Winter Tech Watch: 28 Austin Companies to Track

From fast-growing startups to established firms with hefty benefits, here’s a rundown of Austin’s most noteworthy people-first organizations to watch in the season ahead.
December 13, 2022Updated: January 11, 2023

Winter is arriving in Austin. Whether you’re dusting off your Salchow at Ice Skating on the Plaza, taking a drive through the electric dreamscape of Peppermint Parkway, or savoring a toasty libation on the twinkling patio at Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden, it might also be a good time to catch up on the movers and shakers in your local tech scene — and Built In Austin has curated 28 noteworthy companies to get you started.

What’s more: Many of the city’s tech employers are developing upgrades to the breadth, depth and inclusion of their company culture, tech stacks and benefits.

The Austin-based companies we featured are special in many ways, but all 28 have one thing in common: They are innovative, people-first organizations with intriguing perks — and well worth keeping on your radar in the winter season ahead.

 

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What they do: Membersy is a subscription-focused company in the dental industry. It provides dental service organizations with tech, marketing and administration infrastructure to grow modern membership experience.

 

The Perks

  • A mental health-focused, flexible PTO policy 
  • Competitive compensation package, plus a 401(k) with employer matching 
  • Generous medical, vision and dental benefits
  • Significant growth opportunities 
  • A dedicated diversity and inclusion team 
  • A local office located in bustling downtown Austin 

 

Making room for growth: On the heels of a $66 million funding round, Membersy welcomed a new CEO, Michael Shuman.” It’s an incredible honor for me to step into the position of CEO and to better serve our employees and the company we have built together thus far,” Shuman told a local financial news outlet at the time. Shuman’s promotion is the next step in Membersy’s plans to continue expanding its services and partner base.  

 

 

 

What they do: Duo Security’s mission is simple: Democratize security by making it easy and effective for everyone to use. Duo Security is a part of Cisco and is a provider of multi-factor authentication (MFA) and secure access. 

 

The Perks

  • 401(K) matching, company equity, an employee stock purchase plan — plus performance bonuses 
  • Home office stipend for remote employees
  • A diverse set of employee resource groups (ERGs) 
  • Adoption assistance and generous parental leave 
  • Wellness programs and generous health benefits 

 

Psychological safety: “We make sure there is dedicated time and space for experimentation and trying out new ideas,” Head of Data Engineering Jon Napier previously told Built In. “Research days have helped nurture the creative spark within the team and they often lead to new approaches and projects.”

 

 

 

 

What they do: EPAM Systems is a global provider of product development and software engineering solutions. Since 1993, EPAM Systems has leveraged software engineering expertise to provide global product development, digital platform engineering and digital product design.

 

The Perks

  • A 401(K) matching program and competitive salary — with bonuses
  • Career development opportunities, with travel and relocation opportunities
  • Tech community meet-ups and hackathons
  • Volunteer and mentorship Programs
  • Employee discounts

 

Leading with solutions: EPAM Systems was recently recognized for its services in the industry, according to a recent press release. “With an increasing demand for Salesforce-driven digital transformation, customers need a technology partner with the vision and expertise to help get the best results,” the release read. “EPAM is positioned as first-tier in best-performing vendor overall and leader in Marketing Cloud and Revenue Cloud Services,” the release continued. 

 

 

 

What they do: Brightpearl is an operating system for retailers. Brightpearl aims to streamline and automate the full scope of business — including inventory management, order management, warehousing, fulfillment, shipping, purchasing and accounting.

 

The Perks

  • Clear career paths with competitive salaries 
  • Comprehensive health, dental and vision coverage
  • A wellness reward program that includes flexible ways to use wellness credit and fitness reimbursement   
  • On-demand career development resources and tuition reimbursement programs
  • Eighteen weeks of parental leave 

 

Making soundwaves:  As a fast-growing company in Austin, Brightpearl is launching the newest season of its podcast, highlighting scaling e-commerce companies in the US and UK. “Online firms want to learn from other successful brands in the e-commerce-space — and with the headwinds facing retail at the moment the advice is even more essential,”  Brightpearl CMO Sara Arthrell said in a press release. 

 

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What they do: Lansweeper aims to help its customers manage their IT needs. Lansweeper’s product, the Deepscan engine, discovers assets in its customers’ corporate network without installing software. The IT company is driven by the mission to tackle and simplify the modern challenges IT professionals face.

