The 7 Most Exciting NYC Startups
Successful NYC startups are on the rise in a big way. Given the general goodwill and a good business environment that startups are exposed to, many innovative ideas are turning into viable businesses in NYC. There is also a lot of support from venture capitalists and financial organizations. These seven startups are creating businesses that are thriving and they’re doing amazing things.
Maple is a delivery only kitchen in New York City that aims at reinventing how restaurant deliveries are made in the marketplace. Founded in 2014 by Caleb Merkl and Akshay Navle, Maple hit the ground running by delivering quality dishes anywhere in NYC. This has attracted funding to a tune of $25 million from several investors including Thrive Capital, Venture Partners, and Andy Dunn.
Do you find group projects traumatizing because all the members have to be there for collaboration? Emails seem to take forever before everyone responds. Luckily, thanks to Trello, collaboration in group projects is as easy as posting sticky notes on your desk.
Trello has created a free app that is revolutionizing remote work. Its efforts have not gone unnoticed and they have received funding of over $10 million from financiers like Index Ventures and Spark Capital.
Kit is a platform where members come up with product recommendations. The editors do not dictate the products that are recommended in the platform. The users make up kits on the platform based on their interests and hobbies from fashion to the latest devices.
Kit also partners with other sites like B&H Photo and Amazon and lets the users add affiliate codes of the products they recommend to others. This enables the users to make some money from the service. There is no limit to the number of ‘kits’ that each user can make. Any crazy and creative idea is welcome on the platform. They recently received seed funding of about $2.5 million from several investment firms.
With Capsule, you will not need to visit your local pharmacy for prescriptions again. Capsule delivers prescriptions right at your doorstep, whether in the office or at home through a courier when you order through their app.
Using the app, you’re able to look up the prescription order, submit the order, and select a drop-off location and timelines before making a payment. The medication is then delivered to the location by courier. They have one brick and mortar store in NYC and they deliver medications wherever they’re needed.
Frame.io strives to be the leading video collaboration and review platform. The idea came to John Traver and Emery Well when they found it hard to share and edit video projects among the members of their team. In search of a solution, they came up with a platform that they could upload all the video materials and then share them out with people who are participating in a project.
Frame.io allows you to upload all your source media, work in progress, and assets into private workspaces where you can invite your team and clients to collaborate. They replace the hodgepodge of DropBox for file sharing, Vimeo for video review, and email for communication.
The platform has revolutionized the way videos are reviewed. Nike and Facebook are early clients. It’s both a refreshing and new idea.
Are you looking for a good night sleep without wearing a boring sleep tracker? Eight has a solution for you. This smart mattress cover solution helps you track your sleep by lying on it. You can use their smart technology to learn about your sleep patterns.
Eight launched in July of ’14 and has had great success in revolutionizing people’s bedrooms and ensuring that they sleep well.
A number of women have allergic reactions when they use common tampons that are sold around the city. Lola saw this problem and is revolutionizing female care. They came up with LOLA tampons, which are made from 100 percent hypoallergenic cotton and then packed in compact plastic easy applicators that are BPA-free. This eliminates all the materials that are likely to cause allergies to the women.
The innovative idea has attracted funding to the tune of $4.2 million as well as lots of clients from women that are seeking a feminine product that is hypoallergenic. Fashion model, Karlie Kloss even offered to be the brand ambassador.
Do you have a really exciting startup that recently launched? NYC startups have the right combination of being in an international tech hub that is trending up, easy to find investors and a legal framework that enables NYC startups to thrive.