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By Matt Kettmann

Tech-Topia: Read why we published this special report.

Welcome to the nuts and bolts of Tech-topia.
What follows is a listing of every company and organization that responded to our widely publicized Santa Barbara Tech Survey.
We won’t pretend that this is a 100 percent bulletproof list of every single outfit working with any form of technology in Santa Barbara today. But with nearly 100 entries, we do believe it to be the most comprehensive effort to identify the players in Santa Barbara’s tech scene.
And yes, we are using the word “tech” incredibly broadly, including everything from SaaS (software as a service) and cloud computing companies to biomedical firms and defense companies. We’ve tried to break them up into meaningful categories, though realize many could fall under multiple titles.
Additionally, we have included a list of “Resources,” which are all the folks working in the various roles, from marketing to office rentals, required to keep our burgeoning tech sector healthy.
If we missed you, please visit independent.com/tech to ensure that we get you next time!

Life Sciences

Though Santa Barbara doesn’t pack quite the dense punch of the biomed/pharmaceutical complex of San Diego, there are quite a few companies, usually with UCSB ties, that are involved in improving our health and well-being. This category also includes companies that serve the life science industry itself.

123Compliance
Founded: October 2012
Employees: 30
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Self-funded
We offer quality cloud-based solutions designed specifically for the rigorous compliance needs of the life science industry, specifically for medical device, pharmaceutical, and health-care sectors. 123compliance.com

ActiveLife Scientific
Founded: July 2007
Employees: 7
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Currently raising Series B
ActiveLife Scientific is transforming the way injuries and diseases are diagnosed and treated. ActiveLife’s flagship product, the OsteoProbe, is a handheld device for measuring bone strength. Debunking the myth that density is synonymous with strength. OsteoProbe is positioned to help the more than 320 million people at risk of bone fracture for reasons not explained by low bone density. After collaborating with Mayo Clinic, Harvard, Columbia, and many more of the leading medical centers worldwide, the company is now seeking FDA clearance so doctors and patients can benefit worldwide. activelifescientific.com

Apeel Sciences
Founded: June 18, 2012
Employees: 36
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series A
Apeel Sciences is a team of scientists working on a new kind of organic agricultural technology. Apeel uses uneaten parts of plants, like leaves and stems, recycling them to create a natural formula that protects food crops and keeps produce fresh. Apeel’s new, plant-based approach to produce protection improves the quality of fresh fruit and vegetables while helping to reduce food waste, which in turn helps to reduce water and energy use. apeelsciences.com

Inogen, Inc
Founded: November 2001
Employees: 411
Estimated worth: Market cap: $815 million (as of 10/28/15)
Stage of growth: IPO in February 2014; NASDAQ: INGN
Inogen is a medical technology company that primarily develops, manufactures, and markets innovative portable oxygen concentrators used to deliver supplemental long-term oxygen therapy to patients suffering from chronic respiratory conditions. Traditionally, these patients have relied on stationary oxygen concentrator systems for use in the home and oxygen tanks or cylinders for mobile use, which must be delivered regularly, have a finite amount of oxygen, and require long, cumbersome tubing. The Inogen One systems concentrate the air around the patient to offer a single source of supplemental oxygen anytime and anywhere with a portable device weighing approximately 4.8 or 7.0 pounds. That reduces reliance on stationary concentrators and scheduled deliveries of tanks, thereby improving patient quality of life and fostering mobility. inogen.com

InTouch Health
Founded: 2012
Employees: 200
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Incorporated
InTouch Health is focused on enabling health-care providers to deliver care when and where it is needed. Our Telehealth Network and services can expand access and delivery of high-quality clinical care to any patient, at any time, while reducing overall costs of care. intouchhealth.com

Sientra
Founded: 2006
Employees: 100-150
Estimated worth: Market cap: $75 million
Stage of growth: Post-IPO, NASDAQ: SIEN
Sientra is a medical aesthetics company committed to making a difference in patients’ lives by enhancing their body image, growing their self-esteem, and restoring their confidence. Sientra offers a broad and compelling array of plastic-surgery devices for aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. sientra.com

TrueVision 3D Surgical
Founded: February 2007
Employees: 45
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Early Stage
TrueVision 3D Surgical provides medical products designed to make a measurable difference in patient outcomes and surgeon comfort. The product profile includes the Digital Microscope Platform, which consists of a 3D high-def digital imaging, record, and playback functions and a host of related applications that guide the surgeon. Collectively, the platform solves myriad surgical issues in numerous verticals including ophthalmology and neurosurgery. TrueVision’s quest for improving the human experience extends beyond the walls of the operating room into local, state, and national communities through donations of equipment and personnel to nonprofit health and wellness sectors. truevisionsys.com

USDM Life Sciences
Founded: March 2000
Employees: 250-270
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Private, 25 percent-50 percent growth last three years
USDM is changing how compliance is addressed for life science companies worldwide. We partner with technology vendors who lead in the life sciences sector, assimilate the technology into an adaptable model, and support the proper implementation and maintenance of such systems. Our partners include Salesforce, Agilent, Oracle, and SAP, as well as many others. Our clients include medical device and emerging biotechnology companies, and the largest pharmaceutical players. Our team grows as quickly as we can to find the rare people who can support our mission with the same passion and capability. usdm.com

InternetThings

If you haven’t heard about the Internet of things, or IoT, it’s time to get on the bus because you are probably already using them. IoT is the umbrella term for physical devices that are digitally connected in order to collect and share data that is usually accessed through the cloud.

