Best Tech Manager (San Francisco) | When looking at prospective candidates the #1 thing Ilan looks when interviewing is that they are a "nice, good and genuine person". Ilan cares more them being a nice, pleasant person to work with because he wants everyone to work together harmoniously.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Chicago) | We foster a creative and free thinking, work hard/play hard environment by providing for employee wellbeing. As a mission-driven culture, we give back through a lot of community events like food drives and volunteer work. On a weekly basis, employees have access to holistic benefits like healthy organic food, yoga, massages and personal trainers.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Los Angeles) | To ensure a good cohesion in the entire engineering department, once a week we all have lunch together and split into random groups of 4/5 people. The company also has an extensive on boarding program to ensure any newcomers get all that they need and team up with a "buddy" who is someone out of their own department to ensure that they are really nicely integrated into the company.
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Best Tech Startup (Philadelphia) | Asset-Map remains a visually engaging DOL-compliant sales tool for advisors, going above and beyond the recently outlined regulations. The platform visually facilitates meaningful financial conversations and illustrates a client’s complete financial landscape in a simple, 1-page snapshot.
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Best Tech Startup (Orange County) | Sitch Ai is transforming the world of public safety with a technology that leverages machine learning to accurately detect active shooters in schools and public spaces. This technology also helps first responders arrive on-scene and immediately find and track the location of the shooter. Amidst the disagreements in government regarding gun laws, Sitch Ai is the disruptive technology that both sides of the gun law discussion can agree on.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley) | Dani created the Engineer LifeCycle project at Mercari that looks into each engineer's career goals and creates a concrete plan to make it happen by providing special support to individuals.
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Best Tech Startup (Los Angeles) | LeafLink, the largest wholesale marketplace for the cannabis industry, has over $600MM in annualized revenue moving through its many verticals, allowing 600+ brands and over 2,100 retailers to create efficiencies with its custom-built cannabis commerce platform, with inventory management, streamlined ordering processes, and CRM capabilities.
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Best Tech Startup (NYC) | Before goodLinc, nonprofits usually renewed product and service contracts without performing adequate due diligence to ensure they had the best value for their needs. goodLinc built a no cost, supportive bridge connecting nonprofit organizations and businesses that serve the sector. Free memberships are provided to support sustainability and financial health of the nonprofit community. Members are encouraged to build connections and engage with others to collaborate, share ideas and best practices.
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Best Tech Startup (NYC) |Vydia is an Inc. 500 video technology company that empowers over 200,000 creators worldwide to sync, store, and secure their content. Behind Vydia’s innovative platform is a team of engineers, data scientists, product specialists and more dedicated to cultivating a diverse workforce.
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Best Tech Work Culture (NYC) | Pager strives to ensure that every employee has the tools and resources they need do their best work. Creating a disruptive solution to a problem as significant as changing the consumer experience in healthcare, requires a team commitment to creative and innovative thinking. To ensure that our employees are set up for success, we provide the tools and resources they need to maximize their potential.
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Best Work Culture (Orange County) | As media consumption shifts from traditional linear viewing to a premium, on-demand experience, our users' appetites for a fast and innovative platform continually increases. We incentivize our teams to stay cutting edge and stay up to par with the big players in the game like Netflix and Hulu. Our teams are incentivized with company-sponsored team events like mixers and team-building events. We also celebrate large launches with company-sponsored meals. Our culture has always been very flexible in terms of hours of operation and vacation which has naturally incentivized the team produce when it works for them.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley) | Ilan promotes career growth by promoting top performers on his team. I've worked with because in addition to HR, I am also the Recruiting leader and I was pleasantly surprised at how he told us the #1 thing he looks when interviewing is that they are a "nice, good and genuine person".
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Best Tech Startup (San Francisco) | Fountain works to address the very real need in the industry for technology that is focused on the unique issues around hiring hourly employees (from delivery drivers to retail employees). Their product is designed for automating the hiring process and utilizes tools like machine learning and text messaging with candidates in order to improve the time to hire.
