Official Ranking of America's Best Startup Companies

The Next Billion Dollar Startups Ranking - USA & International          

Searching for the best startups in America? We've got an official list ranking the top startups, fastest-growing, and hottest companies in the United States and around the world. Great success doesn't come without risks, and that is certainly true in angel investing. Risk is inherent in the process, but you don't have to take unnecessary or uneducated risks to succeed. In fact, that's something we avoid at Angel Kings by applying our checklists and point system during evaluations of every startup we consider for our investing portfolio.

Here are the top startups in America (and world) that our startup experts and investors have reviewed and have fulfilled our check list in terms of the people (future billionaire CEOs and COOs), product (mobile, desktop and hardware solutions), execution and timing. We also cover the most successful startups in fast-growing industries such as cybersecurity, biotechnology, mobile application, hardware, vice, and enterprise. For each listing, we'll provide a brief summary of what the startup does, and we'll go into more detail on a few focus startups from each list to give you an idea of how they relate to our checklist. Here are additional criteria that go into our startup rankings: growth, revenue and cash flow, peer reviews, and ratings and reviews by customers.


What is the Blankenship Top Startup Ranking Criteria?

  • Does the startup have potential to disrupt a billion-dollar marketplace?

  • Does the startup have great momentum heading into 2019 and 2020?

  • How does the startup score on the Blankenship Startup Valuation Method?


1.  UNSPLASH.COM | “Top Startup of the year”

The #1 best startup of the year is Unsplash.

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Best Startup of the Year: is a platform where you can download free high-resolution stock photos every 10 days. Created by, a platform for you to connect with freelance web developers and web designers to create our app, website or log, Unsplash makes it easy for web design amateurs to choose professional photos and add that special touch to their website. is also one of the fastest-growing startups in the World with billions of photos, each year.

We believe Unsplash will emerge as the #1 site for online photos and stock photography, thus disrupting players such as Getty Images and Shutterstock, and becoming the next multi-billion dollar startup.


2.  EERO


Eero is disrupting the WiFi space with their motto: No more buffering. No more dead zones. Eero makes sure you have a strong WiFi connection wherever you by using their portable hardware that provides several WiFi access points in your house. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Eero is founded by Nick Weaver, Nate Hardison and Amos Schallich.




Based in New York, New York, Cheddar is founded by Joe Steinberg. Cheddar is the on demand video of Product Hunt, where it is a live and on demand video news network whose main topics are the most popular and innovative products, services and technologies for you.


4.  Kezar Life Sciences

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Similar to Denali, Kezar Life Sciences is another biotechnology startup that aims to help doctors in developing drugs to cure rare and hard-to-cure diseases. With Kezar Life Sciences, they are developing drugs that target protein homeostasis for autoimmune disorders. Founded in 2015 by Christopher Kirk, Kezar Life Sciences is currently located in South San Francisco, CA.

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5.  Lola Travel

With Kayak, Expedia and Travelocity trying to make it convenient for travelers to book the perfect vacation, Lola Travel created their own iPhone app that provides their own on-demand and personal travel service by connecting you to Lola Travel consultants to book your hotels and create your dream vacations. Located in Boston, Lola Travel was founded by Bill O'Donnell with Paul English as the CEO in 2016 .


6.  Bollyshake


If you love Bollywood, or if you love Indian dance, then Bollyshake is a site you have to visit. It's the YouTube of everything Indian dancing. The site holds monthly dance contests where contestants can win cash prizes or meet-and-greets with prominent Bollywood choreographers. With Bollywood taking the world by storm, founder, Rohit Gupta has found a way to connect the millennial generation to the long history of Indian culture of dance.


7.  ADHawk (

AdHawk simplifies digital advertising across multiple channels. The founders, Todd Saunders and Daniel Pratt, are ex-Google employees from the AdWords team. The AdHawk team evolved from the TechStars Boulder program and saw 25% week-to-week growth. The Ad Hawk team continues to grow as they add more than 200+ companies, and many more who remain on their waitlist. We're excited about the potential this one has to become a billion dollar startup in the advertising and marketing technology channels.  


8.  Notable Labs

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Everyone would love to say that they helped find the cure to cancer. Notable Labs is paving the way exactly for that. How do they do it?  Your doctor will send a sample of your tumor to Notable Labs. Notable Labs will then choose FDA-approved drugs with anti-cancer effects. They then test combinations of these drugs against your tumor, and sends your results to your doctor. Your doctor will use those results to make the best recommendations for you and your treatments. Located in San Francisco, Notable Labs is founded by Matt De Silva in 2014.


9.  Addepar

Addepar is a financial services company that serves as a cloud-based platform that consolidates your financial data in one space, which aligns your financial goals with better investment insights and keeps all your date safe and secure. Addepar is located in Mountain View, CA. It was founded in 2009 by founders Jason Mirra and Joe Lonsdale.



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Denali is a biotechnology company that is focused on discovering and developing therapies for patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Located in San Francisco, the Denali team includes Ryan Watts as CEO, Alexander Schuth as COO and Carole Ho as Chief Medical Officer.



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The startups listed on this page are ranked according to:



Peer Review.

Ratings by Customers.