Meet Austin's Top 100 tech companies: Employee count up 11 percent in 2017

October 31, 2017

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On the rise again, the number of local employees at Austin’s 100 largest digital tech companies grew to nearly 60,000 in 2017. That’s an increase of about 7,000 techies — or an 11 percent bump — over 2016’s figures.

Fast-growing startups and Austin tech stalwarts alike contributed to this year’s growth.

Austin tech’s rising stars

Turnkey Vacation Rentals, founded by Austin tech veterans John Banczak and T.J. Clark, made the largest leap in this year’s ranking, doubling its employee count to 160 and jumping 23 spots to number 76.

Emergency data and software provider ESO Solutions also made moves this year, climbing 19 spots to No. 62 with 200 employees even. HR software developer TriNet saw the third largest bump, moving to the 77th spot after adding 68 new employees.

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The world’s biggest tech companies continue to expand

While the jury's still out on whether Austin will land Amazon's much-publicized HQ2, the Seattle tech giant has clearly taken a liking to the Texas Capitol. Since last year, Amazon doubled its Austin employee base which is now estimated at 900 employees. Facebook has also taken a liking, adding nearly 300 employees since 2016 with more plans to expand through 2018.

Age is just a number

Twenty-three companies on this year’s Top 100 list launched within the last 10 years. The average founding year for all of the companies is 1999. Opcity claimed the distinction of being the list’s youngest company, founded less than two years ago in December 2015. The startup, which landed a cool $27M Series A this year, generates real estate leads using a matching algorithm that connects real-time buyers and sellers with agents.

top 100 notable climbers

 

Rank: 1 | Employees: 13,000 | Founded: 1984 | B2B  

 

Rank: 2 | Employees: 6,000 | Founded: 1980 | Consumer 

 

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Rank: 3 | Employees: 5,416 | Founded: 1911 | B2B

 

national instruments top 100 austin

Rank: 4 | Employees: 2,838 | Founded: 1976 | Software

 

Rank: 5 | Employees: 2,000 | Founded: 1986 | Software

 

Rank: 6 | Employees: 1,500 | Founded: 2005 | Consumer web

 

indeed top 100

Rank: 7 | Employees: 1,400 | Founded: 2004 | Consumer web

 

Rank: 8 | Employees: 900 | Founded: 1994 | E-commerce/cloud

 

Rank: 9 | Employees: 758 | Founded: 2004 | Fintech

 

Rank: 10 | Employees: 700 | Founded: 1982 | Gaming

 

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Rank: 10 | Employees: 700 | Founded: 2004 | Social media

 

Rank: 10 | Employees: 700 | Founded: 1991 | Gaming

 

ebay austin office

Rank: 13 | Employees: 675 | Founded: 1995 | E-commerce

 

Rank: 14 | Employees: 650 | Founded: 1999 | Fintech

 

Rank: 15 | Employees: 637 | Founded: 1996 | Software

 

vmware austin top 100

Rank: 16 | Employees: 634 | Founded: 1998 | Software

 

Rank: 17 | Employees: 600 | Founded: 1994 | Cybersecurity 

 

Rank: 18 | Employees: 589 | Founded: 2005 | Marketing

 

Rank: 19 | Employees: 563 | Founded: 2005 | Marketing

 

Rank: 20 | Employees: 544 | Founded: 1919 | Edtech 

 

solarwinds top 100 austin

Rank: 21 | Employees: 539 | Founded: 1999 | Software

 

Rank: 22 | Employees: 510 | Founded: 2010 | Marketing 

 

Rank: 23 | Employees: 507 | Founded: 1998 | B2B

 

Rank: 24 | Employees: 497 | Founded: 2001 | Legal tech

 

Rank: 25 | Employees: 450 | Founded: 1998 | Web

 

Rank: 25 | Employees: 450 | Founded: 1997 | Marketing

 

Rank: 27 | Employees: 405 | Founded: 1998 | Cloud computing

 

Rank: 28 | Employees: 380 | Founded: 1995 | E-commerce

 

Rank: 29 | Employees: 378 | Founded: 2010 | B2B 

 

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Rank: 30 | Employees: 375 | Founded: 2005 | Cybersecurity

 

Rank: 30 | Employees: 375 | Founded: 2009 | Consumer web 

 

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Rank: 32 | Employees: 369 | Founded: 2002 | Software 

 

Rank: 33 | Employees: 360 | Founded: 2005 | E-commerce 

 

Rank: 34 | Employees: 350 | Founded: 2005 | B2B 

 

Rank: 34 | Employees: 350 | Founded: 2006 | Social media

 

Rank: 36 | Employees: 340 | Founded: 2008 | Marketing

 

Rank: 37 | Employees: 330 | Founded: 2009 | E-commerce

 

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Rank: 38 | Employees: 325 | Founded: 1998 | Fintech

 

Rank: 39 | Employees: 320 | Founded: 1981 | Edtech  

 

Rank: 40 | Employees: 318 | Founded: 1994 | Software

 

Rank: 41 | Employees: 300 | Founded: 2008 | Marketing 

 

Rank: 41 | Employees: 300 | Founded: 1995 | Data analytics 

 

Rank: 41 | Employees: 300 | Founded: 2011 | E-commerce

 

gemalto austin top 100

Rank: 41 | Employees: 300 | Founded: 2006 | Cybersecurity

 

Rank: 45 | Employees: 280 | Founded: 2010 | Healthcare

 

