LinkedIn Top Companies: The 50 Most Sought-after Startups

LinkedIn’s new startup-focused edition of the LinkedIn Top Companies lists the 50 companies most attractive to workers and venture capitalists.

Although most of the companies on LinkedIn’s list hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, a third of the companies on the list were founded in other parts of the country. About 12 percent of the companies have female CEOs, about double the percentage of female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list. And two-thirds of the businesses on the list are valued at less than $1 billion, proving you don’t have to be a unicorn to be highly successful.

Most telling, more than half of the companies in the list are outside the traditional tech space in industries including education, retail, finance, and healthcare.

GRAIL is the only healthcare company to make the list. Having attracted $1 billion in funding from Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and some of the biggest companies in healthcare, including McKesson Ventures. The company’s goal is to detect cancer early, when it’s possible to cure. It has attracted a group of world-class geneticists and biostatisticians to help it achieve this goal. GRAIL has also launched one of the largest clinical research programs in genomic health; its studies have enrolled more than 130,000 people.

GRAIL CEO Bill Rastetter isn’t new to the world of cancer treatment. He co-invented one of the world’s most valuable cancer therapies and has won praise for his work in the academic world as well.

LinkedIn partnered with CB Insights to evaluate key factors for the LinkedIn Top Companies list eligibility, including independent and privately held companies 10 years old or less, with more than 100 employees, and at least one round of venture-backed funding. The list includes rankings for the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

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