Mapping Solutions
San Francisco, California


Overall Rank: 586
Category: Collaboration and Development
Category Rank: 55


  • Top Software Company of 2021


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Mapbox, a provider of custom online maps, has grown the business from a bootstrapped start-up in Washington, DC, to a robust team of 500+ with offices across the world. Its products are used by tech giants including Adobe, IBM, and Snapchat.

Since 2010, Mapbox has rapidly expanded the niche of custom maps, as a response to the limited choice offered by map providers such as Google Maps. Mapbox does not have an app, but it has over 700 million monthly active users. Mapbox provides a global map, real-time traffic, location search, and navigation via its APIs and SDKs. In addition, its open-source tools help analytics companies understand big geo data, drone companies publish flyovers, real estate sites visualize properties, satellite companies process cloud-free imagery, and insurance companies track assets.

Looking forward, the company is trying to establish itself as the center of car navigation systems. Last year Mapbox inked a deal with BMW Group for in-car navigation. This year the company is looking to unveil deals with a half-dozen additional carmakers. Mapbox has raised a total $226 million to date, and was valued at $1.2 billion as of April 2020.


Key Products

Mapbox Boundaries

This expertly-curated set of 4 million global boundaries helps users analyze geospatial data. Detailed data layers including administrative, legislative, locality, postal, and statistical appear as georeferenced and processed Mapbox vector tiles. Polygons are crystal-clear with full detail at all levels of zoom, and receive consistent data updates to stay current with market accuracy. Analysis filters such as customized sales territory planning, supply chain optimization, and real estate portfolio management are just a few examples of Boundaries’ flexible geospatial business intelligence solutions.

Mapbox Traffic Data

A dataset that can be added onto any map system, Traffic Data allows users to design a custom routing engine or traffic analysis solutions with real-time accuracy for live and typical street activity. The data is aggregated from a globally-distributed user base of over 600 million monthly active users, and it’s frequently benchmarked and validated for optimal precision. This dataset can provision pinpointed ETAs to drive efficiency and clarity for logistics and delivery dispatch staff. The encyclopedic data helps users comprehend historical and real-time vehicle movement for geospatial insights and general road research.

Mapbox Movement

The Mapbox Movement dataset dives into the finer details of transportation metrics. It has earned its reputation as the most all-encompassing, privacy-forward dataset of population movement on the market. The data is derived from around 20 billion daily location updates, which provide transparency for aggregate movement, activity, and population density over time at a country, city, or regional scale. This tool has recently been employed for a variety of COVID-19 response frontline workers and assessors, in addition to its consistent use in retail expansion, advertising, demand modeling, impact analysis, and transportation planning.

Corporate Responsibility

Environmental Impact

Mapbox is proud to be 100% carbon-neutral, from its offices to its servers.

Charitable Causes

The company has secured around 660 collaborations with partner organizations to bring its technology to communities in need. Some 260 COVID-19 relief coalitions have embraced Mapbox’s advanced mapping tools to better understand resource and population health metrics.

180 volunteers from teams within the Mapbox family have offered their time and efforts to charity movements. Overall, the company has contributed $1.6 million in donated services and sponsorships.

Diversity & Inclusion

Mapbox has set up a number of employee-led affinity groups to champion a healthy and more-engaging culture in its workplace. The Hola Mundo group offers a support system Latinx staff, while the Rainbow Room is a safe space for LGBTQ+ discussion and interconnection. The Gender Minority ERG encourages a diverse and inclusive work environment for the betterment of mentorship, community progress, and advocacy of gender minorities working for the company. The Uncharted ERG espouses peer education and community strength for trans/nonbinay, intersex, and asexual-identified staffers. Mapbox’s Intersection ERG supports diversity for racial minorities via community building, discussion forums, and executive feedback.

Other affinity groups within the company include Saleswomen for women in tech roles, Shades for Black employees, Shalom for Jewish employees, and Kids/Parents for workers with family obligations.