Introducing Boston's Top 100 tech companies

November 7, 2017

built in boston top 100

Boston’s tech sector is booming. 

The city’s 100 biggest digital tech companies alone employ 37,537 people — a number bolstered by massive pillar tech companies as well as up-and-comers.  

Boston’s biggest tech companies

Competition to make the Top 100 list, which ranks the Boston area’s biggest local digital tech employers by employee count, was tight, with ZeroTurnaround, Genuine and Jibo tied for 100th place reporting 103 employees each.

Several of the city’s fastest-growing startups, including QuickPivot, ThreatStack and OnShape, landed just shy of the list.

boston top 100 tech companies employee total

Growth driven by big brands (and some surprising industries)

Unsurprisingly, megalith brands like Wayfair, TripAdvisor and HubSpot made the top 10, all with employee numbers over 1,000. Notably, considering how Boston isn't traditionally known for its consumer tech, e-commerce titan Wayfair claimed this year's first spot.

Several companies reported headcounts in the hundreds, including homegrown companies like iRobot and Constant Contact as well as CarGurus and Rapid7. Cybersecurity, a fast-growing industry in Boston, also saw a large portion of the list, with at least 10 cybersecurity companies making the Top 100 with a total of 4,102 employees.

Young companies help fuel the ecosystem’s growth

Nine percent of this year’s top 100 companies were founded in 2012 or later. Top 100 startups founded within the past five years employ a total of 1,519 people in Boston. Moreover, 32 percent of the companies on the list were founded in the past decade.

The youngest company to make the list was Desktop Metal, founded in 2015, followed by eight companies all founded in 2012: Draftkings, Jibo, DataRobot, Paint Nite, Salsify, Cybereason, edX and CloudHealth Technologies.

boston top 100 founded in 2012

 

wayfair boston tech company

Rank: 1 | Employees: 2,927 | Founded: 2002 | E-commerce  

 

Rank: 2 | Employees: 2,558 | Founded: 1984 | Software  

 

Rank: 3 | Employees: 2,351 | Founded: 1997 | Healthtech  

 

akamai technologies boston tech company

Rank: 4 | Employees: 1,981 | Founded: 1998 | Cloud

 

Rank: 5 | Employees: 1,550 | Founded: 1977 | Software 

 

tripadvisor boston technology company

Rank: 6 | Employees: 1,122 | Founded: 2000 | Travel

 

hubspot boston technology company

Rank: 7 | Employees: 1,000 | Founded: 2006 | Marketing

 

ptc boston technology company

Rank: 8 | Employees: 969 | Founded: 1985 | Software

 

pegasystems boston technology company

Rank: 9 | Employees: 842 | Founded: 1983 | Software

 

irobot boston tech company

Rank: 10 | Employees: 800 | Founded: 1990 | Robotics

 

Rank: 11 | Employees: 791 | Founded: 1951 | Cybersecurity  

 

logmein boston tech company

Rank: 12 | Employees: 705 | Founded: 2003 | Customer service

 

Rank: 13 | Employees: 569 | Founded: 1995 | Marketing

 

Rank: 14 | Employees: 550 | Founded: 2006 | Cybersecurity  

 

Rank: 15 | Employees: 511 | Founded: 1990 | Marketing

 

intersystems boston tech company

Rank: 16 | Employees: 509 | Founded: 1978 | Software

 

agero boston tech company

Rank: 17 | Employees: 508 | Founded: 1972 | Software

 

Rank: 17 | Employees: 508 | Founded: 1981 | Software  

 

carbon black boston tech company

Rank: 19 | Employees: 494 | Founded: 2002 | Cybersecurity

 

Rank: 20 | Employees: 486 | Founded: 2000 | Cybersecurity

 

cargurus boston tech company

Rank: 21 | Employees: 470 | Founded: 2006| Automotive

 

simplisafe boston tech company

Rank: 22 | Employees: 450 | Founded: 2006 | IoT

 

Rank: 23 | Employees: 400 | Founded: 1999 | Cybersecurity

 

toast boston tech company

Rank: 23* | Employees: 400 | Founded: 2012 | Point of sale

 

