Ah, Silicon Valley. The center of the tech universe, home to the most bootstrappy of bootstrappers, the hub for all things intelligent.
Or at least that’s what we want the world to think…
In reality, “The Valley,” as it’s known locally, is a wondrous geek’s paradise: a living, breathing shrine to tech tycoons and titans, where nerds from around the globe can can eat at Steve Jobs’ favorite restaurant (Jin Sho on California Avenue in Palo Alto), grab a cup of coffee at Mark Zuckerberg’s favorite hang (Coupa Cafe; though rumor has it that he is now a Philz man) and see the garage where Google was started (shoutout to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki). It’s a unique haven for like-minded entrepreneurs to gather and discuss their innovative new ideas for world-changing security platforms, industry-altering data software, and ways to eat without leaving the house.
Eavesdrop in Silicon Valley cafes, coffeeshops, or any other public space where it’s legal to listen in on a stranger’s conversation (it is legal… right?!) and you’ll undoubtedly hear tons of tech talk: from the scalability of their SaaS platform, to the conversion rate of email opens, to the perceived imprintability of existing technolography. (One of those things is made up.)
And since we Silicon Valley-ites like to use ourselves as guinea pigs (commonly referred to as beta testing), a regular day in the Valley usually includes some weird, fascinating futuretech. Walk the streets of downtown Palo Alto, and you’ll get find yourself dodging attention from the faces of salespeople on rolling robotic screens. Drive through Mountain View, and you’re sure to swerve to avoid hitting at least one of Google’s self-driving cars. Stroll around at Stanford Shopping Center, and you’ll notice that the mall cops are robots. Innovation permeates every aspect of our lives here–it’s quirky, it’s exciting, and it’s the future.
Now, we’re proud to present the hottest thing the Valley has seen since Bachmanity Insanity (for you HBO fans): our Second Annual HOT In City Awards, featuring 4,500 companies across 600 cities worldwide. Unsurprisingly, a sizable chunk of our winners are based in the heart of Silicon Valley; in this post we’ve highlighted 360 HOT companies from 10 Silicon Valley cities (Campbell, Cupertino, Fremont, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale). We’ve also awarded HOT companies in San Francisco and San Mateo.
Take a look at a few of our favorite future-builders:
Norwest Venture Partners teams up with companies of all growth stages, business sectors, and locations, helping us (they’re Owler investors!) secure crucial funding needed to fulfill our wildest tech aspirations. And they’re in it for the long haul, partnering with portfolio companies now and into the future.
Trinity Ventures represents the near-infinite possibility that Silicon Valley offers. They are focused on investing in early stage technology startup companies (like Owler! They’re also our investors). Built on the classic principles of hard work, collaboration, and dedication, Trinity is always available for their clients.
Some claim that the rise of technology has hurt customer relationships. Gainsight endeavors to change that perspective by harnessing the power of technology to build stronger partnerships. Their customer success management platform ensures these business relationships continue to grow.
Tesla is the brainchild of Elon Musk, the real life inspiration for Tony Stark (so if you know nothing about Musk, his alter ego, Iron Man‘s billionaire-genius-superhero, can tell you a lot). He’s ringing in the future by pioneering payment systems, space travel, and more; but currently, he’s best known for his contribution to the electric automobile industry with Tesla. These renewable energy-powered luxury cars are the vehicle of choice here in Silicon Valley (seriously, we have never seen so many Teslas in our lives). And word in the Owler office is that once we hit 10 million users, our team will be rolling up to Owler HQ in our fleet of custom designed, matching Owler-orange Teslas. (Isn’t that right, Fowler?)
Cisco was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and today it’s the largest networking company in the world. Through their numerous subsidiaries, Cisco specializes in specific tech markets, such as Internet of Things (IoT), domain security, and energy management. Their size and expertise ensures they’ll always take the lead on whatever’s coming next in Silicon Valley.