Best Tech Manager (Chicago) | Kim is a rare leader able to evolve her leadership impact from the early pioneering days of Backstop to a growth stage organization and leader in our space. Her ability to communicate her deep technical and industry knowledge is one of many examples of her adaptability and situational smarts.
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Best Tech Work Culture (NYC) |StreetEasy’s mission as a part of Zillow Group is to build the largest, most trusted and vibrant home-related marketplace. To work toward this mission, they promote technical creativity on a day-to-day basis by collaborating in small teams to tackle big ideas and ensuring that everyone has a chance to impact projects. Employees are encouraged to listen to, debate with and support one another as they tackle complex challenges and explore uncharted territory.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (NYC) | At StreetEasy, our employees are our greatest asset. We are working hard to build and maintain a culture of equity and belonging, where everyone can feel like they belong and have the support and resources to do the best work of their careers.
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Best Tech Manager (NYC) | Jay Signorello lives out StreetEasy’s core values every day. Jay leads engineering for all New York brands including StreetEasy, Naked Apartments and Out East as the Vice President of Engineering. As the group leader on a team of 50+ employees, Jay is a great example of the StreetEasy core value “ZG is a Team Sport.” He recognizes that everyone has a role and together we are stronger and can accomplish more than we ever could as individuals.
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Best Tech Startup (Philadelphia) | Laborocity is on a mission to employ the global contract workforce by creating a frictionless, efficient, and safe way for businesses to connect and transact with highly qualified contractors. By utilizing AI, ML, and some good old fashion customer service, Laborocity's platform is disrupting traditional staffing on a global scale.
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Best Tech Manager (Chicago) | Throughout his 20-year career Erik Brown, a senior director in West Monroe’s Technology practice, has honed his skills as a trusted business consultant and deep technologist, enhancing his ability to serve as an exemplary advisor to both his team and senior client executives. As an early employee of the firm, joining West Monroe in 2002, Erik has played an integral role in leading the people first culture at West Monroe. He has a passion for delivering complex technology-enabled business solutions in a variety of platforms, and he’s known for mentoring engineers and technical managers both within West Monroe and on client teams.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Washington DC) | Securiport is a top-tier global leader in intelligent border management and civil aviation security solutions with more than 50 locations worldwide. We exude and place priority on hiring and maintaining diverse talent from all over the world and this is relevant in all our business best practices. In fact, our CEO is from Argentina and most of our executive staff is of international flair including our software and hardware engineers and developers. We infuse cultural competencies into the hiring process and network within a diverse community. We integrate diversity into employment interviewing and hiring at the more technical level as well.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Silicon Valley) | We take equal input from anyone and everyone. There is complete transparency with the administration, and administrators often look to employees for new, innovative ideas. Everyone at AutoGrid is here for a reason, and one of the things that makes AutoGrid great is that all of its employees trust in one another, regardless of where they came from or how long they’ve been in the office. If there is one phrase that sums up the ideation and execution process of AutoGrid it is: Diverse minds create the best products.
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Best Tech Startup (Los Angeles) | Bitcoin IRA, the first and largest cryptocurrency platform that allows customers to purchase Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies for their retirement accounts, is working to disrupt the problematic state of retirement in America.
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Best Tech Manager (Boston) | Jeanne Hopkins leads Ipswitch’s worldwide marketing organization, building a metrics-based powerhouse to fuel demand for the company’s IT management tools.
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Best Tech Startup (Orange County) | Yummi has taken an innovative approach to creating a food-centric platform that let foodies do it all in one user-friendly interface. It allows users to organize, remember and share their food experiences. They aim to build the next-generation food platform where users can find and access reliable and more trusted information.
