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The Food Tech 25: Twenty Five Companies Creating the Future of Food in 2019


(Editor’s Note: The 2020 Food Tech 25 is out! You can see our latest list ofthe most innovative companies in food tech here).Almost exactly a year ago, we published our first Food Tech 25 list tohighlight the companies we thought were making the biggest impact on theoverall meal journey.That list blew up and became popular in ways we hadn’t expected and was such ahit that we knew immediately it would become an annual tradition. So over thepast year we’ve been watching to see which startups and established companiesare doing the most interesting and innovative work and helping transform theentire food stack in the process.With that in mind, we are proud to announce The Spoon’s 2019 Food Tech 25.These twenty-five companies are creating the future of food right now.By no means was this an easy list to make. If you’re an avid reader of TheSpoon (thank you!), you know that there has been a ton of news anddevelopments in the space over the last year and this list could be twice aslong. But over the past couple of months, myself, Chris Albrecht, CatherineLamb and Jenn Marston have suggested, debated and edited the selections tomake the Food Tech 25 what it is today.Congratulations to everyone on this list! They’ve worked hard and earned it.As a reminder, the Food Tech 25 is not ranked, and companies listed are doneso in no particular order. We also know your top 25 food tech companies maydiffer from ours. That’s great! If you have thoughts on this list (and we’resure you do), feel free to drop us line to tell us who you think should be on(or off) it.Enough preamble. Here’s the Spoon’s Food Tech 25.Note: If you prefer to see all companies on one single page, you can clickover to the full list. AMAZON It would be tough to do a list about foodtech and not mention Amazon, aswhatever the Bezos Behemoth does invariably influences others. And the companyis putting its hands in a growing number of areas of the food sector. Besidesentertaining the possibility of its own grocery store chain (which would beAmazon branded, not Whole Foods), Amazon placed its own meal kits into high-end retail stores, released its own delivery robot, and received a patent fora different robot that lives in your home and will fetch your groceries andother deliveries for you. But beyond the individual aspects of Amazon’sbusiness, the company is setting the pace of innovation and forcing rivals inretail, logistics, and delivery to respond. APEEL Apeel Sciences’ approach to fighting food waste tackles the pre-sale side ofthe food supply chain. Rather focus on sustainable packaging the food comesin, Apeel, as its name suggests, is making the food itself more sustainable.The company’s eponymous product is a plant-based powder that, when mixed withwater, creates a tasteless, edible coating for the produce that extends theshelf life of things like lemons and avocados. Taking a preventative approachto food waste will be crucial for fighting it effectively in the future, andApeel sets an example — and a quality bar — many will soon follow. IMPOSSIBLE FOODS When choosing which plant-based meat company to feature in the Food Tech 25,it was almost a toss-up between Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. However,Impossible eked out into the lead for two reasons: its super-speedy pace ofexpansion and its new recipe, which tastes a heckuva lot like ground beef. Theformer means its “bleeding” patties will soon be in over 12,000 restaurants,including all Burger Kings nationwide, while the latter gives the company areal shot at attracting enough flexitarians to disrupt the meat industry,especially as it moves into grocery stores this year. Oh yeah, it also justraised another $300 million in funding. Next up: IPO?Photo: McCormick’s.MCCORMICK & Co. McCormick is one of the oldest brands on the list, the company being well overa century old. Age hasn’t slowed it down, however, in terms of both improvingexisting flavors for food and creating new ones. Earlier this year, thecompany announced it had partnered with IBM Research AI to use data to predictnew flavor combinations and improve upon old ones. The company’s new ONEplatform does this by drawing on both new consumer preferences and decades’worth of McCormick recipes, proving that, at least where flavor optimizationis concerned, sometimes you have to look forwards and backwards at the sametime to innovate. TRACETRUST Nowadays you can’t turn a corner without running into a sign advertising forCBD edibles, and between CBD jelly beans, the usual assortment of baked goods,and Willie Nelson’s coffee, it can actually be hard for any one company tostand out. TraceTrust sidesteps that problem because it doesn’t actuallycreate CBD products. Rather, it offers a certification program for cannabisgoods that puts them through a rigorous set of protocols to ensure they’re notonly safe to use but also of consistent quality and come with clearinstructions for consumers on how to best use them. As the excitement over CBDkeeps growing, we need companies like this out there who can do the kind ofbackground check every consumer needs for new sectors like CBD.Want to meet the innovators from the FoodTech 25? Make sure to connect withthem at North America’s leading foodtech summit, SKS 2019, on Oct 7-8th inSeattle.NEXT

