Our purpose is to make health and beauty simple for people of color. We do this by developing, designing and testing products and services specifically tailored to our community's needs and delivering on the promise of great customer service and a practical shopping experience.
500px is a premium photo-sharing platform for aspiring and professional photographers. It is powered by creative people worldwide and lets you discover, share, buy and sell inspiring photos. With over 2.5 million users and over a billion page views each month, it has grown to become the premier platform with the highest quality photography worldwide.
Actifio™ pioneered the industry’s first storage system optimized for managing copies of production data, eliminating redundant silos of IT infrastructure and data management applications. Actifio introduced virtualization into data management and has helped liberate IT organizations and services providers of all sizes from vendor lock-in and the management challenges associated with exploding data growth. Actifio is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. with offices around the world.
AgLocal’s founders (CEO Nait Jones and CTO Mike Hsieh) are using the web to create a novel channel for our food to go from the farm to the fork. AgLocal is a web based marketplace and platform that facilitates the buying and selling of responsibly raised and healthier meats, by using a network of independent food distributors to match small family owned farms with restaurants and other retailers.
Founder(s): Nathan Blecharczyk, Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 19,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
Type of business: Commercial drone development platform
Airware creates a universal development platform for commercial drones. The company’s platform comprises on-board hardware, software, and a flexible API. Airware democratizes the use of drones without compromising safety for companies of all sizes, from small start-ups to big corporations and non-profit organizations.
alex+von is a social commerce platform that connects small consumer brands with women social sellers, who sell their products via home parties, 1-on-1 & online. We unlock the Avon model for brands, giving them instant reach and credibility through our army of social sellers.
Founder(s): Boris Sofman, Hanns Tappeiner, Mark Palatucci
Anki, Inc. is founded by three PhD’s in robotics from Carnegie Mellon that have the passion and belief that the fundamentals of robotics and artificial intelligence will transform the way we live, work and play. Anki is currently in stealth-mode and will be releasing the first of its series of products in the fall of 2013.
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
Apptio is a provider of on demand IT Cost Transparency solutions. Apptio’s IT Cost Transparency solutions are designed to provide greater visibility into the cost, utilization and operations of IT products and services so that businesses can identify ways to reduce IT costs, make better IT decisions and benefit from more proactive IT Demand Management. Capabilities include template driven IT cost modeling, interactive reporting and analytics, and business facing IT demand management.
Founder(s): Ankur Pansari, Ian Langworth, Mark Logan
Type of business: Gaming experience on the browser
Artillery aims to bring the core gaming experience to the browser. The modern browser is the new console — browser are already capable of delivering very high quality gaming experiences to the users and their capabilities will only get better with time. We’re gamers, engineers and artists. We’ve dreamed of Zelda dungeons, screamed at Halo, and reached the top echelons of competitive StarCraft. Imagine magical gaming experiences like these but only a click away.
Type of business: Enterprise collaboration software
Asana builds enterprise-level collaboration software, or a Collaborative Information Manager. For their software, Asana is developing an in-house programming language called Lunascript for writing rich web applications more efficiently.
Founder(s): Jefferson Rabb, Evan Ratliff, Nicholas Thompson
Atavist is a media and software company at the forefront of digital, mobile publishing. The company’s mission is to enable the next generation of multimedia storytelling, reaching readers across mobile devices and the web. Atavist’s unique “create once, publish everywhere” platform allows publishers and authors to make rich, layered, multimedia stories—and publish them in a mobile app, on the web, as an ebook, or as a magazine. The company built this flexible cloud-based platform to power The Atavist, their award-winning publishing venture. Atavist’s software is now used by clients including TED Conferences, Pearson, and The Paris Review for their digital publishing needs. This year, Atavist will be opening up the platform to everyone—allowing authors, creators, and storytellers to publish anything, everywhere.
Balanced is a white-label payments API that offers processing, escrow, and payouts in one simple integration. Online marketplaces and advertising networks use Balanced to handle the compliance, risk, infrastructure, and vendor management headaches that usually come along with integrating a payments system, but Balanced can be used by eCommerce models of all kinds to make payments suck less.
Belly is a universal loyalty program that offers unique and exceptional rewards to local businesses through a single customer loyalty card. Belly replaces traditional ‘Buy 10, Get 1 Free’ punch cards with a rewards platform that is tailored to each business’ personality, connecting customers on a much more personalized level to the places they already love. Customers can use a physical card, iPhone App or Android App to scan in on the provided in-store iPad to earn points at every store where Belly is accepted. These points can then be redeemed for creative and customized rewards at each individual location. Belly works with each business to design rewards that are one-of-a-kind and representative of that store’s distinct personality, creating a more engaged user base and ultimately improving customer retention.
