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10 Highly Successful Online Startups To Inspire Your Business

10 Highly Successful Online Startups To Inspire Your Business

It’s the age of Internet. Everyone is online–your parents, your uncle, your cousin from farms and even people you think you know but you’re confusing with someone else. Consumers, agents, producers are endangered species and the tedious hours of browsing through bazaars are gone. It’s certainly easier to move your pointers through the lengths of screen than to move your tired legs in the crowded market, right?

So, the trends are changing and people are tweeting. Internet is no longer ‘the next big thing’, it is “the big thing” now.  Since everything happens on the internet these days, it will be a logical and far sighted decision to put your business online.

If you want to take your business online but you do not have sufficient experience or for some reasons your online business is not taking off as you expected to, you can follow the examples of the below mentioned successful online startup companies who shine like Venus in this vague glitz of the Internet.

1. Kaltura

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    Founded In: 2006

    Founded By: Ron Yekutiel, Shay David, Michal Tsur, and Eran Etam

    Kaltura is an open source software company established in 2006. The company allows publishers and content owners to publish, manage, monetize and analyze their video and other rich-media content. Kaltura’s Online Video Platform is based on software, enabling any site to add advanced video and rich-media capabilities.

    Kaltura was originally based on collaborative Wiki model but later decided to provide an open source video platform focusing universities, media companies and service providers.

    Having already raised more than $25 million dollars in funding, Kaltura teaches online entrepreneurs to target a handful of niches and master them with care and passion.

    2. Taboola

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      Founded In: 2007

      Founded By: Adam Sigdola

      Enough with shoes, shirts and flower bouquets, we are going to market web contents. With this quirky idea, Taboola has managed a revenue run rate of $250 million.

      What is amazing about Taboola is that it has only 120 employees and yet it has managed to attract high profile clients like BBC, USA Today and Boston Globe.

      Taboola is the best content marketing platform on the internet. It provides a web widget to content creators on their website which links to additional similar posts, photos and videos.

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      Recently, Taboola announced that it was serving 150 billion recommendations to 400 million unique users.

      3. Imgur

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        Founded In: 2009

        Founded By: Alan Schaaf

        Imgur, pronounced “Imager” is an online image sharing and hosting community.

        The site was initially developed by Alan Schaaf as a side project while he attended Ohio University for Computer Science. Originally, it was intended as a gift to online community Reddit but the site took off from its startup seeing the number of views go up to millions from thousands in matter of months.

        In 2012, there were 300 million images uploaded, 364 billion image views counted, and 42 petabytes of data transferred. In April 2014, Imgur received a funding of $40 million USD from investor Andreessen Horowitz.

        4. ShoeDazzle

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          Founded In: 2009

          Founded By: Brian S. Lee, Robert Shapiro, M.J. Eng and Kim Kardashian

          ShoeDazzle is a personalized online styling platform and store. It helps woman discover and buy shoes, accessories and apparels. ShoeDazzle has seen a meteoric rise since its launch. The company boasts 13 million members.

          Days were not always this sunny for ShoeDazzle. Back in 2011, the company completely dumped its hugely popular and successful models.

          The company never gave up despite minor bumps. The company kept faith in e-commerce and since restructuring its e-commerce software model in 2011, the company has never looked back.

          5. LCDcycle

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            Founded In: 2013

            Founded By: Chris Koerner

            What is broken that cannot be fixed? Plenty of frustrated gadget users are going to come up with the answer of the broken screens. If you are thinking of giving up on your beloved phone then do consult LCDCycle.

            LCDcycle repairs smartphone screens. They prevent myriads of smartphones from being dumped into trashes. Their business is also a wholesale of smartphone parts to repair shops.

            A true pioneer of the smart phone repairs, Chirs Koerner deserted the traditional ways and took his business online.

            Innovative and “green”, LCDcycles has managed to attract high profile publications like CNET, Mashable and Gizmodo.

            The company has managed to acquire a funding of more than $60 million and new users are signing each day for their personal showroom curated to their indicated fashion preferences.

            6. Voxy

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              Founded In: 2010

              Founded By: Paul Gollash and Gregg Carey

              There are thousands of language learning apps on the market so why does Voxy stand out? Because Voxy helps learning English through small practical lessons that can be implemented in real lives.

              With the advanced propriety technology, Voxy could have easily expanded its services to other languages but it stuck to its purpose. The company has developed a loyal fanbase of English learners.