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Pittsburgh’s top 12 tech companies to watch in 2019In an economy where even bakers need to understand web analytics, everycompany is on some level a technology company. But there are, of course, thetech companies that blaze trails and create the breakthroughs that change ourdaily lives — and perhaps generate impressive profits along the way.The experts consulted for this list say 2018 was not a time of new milestonesfor the local tech industry, as much as it was a year when Pittsburghcomfortably and confidently settled into its reputation as a global hub forcutting-edge research and development.“Finally our region really has a belief in itself as a place for innovation tostart and to grow and to take hold,” says Terri Glueck, director of communitydevelopment and communications for Innovation Works. “That’s incrediblyexciting.”Here is our list of the top tech companies to watch in 2019:1. nanoGriptech 2019 is the year this Craig Street-based startup goes worldwide. nanoGriptechwas just awarded $1.7 million from a venture capital firm based in Taiwan tohelp the company expand the Asian client base for its revolutionary Semtexmaterial. Mimicking the natural adhesive properties of gecko feet, Semtex isessentially a silent velcro with a wide variety of applications in fields fromapparel to medical care to robotics. The company was originally spun off fromCarnegie Mellon University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2009.Since then, it has won numerous research awards from institutions like theNational Science Foundation and NASA.The Haven model from Module, similar to what will eventually be built on BlackStreet. Rendering courtesy of Module.2. ModuleThis East Liberty-based startup, which graduated from Innovation Works in2016, will build their patented modular homes across Pittsburgh in the comingyear. After much lobbying from the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC),Pittsburgh City Council passed a resolution that eased zoning restrictions toallow landowners to convert existing properties into small occupancy homes ofapproximately 1,000 square feet. The new zoning laws also give Module newfreedom to bring their houses to the streets of Pittsburgh. Beyond just makingcompact, energy-efficient homes that can slot easily into existing urbanspaces, Module has patented a Lego-like design that allows clients to easilyadd more units to their homes. Working with the BGC, Module plans to beginconstruction on two homes in Garfield in early summer, and will also beannouncing further partnerships in the private sector.3. RoadboticsRoadbotics was spun off from CMU’s Robotics Institute in 2016 with patentedsoftware that can measure and calculate the condition and maintenance needs ofroads via images collected with a standard smartphone camera. Instead ofrelying on human inspectors to recommend repairs, local governments can savetime and money by simply driving around and soaking up data. While thecompany’s clients already include more than 80 local governments across theU.S. and Australia, Roadbotics just signed an agreement to provide theirtechnology to Detroit, their first work with a major American city. Along withthe $3.9 million in venture capital raised in November, this means Roadboticswill shift into high gear in 2019. 4. iraLogixOne of the fastest-growing financial tech firms in the city, iraLogix providesfully cloud-based services that help financial firms and advisors provideindividual retirement accounts (IRAs) to customers at a fraction of thestandard cost. As a result, they are creating a path to financial security forthe approximately 50 percent of Americans who receive no retirement benefits.The company relocated to Pittsburgh from Miami in 2016, setting up theirheadquarters at Nova Place. And they raised $5 million in venture capital froma group of investors including local tech patrons Riverfront Ventures. CEODavid Bernard says that iraLogix will use the money to expand their softwareto cover financial services beyond IRAs.Nina Wilson labels fabric at Thread International in Homewood. Photo by MarthaRial.5. Thread2018 was a year of milestones for Thread International, which makes stylishbags and garments from recycled plastic waste collected from underservedcommunities in Haiti and Honduras. Those milestones set the stage for growthin 2019: Working with a $1.5 million grant from the Richard King MellonFoundation, the company moved from East Liberty into a larger workspace inHomewood. The new offices provide the company with space to train and employstaff from the local community to stitch and assemble the bags — creating jobsto help battle unemployment in Homewood, while growing their eco-friendlybusiness. Most of all, the space allows the company to work on bringing theirnew line of designer bags into stores in the coming year.6. 412 Food RescueSince it launched in 2015, 412 Food Rescue now works with more than 600charity groups across seven counties in the region, including Allegheny. Theirmost well-known endeavor — a simple but brilliant Uber-like app that connectscharities and businesses with leftover food to volunteers willing to makedeliveries — will soon become available in other major cities. CEO and co-founder Leah Lizarondo recently announced that the nonprofit will work withpartner organizations in Philadelphia, Cleveland and San Francisco to expandand adapt their app to the needs of each respective food economy. Since 2015,412 Food Rescue has saved three million pounds of excess food and distributedit to partner organizations around the region. 11 Top Food Startups in Los Angeles You Should Know 2021Over the last several years, a number of companies have developed in the LAarea dedicated to serving the food industry — helping businesses run moreefficiently and helping consumers have the positive experience they desire.We’ve rounded up these local food tech startups you should know.