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Best Tech Manager (Toronto) | Dave promotes career growth within his team by allowing members of his team to take turns hosting weekly lunch and learns to the organization. The goals of these lunch and learns vary from demonstrating what specific employees are working to providing visibility to the organization. They also serve as a way to expose his team members to potential areas of interest they may not have known much about. He is very involved in encouraging his team to take courses and attend workshops outside of the office that can strengthen their skills as leaders themselves and push them out of their comfort zones to learn new skills. He empowers his team on a daily basis by always making sure the company vision and strategy is well articulated while not micromanaging or becoming stressed when under pressure.
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Best Work Culture (Orange County) | Ad Exchange Group cares about their employees mental, physical, and social health. For the body, free yoga, meditation, and tai chi classes are provided in office weekly. For the heart, fun-filled events are held regularly to entertain and engage the workforce, such as bowling competitions, office Olympics, game nights, and more. For the soul, ADEX corporate throws social responsibility events such as clothing drives for Working Wardrobes, charity auctions for Colette’s Children’s Home, or a full day of volunteering at Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa.
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Best Tech Manager (Boston) | Gina's greatest strength as Chief of Product for Ovia Health is that she knows the women and families who use our apps better than anyone. When Ovia launched its first app, Ovia Fertility, Gina spent countless hours and days interviewing women who were pregnant or trying to conceive. Women in her life, women in her friends' lives, women who were brave enough to answer a Craigslist ad: if you were pregnant or trying to get pregnant in the Greater Boston Area at that time, chances are, you talked to Gina. This is because the business of women's health is so personal to her: she cares deeply about supporting women and families at home, in the workplace, and beyond. She's a user of Ovia's three apps herself, using Ovia Fertility, Ovia Pregnancy, and Ovia Parenting on her own path to parenthood with her two daughters, Hazel and Quentin.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Philadelphia) | AWeber has always celebrated differences within their workplace, but have recently launched their new WE@AWeber program to create greater awareness of diversity at the company. This new program includes a monthly meeting to openly and honestly discuss diversity topics. The company also sends a monthly WE@AWeber newsletter, where they share links to articles that relate to various diversity topics, as well as local events and meetups that support diversity.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Los Angeles) | Exemplified by the growing number of "Best Place to Work" accolades, Hawke Media promotes innovation, learning, independence and creativity. Employees are encouraged to continue their professional development, as Hawke will pay for classes, conferences and more.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley) Mikko is a passionate technical leader for Vincit. He helped open and run our Helsinki office, before moving to California to build the amazing culture and high quality services offered at Vincit California. He is truly focused on creating great software and living up to the mission of Vincit: making employees and customers happier tomorrow than they are today.
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Best Tech Startup (Boston) | Wasabi, the hot cloud storage start-up, is sizzling as it represents what the next generation of cloud storage looks like.
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Best Tech Startup (Washington DC) | Hatch Apps deserves to win Best Tech Startup due to their inclusive, creative work environment and passion to bring transparency and price stability to the software development space. Hatch Apps is a no-code app development platform that enables businesses to create and iterate mobile and web apps. The platform serves as a critical tool for digital transformation and provides a cost-effective and high-quality alternative to traditional software development options.
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Best Tech Startup (Chicago) | Codeverse is the world's first fully interactive coding studio for kids aged 6-13, founded on the mission to teach a billion kids to code.