 

The Perks

  • Generous parental leave
  • Continuing education resources — including stipends, job training and conferences, mentorship programs, and lunch and learns 
  • A home office stipend for remote employees 
  • Health benefits, including dental, life, vision and disability insurance
  • 401(K) matching program

 

Trending upward: Lansweeper has its eyes set on continuing its upward trajectory. Chief Revenue Officer David Frignoca previously spoke to Built In Austin about Lansweeper’s plans for the future. “We are on the cusp of something great, and I’ve never been more excited about leading a team,” Frignoca said.  

 

 

 

What they do: NinjaOne is driven by its mission to simplify IT operations and empower users to be more productive. NinjaOne helps IT teams automate, manage and remediate all their endpoint management tasks.

 

The Perks

  • Volunteer opportunities in the community
  • Commitment to diversity — including a documented equal pay policy and a highly diverse management
  • Generous health, dental and vision policies
  • Customized professional development tracks, access to online course subscriptions and time allotted to learning
  • An onsite gym for in-office employees to enjoy

 

Hybrid hubs: “NinjaOne has always been a remote-first company — with more than half of our staff working remotely full-time,” CRO Dean Yeck previously told Built In Austin. “At our Austin headquarters and regional hubs in Tampa, Berlin and Sydney, we have dedicated office space for employees that want to have an in-person experience.” 

 

 

 

What they do: Core Scientific is committed to delivering high-performing, reliable and sustainability-focused blockchain solutions. Core Scientific sees digital mining as an opportunity to reshape institutions to be more fair, inclusive and sustainable. 

 

The Perks

  • 100 percent paid employee medical premium and 80 percent paid spouse or dependent medical premium
  • 401(k) match with immediate vesting
  • Six weeks of paid parental leave
  • A generous PTO program and 13 annual holidays 
  • An hourly employee mining pool discretionary bonus program

 

Strong women leadership: CTO Lynn Burgener previously spoke to Built In about women leadership at Core Scientific. “I have witnessed a lot of my female colleagues progress in their careers within Core Scientific over the years,” she said. “The company has been supportive of talent versus gender, and that allows every individual to excel in their own field of expertise.”

 

 

 

What they do: Lendflow strives to democratize access to credit by providing infrastructure for fintechs, lenders and software companies to build, embed and launch credit products.

 

The Perks

  • A flexible remote work program
  • Company equity, performance bonuses and a 401(K) program 
  • Paid sick days and an unlimited vacation policy 
  • Generous health benefits
  • Exciting company outings

 

Human connection: “As part of onboarding, every new team member is encouraged to spend time at the Austin HQ — where they can meet our founders, members of their immediate teams and folks from other parts of the organization,” VP of Marketing Lidia Shong previously told Built In about the ways Lendflow connects its remote employees. “Lendflow also loves to use Slack to encourage team members to connect over mutual interests, such as ‘Dogs of Lendflow.’”

 

 

 

What they do: Indeed Flex strives to fix the current staffing model. Indeed Flex aims to provide job seekers with control, ownership and choice — so employees can find the working patterns and scenarios to suit their lifestyles. 

 

The Perks

  • 25 days of annual PTO, eight paid holidays and birthdays off  
  • Flexible, hybrid and work-from-home options 
  • Company-provided technology and WFH equipment 
  • Eligibility for sign-on bonuses, performance bonuses, retention bonuses and short-term incentives
  • Allotted “duvet days” for mental health and wellness

 

Partnership-driven: “The key to success at Indeed Flex is to focus on strong relationships with every partner we come across — and to keep our mission of helping people get jobs at the forefront of our daily work,” Enterprise Sales Manager Max Hutson previously told Built In about Indeed Flex’s culture.

 

 

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What they do: SparkCognition’s AI solutions are designed to predict future outcomes, prescribe best actions and help ensure worker safety. SparkCognition aims to analyze, optimize and learn from data, augment human intelligence, drive profitable growth and achieve operational excellence.

 

The Perks

  • Competitive medical benefits, employer HSA contribution, employer-paid life Insurance and 401k match
  • Over four weeks of PTO and parental leave 
  • Healthy benefits like gym partnerships and nutrition classes
  • Community service events 
  • Career development opportunities like mentorship programs, online course subscriptions and an educational reimbursement program

 

Choose your own work-life balance: Built In previously spoke to an HR team member about work-life at SparkCognition. “We provide employees the flexibility to work remotely as well as on site in a collaborative space,” they said. “Being dynamic means trusting our employees to manage their work environment to best suit their personal needs and offering the freedom to create a strong work-life balance.”   

 

 

 

What they do: Muck Rack’s public relations management (PRM) platform is designed to enable PR teams to work together to find the right journalists for their stories, send customized pitches, build meaningful relationships with the media, monitor news and quantify their impact.