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* Thrive Market * ChowNow * Apeel Sciences * Sweetgreen * Forkspot * SNACKNATIONThrive MArketThrive Market has rapidly developed into one of the tech giants in LA, andit’s all thanks to their socially conscious commerce platform, which givesaccess to a wide range of healthy products. The startup also has a number ofcommunity-focused initiatives.ChowNowRestaurant guests likely will never know they had any interaction with PlayaVista-based ChowNow, but the startup is helping drive the food industry. Thecompany develops a platform that helps restaurants manage online orders,marketing, and satisfaction in a streamlined way.SweetgreenSweetgreen is a fast casual restaurant chain specializing in healthy salads,grain bowls and sustainable foods. The company prides themselves on locallysourcing their food from around 500 famers.Apeel Sciences is taking on the global food waste crisis by developing thebuilding blocks of plants rather than devoting more resources and energy todeveloping farmland. By engineering an edible outer layer in produce, ApeelSciences is able to keep oxygen out and moisture in, offsetting the oxidationprocess and keeping food fresh and safe to eat for longer periods of time.SnackNationThe snacks offered by businesses is usually about as sophisticated as a20-year-old vending machine at a local community college. While a daily doseof Flamin’ Hot Cheetos might be enough to keep someone like me happy,SnackNation knows that even something as simple as offering employees healthy,tasty munchies can help with productivity, satisfaction and retention. The B2Bcompany offers businesses healthy ways to keep their employees (and theirbellies) happy.ForkspotIf you’re in a new part of town and find yourself looking for a spot to dine,research avenues often include Google, Yelp or an app like LA-headquarteredChuz. Pasadena-based Forkspot has developed an app to help users patronizelocal eateries without denting their pocketbook. The app uses geolocation tofind discounts for restaurants around you, helping you save cash while stillsupporting the community.Local Roots FarmsLocal Roots Farms isn’t a traditional tech startup, but the LA-based companyis using technology to make the process of growing food as efficient andsustainable as possible. They’re using a combination of recycled shippingcrates and a platform that utilizes machine learning and computer vision toallow food to grow anywhere. In January, we named the company one of 50startups to watch in 2017.Milk and EggsMilk and Eggs connects users with local farms to ensure regular deliveries ofquality, organic dietary staples that none of us have the time to think aboutuntil they’re gone. Just over a year old, the Arts District-based company hasalready signed a particularly important customer: my mom.SoylentSoylent, on the surface, doesn’t seem like a traditional tech startup, but theLA-based e-commerce company has long been utilizing technology to help changethe world. Recently, the company started utilizing an AI bot to helpcustomers, and also started accepting bitcoin.VeestroVeestro offers a unique take on the subscription meal service. The LA-basedstartup serves 100 percent plant-based, organic, non-GMO meals hand-preparedby chefs that even the most ardent anti-vegan would find darn tasty.WaltzInWhether you’re looking for a truly unique dining experience or tasked withplanning a function, WaltzIn has you covered. Founded at the beginning of2017, the startup partners with a number of LA’s hottest dining establishmentsto offer unique tasting dishes for the app’s customers at reasonable prices.11 Top Food Startups in Los Angeles You Should Know 2021Over the last several years, a number of companies have developed in the LAarea dedicated to serving the food industry — helping businesses run moreefficiently and helping consumers have the positive experience they desire.We’ve rounded up these local food tech startups you should know.

Top Food Companies in Los Angeles


* Thrive Market * ChowNow * Apeel Sciences * Sweetgreen * Forkspot * SNACKNATIONThrive MArketThrive Market has rapidly developed into one of the tech giants in LA, andit’s all thanks to their socially conscious commerce platform, which givesaccess to a wide range of healthy products. The startup also has a number ofcommunity-focused initiatives.ChowNowRestaurant guests likely will never know they had any interaction with PlayaVista-based ChowNow, but the startup is helping drive the food industry. Thecompany develops a platform that helps restaurants manage online orders,marketing, and satisfaction in a streamlined way.SweetgreenSweetgreen is a fast casual restaurant chain specializing in healthy salads,grain bowls and sustainable foods. The company prides themselves on locallysourcing their food from around 500 famers.Apeel Sciences is taking on the global food waste crisis by developing thebuilding blocks of plants rather than devoting more resources and energy todeveloping farmland. By engineering an edible outer layer in produce, ApeelSciences is able to keep oxygen out and moisture in, offsetting the oxidationprocess and keeping food fresh and safe to eat for longer periods of time.SnackNationThe snacks offered by businesses is usually about as sophisticated as a20-year-old vending machine at a local community college. While a daily doseof Flamin’ Hot Cheetos might be enough to keep someone like me happy,SnackNation knows that even something as simple as offering employees healthy,tasty munchies can help with productivity, satisfaction and retention. The B2Bcompany offers businesses healthy ways to keep their employees (and theirbellies) happy.ForkspotIf you’re in a new part of town and find yourself looking for a spot to dine,research avenues often