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Best Tech Startup (Boston) | botkeeper offers a breakthrough solution to an age-old problem by automating bookkeeping tasks. The result: Round-the-clock and virtual accounting services for half the cost.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Philadelphia) | As an experience design firm, Think Company works hard to design a great employee experience and overall culture for everyone on the team—including their technology discipline. Their Technology leaders intentionally address creativity, innovation, learning, and rewarding a job well done among other initiatives.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Philadelphia) | ShopRunner creates an environment for employees to grow, learn and collaborate with team members. The culture is centered on seven core values: boldness, inclusion, grit, candor, accountability, spirit and hustle. The company believes great ideas should not solely come from senior leadership but from employees at any level.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | Petuum is a combined team of industry veterans and mission-driven AI scientists from the world's leading AI institute, Carnegie Mellon University. We witnessed the problems with existing AI solutions: specialized machined learning experts hand craft a one-off models, a process that is slow, expensive and not scalable. We've made it our mission to change this! We are making AI accessible to all businesses by turning AI from an artisan-craft into a standardized, industrial-grade enterprise tool. This enables the fast development and deployment of AI solutions without an in-house team of specialized AI talent, allowing any organization to unlock the value of AI "fast and fuss-free." With $108 million in investor funding led by SoftBank, Petuum is one of the highest-funded Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning startups. Petuum enables and orchestrates AI for enterprise with our software platform as well as vertical industry solutions. Our AI platform allows enterprises to design, build, experiment, customize, operate and own vertical AI solutions in a wide range of industries and areas. Our vertical industry solutions provide end-to-end AI functions for a variety of industry verticals, starting with Healthcare and Manufacturing / IoT
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Boston) | Payfactors is working hard to promote and encourage diversity of backgrounds and diversity of thought. We have grown our monthly "Women Talk Tech" lunches from a small group of 5 or 6 to a group of over 20 women in tech. It has been amazing to watch the program grow to include women of all ages and backgrounds, coming together to discuss the industry we all support.
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Best Tech Manager (Orange County) | Craig Stapleton has worked at Advantech for 27 years and his decades of knowledge and positive interactions with clients have helped shape the company’s roadmap and guided the future direction of its gaming solutions. Craig exemplifies strong leadership through his attention to detail, exceptional mentorship practices, and emphasis on cross-training and maximizing his team’s individual skill sets.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Chicago) | Brad’s Deals publicly celebrates our women employees to attract more female tech talent, most visibly in the literature about the Women’s Tech Accelerator. Human resources leverages organizations like Tech Ladies and Noirefy for hiring and recruitment. We also support the annual Chicago Women in Tech Event event as one of their sponsors.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Philadelphia) | Some might describe the GrayHair culture as “quirky”, and they would still take that as the highest compliment! They are allergic to corporate bureaucracy, and are not afraid to work hard, play hard and fall hard, then get back up again and have a few good laughs along the way.
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Best Tech Manager (Los Angeles) | Chris always makes himself accessible to the team and genuinely cares about their happiness and career growth. He has crafted a clear and understandable framework outlining guidelines to empower Software Engineers to improve and succeed on three aspects, Technical, Execution and Leadership. He communicates the direction for team’s projects and continually support the progress with meeting and 1-1’s, yet gives freedom to his team members to make their own decisions on how to get to the end goal.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Orange County) | Teletrac Navman invests in their engineers. This investment ensures the developers are always up to date with the latest tech in the industry, benefitting both the company and individuals’ professional development. Unlike many other companies, Teletrac Navman encourages using the best tool for the job and is rarely bound by the status quo. Innovation is built into the culture, incentivization and performance structure and management supports the flow of free-form ideas to further that innovation.
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Best Workplace for Diversity (Orange County) | Jabil Inc is a global company which promotes and understand the added value of diversity and inclusion. In an industry dominated by man, Jabil is proud to present a year over year growth of women representation in manufacturing, management and support roles. Our engineering teams consist a mix if genders, nationalities and religions. Those teams are the main reason why Jabil Inc is considered as one the global leaders in manufacturing automation, especially for custom applications.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (NYC) | Since its inception, VirtualHealth has been dedicated to nurturing an employee-centric culture that places a high value on diversity. Notably, women comprise 50 percent of the company’s leadership team and 45 percent of its total employees. Based on Inc. magazine’s 2018 Best Workplaces employee survey, 90 percent of VirtualHealth’s female employees see professional growth and career development with the company. VirtualHealth was also listed as 2018 Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.
