There are lots of new ideas out there, many of which are getting serious funding in hopes of making their dream come true. In this post, we look at 7 startups who enjoyed successful funding rounds in the last 2 months. Some of these are really exciting ideas. Let’s take a look.
$8.3 Million in Venture Round
Justin.tv is really amazing, it allows you to watch thousands of free channels. If you ever want to catch a soccer game, football game, etc., that is not shown in your area, there’s a good chance you can watch it on Justin.tv. To be honest, I don’t really understand how this is legal. But there must be something to it. The website has grown incredibly fast and now has another $8 million to build with.
$1 Million in Series A
As someone who works in SEO and social media, I understand a few reasons why badges are important. Basno is a place to create and collect digital badges. Badges on Basno acknowledges great accomplishments, skills, commitments and expertise. Finishing a marathon, speaking fluent Mandarin, shooting even par, or traveling the world. The website does not appear to be very well built yet. But with a million in the bank, we may all be turning to Basno to share or collect badges soon.
5 Million in Series A
This idea is pretty darn cool. I can see why they got $5 million to move forward. Outbox allows you to organize your postal mail from the convenience of your iPhone or iPad anytime, anywhere. According to Outbox, “The Outbox unpostmen collects your mail three days per week.” Then unpostmen scan the mail so you can view it digitally. Outbox also mentions that the unpostmen drive white Toyota Prius cars with big red mail flags on the side, “Make sure to honk if you see them! Mail is processed the same day as it is picked up. So users get three deliveries of new mail into their account each week.” I love this idea, and would also love never having to collect and open my mail again.
$3.8 Million in Series A
One thing is clear, everything is going mobile. Pixate is making a play on this. Pixate was founded in May 2012 with the goal of enabling designers and developers alike to quickly and easily create native mobile interfaces. This new application development platform seems to be attracting attention. They have fresh funding and are actively helping old apps convert to their platform.
$30 Million in Series D Funding
Dining in or out? Forget even leaving home to get the food. I have been working with a few of these food delivery services recently. Basically, you order from a restaurant and they handle the delivery. It is a great idea and the industry is growing very quickly. If you are in Internet marketing, you have to love it. You never need to leave your computer.
“The Delivery Hero network was founded in October 2010. Since then Delivery Hero has been continuously transforming the way people order food online. In essence, our vision is to bring better food to the people! Choice, convenience, reliability and quality are the key benefits for our customers. They can easily find their favorite dish through thousands of online menu cards. Orders as well as payments can conveniently be placed online and restaurants are peer-reviewed. Only a few clicks are required and delicious food is on its way to our customers.” – Delivery Hero
$5 Million in Series B
Yieldbot is an advertising and publisher platform that has been getting some notable buzz.
“For advertisers, Yieldbot looks to improve your performance with a new channel of premium keyword inventory and true real-time matching of your consumer intent. For publishers, Yieldbot provides massive intelligence on visitor site-session intent and a direct connection to search and keyword buying budgets in their marketplace.” – Yeildbot
With $5 million in the bank, we can expect this network to expand even more.
$200,000 in Seed
Tunaspot didn’t raise as much as some of the others we mentioned, but it’s a cool concept so I wanted to cover it. Tunaspot is a location-based music platform. Imagine a map where you can zoom in to a tiny beach house in Brazil and tune into their public playlists. Say if you’re visiting Barcelona, you can open your smartphone and get the music profiles for all the cool clubs and bars around you, such as the DJ-set from the club around the corner or the jazz fusion Spotify list from Barcelona’s best jazz café further down the street. The website launched globally in December of 2012 and looks like it will be one to watch.
While not all of these sites directly deal with Internet marketing, I still think they all have something to them. I hope you enjoyed this post.
Which of these startups is your favorite and why?