BitYota was founded in late 2011 on the guiding principle that data is a critical asset for all companies in today’s fast-paced world. Companies want to use information at a much higher frequency and get timely answers to complex queries for faster decision-making. We recognize that this is a critical market need. We are data geeks with 35+ years of Big Data experience at Yahoo!, Oracle, Informix, Veritas/Symantec, BMC, Tibco, Twitter and Salesforce. “Big Data” today translates to either “Big Cost” or “Big Headache” or both for everyone who has to deal with it. “Big Headache” is caused by a scarcity of specialized skills needed to integrate today’s Big Data technologies, which in turn are incompatible with the mature analytics ecosystem. “Big Cost” because companies have to evaluate uniquely engineered, prohibitively costly systems which were not designed for Cloud deployment and second-guess users on the value of data upfront. Our vision is to make data and analytics accessible to all. There’s a revolution underway and we’re taking sides. We want to create a data platform that enables everyone – from data scientists and engineers to SQL savvy analysts, business and product users, to understand their data, to build better products/services, and create new avenues of growth and productivity. We think this benefits us all. Ours is a SaaS approach that is accessible by both analysts and developers, fits into an existing ecosystem of BI and multiple data sources, and scales affordably with needs.
BOKU is creating the standard for online payments using your mobile phone, making it easy to pay for digital goods and social experiences across the web. With a strong focus on reliability and security, BOKU’s goal is to bring bank-grade payments technology and mobile users together on the web, creating a trusted, viable and accessible market for consumers, publishers and carriers alike.
Box is transforming the way organizations ranging from SMBs to Fortune 500s share and manage all their information in the cloud. Box’s cloud content management platform makes it easy for its 5 million end users to share and collaborate from anywhere, on any device, while also providing the security, visibility and reporting capabilities required by IT departments. The Box Apps Marketplace includes integrations with leading cloud solutions like Salesforce, Google Apps, NetSuite and Jive, making Box content accessible across business applications.
Type of business: Intersection of virtualization and security
Inspired by the isolation principles of traditional virtualization, the Bromium team has created an innovative new technology called micro-virtualization to address the enterprise security problem and provide protection for end users against advanced malware
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.
Capriza’s platform enables the creation, deployment, and management of lightweight, personalized and beautiful apps (aka Zapps). Zapps run on all modern mobile devices and are accessible everywhere. Capriza enables business professionals to create apps that work the way you do with no coding.
Type of business: Online food ordering and tracking
Caviar is the easiest way for consumers and businesses to order food from favorite local eateries with the ability to live-track the order on a map. Browse a picture menu, place the order, and Caviar will deliver within 1 hour or scheduled for later.
CipherCloud, is the leader in cloud information protection, and provides cloud encryption and tokenization gateways to enable organizations to securely adopt cloud applications by eliminating concerns about data privacy, residency, security, and regulatory compliance. CipherCloud’s groundbreaking gateway encrypts sensitive information in real time, before it’s sent to the cloud, using operations-preserving encryption and tokenization technology without impacting usability or the application in any way. The CipherCloud product portfolio supports popular cloud applications out-of-the-box such as Salesforce, Force.com, Chatter, Google Gmail, Microsoft Office 365, and Amazon AWS. Additionally, CipherCloud Connect AnyApp and Database Gateway enable organizations to extend data protection to hundreds of third-party cloud and private cloud applications and databases.
Founder(s): Evan Reas, Shubham Mittal, Prasanna S.
ClearStory Data is focused on enabling self-driven big data exploration. ClearStory Data is making it easy for business users to gather and explore big, diverse, dispersed data from databases, Hadoop and the web for more intuitive insights.
Clipboard is the best way to save and share anything online. Clipboard allows you to save content from the web in a way that no other service does – users can clip all or portions of web pages while retaining layout, images, text and functioning hyperlinks and videos. Clips, which are private by default, can be saved on the web or on an iPhone or iPad. Users can create boards privately, co-curate within groups privately or share publically on social networks. Clipboard also allows you to import local content, specifically images and text files, and create rich text notes online. Regardless of the project, Clipboard is the best way to clip news articles, organize research, and plan your next project or vacation. Over time, Clipboard becomes a reflection of a user’s digital identity on the web.
Company: Coho Data
Founder(s): Ramana Jonnala, Andrew Warfield, Keir Fraser
Led by a team of XenSource/Citrix virtualization and storage industry veterans, Coho Data is a stealth mode startup with the mission of freeing enterprise data from today’s monolithic, low-performance storage architectures. Inspired by the highly scalable, commodity-hardware based approaches of public clouds, the company is developing the first high performance flash-tuned scale-out storage architecture that delivers 10x the price/performance of traditional storage at public cloud capacity pricing. By combining cutting-edge flash and software defined networking in commodity hardware building blocks, Coho Data is enabling enterprises to achieve the flexible scale and economics of public clouds with the performance and control of on-prem hardware and management.
