Small startups which made it big

By | November 11, 2014

Just think of a successful company off the top of your head, then you may get the answers like Google, Apple and Yahoo. Generally, the magnitude of the success of any company is accompanied with the size of employee base, operations in number of countries and more. You may think bigger is better, right?, not exactly, new startups are disapproving the notion that the company has to be big in order to be very succesful. Here I am listing few small startups which made it big and achieved huge success.

1. PasswordBox


Almost everyone has felt the frustration of having to remember of all different passwords of all your email accounts, social networking accounts, online banking, company site accounts and more. PasswordBox is an innovative free identity manager which removes the hassle of logging into all your apps, browser, devices with its patent-pending 1-Tap and 1-click login. It was founded in 2012 by Daniel Robichaud and Marc-Antonie Ross and it is now led by the team of 4 and features the whooping 10 million app downloads. Recently it has won 2014 Appy award for the best privacy/online security app.

2. UberMedia


UberMedia is the mobile advertising company which is known for creating wildly popular Twitter apps such as Echofon, UberSocial and Plume, which is having currently more than 30 million users. It is founded by Bill Gross and also recently launched the UberAds platform clouts on the real-time data to automatically streamline ads for the customers. UberMedia’s revenue has grew 300 percent in 2013 and its product UberAds has reached more than 4 million devices and the 4 billion impressions every month. But with such huge success, you can’t believe that UberMedia run by only 40 member team.

3. Groupon


Groupon has been founded by Andrew Mason, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell and launched in 2008.Chicago is the first market for Groupon and followed soon thereafter by Boston, NewYork City and Toronto. The company has started its operations with $1 million seed money and it has quickly evolved into $1 billion turn over company, ahead of its competitors in the market. It also expanded its services internationally to more than 40 countries in one year.

4. AwayFind


AwayFind is the web application which allows you to get AWAY from your inbox and lets you check the urgent emails through Phone call, SMS or app notifications. Jared Goralnick is the founder and CEO of the company and has only the team of 6 members in getting through the messages which are urgent to you right now. It has been used by the individuals and the companies like, it has declared to have free users from more than 200 million unimportant emails till now.

5. HubSpot



HubSpot is the company which develops the software product for inbound marketing and it was founded and incorporated in 2006 by MIT graduates Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah. Shah and Halligan has created the software which integrates the online marketing tools, from blogging to monitoring social media into single platform. Its software has been used by more than 8,000 companies in 56 countries. HubSpot product is most powerful tool and tightly integrated and the comprehensive marketing software available from the founders analysis of the personal problem which need a creative solution.

6. Glaukos Corporation


Glaukos corporation is the glaucoma treat company founded in 2001 and headquartered at Laguna Hills, California. The company has more than 35 employees who have the extensive expertise in the field of pharmaceuticals and eye care. Glaukos contribution to the healthcare is certainly invaluable and as the testament to its success and the company has ranked 7th in the Wall Street Journal’s top 50 venture funded companies in 2012.

7. NationalField


NationalField is the powerful piece of the software which helps enterprises and politicos measure change. It is known as the Obama Startup and the story of its initiation is interesting story. During the Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, NationalField was founded by Edward Saatchi, Justin Lewis and Aharon Wasserman and the founders were frustrated with the tools for monitoring the campaign and prompting them to create the communication system which allowed the volunteers to enter and collate the data seamlessly.

8. Snapchat


Snapchat is the photo messaging application which is founded by Evan Spiegel, Reggie Brown and Bobby Murphy. It has only 30 employees and according to Snapchat in May 2014 platform processes more than 700 million photos and videos per day, while the Snapchat stories content was being viewed 500 million times per day. It is serving the users at kind of scale equal to that of companies hundreds of times their size. The company has rejected the $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook in 2013.

9. Gogobot


Gogobot is the local discovery and travel research application and it is headquartered in Menlo Park, California. This travel advice website hit the booming success with more than 1 million users in less than two months since its founding in 2010 and it is touted as the fastly growing travel site and it named as the TIME magazine’s 50 best websites in 2011. The company has just 18 members small team, but this no way undermines its popularity which Gogobot has reached, especially after launching the mobile app.

10. Instagram


Instagram is the popular online mobile photo and video sharing and social networking service which allows the users to take the pictures and videos and share them on the different social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. After releasing it to the Android platform, it sets the download records and built the community of more than 50 million users. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and started services in October 2010.

Author: Peter Jacksonn

Peter, the most experienced in The Tech Bulletin team is a professional blogger and interested in reviewing the gadgets, giving solutions for technical queries. He covers the consumer electronics section along with latest apps and games.+Peter