29 Oct Who Could be the Next Unicorn in 2018?
Who Could be the Next Unicorn in 2018?
The next billion-dollar startup could emerge in 2018 and they are coming from a variety of industries such as tracking, 3-D printing, luggage and online education. Who could be the next unicorn? TrueBridge Capital Partners asked approximately 200 venture capital firms to nominate the startups they thought were most likely to become a unicorn. There were over 100 businesses, that were narrowed down into the top twenty-five based on revenue, funding and their recently valuations. Here they are listed in alphabetical order.
Amplitude founded by Curtis Liu, Spense Skates and Jeffrey Wang: based in San Francisco, the company aims to help other companies build better products through advanced analytics.
Anduril Industries founded by Joe Chen, Matt Grimm, Palmer Luckey, Brian Schimpf and Trae Stephens: they create virtual reality headsets for a defense firm.
Autho founded by Eugenio Pace and Matias Woloski: they offer a software to streamline website login features.
Away founded by Steph Korey and Jen Rubio: luggage designed with the Millennial consumer in mind with features such as electable batteries for phone charging and TSA-approved locks, but at a more affordable price.
Braze founded by Jon Hyman and Bill Magnuson: a web-based platform that helps brands like Domino’s push personalized messages in regard to the customer’s delivery order.
Cloud9 founded by Jack and Paullie Etienne: they compete in various esports leagues and bring in lucrative sponsorships from companies like Red Bull and HP.
Couchbase founded by Steve Yen, Dustin Sallings, Damien Katz, J. Chris Anderson and Jan Lehnardt: an enterprise software that allows users to create apps with “NoSQL” databases.
Coursera founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng: the world’s leading MOOC provider (online courses), this company has 150 international university partners, 1,400 enterprise customers and 36 million registered users.
Flywire founded by Iker Marcaide: a Boston-based fintech company, providing services for universities, hospitals and businesses who need to receive payment in foreign currency, at an affordable rate and in less time.
Honey founded by Ryan Hudson and George Ruan: this company gives over 10 million users discount rates and cashback rewards for purchases from a variety of online vendors.
KeepTruckin founded by Ryan Johns, Obaid Khan and Shoaib Makani: technology-based company located in San Francisco with the goal of brining the trucking industry into the digital era.
Lemonade founded by Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger: based in New York, this is an insurer in the property-and-casualty industry.
Mapbox founded by Eric Gunderson: a simple, plug-and-play map that is the backbone of apps from Snapchat, the Weather Channel, Tinder and Facebook.
Markforged founded by David Benhaim and Greg Mark: this company makes 3-D printers for both carbon and metal.
Pendo founded by Todd Olson, Erik Troan, Eric Boduch and Rahul Jain: based in Colorado, Pendo offers web and mobile based analytics software for businesses to track and chart customer behavior.
Podium founded by Eric Rea and Dennis Steele: they sell a software which gather customer communications and funnels them to one feed that is easier to management and respond to.
Postmark founded by Manish Chandra, Tracy Sun, Gautam Golwala and Chetan Pungaliya: over 40 million people are using this app to resell clothing around the world.
Skillz founded by Casey Chafkin and Andrew Paradise: Skillz provides a software for game developers to easily create multiplayer and tournament modes.
Sonder founded by Francis Davidson and Lucas Pellan: like Airbnb but with more of a hotel vibe, turning apartments into “Sonder Spaces” complete with concierge services and fresh towels.
Thirdlove founded by David Spector and Heidi Zak: now dominating one percent of the online shopping for lingerie with their unique half-cup sized products.
Transfix founded by Drew McElroy and Jonathan Salama: a online service that saves time and cuts down on waste by providing more efficient routing for truckers.
TripleLift founded by Eric Berry, Eric Berry, Shaun Zacharia and Ari Lewine: offering a more natural place for online adds to appear, rather than traditional banner ads.
uBiome founded by Jessica Richman and Zachary Apte: they sell at-home test kits to doctors, who can then detect microorganisms associated with gut conditions like irritable bowel syndrome to metabolic disorders like obesity, to HPV strains.
VSCO founded by Joel Flory and Greg Lutze: VSCO started as a way to take and edit mobile photos, but now have their own social network of creatives with millions of paid subscribers.
Welltok founded by Scott Rotermund, Chris Rotermund, Carlos Cardona, Chris Coloian, Jeff Cohen and John Dibiasi: based out of Denver, CO., Welltok is a healthcare startup working as the liaison between health care providers and their customers.
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