Startups Worth Watching

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

“What about Yo?” – Me

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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Toucan
https://jointoucan.com

Focus:
Languages

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2019

Added:
2022

Founders:
Taylor Nieman
Shaun Merritt

Brandon Dietz

From Crunchbase:

Toucan is a new, immersive way to learn a new language while going about your day. Learning a new language is challenging, fun, and rewarding. It also takes time, practice, and dedication. And let’s face it, finding a few minutes to study or do flashcards can feel impossible some days. So Toucan helps you learn a new language by immersing you in it while you browse the web. When you visit a webpage, Toucan quickly translates a set of words and phrases into the language you’re trying to learn. So you’ll increase your vocabulary by seeing translated words within the context of a language you already know.

Synthesis
https://www.synthesis.com

Focus:
Education

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2020

Added:
2022

Founders:
Chrisman Frank
Joshua Dahn


From Crunchbase:

Synthesis School is an online enrichment program for ages 8 to 14 with a mission to nurture future innovators. -- Six years ago, Elon Musk asked me to start an experimental school with him at SpaceX. The goal was to develop students who are enthralled by complexity and solving for the unknown. Synthesis is the most innovative learning experience from that school. It is designed to cultivate student voice, strategic thinking, and collaborative problem solving. I believe Synthesis builds these skills like no other education experience. Until recently, Synthesis was only available to a handful of SpaceX families. Today, our community is worldwide and growing quickly. Excited for you to be a part of it.

Stability AI
https://stability.ai

Focus:
Artificial Intelligence

HQ:
United Kingdom

Founded:
2019

Added:
2022

Founders:
Emad Mostaque


From Crunchbase:

AI by the people, for the people. Designing and implementing solutions using collective intelligence and augmented technology

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.

JustWatch
https://justwatch.com/

Focus:
TV Streaming

HQ:
Germany

Founded:
2014

Added:
2021

Founders:
David Croyé


From Crunchbase:

JustWatch is a new streaming search engine - to help you find out where to watch movies legally. What’s new on Netflix, Hulu or iTunes? Where to watch your this movie you’ve been talking about? On JustWatch you can find all that in one app. To make the experience even more worthwhile, you can customize your individual settings and use easy and intuitive filters for providers like Google Play and Amazon Prime, many different genres or release year. Their goal is to connect movie fans with their favourite content worldwide. JustWatch is starting out as a webapp optimized for tablets and smartphones. However, it works on laptops and computers too. For users, this service is completely free. Their business model is to help movie studios advertise to the right audience. Therefore they are building a fully integrated adtech stack to be able to target those fans. Their goal is to make movie marketing a lot more efficient for advertisers and a lot less annoying and more valuable for users.

Loopring
https://loopring.org

Focus:
web3

HQ:
China

Founded:
2017

Added:
2021

Exit:
ICO (2018)

Founders:
Daniel Wang
Jay Zhou


From Crunchbase:

Loopring is an opened source protocol based on smart contracts for decentralized exchanges on the Ethereum blockchain. Loopring allows for multiple exchanges to mix and match orders, off-chain order-matching and on-chain transaction clearing and payment. The company provides traders, participants, and institutions with a decentralized, automated trade execution system that intelligently implements their trades across the world’s crypto exchanges, shielding them from counterparty risk and reducing their trading costs.

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.

Wikifactory
https://wikifactory.com

Focus:
Collaborative Product Development

HQ:
United Kingdom

Founded:
2016

Added:
2020

Founders:
Christina Rebel
Maximilian Kampik

Nicolai Peitersen

Tom Salfield

From Crunchbase:

Wikifactory is the place where great ideas become even better products. We’ve embedded an agile hardware product development Workspace within a very different type of social platform. One dedicated to productivity. We’re over 70,000 members from 190 countries, and we’re growing fast. Our Community of product designers, engineers and enterprises comes together to design, prototype and manufacture hardware products in more agile ways. At Wikifactory we make the tools to do this, and we make them available to everyone.

Tempo
https://www.tempo.fit

Focus:
Home Fitness

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2015

Added:
2020

Founders:
Joshua Augustin
Moawia Eldeeb


From Crunchbase:

Tempo designs and develops a home fitness platform with a personal guidance to help users in their training sessions. It features live elite trainers who can help users when they make mistakes. It has built in three-dimensional sensors that tracks form, counts reps, and recommends weights. It helps users to improve in real-time. Powered by 3D motion sensors and AI, it analyzes 25 of the body’s essential joints as users work out and gives an understood form feedback.