include Google, Yelp or an app like LA-headquarteredChuz. Pasadena-based Forkspot has developed an app to help users patronizelocal eateries without denting their pocketbook. The app uses geolocation tofind discounts for restaurants around you, helping you save cash while stillsupporting the community.Local Roots FarmsLocal Roots Farms isn’t a traditional tech startup, but the LA-based companyis using technology to make the process of growing food as efficient andsustainable as possible. They’re using a combination of recycled shippingcrates and a platform that utilizes machine learning and computer vision toallow food to grow anywhere. In January, we named the company one of 50startups to watch in 2017.Milk and EggsMilk and Eggs connects users with local farms to ensure regular deliveries ofquality, organic dietary staples that none of us have the time to think aboutuntil they’re gone. Just over a year old, the Arts District-based company hasalready signed a particularly important customer: my mom.SoylentSoylent, on the surface, doesn’t seem like a traditional tech startup, but theLA-based e-commerce company has long been utilizing technology to help changethe world. Recently, the company started utilizing an AI bot to helpcustomers, and also started accepting bitcoin.VeestroVeestro offers a unique take on the subscription meal service. The LA-basedstartup serves 100 percent plant-based, organic, non-GMO meals hand-preparedby chefs that even the most ardent anti-vegan would find darn tasty.WaltzInWhether you’re looking for a truly unique dining experience or tasked withplanning a function, WaltzIn has you covered. Founded at the beginning of2017, the startup partners with a number of LA’s hottest dining establishmentsto offer unique tasting dishes for the app’s customers at reasonable prices.These are the 20 DC-area startups worth watching this year: realLIST 2019

The Washington, D.C. startup scene continues to grow, and we’re


definitely noticing. After digging back through our own archive of startupcoverage and receiving suggestions from the local tech community, we areconfident these are the tech startups to follow in 2019.Since launching the realLIST in 2017, this article topped the charts again in2018 as the most-read article for Technical.ly DC. Now in its third year, therealLIST is back with a new batch of startups we are most excited to watch.From expansions, to winning pitch competitions, securing major partnershipsand more, here’s a reminder of the factors we focus on when picking startupsfor our realLIST: * Have been no more than three years old. That sunset period stems from Technical.ly cofounder Christopher Wink’s 2012 definition of a startup. This sunset period took away lots of real contenders, as well as the companies which have moved out of that early stage. We had to draw the line somewhere. * Make the majority of their revenue from a product. That means agencies are not eligible. * Have not exited or undergone an acquisition or something close to that nature.With the continuous growth within startups each year, the

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will experience major changes in 2019, like Amazon’s second headquartersmoving into Northern Virginia and what this could mean for the area’s techtalent, to prominent incubator and coworking company 1776 DC temporarilyclosing with hopes of securing a new site this year. Either way, we thinkthese companies will prosper in realms of funding, hiring, partnerships andmore.If your company isn’t on this list, don’t sweat it; that does not mean it’s“unreal.” This roundup is simply a preview into the startups we are mostexcited to follow this year.Are you ready for this?Here is Technical.ly DC’s 2019 realLIST:CEO and founder Justin Dayhoff launched this Rockville, Md.–based edtechstartup in 2018 that created a SaaS solution to help district finance leadersmodel student-driven funding formulas and landed a partnership with aprominent school district in the DMV. Equiday first secured a deal withIndianapolis Public Schools in September 2018 to implement a student-drivenfunding formula for the 27,000-student, 74-school district. The edtechstartup’s financial modeling tool is now being used to manage a progressive,data-centered school funding model for Prince George’s County Public Schools’130,000-student, 208-school district.Kerb continues to show growth by collecting and measuring foot traffic datafor restaurants, retail and real estate developers and brokers. When we lastchecked in with the D.C.-based startup at WeDC Fest, the company reported thatit has conducted foot traffic studies in New York and is currently scanning50+ blocks of downtown D.C. The tech company has partnered with Verizon 5G inNYC to test new tech to stream its foot-traffic services back to its serversin real time.Joe Falit and Derek Sanford cofounded Yombu, a Tysons Corner, Va.-basedcompany using biometric payment methods. The fintech startup primarily servestwo markets: memberships, where facility access can be used in places likegyms, and quick serve, where payment can be streamlined in places like coffeeshops. With a year and some change on the market, Yombu has securedpartnerships with MakeOffices, Teas’n You, Scramble and more.This Rockville, Md.-based email protection startup makes a cloud-based emailsecurity platform powered by unique computer vision, artificial intelligenceand machine learning. INKY has been in business selling its email securitysolution for about a year and a half, and has secure $5.6 million in Series Afunding last June led by ClearSky Security. In October 2018, the companyreleased its flagship product, INKY Phish Fence, which detects phishingattacks using computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning.TwentyTables, a Washington,D.C.