Looking back, 2015 has been an exciting time for tech. As the big name giants in the industry continue to evolve — the Googles, the Amazons, the Apples of the world — this year brought many interesting new startups to the scene. From smart new tech brands seeking to make travel and everyday life easier to clever companies pushing the boundaries of communication and creativity, here’s a look at the top 10 tech startups of the year!
10. Desktop Metal
In the relatively short time since it first appeared, 3D printing has made the seemingly impossible possible by letting us create physical items by printing them out from a computer. Desktop Metal aims to takes this a step further in an exciting new direction by 3D printing metal parts. Launching late in 2015, this innovative and well-funded Boston startup is still getting its website and first prototype together, but conceptually it holds lots of promise for the future.
Blowing the lid open on Internet security risks is the prime directive of this cloud-based network analytics company. Formerly known as CloudHelix, Kentik launched mid-2015 with its one-of-a-kind cloud-based service that allows for detailed data tracking, analytics, and full visibility across an unlimited number of networks. This will aid in the detection and prevention of DDoS attacks and provide valuable insights for online companies.
Whether it’s for work or for pleasure, carpooling is a great way to save on resources, cut down on traffic, help curb pollution, and keep more cash in your group’s wallets. Ride is a cool new mobile app that helps employees network to make setting up a carpool route faster and easier. Considering this app has features for drivers and passengers, it’ll be interesting to see what it brings to the ridesharing table in 2016 and beyond.
For those of us who find shopping in a sea of options overwhelming, this startup’s fresh take on online commerce is a real game-changer. The Operator app quickly connects you with experts specifically attuned to what you’re looking to find out more about, and their time-saving advice can help the decision making process go faster. Less stress and more time for fun? Yes, please.
Ask anyone in the media and publishing industry how they feel about adblockers, and you’ll probably get a deluge of agitated responses. This startup is pushing to find a balance by working around adblockers and offering consumers different options for supporting the websites and content they enjoy. That’s good news for many brands, considering how ad blocking usage is on a steady rise.
Delayed and cancelled flights are a nightmare for frequent travelers, but this smart startup aims to ease the sting of derailed flight plans. This mobile service lets you book a new ticket on any airline without additional cost when you find yourself in an airline travel kerfuffle. Freebird is one to watch for, especially if you’re a frequent flier.
Going head to head with a major online commerce platform like Amazon is a tough move, but Jet is eager to rise to the challenge. This membership-driven shopping startup is gunning to showcase all the top-notch goods the Internet has to offer — while delivering lower prices and undercutting Amazon’s best deals. Will it become the Amazon killer it’s being dubbed as? Stay tuned in 2016!
Imagine getting paid to drive around to and from work? What about getting paid to trek to the mall or a casual drive through your city? Wrapify lets you do just that, except your ride will be covered in large splashy advertisements. Is that a welcome tradeoff for $400 to $600 a month? This inventive startup thinks so, and many motorists might agree!
Wi-Fi deadzones in your household or office can be a real pain when you’re trying to get work done outside of your usual work desk. Using Bluetooth technology and sleek outlet plug-in stations, Eero aims to boost your signal anywhere and everywhere you might possibly need it. This smart startup will be launching its first physical product in early 2016.
Livestreaming is a rapidly growing way to connect with people online, and Periscope’s arrival on the tech scene is no fluke. This popular app lets you stream live video from your phone and broadcast it to viewers around the globe. It gives people a cool way to connect and experience moments through the eyes of strangers and long-distance friends alike. Twitter acquired this startup even before it had officially launched, and Periscope’s rapid growth in 2015 makes it a hot startup to watch in 2016.
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With lots of cool companies and products kicking off this year, which ones are you most looking forward to in 2016? Share your thoughts on these new tech startups in the comments section below!