A lot of start-ups have been launched this year and here, we have looked at top 10 startups of 2015.
Wish was founded by Peter Szulczewski and Danny Zhang. It is a mobile shopping startup that shows you the stuff you want to buy. Wish is in talks to raise roughly $100 million at a valuation of around $1 billion. Wish CEO Peter Szulczewski said “We want to be Google AdWords for the retailer.”
Dots, founded by Paul Murphy and Patrick Moberg, is a new type of gaming studio. The company’s initial game “Dots” was a gigantic hit, garnering over one million users in a week after their launch in May 2013. They followed up with a sequel game, TwoDots this summer and then spun out of Betaworks entirely after closing a $10 million round of funding from Tencent and GreyCroft.
Marc Lore is working on unveiling a new e-commerce website called Jet, which is rumored to be an Amazon-killer. Lore has promised Jet will be a “new kind of e-commerce experience, uniquely grounded in transparency and customer empowerment.” Jet hasn’t officially launched yet, but it has announced it will offer shares of stock to early users.
Yik Yak, founded by Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll, is a gossip app taking high schools and college campuses by storm. It works by letting users post anything they want, anonymously. The app is location-based, so you can only see what people nearby are posting. Some schools have already blocked the app. In total, Yik Yak has raised $73.5 million.
To keep yourself and your messages safe, you may want to consider using Cyber Dust. Mark Cuban’s free app lets users send self-destructing texts and photos, with help from Mention Media. It’s like Snapchat in that your messages will vanish after 30 seconds, but it’s better than Snapchat because won’t leave any trace of your messages whatsoever — your name is never attached to them, either.
Stripe was founded by two brothers and launched in 2011 to help businesses process payments online. It now works with big names in tech like Reddit, Lyft and TaskRabbit. It started out 2014 by raising $80 million at a $1.75 billion valuation and ended the year by raising another $70 million at twice that valuation. The startup is now working to add more business partners and expanding rapidly abroad.
Coinbase was founded in 2012 to provide a digital wallet for bitcoin transactions. At the time, founder Brian Armstrong struggled to pitch the service to investors. “I couldn’t explain the whole concept of Bitcoin to someone in a pitch and also get them to invest,” he told Mashable in an earlier interview.
But at the end of 2013, it managed to raise $25 million in funding, making it the top funded Bitcoin startup. Now the startup is reportedly in the process of raising another large round of funding that might value it at about $400 million.
Snapchat may be valued at $10 billion. It just partnered with Square to let users transfer money to friends. And some have speculated it could easily introduce TV-style ads into its live events Our Story feature. This may be the year we see Snapchat play catch up to the bigger social media companies.
Ryan Hoover launched Product Hunt a year ago to help users share and discover new mobile and web applications every day. Now the 27 year-old and his site have emerged as influential voices in the tech community, surfacing new products and startups for investors and reporters alike. Last month, Product Hunt raised $6 million in funding from top investors to continue growing the service and its community. Hoover says the plan is to gradually expand beyond the early adopter tech community by creating new sections for subjects like music and fashion. “When we start identifying a big enough group, we’ll expand and create a separate community,” he said.
The company has raised more than $1 billion in funding and is reportedly in the process of raising another billion. It is experimenting with courier services and “corner store” deliveries, moves that analysts believe hint at its greater potential as a full-fledged logistics service. And it continues a heated battle against other well-funded ride-hailing startups as well as the established taxi industry and, of course, regulators. Uber built up a corporate culture that prized some questionable tactics to fight its way to the top of the taxi heap.