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51 Best News Startups Headquartered in California

51 Best News Startups Headquartered in California

This article showcases Boove’s top picks for the best ‘News’ startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating in the News’ industry, but are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.

We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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1. The Ringer

The idea behind this startup: The Ringer is a digital platform that covers pop culture, technology, and sports.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Content, Media and Entertainment, News, Sports

Founders: Bill Simmons

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2. Substack

The idea behind this startup: Substack makes it simple for a writer to start an email newsletter that makes money from subscriptions.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Email, Media and Entertainment, News, Publishing, Subscription Service

Founders: Christopher Best, Hamish McKenzie, Jairaj Sethi

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3. Castbox

The idea behind this startup: Castbox is a global podcast platform that enables anyone to easily find, access, create and enjoy spoken audio content.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Audio, Media and Entertainment, Mobile, Mobile Apps, News, Podcast

Founders: Renee Wang, Shibin Li, Xiaocong He

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4. Tron

The idea behind this startup: Tron is a decentralized content entertainment protocol based on blockchain technology.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Blockchain, Information Technology, Internet, News

Founders: Justin Sun

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5. Recruitology

The idea behind this startup: Recruitology is a cloud-based platform that uses artificial intelligence to connect employers with the right talent, quickly and efficiently

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Events, Human Resources, Internet, Marketing, News, Publishing, Social Media

Founders: Roberto Angulo

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6. Awareness Act

The idea behind this startup: Awareness Act provides news.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Digital Media, Internet, News

Founders: Unknown

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7. Influencive

The idea behind this startup: Todays leading media brand for online entrepreneurs and influencers

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Advertising, News, Social Media

Founders: Brian D. Evans, Clinton Senkow

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8. Esportz Entertainment Corp

The idea behind this startup: Global Esports News and Media Company – Reuters Global Partner for Esports Reporting

Headquarters: Irvine, California, United States

Industries: Console Games, eSports, Gaming, Media and Entertainment, News, Online Games, PC Games, Sports, Video Games

Founders: Mark Thimmig

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9. Profitboss

The idea behind this startup: Profitboss powers direct online ordering for restaurants through their website.

Headquarters: Beverly Hills, California, United States

Industries: News

Founders: Adam Guild

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10. Pandaily

The idea behind this startup: Pandaily is a tech media based both in Beijing and Silicon Valley. Everything about China’s Innovation.

Headquarters: San Jose, California, United States

Industries: Information Technology, News

Founders: Unknown

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11. Coinpedia

The idea behind this startup: Coinpedia is Cryptocurrency Encyclopedia offering crypto related comprehensive information, News, Events, PR and Bitcoin Event info

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, News

Founders: Unknown

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12. News Revenue Hub

The idea behind this startup: News Revenue Hub is a nonprofit organisation that helps news organizations build financial sustainability

Headquarters: San Diego, California, United States

Industries: News, Non Profit, Social

Founders: Tristan Loper

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13. MedCircle

The idea behind this startup: MedCircle is a San Diego based company redefining the mental health care market

Headquarters: Carlsbad, California, United States

Industries: Content Creators, Content Delivery Network, Digital Media, Health Care, Media and Entertainment, News, Personal Health, Video

Founders: Douglas Colbeth

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14. Capiche

The idea behind this startup: We’re on a mission to end information asymmetry in business software.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Communities, Consumer Reviews, Content, Internet, News, Price Comparison, Social Network

Founders: Austin Smith

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15. The Factual

The idea behind this startup: Facts, not fear. Get the most credible stories across the political spectrum on the trending news topics.

Headquarters: San Mateo, California, United States

Industries: Apps, Education, Internet, News

Founders: Ajoy Sojan, Arjun Moorthy

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16. SIMMER.io

The idea behind this startup: Simmer Industries is a place to discover and share WebGL content on the web.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Apps, Internet, News

Founders: Unknown

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17. Smartereum

The idea behind this startup: A Social Platform for Cryptocurrency Investors & Traders & Analysts.

Headquarters: Santa Clara, California, United States

Industries: Internet, News, Social News

Founders: Mahesh Sashital, Sai Pinnamaneni, Salih Sarikaya

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18. Njus Media

The idea behind this startup: Njus.me is a news app with focus on local news all over Sweden.

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California, United States

Industries: Apps, Local, News

Founders: Rolf Bäck

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19. Happs

The idea behind this startup: Happs is a live streaming news platform that covers top stories from around the world.

Headquarters: Santa Monica, California, United States

Industries: News, Social Media, Social News

Founders: Drew Shepard, Mark Goldman

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20. Faselis Inc.

The idea behind this startup: Faselis is an innovative cloud-based media and client relations management solution, a SaaS platform.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Information Technology, News, SaaS, Small and Medium Businesses, Social Media

Founders: Aydin Sun

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21. L.A. Cannabis News

The idea behind this startup: L.A. Cannabis News is the first media company dedicated to localized cannabis news and events in North America.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Cannabis, Digital Media, Media and Entertainment, News

Founders: Brian Weiss, Talia Rubin

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22. Global Crypto Press Association

The idea behind this startup: Bringing the latest news, honest reporting, and acclaimed investigative report from the cryptocurrency and blockchain world.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment, News

Founders: Ross Davis

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23. OC Startups Now

The idea behind this startup: OC Startups Now is a digital news website providing comprehensive journalistic coverage of the OC startup/innovation ecosystem.

Headquarters: Irvine, California, United States

Industries: Digital Media, Journalism, News

Founders: Deirdre Newman

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24. Newslit

The idea behind this startup: Newslit is a News monitoring tool for breaking news & media content to help businesses hone in their industry, competitors & brands

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Digital Media, News

Founders: Unknown

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25. WaveOne, Inc.

