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Companies like Big Fish Games, Cheezburger Network and Tableau Software once sat on the GeekWire 200, our ranking of privately owned tech startups in the Pacific Northwest. Since then, they have “closed” the list after growing up and going through an acquisition or IPO.
Fast forward to today, and startups like Auth0 and Rover are in the top 10. But these two growing companies are also soon to close – Okta’s acquisition of Auth0 is slated to close this year, and Rover will be sent to the via a SPAC Go stock exchange.
Which companies will rise to the top and next “graduate” from shoddy startup to big tech player?
Read on for information from this month’s GeekWire 200 rankings, which uses publicly available data to identify emerging tech startups the most popular and popular tech companies in key online communities. See the GeekWire Funding List for the latest Pacific NW startup offers. Subscribe to GeekWire Startups for a weekly roundup of the news, analysis, and insights from the region’s startup ecosystem, released on Friday.
The top 10: The seven largest companies have stayed the same since last month. Tanium, a cybersecurity company that relocated its headquarters from San Francisco to the Seattle area last year, debuted at number 7 on the GeekWire 200 in December, and has since moved up one spot and is currently number 6.
Also in motion is Outreach, the sales enablement software startup valued at more than $ 1 billion that has moved up two places to eighth place since last month.
If Auth0 and Rover make it into the top 10, there will be vacancies left – companies like OfferUp (No. 11), Moz (No. 12), PayScale (No. 13), Puppet (No. 14) and Clio (No. 15 ) are potential participants.
Make headlines: Up and down the list startups have been in the news recently, announcing big rounds of funding, gigantic deals and new leadership skills.
- Icertis (No. 5), which sells contract management software, completed a Series F round valued at $ 80 million, increasing its valuation to $ 2.8 billion. Read the story.
- Start of game development Hobby room (No. 136) became the newest unicorn in Seattle, raising $ 100 million at a valuation of $ 1.25 billion. Read the story.
- Vancouver, Washington AbSci (No. 146) jumped 38 places on the list as the biotech startup raised funds for its protein printing technology. Read the story.
- Tagboard (No. 180) signed a new four-year contract with Major League Baseball that will use Tagboard’s production platform for programming. Read the story.
- Bend, Oregon-based retail cannabis startup Dutchie (No. 81) raised $ 200 million and is now worth $ 1.7 billion. Read the story.
- JetClosing (No. 168) completed a Series B round valued at $ 11 million and announced former Amazon leader Anna Collins as the new CEO of the real estate startup. Read the story.
Break into the top 200: The GeekWire 200 is generated each month from the GeekWire Startup List, a comprehensive directory of tech startups in the region with currently more than 1,700 entries.
These nine startups have entered the top 200 this month and made their first debut or, in some cases, have returned to the rankings:
- CTO.ai (# 93) – Vancouver, BC-based startup building a DevOps platform.
- Fabric (# 177) – Seattle e-commerce startup developing software for midsize brands to sell their products online.
- Chinook Therapeutics (# 183) – Biotech company developing targeted therapies for kidney disease.
- TRED (# 186) – Peer-to-peer used vehicle marketplace, first launched in Seattle and now available in 13 markets.
- Mason (# 188) – Seattle startup that sells Mobile Infrastructure as a Service technology.
- Glamhive (# 192) – Fashion tech platform that connects customers with personal stylists.
- Social Nature (No. 195) – Canadian online product testing platform for sustainable products.
- Tatango (No. 197) – Seattle-based SMS marketing software provider.
- Imperative (# 198) – Virtual peer coaching platform for managing remote teams.