Continuuity delivers the industry’s first Big Data application fabric, fueling the next generation of Big Data applications by making it fast and easy for any developer to build, deploy, scale and manage Big Data apps. Continuuity offers a unified experience across the entire application lifecycle from development to DevOps. By providing pre-packaged building blocks with higher level APIs, Data Libs, tooling and documentation, Continuuity makes creating Big Data applications blazing fast. The cloud-based Continuuity AppFabric, the next generation application serving platform, is built on top of Hadoop open source components and shields developers from the complexity of Big Data and cloud infrastructure. With visually rich UIs, elastic scalability at the touch of a button and push-button app deployment from the developer’s local machine to the cloud, Continuuity shifts the focus from infrastructure creation to business value creation. Built by a team that has worked on and run some of the biggest, most sophisticated Big Data systems in the world, Continuuity is the future of Big Data application development.
CrowdMed is revolutionizing healthcare by harnessing ‘the wisdom of crowds’ to help solve even the world’s most difficult medical cases quickly and accurately online. After 4 years of development and refinement, CrowdMed’s patented prediction market technology can suggest diagnoses to real-world medical cases that have stumped doctors for years. Instead of relying on individual physicians, CrowdMed harnesses the collective intelligence of hundreds of Medical Detectives (MD’s) to produce astonishingly accurate diagnoses in just hours.
CrowdMob is a performance-based mobile advertising network that contextually targets users when they’re seeking entertainment and highly motivated to find new apps. Whether they’re waiting to board a flight, sitting in a movie theater, or bored at the doctor’s office, we funnel these highly engaged, captivated users to your app.
Crowdtilt is the easiest way for groups to pool money online. Since its launch in 2012, Crowdtilt has been used to pool money for everything from group birthday gifts, football tailgates, house parties to charitable fundraisers, community projects, and much more. More importantly, using the Crowdtilt API, anybody can build their own crowdfunding website or integrate group payments in their website.
Type of business: Linux operating system for networking hardware
Cumulus Networks is bringing the Linux revolution to the network. Founded by veteran networking engineers from Cisco, VMware and Google, Cumulus Networks makes the first Linux operating system for networking hardware and fills a critical gap in realizing the true promise of the software-defined datacenter. Just as Linux completely transformed the economics and innovation on the server side of the datacenter, Cumulus Linux will do the same for the network. It is radically reducing the costs and complexities of operating modern datacenter networks for service providers and enterprises including DreamHost and Fastly. Cumulus has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders. For more information visit www.cumulusnetworks.com or follow @cumulusnetworks
“Turning Data into Information” is DataGravity’s mission. Businesses need to react faster and understand the value of critical information that is contained in the massive amounts of data they generate and store each day. The ability to gain valuable insights in a timely manner is the new business challenge and many advances in Big Data applications and Business Intelligence are evolving to provide solutions. The DataGravity team is working hard to create the next generation of information technology. We are throwing out the status quo and working from a virtually clean sheet of paper. The result of our team’s hard work and dedication will change the way people think about and manage their data while supporting a new wave in the consumerization of IT by giving end users the power to harness the richness of the data around them. We are staying quiet about the full details of our solution for now. We have full confidence and a strong track record in our ability to build a great company where people are constantly inspired to achieve.
Don’t abandon your dog in a cage at the kennel! With DogVacay.com you can find a trusted host to watch your dog as a member of the family. Humans save 50% compared to the kennel and dogs get individual attention and a “vacay” of their own. We provide extensive pet-sitter quality control, a comprehensive insurance policy, online scheduling, and daily photo updates for ultimate peace of mi nd.
Dwolla is creating the best way to move money. Powered by an accessible web-based platform and its revolutionary “free or 25 cent flat-fee” per transaction pricing model, the network offers a new approach to security, consumer privacy, and payments. The software securely uses the Internet and users’ existing bank accounts to turn mobile phones, computers, social communities, and even physical locations into a secure network that bypasses traditional card and check systems. This allows friends, families, businesses, even governments and enterprises to electronically send and receive funds with one another, like cash, but without the fees and constraints of traditional debit and credit cards.
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.
Fab.com is the fastest growing e-commerce company on the planet. Each day, Fab.com presents its members with an exclusive collection of design sales across dozens of categories ranging from home products to jewelry to artwork to apparel to workplace to toys and outdoors products, all at up to 70% off of retail prices.
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.