The idea behind this startup: Context-adaptive compression of digital media.

Headquarters: Mountain View, California, United States

Industries: Advertising, Internet, News, Publishing

Founders: Lubomir Bourdev, Oren Rippel

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26. Acciyo

The idea behind this startup: Acciyo uses machine learning to provide automatic context on any news article.

Headquarters: West Hollywood, California, United States

Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology, Internet, Machine Learning, News, Software

Founders: Anum Hussain, Vivian Diep

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27. ReadITQuik

The idea behind this startup: ReadITQuik is the world’s leading source for IT and technology news, research, product comparisons & expert views.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: News

Founders: Abhijit Gangoli

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28. Granite Media

The idea behind this startup: Building a brighter future for professional media.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Digital Media, News, Publishing

Founders: Cleve Pasarell, Danny Khatib, Tony Mamone

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29. tokensquare

The idea behind this startup: Industry specific aggregator and community. Curated news, media, jobs and investment opportunities. Blockchain beta.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Augmented Reality, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cannabis, eSports, News, Social Media, Virtual Currency, Virtual Reality

Founders: Martin Rerak

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30. dot.LA

The idea behind this startup: dot.LA is a digital newsroom covering L.A.’s startup and tech community.

Headquarters: Beverly Hills, California, United States

Industries: News

Founders: Unknown

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31. Pixel Labs

The idea behind this startup: Pixel Labs (Hoodline.com) is a media tech company that powers hyperlocal content discovery in 40 US cities.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Information Services, Information Technology, Location Based Services, News

Founders: Marcos Voltolini, Razmig Hovaghimian

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32. BESE

The idea behind this startup: BESE is shining light on the untold stories that reflect today’s America

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: News, Social Media

Founders: Unknown

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33. Curious Fictions

The idea behind this startup: Curious Fictions is an uncluttered, mobile-friendly site where readers can find stories.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Content, Content Marketing, Internet, Mobile, Mobile Apps, News, Social Media

Founders: Tanya Breshears

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34. The Sentinel

The idea behind this startup: News Magazine

Headquarters: Carlsbad, California, United States

Industries: News

Founders: Unknown

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35. Completed.com

The idea behind this startup: Completed reviews anyone in business and ensures great people get recognition and everyone get trusted feedback.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: News, Professional Networking, Professional Services, Social Media

Founders: Michael Zammuto

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36. WAVE.tv

The idea behind this startup: WAVE.tv is a sports media company for digital native fans.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Media and Entertainment, News, Social, Sports

Founders: Brian Verne, Ishaan Sutaria

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37. Budders

The idea behind this startup: Technology Startup based in San Francisco. We open the doors the an end to end experience thanks to our technology stack

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Delivery, Internet, News, Publishing

Founders: Unknown

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38. Storify News

The idea behind this startup: Understand the World Latest News

Headquarters: Corona, California, United States

Industries: Blogging Platforms, News, Social Network

Founders: Erric Ravi

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39. DataBird Business Journal

The idea behind this startup: Meaningful conversations with entrepreneurs, investors and industry mentors.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Association, Information Technology, News

Founders: Leo Kangin, Maria Kangin

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40. Dorian

The idea behind this startup: Dorian is a no-code platform that allows writers to turn fiction into interactive visual games and generate revenue from their content.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Apps, Mobile Apps, News

Founders: Jordan Lee, Julia Palatovska

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41. Bitcoin

The idea behind this startup: Bitcoin

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Bitcoin, Communications Infrastructure, Education, Hardware, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment, News, Security

Founders: Andrew DeSantis

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42. TruStory

The idea behind this startup: TruStory is a social network that enables productive debate.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Mobile, News, Software

Founders: Preethi Kasireddy

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43. Overlooked

The idea behind this startup: Our mission is to build The Social News Network that ends fake news.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Information Technology, News, Social Media, Social News

Founders: George Sehremelis

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44. ICO Watchdog

The idea behind this startup: ICO Watchdog is the leading authority in the cryptocurrency market helping cryptocurrency investors make smarter, more informed decisions.

Headquarters: Santa Monica, California, United States

Industries: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Finance, Financial Services, FinTech, News

Founders: Shaun Newsum

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45. Pressful

The idea behind this startup: A simple way to showcase your brand, start up, or announce your news with a journalist video interview.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Broadcasting, Content, Internet, Media and Entertainment, News, Public Relations, Video

Founders: Sky Palmer

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46. Varriant

The idea behind this startup: Varriant is an independent media company that delivers engaging and fun content to a global audience.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Content, Media and Entertainment, News

Founders: Jan Winters Smith

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47. Newsology

The idea behind this startup: Newsology is a news app for professionals that shows news related to their industry and their interests.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Digital Media, Media and Entertainment, News, Social News

Founders: Unknown

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48. Soap AI

The idea behind this startup: Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Mobile App

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California, United States

Industries: Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile, Mobile Apps, News

Founders: Karen Edwards

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49. The Columbian Post

The idea behind this startup: The Columbian Post is an American news website that features new insights on various topics.

Headquarters: Oceanside, California, United States

Industries: Lifestyle, News, Publishing, Sports

Founders: Danny Wolf

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50. PICTURESTART

The idea behind this startup: PICTURESTART is an independent media company that makes ‘Discovery of Voice’ content for worldwide engagement across all platforms.

Headquarters: West Hollywood, California, United States

Industries: News, Video

Founders: Erik Feig

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51.Subnation

The idea behind this startup: Subnation is a media company celebrating the culture of gaming and lifestyle of esports across digital platforms and IRL.

Headquarters: El Segundo, California, United States

Industries: Consulting, Content, eSports, Events, Gaming, Media and Entertainment, News

Founders: Unknown

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