The Top 100 Tech Companies in Austin

Elyse Kent

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*Rank is determined by total Greater Austin-based employees at digital technology companies as of April 2015.

 

Companies from the Top 100 Hiring on Built In Austin

Alchemy is the global leader of innovative solutions that help food companies engage with their workforce to drive safety and productivity. Over two million food workers at 15,000 locations use Alchemy’s tailored training, coaching, and communications programs to safeguard food, reduce workplace injuries, and improve operations.

 

What they do: Amazon strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online.  

Stats: Amazon's office in North Austin employs more than 100 people and opened on August 13th of last year. Headquartered in Seattle, the company has locations all around the world. 

 

What they do: HomeAway is an online marketplace for vacation rental properties with over one million paid listings spanning 190 countries.

Stats: The company is based in Austin and currently employs more than 1,000 people with offices around the world.

 

What they do: RetailMeNot has been changing the way we shop online and in stores since early in the last decade by partnering with national retailers to facilitate sales.   

Stats: Headquartered in Austin, the coupon giant is more than 500 employees strong.

 

What they do: Rackspace provides custom cloud storage and the expertise to help clients manage it, all backed by the company’s mantra of fanatical support, available 24x7x365.

Stats: Rackspace has more than 500 employees.

 

Yodle is a leader in local online marketing and is ranked #23 on Forbes’ list of America's Most Promising Companies. The company’s mission is to help local businesses find and keep their customers in the simplest, most profitable ways imaginable. Yodle was founded in 2005 and currently has more than 50,000+ local business customers across 250+ industries.

 

BuildASign.com® has revolutionized the custom printing industry. They were founded in 2005 with one goal in mind, revolutionize the printing industry. They combined sign-making expertise, innovative technology, and exceptional customer service to transform a centuries-old industry for today's customer. 

 

Since its launch in 2001, LegalZoom has helped over three million users manage their legal needs, including families and small businesses. Lisa Fernandez, Director of Talent Management, said the company’s success is largely attributable to the enthusiasm of its employees.
 
“Zoomers are sharp-minded, driven individuals who embrace the LegalZoom mission of democratizing law. They thrive in a fun yet challenging work environment that offers an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives,” she said.
 
 
 
What they do: Civitas Learning helps teachers and school administrators improve academic and financial outcomes. The company partners with leading institutions to create what it describes as the world’s first organizing layer for higher education data, and translates it into recommendations that are delivered through its SaaS products.
 
 
 
When brands want to engage with customers across social media channels around the world, they turn to Sprinklr and their proprietary social monitoring platform. And with 900 employees serving more than 1,000 brands in 10 countries, it’s safe to say the sun never sets on the Sprinklr empire. They’ll even send you abroad to explore it if you can make a business case for relocation.
 
 
Breaking Down the Top 100
 

We are excited to recognize Austin’s top 100 tech employers. These digital companies have driven the city’s talented workforce to new heights and economic growth by creating over 42,000 jobs.

To put that into perspective, these 100 companies alone comprise about 48 percent of the roughly 86,000 people estimated to be working in STEM jobs in Austin.

Seven of the top 10 companies are relative newcomers, having been founded on average just 12 years ago. Furthermore, 10 of the companies on the list are 5 years old or younger, and together they employ 1,221 people. That, of course, lines up well with Austin’s explosive growth over the last decade. In fact, 60 percent of the top 10 companies are born and bred, native Texas companies.

Related: The Coolest Tech Offices In Austin

Looking at the list as a whole, 57 percent of companies make software. That was far and away the largest percentage, with consumer web companies making up the next largest group claiming 17 percent. B2B web and digital agencies each took 10 percent of the list.

An overwhelming 71 percent of the top 100 companies are privately held, while 28 percent of those who are public are headquartered in or around Austin. As you might expect, of those out-of-state companies about 50 percent are headquartered in California. This is a clear indication that the rest of the country has come to recognize Austin's talented workforce and high standard of living and many are choosing Austin as their second home.

As we noted in the 2014 Austin Startup Report, funding has been on the rise, and 2014 saw a record breaking $993 million invested and $437 million in exits. This level of investment speaks favorably for Austin's future, as startups continue to mature and grow.

Since its 2008 inception, SpareFoot has raised a total of $59 million in venture capital, with $33 million raised this year. Today over 9,500 facilities list on SpareFoot, and to get a larger chunk of the $25 billion self-storage market, the company has been on a hiring spree. They announced plans to hire 100 more employees.

With $23 million in funding in March, adding to their $39.2 million total, WP Engine has begun focusing on international expansion. The WordPress hosting company’s customers span small personal sites to large enterprise sites in 128 countries. WP Engine is currently adding 100 employees.

Related: Best Startups to Work for in Austin

Spredfast also raised funding in March to expand, securing $24 million in growth financing to continue hiring both in Austin and abroad. Spredfast's software allows marketers to track, manage and amplify real-time conversations across the spectrum of social media using a single dashboard. In 2014, Spredfast merged with Austin-based Mass Relevance, both of which boast Austin Ventures among their investors.

Expanding Austin’s play into the EdTech industry, Civitas Learning has put February's $16 million to use by continuing its remarkable growth trajectory. Civitas has doubled in size over the past year to support the 2.5 million students at the higher education institutions its software services. Civitas's cloud-based, predictive analytics platform and engaging applications to increase college graduation success rates.

Main Street Hub’s integrated marketing automation platform is designed simply for small businesses. Since its founding in 2010, Main Street Hub’s revenues have grown by 4,000 percent and currently has approximately 5,000 customers. The Downtown-based company plans to continue the heavy hiring push this year with the $20 million received by SVB in late February.

Austin is the third fastest growing city in the United States, and while this has taken a heavy toll on infrastructure and cost of living, the region has done a remarkable job adapting to its status as a global tech hub. New companies dot a 25-mile radius around the city center, undoubtedly adding to the city’s notorious traffic woes. Massive corporate complexes, such as IBM’s, are clearly visible as you travel north of the city.

But some new companies are moving in and setting up shop downtown, often renovating existing structures. athenahealth, for example, transformed the old Seaholm Power Plant into 113,000 square feet of modern office space.  

As far as actual employment, the top 100 companies employ 42,218 people in the Austin area – about half of the city’s total estimated STEM jobs. There is a reason that Austin has the lowest unemployment rate of any large city in America. 

Interested in working for one of these rapidly growing tech companies? Check out who's hiring and apply TODAY!

 

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Joshua Reola
Wow. Let me add to the list. Cisco Systems, National Instruments, Applied Materials, Spansion?
Chris Scheetz
Missing something? Please remember 'Built in Austin.'
JORGE DONNADIEU
Apple?
Brian Piercy
Am I missing something? Freescale, AMD, Silicon Labs, Cirrus Logic?
Brian Piercy
Am I missing something? Freescale, AMD, Silicon Labs, Cirrus Logic?

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