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Best Tech Manager (Boston) | David Safaii is CEO of Trilio, the Massachusetts-based data protection company that’s taking on the backup paradigm. David joined Trilio in 2014 as the company’s first non-founding team member and has grown the company from a fledgling start-up to a venture-backed, rapidly growing cloud infrastructure-as-a-service company. In only a couple of years, David secured the resources to develop and productize what started as an open source project, brought the new solution to market, quickly secured a handful of key customers, and locked down a series A funding round to continue the company’s growth. Through David’s leadership, Trilio has since been on a rapid growth trajectory (of both customers and employees), with even more accomplishments to come. Throughout all these milestones, Trilio remains a relatively lean company in an industry filled with heavily funded startups and weighty enterprise organizations. David uses this as an opportunity to take an active role in managing both his direct reports, and the development of the company as a whole.
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Best Tech Manager (Orange County) | Raj Singh is always available to help his team find solutions to any problems they are facing. He has a genuine attitude and drive for success that inspires his team to their best. He ensures that all his associates have the means they need to achieve their goals. He is innovative in his though processes and teaching style and makes an effort to be in the know on every department’s projects.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Silicon Valley) | Sauce Labs believes that diversity and inclusion are central to a performant and healthy organizational culture. We welcome differences and embrace individuality. We are committed to a culture that not only allows our team members to be who they are, but one that also celebrates them.
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Best Tech Startup (NYC) | After uncovering a need for mobile workers that lies between crammed coffee shops and the sky-high price tag associated with big name co-working giants, KettleSpace leverages underutilized hospitality space in the NYC market, KettleSpace by providing affordable membership-based workspace solutions for freelancers, creatives, and budding entrepreneurs, while providing a new, profit-rich revenue stream to restaurant owners and leading hospitality partners.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Silicon Valley) | Oath’s work through ERGs, human resources, recruiting, employee experience teams, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is delivering on Oath’s commitment to inclusion and the goal of making Oath a great place to work for everyone—including those with seen and unseen disabilities. We recognize we can only build quality technology if we have a diverse perspective in our workplace. Thus, Oath initiated the D, is a dedicated team focused on diverse recruitment and prioritize business organizations that fall below our hiring targets.For example, Oath publicly committed to 50/50 gender equality at the top 4 levels of Oath by 2020, and since Oath’s formation in 2017 to the present, eight of the past 12 VP and above hires have been women.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Toronto) | Localcoin provides an open-space work environment that allows their employees to collaborate on ideas and work together in a free setting. With food provided every day, along with complimentary coffee and drinks to recharge, Localcoin accommodates their employees with the necessary supplies for a successful day. In addition, the directors are very hands-on with their employees, providing guidance whenever necessary as well as the freedom to pursue projects without micro-management.
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Best Tech Manager (NYC) | Manny is an excellent manager and colleague who is able to balance complex technological issues, team dynamics and client requests. He executes with a very positive spirit, humor respect for the whole company and strong technical know-how. This attitude is felt throughout the technical teams and helps making this a great company to work at. He helps his team to grow by coaching, sharing experience and giving his team time and space to work on innovation projects.
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Best Tech Startup (NYC) |Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) was founded in 2012 by CEO, Jarrett Bauer following his grandmother’s readmission to the hospital for heart failure, due to a lack of access and tools at hand including clinician supervision, caregiver support and personal care. Following this, Jarrett along with his co-founders, mobilized the industry’s top doctors, nurses, developers and engineers to found HRS, a software company, focused on reducing readmissions and increasing patient engagement through the integration of clinical and caregiver support.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Silicon Valley) | As a global startup with the mission to lead the way into the future with smart, electric and autonomous vehicles, teams sometimes find themselves under pressure to deliver – this is why NIO makes it a priority to continue shepherding its culture through bimonthly, two-hour “team time.” NIO has more than quadrupled its staff since June 2016. Amid such rapid growth, team time provides an opportunity for employees to welcome new hires and get to know each other outside of work through activities like trivia, scavenger hunts or toy car building, which encourages creativity, teamwork and friendly competition.
