Companies and Jobs That Didn’t Exist 5 Years Ago

According to, the following companies are less than five years old and are worth billions.  With the advance in technologies, companies are able to go from zero to billions in a short time, reducing the cycle time that it normally takes a startup to make $1 million.

Companies – keep on zooming!

1. Snapchat – Founded 2011.  Valuation $16 billion

Evan Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University just a couple credits shy of a degree to create Snapchat, the multimedia mobile-messaging app.  Snapchat has received $1.19 billion in funding after eight rounds from investors, including Alibaba, Kleiner Perkins, Coatue Management, IVP, Benchmark, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. This year, the company has unveiled its first revenue product, Discover, which lets a selected group of partnering media companies air daily content on Snapchat.

2. Honest Company – Founded 2011.  Valuation $1.2 billion

Jessica Alba, an actress, mother, and entrepreneur, cofounded The Honest Company because she couldn’t find any high-quality eco-friendly baby products when she was a new mom.  The company makes and sells non-toxic diapers, cleaning products, prenatal supplements, and cribs. It’s also a certified B Corporation. The Honest Company has raised $220 million in funding and has a valuation of $1.7 billion.

3. DraftKings – Founded 2011.  Valuation $1.2 billion

DraftKings is a $1.2 billion daily fantasy-sports site that lets its users bet real money on their teams. You may have seen its ubiquitous TV advertisements telling you about how some of its members have cashed out crazy sums of money using DraftKings.

4. Uptake – Founded 2014.  Valuation $1.1 billion

Cofounded by Groupon founders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, Uptake is a billion-dollar Internet of Things startup. The company provides analytics for major industries, with the eventual goal of helping fields like gas and construction cut costs. One of the company’s biggest partnerships is with Caterpillar.

“Eliminating unplanned downtime is the aspiration of the industrial Internet,” Keywell, uptake’s CEO, told Fortune earlier this year. “The benefit is not tens of millions of dollars, it’s hundreds of millions of dollars of increased revenue and profitability.” The Chicago-based startup has more than 300 employees.

5. Vox Media – Founded 2011.  Valuation $1 billion

Vox Media, the company that owns The Verge, Curbed, SB Nation,, and Eater, added another site to its arsenal in June: 18-month-old Re/code. A tech-news publication founded by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher in 2014, it is predicted to bring in $12 million this year, Business Insider reported at the time of the acquisition.  In addition to purchasing Re/code, Vox Media received a $200 million investment from NBCUniversal in August. The investment is reportedly part of a push by NBC to connect with millennial audiences, Re/code reported at the time, but it’s a good sign for Vox Media any way you slice it.


  • Director of Analytics – Analytics directors oversee teams that examine data and look for patterns to help make business and policy decisions. (
  • SEO Strategist – Although Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has been around for most of the past decade, it has become increasingly important to modern day companies. SEO refers to techniques that maximize a website’s search engine ranking and, ideally, place it on the first page of search results. (
  • Social Media Manager – Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn have experienced an explosion in popularity in the past five years. Companies and individuals who want to leverage social media work with social media managers to create an online brand identity. (
  • Blogger – What began as online journaling has become a new form of journalism. Professional bloggers create posts that may be informational, editorial or commercial.  (

LinkedIn Talent Blog – job titles

·       IOS and Android Developer

·       Zumba Instructor

·       UI/UX Designer

In the past five years, these companies and jobs have become such a part of our lives and vocabulary it seems they have been around forever.  Imagine the jobs that have not yet been created!