222Labs
Founded: January 2015
Employees: 5
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Seed stage
222Labs is developing Purpose, an Internet of things (IoT) product and platform that monitors many different environmental conditions, activities, and security for homes and businesses. 222labs.com

SanWood, LLC
Founded: February 2012
Employee: 3
Estimated worth: $3 million
Stage of growth: Start-up
SanWood, LLC, is focused on the design, development, and implementation of IoT sensor technology. sanwoodllc.com

Smartstones
Founded: November 2013
Employees: 8
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Seed stage
Smartstones is a new communication platform that gives people the power to send spoken messages with only gestures, instead of texting or talking. It includes an IoT sensory device resembling a stone that can be configured with a free mobile app. smartstones.co

SaaS(and PaaS and DaaS and…)

No one buys software in a box anymore. We access it through the Internet and rent it to solve our digital problems. The outfits that provide such technologies are collectively known as SaaS companies, as in software as a service. Santa Barbara is a hotbed of SaaS, with nearly a third of all survey respondents falling into this category. This group also includes companies that identify as DaaS (data as a service), PaaS (platform as a service), and even aPaaS (application platform as a service).

AgePath
Founded: May 2015
Employees: 4
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Angel
AgePath is an eldercare navigation platform. We help families save time, reduce cost, and improve quality of life by providing personalized geriatric care plans for aging well. By combining eldercare expertise with innovative software, our platform empowers families to connect with resources and services through one simple dashboard. agepath.com

AppFolio Inc.
Founded: 2006
Employees: 500
Estimated worth: Market cap: $573 million (as of 10/28/15)
Stage of growth: IPO in June 2015; NASDAQ: APPF
AppFolio creates complete, easy-to-use, cloud-based software for multiple vertical markets. Today, our software serves the legal and property-management industries. appfolio.com

‘When I moved here in 1996, there were just a few tech companies. Now there is a pretty good ecosystem. It’s easier to attract people here than it ever has been.’ — ​Jon Walker, AppFolio

AppScale Systems
Founded: February 2013
Employees: 12
Estimated worthy: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Private investors
An aPaaS, or application platform as a service, company, AppScale is an open-source implementation of Google’s game-changing platform App Engine. With AppScale, developers can very rapidly develop web and mobile applications using the de facto standard, enterprise-tested, and validated App Engine APIs (application program interfaces) and run the apps on any cloud ​public or private. AppScale can run App Engine apps wherever they desire and without modification. appscale.com

AutoVitals
Founded: January 2009
Employees: 65
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series B funded and self-sustaining
AutoVitals makes SaaS-based productivity and customer-engagement products for independent auto-repair shops, including website and SEO, tablet-based digital inspection tools, shop workflow management, and team labor-management tools. autovitals.com

FastSpring
Founder: August 2005
Employees: 60
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Decline to state
FastSpring is an award-winning e-commerce and subscription management leader that powers the sales for software, SaaS, and digital content. Whether you’re selling to customers locally or across the globe, FastSpring helps maximize conversions, increase sales, and grow your business. Clients include a diverse array of companies and customers, from small businesses to internationally recognized brands such as Adobe, SmithMicro, the American Heart Association, MacPaw, and Random House. Now celebrating its 10th year in business, FastSpring currently supports more than 2,500 clients worldwide, reaching over 3,600,000 customers in 240 countries across the globe. fastspring.com

cielo24
Founded: January 2013
Employees: 35
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series A round just raised $5 million
Cielo24 provides searchable video data and insights for the education, enterprise, and entertainment markets, powering content discovery, engagement, monetization, and asset management. cielo24.com

FollowUp.cc
Founded: 2007, but acquired 2014
Employees: 10
Stage of growth: Private
A lightweight sales-automation tool for Gmail, FollowUp.cc helps sales teams and business professionals work more productively. followup.cc

GenRocket
Founded: February 2012
Employees: 7
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Angel
GenRocket is a SaaS-model software platform that software developers and quality-assurance engineers use to generate all the test data they need to fully test their software. genrocket.com

GroupGets
Founded: September 2013; first deal September 2014
Employees: 5
Estimated worth: $1 million+
Stage of growth: Privately bootstrapped/pre-angel
Groupgets is a secure online group-buying platform with a tech hardware focus for products that already exist (not projects). It is best suited for products with very high minimum-order quantities or that are much cheaper in volume. GroupGets creates and nurtures communities of developers around some of its products to facilitate rapid prototype development long after the buy  ​we help users collaborate on the purchase and on development. We also locally design custom accessory hardware and software to lower the technical barrier of entry for some of the products that we carry. groupgets.com

HG Data
Founded: 2010
Employees: 40-60
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of Growth: Series A venture-capital funding
A DaaS company, HG Data is the global leader in competitive intelligence for installed technologies. The world’s largest technology companies, fastest-growing start-ups, and some of the most innovative OEM partners use HG Data to build market analysis, competitive displacement, predictive modeling, marketing campaigns, and client-retention initiatives. Every day, HG Data indexes more than one billion unstructured documents ​including social media, case studies, press releases, blog postings, government documents, content libraries, technical support forums, website source code, and job postings to produce a detailed, accurate census of business-to-business technology installations in use at companies globally. hgdata.com

