Observing that a company has made a sudden jump from 10 to 20 employees, or a steady climb from 5 to 50 over the course of a year, can signal an increase in revenue or traction or even an un-announced funding round. Sophisticated investors can even combine employee count trends with funding data to back into an estimate of the company’s revenue or val. But where can you find historical data on company size?
Introducing 6 month employee trends
Today we’re excited to introduce historical employee numbers for over 68,000 companies. Use Mattermark to find companies that are growing their teams the most quickly, as both a rate and an absolute number.
When used in conjunction with our investor, industry and keyword filters, you can quickly find exactly the companies you are looking for, such as the fastest growing Y Combinator SaaS companies that still have fewer than 50 employees.
To add columns for historical employee data to your Mattermark, simply select the “Columns” filter from the All Companies page and then select the employee columns.
And then select the columns you want to include:
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Today startup incubator Y Combinator posted stats about their portfolio, which now spans 716 companies (including 85 in the current batch) who have raised more than $3 Billion in collective funding. At the end of the post YC President Sam Altman noted:
…we don’t keep statistics on total revenue or jobs created, though I expect both numbers would be impressive.
While YC doesn’t track these things, we do. I’ve taken a look at the data we have on YC companies and here’s what I found:
- 267 companies currently have 2 or more employees
- 8,164 people are currently employed by a YC company 
- 121 companies have disclosed an exit (no IPOs, all acquisitions so far)
- 66% of YC companies are based in the Bay Area, followed by New York (7%) and Boston (2%)
- 76 un-exited companies have raised a venture round of funding (Series A or beyond)
- There is a nearly 50/50 split between B2B and B2C startups in the portfolio
- The average Series A stage YC company has 26 employees and has raised $10.2M of funding in its lifetime (median is $7.3M)
Interested in learning more? Login to Mattermark and check out Y Combinator’s portfolio growth, metrics, breakdown, and signals in greater detail.
 The total number is probably much higher, many of these companies do not have LinkedIn pages or employees on LinkedIn, Crunchbase, news, and other sources until they are further along. I think an estimate of 9,000 to 10,000 current jobs created by current YC companies is reasonable.
I was digging around in my old Referly email account today, and happened upon an email update to our investors from over a year ago. It was May 2013, and we didn’t even know we would call our company Mattermark yet. Here’s what it said (typos and all):
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 20:54:45 -0700
Subject: Referly Investor Update – May 2013
From: Danielle Morrill <firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Referly Investors & Advisors,
Since I last emailed we’ve reduced our burn from $50k to $25k/month while Kevin, Andy and I have been validating where we’re headed next. We’re creating a business and technology news publication. Think of it as The Wall Street Journal but written for business people who are 25-45 years old (the average WSJ subscriber is 55). We’ll be focusing on data driven stories, technical analysis and occasionally breaking news. We are particularly interested in covering B2B and developer products, Kickstarter campaigns, and other under exposed news areas.
We’ve also started developing our own version of Bloomberg for startups – storing information on 145,000 businesses and ranking the momentum of private companies based on external signals. We’re calling it the Startup Index, and you can see the April version here.
It took 8 people 9 months to get Referly to 135K pageviews a month, but with just our team of 3 we have beat that for the past 2 months with experiments on daniellemorrill.com, and are planning to launch a standalone site soon (name TBD).
Fortunately we have 13 months of runway left, and a few of you have asked whether we will be open to raising additional funding for this new direction. We have opened a new convertible note for $500k, and about half of this committed. If you are interested in investing in this note, please let me know.
We’ll be back to our regularly programming of product updates, graphs and progress next month. For now, see the attached screenshot for a sneak peak of what Bloomberg for startups could look like (please keep it confidential this is not launched and no one knows what we are doing yet). This isn’t a mock, it is a working product. If you have time to meet up for coffee I’d love to watch you play with it and give me your feedback.
We’ve continued to refine our vision quite a bit since this announcement and are more data less media these days. You can read a lot more about that in “Introducing Mattermark, the Deal Intelligence Company”