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10 Best Tech Startups in California-Faraday Future #4

June 11, 2018 0 Comments
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The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in California. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

Revenue potential
Leadership team
Brand/product traction
Competitive landscape
Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Uber
Uber

Founded: 2009

“We believe that by solving some of the biggest problems of our time, we can create a future where there is limitless freedom of movement for people and things all across the world. Just talk to our people — and feel their passion, optimism and curiosity for building solutions every single day on behalf of drivers, riders, couriers, eaters and employees.

While the tough problems we face everyday can be incredibly difficult to figure out, we believe those same problems enable us to personally grow the most. So we welcome people from all backgrounds who have the passion to change the world and also want to help create a supportive and collaborative environment. So that ultimately, we can learn together, solve together, build together, and move the world forward together.”

2. Airbnb
airbnb

Founded: 2008

“Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.”

3. Lyft
Lyft

Founded: 2012

“Wherever you’re headed, count on Lyft for rides in minutes. The Lyft app matches you with local drivers at the tap of a button. Just request and go.

Ride by ride, we’re changing the way our world works. We imagine a world where cities feel small again. Where transportation and tech bring people together, instead of apart. We see the future as community-driven — and it starts with you.”

4. Faraday Future
faraday future

Founded: 2014

“Faraday Future is a global automotive and technology company, uniting the latest in sustainable transportation and connected digital ecosystems to redefine future mobility – and move humanity forward.”

5. Pinterest
pinterest

Founded: 2009

“Pinterest helps you discover and do what you love. Find recipes, style inspiration, projects for your home and other ideas to try.”

6. Wish
wish
Founded: 2010

“Wish is a mobile e-commerce platform that connects hundreds of millions of consumers with the widest selection of products delivered directly to their doors. Our mission is to provide everyone access to the most affordable and convenient shopping experience on the planet. Wish supports 500,000 merchant partners as well as over 300 million users who rate Wish the best mobile shopping app on the iOS and Android platforms.”

7. Fair
fair
Founded: 2016

“Fair is an automotive FinTech company that’s revolutionizing car buying by offering unprecedented freedom, flexibility and an end-to-end mobile experience.

We believe fairness matters. That’s why we’ve created a game-changing new app that lets you shop, get approved and pay for a car all on your phone with just a driver’s license and bank account. Get in-app approval for a monthly payment amount that works for you, then head to the dealership and check-out in minutes. You can drive your car for as long as you want, and return it any time you’re ready. That’s the Fair way to drive!”

8. Royole Corporation
Royole Corporation

Founded: 2013

Also honored in: 10 Best Tech Startups in Fremont

“Founded in 2012 and based in Silicon Valley, California, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen, China, Royole develops innovative display technologies and related electronic products, and provides IP licenses, services and solutions for a variety of industries associated with display applications.

Royole creates and manufactures the most advanced flexible displays, sensors, and consumer electronics. In 2014, Royole first introduced the world’s thinnest full-color flexible displays with a thickness of 0.01 mm and a bending radius of 1 mm. Royole’s display technology is expected by many industry leaders to revolutionize the smartphone and consumer electronics industry. In 2015, Royole began mass production of its proprietary flexible electronics at its production facility in Shenzhen, China. In September 2015, Royole launched and started mass production of the world’s first foldable virtual mobile theater device, Royole-X. Royole-X is an artful unison of world’s highest resolution AMOLED displays (3300ppi) and noise-cancelling headphone with its own new operating system, Royole-X OS.”

9. Instacart
Instacart

Founded: 2012

“Instacart (YC S12) is building the best way for people everywhere in the world to shop for groceries. Using your phone or the web, you can order groceries and have them delivered to your door in minutes. You can choose from a variety of local stores including Whole Foods, Safeway, Costco, Mariano’s and many more, as well as being able to mix items from multiple stores into one order.

Every day, we solve incredibly hard problems to create an experience for our customers that is nothing short of magical. We are located in San Francisco, and well-funded by some of the greatest investors in the world, like Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, Andreesen Horowitz, SV Angel, and Y Combinator.”

10. AppLovin
applovin

Founded: 2012

“AppLovin offers a comprehensive platform where app developers of all sizes can connect with their ideal consumers and get discovered. Founded in 2012, the company is focused on helping both indie and established developers grow, with the expertise and insights they need to finance, market, and expand their businesses – all in one place. App developers view AppLovin as a trusted partner, the rare company that understands what it takes to succeed in the mobile app ecosystem and the ability to help them reach their goals.”