Rank: 24 | Employees: 357 | Founded: 2007 | E-commerce

 

symbiotic boston tech company

Rank: 25 | Employees: 343 | Founded: 2005 | Robotics

 

acquia boston tech company

Rank: 26 | Employees: 325 | Founded: 2007 | Cloud

 

Rank: 27 | Employees: 324 | Founded: 1978 | Software  

 

draftkings boston tech company

Rank: 28 | Employees: 314 | Founded: 2012 | Gaming

 

Rank: 29 | Employees: 305 | Founded: 2001 | Data analytics

 

Rank: 30 | Employees: 304 | Founded: 2002 | Cybersecurity

 

Rank: 31 | Employees: 290 | Founded: 2002 | Healthtech

 

brightcove bos

Rank: 32 | Employees: 287 | Founded: 2004 | Video

 

Rank: 33 | Employees: 277 | Founded: 2006 | Healthtech

 

Rank: 34 | Employees: 275 | Founded: 2012 | B2B    

 

fuze boston tech company

Rank: 35 | Employees: 265 | Founded: 2006 | Productivity

 

vestmark boston tech company

Rank: 36 | Employees: 309* | Founded: 2001 | Fintech

 

best doctors boston tech

Rank: 37 | Employees: 255 | Founded: 1998 | Healthtech

 

formlabs boston tech company

Rank: 38 | Employees: 250 | Founded: 2011 | 3D printing

 

kayak boston tech company

Rank: 39 | Employees: 231 | Founded: 2004 | Travel

 

tracelink boston tech company

Rank: 40 | Employees: 228 | Founded: 2009 | Supply chain

 

care dot com

Rank: 41 | Employees: 227 | Founded: 2006 | Marketplace

 

lionbridge boston tech company

Rank: 42 | Employees: 224 | Founded: 1996 | Edtech

 

shoes dot com boston tech

Rank: 43 | Employees: 220 | Founded: 1996 | E-commerce

 

Rank: 44 | Employees: 218 | Founded: 2002 | Communication  

 

bullhorn boston tech company

Rank: 45 | Employees: 216 | Founded: 1999 | CRM

 

ezcater boston tech company

Rank: 46 | Employees: 215 | Founded: 2007 | Food

 

Rank: 47 | Employees: 210 | Founded: 1999 | Software

 

Rank: 48 | Employees: 208 | Founded: 1990 | Software

 

virgin pulse boston tech company

Rank: 49 | Employees: 200 | Founded: 2004 | Healthtech

 

Rank: 49 | Employees: 200 | Founded: 2012 | Cloud

 

everquote bostton tech company

Rank: 51 | Employees: 198 | Founded: 2011 | Insurance

 

wordstream boston tech company

Rank: 52 | Employees: 197 | Founded: 2007 | Marketing

 

levelup boston tech company

Rank: 53 | Employees: 196 | Founded: 2008 | Payments

 

cayan boston tech company

Rank: 54 | Employees: 191 | Founded: 1998 | Fintech

 

Rank: 55 | Employees: 190 | Founded: 2003 | Cybersecurity

 

thrivehive boston tech company

Rank: 55 | Employees: 190 | Founded: 2011 | Adtech

 

turbonomic boston tech company

Rank: 57 | Employees: 182 | Founded: 2009 | Cloud

 

Rank: 58 | Employees: 181 | Founded: 1991 | Sales enablement

 

Rank: 58 | Employees: 181 | Founded: 1999 | Transportation

 

Rank: 60 | Employees: 180 | Founded: 2012 | Edtech

 

zerto boston tech company

Rank: 61 | Employees: 178 | Founded: 2009 | B2B

 

Interactions boston tech company

Rank: 62 | Employees: 175 | Founded: 2004 | Artificial intelligence

 

smartbear boston tech company

Rank: 62 | Employees: 175 | Founded: 1999 | Software

 

Rank: 64 | Employees: 169 | Founded: 2015 | 3D printing

 

Rank: 65 | Employees: 165 | Founded: 2009 | Adtech

 

zoominfo boston tech company

Rank: 65 | Employees: 165 | Founded: 2000 | Recruiting

 