Cerebras Systems
https://cerebras.net/

Focus:
Artificial Intelligence Hardware

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2016

Added:
2020

Founders:
Andrew Feldman
Jean-Philippe Fricker

Michael James

Sean Lie

From Crunchbase:

Cerebras Systems is a stealth mode startup backed by premier venture capitalists and the industry’s most successful technologists. They are serially successful entrepreneurs dedicated to solving problems others are afraid to tackle. They value integrity, passion, real world problem solving ability, and a sense of humor.

Liteboxer
http://liteboxer.com/

Focus:
Home Fitness

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2017

Added:
2020

Founders:
Jeffrey Morin


From Crunchbase:

Liteboxer is a consumer electronics company providing a smart fitness platform. The company combines rhythm technology with workouts from trainers and brings fitness to home. It is an exercise machine as well as a music game.

Koyeb
https://www.koyeb.com/

Focus:
Cloud API Brokerage

HQ:
France

Founded:
2019

Added:
2020

Founders:
Bastien Chatelard
Edouard Bonlieu

Yann Léger

From Crunchbase:

Koyeb is a pioneer in smart storage solutions for the cloud-native era. Koyeb Storage is the industry-first Cloud Platform dedicated to data management and optimisation across multiple Cloud Service Providers. Koyeb Storage removes vendor lock-in with seamless migration between CSPs and provides a single point of management for multi-cloud environments. With advanced features such as smart data tiering and cloud replication, Koyeb Storage dynamically moves your data across several CSPs to maximise availability while optimising your cost.

Atom Finance
https://atom.finance/

Focus:
Investment Research

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2018

Added:
2020

Founders:
Eric Shoykhet


From Crunchbase:

Atom is the modern financial knowledge platform. Our mission is to democratize access to high-quality investment research resources.

Finnhub
https://finnhub.io/

Focus:
Finance APIs

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2019

Added:
2020

Founders:
Spencer Sands


From Crunchbase:

With the sole mission of democratizing financial data, we are proud to offer a FREE realtime API for stocks, forex and cryptocurrency. With this API, you can access realtime market data from stock exchanges, 10 forex brokers, and 15+ crypto exchanges. We also provide institutional-grade alternative and fundamental data for global companies through our stock API. We make use of state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to collect, clean, and standardize data across global markets.

Fletch
https://fletch.ai/

Focus:
Data Search Engine

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2019

Added:
2020

Founders:
Grant Wernick
Jacob Perkins


From Crunchbase:

Fletch provides ready-to-use analytics organized in different solution sets that are approachable, easy to understand, and actionable on day one. We’re getting rid of the shitwork by automatically connecting and maintaining your data feeds so that leaders, business operators, the data-obsessed, the technical person, and the non-technical person canget right to results. Our vision is to eliminate the busywork and we are starting by helping you quickly gain visibility into your environment and know where you stand when it comes to your risk posture, compliance frameworks, workforce risk behavior, and major threats emerging every day in the news. How it works: ✓ Select a solution set (ex. monitoring user behavior to mitigate intellectual property loss) ✓ Connect your data (ex. G Suite, Salesforce, MS 365, Okta, and more) ✓ Within 24 hours, Fletch indexes, normalizes, triangulates, and runs your data through vetted triggers ✓ Surface insights you need to run your business with more visibility and peace of mind

Salto
https://salto.io/

Focus:
Application Automation

HQ:
Israel

Founded:
2019

Added:
2020

Founders:
Benny Schnaider
Gil Hoffer

Rami Tamir

From Crunchbase:

Salto is the leading solution for business application configuration. By adapting and applying software development concepts and best practices to the business operations world, Salto provides an Open Source and an Enterprise SaaS product that re-imagines multi-application configuration in the modern company. Salto's solution automatically extracts the configurations of different business applications - including Salesforce, NetSuite and HubSpot - and translates them to a new declarative representation called NaCl (“Not Another Configuration Language”). Using NaCl with Git, all applications’ configurations can be collaboratively edited and deployed back to the live business applications, or to a staging environment for testing. With Salto, configuration changes to multiple business applications can be easily tested, tracked or even rolled back if needed.