-based company that curates an app that findsmeal deals and gives back, has continued to grow since launching its app lastJanuary offering $6 lunches and $12 dinners at dozens of local food trucks,quick- and full-service restaurants. Last year, the company secured apartnership with Richmond-based Performance Food Group, a $17.45 billionnational food product distributor. This partnership allows TwentyTablesparticipating restaurants and food trucks the opportunity to accessPerformance Food Group goods and services as a preferred vendor.This D.C.-based startup created an app offering rewards on purchases. Sincethe company grew its gas station rewards program, GetUpside has expanded toadd grocery stores and restaurants. The D.C. startup’s app offering cash backon purchases is now being used in 29 cities.This woman-founded company built a platform to to help commercial real estatedevelopers find loans. After closing a $4 million seed round supported byStartups 500, a prominent startup accelerator in Silicon Valley, the TysonsCorner, Va.-based startup said it will use these funds to continue to investin its tech platform and scale customer acquisition.After relocating to WeWork when 1776 DC decided to temporarily close at theend of 2018, Goodworld is still working and growing. Goodworld’s tech enablesusers to link their bank accounts to their social media accounts to sendcharitable donations in order to support social payments and philanthropy. Thecompany recently secured a a $750,000 investment from Mastercard to expand itssocial giving efforts to make charitable giving frictionless.In December 2018, WhyHotel closed a $10 million Series A funding round led byHighland Capital Partners. The company temporarily turns brand new luxuryapartment building units into pop-up hotel suites and first came to NoMa midlast year. With this funding, the alternative lodging service will open threemore locations in Northern Virginia at the Ballston Quarter, the CentroArlington and The Boro.The Rosslyn, Va.-based office catering startup curates an online marketplacethat connects independent chefs directly with the catering market. HUNGRY cameto the District in January 2017 and continued to grow ever since. Afteracquiring Philly-based Local Stove in August 2018 to move into another marketfor the first time, the company said it was at a $6 million revenue run ratein December to conclude its 2018 earnings, showing 500 percent growth inrevenue last year. HUNGRY COO Eman Pahlevani recently told Technical.ly that2019 will be an explosive year for the company by bringing in new partners andinvestors. The startup also has plans to expand into more markets this year.

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-30-15 Tech Companies Taking NYC By StormWatch out, Silicon Valley. New York City is bursting at the seams with highlyvaluated technology companies that are beyond burgeoning—they’re firmlygrounded in the city’s landscape and laying the foundation of a new SiliconValley by the Hudson.Mayor Bill de Blasio is recognizing the momentum, stating earlier this yearthat the administration aims to have the majority of the city’s skilledtechnology-related jobs filled by those educated in New York City schoolswithin eight years. And if the trend continues, they’ll have plenty to choosefrom.From innovative ad and media tech companies, to consumer apps, and enterprisesoftware, the following businesses are making their mark with investors andcustomers and are helping lead the way for New York’s tech scene.In 2009, MakerBot’s three co-founders quit their jobs, built their firstgeneration desktop 3D printer, hauled it to SXSW and printed shot glasses inlocal bars to announce their arrival in the tech world. Now offering fivemodels and used to prototype everything from baby spoons to DIY medicaldevices for developing countries, the company is also partnering with majorbrands including Noika and eBay for customizable printed merchandise. ThroughMakerBot Academy, the company is on a mission to put 3D printers in everyschool in the country by leveraging public school teachers, crowdfunding, anddesigners and makers that are part of the “Thingiverse” online community. Thiscompany is a superstar in Brooklyn, New York tech, where headquarters arelocated.ZocDocThe Congressional Budget Office projects that 25 million people will havehealth insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces by 2017.ZocDoc—which was ahead of the curve when it launched in 2007—is a free servicewhereby patients can access a nearby doctor or dentist that accepts theirinsurance, instantly book an appointment and fill out paperwork in advanceonline. A Spanish version is also available. With investments reaching $95million to date, ZocDoc has been rated by Crain’s New York as one of the bestplaces to work in New York City, and is a leader in the local tech scene.KalturaAs the world’s first open source online video platform, Kaltura has taken thevideo industry by storm, with over 300,000 media companies, enterprises andschools as customers – including HBO, TMZ, Bank of America, AT&T and Harvard.In addition to its legacy focus on VOD services and ad-based monetization, thecompany recently became a leader in OTT services through its acquisition ofTvinci. With hundreds of employees, $115 million in venture funding, andmomentum that seems to be growing, Kaltura has become an industry standard,and among the leading tech companies in New York.BettermentWith a mission to “democratize financial advice and management,” Bettermentseparates itself from traditional online brokerage accounts by focusing on agreat stock basket and conservative bond portfolio. With fees starting at.35%, a customized portfolio can focus on creating a safety net, saving forretirement or building wealth. Venture