Rank: 65 | Employees: 165 | Founded: 2004 | Healthtech

 

Rank: 68 | Employees: 160 | Founded: 2012 | Software

 

cybereason boston tech company

Rank: 68 | Employees: 160 | Founded: 2012 | Cybersecurity

 

Rank: 70 | Employees: 158 | Founded: 2008 | Healthtech

 

Rank: 71 | Employees: 157 | Founded: 2008 | Real estate

 

skyword boston tech company

Rank: 72 | Employees: 156 | Founded: 2010 | Marketing 

 

Rank: 73 | Employees: 153 | Founded: 1993 | B2B

 

Rank: 74 | Employees: 150 | Founded: 2009 | Data analytics

 

intrepid pursuits

Rank: 74 | Employees: 150 | Founded: 2010 | Mobile

 

Rank: 76 | Employees: 148 | Founded: 1994 | Gaming

 

Rank: 77 | Employees: 147 | Founded: 2004 | Network management

 

Rank: 78 | Employees: 140 | Founded: 2005 | Software

 

Rank: 79 | Employees: 134 | Founded: 1990 | Edtech

 

Rank: 80 | Employees: 131 | Founded: 1990 | HR  

 

ipswitch boston tech company

Rank: 81 | Employees: 130 | Founded: 1991 | Software

 

Rank: 81 | Employees: 130 | Founded: 2011 | Cybersecurity

 

shyft analytics boston tech company

Rank: 81 | Employees: 130 | Founded: 2002 | Healthtech

 

Rank: 84 | Employees: 125 | Founded: 2012 | Consumer  

 

Rank: 85 | Employees: 122 | Founded: 2010 | Data analytics

 

experian data quality boston tech company

Rank: 85 | Employees: 122 | Founded: 1996 | Data analytics

 

crimson hexagon boston tech company

Rank: 87 | Employees: 121 | Founded: 2007 | Data analytics

 

Rank: 88 | Employees: 120 | Founded: 2007 | Software

 

Rank: 88 | Employees: 120 | Founded: 1998 | Adtech  

 

anaqua boston tech company

Rank: 88 | Employees: 120 | Founded: 2004 | Software

 

Rank: 91 | Employees: 117 | Founded: 1995 | B2B

 

Rank: 92 | Employees: 115 | Founded: 2000 | Software  

 

Rank: 93 | Employees: |110  Founded: 2001 | Software

 

Rank: 93 | Employees: 110 | Founded: 1983 | Data analytics

 

Rank: 95 | Employees: 109 | Founded: 2004 | Social media

 

Rank: 96 | Employees: 108 | Founded: 2012 | Machine learning

 

Rank: 97 | Employees: 107 | Founded: 2005 | Rewards

 

Rank: 98 | Employees: 106 | Founded: 2010 | Big data

 

Rank: 99 | Employees: 105 | Founded: 2008 | Data

 

Rank: 100 | Employees: 103 | Founded: 2007 | Software

 

Rank: 100 | Employees: 103 | Founded: 2005 | Web development

 

Rank: 100 | Employees: 103 | Founded: 2012 | Robotics

 

boston top 100 tech companies

* Vestmark's employee count has been updated to 309, up from 263, based on additional information provided by the company. Toast, tied with CyberArk for number 23, was wrongfully omitted from the initial version of the list. We regret the error.

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Built In Boston’s Top 100 is a ranking of the largest digital tech employers in the Boston metropolitan area based on local, full-time employee count as of September 1, 2017. This ranking is compiled by submissions to the Built In Boston website and market survey as well as press releases, news coverage and other publicly available data.

To be eligible for inclusion, a company must be based in the Boston area and its primary business and industry must be digital technology/innovation, including web and mobile applications, software, IoT, e-commerce, VR/AR and digital agency work. Employee numbers only include workers in Boston counties and do not count part-time employees, interns, contractors or non-W2 workers. Both private and public companies have been surveyed.

Some companies that may have been eligible have been excluded because they have self-opted to not disclose headcount or have not supplied the required information requested in the survey.

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