Silicone Valley is surely the tech capital of the world, brimming with companies that make big waves across the world with their innovation and drive.
When you think of Silicone Valley, it is impossible not to think of Apple for instance, the technology behind much of the world’s online output, music and leisure pursuits. Google has also become an accepted part of common culture, taking over from early search engines such as Yahoo and Alta Vista to become much more than a method of finding things on the internet. Both Apple and Google have collaborated on projects, doubtless facilitated by their proximity in the southern San Francisco Bay area.
Then there is Facebook, a company that has helped shape and create social media as we know it today. A CNBC report suggested it could become the next $1tn company and its success has become synonymous with the area. Across those three companies are services that most of the developed world’s inhabitants surely use daily. All are based in Silicone Valley and all play an important role in the world today.
There are plenty of other Silicone Valley success stories; Airbnb has become an accepted way of finding accommodation across the world. It was formed in 2007 by Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, with the help of a seed funding program in 2008. The company quickly opened offices in Europe in March 2019, and according to the New York Times is privately valued at $31bn.
Those success stories prove Silicone Valley is a place of opportunity, where the greatest tech minds in the US can find inspiration, investment and a pool of talent from which to draw. It is relatively easy to start a company in San Francisco, and in the wider California area. The tricky bit is to have a killer idea which takes the world by storm. Setting up an LLC in California is the easy part. Once you have settled on a name and appointed a Registered Agent, you can file the Articles of Organization online for as little as $70. Once that is done, you are good to go on your exciting new project, and the hard work begins.
Making a startup a success is not easy and not only do you have to have an innovative idea, but you must be driven, willing to adapt and able to sell yourself and your company to investors, clients and even prospective new staff. Once set up, the key is becoming known and accepted, something that the three companies we have selected here are managing to do nicely.
These are three current Silicone Valley startups to keep your eye on as we move towards 2021.
Brightline – Palo Alto
The success stories we have already covered are the type that are accessible to everyone, aimed at leisure and social lives, but Brightline are different. They are a health tech company aiming to improve treatment and resources for children with behavioral issues. They create clinics designed to allow specialists of multiple studies to support children, adolescents and adults. Their digital platform provides a smooth and effective process for tracking progress and delivering online therapy.
Arc () – Mountain View
A truly successful startup often sees the world developing in the future and reacts to trends they think might happen. That is very much the case at Arc () who have created an easy-to-use platform that interviews and vets developers before they can apply for jobs. With companies hiring remote workers from around the globe, it makes the job of sifting through CVs and applications automatically, identifying the correct skills and candidates before the prospective employer must get to a face-to-face meeting.
The world is changing, how we work is changing and Arc () appears to be right on the cusp of that evolution.
Dusty Robotics – Mountain View
Whilst the last company are working within a brand-new sector, Dusty Robotics is bringing tech to the age-old industry of construction. Using Building Information Modeling, they have developed robots that can be deployed within new buildings to make precise measurements and layouts for design teams to analyse and work with. The technology is thought to be leading to finalized layouts 10 times faster than traditional methods.
Carter Wetlaugher is just getting his start as a journalist. Carter attended a technical school while still in high school where he learned a variety of skills, from photography to coding. Apart from being a contributor to the site, Carter also helps Tech Life up and running, he also keeps our social media feeds up-to-date.