2018 LinkedIn Top Startups in Infrastructure

Today, LinkedIn published its top 50 startups list.

Five of those startups could shakeup infrastructure – from improving supply chain and logistics, to vertically integrating services to optimize all aspects of the construction cycle.

“A breakthrough startup can scramble industries, alter how we work and live, and shift talent flows around the world,” wrote Daniel Roth, LinkedIn’s editor in chief. “It’s no wonder that we tend to follow the fortunes of these founders and those who choose to work for them so carefully.”

Daniel Roth, LinkedIn Editor-in-Chief

To generate the list, LinkedIn started with the data — the billions of actions generated by its 575 million members — and looked at four pillars in particular: employee growth; job-seeker interest; member engagement with the company and its employees; and how well these startups pulled talent from their flagship LinkedIn Top Companies list.

“In other words, which startups are commanding the attention and working hours of top talent? To be eligible for Top Startups, companies must be 7 years old or younger, have at least 50 employees, be privately held and headquartered in the U.S.” Roth added.

You could read LinkedIn’s complete list of 50 startups here.

Here are the 5 startups which could deeply impact infrastructure:


Global headcount: 130

Headquarters: San Francisco

Noodle.ai offers “A.I. as a service,” helping clients optimize decisions through its algorithms and machine-learning tools. An airline used the 2-year-old startup’s computing platform to better price flights; others turn to it to cut waste from supply chains. Led by a former IBM Watson executive, Noodle.ai raised $35 million in June, more than tripling its total funding.


Global headcount: 850

Headquarters: San Francisco

Flexport led the charge to digitize freight forwarding, helping companies easily track packages, ship faster and now navigate new tariffs. It tripled revenue and delivered more than $3.8 billion worth of goods for 15,000 companies last year.  The 5-year-old company plans to hire more than 500 employees across its nine offices by the end of 2018.


Global headcount: 485

Headquarters: San Francisco

Samsara’s sensors and software for the shipping industry can track everything from real-time location and temperature to whether a fleet driver is distracted. The IoT startup is adding over 1,700 new customers each quarter as more companies look to go autonomous and minimize accidents. Samsara has hired over 50 employees from LinkedIn Top Companies — over half of those, including the company’s founders, are Cisco alums.


Global headcount: 300

Headquarters: Seattle

Convoy’s software makes sure no truck is ever driving empty. The 3-year-old startup has carved out a network of 10,000 trucking companies leveraged by 300 businesses, including giants like Unilever and Anheuser-Busch. Last year, Convoy raised a $62 million Series B round, one of the largest funding rounds for a startup in the trucking space.


Global headcount: 4,000

Headquarters: Menlo Park, Calif.

Construction tech startup Katerra is combining expertise across design, manufacturing, technology and more to provide its clients with vertically integrated services to optimize all aspects of the construction cycle. SoftBank recently poured $865 million into this “one-stop shop” that’s streamlining an otherwise fractured industry. Katerra is valued at more than $3 billion today.

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