The company provides a platform where anyone can share and mash open data on any subject. For example, you might find a directory of California restaurants, a database of endocrinologists, or a list of American Idol finalists. It provides smart tools to help the community build and maintain a trusted source of structured data. And this data can be used through widgets and APIs to help application developers and content publishers be more innovative and productive.
Fanatics, Inc. is the creation of e-commerce visionary and former Chairman and CEO of GSI Commerce, Michael Rubin. The result of combining Jacksonville-based Fanatics with GSI’s former online licensed sports merchandise business and Dreams, Inc. has made Fanatics one of the world’s largest online retailers of officially licensed sports merchandise. With projected sales to top $1 Billion in 2013, Fanatics provides the ultimate shopping experience to sports fans by offering hundreds of thousands of officially licensed items via its Fanatics (www.fanatics.com) and FansEdge (www.fansedge.com) brands as well as the largest selection of sports collectibles and memorabilia through Fanatics Mounted Memories (www.mountedmemories.com). The company also powers the e-commerce sites of all the major professional sports leagues including the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, and PGA, as well as all major media brands such as ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS Sports and FOX Sports. In addition, Fanatics operates e-commerce sites for over 100 collegiate and professional team properties.
Founder(s): Georg Petschnigg, Andrew Allen, Jonathan Harris, Julian Walker
Fiftythree puts the essential creative tools in arms reach. It is the place to create. Paper, its first product, has won numerous awards including Apple’s iPad App of the Year. Paper provides essential tools optimized for the creative process to sketch, write, draw, outline and color.
Flutter is revolutionizing touch-less gesture based interaction. We detect gestures via webcam and allow you to use those to control iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Keynote, YouTube, Netflix, etc. Our app was recently featured in Best of 2012 in Mac App Store list, and we’re just getting started…
Foursquare is a mobile application that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. It is a friend-finder, a social city guide and a game that challenges users to experience new things, and rewards them for doing so. Foursquare lets users “check in” to a place when they’re there, tell friends where they are and track the history of where they’ve been and who they’ve been there with.
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 is redefining how cable networks are built. Gainspeed enables cable operators to meet skyrocketing capacity requirements, respond to changing market demands, and rapidly deploy new services all while cost-effectively migrating their networks to a software-driven, all-IP architecture.
Getable connects people with their favorite products on-demand from trusted rental establishments. Getable provides any store that rents items, from tuxedos to bicycles, with the tools to move their business online. The company serves the equipment rental industry, an $85B space with a wide selection of inventory across the U.S. Getable makes it possible to do more with less.
Founder(s): Tom Preston-Werner, Chris Wanstrath, PJ Hyett, Scott Chacon
Good Data uses cloud computing to deliver a business intelligence solution as an on-demand service. A central component of Good Data is collaborative analytics, making it easy for users to collectively reach and share insight.
Type of business: Cloud software and analytics platform for farmers
Granular powers the world’s most efficient farms. The company’s cloud software and analytics platform helps farmers become more efficient and make better business decisions. The platform supports each of the main functional areas in a large farming business: planning, operations, marketing and finance. Granular captures critical production and financial data from each cropping cycle and uses advanced analytics to suggest opportunities for financial, operational and agronomic optimization.
Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in more than 565 cities around the world. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, Groupon can offer deals that aren’t available elsewhere. Groupon brings buyers and sellers together in a fun and collaborative way that offers the consumer an unbeatable deal, and businesses a large number of new customers. To date, it has saved consumers more than $300 million and generates millions in revenue for the businesses it features.
Grubwithus is a community where friends and future friends create and join group meals. Grubwithus meals are hosted at restaurants and typically have 6-10 people at each table. Each individual pays in advance through Grubwithus for a set menu that is served family style. Most meals are themed or hosted by a Grubwithus Group to help bring together interested and similar people as well as to guide initial conversation topics at the meal. Grubwithus also allows users to create their own meals. User created meals are fully designed by the users while the logistics and coordination are handled by Grubwithus. These meals can be public or private: public meals can be viewed by the entire community and appear just like any other Grubwithus meal, while private ones — such as birthdays, bachelorette parties, and such — can only be seen by those who have been invited by the organizer.
Founder(s): Linden Tibbets, Alexander Tibbets, Scott Tong
Instart Logic provides a cloud-based service that enables web publishers to deliver an interactive and more immersive web experience even over congested mobile and WIFI networks. Instart Logic empowers publishers to bring to life a new generation of web applications and drive increased customer acquisition and revenue.
It’sOn is introducing a revolutionary 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.
