The entrepreneurial market nowadays has become highly competitive which demands only for innovation, unique ideas and credibility. Many startup companies enter the market, some win while the others lose. But there are some startups that excel because of their uniqueness in idea and credibility in potential. Here, we are going to talk about 10 such top startups to watch in 2014.
Founder (s): Ravi Khemani, BrijrajVaghani
Business genre: Transportation solution
This is probably the most useful among the top startups to watch in 2014. Through the lead product, Traffline, the startup Birds Eye System aims to provide all sorts of real time traffic information and solutions. And not only traffic solutions, the company has services to provide the customers with any type of information which they require while being on the road. This service is available for the customers on various platforms such as SMS, email, web application, social media and so on. As of now, Birds Eye System has its market in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai but by 2014 the company has plan to reach 10 other major cities.
Founder (s): ShivakumarGanesan, IshwarSridharan, Siddharth Ramesh, Vijay Sharma
Business genre: IT and Telecom
Exotel is one of the key service providers in corporate sector. The business companies under this service are given with a specific virtual smart number that is to be used to manage their call logs and SMS. Not only that, the virtual number can be used to manage other applications such as IVR, call recording etc. Having started its journey in April, 2012 with 50 companies as customers, Exotel at present has reached the level of 475 customers. However, by 2014, the startup aims to hit the target of 3000 customers, which will undoubtedly signal a big growth.
Founder (s): Cherian Thomas, ArunPrabhakar, Chris Luscher, Dan Hauk
Business genre: Consumer Web
Cucumbertown is certainly one of the most top startups to watch in 2014. This company gives out the ultimate online platform for all those chefs and cooks who want an identity amidst the crowd. The relationship between Cucumbertown and cooking is somewhat equivalent to the relationship between Tumblr and blogging. The service provided by this startup company is to give the chefs and cooks a way to publish their own content in both written and audio-visual way. Revolving around food, Cucumbertown has been proven to have extraordinary potential to increase the graph of e-commerce. And the increase is so steady that by 2014, the founders of Cucumbertown see themselves expanding their business in foreign markets like that of the US and Europe.
Founder (s): RupalSurana, SachitSinghi, YogendraVasupal
Business genre: Online Travel and Hotel advisor
You are out on a journey and having troubles in finding a hotel? Stayzilla is undoubtedly your saviour in such predicaments. It is a unique startup platform that comes with a huge range of tariff and value worthy hotels from all over India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Some people might have the notion that it’s not possible to arrange for a good hotel in the 11th hour. But Stayzilla wipes away that conception with its potential to book luxurious hotels at the very last moment and that too within reasonable tariff. Although working on a low scale currently with 10000 up hotels in 800 cities, the growth rate of 400 percent per annum will definitely take this startup to a new level of success by 2014.
Founder (s): Anshu Gupta
Business genre: Development sector
Goonj aims to build a relationship between the urban and rural communities with its signature initiative called ‘Cloth for Work’. In this initiative, people in rural India who are associated with construction works like road or bridge building, well digging etc. are rewarded with clothes given out and discarded by people from urban community. Goonj uses these materials discarded by one group of people as the resources for another group of people. Although confined in a smaller scale at present, Goonj is certainly one of the top startups to watch in 2014 as it aims to go national and even international.
Founder (s): Nickhil Jakatdar
Business genre: Mobile Entertainment
Accessing videos on mobile phones can become a problem at times. But Vuclip, world’s largest mobile entertainment company is the one stop solution for all queries pertinent to mobile videos and media played on mobile phones. Since 2008, Vuclip has been providing the customers with rich quality video contents to be accessed on video-enabled mobile on any network. Out of a huge number of users, Vuclip has a major portion of its customers from India
Founder (s): Aaditeshwar Seth, MayankShivam
Business genre: Technology for development
An entrepreneur is one who comes up with an idea which is new, unique and extraordinary. The founders of Gram Vaani truly deserve to be called entrepreneurs who came up with the world’s first voice-based social media platform aimed to provide an opportunity for the rural and those with a low-income to share their voice content. With the help of this easy platform, people can share information pertinent to various fields such as agriculture, health, trade etc. via phone call and communicate their needs with each other in a comprehensive way. Gram Vaani presently has 70 organisations that deal with almost a million people of 20 states in India. However, by 2014 the company already has plans to reach 5 million households.
Founder (s): Greg Moran and David Back
Business genre: Car rental
This one is probably the youngest to make it in the list of top startups to watch in 2014 with a unique concept of giving out cars on rent for self-drive users. Zoom offers car rental service either on an hourly basis or a daily basis. Customers can reserve cars either online or by using the mobile app. Located in Bangalore, Zoom had started off in February, 2013 with 7 cars that has reached number 50 at present. Within 1 year time, Zomato has made its way to hit 100 cars for providing service.
Founder (s): Mahesh Ramakrishnan, CV Vinod, SumantSarkar, AbhishekPurohit, Dr.Jayaprakash
Business genre: Analytics
Based in Bangalore, Nanobi is a cloud based analytics platform company that aims to provide simple yet highly effective business solution. The SMEs in India are offered cloud based analytic applications that have the potential for solving any kind of issue. One of the promising one in the list of top startups to watch in 2014, Nanobi is all prepared to mark its territory across the globe.
Founder (s): DeepinderGoyal, PankajChaddah
Business genre: Online restaurant advisor
Hungry and don’t want to go out to grab a meal? Or maybe you are craving for Chinese food and confused about which restaurant to go to? Well, Zomato is there to help you out! The company has a restaurant searching application that aims to provide with all the details of a food destination starting from its menus, location with contact number, specialty, timings, rate card, photos etc. It also enables the customer to leave comments as feedback on its online portal. Zomato is available for its customers as mobile app and in print as well. Currently working with 11 countries that add up to more than 2 lakh restaurants, Zomato has a target of expanding to 22 new countries by the coming year. With a unique idea to open an extraordinary startup business, Zomato has certainly made its position in the list of top startups to watch in 2014.
There are numerous startup companies that are taking birth now and then. Some may fail but others fight and sustain through the battle. Among the survivors, some make it to the top because of its credibility, laudable potentials and customer satisfying services. And they leave behind their success stories for others to get inspired and start with their own journey someday! 🙂