The Fastest Growing Startups In NYC

The cliche of having a brilliant business idea scribbled down on a napkin in a bar over a few drinks is still something that happens surprisingly more often than you would expect. This isn't the only way to create a startup, but the fact that many businesses start this way and change the lives of people around the world captures the imagination of future entrepreneurs everywhere. These are the hottest startups in New York, the ones that beat the odds and are creating some of the best companies in the world. 


Alice enables hotels by providing a single platform to connect concierge, front desk, maintenance and housekeeping, while also giving guests an entirely new way to engage with their hotel through a mobile application and SMS.


Animoto makes it easy to create professional videos on your computer and mobile device. Animoto believes that video is the most powerful way to communicate what you care most deeply about - whether that’s your family, business, or a cause - and that making videos shouldn’t be limited to only those with technical know-how and expensive production equipment. That’s why their team is committed to building products that make it cost-effective, fun, and effortless for anyone to create exceptional videos.


Betterment is the largest, fastest-growing automated investing service, helping people to better manage, protect, and grow their wealth through smarter technology. The service offers a globally diversified portfolio of ETFs, designed to help provide you with the best possible expected returns for retirement planning, building wealth, and other savings goals. Betterment helps people to achieve a smarter financial future with minimal effort and at a fraction of the cost of traditional financial services.


Canary is a complete home security system packed into a single device - a modern approach to security that lets you protect the people and places you care about most. It’s built to learn and adapts to your patterns over time; whenever it detects something out of the ordinary in your house or apartment, Canary sends intelligent notifications with HD video and audio directly to your smartphone. That way, you can make smart decisions when something’s wrong and feel connected when everything’s right.

Dom & Tom 

Dom & Tom is an end-to-end digital product development studio focused on emerging technologies. From startups to enterprise solutions, the apps they produce for their clients support their strategic initiatives first through open collaboration, forward-thinking user experience, engaging design, and cross-platform development for both web and mobile.

eLearning Mind

eLearning Mind (ELM) is an interactive creative design agency focused on education and corporate learning. ELM works with companies like Google, Estee Lauder, UBS and other Fortune 500 companies to create customized learning solutions. By leveraging ultra-modern design principles combined with science-backed learning, ELM delivers smart, beautiful, and engaging learning experiences that drive performance results.


Private company shareholders have a brand new way to diversify and monetize their holdings. EquityZen’s proprietary solution provides access to cash without any effect on the company’s shareholder count or capitalization table. 

Meanwhile, accredited investors (AIs) gain access to returns previously limited to larger asset managers: upside in growth firms. EquityZen’s platform establishes a secure marketplace, allowing AIs to browse investment opportunities in emerging companies and industries.


Greatist helps you find what’s good for you. Not like “eat your vegetables, they’re good for you.” More like “here are some choices you can realistically make, stick with, and feel really good about.” Because in the end, you don't have to choose between being happy and being healthy; they're really the same thing.


Grovo is reimagining learning for today’s teams. The workplace learning company combines beautiful technology, engaging content, and hands-on advisory support to deliver a better way to learn at work. The heart of Grovo's approach is microlearning - bite-sized lessons, exercises, and real-world practice, delivered in the right way, at the right time. From digital skills to leadership training, Grovo teaches people the behaviors to be extraordinary at what they do, on a platform that learners and trainers love.

Intent Media

They provide predictive analytics to help retailers recognize and react to the unique value of each site visitor. They help retail sites monetize the 97% of visitors who leave without buying anything. They segment all the traffic coming to the retailers site and show ads only to the people who are unlikely to buy from the site. By doing this they unlock a massive extra revenue stream for retailers without impacting their core business.


MarketFactory is changing the way Wall Street moves money. They provide mission-critical software that powers the largest market in the world, foreign exchange. Top financial institutions globally rely on MarketFactory 24x7 to process transactions in microseconds that keep financial markets healthy.

Movable Ink

Movable Ink pioneered the application of contextual experiences to email. Movable Ink clients can use any email service provider to deliver dynamic content that changes, in real-time, according to the context of each individual consumer. More than 300 innovative brands including The Wall Street Journal, eBay, Finish Line and Saks Fifth Avenue use Movable Ink to Market in the Moment and optimize their email campaigns to drive ROI.


SeatGeek is a ticket search engine that makes finding tickets to live entertainment a cinch. They search dozens of the biggest ticket sites and present the results all in one place. SeatGeek’s Deal Score system analyzes thousands of ticket listings and rates the best bargains. The higher the Deal Score, the better the value.


Smartling's global content solution helps brands gain a more dominant global competitive position by transforming the way their content is created and consumed around the world. Smartling’s agile translation engine supports the need to automate internal processes, so brands can focus on continuous product development and deployment.


Stride is an Agile consultancy in NYC. They embed and colocate with tech teams to help you be your best. They partner highly skilled Agile developers with your dev team. As a result, they leverage the skills of your entire team and help you improve code quality and your Agile process in perpetuity. Whether you seek process refinement (TDD, Refactoring, Tech Debt, Estimates, Continuous Delivery, etc.) or need to get high quality code out the door to launch your MVP, Stride can help.

Their one-on-one approach to strategic consulting ensures that they can create actionable plans that align with your team's culture and passions. Consider them a part-time C-Suite to guide you and your company in strategic planning, conflict management, delegation, and team-building.


TickPick is a no-fee ticket marketplace that is changing the industry. An innovative ticket marketplace to buy, bid and sell tickets to sports, concerts and other live events. TickPick is different from other ticket marketplaces because it utilizes algorithms to help consumers save money and select the best seats. By listing and ranking tickets based on a combination of price and quality, users are able to select the best tickets for the least amount of money.


Technology driven, driver-focused. Transfix is a mobile location-based freight broker helping independent owner-operators and small carriers compete with larger corporations. Their free, mobile-responsive TMS and native mobile app match your shipments with Transfix truck drivers based on real-time location. With advanced tech and ethical, driver-centric values, Transfix broker services end friction and generate win-win returns.


The Unified Platform transforms fragmented marketing data into actionable intelligence and real-time activation for the world's largest brands. With The Unified Platform, data empowers marketers to exceed their business goals, be more productive and boost the bottom line. 

Marketers face an increasingly complex environment with fragmented data, disparate platforms and an ever-growing number of new channels to manage. Traditionally, solutions to this problem have been manual, unsophisticated and need extremely high set up costs.

Unified solves this problem with software. The Unified Platform combines marketer's data into a single system of record, normalizes it in the context of business goals and enables teams to take action with easy to use software tools and dashboards.


Zype is a direct to consumer video business platform. They help content owners turn their audience into their customers. They make it easy for anyone to build and make money with their own branded streaming destinations. 

With Zype, content owners can import video from anywhere and in just a few clicks publish to branded mobile apps, set-top channels or open web destinations, or distribute to online partners. All this without costly development cycles, IT pains, or maintenance headaches. The best part is content owners can make money however they want - ad-supported, subscription, or sell-through - and get a bigger piece of the revenue pie.

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