By Bethany Biron, Candy Cheng and April Joyner
June 22, 2021
Startup: Material Bank
Recommended by: Mitchell Green, Lead Edge Capital
Total funding: $148.84 million
What it does: Material Bank is a marketplace for design materials that ships samples overnight from its warehouse in Memphis, Tennessee.
Why it’s on the list: The startup has been described as the Amazon of design, and its secret is a warehouse, operated by robots, that’s next to FedEx’s global shipping hub. Material Bank recently raised $100 million from General Catalyst, Bain, and others to double down on growth.
“Ordering samples is a broken process, and Material Bank makes it vastly easier. As a result, users love it,” said Green, calling the company a “market leader” in a large, new category.