10 Startups To Watch In 2016
10 Startups To Watch In 2016
Startup life is not about the spotlight. It’s about disruption. It’s about innovation. At 1000 Angels, it’s our job to surface some of the most exciting early-stage investment opportunities. Among some of the startups we predict will make a mark, we have identified 20 companies in particular to watch in 2016. The selection criteria was based on the business lifecycle, founding team, traction, and investors backing them.
Founded in 2015 and based in the Bay Area, Inverse is a technology-driven media company covering the latest news, TV, movies, music, digital culture, science, and innovation for a millennial male audience. With over 20 employees, some of its investors includes Greycroft Partners, Crosslink Capital, or Rothenberg Ventures.
Mobcrush was founded in 2014 and is a mobile live game streaming platform and community. Their vision is to inspire the world’s many personalities by providing a simple, accessible solution via mobile devices. The company has raised $15 Million from Venture Capitalists Kleiner Perkins CrunchFund and Lowercase Capital.
Product Hunt is a daily leaderboard of the best new products. It is one of the most influential platforms at the moment. People in tech as well as Venture Capitalists leverage this tool to scout new startups. It is the go to place to announce the launch of a product. Some of its investors include SV Angel, Naval Ravikant, or Greylock Partners.
Founded in 2013 and with over $17 Million in funding from Alexis Ohanian or Sam Altman, Patreonis a platform that allows content creators such as artists, YouTubers, photographers, musicians, authors, writers, and so forth to set up pages for their work and get support from their fans. The community is currently comprised of over 2,000 creators. Based in the Bay Area, the company currently employs over 40 people.
Carousell is a simple way to sell the unused and underused clutter in your life. Selling is Snap-List-Sell simple, and buy what you want by chatting with sellers right from the app.There are over 26 million items live at the moment. The company has gained significant traction and is based in Singapore. Some of their investors include 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures and Sequoia Capital.
Doormint is a mobile platform for on-demand home based consumer utility services. Investors behind this startup include Helion Venture Partners, Kalaari Capital and Powai Lake Ventures. Based in Mumbai, it has raised almost $7 Million in funding.
Belong scans social media, internet and public sources to identify potential candidates for jobs. Based in Bangalore, the company raised $5 Million from investors such as Matrix Partners and Blume Ventures. Founded in 2014 by Saiteja Veera, Rishabh Kaul, Vijay Sharma, and Sudheendra Chilappagari the company employs over 60 people and growing.
SendinBlue lets you manage your contacts, create your newsletters, and track your results. The startup is based out of Paris and has raised $2 Million from investors such as Caloga. With over 40 employees, the company was founded in 2014 by Armand Thiberge and Kapil Sharma.
Jace Cooke and Alex Chung founded Giphy in 2013. Based in New York City, Giphy is a search engine for GIFs. Animated GIFs have existed for decades, but there was still no good way to browse and discover the best the web had to offer. The vision for Giphy isn’t really just about finding GIFs. It’s a search engine today but soon you’ll see it grow into a community, a platform with a host of features targeted at gif artists, enthusiasts, bloggers, and anyone generally looking to discover or create that next big meme. With over $23 Million in funding, investors behind the company include RRE Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Lerer Hippeau Ventures and General Catalyst Partners.
Maple hopes to reinvent the restaurant-delivery game by opening a delivery-only kitchen in New York City. Employing over 50 people now, the company was founded by Caleb Merkl and Akshay Navle 2014. So far the company has managed to raise $25 Million from investors like Primary Venture Partners, Thrive Capital and Andy Dunn.