC.com)
Openinvest is a mission-oriented fin-tech startup that has built technology to support socially responsible investments. It was started by ex-Bridgewater employees (who we know well – they are super smart and really good guys), and they just closed their Series-A funding last year (from top VCs including Andreessen Horowitz, System IQ, QED, etc). They are in an exciting growth stage and gearing up for the next round! They have a transparent and supportive culture, and they are dedicated to using technology to bring honesty and transparency to financial services while making socially responsible investing accessible to everyone.
They are looking for a super-smart, highly analytical and creative thinker to join their team as Financial Product Manager. One of their financial products is essentially an index fund with an ESG overlay, and you’d be responsible for the conceptual thinking and idea generation to power/optimize their algorithm, and then work with their tech team to implement your thinking. You’d be in the thick of it, directly influencing their IP. Experience in a highly analytical role at an asset management fund/investment management fund is required, but experience in (software) product management is not (but an interest in PM is definitely a plus). This is a great opportunity to join a mission-oriented startup well-positioned for success and to get in on the ground floor before they take off!
Hinge is the dating app that’s great at one thing: setting you up on great dates. That’s why they learn your type based on the people you like, show off your personality with icebreaker prompts, and let you know who likes you so you can easily start a conversation. So if you’re looking for a BFF, a job, a pen pal, or a hookup, Hinge isn’t the place for you. Hinge is the dating app made for dating, and they’re good at what they do. On Hinge, 3 out of 4 first dates lead to second dates, and they’re the #1 dating app mentioned in The New York Times wedding section. (Source: AngelList)
Alma simplifies access to high quality, results-oriented therapists and coaches. Their mission is to make meaningful therapy and coaching experiences easily available in uplifting and supportive environments that celebrate self-growth. To do that, they bring together communities of independent providers and support them through shared access to beautifully-designed office space, best-in-class technology, and community events and training focused on delivering high-impact care for clients.
Alma is pioneering a new practice model for therapists to elevate the therapy experience and simplify access to care. They are creating a space for mental healthcare professionals to build co-practicing communities powered by technology and shared services. End goal? Making mental healthcare simpler for those who need it. This past June, Alma Health closed their Series A round of funding, backed by First Round, Box Group, and Primary Ventures just to make a few of their top investors.
A fitness membership that lets you enjoy diverse and exciting ways to work out. Founded in 2013, ClassPass is the leading membership to the world’s largest fitness network. With over 8,000 partners in 39 cities worldwide, ClassPass provides members a variety of fitness experiences to choose from, including yoga, cycling, Pilates, barre, running, strength training, dance, sports, videos and more. Recognized as one of Forbes’s Next Billion Dollar Startups, ClassPass leverages proprietary technology to dynamically merchandise and surface over a million fitness classes for a seamless booking experience that facilitates discovery. (Source: AngelList)
Blend makes the process of getting a loan simpler, faster, and safer. With its digital lending platform, Blend helps financial institutions including Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank increase productivity and deliver exceptional customer experiences. The company regularly processes nearly $2 billion in mortgages and consumer loans daily, helping millions of consumers get into homes and gain access to the capital they need to lead better lives.
At Blend, they’re building a digital platform for lenders and borrowers that makes the experience more modern, transparent, and accessible to traditionally underserved customers. Their platform vastly simplifies the loan application process and includes a simple, responsive, borrower platform and a full-featured lender experience. Blend engineers work across the enterprise and consumer software.
Founded in 2012 by a group of former Palantir engineers, Blend raised $130M from Temasek and General Atlantic in the summer of 2019. (Source: AngelList)
Morty is on a mission to revolutionize the outdated mortgage industry by letting people shop, compare, and close any mortgage option from any lender, completely online. They understand that buying a home is a big deal – and want to create a world in which this critical financial transaction is both accessible and simple. Morty just raised their Series A in August of this year (from top VCs like Thrive Capital and Lerner Hippeau) and is definitely a company to watch.
Why Morty? They’ve just moved into a sleek SoHo office (we’ve visited, it’s great) and perks are top-notch: Unlimited PTO, 100% employer-paid healthcare, a NEW MacBook pro, a stocked kitchen, team happy hours, and more!
Startups are an exciting place to have a career. Learning opportunities are essentially endless and working with a team who’s passionate and where good ideas are truly valued can be really meaningful. Check out Scouted for even more startups and exciting companies who are hiring passionate and creative thinkers.