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San Francisco Startup Ecosystem Overview

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Ecommerce & Retail
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Education
#1 worldwide
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Energy & Environment
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The Startup Ecosystem of San Francisco is ranked at number 1 globally, and shows a strong hold by moving 0 spots since 2020. San Francisco also ranks at number 1 in United States, and 1 in North America.

San Francisco is an ideal place to locate for Ecommerce & Retail, Education and Energy & Environment startups. As the most popular industries in San Francisco, there is a sample of 1969 Ecommerce & Retail startups in San Francisco, 611 Education startups in San Francisco, and 434 Energy & Environment startups in San Francisco, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is also a sample of 5 startups in San Francisco, 2 accelerators in San Francisco, 1 coworking spaces in San Francisco, 1 organizations in San Francisco and 1 leaders in San Francisco.

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Medium is rethinking how ideas and storied are shared with the world. We believe: - Great ideas can come from anywhere - People create better things together - Design matters at a deep level We also care deeply about how media shapes the lives of individuals and the decisions of society — and we think it can be better. We have a world-class engineering and design team, which we are looking to grow slowly and deliberately. Let us know if you're interested.  Read more
This year we're focused on three things: Amazing features specifically for the creators of Yelp's unmatched local review content - namely our incredible community. International expansion - bringing Yelp to the world. Closing the loop with local businesses - Yelp Platform and more tools to help businesses see the value they're getting from Yelp.  Read more
Origami Logic is changing the way businesses measure, analyze, and optimize their marketing efforts. Through its next-gen marketing intelligence platform, organizations derive greater value from their disparate marketing data and make better decisions, faster. The company, based in Menlo Park, Calif., is backed by leading investors, including Accel Partners, Jafco Ventures, and Lightspeed Venture Partners, and is led by a team with previous experiences at Facebook, Google, Jive Software, Juniper Networks, Responsys, Tealeaf, and Yahoo. For more information, please visit www.origamilogic.com or follow us on Twitter @OrigamiLogic. Read more
Khan Academy is a non-profit that provides a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. We're building a virtual classroom to support millions of learners in assessing knowledge, encouraging cooperative learning, and providing real-time learner data. We're radically rethinking how to leverage technology inside and outside the classroom. http://www.khanacademy.org/about Interested in social ROI? Contact donate at khanacademy.org.  Read more
Jivox is a complete platform for interactive video advertising from creative customization to campaign execution and analytics. The Jivox technology enables brand advertisers, digital agencies and publishers to deliver highly engaging video ads powered by interactive and social sharing widgets.  Read more
Deep Forest Media Smart Advertising Platform provides an integrated system for mobile advertisers to truly realize the value of their marketing spend. Our platform integrates with the various mobile ad networks and provides a uniform set of analytics and insights. Our closed loop optimization algorithms use large scale data mining to automatically optimize advertiser spend across the various ad networks for maximum ROI. The framework optimizes results both within and across the various sources of inventory including mobile web, in-app impressions, and RTB exchanges. Read more
Online learning software in K12 is one of the fastest growing markets on the planet, and Clever is quickly becoming the infrastructure these apps depend on. Today, many of the biggest and most innovative applications in education are already powered by Clever, and our platform is just getting started. Read more
Eventbrite brings people together around the power of live events. Founded in 2006, the innovative ticketing, registration, and event discovery platform has sold more than 140M tickets in 176 countries, and processed over $2B in gross ticket sales (25% of the in the last six months). We’re transforming the ticketing and registration industry from the ground up, and we're looking for amazing people to help us change the way people get together.  Read more
From giants of the publishing industry to art-school graduates seeking a first job, issuu gives anyone with digitally bound content the ability to upload and distribute their publications worldwide. In just minutes. And as often as they’d like. Each day, more than 20,000 publications are uploaded, including magazines, newspapers, portfolios, catalogs, corporate literature, DIY guides, community programs … you name it. Once published on issuu, publications become instantly available to active readers in every corner of the globe who use our site and mobile apps to discover and engage with whatever interests them. On any device. Presented in a beautiful, magazine-like reader. Read more
