A to Z of cool startups, apps, fundings and acquisitions in 2013

A to Z of cool startups, apps, fundings and acquisitions in 2013

Summary: We take a look back at what has been happening across the startup world and discover some great new apps, ideas and companies that made the news during 2013.


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  • Visualead

    An Israel-based startup company, Visualead, has launched a new technology that will change the way QR codes are displayed on ads. Visualead’s embedded QR codes don’t exactly hide the QR code, but make codes "odd-looking" to attract interest of a viewer just enough to make them pull out their phones and scan it.

    Visualead’s generator enables users to embed QR codes into any image or advertisement in a user-friendly way without the need for any graphic design skills.

    Funded in April 2012 by Kaedan Capital investment group and private angels Visualead's mission is to make QR Codes more appealing for customers and more valuable for brands.

    Image: Visualead

  • Weathermob

    Weathermob is a crowdsourced weather app with 100,000 monthly active users in 136 countries who create the Weathermob ‘army,’ collecting weather data all around the globe and improving the quality of everyone’s weather information.  

    Weathermob provides weather from the ‘ground up’ rather than forecasts which come from the "sky down".  Weather and climate data is extremely important for business. Weathermob lets the social component of weather reporting come to the fore with real-time weather data and mapping in an app.

    Image Weathermob




  • Xobni

    No longer a start up but this company has been in the news this year. Xobni is the smart way to manage your inbox. It includes updates from your contacts on LinkedIn Facebook and Twitter. Xobni was acquired by Yahoo for $48M in July 2013.

    Image: Xobni




Topics: Start-Ups, CXO, Social Enterprise

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  • Wrike


    Graphite was launched in August 2013 promising to reshape online project collaboration. Wrike is a social collaboration and task management startup in Silicon Valley.

    Graphite promises a “new, clean and evolved way for workers to collaborate in the office or across the globe” and it intends to “contemporize digital and social project management”.

    Credit: Wrike"

    ROFL....Give that copy editor more 'lice'....lol