Hello Robot
https://hello-robot.com/

Focus:
Home Robot

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2017

Added:
2020

Founders:
Aaron Edsinger
Charlie Kemp


From Crunchbase:

Hello Robot builds robots that help people live better lives. Hello Robot was founded with a sense of purpose. In the future, we believe mobile manipulators will enhance the lives of older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers. We are working to build a bridge to this future

Vivaldi
https://www.vivaldi.com

Focus:
Web Browser

HQ:
Norway

Founded:
2014

Added:
2019

Founders:
Jon S. von Tetzchner
Tatsuki Tomita


From Crunchbase:

Vivaldi develop the popular Vivaldi web browser, a highly customisable browser for power users and people who want more out of their web experience.

MasterClass
https://www.masterclass.com

Focus:
Online Learning

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2012

Added:
2019

Founders:
Aaron Rasmussen
David Rogier


From Crunchbase:

Founded in 2015, MasterClass is the platform that makes it possible for anyone to learn from the best. With MasterClass, step into Anna Wintour’s office, Timbaland’s recording studio, and Neil Gaiman’s writing retreat. Improve your serve with Serena Williams, perfect your pitch with Shonda Rhimes, and leave the atmosphere with Chris Hadfield. Hundreds of video lessons from 85+ of today’s most brilliant minds are available anytime, anywhere with the All-Access Pass ($180 per year)

Zoox
https://www.zoox.com/

Focus:
Robotaxi

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2014

Added:
2019

Exit:
Acquired (2020, Amazon, $1.2B)

Founders:
Jesse Levinson
Tim Kentley Klay


From Crunchbase:

Operating at the intersection of design, computer science, and electro-mechanical engineering, Zoox is a multidisciplinary team working to imagine and build an advanced mobility experience that will support the future needs of urban mobility for both people and the environment.

StuffThatWorks
https://www.stuffthatworks.health/

Focus:
Crowdsourced Health Diagnosis

HQ:
Israel

Founded:
2018

Added:
2019

Founders:
Yael Elish
Ron Held

Yossi Synett

From Crunchbase:

StuffThatWorks helps people learn which treatments work best for their condition using smart, AI-based crowdsourcing.

Algorithmia
https://www.algorithmia.com

Focus:
MLOps

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2014

Added:
2017

Exit:
Acquired (2021)

Founders:
Diego Oppenheimer
Kenny Daniel


From Crunchbase:

Algorithmia is a machine learning model deployment and management solution that automates the MLOps for an organization, giving leverage back to data scientists and developers. It powers mission-critical workloads for its enterprise customers and hosts the largest public marketplace for algorithms.

North
https://www.bynorth.com

Focus:
Wearables

HQ:
Canada

Founded:
2012

Added:
2017

Exit:
Acquired (2019, Google, $180M)

Founders:
Aaron Grant
Matthew Bailey

Stephen Lake

From Crunchbase:

North, formerly Thalmic Labs, builds a technology that is human centric and believes that people and technology goes hand in hand. The company thus is building technologies discreetly built into fundamental parts of our lives that already exist. With over 400 people spanning four offices across North America, it is a crew of futurists, engineers,and designers and are always looking to add more innovators to the team.

what3words
https://what3words.com

Focus:
Mapping

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2013

Added:
2017

Founders:
Chris Sheldrick
Jack Waley-Cohen

Mohan Ganesalingam

From Crunchbase:

what3words is the simplest way to talk about location. It has divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique address made from 3 words. Now people can refer to any precise location – a delivery entrance, a picnic spot or a drone landing point – using three simple words. what3words is helping improve businesses around the world, and paving the way for social and economic progress in developing nations. It can be used via the free mobile app or online map. what3words can also be built into any other app, platform or website, with just a few lines of code.

Kernel
https://kernel.co/

Focus:
Neural Interfaces

HQ:
United States

Founded:
2016

Added:
2017

Founders:
Bryan Johnson


From Crunchbase:

Kernel is a neuroscience company that specializes in developing brain-recording technologies. Its custom-built, non-invasive brain interface acquires neural signals similar in quality to fMRI, MEG & ECoG, as easy to use as EEG.