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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 (Washington DC) | Karle truly helps promote career growth - he values you as a person, gets to know where your interests and skills lie, and how to get your skills aligned with your interests. He keeps you in mind as a human being, and not just an employee of a company that he works as a Director for. However, that being said, he truly encompasses Custom Ink’s three core values: Golden Rule, Ownership, and Innovation. He takes it upon himself to make sure that the people under him are informed, productive, and most importantly, happy! He is always very transparent about the business, and you can count on an honest and thoughtful answer for any question you may have. He is proactive about sharing company roadmaps and initiatives before you even ask about them. He also asks questions during meetings for the benefit of us who are too shy to ask.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Los Angeles) | Our co-founders make it a priority to know and interact with our entire staff daily. No one is small or unimportant, and we celebrate personal and company successes at every level. We are serious about what we do, but make it a point to not take ourselves too seriously.
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Best Tech Startup (San Francisco) | Fleetsmith was founded by a team of former IT admins who were frustrated by the IT management solutions that already existed on the market. Using powerful automation and user-focused product design chops they honed at companies like Dropbox and Fandom, they’ve built a management system that makes it easy for anyone to ensure their entire fleet of devices is properly managed, secure, and compliant.
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Best Tech Startup (Philadelphia) | Wodify has disrupted an industry, by bringing technology into the world of CrossFit, to empower gym owners and athletes around the world. Six years ago, when Wodify was founded, CrossFit gyms operated with outdated systems and athletes manually tracked their workout results with pen & paper. Today, in over 100 countries around the world, fitness entrepreneurs use Wodify's suite of products to run their entire business.
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Best Tech Manager (Orange County) | Bill Cunningham always takes time to listen to his employee’s ideas, questions and concerns. He is always looking for ways to support and develop his team. He shows a great deal of compassion and is always asking what he can do to help. At the end of the day, Bill has managed to perfectly balance his roles and become a business partner, mentor, and friend to all.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Los Angeles) | At SnackNation we have environment in which employees are empowered to entrepreneurial in their roles, regardless of whether they’re an executive, manager, or individual contributor. All ideas are judged on their merits, and team members are encouraged to create solutions – campaigns, programs, or even whole departments – that didn’t previously exist.
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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 (Los Angeles) | Described as the ‘Uber’ for content, Social Native is making high-quality custom content available to all brands with the click of a button. By paying talented consumers, globally, to create content for the brands they love, Social Native is bridging the gap between content supply and demand to create unparalleled efficiency and scale in the creative industry.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Toronto) | TWG is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We follow hiring best practices and have launched initiatives designed to ensure that workforce is diverse. In May of 2015, TechGirls Canada and TWG launched a year-long pilot project to explore, test and report on a set of strategies for boosting gender and racial diversity, equity and inclusion. We are also huge supporters of the LGBTQ+ community, sponsoring such events as Venture Out. TWG had a booth at this year’s conference and supported one of our employees, who spoke. In the area of recruitment, we have developed a close working relationship with Global Skills, a company dedicated to pairing the world’s top technical talent with Canadian companies using the new federal Global Skills Strategy.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Los Angeles) | We’re serious about pursuing excellence and owning the results of everything we do. We value continuous innovation and collaboration, and believe in empowering our people to build and drive their own careers.
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Best Tech Manager (Silicon Valley) | Claudia promotes career growth by listening to her team and allowing them to explore different aspects of design including project management, design systems, motion design. When the team first came together, we all did a career compass workshop to discover each others strengths, interests and areas for improvement.
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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 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 (Boston) | Notarize fully embraces and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit, building a diverse team with backgrounds in tech start-ups, engineering academia, public policy and real estate.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Washington DC) | Ostendio has three founders - each one an immigrant or a minority founder (or both!), so diversity has always been important to the company right from the get-go. At Ostendio, we believe that what makes us different allows us to thrive, which is why we place such a big emphasis on building an inclusive environment.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Philadelphia) | Interactive Mechanics advocates for diversity across the organization, from their hiring practices to how they collaborate with their clients on projects. They have worked hard to make their hiring practice inclusive. The company conducts unconscious bias training on an annual basis with their entire team & utilizes a blind application review process.