 

The Perks

  • Off-the-grid vacations
  • A 401(K) plan with employer contributions 
  • Health, dental and vision insurance and disability insurance 
  • Various professional development opportunities,  coworking memberships, offer internet and phone reimbursements
  • A home office stipend

 

A bright future: Muck Rack continued its upward trajectory when it received a $180 million Series A investment. “We’ve seen rapid, profitable growth in recent years, with 75 percent year-over-year revenue growth in 2021, and more than 300 percent revenue growth over the three-year period,” a PR statement from the company read.

 

 

 

What they do: Saatva is a DTC mattress e-commerce company that was founded on the principle that everyone deserves quality sleep. Saatva’s mattresses are eco-friendly.

 

The Perks

  • Paid vacation, sick time and generous parental leave 
  • Health insurance, life insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance and FSAs  
  • 401(K) with match
  • Employee discounts
  • A remote-first workplace with support via employee resource groups  

 

Analyzing growth:  “Saatva’s analytics team has addressed pain points uncovered in analysis, which resulted in increased visibility of certain key elements of the website by 30 percent higher engagement —  with the increase to conversion rate per hover from five to seven percent,” Saatva announced in a recent press release. 

 

 

 

What they do: Passage believes that everyone should simply log in to apps and websites with Face ID, Touch ID or the technology built into their devices. Passage aims to empower developers to make this simplicity a reality. 

 

The Perks

  • 401(K) matching and company equity
  • Paid holidays, paid sick days and an unlimited vacation policy 
  • Mental health benefits and wellness opportunities
  • A commitment to diverse hiring practices 
  • A flexible work schedule and generous parental leave 

 

Combating burnout: “We request that employees take at least one week of PTO per quarter and actively seek to foster an open dialogue with all employees,” Co-founder and CTO Anna Pobletts previously told Built In. “People enjoy their jobs more when they are able to have balance between work and personal life.”

 

 

 

What they do: WP Engine is a technology company that is committed to cultivating innovation and open source resources in the WordPress community. 

 

The Perks

  • Employee-paid medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Equity in the company
  • Generous parental leave 
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Health insurance and wellness benefits

 

Remote possibilities: “With our remote-first model, employees have been able to be where they’re needed most, without having to leave or miss a beat at work,” CPO Annette Alexander previously told Built In. “We’ve also been able to expand the reach of our talent pool, hiring amazing people from all over the world.” 

 

 

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What they do: AffiniPay is a fintech company in professional services payments and project management software. 

 

The Perks

  • Adoption support, including access to Maven for support through preconception and fertility treatment, IVF, adoption, surrogacy and pediatrics
  • Activities focused on donations, volunteerism and supporting the local communities
  • A flexible hybrid work environment 
  • Diverse leadership team and inclusive ERGs 
  • Mental health perks including access to access to Headspace

 

Cross-functional collaboration: Senior Director of Sales Diandra Ford-Wing, a senior director of sales, previously spoke to Built In about collaboration between sales teams. “Sales really is a team sport, and it takes multiple people doing a variety of things to make a sales organization successful,” Ford-Wing said. “Marketing plays a key role in sales’ success, and if it weren’t for their efforts, leads would not end up on the other line of the phone.” 

 

 

 

What they do: Khoros provides digital-first customer engagement software and services. It aims to build enterprise software and offer expert services for digital customer service, messaging, chat, online brand communities and social media management. 

 

The Perks

  • Work-from-home, office or hybrid options 
  • Community volunteer opportunities and a commitment to corporate social responsibility
  • Competitive health and life insurance plans
  • Wellness benefits 
  • Location-specific perks — such as commuter benefits, catered lunches, and recreational clubs — for hybrid and in-office employees

 

Professional development for all: “Khoros offers a variety of professional development resources for all employees,” Anastacia Darby, director of strategic development, recently told Built In. “Women make up 77 percent of our strategic services senior leadership team, and support comes through in big and small ways — from creating a culture of empowering people to speak up to advocating for the advancement of peers and direct reports.” 

 

 

 

What they do: ePayPolicy is a fintech company that aims to help simplify, streamline and modernize payments for the insurance industry. 

 

The Perks

  • Comprehensive health and wellness coverage
  • Unlimited PTO with generous leave for maternity, paternity, adoption, foster and bereavement
  • Investment in the community via #ePayItForward initiatives
  • Rapid growth 
  • A hybrid working model

 

Hybrid-forward culture: Mark Engels, CEO of ePayPolicy, previously sat down with Built In to discuss the company’s hybrid model. “It provides our employees with the flexibility to determine which days they need to work from home in a given week, while also providing the company the benefit of in-person collaboration and team building,” he said.

