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Hottest new start-ups to watch this quarter

We have been keeping a look out for the hottest new start-ups to make the news this quarter. Here are our favourites so far for Q2 2014.
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By Eileen Brown, Contributor on
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Have a look at these interesting start-ups that have secured funding rounds and showcased great innovation in their technology soluitions. Here are the start-ups to watch for Q2 2014.

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Thumbtack

Thumbtack enables you to find the right professional to complete your project. The San Francisco based company connects independents to you who can quickly give you customised quotes.

You can see comparisons from different professionals, see reviews for their work and hire the right person at the right price for you. It secured $30M in series C funding from Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global Management in May.

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KeyMe

KeyMe allows you to use self service kiosks to duplicate your physical key. It stores a digital image of your key on a mobile app and enables you to store and share images of your key. Locksmiths can make a copy of your key following instructions on the app.

You can also securely mail order keys. The company secured $7.8m series A funding in April.

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Square

San Francisco based Square enables you to take payments on your iOS or Android mobile device. You receive a Square reader and an app that turns your device into a mobile point of sale with one swipe of a card.

Credit card information is encrypted at the moment of swipe. You can send receipts by email or text message. You pay for each swipe you make. The company has received $440.5M to date in six funding rounds. 

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Jaunt

Palo Alto based Jaunt combines computational photography, algorithms and virtual reality to create an immersive media entertainment experience.

Its cross platform viewer renders content for the Oculus Rift and other devices, using VR head tracking and binaural mixing for its immersive experience. It secured $6.8M in funding in April.

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Skycatch

Skycatch enables you to acquire high resolution data (1cm per pixel resolution) on a regular schedule. It can capture data on short range or high altitude long range systems.  

The data can be opened  through interfaces with its partners such as Google, Autodesk and Esri. The San Francisco based company has so far secured $19.7M in funding.

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The Hunt

Lucern Valley, CA based The Hunt uses the community to help you track down items that you want to purchase. You post an image of the item you are seeking and your peers will suggest products for you.

The company has over 2 million registered users who have participated in over 50 million hunts. It secured $10M in series B funding in April.

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Storefront

Storefront enables artists, designers and brands to find retail space to rent. You can rent a creative space in a variety of sizes, directly connect to the owners of the space and open your own store.

You can rent flexibly — from one day to a period of several months. The company secured $7.3M Series A funding in April.

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