Every year many new entrepreneurs are coming up with new ideas and so new startpus were born every year. Entrepreneurship sounds great on paper, but starting your own business is not really so easy, in fact it can be often pretty scary and lonely. If you focus on the multi-billion dollar young companies like Pinterest, Snapchat and Uber, you might assume that 2013 has been a very good year for startups, but in reality it has been more of a bittersweet year.
We have noted some startups that have capital, ideas and resources, but some may thrive for years to succeed and some may acquired and some may go nowhere, but all will be worth watching. Here are the some best startups to watch in 2014.
Circa is the media organization which enables the readers to consume and engage easily with and follow the day’s news. Circa has launched its iPhone app in 2012 with the goal of rethinking the breaking news experience in the mobile trend. In 2014 it has proved that wasn’t just an ambitious pitch. It hired Reuters’ social media editor Anthony De Rosa as editor in chief of the team of 10 members. It also launched an Android app and an updates also released to make it easier to find and track the breaking news stories they publish.
Routehappy is certainly a worth watching startup which address the basic pain point among the customers and it launched its website in May out of beta and it relies on the team of experts to help the travelers to compare not only the price and timings but also seat types, amenities and perks. Routehappy is headquartered in New York, born in Bangkok and designed in Boston and built it all over the world from Georgia to New Zealand. It has raised $1.5 million in funding and launched the mobile app.
3. Level Money
There are so many personal finance startups but it’s not everyday that they attract lot of buzz, but Level Money is definitely an exception. It was founded by Visa’s former manager and aims to make it easier for the users to budget on the go from their phones. It is headquartered in San Francisco and it has raised over $5 million series A funding this year led by Kleiner Perkins with the investments from some big names in the finance industry.
Flipboard is the social network aggregation and the magazine format mobile app available in more than 20 languages. It was founded in 2010, but in 2013 it took three big steps towards achieving its full potential as the curation platform. It offers an option to the users to create their own magazines and added support to Windows 8.1 Operating System. These efforts combined with the additional $50 million and it is reportedly close to raising should help Flipboard to grow its user base and ramp up monetization.
Uber is the travelling companion app and service headquartered in San Francisco. It receives the requests for a ride from the users and then it dispatches these trips to the drivers through the app as well. It has survived regulatory battles and the occasional bad headline to become a fixture in biggest cities in US and abroad. In August, Uber has announced $258 million fund received from Google Ventures to expand into new markets and fight the inevitable legal issues.
Oyster is the e-book subscription venture which offers its service across iOS 7+, Android 4+, Kindle Fire and Nook HD and also available on browser and PC. It currently holds more than 500, 000 books in its library and still it is growing. Oyster team has tried to distinguish itself from others with the gorgeous user interface like the modified version of Netflix. Oyster has believed that e-book subscription market could be multi-billion dollar market just like movie and music subscriptions.
Clinkle is the mobile payments startup founded by Lucas Duplan in 2011 which began as a small group of students. It has raised $25 million in 2013, thus became the silicon valley’s largest seed round. Clinkle will either go down as next big thing in the mobile payments or next big bust, but either way it will be big. In September the company has revealed that more than 1 lakh people are waiting to use the app.
DataSift may not be the interesting thing on the list, but it finds itself in space which is becoming increasingly high-profile thanks to Twitter’s IPO social data. Apple has recently acquired Topsy, which is the social media analytics company for more than $200 million. One day later Datasift has announced that it had raised another $42 million in the Series C round funding, bringing its funding total to $70 million.
SmartThings is the tech startup based in Washington D.C with other offices in Minneapolis and San Francisco. They are into building an open platform for smart homes and consumer internet of things, which would potentially shut the garbage door remotely and send updates when the heat is on too high or when too much water is under sink. It has recently raised $12.5 million in series A funding.
Before Bit coin has started to gain the tons of press coverage and approach $1,000 mark, some startups in this space were essentially homegrown operations. But now, some well known VCs and other tech founders are entering the space. The most notable in this space is Circle and it funded by the man behind the Brightcove video platform. It has raised $9 million series A funding at end of October and plans to develop the services that make it easier for the consumers and merchants.