The Top 30 Startups in Palo Alto

San Francisco, Beijing, New York City, Palo Alto. Those 4 cities in that order received the most venture capital in 2014.  A town of 64,000 people is the undisputed leader of Silicon Valley and here are their top 30 startups.

#30 Nurep

Nurep is Global on-demand medical device support. Their vision is to ensure each patient receives the best operative outcome. They will accomplish this through evidence-based outcomes and four strategic imperatives. 

1. Provide consistent quality operative care
2. Improve operative environment of safety
3. Optimize operative efficiency
4. Reduce the cost of care

Their mission is to transform the medical device customer support model. They will do this by connecting medical institutions with medical device representatives in a value-based health care environment through innovative technologies.

Learn more at Nurep.com

#29 Tinfoil Security

Tinfoil is a simple, developer friendly service that lets you scan your website for vulnerabilities and fix them quickly and easily. They're a team of experts with extensive backgrounds in security across many organizations. They focus on creating simple, usable security products and providing the best security on the market. They streamline the security process and focus on developers, providing the first line of security tools that easily integrate into the DevOps and development processes. They believe that the mindset of building and breaking are separate, and switching between them takes significant time. They think it's most important for you to be able to focus on the building and leave the breaking and securing to Tinfoil. 

Type in your URL to get a free scan at tinfoilsecurity.com
 

#28 Diffbot

Diffbot aims to apply cutting edge computer vision and natural language techniques to understanding every web page on the web. Diffbot is already analyzing a significant portion of the internet for many of the top consumer destination sites. Diffbot is located withing biking distance from Stanford, currently employs an elite team of machine learning hackers, and is scaling quickly.

Test drive their APIs at diffbot.com

#27 Casetext

Casetext is a legal research website where lawyers can read legal texts, annotated by the legal community. 

On Casetext you can-

  • Search through over 4 million legal documents
  • Read cases annotated by our growing community
  • Browse community pages to find all the best legal content in your areas of interest
  • Meet colleagues who are active in the same communities you are
  • Start or join conversations about legal topics you're interested in

Sign up for free at castext.com

#26 BizeeBee

BizeeBee helps local membership based businesses manage billing, retention and growth. They work closely with yoga studios, personal trainers, dance instructors, gyms, and even professional service providers such as acting and writing coaches. 

With BizeeBee owners can track the frequency of customer visits: daily and monthly, and will be notified when memberships are about to expire saving them time and money. 

Signup for a free trial at bizeebee.com

#25 Gobble

Gobble prepares farm fresh 10-minute gourmet dinner kits with 3-step instructions delivered to your door. Their weekly delivery includes three thoughtfully handcrafted dinner kits filled with fresh pre-chopped and par-cooked ingredients (along with a gorgeous recipe card) for you to create Michelin-worthy dinners in your very own kitchen. Gobble offers the convenience associated with takeout along with the health, satisfaction, and freshness of a home-cooked meal. 

Get started at gobble.com

#24 Educreations

Educreations is a community where anyone can teach what they know and learn what they don't. Their software turns any iPad or web browser into a recordable, interactive whiteboard, making it easy for teachers and experts to create engaging video lessons and share them on the web. Students can replay these lessons any time, any place, on any connected device. Educreations is on a mission to dramatically improve student achievement by extending the reach of great teaching.

Teach anything to anyone from anywhere at educreations.com

#23 VidQuik

Vidquik is a new web communications platform that provides easy-to-use tools with which companies can enhance their sales experience and efficiencies. Vidquik's browser-based, web conferencing (video and presentations) platform makes web conferencing super simple; it requires no downloads or plug-ins to use.

Try it for free instantly at vidquik.com

#22 OwnerListens

OwnerListens is the best way to communicate with customers in real-time.Customers use the OwnerListens app or SMS number (customized for each business) to send compliments, complaints, questions, and suggestions. Owners and managers can then immediately respond via text or email. All communication is private and anonymous. By enabling direct, private communication in real-time, businesses can salvage revenues, prevent negative reviews and encourage employee excellence. 

Using messaging for customer service is not only preferred by customers, it's also cheaper for businesses and less error prone than phone calls. 

Example use cases: 

  • Ordering & reservation inquiries 
  • Complaint about an employee, product, service or facility 
  • In store questions about products or product locations 
  • Questions about item availability 
  • In store surveys 
  • Real time service requests at hotels and resorts

Start your free trial at ownerlistens.com

#21 Crowdbooster

Crowdbooster helps social media marketers make better decisions about what to share, when, and with whom, all from a real-time analytics dashboard that gives you suggestions as you go. Tens of thousands of business around the world have chosen Crowdbooster to make them smarter and more effective when navigating social media.

Try a free 30 day trial at crowdbooster.com

#20 Codeanywhere

Codeanywhere is cloud based code editor that enables users to develop, maintain and collaborate on their web sites and application from any browser on almost any device (iOS, Android, Windows RT), anywhere in the world. 

Think of it as Google Docs for developers.

