GoodRx earned dot.LA's top 2020 Startup award on Wednesday, beating out the popular sneaker reseller GOAT, the meditation application Headspace, mobile gamer Scopely and viral-video app TikTok.
"GoodRx started in Los Angeles, and will always be a Los Angeles-based company," said co-CEO Doug Hirsch. "We're so excited about the support we've received over the last decade from both entrepreneurs and investors and just incredible people that make up the ecosystem here in California and specifically in Los Angeles."
Pivot of the Year: Curative Inc.<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDYyOTExNS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MjU5MTI5NX0.pM73tZDRm3V9A5JyHu-R1NjWai-HOH7TuGI-Ga6P-lY/image.png?width=980" id="13389" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="267f3b38acca6bfb5532720fad230a8b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Social Justice Award: Alejandro Guerrero<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDYyOTE4My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzODg3MDA5NH0.fQxq4punqafEMqsX3dMO9HXRclVmF30A1jttfz9oE7s/image.jpg?width=980" id="a7a8c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9b45abeacaa70b07c0267c0b4ac201b2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Rising Entrepreneur: Morgan DeBaun<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDYyOTE5My9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2OTIzNTEyMn0.r7zAFlGHbq9H9YoMEGPkq5LOILhQMO5EVXnASBuqTaY/image.png?width=600&coordinates=49%2C0%2C49%2C0&height=600" id="3949a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="835305e0ba6360729fece3121835b003" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Rising Startup: Openpath<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDYyOTE5NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2NzgyNjk4N30.WnCzEMK8t00pSE9kZok98bAnFbNhaKEMmxUpJdGeb30/image.jpg?width=980" id="1432b" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5821d2b30f5f8bef78c7e781f8e7508e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Entrepreneur of the Year: Shivani Siroya<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDYyOTIyNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2ODExMDE0MH0.-7cpyf3kFWbULeT2TtnBegrjpYnPJO-nnyrqGeUhnmU/image.jpg?width=980" id="f7a6f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d71bd28ff9f08d1728227d1326c998f2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Startup of the Year: GoodRx<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDYyOTI0Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NDEwMDYyNX0.6-l952IAHHCBtktsdktNPjD1Jei1TeSFy9Ij_3b71hE/image.jpg?width=980" id="e84f6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e7abea2960ef53726b8d60446a278b86" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>The prescription-discount app GoodRx became one of the first Los Angeles tech companies to go public this year.</p><p>Co-founded by former Facebook executive Doug Hirsch and Trevor Bezdek, the Santa Monica company makes money by collecting fees from pharmacy benefits managers.</p><p>GoodRx is the most downloaded medical app in the United States and boasts 70,000 pharmacies on its platform. It's also profitable. The company earned $54 million in profit for the first six months ending in June, up from $31 million over the same time last year.</p><p>The company expanded into telehealth with the purchase of Heydoctor in 2019. </p><p><strong>Finalists</strong></p><p><strong>GOAT</strong>: Fast-growing global luxury shoe and apparel retailer.</p><p><strong>Headspace</strong>: A meditation app that recently raised $100 million in debt and equity.</p><p><strong>Scopely</strong>: A mobile video game company that acquired FoxNextGames from Disney in January. </p><p><strong>TikTok</strong>: The video-sharing platform was the top grossing app on iOS App Store globally in Q2 2020.</p>
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Morgan DeBaun, CEO / Founder of Blavity Inc.<p>Blavity Inc. is the leading news company and media brand for Black millennials and Gen Z in the U.S. reaching over 30M millennials a month, surpassing the digital traffic of many legacy black media brands. Since launching Blavity in 2014, the brand has quickly grown to be a strong voice for viral culture, social commentary and a platform for young creators to showcase their work.</p><p>Starting her career in Silicon Valley, Morgan graduated with an B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Morgan has been widely quoted as an innovator and media entrepreneur in top tier consumer and business publications like Forbes, Huffington Post, NPR, TechCrunch and many more.</p><p>In addition to leading Blavity Inc., Morgan angel invests and advises entrepreneurs on how to launch their ideas, innovate and grow their businesses through her WorkSmart Program.<br></p>
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Joanna McFarland, CEO, President and Co-Founder of HopSkipDrive<p>Joanna McFarland is the CEO and Cofounder of HopSkipDrive, the innovator in youth transportation. HopSkipDrive is a ride service that helps families and schools get kids where they need to go safely and dependably with a network of more than 7,000 highly vetted CareDrivers. HopSkipDrive currently serves 18 markets in 8 states plus Washington DC, and works with over 200 schools and districts as well as thousands of families every day. Before co-founding HopSkipDrive in 2014, Joanna spent 15 years in product management, building and scaling businesses for top technology, including WeddingChannel, Green Dot, and YP.com. In addition, Joanna spent the first part of her career in investment banking and private equity. Joanna has an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her two boys.</p>
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Beatriz Acevedo, President, Acevedo Foundation; Co-founder, LA Collab; Co-founder, SUMA Wealth<p>Beatriz Acevedo is a leading inspirational voice and Latina entrepreneur in the United States. She has dedicated her career to empower and open doors for the next generation of Latinx leaders.<br></p><p>Beatriz started her career in media at a young age, first on radio and later on television. Her work earned her three Emmy's, one MTV music award, and a media correspondent award, among many others.</p><p>Most recently, she became a tech media entrepreneur as the Co-founder and President of mitú, the leading digital media brand for young Latinos in the U.S. The mentorship initiatives that she created through her Accelerator Program, have also provided invaluable access to young Latino storytellers.</p><p>Beatriz is a passionate and sought after speaker who enjoys discussions around diversity as good business, female leadership, and the economic impact of Latinos in America. She sits on numerous boards and is an advisor on Mayor Eric Garcetti's tech council as well as on Annenberg's foundation tech initiative, PledgeLA. She recently co-founded LA Collab, a Hollywood initiative to double Latino representation in Hollywood in front and behind the camera by 2030.</p><p>Beatriz is the President of her family's foundation "Fundación Acevedo." For the past 30 years, the Foundation has provided scholarships for students who lack the financial means to pursue higher education. </p>
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