10 Startups You Should Watch in 2014

startups in 2014

Below are 10 startups launched in 2013 that are ready to rock the world next year:

Collegefeed

Collegefeed has a noble mission to help every college student and new grad get hired. The service has already grown to tens of thousands of users, over 1,200 schools and hundreds of employers. It was created by Google’s former product chief, Sanjeev Agrawal, who has turned all of his passion to using technology to solve the job crisis for millennials.

Students are facing skyrocketing tuition, massive loan debt and nearly 50% can’t get jobs that use their degree. Users have been hired using the tool from Morgan Stanley to Facebook.

Rockbot

Rockbot is an out-of-home music service disrupting the billion dollar market dominated by Muzak. Many bars, restaurants and airports stream music. This service lets customers vote on the playlist and request songs. It’s the modern day jukebox from the customer’s smartphone.

They recently announced their newest customer, JetBlue in their JFK terminal.

Cover

Cover is a restaurant payment application that changes the way people pay at restaurants. Using an Uber-style experience, it lets diners leave without ever “paying” the check. The app lets people prepay it or split it among diners.

The product is live at about 30 top-tier restaurants in New York.

KONO

KONO was inspired and created by culinary genius, Rossano Boscolo. It has over 130 locations in countries throughout world where it offers consumers an entirely new pizza experience with its cone-shaped crust filled with fresh Italian ingredients.

Launched in August 2013, KONO USA has over 15 units in its development pipeline.

Sense Health

Sense Health helps providers create, deliver and monitor interactive patient support plans called ‘scripts.’ Providers simply answer three assessment questions about their patient: Their specific condition, their goals for the month and barriers that might be hindering their ability to accomplish them.

Through their proprietary algorithm, Sense Health automatically creates a 28 day script which consist of daily text messages delivered automatically. Scripts are comprised of reminders, educational, motivational and interactive text messages. Providers have a dashboard which alerts them when a patient asks a question or are non-compliant.

Touchcast

Touchcast is an innovative video platform that brings interactivity of the Web into an online TV viewing experience so users can engage with Twitter, Web pages, maps, and polls inside the video without interrupting playback. It has been nominated by AdWeek as Hottest Startup in their Hot List.

The company saw record downloads since launching in June.

Tok

Tok is a new social opinion network that turns online commenting into discussions and users into communities. Its networked, visual conversation interface creates a richer experience that brings people together and will offer companies with an audience an effective way to share targeted, dynamic, interactive content.

3Dagogo

3Dagogo is an online marketplace of certified 3D designs to “print” consumer products at home. The company crowdsources “proven-to-print” designs and has an intuitive search interface that allows users to search for designs that work with their home 3D printer, materials and skill level.

Simply Insured

Simply Insured is a way for small businesses to find and buy health insurance online. With the problems on Healthcare.gov, many companies will be facing different requirements and options for health insurance.

This company helps small businesses navigate the changing health insurance landscape, using their technology to make it transparent and easy to understand.

TestRocker

TestRocker brings together premier academic tutors with the best technology to make quality private tutoring available to students around the world whenever and wherever they desire. Launched by two sisters, the company’s first two programs are SAT and ACT prep.

Within one year of launch, TestRocker had students in 14 different countries studying on its platform.

What startups are you watching in 2014?

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  1. Great list! I’m excited to try the TouchCast. Looks pretty good and if it does what it says it does, it will then be included in my favorite applications out there.

  2. I’ve met the guys behind Tok and it’s very cool. I’ll keep my eye out for these guys in the new year.

  3. All these have some pretty good ideas upon startup. I guess the businesses that make it big today are the ones that can come up with the most creative ideas.

  4. Great list of start ups. Looks like education start ups are going to be big this year.

  5. Cone-shaped pizza? Very interesting. Different. I think the first time I’d have it, my brain would be too busy thinking it was having a cone of spicy chewy warm ice cream. I’d definitely try it though :).

    • Haha I thought so too. Although I am quite familiar with some pizza breads but this is still quite interesting. I am somehow intrigued about its taste.

      • I’m thinking what’s in the cone won’t taste a whole lot different. I mean if they’re really good at it, then yeah, that will taste nice. But it’s the consistency of the cone and eating them together that’ll be interesting to taste.

  6. Very useful list. Another possible application – it could give you ideas on how to find a niche for your own startup!

  7. This is a REALLY fantastic list! I made notes! ;) very excited to hear about Touchcast, Sense Health and Simply Insured! Wow! Seems people have been thinking as much as I have!
    I’ve recently sparked the “cherry on top” of my idea that will positively affect millions of people all over the world. But MAN! Can I tell you how hard it is to try and get someone to notice you flailing your arms ? And then my question of “who to trust?” With my idea enough to tell.. ? Any advice would be TREMENDOUSLY appreciated.

    I am so glad I stumbled on your article here :)

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