Invoca
Founded: May 2008 (formerly RingRevenue)
Employees: 160
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series C; $30 million in venture capital raised to date
Invoca helps the modern marketer drive inbound calls and turn them into sales. By bringing call intelligence to marketers and their existing marketing technology systems, Invoca’s platform delivers the visibility required to engage mobile customers beyond the click. From attribution to intent, marketers gain a complete understanding of the customer’s journey across digital, mobile, and offline touch points so that they can optimize their marketing spend, drive quality inbound calls, and deliver a better customer experience. Invoca is backed by Accel Partners, Upfront Ventures, Rincon Venture Partners, and Salesforce. invoca.com

Local Market Launch
Founded: November 2011
Employees: About 40, including 25 in Santa Barbara
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Backed by founder/CEO Brian Coryat, as well as Rincon Venture Partners and several angel investors made up mostly of successful area entrepreneurs; last raised Series A
We provide a cloud-based software platform that allows national multi-location brands, such as Waffle House and Carvel, to control all of their digital business profiles (such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yelp), local landing pages, and store locators from one central interface. The software also monitors local presence and reviews, allowing the national brand centralized access to real-time, results-based data. localmarketlaunch.com

LogicMonitor
Founded: July 2008
Employees: 115
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series B
LogicMonitor’s SaaS performance-monitoring platform provides IT Ops teams with end-to-end visibility and actionable metrics to manage today’s sophisticated on-premise, hybrid, and cloud infrastructures. Deploy and manage monitoring faster and automatically with AutoDiscovery of devices. Act on infrastructure performance data using built-in and customizable dashboards, performance forecasting, and complete reporting. Use built-in workflow capabilities, including alerting routing and escalation management, to improve IT team’s issue response and resolution time. logicmonitor.com

Ontraport
Founded: December 2006
Employees: 104
Estimated worth: $60-$80 million
Stage of growth: Angel
Our mission, as a SaaS company, is to support entrepreneurs in delivering their value to the world by removing the burden of technology and automating their business. With Ontraport, all of your business tools, data, and customer information is in one system, and everything works together seamlessly. You’ll create better customer experiences and increase sales, and you can automate everything, saving a ton of time. Plus, you’ve always got one team to call when you have a question or need support. ontraport.com

Procore Technologies Inc.
Founded: January 2002
Employees: 292
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series E
Procore is the world’s number one, most widely used construction-management software, helping firms drastically increase project efficiency and accountability by streamlining and mobilizing project communication and documentation. Hundreds of thousands of registered Procore users manage all types of construction projects, including industrial plants, office buildings, apartment complexes, university facilities, retail centers, and more. procore.com

ProductPlan
Founded: January 2014
Employees: Decline to state
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Decline to state
ProductPlan is a SaaS company whose software is used by leading companies around the world to plan and communicate their product roadmaps. Some of our customers include companies such as AppFolio, Procore, and Rightscale, as well as many large enterprises including Intuit, Marriott, Toms Shoes, PBS, Fidelity, and Expedia. productplan.com

QAD
Founded: 1979
Employees: More than 1,600
Estimated worth: Market Cap: More than $900 million (as of 10/28/15)
Stage of growth: Publicly traded; NASDAQ: QADA, QADB
QAD Inc. is a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies. QAD Enterprise Applications is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that helps manufacturers in the areas of financials, manufacturing, demand- and supply-chain planning, customer management, business intelligence, and business-process management. QAD deploys its solutions in the cloud, on premise, or in a blended environment. With QAD, customers in the automotive, consumer-products, food-and-beverage, high-technology, industrial-products, and life-sciences industries can better align daily operations with their strategic goals to meet their vision of becoming more effective enterprises. qad.com

RightScale
Founded: December 2006
Employees: 150-250
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Raised $62+ million from VCs since its founding.
RightScale pioneered cloud management in 2006. Today, leading market analysts predict that RightScale will see rapid growth in the next five years based on its Cloud Portfolio Management product suite. RightScale helps enterprises manage applications across a portfolio of clouds and seamlessly move applications between clouds as circumstances change. With Cloud Portfolio Management, enterprises can provide self-service IT, maintain control over cloud usage, and manage cloud costs. rightscale.com

‘When I was a kid, it was Raytheon, and that was the only tech company here. Suddenly, you can go downtown and stand at State and Figueroa streets, and you’re within spitting distance of 10 different companies.’ — ​Dax Gulje, RightScale

RightSignature
Founded: January 2009
Employees: About 50
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Acquired by Citrix in October 2014
RightSignature is a SaaS company that’s focused on online document signing. rightsignature.com

‘It’s not the hotbed of capital flows that you get in the Bay, but we are definitely on the radar. All the VC firms are aware of the Santa Barbara success stories.' — ​Daryl Bernstein, RightSignature

Riptide IO
Founded: July 2012
Employees: 23
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series A
Riptide IO is changing the way commercial retail buildings are managed. Our BrightWorks Retail solution connects to new and existing legacy equipment in a building-to-cloud-based-building automation. It comes with a predesigned kit of “smart” things, such as smart thermostats and smart plugs, to bring connectivity and control. Through BrightWorks building-management applications, operators use a mobile or web interface to manage the network of devices in their portfolio of stores. riptideio.com

