We’re living in a full-blown digital era and, in case you had any doubt about it, look at how the internet is shaping our perspectives on business and employment. We’re getting recruited off LinkedIn, the digital economy is the most prosperous segment of the global economy, and working online has been harboring collaboration unlike anything else before it. As such, it should come as no surprise that five of the companies you might want to work for in 2014 are online-based and focused.
The best companies to work for in the coming year
You may not have heard of them, unless, of course, you’re a parent or have a kid in your immediate circle of friends, family, and acquaintances. If you do, then you probably know that Fuhu specializes in producing Android-powered tablets for kids, which have turned out to be a hit over the past few years. The makers of Nabi are serious about mobile electronic devices with educational purposes: the tablet comes with customizable and accessible parental controls, as well as with games that are in line with the demands of the national curriculum. The company’s CEO has a track record of 19 years as a consultant with Accenture and raised $55 million to make the Nabi from the likes of Acer and Disney’s DreamWorks. Their next major product is the DreamTab, also a tablet for kids, but complete with social networking and Disney-inspired drawing lessons.
If you visit the above site, you might be underwhelmed. How is this one of the best companies to work for in 2014? It’s simple: for the time being, at least, its prospects for financial growth are incredibly promising. The company buys unused coupons for various online stores, then resells them for a profit. Late in 2013, CardCash.com received a $6 million infusion of capital from Guggenheim Partners. And even before that positive turn of events, it still had triple-digit growth prospects in its future, all thanks to its remarkable sales figure progress. In 2012, the company was making $17 million a year. In 2013, that number had been boosted to over $56 million, which is impressive, given the current state of the economy, to say the least.
Founded in 2011 and based in Arlington, Virginia, Evolent Health is a healthcare consultancy company that employs almost 500 people. Its main mission is to advise healthcare providers such as hospitals optimize the costs at which they offer medical care. To this end, they produce software and offer consultancy, so if making other people’s lives better is on your to-do list, career-wise, then this is definitely one of the companies to work for in 2014. Its CEO previously ran a $2 billion healthcare consulting company with 5 times the number of employees that Evolent Health now boasts. Among the perks to expect when you get hired is the FitBit, the health and sleep tracking device that’s all the rage among gadget enthusiasts these days.
No doubt about it, the Internet is changing every aspect in which we look at the world – and we’re not just talking prosaic things like shopping or socializing. Case in point: AnchorFree, one of the most daring companies to work for this year. They run a VPN (virtual private network), hosted on servers based in Europe, the U.S. and Japan, which enables people in countries with restricted online access bypass the censorship they’re faced with. For instance, during the 2011 Arab Spring, some one million Internet users in Egypt signed on for the VPN in a single day. Its latest capital infusion comes from Goldman Sachs, which invested $52 million in this business.
What do you do with a great idea for business that simply doesn’t look like it’s going to take off the ground any time soon? You wait it out, according to the people who run Yext. At the moment, the venture is one of the most successful up-and-coming companies to work for on the U.S. market. It helps offline businesses sync their data (addresses, phone numbers, business hours, product and service catalogs) across some 46 sites, including Yelp, Yahoo!, and Facebook. They now boast a successful business model, but it took them five years, as well as a spin-off that cost the managers $30 million to implement. However, for all their tribulations, they are still one of the places you’d want to be working at this year.