Thursday, January 30, 2014

Top 10 America’s Most Promising Companies In 2014

#1 Fuhu


Fuhu Sells the Nabi, an Android-based tablet for kids. The device includes parental controls and educational games that line up with national curriculum requirements from kindergarten through sixth grade. Fuhu Launches Game Changing Kids' Technology, Solutions and Experiences at 2014 CES. "We are invested in delivering custom experiences and solutions," said Jim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu.

Fuhu products are more than just fun tech, they provide kids with the authentic experiences they have come to demand and parents with the confidence to let kids learn in new ways and assurance to let their kids explore, play and learn safely."  Next on the production line: the DreamTab, another kid-focused tablet that will include social networking and drawing lessons with DreamWorks characters like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda.

#2 Airpush


Airpush is a private, bootstrapped mobile advertising platform. It is known as one of the world’s largest mobile ad platforms with over 120,000 live apps utilizing its SDK. Airpush is based in Los Angeles, California with offices in Bangalore, India.

Airpush was founded in 2010 by company CEO and Interactive Advertising Bureau director Asher Delug. Airpush is a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

#3 Suja


Suja - mission is to help you live a long, beautiful life. We’ve handcrafted two lines of delicious cold pressured organic juices that are 100% USDA Certified Organic and non-GMO. Suja Classic, packed with pure fruits and vegetables, is the convenient way to drink your daily nutrients and maintain your overall health. Our inspired Suja Elements line is epically refreshing, packed with vital nutrients, amino acids, omegas and antioxidants. With a wide range of cold pressured organic offerings, Suja has a juice for every lifestyle.

#4 Evolent Health

Evolent Health

Evolent Health sells software and consulting services to help healthcare providers, like hospital systems, double as insurers. CEO Williams previously served as CEO and Chairman of The Advisory Board, a $2 billion healthcare consulting company with 2,500 employees.

#5 Lending Club

Lending Club

Lending Club is a US peer-to-peer lending company, headquartered in San Francisco, California. It was the first peer-to-peer lender to register its offerings as securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and to offer loan trading on a secondary market. Lending Club operates an online lending platform that enables borrowers to obtain a loan, and investors to purchase notes backed by payments made on loans. As of November 2013, Lending Club has originated over 3 billion USD in loans, and averages $7.8 million in daily loan originations.

#6 Smashburger


Smashburger is an American chain of fast casual burgers restaurants that originated in Denver, Colorado. Originally known as IconBurger, the new name refers to the process of smashing a ball of ground beef on a grill to "sear in the juices."

#7 uTest


uTest, Inc. is a venture-funded software and mobile app testing company based in Framingham, Massachusetts. The company was incorporated in August 2007 by founders Doron Reuveni and Roy Solomon with $2.3M in seed funding from Mesco Ltd. and the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation (MTDC).In their most recent $17M D round of financing in December 2011, CEO Reuveni was quoted as saying that uTest is “...on track to be the first crowdsourcing company to file an IPO."

#8 AnchorFree


AnchorFree is a software company that provides a virtual private network (VPN) for secure web browsing. The company is led by David Gorodyansky, who founded the firm in 2005.The company has headquarters in Mountain View, California.

#9 Yodle


Yodle is an American company which sells online marketing, generally to small businesses. As of the end of 2013, the company has over 1,100 employees, and a 2012 annual income of $132.2 million. The company was founded by Nathaniel Stevens in 2005; the current CEO (Chief Executive Officer) is Court Cunningham, who joined the company in 2007. The company was previously called 'NatPal', but changed its name in 2007.

#10 HireVue


Operates an online platform for screening, recruiting and interviewing potential hires. Clients include Nike and JPMorgan. CEO Newman started the company as a 20 year-old undergraduate at Westminster College in 2004. Raised $25 million from Sequoia Capital and others in October 2013.


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