 

 

 

What they do: Elevate Brands buys consumer-leading Amazon brands and strives to elevate them to their full potential by operating them internationally. 

 

The Perks

  • Paid holidays, paid sick days and an unlimited vacation policy 
  • Company equity, a 401(K) program and performance bonuses
  • Professional development opportunities like “lunch and learns”
  • Generous health benefits and FSA options 
  • Flexible hybrid and remote work policies 

 

Employee empowerment: Category Director Shaun Rubenstein previously spoke to Built In about the culture of empowerment at Elevate. “My vision is to create an environment where my managers feel empowered to fully own the brand performance,” he said. “Our CEO has done a great job of clearly defining the company’s mission with all employees, so it’s been easy to align my vision with his leadership strategy.”

 

 

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What they do: Iodine Software is an enterprise AI company that strives to rethink how to create value for healthcare professionals, leaders and their organizations by automating complex clinical tasks, generating insights and empowering intelligent care. 

 

The Perks

  • Comprehensive benefits package — including medical, dental, and vision
  • Basic-term life insurance
  • A 401(K) plan with company matching and employee equity
  • Optional perks like annual wellness benefits and pet insurance
  • Cell phone and internet reimbursement, as well as a work-from-home stipend

 

Inspirational leadership: VP of Advisory Services Allyson Davis previously spoke to Built In about the motivating management she’s experienced at the company. “I have taken that same approach as I have built a team of experts with extensive knowledge and experience,” Davis said at the time. “I have worked diligently to be a mentor, a trusted resource and advocate for my team’s continued professional growth and success — remembering that together we can achieve far more than we ever could individually.” 

 

 

 

What they do: ThousandEyes, a part of Cisco, aims to empower enterprises to see, understand and improve digital experiences for their customers and employees. The ThousandEyes cloud platform offers vantage points throughout the global Internet, delivering immediate visibility into the digital experience.

 

The Perks

  • Competetive medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Gym discounts and wellness programs 
  • Financial wellness opportunities
  • Catered breakfast and lunch for in-office events 
  • Opportunities to participate in local philanthropy events

 

Gearing up: ThousandEyes technical support and engineering teams are quickly growing. Managing Engineer Gabe Garcia recently spoke to Built In about the onboarding processes the company has in place. “Within the ThousandEyes engineering team, we have the buddy program where one of our engineers will pair with a new hire for their first month in the role,” he said. “This initiative has been a huge success, providing very helpful assistance to new team members and fostering collaboration — which is especially important in a hybrid work environment.”

 

 

 

What they do: Bonterra is a social good software company focused on powering those who power social impact with case management, corporate social good and philanthropy, as well as fundraising and relationship management technology solutions that help drive more impact for more people, in less time. 

 

The Perks

  • Unlimited PTO 
  • A flexible work schedule
  • Paid time off for both birthing and non-birthing leave
  • Up to eight paid hours per quarter to volunteer with a nonprofit organization
  • Monthly events incorporating physical, intellectual, emotional, financial and social well-being

 

Employee mobility: Snehal Desai, Bonterra’s chief operating officer, recently spoke to Built In about employee mobility at Bonterra and said, “We’re transforming the marketplace in a way no one has ever done before, and the opportunity to get this right and make an impact is tremendous.”

 

 

 

What they do: BluePallet is an end-to-end industrial commerce platform with solutions designed for search, logistics and transactions. BluePallet has purposefully built a suite of products that help producers, distributors and end-users buy and sell chemicals.

 

The Perks

  • Robust health and wellness benefits, including mental health benefits
  • A generous home office stipend for remote employees
  • Professional development opportunities like online course subscriptions, paid industry certifications and time allotted for learning
  • Company equity, 401(K) programs, employee stock options and performance bonuses
  • Flexible PTO

 

People as a priority: “People are the core of our values and we practice what we preach,” Head of People Alyssa McKinley previously told Built In. “The most important aspect of centering our people is a leadership team who values candid communication about everything from the state of the business to the importance of taking mental health days,” she said at the time. 

 

 

 

What they do: MongoDB is a community that aims to transform industries and empower developers to build apps that people use every day. 

