The 10 hottest startups in New York City
The 10 hottest startups in New York City
There's no shortage of innovative and impressive startups in New York's Silicon Alley.
But which are the coolest?
Pulled from our recently published Silicon Alley 100 list, meet the coolest startups in New York City.
All the companies on this list are private tech companies based in New York City that have raised venture-capital funding.
Alfred founders Marcela Sapone and Jessica Beck
Cofounder and CEO, Alfred
Marcela Sapone and Jessica Beck met at Harvard Business School, fresh out of stints in the finance world. To keep their lives in order and their apartments clean, they had hired someone from Craigslist to buy their groceries and do their laundry. The woman they hired, Jenny, came to their apartments to take care of errands that would otherwise pile up. This was the earliest iteration of what would become their company, Alfred.
Today, Alfred is a startup that hires employees — Alfred Client Managers, or just "Alfreds" — to run weekly errands: things like buying your groceries, sorting your mail, dropping off packages, and taking care of your laundry for you. You pay $99 a month for the service, plus the cost of things like your groceries.
In May, Alfred raised a $10.5 million Series A round of funding from New Enterprise Associates,Spark Capital, CrunchFund, and Sherpa Capital. In total, Alfred has raised $12.5 million since it was founded in 2013.
Dan Teran and Saman Rahmanian
Managed By Q
Saman Rahmanian (left) and Dan Teran
Cofounders, Managed By Q
Named for the "Star Trek" character and James Bond's Q Branch, Managed By Q is a mobile platform that helps companies book cleaning services, making it easier than it traditionally has been for companies to schedule, manage, and pay the people who clean their offices.
This year, the office-cleaning startup expanded out of New York City for the first time, launching its operations in Chicago and San Francisco.
In June, the startup closed a $15 million series A round of funding led by RRE Ventures with participation from Greycroft Partners, Homebrew, Sherpa Ventures, SV Angel and Steadfast Financial. Managed by Q’s clients include Uber, Everlane, and Angelist.
L to R: Hungryroot founders Franklin Becker, Ben McKean, and Greg Struck
Cofounder and CEO, Hungryroot
In 2012, Ben McKean sold his restaurant technology company, Savored, to Groupon. Now he’s back with a new venture: Hungryroot.
Along with his cofounders — one of whom competed on Top Chef Masters a couple years ago — McKean wants to provide prepared, healthy, and delicious meals to customers.
When you order from Hungryroot, you get a packaged meal the next day that consists of 70 to 80% vegetables and 20% protein. The base ingredient is vegetable noodles — made from sweet potatoes, radishes, beets, zucchinis, and more — paired with a creative sauce and served with an optional protein side.
In its first month of operation, Hungryroot sold 10,000 meals out of its Long Island City, Queens, offices.
In May, Hungryroot announced it had raised $2 million in funding from Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, and KarpReilly to make that happen.
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Cofounder and CEO, DWNLD
These days it seems like everybody has an app in the App Store. And why not? It's a great way to make extra money while putting out a product that you believe in. Alexandra Keating is capitalizing on that idea with DWNLD, a mobile app-creation platform that helps companies, brands, and other influencers easily and affordably turn their content, from social media to photos to videos to GIFs, into native mobile apps in minutes. DWNLD landed a $12 million investment from Greylock Partners in September,and works with clients like Nylon, xoJane, and a number of YouTube stars and bloggers.
Alanna Gregory and Cristin Armstrong
Alanna Gregory (left) and Cristin Armstrong
Founder and CEO (Gregory), first employee (Armstrong), Vive
Few things make a woman feel more fabulous than a fresh blowout. But at $40 to $90 a pop in New York City, it’s a luxury that quickly adds up. Enter Vive, a “ClassPass for blowouts” that lets members book unlimited blowout appointments at salons in Manhattan for just $99 a month. Founded by Alanna Gregory, Vive launched earlier this year and is still working with investors to raise funding.
Though the service isn’t perfect yet, it’s definitely gaining traction. Vive capitalizes on the popularity of on-demand services like Uber that make it possible to get what you want when you want it, relatively hassle-free.
YouTube star, founder of Beme
Casey Neistat, a YouTube star best known forviral videos that garner millions of views, took his interest in virality a step further this year, launching video-sharing app Beme in July. On Beme, users film short videos, no longer than four seconds, and cannot view what they’re sharing before it’s posted. The videos then automatically delete after they’re viewed. Think of it as a simplified, filter-free version of Snapchat. Though the idea of posting anything unfiltered online might seem terrifying to many, Beme took off, amassing 1.1 million video shares and 2.4 photo reactions within its first week, TechCrunch reported.
Dan Reich, Scott Britton, and Greg Ratner
Great Oaks VC; LinkedIn/jscottbritton; LinkedIn/gratner
L to R: Dan Reich, Scott Britton, Greg Ratner
Cofounder and CEO (Reich), cofounder and sales/growth (Britton), cofounder and VP of tech (Ratner);Troops
Founded in March, Troops is a mobile-software company that gives professionals an artificial intelligence-powered mobile-sales assistant to make working easier. Though the company is currently in stealth mode, it will revolutionize customer relationship management (CRM) technology by making it mobile first.
The Troops team already has an all-star list of investors and advisers, including First Round Capital, Founder Collective, Next View Ventures, Great Oaks Capital, Single Platform founder and CEO Wiley Cerilli, Flatiron Health cofounders Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg, and more.
Liz Wessel and JJ Fliegelman
LinkedIn/elizabethwessel and Twitter/jdotjdotf
Liz Wessel (left) and JJ Fliegelman
WayUp (formerly Campus Job) is a marketplace for college kids looking for internships and jobs. About 90% of the positions offered on WayUp are paid, and the startup sees 10,000 new college-age users signing up weekly. Listings on the website include freelancing gigs, bartending jobs, and campus representative roles for companies.
WayUp was born out of a campus-rep company that former Googler Liz Wessel had started with a fellow student at Penn; it's an alternative to a college career-service center and Symplicity, a job board employers have to pay for postings on. It recently went through the startup accelerator Y Combinator, moved back to New York from Silicon Valley, and raised over $9 million in May, bringing its total funding to $10.3 million.
Reham Fagiri and Kalam Dennis
Reham Fagiri (left) and Kalam Dennis
Reham Ragiri is one of the only minority female founders to take a company throughprestigious startup incubator Y Combinator, transforming the preowned-furniture marketplace in New York City. She and cofounder Kalam Dennis developed their service so that buyers and sellers of used furniture don't have to coordinate delivery or pick-up times, or even do the actual delivering or picking up themselves —AptDeco has a delivery partner that does it all, taking one of the biggest hassle of trying to buy or sell furniture in New York City out of the equation.
As a cofounder at New York-based General Assembly, Hargreaves noticed a growing housing crisis affecting the tech education provider’s students, many of whom couldn’t meet the rigorous rental requirements stipulated by landlords in New York City. He set out to solve that problem with his new company, Common, which launched in July and has already raised $7.3 million in funding.
Common is a new community offering flexible shared housing in major cities, starting in New York, and eliminates traditional methods of verifying applicants (like two years of tax returns as proof of income). Residents at its first space, a 19-room apartment building in Brooklyn scheduled to open this fall, will pay for rooms on a month-to-month basis. Common manages all aspects of living — from the application process to cleaning services to community events — to create the best experience for residents while also integrating with the neighborhood.