Startups of 2015

About a year ago we published our Startups of 2014 listing the early-stage startups we believed we would hear more of in 2014. We're glad to report many are doing really well, some bootstrapping and going strong, others raising millions in funding and one of them got acquired by Apple.

Over the last 12 months we've published close to 1,500 additional pre-launch startups on BetaList.com. Again, we've taken a look back and selected some our favorite startups we look forward hearing more about the coming year. Some recently launched while others are still in private beta.

Without further ado, here are our Startups of 2015!

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Glose is a reading platform for inspired readers who want to share their thoughts through ebooks. It’s like an online bookclub that makes it more fun and social to read.

 
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Homerun believes recruitment is a team sport. As with any team, it’s people that make the difference. Their skills and personalities make up your company and those assets are what attracts new talent; no matter what industry you're in.

Homerun enables you to tell your unique story, lets applicants tell theirs and invites your team to easily select the people that fit the job and suit your company best.

 
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KingForADay appoints one community member per day for the entire community to chat with. Meet random new people. Use your Kingship as a platform for your cause. Engage the community with useful information, banter, and fun.

A new King is crowned every day. Chat and share pictures with the king, ask his/her opinion or advice. Even you can be King and chat with the whole community.

 
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Solved knows how frustrating it is wasting hours digging through help forums and googling questions. It can be an even bigger problem when you realize that it is your employees who waste all this time instead of enjoying their work.

That's why they created a desktop app that provides any collaborator help on any software, at the push of a button. Solved relies on a community of hundreds of carefully selected experts that can be put in touch with you within seconds: you can share you screen, chat with them, and get any of your software problem… solved!

 
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Wake is the best way to share visual work with your team. It’s simple, fast and will help all of us design better products by allowing ideas to be shared faster and more often. With Wake, you’ll know what everyone is working on without having to peek over each other’s shoulder. And you can browse through past work and explorations without having to dig through Dropbox folders or PSD’s.

 
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Gymsurfing lets you book discount gym passes with two taps on your phone, starting as low as $5. If you are traveling, curious to try a different gym, hate the hassle of membership, or just want to access a fitness club's special amenities, never pay full day pass price again. Find nearby gyms, check out features of the gym, and reserve a pass for the day, week or month.

 
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Mautic is the world's first open source marketing automation software and is a powerful tool which businesses and organizations can use to effectively communicate with their audience and market their products and services by improving their lead generation, nurturing, and tracking capabilities as well as email marketing, asset management, results analytics and a variety of other useful add-ons.

 
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Userbin secures your authentication stack in minutes with two-factor authentication and real-time account protection. Our two-factor authentication is fully white-label and builds on well-known standards like Google Authenticator, SMS and phone calls. No proprietary apps to download or unfamiliar flows to learn for your users. Automatically prevent logins coming from the wrong places, including devices connecting from known bot nets, from behind hidden proxies and VPNs, or unexpected locations.

 
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Atomic is building a better way of designing websites and apps, by letting you design interfaces, prototype behaviour and gather feedback, all in one seamlessly integrated platform.

 
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Solid is an online meeting management tool that smartly helps you to get everyone prepared for a successful meeting, keep the meeting focused on the agenda, and receive actionable minutes right after the meeting.

 
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Souvenir is an app for visualizing leisure travel. Upload GPS Data as well as pictures/videos and Souvenir will visualize the data of the itinerary on a custom map in a watercolor style. Browse through your pictures and tell your travel stories with certain information automatically added, such as the weather or the Wikipedia entry. Additionally, you can print the map as a poster.

 
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Complete turns your to-do list into the perfect productivity tool by combining an intuitive task management system with a community that supports each other in completing tasks and accomplishing goals. Organize all your tasks on Complete and share tasks with friends, neighbors and experts to receive the advice, motivation and resources you need.


Last year the startups in our selection got tens of millions in funding and one of them even got acquired by Apple. Keeping in mind we're focussed on very early-stage startups with little history to go on we'd say that's a pretty decent track record and we're looking forward to see how well this year's selection will do.

Which startups are you looking forward beta testing in 2015? Leave your answers in the comments.