Affirm is a consumer finance company providing shoppers with instant point-of-sale financing for online purchases. Started by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Affirm’s data-driven approach and transparent financing solutions empower shoppers to buy now and pay later in monthly installments and at reasonable interest rates.
AltSchool is a collaborative community of micro-schools that combines personalized learning plans, teachers who use an experiential, interdisciplinary approach and micro-school networks to provide a personalized "whole child" learning experience for children.
Founder(s): Boris Sofman, Hanns Tappeiner, Mark Palatucci
Anki is dedicated to bringing consumer robotics into everyday life, building on decades of scientific research to make artificial intelligence accessible to everyone. Their first consumer product is an award winning car racing game that combines a mobile phone app with physical cars.
App.net is a subscription-based, ad-free, social network and API, a home for meaningful interactions and a platform for developers to build on. App.net is out to become the pipes that power the social web, opening up its API to the creativity of independent software developers. App.net users already have access to over sixty high-quality applications – built by outside developers – that enable new connections and communication. App.net was founded around trust: developers can rely on the API, users own their data, the business model is transparent, and users are the customer (not the product).
Founder(s): Sunny Gupta, Kurt Shintaffer, Paul McLachlan
Belly makes loyalty easily accessible to all customers and readily available at every business. It offers a program that fits each business’s personality, culture, brand, and objectives in order to foster more personal relationships with customers while simultaneously delivering meaningful customer analytics.
Boku is the leading global mobile payments network, servicing 68 countries through more than 250 carriers with a frictionless payment system that allows a mobile phone number to be used as a secure payment instrument.
Box’s mission is to make businesses of all sizes more productive, competitive, and collaborative by connecting people and their most important information. Content on Box can be securely shared and easily accessed on the web, through iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications, and extended to partner applications, such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce.
Bracket Computing delivers enterprise computing that is driven by business needs, not hardware limitations. To that end, Bracket created the world’s first 'cloud virtualization system' by developing computing cells that harness the public cloud for the enterprise. This results in combining cloud scale, elasticity, and efficiency with the security, performance, and control of a dedicated hardware data center.
Bump is a mobile application that lets phones connect and interact by physically bumping. One of the top 10 mobile apps of all time, Bump makes your phone usable in the real world, letting users share photos, music, apps, connect on social networks, and more by just bumping phones.
Type of business: technology-driven global news and entertainment media company
BuzzFeed publishes news and original reporting, lifestyle, entertainment, and video content with a mission to impact the largest possible audience. The company is redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology.
CipherCloud enables organizations to securely adopt cloud applications by overcoming data privacy, residency, security, and regulatory compliance risks. The security controls protect sensitive information in real time, before it is sent to the cloud.
Founder(s): Evan Reas, Shubham Mittal, Prasanna S.
Built on Android, Cyanogen's mobile OS is the commercial distribution and CyanogenMod is the open-source community distribution backed by the company. Cyanogen is known for performance, enhanced security / privacy, and revolutionary personalization features.
Databricks is building software for analyzing and extracting value from data.
Databricks is led by a team of professors that has created the in-memory Apache Spark and Shark platforms for analyzing big data.
DataGravity has created the first data-aware storage system that tracks data access and analyzes data as it is stored to provide greater visibility, insight and value from a company’s information assets.
Founder(s): Ben Uretsky, Moisey Uretsky, Mitch Wainer
Digital Ocean has created fast and convenient cloud technology to help customers easily and efficiently manage their infrastructure and get back to coding. They provide all of users with high-performance SSD Hard Drives, flexible API, and the ability to select to nearest data center location.
Distelli makes it fast and easy for developers to deploy code to any server with the push of a button. The platform empowers developers and their teams to spend less time building and maintaining complex deployment tools and homegrown scripts so they can focus their valuable time and effort on creating the software that powers their business.
Dwolla is a payment network that allows any business or person to send, request and accept money. Their network securely connects to customer's bank accounts and allows everyone to send money quickly, safely and at the lowest cost possible.
