From global stock trading apps to robotics and cloud-based services, we’ve selected eight of the most exciting startups, taken from Inc.’s 50 World-Changing Startups to Watch in 2019 and the 2019 LinkedIn Top Startups List, which is based on billions of actions by LinkedIn’s members.
DoorDash is a service that acts as an intermediary between prospective buyers and merchants. Founded in 2013, the company’s primary market is currently food delivery.
DoorDash connects restaurants with an extended client base. Customers can use the app to find restaurants and order food. DoorDash can also be used by restaurants to recruit staff.
The organization has so far raised an impressive amount of funding from investors, enabling it to secure contracts with popular restaurant chains throughout the United States.
BabySparks is a baby development app that is used by millions of parents around the world. The BabySparks program features more than 1,300 video-based activities to help track children’s developmental milestones.
Available on Android and iOS, in both English and Spanish, this innovative app supports development through meaningful play. Its daily customised program provides parents with nearly a dozen age-appropriate daily activities that support children in critical stages of their development.
3. Snowflake Computing
Snowflake is a cloud-based data warehousing and analytics startup. The company, which was founded in 2012, has already raised in excess of $900 million in venture capital.
With its “data warehouse-as-a-service” model, the platform enables organizations to store and analyze data via innovative cloud-based software. Users can use Snowflake’s cloud to discover, exchange, and share data in a secure environment. Snowflake claimed the number-one slot on the 2019 LinkedIn Top Startups List.
With the gig economy showing no signs of slowing down, Cushion was designed by (and built for) freelancers. It is essentially a planning and time management app. Cushion enables freelancers to plan projects months in advance, providing a bird’s-eye view of the user’s entire year at the click of a mouse.
Cushion’s programming picks up warning signs when the freelancer is becoming overbooked. In addition, it can be used to keep freelancers on track with their financial goals, adjusting monthly targets throughout the year. It also helps users keep track of funds and identify late-paying clients.
Nuro’s mission is to make AI and robotics available to ordinary people for use in their everyday lives.
The company’s leaders believe technology can benefit all of us, making our lives easier and helping us take care of the people and things we care about most. Founded by Jiajun Zhu and Dave Ferguson, Nuro was created to harness the power of AI and robotics to solve challenges on a global scale.
The organization has created a fully self-driven, on-road vehicle designed to transport goods safely, quickly, and affordably. From dry cleaning to dinner, the vehicle is capable of handling errands of all kinds.
In June 2019, Nuro teamed with Domino’s Pizza, piloting pizza delivery via driverless cars in Houston, where Nuro has been operating safely for several months.
Doorport simplifies apartment access for visitors and deliveries — a growing concern when so much shopping is now done online.
Clients create a profile, telling the app about the logistics of their apartment building. They then receive a new virtual phone number. Users then speak with their property manager, asking them to change the call number for the building’s intercom. Once Doorport is set up, users can give instant access to friends, delivery personnel, and anyone else.
Some of Doorport’s key benefits are that it provides timed access, creating temporary keys for guests and deliveries and permanent access for trusted visitors. Entries are logged, meaning that users can see exactly who is coming and going. Guests without a key code can easily be given access through call forwarding to the client’s phone.
With a mission to democratise the financial system, Robinhood is a commission-free investment platform enabling clients to invest in global companies in a whole new way. There are no account minimums and no foreign exchange fees or commissions. The app is user-friendly and intuitively designed for experts and newcomers alike.
Robinhood’s app allows trades in stocks and funds, gold, options, and cryptocurrency. It is currently operational in the United States and due to launch in the UK in early 2020. Notably, Robinhood was the only startup on the LinkedIn Top Startups List to appear in the top 10 in both 2018 and 2019.
Samsara ranks third on LinkedIn’s Top Startups List this year. With offices in San Francisco, Atlanta, San Jose, and London, Samsara announced in fall 2019 that it had raised $300 million in a recent funding round. This brings its total funding to $530 million.
Samsara specializes in AI and wireless data. The organization serves 10,000 organizations in a range of sectors, from transport and logistics to local government.
Samsara is one of the fastest-growing industrial Internet of Things (IoT) companies today. It provides clients with cloud-based applications, analytics, AI, hardware, and software to automate manual processes, prevent accidents, and improve product quality.