capitalists have taken note—the companyrecently raised $32 million in Series C funding. With no minimum investmentrequired, Betterment states that customers can expect 4.3% higher returns thata typical DIY investor.VenmoThe raincheck has become obsolete with Venmo, an app that launched in June2012 enabling users to send money for free to reliable recipients via Venmobalance, bank transfer or debit card (credit card transactions incur a 3% feeand receiving money is always free). The app, which is a licensed moneytransmitter an authorized delegate of PayPal, uses bank grade security systemsand data encryption. Co-founders Andrew Kortina and Iqram Magdon-Ismail bringa wealth of experience to the table along with a growing team of more than 65employees. Venmo shows lots of momentum and is a solid addition to tech in theBig Apple.LocalVoxA local-social-mobile marketing platform that helps small businesses marketthemselves online, LocalVox has garnered a roster of thousands of clients andraised over $7 million in funding. The platform automates marketing for SMBsacross email, social, mobile, online directory and publisher channels. Thecompany recently partnered with payments giant First Data to bring marketingautomation to its clients. Through major partnerships like these, andimpressive customers that include AMC Theaters, Buffalo Wild Wings and WholeFoods, LocalVox is making its mark in the marketing tech space.MongoDBOriginally launched under the umbrella 10gen, this document-based databaseaims to make writing code faster, easier and more agile. “We built MongoDBfrom our own experiences building large scale, high availability, robustsystems,” says CTO and co-founder Eliot Horowitz. “We didn’t start fromscratch, we really tried to figure out what was broken, and tackle that.” Keyfeatures include document-oriented storage, auto-sharding, flexibleaggregation and data processing. As of October 2013, MongoDB has raised morethan $231 million in venture funding.StartAppA mobile ad platform that helps developers with monetization and distribution,StartApp is integrated in more than 100,000 applications and has reached 250million monthly active users. The company, which has been a stalwart withAndroid developers since 2011, recently rolled out its suite of solutions foriOS developers, thereby vastly expanding its market potential. CEO GilDudkiewicz says the company has attracted such interest from developers due toits strong relationships with many thousands of advertisers, as well as itscreative and out-of-the-box ad units, which include 3D offer walls, banners,interstitials, exit ads and rich media ads. StartApp shows no signs ofslowdown.TaboolaTaboola is one of the world’s leading content discovery platforms, reaching400 million unique users and offering 150 billion recommendations each month.The company’s proprietary recommendation algorithm suggests content to a userbased on his/her online viewing habits, in a similar way to competitorOutbrain. Taboola recently acquired Perfect Market, which differentiates thecompany and marks its entry into programmatic ads. With the acquisition, CEOAdam Singolda claims revenue run rate is at $250 million. As one of the twoheavyweights in content recommendation, Taboola has made its mark globally andin the New York tech scene.YextMore than 250,000 businesses utilize Yext to harness location-specific contentthrough the company’s GeoMarketing Cloud. Key components include: Location CMSto manage geodata, rich content and assets; social media engagement; web andcampaign page customization (without IT support); and PowerListings—a networkof more than 50 publishers integrated with search engines, local service sitesand mapping apps. Growing by leaps and bounds, the company moved into a40,000-square-foot office space last year outfitted with a custom poker tableand NAP pod. This is one hot Big Apple tech player.FiverrThe online marketplace gets a makeover thanks to Fiverr 3.0 (August 2014), thelatest SaaP incarnation that is revolutionizing the e-commerce experience. Newvertical navigation makes it easier for users to browse, search and buy from100 categories ranging from online marketing to programming, tech and beyond.Since its inception four years ago, the company has expanded to 196 countriesand recently boosted its outside capital to $50 million.Voxy“We’re able to take real world content and turn that into an educationalexperience,” says Voxy founder and CEO Paul Gollash of his company’s missionto reinvent how the world learns English. Using a cloud-based platform thatcombines self-study, live classes, bite-size lessons based on real-worldinteractions, and progress reporting, participants can access specific contentsuch as an article from the Associated Press or interview with a Fortune 500CEO, followed by interactive activities to reinforce what they have learned.The education technology company sells its software to schools andcorporations, as well as individuals. With millions of users worldwide,partnerships with market leaders like Pearson, and a roster of heavyweightcustomers like Virgin Hotels, Voxy seems to be on a roll.TheLadders“Your career is our job,” says the team at TheLadders, a mobile career networkused by more than 70,000 employers and recruiters and six million members. Thecompany launched “Inside Leads” earlier this summer, a free service that helpsjob seekers uncover positions not posted online. “The ‘Inside Leads’ servicetakes the extensive search strings out of the equation for recruiters andprovides them with the qualified candidates they are looking for, while givingjob seekers access to these elusive positions,” says CEO and co-founder AlexDouzet. The company also partners with the nonprofit StreetWise Partners tohelp low-income individuals reach their career