Top San Francisco Marketplace Startups To Watch: September 2018

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This month we have taken a deep dive into the top San Francisco marketplace startups to watch for in September 2018.

We have looked at traction in market, recruitment brands, new funding rounds and startups you have submitted. Check them out below:


Turo is a car sharing marketplace where travelers can rent any car they want, wherever they want it, from a community of local car owners. Travelers choose from a unique selection of nearby cars, while car owners earn extra money and help fuel the adventures of travelers they meet along the way.

Since its national launch in March 2012, Turo has built a vibrant community of over 2 million owners and travelers. Owners are able to make hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars a month by simply and safely renting out their cars. From A3 to Z4, renters have access to an unparalleled selection of vehicles at prices up to 40% lower than other car rental options, while enjoying the convenience of renting cars where they’re needed: right in their own neighbourhood, at the airport, and everywhere in between.

Backed by top-tier investors, including August Capital, Google Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Canaan Partners, and Trinity Ventures, Turo is currently available in 2100+ cities and 300+ airports throughout the United States. With a talented, dedicated team, we’re changing the way people think about travel.


DoorDash provides on-demand restaurant food delivery services connecting customers with local businesses in over 1,200 cities across the US and Canada. Door Dash has raised around $972 Million to date.

Andy Fang, Evan Moore, Stanley Tang, and Tony Xu founded Palo Alto Delivery in June 2013, which became DoorDash, Inc. in October 2014, with its headquarters based in San Francisco in California.


Founded in 2013, ClassPass is a subscription marketplace that lets users find and book fitness classes. With over 10,000 partners in 50 cities worldwide, ClassPass connects members to a variety of fitness experiences, including yoga, cycling, Pilates, barre, running, strength training, dance, sports, videos and more.

Recognized as one of Forbes's Next Billion Dollar Startups, ClassPass leverages proprietary technology to dynamically merchandise and surface over a million fitness classes for a seamless booking experience that facilitates discovery.


Snappr is a marketplace for on-demand professional photographers. We connect professional photographers with businesses and consumers who need quality photography for an amazing price.

A Y Combinator Alum and has raised $3 Million to date. 


Postmates is an on-demand logistics provider. With more than 65,000 active Postmates, the company operates the largest on-demand delivery fleet in 44 major US metropolitan markets. Postmates' overall mission is to power local, on-demand logistics focused on fast deliveries from any type of merchant at scale. With collaborations with Starbucks, Chipotle, 7-Eleven, Walgreens and Apple, Postmates is in line with that mission.

The company was founded in 2011 by Bastian Lehmann, Sean Plaice, and Sam Street. The company has raised $278M to date from investors including Tiger Global Management, Slow Ventures, Spark Capital, Founders Fund, Matrix Partners, Scott Banister, Naval Ravikant, Russell Simmons, Thomas Korte, Shervin Pishevar, Kevin Durant and David Sacks.


Workyard is an exclusive network that connects general contractors with top available subs and workers. Join over 30,000 contractors that use Workyard to get the job done.

With around $1 Million raised to date from investors like Blackbird, Startmate and Australia's Alan Jones. 

Doctor On Demand

Doctor On Demand is the next-generation video telemedicine company, offering on-demand and scheduled visits with US-licensed healthcare providers via any smartphone, tablet, or computer.

With solutions for employers, health plans, retail clinics, and health systems, Doctor On Demand is redefining the industry with: 1) Top-rated customer experience; 2) Implementation and Customer Success Directors, as well as 24/7 Customer Support; and 3) Proven healthcare savings from Day 1.

In April 2018, Doctor On Demand raised a further $74 Million, bringing their total funds raised to $160.7 Million. 


Honor, a home care company, is the founder of the Honor Care Network, a pioneering national network of home care providers. Honor is the first company ever to bring scalable workforce management and technology expertise together with the high-touch, personalized care of local homegrown care agencies. 

Working with Care Network Partners, Honor helps older adults live safely and comfortably in their own home by enabling reliable, transparent, high-quality care. Founded in 2015, Honor is now one of the fastest-growing, non-medical home care companies in the U.S., currently providing care to families in California, Texas, and New Mexico.

In May 2018, Honor raised a further $50 Million, bringing their total raised funds to $115 Million. 


Getaround empowers users to instantly rent and drive great cars shared by people in their city. Cars can be rented by the hour, or the day, with a $1M insurance policy and 24/7 roadside assistance included. By using the Getaround app, people skip the lines and paperwork at traditional rental car counters, and the hassle of buying and maintaining a car. 

