Businesses that are being launched today continue to grow and expand with the use of the Internet, social media and with advances in technology. Because of the use of technology with computers and mobile devices, there are plenty of new business to keep your eye on as services expand and change over time.
Paying for cabs within the city has never been easier than with Hailo, an application launched in the UK in 2011. In less than 2.5 years, Hailo has picked up more than 2.5 million passengers who have utilized the service. Approximately one cab is hailed every 5 seconds with the use of the Hailo app.
SurfEasy allows users to browse online privately with a portable USB plug-in device. When browsing, all data is encrypted and allows users to bypass filters and firewalls you are more likely to encounter on a public server. In September 2011, SurfEasy raise more than $69,000 in funding.
Pig Newton is a company created and launched by the famous comedian Louis C.K. The company allows fans to purchase directly from artists without having to go through various companies and labels to do so when you want to purchase content, music or even merchandise.
Square is a company that allows in-store credit card payments to be made using mobile devices and tablets. Users can also leave tips with their payments and can earn rewards from participating businesses. Square currently processes more than $10 billion annually from its sales and from the services it provides.
Sproxil helps to ensure the legitimacy of products using coded and labeled stickers. Users can text specific codes to Sproxil to verify the authenticity of the product, even down to checking whether or not a food is organic. Currently, the largest usage of Sproxil is to prevent counterfitting of prescription drugs.
Oxitec was formed to help with eliminating dengue fever, which kills more than 22,000 individuals annually.
Nest is a company that provides a home thermostat that helps to identify household members’ habits to adjust to save energy based on preferred sleep-time temperatures and how much energy is being used throughout each day.
Proteus Digital has created a monitoring system with an ingestible sensor to help with tracking medication schedules and activity of the patient over time.
Coursera provides real free online college courses from institutions such as Harvard and Yale. As of July 2013, Coursera is working with more than 83 educational institutions to bring real education into the virtual world.
Ouya is a company powered by Android and it is an open-source gaming console. The console was design to be fully-hackable and provides all games at a cheap cost or free altogether.
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