LA has an emerging startup ecosystem that is quite impressive. Here is a list of the LA starts that you should be familiar with:
1. Asset Avenue:
AssetAvenue is the leading online lender for real estate investment properties. In its first year, AssetAvenue has become one of the fastest growing start-ups within the real estate industry. By combining powerful analytics with break-through technology, AssetAvenue is rethinking the way real estate loans are sourced, underwritten, and funded. The company is injecting technology into every aspect of the lending process to give property owners and brokers what they want – a better experience that values speed, transparency and certainty. They can apply in minutes, get instantly prequalified and be funded in as little as 10 days. A customized online loan dashboard allows them to track the status of their loan in real-time. As a premium non-bank lender, AssetAvenue offers institutional capital at the most competitive rates and flexible terms possible and provides investors exclusive access to its pre-vetted portfolio of diverse real estate lending opportunities.
Founded in August of 2011, BloomNation is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and send unique bouquets handcrafted by local florists across the country. Whether you’re looking for the traditional dozen roses or a one-of-a-kind design, BloomNation lets you discover and send the perfect gift. With their epic customer service and growing community of florists, BloomNation is the easiest and most reliable way for ordering flowers online.
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6. Laurel & Wolf:
Laurel & Wolf is the world’s largest interior design marketplace. Simply take a style quiz, answer some questions about your space and budget and have multiple designers compete to design your space, all for a flat fee. All with a full money back guarantee.
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8. DSTLD Jeans:
Tech + Fashion. They design and craft luxury-grade denim and essentials and refuse to work with department stores and retail middlemen, allowing them to pass the savings on to you.
Do stylish, high-quality garments require a luxury price tag? For DSTLD co-founders Corey Epstein and Mark Lynn, the answer is a resounding no.
Epstein and Lynn have always valued a top-quality product and customer experience over the name on the label of their clothes. But for two guys living in Los Angeles, the denim capital of the world, they found it impossible to find well-made jeans and go-to essentials without the premium price tag, so they took matters into their own hands and built DSTLD.
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10. Fresh Nation:
Fresh Nation was started by farmers market professionals with a single goal in mind: to increase access to fresh local food for people who are not able to attend their local farmers market. Their personal shoppers are trained to select only the best food available in each market they attend and deliver the orders they have selected at the market direct to customers’ homes or offices, ensuring that the food goes straight from the farmers market to their customers. Fresh Nation does not maintain any warehouses to store its food, preferring instead to act as an intermediary to get the food direct from the farmer in the market to their customer without any stopover in a warehouse.
11. The Honest Company:
Founded by Jessica Alba, the Honest Company is one of our favorites. It’s a leading healthy lifestyle brand, committed to creating products that are effective, safe, delightful, accessible, and responsible. In pursuit of its mission to empower people to live a healthy and happy life, The Honest Company’s portfolio of 100+ products address the needs of baby, personal care, home care, vitamins & supplements, and gear. #keepinyourbabysafe
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16. Club W:
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