Everywhere you look there is a startup that is changing the world with their incredible and innovative ideas. As someone who tries to keep up with the fast moving trends in technology, I figured that it would be nice to share some of the most exciting new businesses. I’ve reached out to the best tech writers for their predictions on who is going to come out on top in 2015 and done quite a bit of digging myself to bring you this list of the 19 companies that you should keep your eye on in the coming year.
Carousell is a website that allows people to easily sell anything they want with ease. Take pictures, post, and sell – all within the app. With a fairly similar layout to ebay, people should have no problem adapting to this new marketplace.
With over 8 million listings on Carousell, writer Jasmine Ho is on board saying “Carousell is THE go-to app for p2p buying and selling in Southeast Asia right now, having a strong presence in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.” Millions of items have been sold already and Carousell has recently spread into the US Market. If you have any things laying around that you’ve been meaning to post for sale online, you may want to check out Carousell.
No matter what size your place of work is, you always need to stay in constant communication with your coworkers. There are plenty of options out there, such as Hipchat, Skype, and even Aol Instant Messenger, but Slack seems to be gaining ground on these services.
This well reviewed messenger has incredible features like searchable chat rooms and seamless could applications. Sujan Patel, the VP of Marketing at thisClicks thinks Slack is in good hands. “As if founding Flickr wasn’t enough, Stewart Butterfield set his sights on changing how companies collaborate,” he said. This well reviewed messenger has incredible features like searchable chat rooms and seamless could applications.
Have you ever been excited to hear that your favorite band is going to be sarting up a fresh new tour only to find out they aren’t coming to your city? We Demand allows you to influence where your favorite bands perform.
When you sign up you also get access to presale tickets, promotions, and exclusive content. We Demand was selected from 3000 entries for Unilever’s Foundry50, which highlights startups that “are pioneering the future of marketing.”
Monthly box subscriptions are all the rage these days. Birch Box, Barkbox, and Loot Crate are some of the more popular ones that you’ve heard of, but thankfully to Cratejoy you can find a monthly subscription box that fits your needs. In September 2014, Silicon Hills reported, “To date, Cratejoy has facilitated 22,000 shipments and deliveries in 52 countries.” Cratejoy has only grown since then and they definitely having a ton of success.
Cratejoy hosts over 250 different subscriptions that range from food for athletes, clothes for men, survival boxes, makeup, guitar strings, and a ton more. This one stop shop allows you to explore your options before you commit long term to a subscription that you may not want in three months.
People these days are busier than ever and sometimes they need a little assistance. Alfred allows you to hire a person to do the tasks that you are unable to complete, such as getting your laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning your home!
The guarantee is that these tasks will be done “in the background of your life.” Alfred is focused right now on New York, but they recently received $2million, which will help them expand to Los Angeles, Washington D.C, and San Francisco.
Fashion is probably one of the best ways to express your individuality, but sometimes finding something that fits your one-of-a-kind self isn’t always easy. Bucketfeet hosts a wide range of shoes with creative and unique patterns that are all designed by featured artists.
One of the greatest features of Bucketfeet is the ability to submit your own design. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be walking down the street and you’ll see someone rocking those killer kicks that you designed.
Have a whole bunch of epic pictures from that wild trip you took? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Storehouse!
Dubbed as a visual story-telling app, Storehouse allows you to “combine photos and videos to tell a meaningful story. While the emphasis is on visual content, it’s also easy to provide context with text.” After you share your story, people can comment, like, and even republish your story.
There are moments in life that are just so amazing that you have to capture it, but then what do you do after you’ve recorded it? You post it on youtube, send it to a few friends, and most of the time there is probably someone who has already uploaded it and shared it before you.
With Odience you are able to connect your Twitter or Facebook account and broadcast live to your friends and followers. Odience also has handy notifications that will let you know when your friends go live
Imagine a world where you can walk into your home, sit down, and control everything with a few simple commands. Well now you can stop imagining and start doing with the ivee Sleek! This little device can connect to and control all of your smart devices.
You can also input your phone number and have it send you reminders throughout the day. Want to know what the weather is going to be like? Just ask. Want to check on your stocks? Simply say “hello ivee” and begin talking. I think it’s easy to see how excited are about this amazing little device by looking at the $159,606 they raised on Kickstarter when they only asked for $40,000.