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Best Tech Startup (Washington DC) | As a bootstrapped startup, our products are a direct reflection of the feedback we receive from clients—something that is just an idea today could be a new feature tomorrow or a new product later this year. We employ forward-thinking tech leadership by giving every engineer a chance to learn new ways of doing things and apply them to the product immediately. Our engineers are leaders in the charge of building software for public affairs professionals. Before these professionals were often stuck using tools that were built with someone else in mind, like Salesforce or Hubspot, but now they have tools built specifically for them
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Best Tech Startup (NYC) |HireArt is continually evolving to improve their process for their clients. Each member of their small team is tasked weekly with experimenting within their chosen area of expertise to better what they do every day. Whether it’s developing a new onboarding process or a/b testing candidate communications, the HireArt team is passionate about making their product better every day.
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Best Tech Work Culture (NYC) | Jakt is a digital product and innovation studio dedicated to making a positive impact in the world. They aim to affect the lives of 100 million people by 2027 through the innovative digital products they create. Jakt wants all employees to be proud of where they work, so our focus on positive impact flows into our everyday company culture.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Silicon Valley) | An open door policy exists at Mythic, which empowers one to share a idea to anyone at any time, including with a member of the leadership team. In addition, one of our core values is to be an Avid Learner. We expect all of our employees to continuously learn new things and be proactive about applying them to our company’s challenges. We also recognize each individual's expertise and how this brings unique value to the table.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Toronto) | Diversity, inclusion, and belonging is a big focus for us at Intelex and our CEO said it himself "I spend 30% of my day thinking about it, at least". During our company-wide meetings, he talks about the importance of diversity and how it impacts the workplace. This past year, we had a company-wide survey about how as employees, we felt about diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
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Best Tech Startup (San Francisco) | The Sauce Labs mission is to free organizations from the burden of testing so that developers can innovate and deliver no fail applications faster. With scrappy startup roots and passion for helping developers innovate faster, they’ve led the industry forward and have received a number of industry accolades for doing so.
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Best Tech Workplace for Diversity (Orange County) | At AutoGravity, we pride ourselves in our diverse hiring practices and office environment. We have approximately 10% more women in the workforce than the tech industry average. AutoGravity celebrates its diversity with an annual “International Day” celebration, where everyone wears something to represent their homeland, brings native cuisine to share with their colleagues, and imparts narratives about their heritage. "One Team, One Dream" is our company mantra coined by our international team of digital natives.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Silicon Valley) | Velodyne LiDAR provides extensive training programs to our employees so they can always be on top of their game in LiDAR technology and our products. We also provide training for the engineers of the future at different organizations such as SAE International and RoboNation. We have an annual picnic for the whole company and their families, surprise ice-cream events, and Wednesday coffee vans. There is always something happening each week to celebrate how much we appreciate each and every one of our employees. Velodyne LiDAR knows that the marketplace needs innovative LiDAR sensors. For more than a decade, we have designed and produced a wide range of LiDAR sensors, including the Puck, Ultra Puck and VLS-128. These rely on a 3D vision system that uses lasers to fully ‘see’ the surrounding environment. To date, the company’s sensors have been installed in thousands of autonomous vehicles around the world, traveling millions of real-world miles. LiDAR sensors are the eyes for automation – and we invented them.
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Best Work Culture (Orange County) | At SendGrid, engagement is our passion. We love our customers and are dedicated to helping them connect with their users. We spend every day nurturing our unique “4H” culture, holding ourselves to a standard worthy of our customers. SendGrid incorporates input and feedback from existing employees. The space features an open floor plan design, floor-to-ceiling windows, pairing rooms for engineers to code together and many collaborative workspaces! We honor the values of honesty, happiness, humbleness, and hungriness.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Philadelphia) | O3 promotes technical creativity by sending employees to local and national conferences and have recently hosted their own internal Design Slam. One of the ways the company promotes innovation is through their labs program, where they brainstorm to create internal projects and actually create them to show clients the possibilities in emerging tech.