Eventley’s an engagement platform for business events. Every company organizes events to sell to, satisfy and engage audiences. Eventley helps their marketing and sales teams get closer to their prospects and customers than they ever thought possible. With our single, integrated event platform, Eventley takes the headache out of managing events so marketers can focus on engaging attendees with matching logic, social and mobile tools. Passive attendees become active fans, marketers become heroes, sales can sell more, and executives gain visibility into their customers across one or multiple events.
Facebook is a social networking service and website with more than 500 million active users. Fundamental features to the experience on Facebook are a person’s Home page and Profile. The Home page includes News Feed, a personalized feed of his or her friends updates. The Profile displays information about the individual he or she has chosen to share, including interests, education and work background and contact information. Facebook also includes core applications – Photos, Events, Videos, Groups, and Pages – that let people connect and share in rich and engaging ways. Additionally, people can communicate with one another through Chat, personal messages, Wall posts, Pokes, or Status Updates.
FiftyThree designs and builds mobile creation tools that work the same way humans do. Their first products are Paper, the easiest way to create on an iPad, and Pencil, a stylus for touchscreen devices.
The increasing demand for a next-generation, solid-state storage technology is driven by advancements in computer processors which, following Moore’s Law, have grown exponentially in performance. Mechanical disks, on the other hand, follow Newtonian Dynamics and experience lackluster performance improvements, introducing a performance gap. Ushering in a new era of application-centric, solid-state storage solutions for the enterprise, Fusion-io is revolutionizing the way database, application and system administrators architect their data centers. The company is closing the gap between processing power and storage needs by delivering breakthrough performance at a fraction of the cost of traditional disk-based storage systems. Now, the performance of an entire disk array can be placed inside a server. Fusion-io’s executive team has a long history of building companies that deliver game-changing and innovative technologies to the marketplace. Fusion-io was founded in 2006 by a team of experts with successful track records in the fields of transaction processing, high-performance networking, storage and superclusters, and computing and image processing.
Founder(s): Drew Perkins, Shlomo Rakib, Jeff White, Mark Stalica
Gainspeed’s distributed access architecture improves price/performance and addresses the limitations of today’s cable networks by centralizing control in the data center and distributing processing to the edge of the network.
Genius breaks down text with line-by-line annotations, added and edited by anyone in the world. Through this crowdsourced annotation of music, news, literature, history, and just about any other text imaginable, Genius provides an interactive guide to human culture.
GoodData offers an open analytics platform that consolidates data of any size, both inside organizations and in the cloud, to create an analytic experience that is both fast and agile for users -- yet protected, managed, and secure for IT.
Type of business: E-commerce marketplace for daily deals and group buying
Groupon, Inc. operates an e-commerce marketplace that connects merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount in North America and internationally. It offers deals in 140 various types of businesses, including health and beauty, retail, services, activities, events, and food and drink. The company sends daily emails to its subscribers regarding discounted offers for goods and services that are targeted by location and personal preferences. Consumers would access its deals directly through the company's Website and mobile application. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
Human Dx enables and supports the development of the Human Diagnosis Project. The Project's mission is to use contributions from the global medical community to create an open system that maps any human health problem to its possible diagnoses.
Over time, such a system could dramatically alter the cost of, access to, and efficacy of health care globally. The Project will allow stakeholders across health care (patients, doctors, academic institutions, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, foundations, governments, etc.) to make better health outcomes and resource allocation decisions.
The Project will initially be seeded via contributions from medical students, residents and physicians through a learning/licensing/practice tool. As the tool is used, Human Dx encodes structured data regarding how doctors think and uses machine learning, data mining, and other approaches to process and interpret this data.
IFTTT is a service that allows users to create powerful connections with one simple statement: if this then that. IFTTT creates recipes by combining triggers (this) and actions (that) to produce replicable results.
It’sOn is introducing a new way for mobile services to be delivered, purchased and used by consumers and businesses. The company is building direct-to-consumer services and cloud-based solutions that will serve the needs of both mobile service and content providers.
Julep is one of the fastest growing beauty brands in the country which incorporates the real-time feedback of its online fans. They have created a line of effective, toxin-free beauty products and the limited-run nail colors.