Sign up for free at codeanywhere.com

#19 Mightybell

Mightybell enables any organization or individual to create a smart professional community that brings together people who share the same goal or purpose. Starting with specialized professional networks for the self-employed, teachers and small business owners, a Mightybell Network is the single best spot for your target market to meet the people they should know, not just those contacts already in their address book.

Unlike other community software platforms, Mightybell’s unique process seeks to understand an organization’s goals and priorities and launch a comprehensive community solution designed to deliver results. 

Get started for free or explore featured networks at mightybell.com

#18 Roadster

With their buying service you can skip the dealership entirely. Their experts will handle everything. They will find the car and the features you want at the best market price, with the best lease or financial terms. Get multiple bids for your trade-in. Schedule delivery to your home or office. Enjoy a 15-minute process for paperwork and signing.

Buy your next car online and they will deliver it to your doorstep at roadster.com

#17 Reachable

Reachable empowers employees in companies to work as a team to smartly leverage collective personal and corporate relationships to gain a competitive edge. The Reachable solution is based on a foundation of rich and high quality data, powerful graph analytics, and best practices focused on collaboration, privacy protection, and contact data ownership by users. Enterprises can now super-charge their employees with Reachable and give them a unique tool to win in today’s highly competitive and fast paced environment.

Try it now at reachable.com

#16 Quartzy


Quartzy is a free web-based platform for managing your research lab. It is used worldwide by over 50,000 scientists in the academic, biotechnology and pharmaceutical labs.

On Quartzy, researchers form lab groups. Everybody in those groups (and nobody outside them) can see their contents, whether it’s inventory items, order requests, calendars for shared equipment, or lab documents. This reduces time spent looking for things, money wasted on duplicate orders, and in general improves lab efficiency. 

Quartzy is completely free to the researchers who use it. Quartzy needs to remain free because it charges vendors to host their catalogs on the site, which increases brand awareness for them. This model also has the added benefit of making data entry very easy for their users. 

There’s no software to download - Quartzy is entirely online and they back up your information securely to their servers to ensure its safety.

Take the tour at quartzy.com

#15 eShares

eShares is modernizing and revolutionizing the way private companies manage and interact with their share, and optionholders. They are bringing stock certificates and options onto the cloud and into the 21st century. Companies can easily issue stock certificates individually or in bulk, and shareholders can receive and view their shareholdings across all private companies on one screen.

Get started at esharesinc.com

#14 RealCrowd

RealCrowd puts the power of commercial real estate investing into your hands. This unique crowd based equity platform was created by experienced commercial real estate investment professionals to allow you to decide where your money is invested by offering direct investments. Pooling your money with other like-minded investors and working with a seasoned real estate operator with the skills, knowledge and experience to optimize the asset will remove the traditional barriers to entry that typically exist in commercial real estate investing.

Join now at realcrowd.com

#13 Piazza

Piazza is an online platform where students and instructors come together to learn and teach. It offers a refined Q&A environment along with key features for effective course collaboration. 

They built Piazza to model the face-to-face discussion among students and instructors. To do this effectively, Piazza displays updates as soon as they happen so you see changes in real time. 

Piazza uses the power of community to increase collaboration through wiki-style editing, endorsed posts, student-to-student learning, and instructor feedback. 

See how it works at piazza.com
 

#12 BetterWorks

BetterWorks is an enterprise goals platform trusted by high performing companies to engage, empower and cross-functionally align their workforces. By applying Goal Science thinking, BetterWorks meets the needs of today's millennial and mobile workers with the security and scalability that enterprises demand. Their goal is to drive companies to become operationally excellent and provide powerful insights about how work gets done, while helping people reach their full potential at work. 

Align teams and drive operational excellence at betterworks.com

#11 Boxfish

Boxfish indexes every word spoken on Television. They identify highly specific TV audiences across social media and help marketers reach them in a cost effective manner. They deliver new and incremental users who have demonstrated they watch and tweet about TV shows.

Get in touch at boxfish.com

#10 Lumo BodyTech

Lumo BodyTech is passionate about identifying meaningful, unmet needs and building feasible, viable solutions to meet those needs. Founded by a multidisciplinary team with expertise in medicine, engineering, and education, They are a venture backed company pushing the boundaries of consumer health through human body computing.

The Lumo Lift, worn as a tiny magnetic clasp on the upper body, and Lumo Back, worn on a discreet belt around the lower back, both track your body positions, provide gentle vibrations when you slouch, track steps, calories and mileage, and encourage small habit changes that add up to major improvements in your health.

Learn more at lumobodytech.com

#9 Thuuz Sports

Thuuz is an award-winning mobile and connected TV service revolutionizing how consumers discover and connect to sports programming. They alert fanatics, sports enthusiasts and casual viewers to the most exciting sporting events as they're happening, leveraging advanced algorithmic analysis, social signaling and fan preferences. They also direct fans to where they can tune into the game - TV, web or mobile. Their partners include leading TV providers, wireless carriers and electronics companies.