PubMatic enables publishers to realize the full potential of their digital assets. Since its founding in 2006, PubMatic has consistently been first-to-market with industry-changing products, services and systems for publishers. Our products are supported by always-on consulting and services that reflect our belief in putting publishers' needs first. Read more
FitStar is building a next-generation mobile fitness platform that inspires millions of people to get fit and live healthier lives. We’re a small team with big plans to disrupt the $100 million fitness industry. We’ve only just begun, but we’ve already made a splash with our first app release in June with an Apple Editor’s Choice award and lots of media coverage. We’re here because we’re passionate about health and fitness, and building engaging consumer experiences. With a recent move into a new space in the mid-Market area, we are ready to grow our high performance, low ego team. To learn more about Fitstar, check out fitstar.com or download our app at appstore.com/fitstartonygonzalez.  Read more
SalesIQ is a unique sales and marketing automation platform that has website visitor tracking software, analytics and live chat rolled into one platform. We built it to maximize the ROI on your content, SEO, Adwords and email marketing efforts. Convert website visitors into happy paying customers. Identify fresh leads, segment, capture and communicate in real time. Any business that has a website, it can be either B2B, B2C or a eCommerce store is a target customer. Read more
Substack makes it simple for a writer to start an email newsletter that makes money from subscriptions. Read more
MyFitnessPal is a free, comprehensive nutrition and fitness system that makes it easy for you to attain your fitness goals and live healthier. Take advantage of MyFitnessPal’s precise, personalized & powerful tools, like our vast meal database of over 3 million foods, and incredibly simple food & exercise trackers. Connect with your friends and become part of our active, global community of more than 50 million people, each on their own journey to health. Read more
Disqus is a commenting platform that enables websites to build active communities. Communities powered by Disqus are connected through a shared network of users and discussion. Explore Disqus communities at http://disqus.com/explore Read more
The Athletic is an online media company that specializes in online news publishing for the sports industry. Read more
Zoosk is a leading online dating company that learns as you click in order to pair you with singles with whom you're likely to discover mutual attraction. Zoosk's mission is to empower everyone to lead a more fulfilling love life. Zoosk’s Behavioral Matchmaking™ technology is constantly learning from the actions of over 25 million members in order to deliver better matches in real time. With the #1 grossing online dating app and a top 20 grossing app overall in the Apple App Store, Zoosk is a market leader in mobile dating. Available in over 80 countries and translated into 25 languages, Zoosk is a truly global online dating platform.  Read more
Does an interesting photo pique our attention more than a usual photo? Does an attention catching video actually induce a significant brainwave signal? Can the brainwave signal analysis allow us to predict what goes viral on social media? Our product, Neuroclick, aims to explore the relationship between brainwave signals and “interest” that users develop to various external stimuli. In pursuit of this goal, we develop a platform consisting of various tools to interface with the Neurosky device, perform semi automated experiments with users and archive data anonymously. We also perform data analysis on the gathered data to find relations which can help answer today’s tough questions like “Will this picture of my cat go viral?” :) Apart from judging cute cat photos, this technology could also find applications in design, advertising, marketing, A/B testing and various other fields, which might benefit from the knowledge of user attention/interest.  Read more
With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs, artists or genres into Pandora and let the Music Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice.  Read more
Our goal at Evernote is to help the world remember everything, communicate effectively and get things done. From saving thoughts and ideas to preserving experiences to working efficiently with others, Evernote’s collection of apps make it easy to stay organized and productive.  Read more
Matterport makes it easy for anyone to create immersive cloud-based 3D models of real-world spaces that can be experienced, changed, and shared online. Read more
EMBS is dedicated to studying problems in biology and medicine which might be aided in solution by use of electronic engineering principles. Read more
Kraken.com is Payward's exchange for arbitrary assets with support for Bitcoin, Litecoin, Namecoin, Ripple and Ven. Those familiar with forex will enjoy the service's margin trading and advanced order types. Payward is servicing customers globally and has local banking relationships in the United States, European Union and South Korea, with more coming soon. Customers in the US can currently enjoy cryptocurrency trading, and in a few states national currency trading as well. We're in the process of rolling through our money transmitter license applications and will be launching national currency trading for more US states in early 2014. National currencies currently supported: USD, EUR, KRW Digital currencies currently supported: XBT, XRP, LTC, NMC, VEN Investor deck available upon request. Give it a whirl at https://kraken.com Read more