‘The Silicon Valley commute was crazy, but there are still things I miss about it. Santa Barbara doesn’t have the tech energy that’s up there—and frankly, it really is difficult to recruit engineers for a start-up here—but we’ve got a better lifestyle balance.’ ​— ​Mike Franco, Riptide IO

Service Objects
Founded: September 2001
Employees: 25-50
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Profitable and privately owned
As the industry leader in real-time contact-validation services, Service Objects has verified more than two billion contact records for clients from various industries including retail, technology, government, communications, leisure, utilities, and finance. Since 2001, thousands of businesses and developers have used our APIs to validate transactions to reduce fraud, increase conversions, and enhance incoming leads, web orders, and customer lists. We are fanatical about both data quality and customer service, and we’re proud of our data reliability of 99.995 percent. Service Objects exceeds all expectations by ensuring the most current data-validation services available, reliable real-time results, and a professional atmosphere. serviceobjects.com

ShipHawk
Founded: October 2012
Employees: 55
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series A
ShipHawk is innovating the eCommerce sector by automating shipping and distribution processes through technology. No matter how big, how many, or how diverse the items to be shipped, ShipHawk’s unique SaaS platform offers instant price comparisons, optimal delivery options, and intelligent packaging solutions that minimize costs and improve sales. By aggregating transportation and logistics data from all types of shipping carriers across the U.S. into a single platform, ShipHawk brings the shipping experience from cart-to-customer, arming retailers with the intelligence needed to make better shipping decisions and facilitate business growth. shiphawk.com

Social Intelligence
Founded: April 2010
Employees: 50
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series B
Social Intelligence develops predictive scoring algorithms and SaaS-based underwriting tools and is the largest provider of social media and next-generation data to the insurance industry. Social Intelligence’s products allow insurers to leverage valuable online data for better risk assessment and decision making across the policy lifecycle. A veteran on the forefront of the industry, Social Intelligence has been providing insurance-claim investigations and social media searches to more than 500 customers and partners, and our team of more than 50 employees ensures delivery of products and services that reflect our core values of privacy, productivity, and innovation. socialintel.com

Yardi
Founded: 1984 in Santa Barbara
Employees: 4,500 globally, 600+ in Santa Barbara
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Privately held, in fourth decade of sustained growth
Yardi is a technology company dedicated to the design, development, and support of real estate software. We offer full business solutions for every real estate market, including multifamily, single-family, affordable, public, senior, and military housing, as well as office, industrial, retail, and self-storage market segments. Based in Santa Barbara, Yardi serves clients worldwide from offices in North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. We are focused on innovation and providing the best products and services to our customers, while taking care of our employees and the communities in which we live and work. yardi.com

Hardware & Materials

This catch-all category includes companies that are inventing, developing, selling, or otherwise dealing with digital hardware and/or material sciences. This includes everything from nanotechnology and optics to hardware resellers.

Applied Cavitation Inc.
Founded: June 2013
Employees: 5
Estimated worth: Approximately $20 million
Stage of growth: Early stage, rapid growth, Series A round of funding
Applied Cavitation is a nanotechnology process company, combining a revolutionary, proprietary materials-processing technology with product-formulation expertise. The current product focus of the company is on the aerospace, 3D-printing, LED, conductive-adhesives, and smart-coatings markets. appliedcavitationinc.com

Asylum Research
Founded: April 1999
Employees: 90
Estimated worth: Oxford Instruments’ market cap is $325 million GBP on London exchange (as of 10/28/15)
Stage of growth: Acquired in December 2012 by Oxford Instruments, PLC
Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments company, manufactures technology-leading atomic force microscopes (AFMs) for materials and bioscience research. asylumresearch.com

Curvature
Founded: 1986
Employees: 600+
Estimated worth: $300 million
Stage of growth: Privately owned
Curvature is transforming how companies procure, maintain, and upgrade IT equipment and support for multi-vendor-network and data-center environments. Founded in 1986, the company has become a trusted strategic partner for more than 10,000 organizations globally, including some of the largest telecommunications carriers, top financial services firms, and Global 1000 organizations. The company specializes in delivering 24/7 global technical support, advanced hardware replacement, and complete lifecycle management of networking, server, and storage equipment from corporate locations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. curvature.com

FLIR Systems
Founded: 1978
Employees: 2,800 worldwide
Estimated worth: $3.8 billion (as of 10/28/15)
Stage of growth: Publically traded; NASDAQ: FLIR
FLIR Systems Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR’s advanced systems and components are used for a wide variety of thermal imaging, situational awareness, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, navigation, recreation, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives threat detection. flir.com

SixPoint Materials Inc.
Founded: September 2006
Employees: Fewer than 10
Estimated worth: $12 million
Stage of growth: Series B
SixPoint Materials Inc. researches and develops bulk crystal of gallium nitride (GaN), which will be used as a substrate for many energy-related semiconductor devices such as LEDs and power transistors. spmaterials.com

Wyatt Technology Corporation
Founded: 1982 by Dr. Philip Wyatt
Employees: 120
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: And growing
Wyatt Technology is the recognized leader in innovative light-scattering instruments, accessories, software, and services for determining the properties of macromolecules and nanoparticles in solution. Our instruments are used in biological and pharmaceutical research and development. wyatt.com

Apps, Web,& Consumer Electronics

This is a broad category, with companies that could easily be included in some of the other groupings. The commonality is that these companies are making products, be them physical devices or digital applications, that everyday human beings are likely to encounter and use.