Kno, Inc. is an education software company on a mission to “Change The Way Students Learn.” We believe engagement is a leading indicator of learning success and grades are a lagging indicator. So we have partnered with over 80 leading publishers to offer more than 200,000 interactive titles that make learning more engaging, efficient, and social for students. They are the same books, only smarter. Each Kno eTextbook is packed with interactive features, assessments, and social sharing tools to engage students at the point of learning. And the Kno platform provides administrators and teachers with the tools they need to easily assign, manage, and monitor their digital learning content and assessments at an enterprise level. As part of Kno’s commitment to “Do Well, Do Good,” Kno has created the Kno for Good program, a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, to provide $1 for every purchase made through Kno towards a classroom in need. Founded in 2009, Kno, Inc. has emerged as a leader in education software. Kno, Inc. has received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Intel Capital, Goldman Sachs, FLOODGATE and GSV Capital, and is based in Santa Clara, California.
Local Motion is a leading provider of car sharing and mobility management technologies which powers smart fleets for corporations, campuses and government. They have developed a small telematics device that’s installed in any vehicle and that saves time by switching from using keys to using badges to access vehicles.
Lyft is a ride-sharing company that connects people with not just a car, but a friend. Passengers sit in the front seat where they can charge their phones and choose the music. A built-in rating system and signature pink mustaches help maintain a great community.
Lytro light field cameras offer photographic capabilities never before possible, such as focusing a picture after it’s taken and creating interactive living pictures that can be enjoyed by friends and family online.
Magnet offers a comprehensive cloud solution to create, distribute, and manage enterprise-grade mobile apps that reliably and securely integrate with back-end systems, as well as address mobility challenges such as limited connectivity, transaction processing, and caching.
Maxta is realizing the vision of a software-defined data center by delivering a software-defined storage platform to simplify IT and significantly reduce costs while delivering all enterprise-class data services.
Mesosphere provides software that organizes machines, VMs, and cloud instances. By letting applications draw from a single pool of dynamically allocated resources, the software increases efficiency and reduces operational complexity.
Mixpanel has built an advanced analytics platform for mobile and web. The platform empowers individuals and businesses to explore their data -- especially number and type of actions analyzed -- instead of reading canned reports.
NationBuilder is a software platform that combines people databases, websites, and communication tools to help create more meaningful relationships by building a community around whatever the user wants to do.
Founder(s): Steve Mullaney, Martin Casado, Nick McKeown, Scott Shenker
Nicira Networks is accelerating the transformation to cloud infrastructure by delivering software that virtualizes the network. Based on the innovative Network Virtualization Platform (NVP)™ architecture, Nicira solutions provide unprecedented network flexibility and control for service provider and enterprise data centers, leading to dramatically improved scalability, service velocity and costs. The company was founded by networking research leaders from Stanford University and University of California at Berkeley, and is led by proven entrepreneurs in networking, virtualization and security.
Oculus VR, Inc. is revolutionizing the way people experience video games. The company’s first product, the highly anticipated Oculus Rift, is a virtual reality headset that allows players to step inside the game. It provides an immersive, stereoscopic 3D experience with an ultra-wide field of view and super low latency head tracking.
Omada Health is a digital therapeutics company that helps people make the changes necessary to reduce their risk for a host of chronic conditions. Their first program, Prevent, is designed to help individuals, including those with prediabetes, to lose weight and make healthier choices.
PagerDuty helps operations engineers and developers resolve IT system problems as quickly as possible. It aggregates errors from all IT monitoring tools and handles alerting, on-call scheduling, and automatic escalation of critical incidents.
Type of business: Fraud solutions for the enterprise
Pindrop Security provides solutions to protect enterprise call centers and phone users by combining authentication and anti-fraud detection technology that verifies legitimate callers while detecting malicious ones.
Founder(s): Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp
Quirky brings new consumer products to life through its online collaborative platform. The company develops, manufactures, and distributes resulting products to its national retail partners and then shares the revenue back with its community.
Ringly creates jewelry and accessories that notify you about the things that matter most. It enables you to connect the wearable jewelry to your phone and use Ringly's mobile app to decide when and how you want to be notified.
Shapeways is a 3D printing marketplace and community, empowering designers to bring products to life. The Shapeways community can sell their products, share ideas, and get feedback from creative consumers and other designers worldwide.