 

The Perks

  • 20 weeks of paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers, plus four additional weeks of flexible work arrangements
  • Backup child care assistance
  • Opportunities to serve the Austin community 
  • Affinity groups like Underrepresented People of Color Network, MongoDB Women's Group, Underrepresented Genders in Tech, Queeries, The Queer Collective, Veterans and Green Team
  • A mentorship program and opportunity for growth 

 

Never stop upskilling: “You can show up as your genuine self, and you’re given the tools to succeed,” Regional Director of Corporate Sales Patrick Chan previously told Built In of the company’s professional growth mindset. “More importantly, you’re challenged and supported to become better each day.”

 

 

 

What they do: Imprivata aims to provide security, privacy, data governance and compliance solutions for companies across multiple industries — including healthcare, critical infrastructure, manufacturing, government, legal and gaming.

 

The Perks

  • Community events with Breakthrough Austin, Austin Pets Alive!, We Are Blood, Coats for Kids, the Central Texas Food Bank and more
  • Employee-driven opportunities ranging from volunteering and recreational sports to professional development
  • Flexible remote and hybrid work options 
  • Competetive health and wellness benefits 
  • Wide range of training programs, including functional boot camps, in-house professional development and knowledge-sharing sessions

 

Sprinting to the finish: Data Scientist Dicy Adams sat down with Built In earlier this year to discuss Imprivata’s development processes. “The feature developers handle most of the front-end implementation, so we work in two-week sprints — staggered with the feature dev team — to easily pass off any front-end work to them,” she said. “We meet with stakeholders at the end of each sprint so we’re always getting good feedback.”

 

 

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What they do: Billd is aiming to take on one of the biggest pain points in construction by offering commercial subcontractors financing terms that align with their payment cycles

 

The Perks

  • Generous family leave and adoption assistance 
  • Commitment to professional development via continuing education stipends, job training and conferences, tuition reimbursement and time set aside for learning 
  • Performance bonuses, employee stock purchase plans, 401(K) and company equity 
  • Fitness subsidies, mental health benefits, access to an on-site gym and competitive health benefits 
  • Diverse hiring practices, unconscious bias training and a diverse ERG community

 

Hiring for skill: Earlier this year, Talent Acquisition Recruiter Tori Pontiff spoke with Built In about Billd’s inclusive hiring practices. “We have a very strategic interview process where every employee we bring into our organization has different skills and strengths that bring value to our company,” Pontiff said. “I was hired because of my skill set, opinions and knowledge of the recruitment industry — as a woman, I have a different perspective than others on my team, and differing opinions are valuable to a growing organization.”

 

 

 

What they do: Findhelp strives to connect people in need with the social care programs that serve them at findhelp.org. Findhelp launched 10 years ago in Austin and has helped millions of people find food, health, housing and employment programs in seconds at findhelp.org.

 

The Perks

  • Local activities such as produce farms and food pantries
  • Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion committees, journaling workshops and activities dedicated to inclusion
  • Generous parental leave and family medical leave 
  • Professional development through online course subscriptions and internal promotions
  • 401(K) and company equity

 

Building trust: VP of Business Development Art Lopez recently connected with Built In about how Findhelp builds rapport with its clients. “When you truly understand a client’s goals and needs, you can be honest and realistic about meeting their expectations and become a trusted source,” Lopez said. 

 

 

 

What they do: Luxury Presence is a SaaS provider for luxury real estate agents and companies. The company serves realtors and companies who purchase template-based luxury websites, content marketing tools, SEO, lead generation and online advertising. 

 

The Perks

  • A flexible PTO plan
  • Hybrid, remote, and in-office workforce in Austin
  • Generous health, vision and dental benefits. 
  • Team and company retreats
  • A 401(K) program

 

Adaptability wanted: A director of customer success at Luxury Presence recently spoke to Built In about Luxury Presence’s intentional approach to hiring as it scales. “The most successful members of our go-to-market team are able to specialize and adapt,” they said. “As we continue to grow, we’ll be looking for more teammates who can do the same.” 

 

 

 

What they do: Studio X aims to help accelerate innovation in the energy industry by reducing the time it takes to solve complex challenges. It strives to empower geoscientists and industry experts with innovative tools, workflows and a virtual workstation.

 

The Perks

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Unlimited vacations days 
  • Wellness stipend and work-from-home benefits
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Annual performance bonuses


Maximum impact: “The energy industry is an exciting place to work because there is so much to discover and many areas where we can innovate,”  Lead Embed Geologist Nate Suurmeyer recently told Built In about Studio X’s impact. “Whether it’s developing algorithms, providing remote resources so geologists can work anywhere in the world or accelerating startups with innovative ideas, there’s no better time to be in the industry,” he said.

 

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