It’s the age of startups and it’s really exciting the new products and ideas people are coming out with as we near the end of the year. Several of the following startups I found myself scratching my head and wondering, “why didn’t I think of that?” Let’s take a look at some up and coming businesses we found on PRWeb that we predict will have a really bright future (and stay tuned until the end of the post to see how you can be featured too):
11) HotSpotsystem.com’s social wi-fi service turns free wi-fi users to Facebook fans…can I say how genius this is? For businesses who offer free wi-fi in-store and are looking to grow their local community online in social, asking them to like their brand on social media is a quick and effective way to grow their brand and gain customer intel which can be used later to offer better brand experiences.
10) Venue Please promotes independent, unpredictable and local event spaces. After personal frustration, one couple created this site to help individuals and small businesses find memorable event spaces that support independent businesses and local culture. What’s impressive to us is the large market this caters to – anyone from schools, to workplaces, to local businesses, individuals throwing a celebration and more can use this resource to find a place online rather than asking venues door-to-door if they could host an event in their space.
9) TeddyTank is the vision of a young entrepreneur hoping to create a little whimsy and functionality for children’s toys and pet products – thus creating this new product. After receiving comforting teddy bears while hospitalized and later recovering at home near his soothing fish tank, Spencer Grabois thought, “why not combine the two and give life to the teddy bear and create a children’s fish bowl?” Filling the teddy bear with life, adding a nightlight and making it customizable with accessories is a pretty interesting idea to brighten the lives of kids. We’re wishing Spencer much success.
8) MyAKA offers free mobile privacy– an intriguing service that protects against, spam, fraud and other crimes. It allows a consumer to sign up for an anonymous second mobile number with a local area code. The service does not require a second phone, functions just as a regular mobile number, and does not require any extra downloads, applications or Internet/Wi-Fi connectivity. MyAKA is not a forwarding service, but a two way system which protects the person’s real number on incoming, as well as outgoing calls and text messages.
7) Brazilian startup, Myreks brings its social recommendations platform to the U.S. Market – The platform allows people to earn rewards through their online influence by recommending products they love – founded on the principle that the best (and most followed) recommendations are the ones our friends make to us. We totally agree.
6) New social content discovery and sharing platform Floost.com debuts at TechCrunch disrupt San Francisco – and apparently it’s the “first online site to aggregate personally relevant news, photos, videos and blog content from across the web in a visual board-based interface.” Hmm, sounds like a mix of Facebook, blogs and Pinterest all lumped into one. The social junkies that we are, we’ll be sure to check it out.
5) Refer.me is another recommendation type network that makes it simple for members to make, ask for, and collect quality referrals. “Refer.me members connect with Facebook or email, and then post questions directly to individuals and to wider communities on a location-based newsfeed. Members can then receive relevant, timely, quality referrals from trusted local experts and personal connections.”
4) This startup really wow’ed us when it came to providing new functionality – quickcue is an iPad app that helps restaurants manage tables, waitlists and reservations, collect guest and party preferences and send notifications to guests. It replaces the waitlist, reservation book, table map, and restaurant pagers in one simple app while collecting valuable guest and operational data that provides unique guest insights that directly impact the guest experience. I’ll be looking out for this one next time I go out to dine.
3) Cinsay provides the ability for anyone to sell products, capture donations, and generate leads inside their patented SmartStore platform which converts views into transactions. Combining video marketing and social media commerce is their calling card and for marketers looking for a way to leverage video content, this may be it.
2) Here’s a social commerce startup that helps other small business owners: Kitsy Lane is a reinvention of the home-based business model. Their social commerce platform allows anyone to open up their own accessory or jewelry boutique for free, and then utilize Kitsy Lane’s CRM platform to sell their products and grow their customer base.
1) GreenStack debuts a location-based savings app that reveals hidden discounts on the spot – sounds a little like foursquare, right? Well, here’s how GreenStack is a little different. It brings ‘stacking’ to the deals marketplace – so that coupons, sales, and loyalty or membership benefits can now be combined and redeemed on-the-spot. The app’s ‘Staculator’ feature frees consumers from tracking various offers and benefits on their own.
Are you a startup that would like to be featured on PRWeb? Tell us a little bit about yourself in the comments section below and you may just be in the next blog post.