Type of business: Products and services for the mobile lifestyle
For more than a decade, Jawbone has developed products and services for the mobile lifestyle unparalleled in their innovation, ease-of-use and sophistication of design. The company is the creator of the award-winning and best-selling premium ICON Bluetooth headset; the inventor of NoiseAssassin® technology, the world’s first and only military-grade noiseeliminating technology; JAMBOX, the first intelligent wireless speaker and speakerphone; as well as THOUGHTS, a free mobile service that allows users to utilize their voice in a new way. A 2010 IDSA Design of the Decade winner, Jawbone is committed to delivering innovative products that improve the mobile lifestyle through ever-changing software and wearability. Jawbone is privately-held and headquartered in San Francisco.
Founded by former Starbucks and BCG executive Jane Park, Julep is one of the fastest growing beauty brands in the country. Julep was born from the belief that beauty is about connection; a celebration of the bond between girlfriends. Leveraging the expertise gained in their four boutique nail parlors in the Seattle area, Julep has created a line of the most effective, toxin-free beauty products and the latest limited-run nail colors. Julep launches more than 200 new products each year – more than any other beauty company – incorporating the real-time feedback of its online fans. The wildly popular Julep Maven beauty subscription program features full sizes of Julep’s growing beauty products offerings, including skin care and color cosmetics. To further their mission of empowering and connecting women, Julep’s Powered by Girlfriends™ project donates a portion of proceeds from every sale to organizations that support women.
Type of business: Online and mobile credit card payments
Jumio® Inc. offers next generation online and mobile credit card payments validation and ID verification products for retailers, financial institutions and governmental agencies. Designed to increase revenue, reduce fraud, and streamline customer experiences, Jumio utilizes patent-pending computer vision technology to validate and facilitate transactions while providing unprecedented levels of consumer convenience and data security. Jumio’s Netswipe® enables customers to scan their cards in online and mobile checkout resulting in increased revenue and reduced fraud for the merchants. Netverify™ supports real-time ID verification in over 60 countries to help clients meet a variety of know-your-customer requirements.
Founder(s): Kevin Wang, Adi Rathnam, Matt Zitzmann
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.
Based in San Francisco, Leap Motion is a motion-control software and hardware company developing the world’s most powerful and sensitive 3-D motion-control and motion-sensing technology. Leap Motion’s first product, the Leap Motion controller, will be available in early 2013. Leap Motion is 200 times more sensitive than existing motion-control technology, making it the first product to let users navigate and interact with computer applications using natural hand and finger movements. Leap Motion was founded in 2010 by Michael Buckwald and David Holz.
LearnSprout represents the latest thinking and best practices behind the development of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and has built the ﬁrst universal API for K-12 education. By building a single integration that works across multiple student information systems (SIS), LearnSprout has solved one of the longest-standing problems in edtech, opening the door to a world of student engagement data that until now, has been locked away, inaccessible to not only K-12 administrators, but also aspiring edtech developers. By tapping into live student engagement and performance data, LearnSprout is uniquely positioned to act as the conduit for real-time data integration between a school or district’s student information system (SIS) and all other edtech solutions. Now, integration projects that used to take a district or school days or even months, can be done in a matter of minutes. Free to schools and districts, LearnSprout Connect is the easiest and most secure, FERPA compliant method for integrating an SIS within the edtech ecosystem. LearnSprout was founded by Google, Facebook and Microsoft alumns Anthony Wu, Franklyn Chien and Joe Woo and supported by Andreessen Horowitz, Formation 8, Code for America and Imagine K12.
LendUp exists for the 15 million working Americans who do not have access to traditional bank credit and turn to alternative lenders. Many of these people were looking for a simple fix to a short-term financial problem, but ended up trapped in long-term debt caused by hidden fees, costly rollovers and opaque terms and conditions. LendUp loans are a stepping stone towards better credit. Setting the standard for financial transparency along with a combination of gamification, education and laddering micro-loans, LendUp offers a new type of lending product exclusively online and on a mobile device, so they are safe, convenient and easy to use. At LendUp we believe there are two types of financial products: chutes and ladders. Ladders help people up, chutes push people down. One of our core values is that every product we offer at LendUp is a ladder, measured by the long-term financial wellbeing of our customers. LendUp loans are a stepping-stone towards better credit, and all the products we offer are in service of commitment to getting our customers to a better financial state.
Listia is a social marketplace where people can easily trade goods with each other online or from a mobile device. Our goal is to help users unlock the value stored away in their closets and garages without the hassles and fees associated with traditional marketplaces.
Local Motion is a leading provider of car sharing and mobility management technologies. Their technology powers smart fleets for corporations, campuses and government. They have developed a small telematics device that’s installed in any vehicle. Employees save time by switching from using keys to using their badge to access vehicles.