Bosch Automotive Service Solutions
Founded: Santa Barbara division of Bosch founded in 1984 as Vetronix Corporation
Employees: 61 associates in Santa Barbara
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Subsidiary of the privately held Robert Bosch Corporation
Bosch Automotive Service Solutions designs and manufactures automotive diagnostic tools and software. Our tools are used worldwide by dealer and independent automotive repair shops to diagnose, repair, and reprogram vehicles. bosch.us

Caugnate
Founded: November 2014
Employees: 6
Stage of growth: Early stage, seeking angel/seed funding
Caugnate builds mobile software that supports remote collaboration for physical tasks such as training and repair. Caugnate’s initial product uses augmented reality to enable a field service technician to share his or her physical space with a remote expert and receive clear guidance and instruction to efficiently resolve the problem. It’s almost like teleportation ​the remote expert (virtually) teleports to where the problem is and works together with the technician, based on 3D modeling, virtual navigation, and shared annotations. caugnate.com

Crowson Technology
Founded: 2001
Employees: N/A
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Bootstrapped and profitable
Crowson Technology is a consumer electronics company that designs and manufactures 4-D entertainment products to coordinate seat movement and vibration with on-screen action for luxury home theater and commercial theaters. crowsontech.com

Desk Yogi
Founded: June 2015
Employees: 11-15
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Start-up pre-angel
Desk Yogi is a digital online wellness solution for working people everywhere. Desk-Yogi.com delivers targeted movement and stress reduction videos in an anytime, anywhere format to office workers everywhere. Give employees a benefit that pays off in 15 minutes or less. desk-yogi.com

Graphiq
Founded: May 2009, as FindTheBest
Employees: 130
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series B; $17 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the Pritzker Group
Graphiq (formerly FindTheBest) is a data aggregation and visualization company focused on turning complicated data into contextually rich presentations of the world’s knowledge. For consumers, Graphiq operates a number of trusted vertical search engines, spanning tech gadgets (specout.com) and real estate (findthehome.com) to education (startclass.com) and government (insidegov.com). For publishers, the company offers several solutions for improving audience engagement with embeddable, contextually rich visualizations. graphiq.com

introNetworks
Founded: January 2003
Employees: 3
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Privately held
introNetworks creates private online communities for Fortune 500, small/medium businesses, associations, membership organizations, and special initiative-driven networks. The system is based on a patented Visual Matching Engine developed in Santa Barbara. intronetworks.com

‘We’ve got smart people having smart babies, and we ought to take advantage of that and keep them here. Our first step is to get everyone thinking more regionally and then acting locally.’ — ​Mark Sylvester, introNetworks/805 Connect

Lynda.com, A LinkedIn Company
Founded: October 1995
Employees: Close to 500 worldwide
Estimated worth: LinkedIn’s market cap is $25.8 billion
Stage of growth: Acquired in May 2015 by LinkedIn, a public company; NYSE: LNKD
Lynda.com, a LinkedIn company, helps anyone learn business, technology, and creative skills to achieve professional goals. With a monthly subscription, individuals and corporate, academic, and government clients have access to a comprehensive video library of relevant, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. lynda.com

Maps.com
Founded: 1997
Employees: 30
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: 25-year-old start-up
Maps.com offers location-based software solutions for media, education, business, and government. maps.com

Milo
Founded: June 2015
Employees: 5-10
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Angel
Milo is developing the very first wearable alcohol sensor that actively monitors blood-alcohol levels through perspiration. Our sensor actively monitors your BAC and lets you know how you’re trending, helping you know when you’ll be sober again. Milo puts the control back in your hands when drinking. milosensor.com

Otojoy
Founded: May 2012
Employees: 9 and growing
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Angel
Otojoy builds hearing-friendly communities by designing and installing assistive listening technology known as hearing loops. Otojoy also develops hearing-related consumer products and software applications. We were recently honored with the Santa Barbara Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Effort for providing civic leadership in the Loop Santa Barbara nonprofit public-awareness campaign. We develop augmented reality technology and accessibility-focused hardware and software. otojoy.com

Pinwheel
Founded: April 2015
Employees: 4
Estimated worth: $1 million
Stage of growth: Angel
Pinwheel is a mobile application that lets people see and share real-time moments with others nearby. It is a real-time local network, business to consumer. pinwheelapp.com

Pumpflix
Founded: January 2002
Employees: 6
Estimated worth: $1 million
Stage of growth: Continued
We are a digital signage network of digital displays connected to the Internet that sits on top of the gas pumps of Central Coast gas stations. We offer our advertising platform to local businesses at a very competitive rate, along with providing local news, weather, and additional content to provide useful information to customers. pumpflix.com

Recapit
Founded: June 2015
Employees: 4
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Recapit is by Citrix and in beta
Why take notes by hand? Recapit will do it for you. Recapit helps you capture what happens in meetings, interviews, and conversations. We do this with an iPhone app that enables you to record, highlight, and transcribe noteworthy comments, as well as upload it to view on a computer. recapit.io

