Startups are a natural place to look to for new ideas and innovation. Over the past year and a half, professionals across India have been pushed to reconsider the way they live and work in the path of the pandemic. With economic recovery starting to happen at different paces across industries, many professionals are looking for something new, asking themselves: “What’s next?” 

To put together this year’s rankings, we looked at LinkedIn data across four pillars: employee growth; jobseeker interest; member engagement with the company and its employees; and how well these startups pulled talent from our flagship LinkedIn Top Companies list.

Most importantly, this list is meant to be an aid for you. If you feel like a startup is the right twitch for your next opportunity, take a look at who you may know at each company, see what jobs are currently open or dig into a LinkedIn Learning course on one of the top skills among employees.

1.UNACADEMY

Full-time headcount: 5,000 

Headquarters: Bengaluru; Year founded: 2015 |

Most common skills: C (Programming Language)C++, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 

Most common job titles: Teacher, Senior Business Development Executive, Sales Manager 

What you should knowUnacademy – which bills itself as the “Netflix of education” – has seen its valuation soar to $3.44 billion as the company eyes new categories like up-skilling, hiring and creator-led courses. The SoftBank-backed startup has rolled out stock options to reward its teachers for loyalty and plans to give out nearly $40 million in grants over the next few years.

2.UDAAN

Internet

Full-time headcount: 4,500 | 

Headquarters: Bengaluru | Year founded: 2016 |

Most common skills: Operations ManagementSupply Chain ManagementMarket Research |

Most common job titles: Business Development Executive, Team Lead, Operations Executive |

What you should know: Three million retailers, 30,000 sellers and 900 cities: that’s the scale of Udaan, which has cornered 80% of India’s B2B e-commerce market by bridging the digital divide for millions of small shops. Revenue has bounced back to pre-second wave levels and the company is targeting 100% year-on-year growth this year.

3.CRED

Internet

Full-time headcount: 400 |

 Headquarters: Bengaluru | Year founded: 2018

Most common skills: JavaSQLPython (Programming Language) |

Most common job titles: Product Specialist, Back End Developer, Software Engineer |

What you should know: Credit card rewards platform CRED grabbed attention after its quirky ads featuring Rahul Dravid and other former cricketers went viral. There are many perks to working at this fintech unicorn: ESOPs for all employees, unlimited leave and salary advance, to name a few.

4.UPGRAD

E-learning

Full-time headcount: 3,350 | 

Headquarters: Mumbai | Year founded: 2015 |

Most common skills: Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Market ResearchC (Programming Language) |

Most common job titles: Senior Admissions Counsellor, Academic Adviser, Business Development Manager |

What you should know: Remote work and rising demand for upskilling have become tailwinds for online educators upGrad, which doubled its learner base in just eight months. A recent entrant into the unicorn club, the Ronnie Screwvala-led startup has upped its merger and acquisitions game and is pushing for international expansion.

5.RAZORPAY

Computer-software

Full-time headcount: 1,890 | 

Headquarters: Bengaluru | Year founded: 2014 |

Most common skills: JavaC (Programming Language)C++ |

Most common job titles: Software Engineer, Junior Analyst, Frontend Engineer |

What you should know: If you do online transactions, chances are you use Razorpay’s payment gateway quite often. The fintech unicorn has had a banner year: it processed $40 billion worth of payments while revenue rose by 40-45% month-on-month throughout 2020. This unprecedented surge in digital transactions has prompted the company to launch new products and hire in large numbers.

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