Padlet is the easiest way to put stuff on the Internet, with anyone, on any device. Read more
In EDpuzzle, you can make any video your lesson. We combine simple video-editing tools with powerful analytics so that a teacher can take a video and make it personal, engaging and effective. Together we are building a pool of the best video lessons for the classroom. We are working towards a day where every teacher and student will be just a click away from an excellent online education.  Read more
ClassDojo is a tool that millions of teachers, parents and students love and use to build positive behavior at school every day – that’s just the first step. Research shows that building behaviors like persistence, self-control and curiosity has a huge effect on test scores - and on incomes, health outcomes and dropout rates. So how do we create an education that not only builds academic knowledge, but also the character strengths that make people successful in life? That's what we're doing. Read more
VSCO Cam® VSCO Cam is a camera app for iOS and Android. In launch week, Cam for iOS was download over 1M times, was App Store’s #1 Free Photo app (US), #1 Photo app (40+ countries) and #1 Top Grossing Photo app (US). Recently released for Android, Cam has featured on The Verge, Engadget and FastCo, trended on Twitter (Top 5 WW) and partnered with Levi's, CNN and Gap. - VSCO Grid℠ A minimalist publishing platform, VSCO Grid is a curated showcase of the best in mobile photography. VSCO Grid is founded on the idea that beauty can be found by anyone in anyplace. - VSCO Film® Film emulation Presets and Camera Profiles for Adobe Lightroom, ACR and Aperture, VSCO Film’s technology delivers results previously unattainable in photo processing. VSCO Film streamlines workflow and produces beautiful imagery. - VSCO Keys VSCO Keys is a customizable, keyboard shortcut tool for Adobe Lightroom. VSCO Keys allows for rapid image processing reducing time spent editing images.  Read more
Lever builds applicant tracking software for modern hiring. Recruiters, managers, interviewers, and candidates are currently forced to use outdated, clunky software. Hiring skilled labor is critical to every business, and companies are ready to switch. Lever brings a fresh approach and a passion for excellent software. We focus on the candidate-company relationship and deliver unique insights into companies' talent. Read more
Pocket was founded in 2007 by Nate Weiner to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while waiting in line, on the couch, during commutes or travel — even offline. The world's leading save-for-later service currently has more than 17 million registered users and is integrated into more than 1500 apps including Flipboard, Twitter and Zite. It is available for major devices and platforms including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, Kobo, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Windows. Read more
Teespring allows you to crowdfund custom apparel with no upfront costs, no risks, and no hassle. Design the perfect tee, choose a goal (tipping point) and set a sale price to launch a campaign (e.g., www.teespring.com/twit or www.teespring.com/botwana). Once you reach your goal we handle the printing & shipping and you get a check for the profit. Read more
Gumroad enables creatives to sell directly to their audience — so that they can make a living doing what they love. Writers, designers, game developers, musicians, artists, and filmmakers use Gumroad to earn money off of their creative efforts. Read more
AllTrails is the leading digital network focused exclusively on the outdoors and is redefining the way millions of enthusiasts discover, plan, and experience it. Success • #1 Outdoors App on iPhone • #1 Outdoors App on Android • #1 Ski Tracking App on iPhone Traction • 2,350,000 mobile installs • 1,300,000 registered users • 20,000+ premium subscribers Distribution • Exclusive partnership with National Geographic • Retail product at 200+ retailers including REI, L.L. Bean, & Bass Pro Shops • 3.5 million daily impressions through Samsung Here & Now Read more
Welcome to your work newsfeed. A single place for all the knowledge you rely on to think, learn, and keep ahead. Your publications. Whether it's the New York Times, Business Week, industry journals or more - don't miss a beat from any of the publications you trust. Your blogs.Dive deeper by following blogs from the latest movers, shakers, and thinkers. Follow any one on the web.Your YouTube channels. See new videos from the YouTube channels you follow - in the same place you read the rest of your news. Read more
Seesaw is a platform for student engagement. Read more
The Internet has become overwhelming—too many social networks with overlapping value propositions. We have Internet ADD and we have lost all control of our online privacy. Sgrouples is the antidote to social network fatigue and personal information violations. It is the world's first privacy-centric platform where your real life communities are in one convenient place. Create your own truly private groups, and much more. Our Privacy Bill of Rights guarantees no tracking, no bullying, no spying Read more