SecureDocs
Founded: February 2012
Employees: 11
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Corporate spin-off funded by original company, AppFolio
SecureDocs is dedicated to building software solutions that are highly secure, easily adopted, and affordable for any type or size of business. Products are characterized by a simple user interface, features that actually get used, and a publicly available pricing plan with no hidden fees. SecureDocs products are engineered with close attention to client privacy, so we do not have access to client data, and we never market to our client’s end users. securedocs.com

Seeker
Founded: July 2015
Employees: 4
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Angel
Seeker is a new deals-based promotion platform for Santa Barbara businesses. We’ve built an intuitive technology back end that allows vendors to post promotions in a matter of seconds from a cell phone. Seeker attracts users through constantly changing promotions on a fun, social platform. Vendors posting promotions can target specific locally defined user groups like Goleta residents, tourists, etc. Aside from exclusive and structured deals, Seeker also brings preexisting, fast-paced promotions from national vendors online. seeker.co

SkyClops
Founded: January 2014
Employees: 2
Estimated worth: $100,000
Stage of growth: Start-up
Skyclops does aerial photography and videography for real estate, special events, weddings, search & recovery, inspections, etc. skyclopsmedia.com

Sonos
Founded: June 2002
Employees: More than 1,200 globally
Estimated worth: Raised $130 million in secondary equity sale last year.
Stage of growth: Series D, raised $130 million last year
Sonos is the smart speaker system that uses your WiFi to stream the music you love throughout your home. One easy-to-use app gives you complete control of your entire home listening experience ​access all your music, pick any room or every room, and immerse. sonos.com

Tours4Mobile.com
Founded: January 2007
Employees: 10
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Angel
We offer guided tours of worldwide destinations to play on your mobile device. Preplan your adventures, pick the best places to visit, and get a personal (virtual) guide. It’s like having a friend show you around, and that’s what most travelers really like. These guided tours provide a day or two of entertainment with turn-by-turn directions, maps, insider travel tips, and descriptions of the highlights along your route. Unlike traditional audio tours, these have tons of photos so you’ll know which building the narrator is referring to. Affordable, a big value, entertaining, simple to use ​we’ll walk you through it! tours4mobile.com

TrackR
Founded: July 2009
Employees: 15
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Raised $8.7 million in Series A funding
TrackR is a consumer electronics company that helps people keep track of their items using their smartphone and small wireless sensors. It is now sold nationwide at Best Buy, Fry’s, and Staples, with more than a half million devices sold. thetrackr.com

Voitrix
Founded: January 2015
Employees: 4
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Angel
Voitrix helps real estate agents convert online leads to potential clients by providing instant communication and critical insights into prospects. Our first customer is the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. voitrix.com

Water Einstein
Founded: December 2014
Employees: 5
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Start-up seeking funding.
Water Einstein brings outdoor watering management into the 21st century by learning how much water your plants need, integrating weather to prevent watering during rain, detecting links and alerting users digitally, generating usage reports, and more. watereinstein.com

WorldViz
Founded: May 2002
Employees: 45
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Closed Series A with Intel Capital in April 2015
WorldViz is the industry leader in immersion-ready virtual reality solutions. Its patent-pending interactive-visualization and simulation-solution technologies are deployed across 1,500-plus Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and government agencies. worldviz.com

Security Monitoring

The Internet can be a scary place. These companies help make it safer by fighting cybercrime of all sorts and making sure the World Wide Web is staying honest.

Lastline
Founded: September 2011
Employees: 50-100
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series B funding received
Lastline is focused on real-time analysis of advanced malware and knowing the Internet’s malicious infrastructure. Lastline leverages this threat intelligence to create advanced malware defenses for companies of all sizes. By focusing on cloud-based automated systems and processes, Lastline has developed the technology to analyze advanced malware at an unprecedented speed and volume. This gives Lastline the ability to analyze binaries and web content in real time as it enters the enterprise network, as well as the ability to map the Malscape at a level of accuracy and relevance not previously available. lastline.com

PureClick
Founded: 2011
Employees: 4
Estimated Worth: Decline to state
Stage of investment: Currently angel, opening Series A funding
We identify fraudulent sources of digital advertising traffic at a click, publisher, and network level. We are the only Media Rating Council–accredited company to do post-click fraud detection. pureclick.com

Defense

Santa Barbara’s tech sector history is rooted in companies that worked on defense and space systems for the government. Many of these firms still thrive, mostly in Goleta, where some have been for decades. Just don’t ask them what they specifically do, because they can’t always tell.

Lockheed Martin Santa Barbara Focalplane
Founded: February 1985
Employees: Approximately 185
Estimated worth: Lockheed Martin’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion; market cap $65 billion
Stage of growth: Lockheed Martin is publically traded; NASDAQ: LMT
A facility under the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control business area, the Santa Barbara Focalplane facility designs and manufactures industry-leading infrared subsystems for military and commercial applications in 96,000 square feet of engineering and manufacturing space. It develops and manufactures multispectral infrared focal-plane array detectors and imaging systems for missile warning, targeting, surveillance, phenomenology, spectroscopy, threat warning, electro-optic infrared, and government science and technology labs. It provides infrared subsystems for Lockheed Martin products, including the F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) and the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod. It also provides infrared solutions to other aerospace companies; advanced ground, aerial, and space sensor solutions to government labs; and imaging components to commercial camera companies. sbfp.com

Raytheon Company
Founded: July 7, 1922. Operations in Goleta started in the summer of 1956 when 46 employees of the Raytheon Television and Radio Company made their move from Chicago.
Employees: 1,100 employees in the tri-county area; 61,000 employees worldwide
Estimated worth: 2014 sales of $23 billion
Stage of growth: N/A
Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cybersecurity and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. raytheon.com

Resources

A thriving tech community requires an army of various resource providers to make it tick. The companies, co-working offices, nonprofit organizations, incubators, financial experts, design/marketing/public relations agencies, venture capital firms, and educational programs below are critical to the health of Santa Barbara’s scene.

