5 Great Startups to Work For in Silicon Valley

For those of you who like the idea of joining a Silicon Valley startup, here’s five that should be on your radar.

Silicon ValleyNutanix

Over three years, this San Jose virtual storage network appliance maker has raised $71.5 million in funding in three years and hired more than 100 employees. Its appliance is designed to allow companies to dump their resource-sucking Storage Area Networks and operate a SANs-free virtualized datacenter. It seems to be a good place to work: Nutanix earned five stars on Glassdoor, the highest level allowed.

And here’s what Nutanix’s executives and high-profile investors like Khosla Ventures had to say about the company:

Pure Storage

Pure Storage, which makes an all-flash enterprise storage array, has raised $95 million to date. Greylock Partners and Redpoint Ventures are among its investors. Last month, the research firm Frost & Sullivan presented it with its 2012 Best Practices Award for its “most innovative enterprise flash storage solution.” The researcher liked Pure Storage’s FlashArray product for its exceptional speed, reliability, efficiency and cost savings.

The Mountain View company was also named a finalist this year in the San Francisco Business Times and San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Bay Area “Best Places to Work” awards for companies that employ 51-101 employees. It’s also got a five-star rating on Glassdoor.

Here’s a video on the FlashArray GUI demo:

Ooyala

Ooyala, also in Mountain View, provides an online video analytics platform that tracks viewer engagement in real time across various devices. Besides raising some $79 million in funding year to date, it’s generated a decent amount of buzz, receiving mentions in Forbes, the Financial Times and VentureBeat among others. Earlier this year, the company’s product was named the “Best Video Analytics Solution” at the BRAVE Awards, recognizes achievements in brand video. The company crunches the numbers on more than 2 billion video analytics events daily. In 2010 and 2011, Ooyala received the Best Places to Work award.

Here’s how Ooyala engineer Austen McCrae summed up his experience at the startup:

Apigee

AT&T, eBay and Walgreens are all users of Apigee’s API platform for enterprise companies and developers, using it to design scalable APIs and apps. Earlier this year, the Palo Alto company raised $20 million in funding from VCs like Norwest Venture Partners and the strategic player SAP Ventures. Total funding to date: $72 million.

Here’s a glimpse into Apigee’s API platform technology with Brian Mulloy, vice president of Apigee Labs:

Box

Box, a Los Altos maker of a secure content-sharing platform, has been written up by Fast Company, VentureBeat and Engadget on topics ranging from its Android 2.0 version debut to the way it leaders operate a fast-growing business. Over the summer, Box enticed Sam Schillace, one of the inventors of Google Docs, to leave the comforts of the Googleplex and join as vice president of engineering.

Here, Box executives and its co-founder Aaron Levie weigh in on the company’s strategy:

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Comments

  1. BY Dotty says:

    All these start-ups are looking for the same skill sets in engineering etc, which begs the question, how the heck are they all to hire when the US has a lack of educated individuals in these new technologies? It reminds me of the tech bubble in 2002, when everything died because the VCs were pouring money into these entities left and right and it sank big time. I suspect that might happen again here.

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