Originally published on January 2, 2018
Earlier this week, I wrote that the two questions I get most frequently from people who are interested in learning about Heartland Tech are about what cities they should be watching and what startups should be on their radar. I wrote about cities to watch here, and now I’d like to talk about startups to keep an eye on in 2018.
To gather my list of rising startups outside of Silicon Valley, I reached out to a number of investors scattered across the country. The startups that made the list are ones that have found success by leveraging the strengths in their respective markets. They’ve been set up for success in 2018 thanks to an influx of venture capital, a slew of promising hires, or an agreement with a large new customer. Here they are, in no particular order:
Cradlepoint (Boise, Idaho)
Founded in 2006, cloud-based network provider Cradlepoint was bootstrapped for the first three years of its existence. This year, the company received a vote of confidence and $89 million from TCV, a prominent growth-stage firm whose previous investments include Netflix, Airbnb, Dollar Shave Club, and Facebook.