potential. An impressive dowell by doing good strategy.ConductorA leader in web presence management since its 2010 launch, the ConductorSearchlight platform concentrates on unpaid channels such as organic search,content and social. Venture capitalists have backed more than $35 million andit’s paid off, with the company experiencing year-over-year revenue growthupwards of 300%. Citibank and FedEx are among Conductor’s global clients thatutilize the company’s technology to identify revenue opportunities, createrule-based content insights, manage daily performance and even understand linkstrategies used by competitors.EtsyFounded in 2005, Etsy is the mothership of e-commerce with a purpose.Capitalizing on consumers’ growing interest in handmade and vintage items, theBrooklyn-based company has received more than $97 million in funding. Thebusiness model engages a community of 30 million buyers and businesses,relying on a minimal flat-rate listing fee and 3.5% commission off items sold.Etsy became a Certified B Corporation™ in 2012, releasing the followingstatement: “We believe that the best long-term stewards of Internet-basednetworks and marketplaces will focus on value creation for all participantsinstead of solely on shareholders. B Corporations provide a legal foundationperfectly supporting this much more comprehensive outlook.”15 Tech Companies Taking NYC By StormWatch out, Silicon Valley. New York City is bursting at the seams with highlyvaluated technology companies that are beyond burgeoning—they’re firmlygrounded in the city’s landscape and laying the foundation of a new SiliconValley by the Hudson.Mayor Bill de Blasio is recognizing the momentum, stating earlier this yearthat the administration aims to have the majority of the city’s skilledtechnology-related jobs filled by those educated in New York City schoolswithin eight years. And if the trend continues, they’ll have plenty to choosefrom.From innovative ad and media tech companies, to consumer apps, and enterprisesoftware, the following businesses are making their mark with investors andcustomers and are helping lead the way for New York’s tech scene.In 2009, MakerBot’s three co-founders quit their jobs, built their firstgeneration desktop 3D printer, hauled it to SXSW and printed shot glasses inlocal bars to announce their arrival in the tech world. Now offering fivemodels and used to prototype everything from baby spoons to DIY medicaldevices for developing countries, the company is also partnering with majorbrands including Noika and eBay for customizable printed merchandise. ThroughMakerBot Academy, the company is on a mission to put 3D printers in everyschool in the country by leveraging public school teachers, crowdfunding, anddesigners and makers that are part of the “Thingiverse” online community. Thiscompany is a superstar in Brooklyn, New York tech, where headquarters arelocated.ZocDocThe Congressional Budget Office projects that 25 million people will havehealth insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces by 2017.ZocDoc—which was ahead of the curve when it launched in 2007—is a free servicewhereby patients can access a nearby doctor or dentist that accepts theirinsurance, instantly book an appointment and fill out paperwork in advanceonline. A Spanish version is also available. With investments reaching $95million to date, ZocDoc has been rated by Crain’s New York as one of the bestplaces to work in New York City, and is a leader in the local tech scene.KalturaAs the world’s first open source online video platform, Kaltura has taken thevideo industry by storm, with over 300,000 media companies, enterprises andschools as customers – including HBO, TMZ, Bank of America, AT&T and Harvard.In addition to its legacy focus on VOD services and ad-based monetization, thecompany recently became a leader in OTT services through its acquisition ofTvinci. With hundreds of employees, $115 million in venture funding, andmomentum that seems to be growing, Kaltura has become an industry standard,and among the leading tech companies in New York.BettermentWith a mission to “democratize financial advice and management,” Bettermentseparates itself from traditional online brokerage accounts by focusing on agreat stock basket and conservative bond portfolio. With fees starting at.35%, a customized portfolio can focus on creating a safety net, saving forretirement or building wealth. Venture capitalists have taken note—the companyrecently raised $32 million in Series C funding. With no minimum investmentrequired, Betterment states that customers can expect 4.3% higher returns thata typical DIY investor.VenmoThe raincheck has become obsolete with Venmo, an app that launched in June2012 enabling users to send money for free to reliable recipients via Venmobalance, bank transfer or debit card (credit card transactions incur a 3% feeand receiving money is always free). The app, which is a licensed moneytransmitter an authorized delegate of PayPal, uses bank grade security systemsand data encryption. Co-founders Andrew Kortina and Iqram Magdon-Ismail bringa wealth of experience to the table along with a growing team of more than 65employees. Venmo shows lots of momentum and is a solid addition to tech in theBig Apple.LocalVoxA local-social-mobile marketing platform that helps small businesses marketthemselves online, LocalVox has garnered a roster of thousands of clients andraised over $7 million in funding. The platform automates marketing for SMBsacross email, social, mobile, online directory and publisher channels. Thecompany recently partnered with payments giant First Data to bring marketingautomation to its clients. Through major partnerships like these, andimpressive customers that include AMC Theaters, Buffalo Wild Wings and WholeFoods, LocalVox is making