Breakout Startups for 2020 by Xpo Network

The Definite List of Companies you should explore if you are looking to move


This is Ankit here and I am back with the last edition of Breakout Startups for the year 2019 and today we are talking about companies you should consider if you are looking to move to a breakout company in 2020.

Read on :)

About Xpo

Xpo is a talent network built for Engineers by Engineers. We help ambitious engineers find breakout companies to work by researching startups from them. 

Why We Started Writing Breakout Startups

Here’s what Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, told Sheryl Sandberg when she was hunting for a job,

Get on a rocket ship. When companies are growing quickly and they are having a lot of impact, careers take care of themselves. And when companies aren’t growing quickly or their missions don’t matter as much, that’s when stagnation and politics come in. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.

Sheryl has a knack of finding rocketships. First, she found Google, then helped Facebook become a “mature company”.

However, finding a rocketship company is not easy. It usually requires two things(As Naval Ravikant says)s:-

  1. Research

  2. Networking

Out of these two points, Networking has become relatively easier with the advent of Twitter.

It’s the research that matters.

Breakout Startups Is an attempt to solve for research catering to people who want to get in on rocketships.

Andy Rachleff, Cofounder of Benchmark & Wealthfront, says something similar,

I prefer to see them take their first jobs after graduation at midsized companies with momentum, not startups, because they are the companies most likely to be big successes.

How do you find startups with momentum? How do you find startups that are doubling employees every year? How do you find startups who are growing at the speed of a rocketship YoY?

How do you define a Breakout Startup?

A Breakout Startup is something which is growing fast and fits into any of these descriptions-

  • It’s at the forefront of a growing industry. Example; Webflow, Zapier

  • It’s disrupting the normal way of doing things. Example; Superhuman, Mercury

  • It’s building an entirely new thing for the Internet and is growing fast. Example; Fast.

So far, we have covered over 24 startups who are doing stuff ranging from making Bitcoin Decentralization to competing with industry heavyweights such as JIRA.

Here are some of our favorite startups 👇


Superhuman is the fastest email experience ever made. It’s what Gmail would be if it were built today, not 15 years ago.

Read Our Memo👉 Superhuman: Xpo Network- Breakout Companies Memo #2


Substack is building a subscription platform for independent writers to publish newsletters.

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Companies Memo #4- Substack


Linear is an issue tracking tool aiming to replace JIRA.

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startups Memo #18- Linear


Mercury is disrupting banking for startups.

Read our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #21- Mercury


Retool enables you to build internal tools in minutes instead of hours.

Read our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #16- Retool


Fast is planning to eliminate passwords on the Internet.

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #22- Fast


Clarisights is helping marketers make sense of data in a beautiful manner.

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #20- Clarisights


The Startup solving Bitcoin Centralization

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #19- Layer1


The Startup building the future of API first software.

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startup #15- Postman


The tool helping you automate all the things

Read our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #17- Zapier


The startup building the Netflix of Education

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Companies Memo #5- Outschool


The company building the OS for Employee Management

Read our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #14- Rippling


The startup aiming to replace the Microsoft Powerpoint

Read our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #13- Pitch


The product taking over the Podcast Community.

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #12- Descript


The company disrupting the document.

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #11- Coda


The Startup which brought Google Docs-like Collaboration to the Design Process

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Companies Memo #3- Figma


The Number 1 Push Notification service for Websites and Mobile apps.

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Companies MEMO #6- OneSignal


The company that heralded the No-Code Revolution.

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Companies #7- Webflow


GitLab is an open-core billion-dollar company 850 Member company without an HQ. 

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #8- GitLab


Notion is an all-in-one workplace app aiming to become the hub for all knowledge work. 

Read Our Memo👉 Notion: Breakout Jobs Memo #1


Clearbit is aiming to become AWS for Data.

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startups MEMO #9- Clearbit


If Slack is Goliath, Mattermost is David. 

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startups#23- Mattermost


Odoo is an open-sourced competitor to SAP and perhaps the most underrated open core company out there. 

Read Our Memo👉 Breakout Startups #24- Odoo

Over the last few months, we have got some amazing love from our audience and we couldn’t be more grateful for that 😄

Not just this, we also got to Front Page of Hacker News twice and that was perhaps our breakout moment 😄

Closing the loop, we are going to be launching more exciting things in the coming months and I recommend staying updated with it by subscribing to Breakout Startups. 

What would you like to see in Breakout Startups in 2020? Let us know by tweeting to us at @Xpo_Network

See you next week and Happy New Year😄