Marin may not be as world-recognizable as its neighbor San Francisco to the south, but the region just across the Golden Gate is playing host to a strong lineup of startups set to go head-to-head with the best and brightest in Silicon Valley. And with unparalleled natural beauty and quality of living, local tech entrepreneurs couldn’t possibly have a better environment to start up in.
In fact, Marin was recently named California’s best county to live in, making it ideal for entrepreneurs looking to achieve the ideal work/life balance. From SaaS offerings for crowdsourced feedback to live messaging sales platforms, here are 11 regional tech startups you need to know about in 2017 and beyond.
Parasail’s healthcare lending platform is akin to a Kayak or Travelocity, but for finding lenders for out-of-pocket medical expenses. The company has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, and TedX, to name a few.
Peck and its Green Bird app allows users to get the most important bits of information from their mobile device—weather, friend updates, calendar events, birthdays, even steps from the Health app. The solution is available for iOS and Android devices, as well as via the web.
Waggl has developed a SaaS-based survey platform for gathering actionable insights about an organization’s employee sentiments. Companies use the solution to facilitate change management, human resources on-boarding, town hall events, and more.
Karbon has developed an accounting practice management platform that streamlines/optimizes workflows and collaboration. The solution is currently in use by BNA CPAs & Advisors, Acuity, HPC CPA, and other leading account firms across the globe.
Tawkify’s online dating platform is a unique solution that merges concierge-level, personalized services with the convenience of online matchmaking. By integrating technology with human insights, the company is able to maintain a high success rate amongst its users.
Boomtown has developed a business support platform that enhances team collaboration/efficiency while providing a top-notch customer experience. The company also offers a full range of managed services for industries such as restaurant/hotel, retail, to name a few.
Red Tricycle’s digital lifestyle brand revolves around family fun and parenting; the popular website offers quality content such as kid’s recipes, places to go, parenting tips and suggestions, and more. The offering currently reaches over 20 million urban parents in 20 major markets.
Marin Software’s leading marketing platform allows firms to optimize digital advertisements across search, display, social, and mobile channels. The solution is currently being used by over 1,800 customers across the globe to manage their online marketing programs.
Thread’s live messaging platform allows sales teams to move away from asynchronous, email-based customer communications. The solution sends notifications when customers are online and viewing/opening documents and files, allowing for real-time discussions and side-by-side proposal reviews.
Glassdoor’s online solution started a portal for current and former employees to leave anonymous reviews about their companies and management teams; the offering has since evolved into a popular job search platform augmented by its rating/feedback engine.
In short, Marin is just a stone’s throw from the epicenter of the world’s leading tech startup ecosystem—and its startups are on par with the best and brightest from Silicon Valley. Be sure to keep them on your radar in 2017 and beyond.