its mark in the marketing tech space.MongoDBOriginally launched under the umbrella 10gen, this document-based databaseaims to make writing code faster, easier and more agile. “We built MongoDBfrom our own experiences building large scale, high availability, robustsystems,” says CTO and co-founder Eliot Horowitz. “We didn’t start fromscratch, we really tried to figure out what was broken, and tackle that.” Keyfeatures include document-oriented storage, auto-sharding, flexibleaggregation and data processing. As of October 2013, MongoDB has raised morethan $231 million in venture funding.StartAppA mobile ad platform that helps developers with monetization and distribution,StartApp is integrated in more than 100,000 applications and has reached 250million monthly active users. The company, which has been a stalwart withAndroid developers since 2011, recently rolled out its suite of solutions foriOS developers, thereby vastly expanding its market potential. CEO GilDudkiewicz says the company has attracted such interest from developers due toits strong relationships with many thousands of advertisers, as well as itscreative and out-of-the-box ad units, which include 3D offer walls, banners,interstitials, exit ads and rich media ads. StartApp shows no signs ofslowdown.TaboolaTaboola is one of the world’s leading content discovery platforms, reaching400 million unique users and offering 150 billion recommendations each month.The company’s proprietary recommendation algorithm suggests content to a userbased on his/her online viewing habits, in a similar way to competitorOutbrain. Taboola recently acquired Perfect Market, which differentiates thecompany and marks its entry into programmatic ads. With the acquisition, CEOAdam Singolda claims revenue run rate is at $250 million. As one of the twoheavyweights in content recommendation, Taboola has made its mark globally andin the New York tech scene.YextMore than 250,000 businesses utilize Yext to harness location-specific contentthrough the company’s GeoMarketing Cloud. Key components include: Location CMSto manage geodata, rich content and assets; social media engagement; web andcampaign page customization (without IT support); and PowerListings—a networkof more than 50 publishers integrated with search engines, local service sitesand mapping apps. Growing by leaps and bounds, the company moved into a40,000-square-foot office space last year outfitted with a custom poker tableand NAP pod. This is one hot Big Apple tech player.FiverrThe online marketplace gets a makeover thanks to Fiverr 3.0 (August 2014), thelatest SaaP incarnation that is revolutionizing the e-commerce experience. Newvertical navigation makes it easier for users to browse, search and buy from100 categories ranging from online marketing to programming, tech and beyond.Since its inception four years ago, the company has expanded to 196 countriesand recently boosted its outside capital to $50 million.Voxy“We’re able to take real world content and turn that into an educationalexperience,” says Voxy founder and CEO Paul Gollash of his company’s missionto reinvent how the world learns English. Using a cloud-based platform thatcombines self-study, live classes, bite-size lessons based on real-worldinteractions, and progress reporting, participants can access specific contentsuch as an article from the Associated Press or interview with a Fortune 500CEO, followed by interactive activities to reinforce what they have learned.The education technology company sells its software to schools andcorporations, as well as individuals. With millions of users worldwide,partnerships with market leaders like Pearson, and a roster of heavyweightcustomers like Virgin Hotels, Voxy seems to be on a roll.TheLadders“Your career is our job,” says the team at TheLadders, a mobile career networkused by more than 70,000 employers and recruiters and six million members. Thecompany launched “Inside Leads” earlier this summer, a free service that helpsjob seekers uncover positions not posted online. “The ‘Inside Leads’ servicetakes the extensive search strings out of the equation for recruiters andprovides them with the qualified candidates they are looking for, while givingjob seekers access to these elusive positions,” says CEO and co-founder AlexDouzet. The company also partners with the nonprofit StreetWise Partners tohelp low-income individuals reach their career potential. An impressive dowell by doing good strategy.ConductorA leader in web presence management since its 2010 launch, the ConductorSearchlight platform concentrates on unpaid channels such as organic search,content and social. Venture capitalists have backed more than $35 million andit’s paid off, with the company experiencing year-over-year revenue growthupwards of 300%. Citibank and FedEx are among Conductor’s global clients thatutilize the company’s technology to identify revenue opportunities, createrule-based content insights, manage daily performance and even understand linkstrategies used by competitors.EtsyFounded in 2005, Etsy is the mothership of e-commerce with a purpose.Capitalizing on consumers’ growing interest in handmade and vintage items, theBrooklyn-based company has received more than $97 million in funding. Thebusiness model engages a community of 30 million buyers and businesses,relying on a minimal flat-rate listing fee and 3.5% commission off items sold.Etsy became a Certified B Corporation™ in 2012, releasing the followingstatement: “We believe that the best long-term stewards of Internet-basednetworks and marketplaces will focus on value creation for all participantsinstead of solely on shareholders. B Corporations provide a legal foundationperfectly supporting this much more comprehensive outlook.”

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