The San Francisco Bay Area is the Mecca of start-ups. Silicon Valley is the place where it all began. Large companies like Google and Facebook as well as newer start-ups like Instagram and Airbnb all originated here. While the Bay Area is no longer the only place to work in technology, it has one of the most vibrant and active start-up communities anywhere in the world.
There are a few reasons why the San Francisco Bay Area is so attractive to start-ups and technology companies:
- Silicon Valley has the longest history as a hub for technology, so the sheer volume of tech companies makes it an attractive place to be. Wherever you go, you are bound to meet software engineers, designers and marketers who work at start-ups. Start-up founders come to San Francisco to meet like-minded souls and there's no shortage of entrepreneurs in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Berkley!
- Larger companies in the Bay Area are used to working with start-ups. If you're making a B2B product, it's likely that your first beta companies will be from the San Francisco area. Companies in San Francisco understand that start-ups are not perfect and are interested and excited to try out new products before they are released to a broader market.
- Investors are most plentiful in the Bay Area. Companies looking to raise capital generally make at least one stop to Silicon Valley's famous Sand Hill Road. Well-known VCs such as Benchmark and Sequoia are all headquartered here. And the best accelerator in the world, Y Combinator, is also based out in Silicon Valley.
For job seekers, San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area are great places to work in technology. There are thousands of companies, from large tech companies to brand new start-ups that are looking for talent.
The major companies HireArt helps hire in San Francisco include:
- Airbnb: Airbnb helps people rent apartments and rooms at a low cost. The company now operates around the world and has changed the way people travel. Work for them in customer service, marketing or operations!
- Facebook: Of course we all know what Facebook does, but what's it like to work for them? Working for Facebook can be among the most interesting experiences of your life – you'll get to see what one of the most successful tech companies in history looks like from the inside.
- Lumosity: Lumosity helps people improve their memory through games. This company is helping solve a major health problem and is addressing an issue that almost no other tech company has tackled. Lumosity is hiring all over the world as they fuel their expansion!
- Cisco: Although we all use Cisco products every day, we may not realize it. Cisco powers connectivity and networks. Cisco hires sales engineers for it's special "Cisco Sales Associate Program."