Founder(s): John Hering, Kevin Mahaffey, James Burgess
Lookout is a security technology company dedicated to making the post-PC world safer for everyone. We develop software that secures personal devices, protects the BYOD workforce and defends mobile infrastructure and networks. To address the unique security challenges of the Post-PC era, we take a different approach, tackling security as a data problem. We’ve created the world’s largest mobile data set and combined it with the power of our 40 million users to build a powerful cloud-based protection platform. Lookout was founded by John Hering, James Burgess and Kevin Mahaffey, three mobile security researchers who met at the University of Southern California. The trio’s early security research led them to conclude that threats to mobile users would grow rapidly.
Lyft is your friend with a car, whenever you need it. Just download the app, tap a button and a friendly driver will be on the way within minutes. 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 an awesome community. Since Lyft’s launch in San Francisco in June of 2012, hundreds of thousands of rides have been shared in cities including Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.
In a time when everyone thought the single purpose camera was a thing of the past, Lytro has made a dramatic breakthrough that revolutionizes the experience of photography. Founded in 2006 by CEO Ren Ng, the first Lytro light field camera offers photographic capabilities never before possible, such as focusing a picture after it’s taken, and creates interactive living pictures that can be enjoyed by friends and family online. For additional information, visit Lytro.com.
Magnet offers a comprehensive cloud solution to create, distribute and manage enterprise-grade mobile apps. Magnet enables customers to build applications that reliably and securely integrate with back-end systems, and address mobility challenges such as limited connectivity, transaction processing and caching.
MessageMe is a communication service that helps facilitate different mediums of communication in a simple mobile experience. A fundamental feature to the experience on MessageMe is a person’s profile. MessageMe includes core mediums – Photos, Videos, Voice, Money, Music and Groups – that let people connect and share in rich and engaging ways. “The Medium is the message” – Marshall McLuhan
Company: Meteor Development Group
Founder(s): Geoff Schmidt, Matt DeBergalis, Nick Martin
Mixpanel’s mission is to help the world learn from its data. We’ve built the most advanced analytics platform for mobile & web, growing the number of actions we analyze to over 6 billion every single month. Our platform empowers individuals and businesses to explore their data instead of reading canned reports. Every day, some of the leading companies in gaming, e-commerce, social networking, and media are surprised by what they learn from Mixpanel and ultimately are in a better position to make strategic decisions.
Company: Morta Security
Founder(s): Raj Shah, Rob Seger, Vishaal Hariprasad
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.
Okta is the market leading on-demand identity and access management service that enables enterprises to accelerate the secure adoption of their web based applications, both in the cloud and behind the firewall. Okta delivers a complete solution addressing the needs of IT, end users, and business leaders; no customization required. With a catalog of pre-integrated applications and deep integration with Active Directory, Okta provides IT centralized user provisioning, access management, and reporting. Every end user gets a personalized, single sign-on home page for all of their applications, and business leaders get the insight they need to maximize ROI and track compliance. Okta’s initial service is built on a secure, reliable and extensible on-demand platform that will serve as the foundation upon which a core set of services will be delivered to eliminate cloud adoption barriers and unlock the potential of the cloud for enterprises everywhere. The Okta team has built, deployed, and supported market leading, on-demand and enterprise software solutions from companies including Salesforce.com, SuccessFactors, PeopleSoft, Microsoft, Sun, and HP.
Climate change has dramatically increased the price volatility of 12 high-risk agricultural commodities upon which $5 trillion of consumer goods depend. Open Data Registry’s (ODR) supply chain intelligence solutions help consumer brands implement innovative financial risk management and sourcing strategies to produce more environmentally sustainable consumer goods at higher profit margins than their conventional alternatives. ODR’s demand-driven solutions are also helping fuel growth in the global supplies of certified sustainable commodities — including cotton, palm oil, soy, sugar, cocoa, coffee, and forestry products — to mitigate agriculture’s contribution to climate change.
Founder(s): Alex Solomon, Andrew Miklas, Baskar Puvanathasan
PagerDuty is “9-1-1 dispatch” for IT, helping operations engineers and developers resolve IT system problems as quickly as possible. PagerDuty aggregates errors from all of your IT monitoring tools and handles the people part of the equation: alerting (via phone, SMS or email), on-call scheduling and automatic escalation of critical incidents.
Company: Pickwick & Weller
Founder(s): Ryan Donahue, Matt Rowe, Ashton Kutcher
PiCloud offers an on-demand cloud computing platform that is easy to use, highly elastic, and free of data lock-in. With PiCloud’s unique serverless architecture, developers can instantly leverage the compute power of public and private clouds without having to manage, maintain, or configure virtual servers for batch processing,high performance computing, and scientific computing applications.
