Just like having an online presence increases the expanse of entrepreneurial ventures, tech startups have also been magnifying their reach to potential customers on the web world. With constant evolution in technology with changing times, startups have become a lucrative way to supplement technological progress featured by relentless innovation. Despite several risk factors, most startups have prospered through modern technological innovation and thanks to those entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing the manner in which our future generations will live.
Here’s a brief sketch of 10 such startups that were selected up by “Entrepreneur” together with the team at “Social Media Week”. These startups highlight how they have been re-designing the ways in which humans interact with the internet.
Abacus: Launched in 2014, this startup was founded by Omar Qari, Ted Power and Joshua Halickman. Abacus was developed with a perspective to simplify the expense-management system for both employees and managers. Based out of New York City, this company amassed $3.5 million in seed funding to design a mobile application that allows employees several benefits. Some of these include capturing images of a receipt, selecting an appropriate merchant from an auto populating list based on their location, digitally file and sort the charge into categories. Managers on the other hand are facilitated to approve receipts from any mobile device or a PC. The application thus makes approved charges easily and quickly reimbursable. Abacus has simultaneously started managing expenses that are levied on credit cards issued by corporates as well. The ultimate goal is to increase the efficiency of organizing daily expenses along with tracking them which could aid in recording organizational expenses data for compliance purposes.
The Grid: Developed by Dan Tocchini, the Grid is a San Francisco based tech startup that attempts to constantly upgrade your website with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). Instead of spending on hiring a web developer, the Grid software enabled with AI could complete all technical designing like cropping, images’ colour coding etc. for you without your having to learn or apply any coding knowledge.
Affective: Engineered by Rana el Kaliouby and Rosalind Picard, this startup was launched in April 2009. With a vision to read customers mind so as to be able to target sales pitch accordingly, this Boston based company has been going the sci-fi way to tap priceless information for business growth. The Affectiva helms the software that can read facial expressions, analyse as well as track a viewer’s emotional response to a piece of digital content. This allows you to gauge how people are reacting to your online content. Such an application can help companies market their products and services more efficiently as they will be able to seek customer reactions and render correspondingly. As one of its investors, the National Science Foundation has also aligned with this innovative technology. Affectiva raised $19.7 million funding.
Beautified: With hectic work schedules it could often get challenging to get an appointment for any beauty treatment like a pedicure, haircut, facials or any other service. Beautified is a mobile app that was developed by Hannah Bronfman, Annie Evans and Peter Hananel in 2013 with an intention to conveniently connect people to find the desired beauty and fitness services even at the last minute. Though the service is currently available in the New York City, the startup plans to expand to other cities as well.
Alfred: If you have ever desired that ‘one’ app which could manage all your domestic chores on your to-do-list, whether it is cleaning, laundry or grocery shopping, Alfred offers the personal life management app and service that can come to your rescue. This NYC based app was founded by Jess Beck and Marcela Sapone in September 2014 and has a network of individuals known as “client managers” who can visit your home and coordinate jobs like laundry, dry cleaning, tailoring and a host of household errands for a paid service of $99 per month. The application also allows completely digitized personal interactions with the assistant for those who are extremely busy and tied up in work schedules.
Dots: If you have a game bug within, then the Dots application will surely get you hooked. As we have been literally living on our smartphones, this mobile gaming startup allows you an aesthetic and fun gateway to engage yourself. Dots, was founded by Patrick Moberg and Paul Murphy in April 2013 and is a NYC based Tech Company that launched two very popular games: Dots and TwoDots. This puzzle challenge is an engrossing game compatible on both Android and iPhone that involves connecting dots on screen through series of levels.
Cognotion: Founded in August 2013 by Jonathan Dariyanani, this New York City based startup designs software focused on training the future generation. This tech startup was developed with a view to combating the difficulties faced by young professionals who were affected by the perils of recession and had a tough time getting into the workforce. Cognotion aims at training by using the appropriate language, format, speed, and skills required to succeed at fending entry level jobs like those in coffee shops, retail restaurants and hotels. The app uses narratives to train and “hold attention of millennial employees”. Since its launch, Cognotion had raked in $8 million in revenue in 2014 itself.
Spring: To make shopping a delightful experience on your mobile phone, the Spring app aims at making your online shopping experience much smoother. Founded by Alan Tisch, David Tisch, Octavian Costache and Ara Katz in March 2013, this app allows you to discover new brands and suggests personalized collection when you shop using its application. Users of Spring are allowed access to limited fashion sales and offers. They aim at being your “digital walk through New York’s SoHo.” The shopping process is made hassle free as the app allows easy scrolling and can support in completing your purchase with a ‘single finger swipe.’
One Month: Developed by Mattan Griffel and Chris Castiglione in May 2013, One Month has gained its popularity as an application engineered with a multitude of online courses that impart business tech-skills within 30 days over 15 minutes sessions. For instance, you can build an application or learn to set up an online payment arrangement for your website. However, for using this app, its best to learn to do the coding yourself as the developers suggest that knowing the coding basics will allow for hiring and managing efficiently in the long run.
Shyp: This is a Francisco based startup currently operating in New York, Miami and L.A as well. Founded by Kevin Gibbon and Joshua Scott in July 2013, Shyp can transport almost anything that you wish to ship across miles. Right from picking up any object, to packing it and shopping for the most economical shipping option, Shyp can arrange it all for you. While you are expected to pay the shipping charges, the rest of the cumbersome backhand job can be well managed for a nominal fee. They assign “Shyp Heroes” who scoot around the town to pick up packages and bring them to a central warehouse where customized packaging is done before transferring them.
While most of these startups have espoused state-of-the-art performance in the technological arena, hope such innovative aptitudes bring in more advanced facilities to our doorsteps.
Article by Rochita.