Anacapa Equipment Brokers
Founded: January 2000
Employees: 4
Estimated worth: $250,000
Stage of growth: Established corporation
We sell used lab and industrial equipment. anacapaequipment.com

Anderson Construction Inc.
Founded: June 1983
Employees: 10-20
Estimated worth: $15 million
Stage of growth: Privately held
We have decades of experience in constructing clean rooms, office renovations, building repurposing, food service, and shopping centers. andercon.net

Antioch University Santa Barbara
Founded: In Ohio in 1964, with Santa Barbara campus opening in 1977
Employees: Approximately 50 full-time and part-time employees.
Estimated worth: N/A
Stage of growth: Established and mature university. Antioch University Santa Barbara offers a lively, intensive undergraduate education and rigorous, real-world graduate degrees. antioch.edu

Channel Data Systems
Founded: November 1975
Employees: 7
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Mature
Channel Data Systems handles network administration, design and configuration server monitoring, managed cloud services, data-recovery and backup solutions, remote access, VPN and terminal services wireless network design and troubleshooting, data security, mail archiving and security solutions, battery backup and power solutions, computer diagnosis repair, virus and malware removal, custom-built computers and servers, and remote and after-hours technical support. channeldata.com

ChannelTechs
Founded: January 2005
Employees: 5
Estimated worth: $1 million
Stage of growth: Early
We’re an IT company that services the Central Coast of California. channeltechs.com

CIO Solutions
Founded: 1986
Employees: 50
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Private company
CIO Solutions provides IT consulting, design, and management services to the tri-counties and specializes in traditional, premise-based managed services (fixed-fee management agreements), private cloud-computing services, phone systems, enterprise storage, virtualization, and networking. ciosolutions.com

Citrix Startup Accelerator
Founded: 2010
Employees: 5
Estimated worth: N/A
Stage of growth: N/A
We fund and provide programs to assist start-ups and internal innovation teams develop customers and products. Our Santa Barbara Innovators program ran June-September 2015, and we had eight teams (five start-ups and three internal Citrix teams). Start-ups received a $25,000 grant, and we partnered with Arrow Electronics, GEM, StartupSB, and the Santa Barbara Foundation. We also provide select teams $250,000 in seed funding.citrix.com

DialedPR
Founded: February 2013
Employees: 5
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: N/A
DialedPR is the only PR consultancy in Santa Barbara focused solely on business-to-business and business-to-consumer tech companies. It was built on the philosophy that communications needs to be agile and always remain nimble and spontaneous yet strategic. With almost a decade of experience in San Francisco and New York working alongside Intuit, PayPal, and Digg, founder Andrea Holland brought her talent and team to Santa Barbara, where the tech scene was not just emerging ​but booming. Specific capabilities include media relations, media strategy, thought leadership, product launches, events, and more. dialedpr.com

‘My friends said, “Why are you going to this small town in the prime of your career when you could work for some major pre-IPO company and make a ton of money?” But I was tired of working for the man, and I wanted to do my own thing. This is a really exciting time, and I want to be part of it. Santa Barbara always was near and dear to my heart, and I want to help it grow and help these companies tell their stories.’ ​— ​Andrea Holland, DialedPR

First Click Inc.
Founded: June 2007
Employees: 8
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Established business
First Click provides effective online marketing services and products that improve the bottom line. Our emphasis is on sound business practices, creative call to action, technical analytics, and a particular focus on conversions. First Click utilizes all available technology resources from SEO, SEM, social media, and blog management to expert engines and mobile communications ​to develop and manage a successful marketing campaign. firstclickinc.com

Gerber Kawasaki Wealth Management
Founded: 2010
Employees: Fewer than 20
Estimated worth: More than $400 million under management
Stage of growth: Not applicable
This wealth and investment-management firm is focused on helping individuals and small businesses in the tech sector. gerberkawasaki.com

GVC Consulting
Founded: April 2010
Employees: 1
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Self-employed
GVC Consulting offers marketing coaching and interim CMO services for technology companies. gvancollie@icloud.com

Impact Hub Santa Barbara
Founded: June 2014, launching December 2015
Employees: 4
Estimated worth: Nonprofit
Stage of growth: N/A
Impact Hub provides a shared work space, offices, co-working, an Impact of Things lab, and an event space for social entrepreneurs, start-ups, and nonprofits. impacthubsb.com

Integrated Telemanagement Services
Founded: May 1990
Employees: 20
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Series B
Since 1990, ITS has been providing solutions for businesses in and around Southern and Central California from our headquarters in Simi Valley. We’re specialists in telecommunication and Managed IT. We offer everything the SMB needs from voice services and bandwidth to desktop and network support. itstelecom.com