Company: Pindrop Security
Founder(s): Vijay Balasubramaniyan, Mustaque Ahamad, Patrick Traynor
Type of business: Fraud solutions for the enterprise
Pindrop Security provides enterprise solutions that detect and protect against phone-based fraud. Pindrop’s acoustic fingerprinting technology detects fraudulent calls and authenticates legitimate callers, helping customers eliminate financial losses and reduce operational costs. Pindrop’s breakthrough technology is the first of its kind to fingerprint individual phone calls, providing verification of caller provenance and combating Caller ID spoofing. Recently named one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies at the 2012 RSA conference, Pindrop’s solutions help companies feel more confident in the security of phone-based financial transactions.
Founder(s): Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp
Pixlee helps companies market using authentic customer photos. Its vision is to replace stock imagery with highly targeted user-generated content. Pixlee makes it simple to collect customer photos across existing social media platforms, curate them in a centralized location, and publish them on your website and other social media platforms. Pixlee helped the San Francisco 49ers with their 2013 Superbowl campaign and has worked with other clients such as Ultra Music Festival, Yamaha and Linsanity the Movie. Using these customer-submitted photos, brands in all verticals have increased traffic and sales up to 100%.
Platfora is the first company to harness the potential of Hadoop so that any business user can explore, interact with, and derive insight from massive data sets, and all via an intuitive and dynamic interface.
Type of business: Visual intelligence and analytics
With a simple download, Prism Skylabs transforms any video camera into a visual intelligence and analytics tool that can be accessed from any device. Prism Skylabs adds new features to existing video infrastructure, including real-time mobile access, next-generation analytics, and infinite cloud storage. Through the power of the cloud, Prism Skylabs creates stunning and information-rich visualizations of customer dwell time, footpaths, occupancy, and even product lift. Prism Skylabs leverages big data to compare long-term trends and provide on-demand reports that offer key insight across any number of locations.
Type of business: Breakthrough data oriented search capability
Quantifind Inc. has developed a new paradigm for Business Intelligence solutions that lets you learn things from your data that you didn’t know to look for. Whether you are interested in uncovering leading indicators of breakthrough clinical cancer trials, strategizing for novel applications of fuel cell technologies or discovering predictive indicators of mortgage defaults, quantiFind analytics can help you see things in ways the competition hasn’t thought to. The quantiFind engine automatically extracts data from unstructured content, contextualizes the data, and derives meaning from large scale data aggregation. This approach can discover which metrics the corpus itself thinks are important, and these learned metrics are unbiased by how the industry is used to thinking about the topic.
Type of business: Unified mobile parking technology
Founded in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco, privately-held QuickPay Corp. is a leading provider of unified mobile parking technology. QuickPay provides a cloud-based mobile parking access and revenue control system that integrates with any legacy parking infrastructure, enabling parking and transit owners and operators to unify their assets under a single low-cost, fast-deploy mobile payment platform. For consumers, QuickPay’s mobile apps enable users to find, access, and pay for parking, with convenience and a wide variety of benefits. For more information please visit: http://www.qpme.com.
Quirky is a social product development company that brings new consumer products to life through its online collaborative platform. Quirky’s global community of 300,000 plus creative individuals collaborate with its in house team of designers and engineers on all aspects of product development. The company develops, manufactures, and distributes its community developed products to its national retail partners including Target, Staples, Office Max and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Quirky shares its revenue back with its community through royalties from the sales of their products. Quirky is redefining the way people think about product development and making invention accessible to the masses.
Company: Rap Genius
Founder(s): Tom Lehman, Ilan Zechory, Mahbod Moghadam
RentMetrics is a real estate technology company that tracks residential rental markets at a granular, local level in real time. The data and analysis that RentMetrics produces is used by property managers, owners, lenders and investors to inform and support the decision-making process for setting rents, evaluating rental potential, quantifying risk and assessing the value of capital improvements.
Type of business: Database optimized for flash storage
RethinkDB is designed to be extremely fast, and implements powerful features that are cumbersome and inefficient with rotational storage. Today’s databases heavily optimize to account for high seek latency—the time it takes for a rotational drive’s platter to move. RethinkDB takes full advantage of solid-state drives, making traditional data storage layouts unnecessary
Shapeways is the world’s leading 3D Printing marketplace and community to make, buy, and sell custom and personalized products. Shapeways is revolutionizing 3D printing, making it affordable and accessible for designers and consumers worldwide. The startup turns ideas into reality through on-demand 3D printing services — redefining manufacturing, supply chain, and e-commerce, and democratizing creation for everyone. Headquartered in New York with offices in Eindhoven and Seattle, Shapeways is a spin-out of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Philips Electronics.
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.
