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20 Growing IT Startups (2021)

From the IoT to cybersecurity, information technology (IT) touches almost every aspect of business, government, finance, and beyond.

And despite being an “old” industry, the IT space still has plenty of innovators.

Read below for our list of the top 20 growing IT startups with bold visions of automating and innovating the tech infrastructure of the future.

1. Coda

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5-year search growth: 3600%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2014

Location: San Francisco, CA

Funding: $140M (Series C)

What they do: Coda recognized a gap in the collaboration and document space, creating a new blank “surface” that combines workflow applications, spreadsheets, and documents in one place.

With easy-to-use integrations with mainstream applications like Jira, Slack, GSuite, and more, Coda is aiming to be an all-inclusive digital workplace hub.

2. Airtable

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5-year search growth: 587%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2013

Location: San Francisco, California

Funding: $617.6M (Series E)

What they do: With over $270M funding in their latest round, Airtable is one of the most promising IT startups worldwide. Airtable is used by over 200,000 teams at leading organizations like Netflix, Time, Shopify, and Expedia.

Airtable brings the power of relational databases to life with their creative and colorful views of traditionally purely-functional spreadsheets. Users can build custom applications on top of their open-source software or create integrated automation that takes care of menial tasks.

3. HackerOne

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5-year search growth: 406%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2012

Location: San Francisco, California

Funding: $110.4M (Series D)

What they do: HackerOne has a unique business model based on connecting hackers with large enterprises that are curious about their cybersecurity competency. Offering products ranging from compliance to attack surface testing, HackerOne’s solutions are used primarily by the financial services industry and in government.

4. UserPilot

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5-year search growth: 284%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2018

Location: San Francisco, California

Funding: $1.3M (Seed Round)

What they do: UserPilot’s business model centers around making an application’s user experience as friendly and welcoming as possible (primarily through personalization).

Growth Insights, Engagement Layer, and User Sentiment are the core products underneath the hood for UserPilot.

5. Nodle.io

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5-year search growth: 0%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2017

Location: San Francisco, California

Funding: $5M (Seed Round)

What they do: Nodle is building a universal connectivity service for the IoT (Internet of Things), aiming to be low cost and low power. Using Bluetooth, Nodle has created a decentralized network that uses smartphones as an internet hub to power IoT devices.

Working in industries like supply chain, consumer electronics, and sensors/machines, Nodle also rewards participants that volunteer their devices to the network with “Nodle Cash”.

6. Demodesk

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5-year search growth: 700%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2018

Location: Munich, Germany

Funding: $10.6M (Series A)

What they do: Sales software has become increasingly important since remote work was deemed essential during the Covid-19 crisis. Demodesk seized the opportunity to build a remote-first cloud sales platform, creating a proprietary meeting interface that allows prospects to interact closely with the software during demos.

Deep integrations with all of the major CRM players mean that Demodesk can also automate calendars and many of the menial tasks that plague sales professionals today.

Demodesk’s vision is to become the go-to platform for remote sales, providing the best experience for prospects and companies to connect and build relationships.

7. Dataform

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5-year search growth: 50%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2018

Location: London, U.K.

Funding: $2M (Seed Round)

What they do: Dataform makes transforming raw data into clean datasets relatively easy. Users can develop data workflows in SQL, then deploy to Google’s BigQuery where data can be visualized and consumed in visually appealing tables.

The goal is to create a streamlined “single source of truth” for data while making the report building process as seamless as possible for data analysts and data engineers.

8. BitGlass

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5-year search growth: 9%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2013

Location: Campbell, California

Funding: $150.1M (Series D)

What they do: BitGlass is an IT security startup that provides cloud security technology combined with a zero-trust network. The net result is end to end data protection from devices all the way to the cloud.

With the rise of remote work, securing networks has never been more critical. BitGlass helps companies simplify their security infrastructure and remove security bottlenecks.

9. Illumio

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5-year search growth: 18%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2013

Location: Sunnyvale, California

Funding: $332.5M (Series E)

What they do: Illumio pioneered “adaptive segmentation” in IT security — being able to control each segment of security across platforms or clouds. If a serious breach happens, Illumio allows organizations to close the breach and isolate it, with a whole suite of advanced security tools to eliminate or assess threats.

10. OneTrust

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5-year search growth: 0%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2016

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Funding: $920M (Series C)

What they do: OneTrust has created a one-stop-shop for privacy, security, and data governance used by companies like Oracle, Akamai, Aetna and more.

By giving IT teams powerful data governance solutions that automate privacy compliance and monitor risks in real-time, teams have a complete view of a company’s IT health with proactive suggestions.

With over $920M in funding, OneTrust has established itself as a market leader for IT security startups.