Powered by Getaround ConnectTM, the patented connected car technology, Getaround creates a fun and safe carsharing experience is without the need to meet the car owner, carry an access card, or coordinate picking up a car key. People share everything from a Prius to a Tesla and earn thousands in extra income each year, offsetting the high cost of car ownership while also making a positive impact on the environment.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Getaround has thousands of cars available throughout major metropolitan areas across the United States. Existing investors in Getaround include Menlo Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, Asset Plus, Triangle Peak Partners, SPARX Group, Toyota Motor Corporation, Cox Automotive Inc., and SAIC Capital.


Zeel is not only the first mobile Massage On Demand company, with over 9,000 therapists in 85+ cities (and counting), they are one of the largest too. Having raised a total funds of $13.2 Million.

Zeel delivers the best licensed massage therapists to your home, hotel, workplace, or event. Book your Zeel massage as little as an hour ahead of time, or up to a month in advance. With Zeel, you get everything you want in a massage: quality, convenience, access, value, and security. Massages from Zeel are the best massages.


Outdoorsy is the first fully insured peer-to-peer RV sharing marketplace. At Outdoorsy, they're on a mission: They believe everyone should have the access, choice and opportunity to get outdoors. They don’t own a fleet of identical, anonymous RVs that have seen millions of miles. 

They are a peer-to-peer marketplace, mobilizing the 18+ million underutilized, idle RVs around the world, ensuring everyone has the access, choice and opportunity to safely enjoy outdoor recreational vehicle travel and empowering RV owners to realize financial benefits.

As of February 2018, Outdoorsy raised a Series B round of $25 Million. Taking their total known funds raised to $25.1 Million (with two undisclosed rounds). 


Peerspace operates a marketplace for companies and individuals looking for short-term work spaces. Its platform enables users to search, message, and book various spaces that include corporate and private event spaces, photo studios, artist spaces, conference rooms, industrial-chic event spaces, daylight photo studios, video sound stage and photography studios, production studios, converted warehouses, train stations, photo and video spaces, sports car museum event spaces, and courtyards.

Peerspace serves customers in San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Austin, and Chicago. Matt Bendett and Rony Chammas founded the company, with its headquarters in San Francisco in California. The company raised a Series B in July 2018, bringing the total raised funds to $34.8 Million. 


IfOnly is a marketplace for incredible experiences. From unique everyday offerings with local experts to once-in-a-lifetime connections with lauded luminaries, IfOnly provides access to a curated selection of extraordinary experiences that benefit worthy causes around the world.

Members enjoy amazing experiences that help them do something incredible every weekend. Engage with athletes, epicureans, artists, musicians, designers, and others who inspire shared interests, foster lasting memories, and benefit impactful causes.

Luminaries can share their talent and build their business on the IfOnly marketplace. From meeting premium clientele to promoting their experiences in a curated, safe environment, top luminaries trust IfOnly to help them build their brand while benefiting important causes. 

As of April 2018, the company raised a Series D of $20 Million, bringing the total raised finds to $51.6 Million. 


With over 100M downloads and 400M listings, letgo is the biggest and fastest growing app to buy and sell locally. One of America’s most popular apps, letgo’s marketplace is filled with everything from electronics, cars and collectibles to housing, clothing and furniture. 

With innovative features like image recognition, video listings and letgo Reveal, the free app makes it easy to list what you don’t need and find great deals nearby on anything you do. Listing something is as simple as taking a photo because letgo’s technology automatically suggests a title, price and category. 

letgo was founded in 2015 by Alec Oxenford and Jordi Castello, with cofounder Enrique Linares joining soon after. as of August 2018, the company raised a Series E of $500 Million, bringing their total raised funds to $975 Million. 


Puls (formerly CellSavers) is the rapid-response service for the ups and downs of digital life. Puls connects consumers with highly skilled technicians to install, support or repair their smart technology devices anytime, anywhere. Providing services in more than 50 markets, Puls leverages a proprietary technology platform to match customers with the right skilled technician, managing the process from start to finish, with most repairs addressed within 60 minutes. With thousands of 5-star reviews on Facebook and Yelp, Puls goes the extra mile for its customers to ensure exceptional service and guaranteed results.

Founded in 2015 by Itai Hirsch and Eyal Ronen, Puls is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in San Diego and Tel Aviv.