Chattanooga may not seem like a market rich with startup activity, but thanks to initiatives such as a citywide fiber network, it’s rebranded as an innovation hub known as Gig City. That has attracted an impressive amount of tech innovators and even VC firms such as Dynamo Capital. This influx of entrepreneurial leadership and capital has created a diverse startup scene with companies in product development, advanced manufacturing, sales management and more.
Here are the startups with the best work culture in Chattanooga, as voted by members of the local community in “Grit and Growth: The 2018 Tennessee Tech Census.”
The Top 10 Startup Cultures in Chattanooga
10. Very Possible
Very Possible makes companies’ wildest product ideas come to life—the more unrealistic, the better. With expertise in machine learning, internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain, Very’s team has launched more than 250 products from an on-demand medical records app to a self-serve beer kiosk powered by facial recognition. A remote-first work culture welcomes the motivated and those who thrive on transparent communication. Learn more about Very Possible and its culture here.
Access to mental healthcare dwindles outside of urban areas. A big reason why: Pre-licensed therapists must complete hundreds of supervised hours. In underserved areas, there are few to no clinical supervisors around. Founded by a therapist facing this dilemma, Motivo delivers a HIPPA-compliant video platform connecting therapists with supervisors. Its team shares a belief that greater access to mental healthcare creates a better world. Learn more about Motivo and its culture here.
Put U.S. coal, oil, and natural gas production together, and the total would still be a ways off from the $726 billion value of the U.S. freight trucking market. Despite its value, the freight market faces increasing volatility. It has also lacked an outlet delivering the news, market-level data, and analytics needed to drive decision-making within the industry. FreightWaves solves that with a content and data platform led by a deep editorial team. Learn more about FreightWaves and its culture here.
7. Carbon Five
Carbon Five is a digital product development consultancy with a twist. Not only does it work in partnership with clients, but it also hires and trains their Agile teams. That approach has generated a huge portfolio of work with companies such as Nissan, Farmers Insurance, and Stitch Fix. When it comes to hiring, Carbon Five looks for people who value team over the individual, quality over quantity, and working on new things over doing the same thing. Learn more about Carbon Five and its culture here.
Want salespeople who obsess over their KPIs as much as their fantasy football rosters? Ambition’s metric-driven sales management platform aims to do just that. By integrating gamification, goals, coaching and more, Ambition helps sales teams operate like sports teams eager for their next win. As teams rack up victories and grow, the Ambition sales platform scales along with them. So far, the startup has fans in companies such as Wayfair and ADP. Learn more about Ambition and its culture here.
Which way would you prefer to find your next outdoor adventure? Sift through crowdsourced reviews, or get curated recommendations from local experts? RootsRated bets on the latter. The online media platform surfaces handpicked experiences for trail running, kayaking, skiing and more across the U.S. It also showcases these recommendations through media-rich stories that demonstrate authentic local outdoor knowledge. Learn more about RootsRated and its culture here.
Collider revolutionizes manufacturing and production innovation by making 3D printing as accessible and easy to use as possible. Its technology cuts tool lead-time and material costs so companies can print objects in hours instead of days. That means much faster iteration. Moreover, users can print in production-grade plastic, rubber, silicone, or even metal. Collider’s team sees this as creating a future with more creative access for all. Learn more about Collider and its culture here.
3. Branch Technology
Branch Technology also innovates within 3D printing, but specializes in large-scale production for the construction industry. It loves to collaborate with architects and other visionaries who push the boundaries of design. Many of Branch’s projects look as much like works of art as functional structures. When recruiting, the startup looks for “humble geniuses” brimming with curiosity and a positive attitude. Read more about Branch Technology and its culture here.
Imagine creating an app without writing any code. Skuid makes that a reality for enterprises. Integrations from Slack to SAP bring all of a company’s data to one place. A cloud-based design-and-deploy platform then turns that data into robust apps with features from automated dashboards to voice commands. A Pledge 1% company, Skuid attracts high-character, highly motivated talent with values such as transparency, honesty, and humility. Learn more about Skuid and its culture here.
Bellhops has a lofty mission: to make moving fun. How does the startup do it? Two ways. First, it brings a hospitality mindset to moving, combining convenience (instant online booking) with concierge-level customer service (next-day moves, last-minute reschedules). Second, it prioritizes a service-first culture. Two of its six guiding values are “servant’s heart” and “thoughtful community.” Learn more about Bellhops and its culture here.