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We are thrilled to announce Techstars Class 139 – the ten companies that will be joining Techstars LA for the 2018 program, which kicks off today and concludes in October.  

The new class will follow in the footsteps of the Techstars LA class of 2017, which raised a collective $13mm following Techstars and have created over 50 new jobs in the LA area.  2017 alums include local companies Stackin, Slingshot Aerospace, Directech Labs, Heartbeat, Playfull, Blue Fever and Avisare, as well as SF based Liv and Columbus based PopCom.  

Continuing our LA ecosystem investment focus, eight of the ten 2018 companies selected are based in the greater LA area.  We’ve been impressed by the breadth and depth of talent in the thriving local startup ecosystem. All told, we met with over 400 companies, over half of them local to southern California.

In furtherance of our commitment to investing in diverse teams, 60% of the companies in the 2018 class are led by CEOs from underrepresented communities.  At the company level, every company in the class has women or other underrepresented individuals on the team. Business model themes are marketplace, e-commerce and B2B SaaS, and these companies are building businesses in sectors from digital security to handmade men’s shoes.  

While their businesses and backgrounds are diverse, what we looked for in the founders was a common set of traits: growth mindset, determination, humility, and passion.  These are leaders that have inspired us to share their vision and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help them accelerate. We’re confident these founders will embrace the program theme of “personal growth drives company growth” and look forward to digging in with them and our amazing mentor pool.  

We received a large number of referrals this year and would like to thank Kara Weber, Gabe Greenbaum, Tami Holzman, Alex Rubalcava, Jenny Fielding, Devin Dixon and Kara Dake for referring companies that will be joining Techstars.  We’d also like to thank all the Techstars alumni, particularly the Techstars LA class of 2017, for being great ambassadors and supporters of the program. Many others contributed to our recruiting process and we are very grateful to you all.

And here are the companies of Techstars LA 2018!  

Best Food Trucks

Best Food Trucks is reinventing the $30B office lunch market with a platform for offices to book & order ahead online from food trucks and mobile vendors.

Blackstock & Weber

Blackstock & Weber is reinventing the men’s footwear shopping experience. B&W offers English made, classic styles that every man needs in his wardrobe at honest prices.

Fernish

Fernish is a furniture subscription service that creates a flexible and inspired home experience for an increasingly mobile society.

NetCloak

NetCloak is the platform that protects the human endpoint by finding and securing high risk, publicly accessible personal data.

PRZM

PRZM is an intelligent CRM for direct-to-consumer brands, powered by machine learning. E.g., PRZM Smart Replenishment™—a powerful alternative to subscription—is predictive, frictionless, and more delightful for consumers, unlocking a $100B opportunity for brands.

Relovv

Relovv is the new, sustainable fashion marketplace that matches buyers and sellers like a dating app to get more items sold and show you the items you’ll really love. #ReduceReuseRelovv. Launching in August, you can join the waiting list on relovv.com for a special gift.

Shipsi

Shipsi enables brands and retailers to unlock instant gratification for their consumers by providing an option at checkout for shoppers to receive merchandise within minutes.

the Cut

With over 1.5mm appointments booked, the Cut is the leading CRM tool and men’s grooming marketplace nationwide connecting barbers with their clients.  

Trellis Research

Trellis arms attorneys with the intel they need to win motions and win cases by unlocking decades of court records with artificial intelligence and machine learning.  See how judges actually think with Trellis.

Unity Influence

As one of the fastest growing content startups, Unity Influence offers e-commerce businesses a scalable process to produce customized marketing photos and videos at affordable prices.

 


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Anna Barber Anna Barber
Anna Barber is the Managing Director of the Techstars LA Accelerator. Prior to Techstars, roles included: advisor and coach to startup founders; founder and CEO of Scribble Press; VP Product at Petstore.com; corporate lawyer; McKinsey consultant; and co-founder of the US Air Guitar Championships. She grew up in New York City and is raising two boys in Los Angeles. Follow her @annawbarber