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Best Tech Startup (San Francisco) | Matterport has the only A.I.-based 3D software that allows consumers to create an accurate 3D model of any space/property then revisit that space at any time in 3D or VR as if they were truly there. The disruptive technology is quickly reshaping critical components of the real estate, insurance, hospitality, and engineering industries.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley)| Michael embodies the characteristics of a successful tech leader in today's modern tech startup. He's built the software engineering team at Eargo from the ground up, hiring nearly every engineer on the team today. Internal growth has also been a focus, as a number of engineers have already begun transitioning from frontend/full stack roles to full stack/backend roles, respectively. Having spent his career immersed in startups, he brings an attitude focused on execution. As a testament, he launched a redesign ecommerce website for Eargo in his first 2 months on the job with a team of just 3 engineers at the time. With a clear focus on execution and growth, he inspires and enables innovation to happen at Eargo.
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Best Tech Manager (Chicago) | Alan Spadoni, Director of Engineering, personally trains each new developer on the team so they can not only succeed at Buildout, but also wherever else their careers may take them. His passion is innovation, and he hopes to foster the talent that develops the next big technology, even if it’s outside of Buildout.
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Best Tech Manager (Toronto) | Debbie Gamble, VP of Digital Products and Platforms at Interac, has made a significant impact on the fintech industry, and her work has not gone unnoticed. In 2018, she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Payments, earned the ACT Canada Champion’s Award, and at the time of this submission, is shortlisted for the Distinguished Payments Professional award by Women in Payments, accolades she deserves, but never asks for. Instead of vying for recognition, she works vigorously, championing innovative digital solutions alongside the award-winning team she has built. She inspires the creation and growth of products that impact millions of Canadians every day.
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Best Tech Startup (Silicon Valley) | Xage Security has created an innovative product for securing the rapidly evolving Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). As connected devices become more pervasive in our world – from smart homes to cars to cities to personal devices to factories – convenience and productivity have increased, but so has the risk of catastrophic hacks and security events. While technology has made our world more connected, security technology has remained static. Still tied to hardcoded username/password approaches and traditional, centralized security systems, IoT devices – predicted to be about 20 to 30 billion by 2020 – are increasingly vulnerable to attack. Xage’s executive team––Roman Arutyunov (co-founder), Susanto Irwan (co-founder), and Duncan Greatwood (CEO)––is working to maintain security without sacrificing IoT benefits. With years of experience across cybersecurity and distributed systems, Xage’s team has pushed the boundaries of IIoT security by creating a novel solution––a blockchain-protected security fabric securing the evolving IoT technology of today and tomorrow. Eliminating a single point of failure while getting stronger and more secure with each device added, Xage’s products have huge social impact – as a foundational solution preventing dangerous hacks on connected systems, and enabling previously unscalable projects. The fabric introduces groundbreaking innovation, such as distributing encryption keys with blockchain tamperproofing to preserve the confidentiality of secret information such as IoT device password.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Los Angeles) | Creating a diverse workplace is multifaceted. We’ve implemented ways to encourage diversity of thought & empower team members to come up with alternative ways of doing things. We also survey employees on a quarterly basis to ensure that we are keeping our finger on the pulse and inspire diversity through anonymity for those who don’t feel comfortable speaking up on company practices.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Toronto) | Having recognized that diversity is a pillar of this success, CMiC actively participates in global hiring practices by sourcing talent from all over the world to find the essential competencies, professional experience and demonstrated success necessary to fuel the company’s ‘innovation engine.’ CMiC believes that by leveraging Canada’s growing pool of highly skilled immigrants, it can leverage the fresh perspectives they bring to enhance our approach to creating new products, bringing them to market and deploying them in partnership with hundreds of customers.
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