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Though Silicon Valley may always be the ultimate startup hub, in the recent years Los Angeles has become increasingly popular place for entrepreneurs. Some perks include more agreeable weather, cheaper property prices, top universities and sandy beaches. A part of its coastline has even been dubbed “Silicon Beach”.
The current mayor, Eric Garcetti (elected in 2013), has admitted to being a tech-geek and is keen to help and grow the LA Startup scene. Soon after taking office, he developed a smartphone app through which residents can request graffiti removal of pothole repairs.
Even the big players, such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft, have opened offices there, and Startup Genome ranks LA as number three of the world’s startup ecosystems (behind only Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv).
Investor Accelerators Co-working Spaces
There are plenty of investors and numerous accelerators, such as MuckerLab, Launchpad, Start Engine, Amplify and Media Camp, to help early stage startups, as well as dozens of co-working spaces to choose from.
There are currently 3,171 LA-based companies listed on AngelList, which is still nowhere near as much as a massive 10,391 in Silicon Valley and 5,379 in New York, but ahead of London at 2,663.
The Top 100 Los Angeles Startups
Below you can see a list of top 100 los angeles startups by number of monthly visitors (cookie estimated). Being LA, there are obviously a fair share of startups focused on entertainment and fashion, but the list represents a wide range of other industries too.
At number 1, the leader is deviantArt (founded in 2000), an online community for showcasing artwork. It has over 51 million monthly unique visitors, which is more than the next two combined! At number 2, is the popular on-demand video streaming platform Hulu (founded in 2007) and at number 3, computer hardware & software retailer Newegg.
Among the top 10 Los Angeles Startups, are not one, but two humour sites (Cracked.com and theCHIVE). Crackle, like Hulu, is a distributor of films and TV shows and is owned by Sony. Both Prodégé and Break Media own several brands – Prodégé’s main one is Swagbucks (a rewards platform) and Break Media has several websites catering to a male audience, including Break.com, HolyTaco and MadeMan.
In 11th place is Ranker – a website that allows people to rank anything (users create lists and others can give list items either thumbs up or thumbs down). Ranker was part of the first class of the LauchPad LA accelerator and has since raised over $5 M in funding.
In 20th place we have TheWrap, which covers entertainment news from Hollywood and is visited by over 4 million people each month.
Lower down the list, there are some dating sites, fashion retailers, gaming startups, car retailers and several search engines – all with over one million monthly unique visitors. Towards the end of the list, there’s even The Honest Company, founded by Hollywood celebrity Jessica Alba.