23andme.com | Healthcare | Founded: 2006
23andMe was founded in April 2006 by Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey. The company offers consumer genetic testing and supports genetic research. The consumer genetics and research platform give customers interactive, web-based access to their genetic profile. They regularly increase the capabilities of the platform giving users more insight into their DNA. In addition to ancestry insights, 23andMe provides users insights into their personal genetic health traits. The company has taken strategic steps to begin leveraging its genetic database to develop novel drugs, exemplified by the investment by and partnership with pharmaceutical company GSK in 2018. According to the company, 23andMe has millions of customers worldwide, and approximately 85% have consented to participate in research. 23andMe is located in Mountain View, CA.
nextdoor.com | Social Networking | Founded: 2010
Nextdoor is the free and private social network for neighborhoods. Using Nextdoor's platform, available on the Web and mobile devices, neighbors create private neighborhood websites where they get to know one another, ask questions, exchange local advice and recommendations, and organize virtual neighborhood watches to reduce crime.
getaround.com | Transportation | Founded: 2009
Getaround empowers people to safely share cars by the hour and by the day. Combining Getaround ConnectTM, a patented connected car technology, with auto insurance coverage backed by Assurant, Getaround creates a seamless and fun sharing experience. Free to join and for as little as $5 an hour, Getaround members can conveniently rent nearby cars and save money on auto payments, insurance and maintenance. Owners share cars ranging from a smartcar to a Tesla earning thousands in extra income each year to offset the high cost of car ownership, while making a positive impact on the environment.
A stealth startup is a startup company that operates in stealth mode, i.e. that avoids public attention. This may be done to hide information from competitors, or — as part of a marketing strategy — to manage public image. The phenomenon is well known in the venture capital (VC) community. Normally a company would only operate in stealth mode for the first couple of years. As investors may have to disclose funding a stealth startup, their names are made public, but often only a general summary description is known about the company.