These are the 25 most attractive start-ups to work for, according to LinkedIn

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Uber has had a turbulent year, but that hasn't slowed the company's ability to attract the best talent.

The ride-sharing company lands atop LinkedIn's inaugural Top Companies | Startups list. Despite challenges ranging from sexual harassment claims to the hunt for a new CEO, of every start-up on this list, Uber has had the most employees leave LinkedIn Top Companies like JPMorgan and Facebook to join its team.

To determine this list, LinkedIn's data team analyzed billions of searches by the site's more than 500 million members, considering employee growth, job seeker interest and engagement with the company on the platform, as well as how well these upstarts were able to attract talent away from the established players on LinkedIn's Top Companies list.

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The list includes familiar consumer favorites like Airbnb, Lyft and Glossier as well as companies that want to change how you search for, finance and decorate a home and a number of cybersecurity companies.

Read on for the 25 most attractive start-up employers in the U.S.:

25. CrowdStrike

Global headcount: 760

Valuation: $1.01 billion

According to LinkedIn, CrowdStrike was the first cybersecurity company to make accusations against Russia related to the Democratic National Committee email hack leading up to the 2016 election.

24. Cylance

Stuart McClure, CEO of Cylance
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Global headcount: 805

Valuation: $984 million

Cylance helps protect companies from malware attacks. After founder and CEO Stuart McClure had a near-death experience on a flight to Australia in 1989, he made it his life's word to "find and fix the problems introduced by technology to prevent bad stuff from happening to innocent people," he tells LinkedIn.

23. Cybereason

Global headcount: 325

Valuation: $999 million

There is such a thing as a free lunch — at least at Cybereason. In addition to that midday perk the cybersecurity company offers unlimited vacation, commuter reimbursement and employee referral bonuses up to $5,000.

22. Opendoor

Global headcount: 415

Valuation: $1 billion

Opendoor buys homes directly and resells it, powered by its own mortgage business. New hires function as secret shoppers as a way to learn about the company's app by posing as potential buyers.

LinkedIn says these are the world's most attractive employers
LinkedIn says these are the world's most attractive employers

21. Blend

Global headcount: 200

Valuation: $500 million

Blend makes digital tools for mortgage lenders and tells LinkedIn that its clients control about a quarter of the $10 trillion mortgage lending industry.

20. G2 Crowd

Global headcount: 120

Valuation: $300 million

G2 Crowd provides a quarter of a million verified user reviews of enterprise software, and doesn't sell ads. The company anticipates having 130 job openings in the coming year.

19. Udacity

Udacity educational support specialists Rachel Meltzer and Paul Montgomery provide online university-level tutoring at the Udacity office in Mountain View, California.
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Global headcount: 500

Valuation: $877 million

The skills-focused platform recently launched a scholarship in partnership with Lyft for an "Intro to Self-Driving Cars" program, in an attempt to make it easier for workers to enter the field.

18. Duo Security

Global headcount: 500

Valuation: $1.17 billion

The Michigan-based cybersecurity company has a strict "no jerks" policy.


Global headcount: 250

Valuation: $1 billion

GRAIL wants to detect cancer as early as possible, when it can still be cured. It's picked up $1 billion in funding from the likes of future-focused billionaires Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.

16. Pinterest

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Global headcount: 1,690

Valuation: $10.45 billion

To ensure that the social network keeps innovating, the company launched Pinterest Labs earlier this year, bringing together researchers, scientists, engineers and universities to tackle challenges in machine learning and A.I.

15. Aryaka Networks

Global headcount: more than 300

Total funding: $120 million

The hardware-free telecom company has the longest average employee tenure of any company on the list, according to LinkedIn — 2.7 years.

14. Flexport

Global headcount: 500

Valuation: $910 million

To help ensure that staffers from different parts of the company get to know each other the company holds a regular "lunch roulette," matching employees who don't see each other on a daily basis.

13. Glossier

Source: Glossier

Global headcount: 130

Valuation: $34.4 million

According to LinkedIn, Glossier was the fastest growing company, staff-wise, to make this list, with an annual employee growth rate of 257 percent.

12. Stripe

Global headcount: 810

Valuation: $9.2 billion

Stripe's technology makes it possible for businesses to instantly accept online payments.

11. General Assembly

Source: General Assembly

Global headcount: 580

Valuation: $452 million

Want to get ahead? Apply to work at General Assembly. The company told LinkedIn it promoted 136 employees in the first half of 2017 — 25 percent of its staff.

10. Convoy

Global headcount: 170

Valuation: $80 million

Founded in 2015, Convoy matches trucks with shipments to make the freight-moving process more efficient. The company has grown its staff 37 percent in the past six months, and has 28 jobs posted right now.

9. Houzz


Global headcount: 1,600

Valuation: $3.84 billion

Houzz employees receive a pair of company slippers on their first day at the online remodeling and decorating platform so they can feel right at home at the office.

8. Dropbox

Global headcount: 1,900

Valuation: $9.38 billion

Dropbox employees are each given 32 hours off per year to volunteer for a cause they're committed to, and the company will match as much as $1,000 in charitable donations made by staff.

7. Rubrik

Global headcount: 600

Valuation: $1.3 billion

NBA MVP Kevin Durant is one of Rubrik's investors and board advisors. The company is so committed to transparency that all 600 employees attend board meetings and view financial statements.

6. NIO

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Global headcount: 440

Valuation: $2.89 billion

The electric and autonomous vehicle maker has "more than quadrupled its staff since June 2016," according to LinkedIn. Twice a month employees participate in activities like trivia and scavenger hunts to welcome and get to know new hires.

5. Slack

Global headcount: 890

Valuation: $5.1 billion

Slack says that it's the "fastest-growing business application in history," with nine million active weekly users and 43 Fortune 100 companies as clients. According to LinkedIn the company has grown 32 percent over the last year.

4. Lyft

Lyft LED taxi light
Source: Lyft

Global headcount: 2,000

Valuation: $11 billion

Lyft has been working hard to make its technology more accessible to deaf or hearing-impaired drivers, introducing visual notifications, a message instructing passengers to contact the driver by text and quick tutorials for riders on how to say "hello" and "thank you" in American Sign Language.

3. WeWork

Global headcount: 3,000

Valuation: $20 billion

New hires of the co-working space provider join each Monday and participate in a city-wide scavenger hunt across the company's 40 New York City buildings.

2. Airbnb

An increase in U.S.-based bookings in early June is a sign that in post-Covid world travelers will "want housing they have control over," according to an early Airbnb investor.
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Global headcount: 3,000

Valuation: $29.25 billion

According to LinkedIn, Airbnb will top 100 million guest arrivals this year, a 25 percent increase since last year.

1. Uber

Global headcount: 16,000

Valuation: $68 billion

The global ride-sharing company claims the most employees who've left LinkedIn Top Companies like Google and JPMorgan to join the team.

To be considered for this list, companies had to be at most 10 years old with a minimum of 100 employees, independent and privately held. They must have completed at least one round of venture-backed funding. Almost 25,000 eligible companies were selected by LinkedIn and CB Insights for consideration.

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