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Best Tech Startup (San Francisco) | With over 200,000 stays booked and over 110,000 of those within the last year, Sonder is quickly becoming the new way to stay. Sonder doesn’t force guests to choose between the conveniences of a hotel and the authenticity of a rented home, creating a new market segment that offers the best of both options.
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Best Tech Work Culture (San Francisco) | The adobe live team brings together creative professional from all across the United States to share knowledge about design transcending into a digital community that appreciates and fosters learning.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Silicon Valley) | Here at BitGo, we are present in our work - we take pride in elegant and polished solutions. And we remember that results are only one facet of our work; we measure ourselves by our process, and we commit to continual improvement of those processes, absorbing any and all feedback along the way. We are dedicated to success, and we embrace our personal responsibility in achieving it.
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Best Tech Work Culture (NYC) |At Smartling, being yourself is encouraged. No one tries to make you be a certain way. The management team does a good job of bringing out the best in everyone and making them the best versions of themselves.
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Best Tech Manager (Toronto) | Yasmim, Director of DevOps Capital Markets at RBC was able to provide direction for the team in a remarkable way. She consistently meets with her team to discuss what she envisioned and makes each employee feel their opinion is important. She empowers her team to take our own approach in whatever way they saw fit to solve any issues. She enabled them to seek out problems and find solutions.
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Best Tech Work Culture (NYC) | Headquartered in New York City, the company’s collegial atmosphere, special employee perks, a shared drive to innovate, and a commitment to the outside community all add to Outbrain’s distinctive culture. Outbrainers like to move fast and pivot quickly — all our employees know how to adapt to and thrive in change.
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Best Tech Startup (Toronto) | DarwinAI is one of the leading Artificial Intelligence startups in Canada. Founded by leading academics at the University of Waterloo, our technology leverages AI itself to generate highly optimized deep neural networks without sacrificing functional accuracy. Moreover, this IP enables ‘explainable’ deep learning – the ability to understand why a neural network reaches the conclusions it does (critical in highly regulated industries).
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Best Tech Startup (NYC) |Zipari is a technology start-up company based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY. They’re on a mission is to disrupt the insurance industry by introducing consumer-centric solutions powered by data analytics. They employ individuals who want to build a company, a culture and solve complex challenges.
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Best Tech Startup (Toronto) | Coinsquare employs forward-thinking tech leaders by embracing the fact that the digital currency/cryptocurrency space is just getting started. The most important thing is everyone has been given permission to make mistakes because there are very few companies that have grown this quickly in an industry that is brand new, the are no playbooks to look through, we're given the authority and trust to do what we think is best and have succeeded so far because of that.
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Best Tech Startup (Los Angeles) | Honey automates the process of searching for discounts online that actually work. The pain of tirelessly surfing the internet for coupons that are probably expired or don’t work anymore has never truly been addressed before from a consumer standpoint. Honey utilizes user data to figure out where these coupons are and then automatically applies them during the checkout process so that our consumers don’t have to.
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Best Tech Work Culture (Toronto) | TradeRev embraces innovation, disruption and staying ahead of emerging trends - we consider ourselves forward thinking and daring. With that mindset we encourage employees to push their creative boundaries by providing an exciting and rewarding experience. This comes from both management and our culture. We pride ourselves on the culture we have built on the idea of FHAB - Fun, Honest, Accountable and Brave. Our FHAB mentality enables the team to speak freely, take risks and make mistakes without judgement or consequence. Our management also knows that an innovative idea can come from anywhere and have seen firsthand what an open and collaborative environment can produce.
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Best Tech Startup Manager (NYC) | Cody Musser is someone that everyone at Jakt looks up to, even if they don’t directly work with him. He balances a light hearted, nerdy excitement for everything he works on with a serious dedication to getting things done, doing them well, and making sure his team learns from their work. He regularly schedules one-on-one meetings with his teams, and they’re laser focused.
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