Would you like to get further in your career? Or Maybe you want to learn how to become a great leader. How would you like to do both of those things in less than 3 minutes? How would you like these questions to stop? Audvisor brings in experts in leadership, business, marketing, and healthy living to give 3 minute or less inspiring talks to help make your life easier.
The best part is that this app is free, and really, who couldn’t use a little help in bettering themselves? Next time you are standing in line at the checkout stand, just take out your smartphone and get ready to be inspired!
Graphic design is one of the key elements to success. Whether you want to get people’s attention for a party you’re throwing or you have a business you want to advertise, Canva can get the job done. You simply select a background, enter text, and add any of their millions of images to create a beautiful designs for any of your parties or events.
I’d also like to mention how surprised I was by the amount of images they host. I searched for nachos, peas, tattoos, dogs, peanuts, ink, and plenty more and each one returned a full list of quality images. While some of these images will cost you $1.00 to use, it’s cheaper than photoshop or hiring someone.
The internet is full of photos, paintings, and digital art, and while all of these images are beautiful, there is one problem – they are stuck on the internet, until now. Electric Objects is solving this problem with their EO1, which is a bluetooth and wifi enabled screen that allows you to push anything from your phone or computer to the screen.
Currently the frame choices are limited to black and white, but soon there are going to be more traditional style frames soon. Another word of advice, if you want to get in on this incredible frame, do so quickly because the May shipment sold out and the next shipment goes out in September.
Ever see a beautiful color, but just as quickly you forget it? Swatchmate is a handy little cube that pairs with your smartphone to give you the exact shade of any color you can reach. All you have to do is put the cube against a surface, press the top button, and give it a few seconds.
When you get back to your computer you can link your cube to Photoshop and it will bring up the matching shade. The future is here and it’s real!
Heading to a foreign country can be just as exciting as it is intimidating, but Waygo aims to eliminate that feeling of unease with their incredible translating app. All you have to do it is turn on the App, aim your camera at any Chinese, Japanese, or Korean text and it will accurately translate the text.
Currently, Waygo only translate the three previously mentioned languages into English, but there are more languages on the way.
Buying art isn’t always an easy task. You end up spending a lot of money and you get home and what you are really doing is hanging a commitment on the wall. Vango allows you to take a picture of the space where you want to hang your art and import anything from their website to see how it will appear on your wall. You can then share it on social media and get feedback from your friends and family.
Another thing that makes Vango truly special is that the art that they have isn’t something you are going to find at Ikea. They have a wide variety of styles and categories that will fit you and your home’s personality, while making sure that you don’t end up with the same piece of art everyone on the block has.
If you’ve ever collaborated on a Google doc with someone, you know fun and productive it can be. Now imagine that idea but on a digital whiteboard and that’s what the intuitive people at Greengar have developed. This sort of tech definitely has the chance to be the next Snapchat, but is much more interactive.
You can draw and develop fun messages or pictures and send them to friends. You can even put your skills together and come up with a masterpiece… or you can just play rousing games of Tic Tac Toe.
There are so many online retailers and so many sites to keep track of that by the time you’re done shopping you are mentally exhausted. Shoppable gives you the opportunity to shop over 15 million items at major retailers such as Sephora, Diesel, Tilly’s, Walmart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Mango, while letting you check out with a single cart.
Now you can pick up a new outfit from Luisa Via Roma, at the same you get fresh new yoga mat from Target.
Life happens and sometimes it can be difficult to make it through the end of the week. Activehours is an app that allows you to upload the hours you worked and cash out whenever you want without fees, (although there is an option to pay Active Hours whatever you think is fair for them providing this service.)
Major companies are already allowing their employees to use Activehours such as, Apple, Lyft, Best Buy, Sprint, Chipotle and plenty more. Now you can actually free yourself from those extended pay periods which seem to drag on forever.
Alfred (not to be confused with the earlier mentioned Alfred) is an app that allows you to surveill your home from anywhere. All you need is two smart devices running Android or iOS, set one somewhere in your home and connect using your phone. This can be done with either two smartphones, a smartphone and tablet, or using Firefox.
Now whenever you are at work or out with friends you can make sure that your home is safe or you can just watch what your dog does all day like I do.
All of these startups are trying to improve our lives one way or another and I hope that you were able to learn about some new ones you’ve never heard about. If there are any that I may have missed or have any other suggestions please let me know down below in the comments. Thanks for reading!