These Startups Are the 5 Best Employers in Austin, According to Forbes

These Austin tech companies earned high marks from their employees in Forbes’ latest annual ranking.
Written by Jeff Rumage
March 10, 2022Updated: March 10, 2022
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A mural of Willie Nelson in Austin. | Photo: Shutterstock

Tech startups often pride themselves on their perks and their culture, so it can be difficult to tell which companies have the happiest employees.

To help job-seekers make sense of the competitive recruitment market, Forbes, in partnership with market research firm Statista, published its latest list of Americas Best Startup Employers.

The ranking evaluated 2,500 startups based on their employer reputation, employee satisfaction and growth. The list was limited to companies that launched between 2012 and 2019 and have at least 50 employees.

Listed below are the top five Austin tech companies on this year’s list. Most of them are hiring, which means you could soon be working for a top-ranked employer.


Rank #323

ICON, an Austin-based startup that builds homes with a 3D printer, has captured the tech world’s attention by building a 3D-printed neighborhood in Mexico, a neighborhood for Austin’s homeless population and the world’s first simulated Mars surface habitat at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The company has raised $451 million in funding, including a recent round of $185 million.


Rank #186

Outdoor Voices is an athletic apparel company founded in 2014 by Ty Haney, who has since stepped down from the company. Outdoor Voices gained popularity on Instagram with its muted color tones, diverse models and emphasis on fun over perfection. Although its roots are in e-commerce, the company has expanded its physical footprint to 11 retail locations. The company has raised $64.4 million to date, according to Crunchbase.


Rank #169

SparkCognition develops artificial intelligence-enabled technology for a wide array of global industries, including oil and gas, renewables, manufacturing, financial services and transportation. Last year, the company opened its HyperWerx facility, which showcases the work of AI in IoT, robotics, autonomous drones and Industry 4.0 applications. SparkCognition has raised $300 million, including a $123 million Series D round that boosted its valuation to $1.4 billion.


Rank #121

Homeward enables home buyers to make all-cash offers to stand out and win bidding wars in a highly competitive real estate market. The fintech startup uses its own funds to purchase homes from realtors, and then sells the homes back to the buyer. Homeward has raised just over $500 million, including a whopping $371 million in debt financing last year.


Rank #104

Apty helps companies and their employees adopt and optimize new enterprise software systems with a no-code overlay that provides on-screen guidance, usage analytics and insights — which in turn improves compliance. The company has raised $7.5 million, according to Crunchbase, bringing its fundraising total to $12.9 million.

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