11. Immuta

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5-year search growth: 123%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: Boston, Mass

Funding: $158.2M (Series C)

What they do: Governing data is one of the top priorities of organizations worldwide. Immuta plays in the world of automating data governance by providing a comprehensive platform that streamlines management and data security all in one place.

Used by leading financial institutions like Credit Suisse and S&P Global where data security is paramount, Immuta has forged a strong reputation within the data engineering community.

12. Orca Security

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5-year search growth: 1300%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2019

Location: Los Angeles, California

Funding: $292M (Series C)

What they do: Orca recognized that over 50% of the cloud market is controlled by AWS (Amazon Web Services) Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Off of that insight, Orca Security was born. Orca’s efficient platform provides top-of-the-line cloud security tools based on best practices, and their focus on only 3 providers allows deeper integration and functionality than competitors.

Orca’s pitch is “complete cloud security in minutes”.

13. Cato Networks

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5-year search growth
: 1033%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Funding: $332M (Series E)

What they do: Cato Networks is a SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) provider. In simple terms, they connect people, data, and different geographic locations together in one clear and unified network platform. Founded by a legend in the cybersecurity industry, Shlomo Kramer (Check Point Software), Cato has taken off and counts many of the world’s leading companies as customers.

Simplifying networks and security are one of the biggest challenges of IT teams today, and Cato is working on bridging that gap with their SASE platform.

14. Clumio

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5-year search growth: 0%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2017

Location: Santa Clara, California

Funding: $186M (Series C)

What they do: Data backup and recovery are critical in an age where everything and everyone is data. Clumio keyed into AWS as the market leader and developed a backup as a service model that performs as a vital insurance blanket for organizations using AWS.

By focusing only on AWS Clumio is able to offer easy-to-use tools for clearly managing security and backups. This results in a lower total cost of ownership for running AWS as well as simplifying the security and management of a company’s AWS platform.

15. Vdoo

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5-year search growth: 980%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2017

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Funding: $70M (Series B)

What they do: Vdoo is a startup out of Israel that is focused on a slightly different type of security. Specifically, security around industrial systems, medical devices, IoT, and even car manufacturing all fall into Vdoo’s sweet spot.

Most products these days, including cars, are chock full of software that runs critical functions and is vital to safety. Vdoo’s automated device security platform proactively seeks out intrusions and locates gaps in security.

16. Perimeter 81

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5-year search growth: 833%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2018

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Funding: $65M (Series B)

What they do: After identifying the SAAS model as a highly profitable way to go to market, Perimeter 81 applied the same idea to network security, creating NaaS (Network as a Service). Perimeter 81 works as a single unified platform that can deploy secure cloud networks in minutes.

Fully cloud-native from inception, Perimeter 81 counts over 1000 global customers worldwide and delivers a cost savings of over 50% when it comes to cloud security.

17. Accurics

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5-year search growth: 0%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2019

Location: Pleasanton, California

Funding: $20M (Series A)

What they do: Accurics defines itself as the “self-healing cloud platform” that allows cloud-native ecosystems to programmatically detect and mitigate risks, while reducing the attack surface for cyber breaches.

In simple terms, Accurics monitors infrastructure code in real-time and proactively patches up any breaches or breaks, while making improvements to strengthen for the future.

Accurics strong focus on the development community and continued innovation leaves it well-positioned for the future.

18. Alkira

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5-year search growth: 11%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2018

Location: San Jose, California

Funding: $76M (Series B)

What they do: Similar to other cutting-edge startups on our list, Alkira has built a proprietary “Network Cloud”, that allows IT teams to draw a network on a unique digital design canvas that Alkira has developed, and get it running within minutes.

19. Kublr

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5-year search growth: 0%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2017

Location: Washington D.C.

Funding: None disclosed

What they do: Kublr’s mission is to make deploying Kubernetes infrastructure easy to do. With their comprehensive container platform, orchestration across different Kubernetes clusters and environments is relatively to manage and maintain.

Based in Washington D.C., Kublr works with leading government institutions as well as private enterprise clients.

20. Ananda Networks

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5-year search growth: 8000%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2020

Location: San Francisco, California

Funding: $6M (Seed Round)

What they do: Ananda is a cloud service that allows organizations to create their own highly secured private cloud in minutes. With the importance of allowing remote users to have a seamless experience outside the office, Ananda connects remote users, devices, all delivered in a digestible UI.

Conclusion

That concludes our list of some of the most promising global 2021 IT startups.

From zero trust cybersecurity to full cloud platforms for devops and self-maintaining IT ecosystems, the IT space still has plenty of room to grow.

Keep a close eye on these firms as they continue to scale and innovate in the IT industry.

Last Updated: 
May 26, 2021
Josh Howarth
Co-founder of Exploding Topics.

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