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. >>>
Many people want to have pets, but they want pets that require less maintenance and attention than cats, dogs or birds. That’s part of what makes pet fish popular. Aquariums only have to be cleaned occasionally, and fish demand little attention. Most of us are used to seeing tanks with goldfish, angel fish and guppies. But the latest trend in the low-maintenance pet world is pet jellyfish.
Capitalizing on this trend, San Francisco, California–based Jellyfish Art sells specialized aquariums and products that allow jellyfish to thrive in the comfort of their owners’ homes. Jellyfish have become popular to exhibit because of their unique nature and mesmerizing and soothing movement. Personalized jellyfish aquariums from Jellyfish Art have been met with strong demand and are highly sought after as a new form of interior decoration. The aquariums are also used as sources of light and focal points in offices and other spaces. >>>
Anyone who wants to have a successful marketing campaign for his business will have social media marketing among the many tools in his marketing tool kit. While it’s possible for a company to achieve success without social media and other forms of online marketing, why would anyone want to ignore such powerful resources?
Elasticity is a digital word-of-mouth firm that provides strategic counsel about using a combination of social media, online portals, and traditional media for customer engagement to companies across the U.S. Founded in 2009 by three former executives from PR agency Fleishman-Hillard, Elasticity’s campaigns have resulted in increased engagement among target audiences that have exceeded what traditional marketing and PR approaches have achieved. >>>
XBOSoft (XBO) is an international firm based in South San Francisco that specializes in software quality assurance. It has branch offices in the Netherlands and Norway. XBO uses practical quality assurance processes combined with deep technical expertise to serve clients and deliver a full range of QA consulting and testing services, including quality process assessment, test process improvement, functional and regression testing, and performance testing, among others. Proprietary programs and tools such as XBO ONE Automation Methodology identify defects early and reduce development life cycles. The company believes the CommONE online client collaboration tool for secure 24/7 online access to project information sets it apart from competitors, as does its focus on software quality assurance. >>>
Most people don’t care much about where the dash lighting, door lighting and seat belt sensors in their cars are manufactured. They only care that these things work properly. When people cross the street every day, they don’t worry about how the crosswalk signals were made. Again, they only care that these things work properly. Well, the people who make the primary components that control seat belt sensors and cross walk signals among other things want these things to work properly, too.
Headquartered in Reno, Nevada, EE Technologies is an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider that produces electronic circuit boards and electromechanical assemblies that go into final products like cars, ultrasound machines, slot machines, large construction equipment, food processing equipment, safety traffic equipment, and physics experiment classroom equipment. The company develops, manufactures, and ships its products globally through its facilities in Nevada and Mexico. >>>
Like it or not, printing (and maintaining a printer) is a fact of life in business, and it’s always nice to find a single place to both recycle old cartridges and buy new ones. Castle Ink retails recycled printer ink cartridges and laser toner for printers from at least seven different companies, including Lexmark, HP, and Epson. This 100% bootstrapped, husband-and-wife-run company takes used ink cartridges and refills them with new ink. Each cartridge is thoroughly tested before it is resold. Castle Ink also sells refill kits for customers who prefer to pour fresh ink into their used cartridges themselves – a messy job that’s not recommended for everyone. >>>