 

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Datapath acquires Fresno-based IT firm

Central Valley Business Times

June 14, 2018

  • Valley Network Solutions acquisition creates Central Valley’s largest IT company
  • “Brings together two great companies”

Modesto-based Datapath Inc. says it has acquired Fresno’s Valley Network Solutions, doubling Datapath’s size and creating what it says is the largest IT provider in the Central Valley.

“We have been extremely pleased with the growth in our company and the growing need for leading technology services in our region,” says David Darmstandler, Datapath CEO and cofounder.

“Adding an office in Fresno, staffed with very knowledgeable technical experts, not only expands our footprint, but also greatly improves our ability to support clients with multiple locations throughout the Central Valley.”

Financial terms of the acquisition were not revealed.

James Bates, Datapath CTO and co-founder, says the acquisition of Valley Network Solutions “brings together two great companies with expanded resources, talent, and geographic reach to better serve all our customers, expand our team, and better serve our community,”

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Faraday Future Receives Permit and Announces Bernards as General Contractor for Hanford Factory

ONSITE CONSTRUCTION WORK HAS COMMENCED AS FIRST SET OF EQUIPMENT IS INSTALLED TO FACILITATE DELIVERY OF THE FIRST FF 91 BY YEAR’S END

LOS ANGELES, JUNE 7, 2018 – Faraday Future (FF) announced today that Bernards, a commercial builder located in San Fernando, California, will serve as the general contractor for the 1M square foot FF factory in Hanford, California.

The Hanford factory is a turn-key facility, strategically sited between the country’s two largest EV markets, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. This marks a significant step forward for FF in its mission to deliver FF 91, its first production vehicle, to market by the end of 2018. FF has received the permit from the city government of Hanford for its onsite work to begin construction, prior to manufacturing and delivering the first FF 91.

“We are honored to be chosen as the general contractor for Faraday Future’s Hanford factory in the valley,” said Falco DiGiallonardo, VP of Bernards. “EV is the future of mobility and we look forward to working with FF to have the factory set for production later this year.”
As of February 1, the property was completely vacated. FF completed the planning phase, including interior and exterior design, progressing to the next phase of production.

“We appreciate the support given to us by the City of Hanford,” said Dag Reckhorn, SVP of Global Manufacturing of FF. “As of now, our on-site abatement, demolition, and refurbishment work has started, and we have ordered all the long lead-time equipment. We are extremely excited to have Bernards on board to work with us to ready our factory with our aggressive, yet workable, timeline.”

On-site demolition and construction work began in March, as the first batch of production equipment has already been installed and tested to begin manufacturing.

FF is also collaborating proactively with local Hanford institutions and agencies to ready the recruitment cadences and hiring efforts for the factory. Several local training programs have been designed and hiring has already started.

FF announced its Hanford factory last August. The facility will employ up to 1,300 employees, working a 3 shift schedule.

ABOUT FARADAY FUTURE

Faraday Future is a user-centric, advanced mobility company with headquarters in Southern California. Our global team leverages the talents of leading thinkers and passionate creators from the technology and automotive industries to bring premium, intuitive, and seamlessly connected electric vehicles to people worldwide.

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Coding firm offering free programs to Stockton high schools

By BusinessJournal

March 27, 2018

CodeHS, a company that provides web-based computer science curriculum, has partnered with Reinvent Stockton Foundation to bring coding classes to Stockton high schools.

The Code Stockton initiative formed by the two entities is geared toward expanding computer science programs in Stockton high school classrooms.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with the Reinvent Stockton Foundation to empower Stockton students to meaningfully impact the future,” said CodeHS CEO Jeremy Keeshin in a statement. “With extensive online resources and passionate teachers, our goal is to bring high-quality computer science courses to high schools in the city of Stockton.”

Organizers of the initiative pointed to a U.S. Department of Labor study that showed there will be 500,000 new computing jobs created in the next eight years nationwide, but only 40 percent of high schools have computer science classes.

Participating schools will receive “free introductory computer science courses, online and in-person professional development training for teachers, CodeHS Pro accounts and ongoing implementation support for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.”

Interested schools can sign up at CodeStockton.com before Apr. 10, 2018.

Coding firm offering free programs to Stockton high schools

 

Faraday Future requests first permit

By John Lindt

Updated 

    Faraday Future clean up day
    Electric car company Faraday Future hosted a clean-up event in Hanford on Aug. 5 after signing a lease on the old Pirelli tire plant to make it a manufacturing facility. The company’s employees and local Hanford and Kings County officials attended the event.

    Now, for the first time, we are seeing activity. This week the city site-plan-review meeting will include contractors and consultants for Faraday Future discussing the remodel of the big building with city staff.

    Also, Community Development Director Darlene Mata says she expects the filing for the first permit for the company, a demolition permit for the interior of the building.

