2019's upcoming IPOs: Who and where they're hiring

1 month ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Features, Trends

There are many reasons to work for a startup: the small teams, opportunities to learn and grow, and, let's be real: the opportunity to get in on the financial ground floor of a company that may one day go public.

But going public is rare. Most startups either fail before they IPO, or they simply remain private. 2019 will be no different. But for eight companies, 2019 looks to be the year they will finally IPO. Those companies include Uber ($UBER), Lyft ($LYFT), Airbnb ($AIRBNB), CrowdStrike ($CROWDSTRIKE), Peloton ($PELOTON), Slack ($SLACK), Pinterest ($PINTEREST), and Postmates ($POSTMATES).

No one knows exactly how each company's IPO will perform. But we at Thinknum do know how they've been investing in human capital as they look to bring the public into their ownership fold.

With that, here is the Thinknum 2019 pre-IPO Startup Index. Part One: Jobs.

Overall hiring

Timing for these eight companys' IPOs is staggered throughout 2019, but one thing is clear: across the board, hiring is up. At the beginning of 2018, openings totaled about 1,870 across the eight companies. But by the end of that year, openings doubled to about 3,700.

As of February 24, 2019, Uber has, by far, the most job openings among the companies. In fact, it lists roughly 5x the number of openings as Lyft.

Who's in demand

Given Uber's rapid growth in new cities, the most common job category across all companies is for "City Operations, Operations & Launch" followed by "Community Operations, Global Community Operations". 

Category

Title (Count)

City Operations, Operations & Launch

338

Community Operations, Global Community Operations

311

Sales, Business & Sales

193

Engineering

188

Sales

123

Central Marketing, Marketing

105

Software Engineering, Advanced Technologies Group

70

Recruiting, People Operations

60

Product Management, Product

59

People, People Operations

57

Legal

56

Data Science, Engineering

53

Engineering Security, Safety & Security

48

Backend, Engineering

45

Business Development, Business & Sales

43

Accounting, Finance & Accounting

28

Launch, Operations & Launch

28

Local Marketing, Marketing

26

Design

24

Hardware Engineering & Vehicle Programs, Advanced Technologi ...

22

Because of Uber's massive hiring, its "Sales, Business & Sales" category also takes spot three. However, in a close fourth place we see a clear demand for Engineering and Sales positions. After all, if a startup is to have a successful IPO, it must show that it has solid technology laced with strong demand and subsequent revenue.

Where the jobs are

It won't come as much of a surprise to anyone that the most in-demand city when it comes to openings at our startup index is San Francisco. In fact, it leads by far. We show 1,296 openings in San Francisco with New York in a distant second with 248 openings, followed by Amsterdam with 127.

City

Title (Count)

San Francisco

1296

New York

248

Amsterdam

127

Seattle

107

Palo Alto

97

Chicago

94

Pittsburgh

79

Mexico City

75

London

73

Dublin

69

Hyderabad

63

Sao Paulo

52

Remote

49

Toronto

42

Sydney

42

Paris

37

Nashville

36

Bangalore

31

Denver

31

Taguig City

24

Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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