Personalized sports entertainment at thuuz.com

#8 Science Exchange

Science Exchange is the online marketplace for science experiments. They help researchers order experiments from the world's best labs. They enable researchers to search, order, and pay for over 4700 scientific services online, improving access to service providers at 500 universities and contract research institutions. 

Science Exchange aims to help investigators save on costs, improve the efficiency of their research, and speed up the pace of scientific discovery. Their mission is to provide easy access the global network of scientific resources and expertise.

Order experiments from the world's best labs at scienceexchange.com

#7 Robinhood

The stock market is one of the best available tools for individual wealth creation, generating annual returns of around 10% over the past century. Robinhood's mission is to empower this new generation to take greater ownership in their financial future, which they believe can help shrink the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots" and lead to a healthier, more robust global economy.

After graduating from Stanford, roommates Vladimir Tenev and Baiju Bhatt moved to New York, where they built trading platforms for some of the largest financial institutions in the world. They began to realize that electronic trading firms pay effectively nothing to place trades in the market yet charge investors up to $10 for each trade — and thus the idea for Robinhood was born. They soon ventured back to California to begin solving the problem of democratizing access to the markets.

Robinhood similar to other online brokerages such as E*Trade, Schwab, and Scottrade without the per trade commissions and minimum deposits.

For more info visit robinhood.com

#6 WePay

WePay is a payments company built to serve the needs of online marketplaces, crowdfunding sites and small business programs. WePay is the only company to offer its customers complete protection from fraud risk while still giving them the flexibility to craft great experiences for their users.

WePay is more than just a payments API. They deliver fraud protection, a great user experience, and world class support. Get a completely frictionless experience for your marketplace's buyers and sellers - they never leave your website to accept credit card payments. 

You can get a business signed up on payments with either a simple two-field pop-up or a behind the scenes API call - and most platforms see significant conversion improvements - some as high as 17%.

Learn more at wepay.com

#5 Wealthfront

Wealthfront is the largest and fastest growing automated investment service. They combine world-class financial expertise and leading edge technology to provide sophisticated investment management at prices affordable for everyone. 

 They manage a diversified, continually rebalanced portfolio of index funds on your behalf at a very low cost and in an extremely tax-efficient manner. Wealthfront takes the guesswork out of sound, long-term investing through effortless automation. Wealthfront manages a personalized online investment account for you that is fully diversified and periodically rebalanced – accessible anytime and anywhere from your desktop, tablet or phone. 

They believe everyone deserves sophisticated financial advice. That’s why their minimum account size is only $5,000. They manage your first $10,000 for free and the rest for only 0.25% per year. There are no additional fees for their service. No trading commissions. Everything is included in their simple, low advisory fee.

Invest at wealthfront.com

#4 HealthTap

HealthTap has reinvented the way people all over the world take care of their health and well-being, while helping them smile and feel good every day. 

HealthTap connects millions of people around the world with the most trusted health information and doctors. With top-rated web and mobile apps, HealthTap offers immediate and free access to relevant, reliable, and trusted health answers from a network of more than 64,000+ U.S.-licensed doctors so people can: 

-Learn more about their health
-Get help with their health issues from anywhere at anytime
-Take action to feel good

For doctors, in particular, HealthTap provides an amazing opportunity to meet and connect with other medical professionals, and build a resume and profile that not only shows their professional accomplishments, but showcases their knowledge, expertise, and experience. 

Doctors are making house calls again at healthtap.com

#3 wikiHow

wikiHow is a collaboration to build and share the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual. wikiHow contains over 175,000 how-to guides in 10 languages, which are written, edited and maintained by thousands of volunteers. Over 40 million unique visitors per month turn to wikiHow to learn how to do anything from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Learn how to do anything at wikihow.com

#2 Fundly

Crowdfunding provides the trust, transparency and ties necessary to make global giving both instaneously impactful and hyperlocal. Fundly's mission is to share the unlimited possibilities achievable by anyone with their platform.

Fundly is transforming how individuals and organizations crowdfund to improve the communities in which they live. Your story will come to life on any device and they make it effortless to share it with your friends, colleagues, and social networks. 

Raise money for anything at fundly.com

#1 PunchTab

PunchTab is the leading engagement and insights platform, helping brands connect with and understand consumer and act on those data-driven insights using predictive analytics to make marketing decisions that optimize revenue growth, grow engagement, and increase lifetime value with consumers across any channel or device. 

Leading brands like The Yankee Candle Company, PURELL, ConAgra, Nestle, ShurTech and more use PunchTab's solution to deepen audience engagement, build awareness, and gain a data-driven, 360-degree view of consumer behavior and purchase drivers. PunchTab offers a self-serve, easy-to-implement product, and fully customizable, white-labeled engagement programs. 

Increase purchase, loyalty, and lifetime value at punchtab.com

Those are our picks for the top startups in Palo Alto. Did we miss any great Palo Alto startups? Just shoot us a message below so we can add them to our next Palo Alto article.

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