5 Seattle Companies to Follow This Fall

From a fast-growing healthtech company to a stalwart in the green energy software space, these are the names you need to know.

Written by Lucas Dean
Published on Aug. 30, 2023
5 Seattle Companies to Follow This Fall
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It seems like every few months, a new list comes out that names Seattle as one of the country’s top tech markets. This time it’s commercial real estate firm CBRE, whose 2023 Scoring Tech Talent report ranked the Emerald City second only to San Francisco for tech talent in North America. 

While the region’s major tech companies play a large role in cementing Seattle’s status as one of the premier destinations for tech workers, not everyone has dreams of working for Microsoft, Amazon or Tableau. There are plenty of other companies whose missions, technology and cultures draw people to Seattle, and we’re highlighting five of them here. 

Continue reading to learn more about five local companies we’re following this fall, all of which should have your attention too.


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What Healthcare Management Administrators does: Healthcare Management Administrators works with companies to create customized health plans.

The Perks: 

  • One yearly paid volunteer day and an annual charitable donation match of up to $1,000
  • A 401(k) match and performance bonuses
  • A home office stipend for remote employees
  • Access to online professional development courses

Remote work-life balance: HMA has fully remote teams, and the company’s leaders take an active role in ensuring their employees maintain a positive work-life balance. For Ryan Boyce, senior manager, claims operations, that means replacing emails with calls or quick chat messages. It also means putting meetings under a microscope. “Meetings can be a significant time commitment during a week and having clear agendas and appropriate attendees is important,” Boyce told Built In Seattle in a recent interview. “I ask my team to evaluate their contributions in meetings and the value delivered to ensure we have the right attendance and support.”


What Optimize Health Does: Optimize Health provides a single platform for healthcare providers to manage remote patient monitoring, chronic care management and principal care management.

The Perks:

  • A home office stipend of up to $750
  • An unlimited vacation policy
  • Family medical leave and generous parental leave
  • A 401(k), company equity and performance bonuses

Fast 5(000): Optimize Health was named to Inc. Magazine’s 2023 Inc. 5000 list. The list ranks the country’s fastest-growing, privately held companies by percentage revenue growth from the past three years. Optimize Health came in at number 679 after growing its revenue by 869 percent.

What Clean Power Research does: Utilities and solar providers use Clean Power Research’s technology to boost consumer uptake of green energy and the deployment of solar power.

The Perks: 

  • Annual performance bonuses, a 401(k) with a 4 percent match and company equity
  • Relocation assistance
  • An internal mentorship program, the ability to attend job-related conferences and seminars and funding for paid industry certifications
  • Between 15 and 25 days of paid time off per year based on years of service


Grow into a leader: Clean Power Research makes professional development a priority, which is evidenced by its tech team. In a February interview, VP of Engineering Carlos Brito told Built In Seattle that the majority of the company’s engineering leaders are homegrown, himself included. “We believe that providing our employees with the necessary support to help them grow in their careers is essential for our success as a company,” Brito said. 


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What Snap! Mobile does: Snap! Mobile is an online fundraising platform for school teachers and coaches.

Ready player one: In January, Snap! Mobile announced a partnership with youth e-sports platform Vanta. Vanta helps schools set up e-sports clubs and teams, and its partnership with Snap! Mobile will enable schools to raise money for their e-sports initiatives. “The resources required to start an [e-sports] program can be expensive, resulting in many schools being unable to find sufficient funding,” said Snap! Mobile CEO Cole Morgan in a press release. “Our partnership with Vanta provides a way to offset the cost of coaching, technology and development camps to make e-sports more accessible.”


What RealSelf does: RealSelf provides detailed information on cosmetic medical procedures, as well as patient reviews, and connects readers with local doctors.

The Perks:

  • Up to 12 weeks of parental leave for primary caregivers and six weeks of leave for secondary caregivers
  • A monthly $50 work-from-home stipend
  • 22 days of paid time off per year
  • A monthly $50 work-from-home stipend

Empowered to grow: Mike Sanker joined RealSelf In January 2021 as a senior data analyst. He’s since been promoted to analytics lead/manager and shared RealSelf’s approach to helping employees grow with Built In Seattle. “RealSelf empowers their employees to continually develop their skills while moving the business forward,” Sanker said. “We’re given space to experiment, push boundaries and grow. We learn from and teach each other, with authenticity and respect. ”

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