I//WD Internet//Worldwide Development
Founded: June 1998
Employees: 16
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Established and fully funded
I//WD handles Internet and web applications design and promotion, advanced Internet transaction programming, hosting and name-registration services, secured transaction e-commerce, and more. iwdnet.com

Kaldera
Founded: January 2013
Employees: 2
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: N/A
Kaldera is a multifaceted firm focused on community building, business development, and marketing for start-ups, organizations, and nonprofits. kaldera.co

Linkd Media
Founded: January 2013
Employees: 3
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Not funded
Linkd Media is a digital agency spanning from the sandy beaches of Santa Barbara to the rivers of Klamath Falls, Oregon. We help companies take their web experience to the next level, with platforms like WordPress. linkdmedia.com

Noospheric
Founded: June 1999 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and January 2008 in Santa Barbara
Employees: Core team is 4 but can range from 6 to15 depending on number of incubating companies
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Client Self-Echo is raising Series A-3; FirstClick is self-sustaining and profitable since 2007; Noospheric is also a large shareholder in TrackR.
Providing consulting and strategy for start-ups and company executives and led by entrepreneur Jacques Habra, Noospheric has helped launch and advise 30 start-ups in 15 years, including TrackR, First Click, SBClick, and The Joy Agency. Recent clients include SelfEcho, developers of Mobile Therapy, and a comprehensive SaaS platform that bridges the information gap between clinical psychologists and their patients in between sessions, as well as Noozhawk, Biopac, Steven Handelman Studios, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. noospheric.com

Oniracom
Founded: May 2001
Employees: 20+
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Privately held
Realizing, materializing, and honoring dreams through creativity and innovation is, and will always remain, at our core. We strategize, design, develop, and produce content to evolve dreams into tangible, structured, and prolific successes. oniracom.com

Proven Strategies
Founded: April 2013
Employees: 2
Estimated worth: Six figures
Stage of growth: Start-up
Proven Strategies provides various services including online marketing, nurturing prospects to become buyers, securing sponsors, niche marketing across all platforms, building online presence, strategic ad buys, sales by Internet, internal and external e-newsletters, networking strategies, one-on-one coaching, and more. psm3.co

Rincon Venture Partners
Founded: 2005
Employees: 4
Estimated worth: We have raised nearly $100 million, over three funds.
Stage of growth: We lead most of our rounds, usually coming in at series Seed and A. We also do our pro rata in follow-on rounds.
We’re an early-stage venture-capital firm that focuses on business-to-business SaaS start-ups. rinconvp.com

Santa Barbara Computer Help
Founded: 2002 (formerly Santa Barbara Computer Works)
Employees: 4
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of Growth: Series B
Online and in-home PC service for home users and small businesses. computerhelpsantabarbara.com

Santa Barbara Technology Ventures
Founded: 2015
Santa Barbara Technology Ventures is a seed and early-stage venture-capital fund investing primarily in technology start-ups in the underserved Santa Barbara region. The fund seeks superior returns through an exceptional team, hands-on approach, and a close affiliation with UCSB and Cal Poly talent, intellectual property, and research initiatives. Our funding plan is to engage individuals with nexus to the Santa Barbara region, family offices, and strategic corporate LPs.

Show Up Web Design
Founded: October 2012
Employees: 2 full-time, 3 part-time
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: N/A
Show Up Web Design is a web design and development firm providing creative web design, development, local SEO, and online advertising. We know what locals need, take the time to understand our clients’ vision, and together come up with a comprehensive plan to ensure that our clients succeed online. We specialize in website design, SEO and writing for SEO, graphic design, and overall marketing/branding strategies. We have extensive experience with WordPress, Shopify, Squarespace, and Wix, and we are a Google Partner. Our goal is help our clients’ businesses “show up.” showupwebdesign.com

Synergy Business & Technology Center
Founded: December 2011
Clients: We have about 30 companies involving about 50 entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Synergy is a creative and vibrant tech-oriented workplace designed to inspire, harbor, and connect entrepreneurs and professionals pursuing their passions for life and business success. We are a collaborative co-working and business incubator space that brings leading-edge technology together with creativity, innovation, and good vibes. Our passion is people pursuing their dreams and fostering the personal growth, business success, and soulful fulfillment that comes from finding your calling and living it. synergybtc.com

Santa Barbara Hackerspace Inc.
Founded: September 2010
Santa Barbara Hackerspace is an open community workshop to allow access to workspace and equipment for the Santa Barbara community. It started in a one-car garage five years ago, but currently has five co-working offices housing four start-ups. We are a group of makers and software developers in the Santa Barbara community who love coming together to build things. We are a nonprofit organization, and we rely on the membership dues and donations of enthusiastic technologists to keep going. sbhackerspace.com

workzones
Founded: April 2013
Employees: 10, including four founders
Estimated worth: Decline to state
Stage of growth: Self-funded, but Series A round may be soon
Founded by four entrepreneurs, workzones is an established co-working club downtown that is the home to dozens of successful small businesses, including several tech-focused start-ups. With shared workspaces and 10 private meeting rooms available to members and drop-in professionals, workzones is a flexible and high-value alternative to an expensive office lease, the isolated home office, or a crowded coffee shop. Taking advantage of the ability to collaborate, workzones’ members and guests have formed an energetic community whose support contributes to the growth and success of each business. workzones.com

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