FTX Exchange is a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange company built by traders, for traders. Read more
Gigya’s Connected Consumer Management Suite enables the world’s largest brands, including Pepsi, Verizon and ABC to understand and connect more closely with today’s mobile and socially connected consumers. Our technology helps businesses access, consolidate and manage permission-based identity and behavior data, while providing deep customer insights that turn data into action. Through products like Social Login, Registration-as-a-Service, Social Plugins and Gamification, Gigya provides clients with the rich data, intelligence, and tools needed to reach consumers with the right messages, on the right platforms at the right time. Gigya drives user acquisition and engagement for 700 enterprises and reaches 1.5 billion unique users per month, ensuring that today’s businesses stay relevant in the age of the connected consumer. Read more
Remind101 makes it easy for teachers to reach students and parents on a mobile phone. Over 10,000,000 rely on us every week. Learn more at www.remind101.com Read more
ZMenu is an online food discovery platform that provides photos and rating at individual dish level. It delights and inspires customers as well as helps them make informed decision quickly on which restaurant to go and what food to order. Over time, it can also learn users' personal tastes and connect them with their favorite food and restaurants.  Read more
Piazza is an online platform where students and instructors come together to learn and teach. It offers a refined Q&A environment along with key features for effective course collaboration. We built Piazza to model the face-to-face discussion among students and instructors. To do this effectively, Piazza displays updates as soon as they happen so you see changes in real time. Piazza uses the power of community to increase collaboration through wiki-style editing, endorsed posts, student-to-student learning, and instructor feedback. Learn more at https://piazza.com Announcing Piazza Careers. Piazza Careers is a new recruiting platform that leverages the student base and engagement of Piazza’s Q&A platform. We’re connecting students and companies in new and meaningful ways. This is the natural next step to helping students succeed in their classes. We are now helping them succeed in their careers. Learn more at http://piazzacareers.com Read more
SmartRecruiters is the only end to end hiring platform that managers and candidates love. The SmartRecruiters platform gives hiring managers and recruiters everything they need to post jobs, manage candidates and make the right hire. Our freemium cloud recruiting platform removes the complexity from the hiring process and gives business the best opportunity to find and hire top talent. Founded in 2010, SmartRecruiters is backed by Mayfield and Rembrandt Ventures and is based in San Francisco, CA. Its 60,000+ organizations have already created 350,000+ jobs. Read more
Aptoide (www.aptoide.com) is an Android marketplace for applications with multiple stores managed by our partners and clients. Aptoide offers not only a main store but also the possibility for any user to create and manage its own store. This unique approach to the apps marketplace ecosystem allows rapid growth foundedon users’ collaborative work. In fact, it ensures greater diversity of applications and better capacity for dissemination and propagation of Aptoide among new users. Read more
Securly makes your school and home networks kid-safe in one easy step. Securly keeps kids safe online by blocking adult sites and profanity, detecting cyber-bullies/predators and filtering out adult content from trusted sites such as Google, Bing, Wikipedia, YouTube etc. Securly was founded by two network security veterans with a combined 17+ years of security experience. Read more
Fountain is the leading talent platform for the hourly workforce. Read more
Kaggle is the leading platform for predictive modeling and analytics competitions. Companies and researchers post their data. Statisticians and data miners from all over the world compete to produce the best models. Kaggle's 23,000 users reliably beat existing benchmarks within days or weeks. Kaggle's clients include Allstate, NASA, Wikipedia and the Heritage Provider Network, sponsor of a $3m health prize. Kaggle's latest challenge enhances gesture recognition for Microsoft Kinect. Read more
HabitRPG is a habit-improvement web and mobile app which uses game mechanics - such as leveling and hit points, competition amongst friends, and rewards - to motivate players to live healthy and productive lives. We target two markets: (a) consumers, using a Free-to-play model; (b) customers within preventative health care (and more markets later) using a subscription-based model. Read more
Epic! opens the doors to a new world of reading for kids 12 and under by providing an unlimited selection of eBooks that can be instantly discovered, read and shared with friends. Personalized for each individual reader, Epic! is the only place to access thousands of high quality, curated children’s books without the need to purchase or download them one by one. Beautifully designed for mobile and featuring fun, game-like elements, Epic! provides kids with a personal library they can take anywhere. In a world of unlimited screen time, Epic! is a smart alternative to games and videos. Read more
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