ShoeDazzle.com offers customized boutique shopping online for women who love shoes and fashion. Our clients receive a personalized showroom every month, brought to them by our team of celebrity stylists, featuring on-trend shoes, handbags, clothing and more. All items are designed by ShoeDazzle, manufactured exclusively in limited runs, and offered at a price that lets you indulge: starting at $39.95. Just take a fun style quiz to see your personal style profile and prepare to feel pampered and beautiful.
SignalFx is an advanced monitoring platform for modern applications. Powered by SignalFlow™ streaming and historical analytics technology, SignalFx enables you to create custom analytics pipelines on metrics data collected from thousands or more sources to create meaningful aggregations — such as percentiles, moving averages and growth rates — within seconds of receiving data.
Skydio builds an intelligent navigation system for drones. Our technology makes drones aware of their surroundings so operators can focus on the video they want or the data their business needs rather than piloting the drone. This opens up the power of the aerial platform to a much broader audience and a much broader set of applications.
Skype is a peer-to-peer Internet telephony service that is free for Skype-to-Skype calls. The service also allows Skype users to call mobiles and landlines, and vice-versa. Skype has special charge plans for non-Skype-to-Skype calls. Skype is expanding from its traditional computer-based calls to mobile applications. Skype was founded by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis who were also the founders of the file sharing application Kazaa and the peer-to-peer television application Joost. Skype is different than other VoIP services in that it uses a peer-to-peer model instead of a server-client model.
Founder(s): Stewart Butterfield, Cal Henderson, Eric Costello, Serguei Mourachov
Type of business: Communication platform for teams
Slack puts team communication in one place, instantly searchable and available wherever you go. It features real-time messaging, file sharing, integrations with dozens of third-party services, and more.
Made from powdered starch, rice protein, olive oil, and raw chemical powders, Soylent is a food substitute intended to supply all of a human body's daily nutritional needs. Soylent allows you to free yourself from the time and money you spend on food today, get healthy, and reduce your environmental impact.
Stack Exchange is the largest network of websites for software developers including Stack Overflow, the destination site for programmers to find, ask, and answer their questions. Built on the premise that serving and enriching the developer community at large would lead to a better, smarter Internet, the Stack Exchange network has grown into one of the largest websites in the world, with Stack Overflow alone serving more than 26 million professional and novice programmers each month. The broader Stack Exchange Network has expanded to cover topics as diverse as Mathematics, Home Improvement, Statistics, and English Language and Usage, as well as Stack Overflow Careers.
Tanium allows enterprises to manage, secure, and maintain the endpoints across their entire network. It enables enterprises to ask questions in plain English; identify and diagnose problems as they occur; and instantly interrogate, manage, update and secure nodes.
Type of business: Next generation crowdfunding platform and tools
Tilt is the easiest way to collect, fundraise, or pool money securely and effectively online. Tilt.com is a free and simple way for individuals to collect money with a group, while enterprise tools like Tilt/Open allow businesses to host, brand, and customize their own crowdfunding experience.
ToutApp builds software that helps salespeople close deals faster through email tracking, templates, and analytics. ToutApp has more than 90,000 salespeople using its platform, with enterprise customers including Atlassian, Dropbox, Optimizely, Jive, Namely, and more.
TransferWise allows people to transfer money internationally at a lower cost than ever before. Through TransferWise, customers not only benefit from the mid-market exchange rate, with no hidden fees, but they also get their money faster.
Type of business: Social networking and microblogging
Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting. Simply find the public streams you find most compelling and follow the conversations. At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters in length, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can share a lot with a little space. Connected to each Tweet is a rich details pane that provides additional information, deeper context and embedded media. You can tell your story within your Tweet, or you can think of a Tweet as the headline, and use the details pane to tell the rest with photos, videos and other media content.
Walker and Company focuses on developing modern personal care brands (that also solve acute physical problems) for people of color. Their first product is Bevel, a shaving system for men with coarse and curly hair.
zulily is the leading daily deals site for moms, babies and kids. Membership is free and zulily sales launch daily, filled with quality clothing, toys, décor and more. Top brands are offered alongside boutique brands, giving moms the chance to outfit their families with unique finds. Founded in 2009, zulily has become a global shopping destination. zulily is headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Reno, Columbus and London.