Every year investors and tech insiders look to Silicon Valley, Cupertino and other areas of innovation in order to identify the hottest startups that are sure to make waves in the coming year. If you have money to invest, if you want to model your own company after a new hot startup or even if you’re just curious and you want to watch the latest shining stars rise through the ranks from obscurity to center stage, here are the newest 2014 startups to watch this year.
Our 2014 startups lineup begins with Coin, which allows you to consolidate your credit cards, debit cards and loyalty cards all in one simple yet incredibly sleek and cool-looking device. Though the company hasn’t gone public with its offering just yet, Coin like other startups of its kind are currently looking for funding. It also has to convince retailers everywhere to accept the card in lieu of the cards their customers typically use.
If you have ever wanted to anonymously share a secret with the world, you will love the next on our list of hot 2014 startups, Whisper. The app is already a hit, with most users sharing and reading whispers for 25 minutes at a time, eight to ten times per day. The company has already raised $25 million dollars from investors and is about to reach its 3 billionth page view.
Do you hate fighting with others who live in your house over your heating bill? Tado makes those arguments a thing of the past by regulating the heater according to app settings set by you. It will turn the heater off when you leave the house and then turn it on when you’re on your way back. ‘The smart heating app’ can reportedly save you 27% on your heating bill and it saves the environment. It’s easy to see why this is one of the hot 2014 startups and investors tend to agree. The company has already raised $2.6 million and further expansion is planned for the rest of the year.
Considered the next mobile photography marketplace, Eyeem has already raised $6 million in capital funding and recently received a write-up in Forbes. It also recently redesigned its iPad app, which solidifies its list on the 2014 startups to watch this year. With its 10 millionth user already in the books, Eyeem could prove to be Instragram’s worst enemy.
Started by Lucas Duplan when he was studying computer science at Stanford University, unique payment app Clinkle has already raised $25 million in seed money, which is considered the largest amount a startup has ever received in Silicon Valley history. The app uses high frequency sounds that can be read by other devices, allowing people to pay for groceries and other products with their phones. Though the company did recently lay off a quarter of its staff, Clinkle is still listed as one of the hot 2014 startups to keep an eye on. With so many big-name companies are invested in it and with behind-the-scenes details still incredibly scarce, we’re bound to hear a big splash from Duplan’s creation in the coming year.
Out of all the startups listed here, Sixty Vocab seems to be the most fun. The platform is based on the premise that 2000 words equal 60% of a foreign language. The program gives you vocabulary words of varying complexity and then provides you with a time-based game that you can play whenever you have time. The idea is to build up your ability to instantly recall words normally used in conversation. With quite a few foreign languages to choose from, this is definitely one of the hot 2014 startups to watch.
One of the newest startups of 2014, Oscar wants to revolutionize the health care industry. Based out of New York and having already raised $40 million, the company seeks to rival popular insurance companies like Aetna and United Health. The company is currently enrolling New Yorkers who desire insurance under the Affordable Care Act. With computer scientist Mario Schlosser included on the employee roster, if you haven’t heard of Oscar yet, you probably will soon.
With these hot 2014 startups, you will know exactly who to spy on and where to divert your capital if you feel like contributing to this year’s most innovative minds. From payment processors to foreign language tutors to smart heating apps and anonymous whispers, this year is already proving to be an incredibly exciting one for the world of technology.