    “There is plenty going on behind the scenes,” advises Mata.

     At a February supplier conference in L.A., a company spokesman discussed the Hanford plant and their new car-FF 91. ”Our Hanford factory project is developing according to our planned schedule, and we appreciate the support given to us by the City of Hanford,” said Dag Reckhorn, SVP of Global Manufacturing. “We are well into the process of design and permitting and have begun planning our recruitment cadence. As of Feb. 1, the property has been completely vacated, so we will move forward on construction and equipment by the end of the quarter. We remain on an aggressive, yet workable timeline of year-end delivery for FF 91.”
    http://hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/business/faraday-future-requests-first-permit/article_025402cd-ecac-5c56-ad16-956161f7d9fd.html

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    PG&E launches electric vehicle charging network with 7,500 stations

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    PG&E on Wednesday launched a new network for charging electric vehicles, a web of green energy that will eventually include 7,500 charging stations.

    Condominiums, apartment buildings and workplaces throughout PG&E’s service territory in northern and central California are among the types of locations planned for the EV-charging stations.

    Over the first three months of 2018, PG&E will install new electric vehicle charging sites through partnerships with business customers. Merced College, the first participating customer, was among the first round of installations.

    The $130 million program will extend over three years and end in 2020, PG&E said.

    All hosts of the EV-charging sites will be allowed to own the vehicle-charging equipment, PG&E said.

    San Francisco-based PG&E will be allowed to own 35 percent of the charging stations installed over the three years, which would be up to 2,625 out of the 7,500.

    “We have just installed chargers at our first customer site, which is the Los Banos campus of Merced College,” said Ari Vanrenen, a PG&E spokeswoman.

    PG&E installed six chargers at the campus on Wednesday. Each charging station can accommodate two vehicles at the same time. Merced College has decided to own the first six chargers.

    Equipment for this program includes what are known as Level 2 chargers.

    “Level 2 charges a vehicle in four to six hours,” Vanrenen said.

    In January 2017, PG&E proposed a $253 million plan to expand use of electric vehicles in California in a quest for cleaner air, but customers would be forced to pay more in monthly power bills to bankroll the company’s project.

    The proposal’s elements include helping ease the process of conversions to electric vehicles of existing large- and medium-sized vehicles now running on diesel or gasoline, and expanding deployment of fast-charging electric vehicle stations that power up electric cars in roughly 25 minutes.

    But that plan would come with a cost: Monthly power bills would rise an average of 28 cents a month for residential customers of PG&E, Vanrenen estimated at the time.

    An expansion of PG&E’s initial efforts is already in the works through a series of pilot programs, Max Baumhefner, a San Francisco-based official with the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental activism group, stated in a blog post on Wednesday.

    “These programs will be soon followed by 15 different pilots that were recently approved by the state Public Utilities Commission and which target cars, trucks, buses, cranes, airport equipment, forklifts and other things that move,” Baumhefner wrote in the blog post.

    The stations that PG&E would own would most likely be in multi-family residential apartment or condominium complexes, as well as in disadvantaged communities.

    “These would be in places where cars would be more likely to sit for extended periods of time,” Vanrenen said.

    PG&E launches electric vehicle charging network with 7,500 stations

    Move over Silicon Valley — Stanislaus County becoming development hub

    November 28, 2017

     

    Bay Area companies recruiting for tech talent should keep an eye on Modesto and Stanislaus County. Long-time residents of the Central Valley are aware that many of our new friends and neighbors are known as BATs (Bay Area transplants). Perhaps a little less well-known is the fact that some of these new residents have brought a wealth of tech know-how and experience to the county.

    Now these techies are beginning to positively impact local companies and draw high-paying tech employers into the county.

    Central Valley companies like E&J Gallo, Foster Farms and Hilmar Cheese that already employ hundreds of software programmers, now have a larger, more experienced tech talent pool to recruit from.

    And that tech talent pool isn’t just growing in size, it has also been rapidly broadening its experience and capabilities with cutting edge tools. Gallo leverages a variety of technologies including Java, PHP and SQL. Save Mart uses Ruby on Rails, Java, and SQL for their software solutions. And many other local software teams are building projects with those as well as Angular.io, Angular.js, React.js, Node.js, PHP, .Net, Python and C++.

    County employers pulling in more tech workers
    In addition to these multi-generational businesses, many newer employers are also pulling software developers into the area.

    Geostrategies, a leading market analysis and investment-grade mapping technology company based in Turlock, creates software to help private equity clients and brands uncover significant opportunities to grow revenue.

    Robert Half, a Fortune 500 staffing firm, has been steadily growing its technology practice in the Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto areas for decades as well.

