When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Some technology startup veterans will tell you that when the markets are crashing, it could be a good time to pick up great technologies at rock-bottom prices. SuccessFactors was such a company. It was born out of the dot-com crisis of 2001 when Lars Dalgaard bought some well-funded technology companies that had gone bust and resurrected them with his vision.
After the dot-com crisis, the economic crisis provided another such window of opportunity to Mike Onghai. Inspired by the success story of SuccessFactors, he bought the assets of Clickable in 2013. >>>
Happy Grasshopper is an email marketing company that focuses on providing fun, engaging content to help salespeople and small businesses build and nurture their relationships with leads and past customers. Founded in October 2010 by serial and parallel entrepreneur Dan Stewart, Happy Grasshopper is growing rapidly as it maintains its distinction as a company that sends emails to communicate, not broadcast.
OmniVest, the flagship product of Nirvana Systems, is a fully automated user-driven investment/fund management system that provides a user with a portfolio of trading strategies and tools to evaluate historical performances and make informed investment decisions. OmniVest was released as a paid beta to its customer base in October 2012. >>>
Finish Line PDS is a product development service company that develops technology products for small companies in the down hole tool and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology markets, including the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Its main value proposition is that without the fixed cost of having a team of engineers, it helps companies develop products faster and at a lower cost.
Sapience Analytics is the creator of an enterprise-class solution designed to increase productivity and create “automated work visibility” across the enterprise hierarchy – with no added managerial responsibility. Within two years of its release, Sapience has crossed $1 million in annual revenue and has scaled to more than 50 installations and 50,000 users. Sapience has recently been selected by NASSCOM as India’s Top 10 Emerge Product company for 2013. It has also been recognized as one of India’s fastest growing enterprise software products by IDG Channel World (50 Hot Companies, 2013); NASSCOM (Lead 10, 2013); and Red Herring (Asia Top 100 technology start-up, 2011).
Approyo is a premier SAP HANA–focused company that supports companies with their shift to the HANA platform. The company develops ready to deploy and secure predictive analytics solutions for customers in sectors like retail, oil & gas, manufacturing, and healthcare. Within two years of its launch, Approyo has created tie-ups with 23 resellers in 14 countries and has crossed $1 million in revenue. >>>
Freshdesk is a SaaS company that provides customer support software across multiple communication channels. The software combines a back-end helpdesk system used in ticketing and knowledge management with an online social customer portal on the front end. Within two years of its launch as a cost-effective alternative, in 2013 Freshdesk has crossed $1 million in revenue and has over 10,000 customers in over 180 countries.
Search and shopping are two universal online activities. As the process typically goes, a user will pull up a search engine with a purchase already in mind, looking for a place to buy it. But when Simon Vielma was approached by a girlfriend for help finding a pair of shoes she’d seen on a friend’s Facebook, he began to wonder whether the two could be combined. >>>
Mansa Systems, a San Francisco–based provider of cloud, mobile and social enterprise solutions, was founded on one entrepreneur’s passion to build a great IT company. The company, which describes itself as a “boutique consulting partner with a global presence,” not only provides the IT services of a larger company but specializes in providing enterprise-level apps as solutions to Salesforce customers. Services include solutions for cloud storage, secure document sharing, transactional email service, cloud telephony, and more. >>>
CallFire is a Santa Monica, California–based text messaging and voice platform for businesses. It was founded by a group of friends with a passion for technology and a desire to build a successful company from the ground up and perhaps alter the course of telecom along the way. CallFire provides a cloud platform for businesses that powers two-way communication between businesses and opt-in customers, enabling companies, government agencies and grassroots organizations to instantly and affordably communicate with key audiences. Today, CallFire has 25 employees, more than 50,000 customers and annual revenues of $10 million – and has yet to receive a dime of venture capital.
Libelium is a privately held wireless sensor network platform provider. The company delivers, open-source, low-power consumption devices that are easy to program and implement for Smart Cities solutions and a wide range of M2M and sensor projects. All of Libelium’s products are modular, horizontal and easy to integrate into third-party systems. The company is based in Zaragoza, Spain, but its products are deployed in 45 countries and supported by an active community of developers around the world. >>>
Productivity is a big deal in today’s business world. Employers want to know that their employees, while they are on the clock, are spending more time working than they are doing anything else. Even in a traditional office setting, that can be difficult. Sapience Analytics has a way to make that task a little easier.
Sapience, its eponymous product, enables companies to achieve 15%, 20% or even greater gains in work output. This is achieved without requiring any change in process or additional management overhead. Sapience is an enterprise class product that supports automated deployment and upgrades, and it connects to the organization’s internal applications such as ERP and HRIS for maximum benefit. Detailed analytics of work time is possible on multiple enterprise dimensions such as verticals, domains, technologies (for projects and business units), and roles, skills, and locations (for employees and teams). >>>
Not everyone is good at accounting and finance, and as a company begins to grow, keeping track of finances becomes a job that requires more than one or two people to complete. That’s where companies like Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS) come in.
Early Growth Financial services and its more than 30 employees provide companies with finance and accounting support on an as-needed basis. EGFS has extensive experience working with companies at all stages of development. The services that EGFS provides allow business leaders to keep their internal resources focused on doing business. The company offers a complete suite of services, from high-level financial strategy to day-to-day finance, accounting, and administration that can be outsourced without affecting business operations. From audit preparation to GAAP compliance, revenue recognition review to financial statements, Early Growth Financial Services works with companies to assess their needs and provide the right kind of support. >>>
Furniture remains a product that people still tend to prefer to buy in person. But some e-commerce furniture businesses manage to succeed. SSTL, Inc., founded in 2009, is an e-commerce company that comprises four distinct furniture websites, BedroomFurnitureDiscounts.com, DiningRoomsOutlet.com, DiscountLivingRooms.com, and TVStandsOutlet.com, all under the Furniture Lenny umbrella. SSTL incorporated in January 2010 to establish a consumer-friendly e-commerce platform that uses the latest technology and management science to sell furniture products. >>>
Individual consumers and independent contractors, probably more than any others, need affordable computer repairs and services. Fortunately, companies like Redding, California–based Nerds On Call, many can satisfy that need. Founded in March 2004, Nerds On Call offers on-site computer and laptop repair services to consumers and businesses. Nerds On Call provides troubleshooting for PCs and Macs, home and office networks, printers, iPods and other MP3 players, handheld devices, and cell phones, home theaters and game systems, and virtually every other form of digital equipment. >>>