Which Startups to Keep an Eye on in 2017
Pindrop (Atlanta, Georgia)
Listening closely and you might hear about Pindrop. This company offers fraud protection and an authentication tool that is already being used by three of the top four banks. Pindrop’s service can even detect when someone is trying to steal your identity via a phone.
Nowait (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
No one likes to wait in any line, but when you’re hungry the waiting game is that much worse. Well, courtesy of Nowait, you will wait no more. Thanks to this startup’s technology you can virtually hold your place in line at a restaurant, without leaving your home. It already has the backing of Yelp, Carnegie Mellon and others.
Hudl (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Last, but not least, is Hudl, which is a high tech tool geared towards sports teams. This company’s technology allows coaches and trainers record and upload video to its platform and then make notes, draw plays, write text and even record voice messages that they can share with their players.
Nucleus (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
While home intercoms might not be the latest and greatest technology, Nucleus has big plans for this service. Already the company counts Amazon as one of its chief backers. Nucleus has built a touch-screen device that you can place outside of your home in any location you prefer. It responds to commands via Alexa, Amazon’s personal assistant technology.
OfferUp (Seattle, Washington)
Imagine Craigslist and eBay rolled up into one. What would that be like? Well, you don’t have to imagine anymore, thanks to OfferUp. This startup from Seattle, WA is a mobile-only hybrid of both these online giants. The company is already seeing huge numbers, with some reports suggesting people are spending the same number of hours on OfferUp as they do on Instagram and Snapchat.
Uptake (Chicago, Illinois)
Have you heard of Uptake? It helps companies in several industries improve their performance and safety by using software and analytics. It was started by Groupon cofounder, Brad Keywell and has the support of Caterpillar.
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