Rank: 46 | Employees: 275 | Founded: 2003 | Entertainment 

 

Rank: 47 | Employees: 250 | Founded: 1984 | Logistics

 

volusion austin team

Rank: 47 | Employees: 250 | Founded: 1999 | E-commerce

 

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Rank: 47 | Employees: 250 | Founded: 1999 | B2B

 

Rank: 47 | Employees: 250 | Founded: 2003 | Data analytics

 

Rank: 47 | Employees: 250 | Founded: 1999 | B2B

 

Rank: 52 | Employees: 247 | Founded: 2006 | Entertainment

 

Rank: 53 | Employees: 230 | Founded: 2003 | Communication 

 

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Rank: 54 | Employees: 227 | Founded: 1999 | Fintech

 

Rank: 55 | Employees: 225 | Founded: 2012 | Marketing

 

Rank: 56 | Employees: 222 | Founded: 1980 | Cloud computing 

 

Rank: 57 | Employees: 220 | Founded: 2003 | Logistics 

 

Rank: 58 | Employees: 219 | Founded: 2012 | Data analytics

 

Rank: 59 | Employees: 215 | Founded: 1939 | Software 

 

planview austin team

Rank: 60 | Employees: 206 | Founded: 1989 | B2B

 

Rank: 61 | Employees: 202 | Founded: 2009 | Logistics 

 

ESO austin

Rank: 62 | Employees: 200 | Founded: 2004 | Healthcare

 

Rank: 63 | Employees: 198 | Founded: 1997 | Healthcare

 

invenio austin team

Rank: 64 | Employees: 196 | Founded: 1994 | Marketing

 

mitratech top 100 austin

Rank: 65 | Employees: 194 | Founded: 1987 | Legal tech

 

box austin team

Rank: 66 | Employees: 190 | Founded: 2005 | Cloud computing

 

Rank: 67 | Employees: 188 | Founded: 2005 | B2B

 

serenova top 100

Rank: 68 | Employees: 183 | Founded: 2000 | B2B

 

kinnser software austin

Rank: 69 | Employees: 180 | Founded: 2003 | Healthcare

 

Rank: 69 | Employees: 180 | Founded: 2000 | B2B 

 

Rank: 69 | Employees: 180 | Founded: 2007 | Cybersecurity 

 

Rank: 69 | Employees: 180 | Founded: 2011 | E-commerce

 

Rank: 73 | Employees: 176 | Founded: 2005 | B2B

 

tangoe austin top 100

Rank: 74 | Employees: 162 | Founded: 2000 | B2B 

 

Rank: 75 | Employees: 160 | Founded: 2012 | Consumer

 

Rank: 76 | Employees: 155 | Founded: 1988 | HR

 

Rank: 77 | Employees: 151 | Founded: 2015 | Data analytics

 

Rank: 78 | Employees: 150 | Founded: 2014 | IoT 

 

Rank: 79 | Employees: 148 | Founded: 2011 | Edtech 

 

Rank: 80 | Employees: 145 | Founded: 2006 | Cybersecurity

 

Rank: 80 | Employees: 145 | Founded: 2003 | B2B 

 

Rank: 82 | Employees: 143 | Founded: 2013 | Data analytics

 

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Rank: 83 | Employees: 140 | Founded: 2008 | B2B 

 

Rank: 84 | Employees: 132 | Founded: 1999 | B2B 

 

Rank: 85 | Employees: 125 | Founded: 2006 | Gaming 

 

hyfn austin team

Rank: 86 | Employees: 124 | Founded: 2001 | Agency

golden frog austin team

Rank: 87 | Employees: 123 | Founded: 2009 | Cybersecurity 

 

Rank: 88 | Employees: 122 | Founded: 1993 | Cloud computing

 

Malauzai top 100

Rank: 89 | Employees: 120 | Founded: 2009 | Fintech 

 

Rank: 89 | Employees: 120 | Founded: 2005 | Autotech

 

sparkcognition austin team

Rank: 91 | Employees: 119 | Founded: 2014 | Cybersecurity 

 

Rank: 92 | Employees: 115 | Founded: 2000 | HR

 

Rank: 92 | Employees: 115 | Founded: 2013 | Logistics

 

Rank: 94 | Employees: 114 | Founded: 2003 | E-commerce 

 

Rank: 95 | Employees: 111 | Founded: 2000 | Software

 

Rank: 95 | Employees: 111 | Founded: 2006 | B2B 

 

Rank: 97 | Employees: 110 | Founded: 2007 | Cybersecurity

 

Rank: 98 | Employees: 109 | Founded: 2004 | Fintech 

 

Rank: 98 | Employees: 109 | Founded: 1976 | Cloud computing

 

procore top 100 austin

Rank: 100 | Employees: 108 | Founded: 2003 | B2B

 

 

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Built In Austin’s Top 100 is a ranking of the largest digital tech employers in the Austin area based on local, full-time employee count as of September 1, 2017. This ranking is compiled by submissions to the Built In Austin website and market survey as well as press releases, news coverage and other publicly available data.

To be eligible for inclusion, a company’s primary business and industry must be digital technology/innovation, including web and mobile applications, software, IoT, e-commerce, VR/AR and digital agency work. Employee numbers only include workers in Travis and Williamson counties and do not count part-time employees, interns, contractors or non-W2 workers. Both private and public companies have been surveyed.

Some companies that may have been eligible have been excluded because they have self-opted to not disclose headcount or have not supplied the required information requested in the survey.

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