Startups Worth Watching

“There are no bad ideas. There are only early ideas.” – Marc Andreessen

This is a list of startups with enormous potential that I considered worth watching over the years.
Some of them have been acquired. Others have had hugely successful IPOs.

(keep track of their progress via this Twitter list)

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General Fusion
https://generalfusion.com

Focus:
Fusion Power

HQ:
Canada

Founded:
2002

Added:
2021

Founders:
Michel Laberge


From Crunchbase:

General Fusion develops utility-scale fusion power using a new, patent-pending concept based on recent developments in Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF). MTF has been relatively unexplored by the fusion community since the 1970s, but if proven it would provide a practical near-term path to fusion energy. It is the goal of General Fusion to demonstrate and commercialize this new clean, safe, and economical concept by the end of the decade.

Pipe
https://www.pipe.com/

Focus:
Trading Platform

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2019

Added:
2021

Founders:
Harry Hurst
Josh Mangel

Zain Allarakhia

From Crunchbase:

Pipe operates a global trading platform for recurring revenue streams, connecting companies to institutional investors to trade in real-time. It makes recurring revenue streams tradable for their annual value offering more cash flow for scaling companies.

Redefine Meat
https://www.redefinemeat.com/

Focus:
3D Printed Food

HQ:
Israel

Founded:
2018

Added:
2021

Founders:
Adam Lahav
Eshchar Ben-Shitrit


From Crunchbase:

Redefine Meat uses 3D printing technology, meat digital modeling, and food formulations to produce animal-free meat. Redefine Meat technology produces animal-free meat with the same appearance, texture, and flavor of animal meat, from natural and sustainable ingredients. Their technology combines proprietary 3D meat modeling, food formulations, and food printing technology to deliver a new category of complex-matrix “meat” in a cost-effective and scalable way.

Hugging Face
https://huggingface.co

Focus:
Artificial Intelligence

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2016

Added:
2021

Founders:
Clement Delangue
Julien Chaumond

Thomas Wolf

From Crunchbase:

Hugging Face is an open-source provider of natural language processing (NLP) technologies.

Sourcegraph
https://sourcegraph.com/

Focus:
Search Engine

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2013

Added:
2021

Founders:
Beyang Liu
Quinn Slack


From Crunchbase:

Sourcegraph provides universal code search for developers and companies so they can innovate faster and manage billions of lines of code.

Fig
https://fig.io

Focus:
Command prompt platform

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2020

Added:
2021

Founders:
Matt Schrage
Brendan Falk


From Crunchbase:

Fig makes the terminal more accessible to beginners, more efficient for advanced engineers, and more collaborative for teams. It is building an app store ecosystem for the terminal. Its first app is autocomplete.

Repl.it
https://repl.it/

Focus:
Developer Tools

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2016

Added:
2020

Founders:
Amjad Masad
Haya Odeh


From Crunchbase:

Repl.it lets you start coding in your favorite programming language in 2 seconds; it lets you build and deploy apps right from your browser. The founders wanted to build something to solve their own problem -- back in school they were tired of setting up their development environment on every machine they wanted to code on, and they dreamed of a world where you could just open a tab in the browser and start working. They built Repl.it to give developers access to simple, powerful tools and a community of hackers, aspiring programmers and teachers. They make it possible to learn, practice and build, all in the same place.

Hypothes.is
https://web.hypothes.is/

Focus:
Knowledge Sharing

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2011

Added:
2020

Founders:
Dan Whaley


From Crunchbase:

Hypothes.is thinks simple tools can help us all improve the quality of information on the Internet and in the greater world around us. They are building an open platform for the collaborative evaluation of knowledge. It leverages sentence-level critique to enable discussion or note-taking on top of news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation, regulations and more. They build software, push for standards and interoperability and foster community. They are a non-profit organization, funded through the generosity of the Knight, Mellon, Shuttleworth, Sloan and Helmsley Foundations– and through the support of hundreds of individuals like yourself that want to see this idea come to fruition. Their efforts are based on the Annotator project, which they are principal contributors to, and annotation standards for digital documents being developed by the W3C Web Annotation Working Group. They are partnering broadly with developers, publishers, academic institutions, researchers, and individuals to develop a platform for the next generation of read-write Web applications.

Virtuix
https://virtuix.com

Focus:
Virtual Reality

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2013

Added:
2020

Founders:
Jan Goetgeluk


From Crunchbase:

Virtuix is a developer of a virtual reality platform that enables players to walk and run in 360 degrees in virtual reality. Its Virtuix Omni is the first virtual reality interface for moving freely and naturally in VR games and applications. Virtuix was founded in April 2013 and was one of the pioneers of the recent wave of VR innovation. Virtuix sells Omni systems to enterprise customers and location-based entertainment venues through the company’s global distribution network. Virtuix has shipped more than 3,500 Omni systems to date, and distributors have installed Omnis in over 500 commercial venues in 45 countries, making the Omni the most widely distributed VR hardware besides headsets.