The year 2016 gave us a lot of interesting new business concepts. These were mostly provided to us by startup leaders, a niche that seems to always be on-the-move, with developments practically every week. As such, 2016 saw the rise of many startups, four of which are featured and discussed here.
Entrepreneur Talmon Marco, who founded and later on sold Viber, created Juno as an alternative to Uber. It has been branded as being an “anti-Uber startup” mainly because of the way it treats its drivers. Marco’s startup wonder gives its drivers more profit because the company gets only a small part of each driver’s earnings. Even if it is not yet as popular as Uber, it is already getting a lot of media coverage because of this friendlier driver treatment. At present, Juno is trying to raise funds as it continues to be in beta mode, particularly in the City of New York.
This startup knows what parents need, especially those with highly active toddlers! Winnie somewhat combines the best features of Yelp and Foursquare and then adds interesting bits and pieces that make it distinct. First off, it’s for parents. Second, it does not only give you details of restaurants, but it can also help you locate places like a nursing station for breastfeeding mothers and a changing room or table for babies and toddlers. Third, it allows parents to share their experiences.
This one is for travelers and adventurers looking for a more convenient way of planning and booking trips. Created by Kayak co-founder Paul English, Lola is actually a chat app that uses AI technology and with the help of a staff of experienced consultants, provides travelers all the information and assistance they need when planning trips. If you want to try the app, check out www.lolatravel.com. Enjoy!
Nope, this is not the adrenaline-pumping adventure ride you are all familiar with. Zipline is actually a startup that intends to use drones to send blood and medicine to remote places in Rwanda. The drone is capable of bringing around 3lbs of blood or medicine. The group partnered with the Rwandan government and the first delivery was made in October 2016.