    American Medical Response, which manages ambulance and emergency services throughout much of the country, has been growing their software development capabilities in the Salida/Modesto area for a decade now. Novo Technologies, a custom software company, already employs many developers in their Stanislaus County office, and is continuing to expand rapidly.

    Recently, Novo joined Robert Half and Geostrategies to sponsor the Valley Hackathon (valleyhackathon.com), a local programming contest that has drawn hundreds of programmers to its Central Valley events.

    MedicAlert helps millions of Americans through its medical IDs and services employs scores of software developers in its Salida office.

    Save Mart, whose markets serves millions of Central Valley residents, also employs many developers to facilitate its expansion and acquisitions.

    Other organizations such as the Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts and even Stanislaus County itself are significant employers of software programmers, drawing additional tech talent into the region.

    Oportun, a relative newcomer to Stanislaus County, whose growth has been fueled by over $200 million in venture funding and tremendous market acceptance, has opened a new and fast-growing software development office in Downtown Modesto.

    Local web and software development agencies have also been growing. Agencies such as Stickman Ventures, Inventaweb.net, Gerbo Design, MHD and Never Boring add significant software as well as digital design capabilities to Stanislaus County.

    And neighboring San Joaquin County companies such as Petz Enterprises, The Wine Group and Delicato Family Vineyards are also contributing to the growth of local software community as they continue to expand their software development initiatives.

    Local companies are even beginning to collaborate with Bay Area firms such as Trinity Brand Group (creative branding and packaging design), Conversant (digital media) and Traackr (influencer marketing platform) to expand opportunities on both sides of the Altamont Pass.

    More growth on its way—training even more local tech workers
    In addition to employer-driven tech growth, the local software community has begun to organize itself to improve collaboration and help industry veterans and newcomers alike accelerate their learning curves. Valley Hackathon continues to grow their events in Modesto drawing in hundreds and has now expanded to Stockton and Sonora as well.

    FreeCodeCamp and Valley Software Developers Meetup combined forces in October at Modesto’s newly-opened tech co-working space, ValleyWorx (valleyworx.com) to help experienced and new programmers grow their skills. The meeting drew 3 times more attendees than expected and was larger than many software meetups in the Bay Area.

    According to John Bull, lead organizer for the Modesto FreeCodeCamp, Stanislaus County already has 1,000 software developers working here.

    Next month, Bay Valley Tech (bayvalleytech.com) will be launching coding classes as well as video game coding camps to rapidly expand the local talent pool. Software development classes and one-day camps will be held in Modesto, Stockton and Livermore. Tech community leaders are excited about Bay Valley Tech’s potential impact for the region, since Fresno’s Geekwise code academy has already trained over 7,000 programmers over the last few years.

    Modesto and Stanislaus County officials are very excited about the prospect of developing a local self-sustaining tech ecosystem and are evaluating ways to support the community and accelerate the ongoing momentum.

    A win-win-win
    Stanislaus County tech talent growth is the key to attracting more Bay Area tech firms to the region, which will create a WIN-WIN-WIN for Central Valley residents looking for higher paying jobs, Bay Area companies looking for a growing tech workforce and tech workers looking for affordable housing.

    Move over Silicon Valley — Stanislaus County becoming development hub

    FRESNO STATE RECEIVED A LARGE DONATION TO EXPAND THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

    FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State is getting a huge jolt to its engineering program. Monday the school received a 450-thousand dollar donation to help expand the department.

    Thanks to a new partnership with Chevron, Fresno State will continue to grow as a leader in stem education
    “We have a very strong engineering ag and science and math program — all three coming together so it will elevate the program…make us stronger for all of our students,” said Fresno State President, Dr. Joseph Castro.

    Monday representatives from Chevron presented Dr. Joseph Castro and the university a check for $450-thousand dollars. The donation will allow Fresno State to expand its engineering programs and to develop a process and control automation academy at the university. All students who complete the program will receive a special certificate.

    “The funding we receive from Chevron will help us to develop materials and purchase equipment and mount this new certificate program that will enable our students to be more successful in preparing for jobs in the manufacturing industry,” said Dr. Castro.

    Students say this donation will enable engineering majors the opportunity to advance their skill set and be better prepared for life after graduation.

    Engineering major, Elias Karan said, “You’re not only learning theory in the classroom…you’re actually doing some hands-on practical work and that’s a great resume builder it’s going to make our students and our graduates much more competitive especially in the valley.”

    Part of the money will also go to Fresno States College of Science and Mathematics Physics outreach program — where engineering majors visit valley schools and educate potential future students.

    “We serve largely the valley students so it’s going to strengthen the valley because these students will get out there and become part of the next generation of leaders,” said Dr. Castro.