Signifyd is a standalone platform for frictionless payment validation. By bridging the gap between online and offline identity, Signifyd is changing the way e-commerce merchants do fraud screening, making it faster, simpler, and more accurate.
Skout is one of the largest global, mobile network for meeting new people. We are true believers in preserving the "magic" of serendipitous meetings and we make possible a wide range of social connections from friendships to networking. With your mobile device as your guide, you can discover new friends at the local neighborhood bar, at a concert at Madison Square Garden or on a bus tour in Barcelona. Our community spans more than 100 countries and taps our app to meet new people nearby or continents away.
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.
SnapLogic transforms how companies connect business applications, both on premise and in the Cloud. SnapLogic customers can connect any combination of applications and data sources with a radical improvement in cost and performance over traditional integration solutions. An independent integration company, SnapLogic reduces vendor lock-in, providing an open extensible solution.
Sookasa is a security and data management layer on top of cloud services like Dropbox that keeps your business compliant and your users happy. Sookasa lets businesses leverage the productivity gains of popular consumer cloud services by securing and providing compliance for sensitive business files.
Spinnakr transforms the dead, static website into a living application that understands and responds to its different visitors. It’s magically easy to use, but powerful enough to transform how business is done online.
ThirdLove is a vertically integrated lingerie brand at the direct intersection of fashion and mobile technology. The company's patented mobile computer vision technology empowers a woman to get fit and shop for beautiful, perfect fitting intimate apparel from the comfort of her home. ThirdLove designs all products in-house and has double the amount of traditional sizes to provide women a more targeted fit. The company uses real customer data to create a complete personalized shopping experience, for continuous product development, and for real-time inventory management.
Tidemark thinks that it’s time to rethink analytic applications. It’s time for self-reliant applications for every user, not more meaningless reports that no one reads. It’s time for actionable, predictive, collaborative applications that cut across transactive business processes, not more applications that create new silos. It’s time for cloud-based, community-managed applications that become smarter through the power of the network.
Company: Tiny Speck
Founder(s): Stewart Butterfield, Cal Henderson, Serguei Mourachov,
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
Type of business: consumer software
Tiny Speck, Inc. is a San Francisco-based technology company with a mission to make people's working lives simpler, more pleasant and more productive. We make Slack.
TinyCo makes fun, engaging social games that are played on mobile devices like iPhone and Android phones. Our games live in persistent worlds where players can play for hours or just for five minutes while waiting for the bus. TinyCo’s goal is to lead the way in making mobile games more fun, and more fun to play with your friends, for years to come.
Type of business: Digital database personalization
At tipbit, we automate insight. We compare activity across your devices with your personal, digital universe: email, files, meetings, contacts and social media. We perform the analysis, make inferences, and display a sorted, relevant synopsis of the information that matters most to you … at the moment you need it. tipbit: know what matters.
Company: Tomfoolery, Inc.
Founder(s): Sol Lipman, Ethan Nagel, Simon Batistoni
Tomfoolery, Inc. builds crazy, beautiful, and useful apps for people to use at work. Our apps are mobile first, primarily iOS and Android, but offer light-weight web interfaces as well. We are based in San Francisco, CA and are committed to Work Awesome.
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.
uBeam transmits power over the air to wirelessly charge electronic devices. The company seeks to enable a world where device charging is a seamless and untethered experience. It will be the Wi-Fi of energy.
Founder(s): Craig Walker, Brian Peterson, John Rector, Alex Cornell
Our mission is to bring accessible higher education to the world. We seek to empower our students to develop their skills through learning by doing and to advance their education and careers. We believe that higher education is a basic human right, and it should be available to everyone, everywhere, and any time. And we strive to develop education that is fun, engaging, and effective.
Volio™ interactive experiences are a new medium in which personalities in pre-recorded video engage their audiences in a dialogue. Volio apps can be entertaining, informative or educational. By simply talking, the user participates and guides the experience. Used by media creators, brands, marketers and entertainers to drive deeper audience engagement, with a wide range of uses to come. The first Volio App called “Talk to Esquire” was created in collaboration with Esquire Magazine. Available on the App Store for iPad and iPhone.
Imagine when you have a car problem, a top rated mechanic comes to your home or office, fixes your car, and it cost you 30-50% less than shops and dealers. Sounds crazy, right? We are making that happen. We are disrupting the car repair market by creating a marketplace for top mechanics (peer to peer disruption of a large antiquated market).
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.
At Zynga, our mission is to connect people through games. We make social games that are free and accessible for everyone to play. Every day millions of people interact with their friends and express their unique personality through our games, which range from harvesting plants to baking apple pies to playing poker. Zynga was founded in January 2007 named for his late American Bulldog, Zinga. Loyal and spirited, Zinga’s name is a nod to a legendary African warrior queen.