              The app boasts 3 million users and more than $15 million USD in funding.

              7. Javelin

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                Founded In: 2010

                Founded By: Trevor Owens and Grace Ng

                Owens and Grace were both working on their own startups hoping something would spark their business. They had a hefty load of their own startups on their heads already and what did they decide? To work on their idea of a full time company to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their concepts into a business.

                Since the startup, they have hosted numerous workshops to help aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and make serious money on the side.

                The company has already hosted educational workshops in more than 200 cities of the world and they have an ambitious plan of extending it to 600 by next year.

                They help entrepreneurs in different stages of their business, from sending money abroad to completing all the legalities. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to start a new business or an already established one looking for a trial on new ideas without wasting your precious bucks, Javelin will always be there to help you.

                8. Getaround

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                  Founded In: 2010

                  Founded By: Sam Zaid, Jessica Scorpio and Elliot Kroo

                  Your uncle might lend you his lawnmower, if you are close enough with your cousin, he might lend you his car. What will a complete stranger give to you? Nothing, but that was until Getaround came into existence.

                  If you are looking for a car to rent or otherwise make some extra cash renting the car you’re not using, join the community of more than 200,000 Getaround members, your life will surely be easier.

                  The lenders who do not want renters to have the access of a key, there is also an option for renters to open the car door without a key. This is made possible by Getaround.

                  This awesome startup company which offers a simple life hack has already received $19 million USD in seed funding.

                  9. Prismatic

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                    Founded In: 2012 for web browsers and iphones, 2013 for ipads

                    Founded By: Bradford Cross and Aria Haghighi

                    People can do three main things on Prismatic: Tell the service what topics they are interested in and which people they want to follow; read and look at the suggested articles and photos; and share content back to those topics.

                    Before they became mobile app magnates, Cross was a head of research in Flightcaster and Haghighi was a mathematician who studied natural language programming and they decide to do a news aggregator app startup and guess what?-  They have 25,000 weekly users and $16.5 million in funding now.

                    The secret of the meteoric rise of Prismatic lies in the collaborative environment the company has managed to create for its employees. The engineers responsible work very closely with designers, researchers and the whole team.

                    Bradford Cross, the founder and the CEO learnt in details about the nuances of intricacies of design so that he could apply it in his startup and he sure is effective in what he’s doing. The company has however closed its consumer-facing apps since December 2015 and now solely focuses on its machine learning algorithms, which it intends to make available to hedge funds and publishers.

                    10. Bloomboard

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                      Founded In: 2010

                      Founded By: Eric Dunn and Jason Lange

                      Dunn and Lange were a bunch of teaching aficionados. Dunn dedicated a full decade of his life building adaptive learning management systems while Lange sided with education focused non-profit organization.

                      When they were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, it was like the world was set right for them. They were both searching for professional development based solution for teachers as they believed the teacher was the major driving force for the productivity of children.

                      When they decided to take on the internet, they were only equipped with their experience and a rough prototype. They were like two hikers who were on an expedition of the unexplored hills.

                      Bloomboard is a work of art by the duo. It combines technology and the skills of educating. Bloomboard offers “Click to Schedule” option which saves lengthy paper works while organizing evaluator notes. Because of the quality of its innovation, it was able to attract big giants like Gates Foundation and Birchmere ventures. Bloomboard has managed to secure $5 million in funding.

                      Featured photo credit: YouTube via i.ytimg.com

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                      Published on March 25, 2019

                      How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

                      How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

                      Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up. You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out.

                      But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

                      Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

                      “If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

                      It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

                      Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

                      As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

                      As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

                      Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

                      Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

                      1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

                      When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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                      Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

                      2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

                      Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

                      But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

                      If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

                      3. Go to All Office Networking Events

                      Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

                      If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

                      Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

                      Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

                      The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

                      Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

                      4. Show Initiative

                      Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

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                      Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

                      Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

                      5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

                      Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

                      Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

                      6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

                      A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

                      Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

                      Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

                      A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

                      Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

                      Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

                      These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

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                      Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

                      7. Find a Mentor

                      With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

                      Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

                      Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

                      8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

                      After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

                      What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

                      Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

                      Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

                      You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

                      9. Set Your Professional Bar High

                      Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

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                      Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

                      Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

                      Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

                      “Half of life is showing up.”

                      The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

                      Remember, your career is your business!

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