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Entrepreneurs start with an idea and a belief that their vision can have a massive impact. It doesn’t always work out that way. But when it does, the effect can be world-changing: A breakthrough startup can scramble industries, alter how we work and live, and shift talent flows around the world. It’s no wonder that we tend to follow the fortunes of these founders and those who choose to work for them so carefully.
With the LinkedIn Top Startups list, we wanted to provide professionals with a look at the young companies reaching that escape velocity. As always, we started with the data — the billions of actions generated by LinkedIn’s 575 million members — and looked at four pillars in particular: employee growth; jobseeker interest; member engagement with the company and its employees; and how well these startups pulled talent from our 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 Canada. (Check out which startups made the list in the U.S. and stay tuned — we’ll be unveiling lists for more countries in the coming weeks. You can learn more about our methodology at the bottom of this article).
Will these companies continue with their explosive growth and world-changing work? That’s in the hands of the talent flocking to these startups. Maybe you’ll want to put your own hat into the ring. Check out who made the cut and join the conversation using #LinkedInTopStartups.
In bloom: Tulip is a mobile app that helps retail workers assist customers on the shop floor; they can look up products, manage customer information and organize things like home delivery on a mobile or tablet device. Founded in 2013, Tulip has been embraced by retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, Coach and Bonobos. | Global headcount: 180 | Headquarters: Toronto | On the scent: U.S. venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers certainly sees a future for tech-savvy retail assistants, investing US$40 million into Tulip in August 2017. | Read more: How retail startups are turning the “retailpocalypse” tide.