Official Ranking of Top Startup Companies

List of the Best, Fastest-Growing Startups in the USA and the World.

by Ross Blankenship Startup Expert

Ross Blankenship  - Startup Expert and Entrepreneur

Ross Blankenship - Startup Expert and Entrepreneur

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 Ross Blankenship’s investment portfolio.

What are the best startups to know and watch?

Here are the top startups in the United States of America (and the 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 best method to value and rank startups?

“The Blankenship Startup Valuation Method”

  • People (Founders), Process (Efficiencies), Product (what’s built), Traction (Numbers and metrics), and Financials (Will they be profitable?)

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

  • Does the startup have serious traction and momentum that is sustainable?

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


Best Startups to Know and Watch this Year.

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

The #1 best startup of the year is Unsplash.

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.  Rappi

#2 Ranked Best Startup

#2 Ranked Best Startup

Rappi is our #2 ranked top, fastest-growing startup of the Year. Rappi is the Instacart of South America and is emerging as an even potentially bigger startup than Instacart and UberEats. As an on-demand grocery, and all-things delivery company, Rappi is the ultimate logistics and last mile delivery company for people in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and more. Rappi recently completed a startup fundraising round that valued the company at more than $1 Billion. We expect Rappi to be worth $10 to $20 billion dollars or more in the years to come.


Cafe X is our #3 top, fastest-growing startup in America. Cafe X is a startup that could easily replace Starbucks as the world’s on-demand coffee shop. With just a few locations, one might think this is a prediction that is too early. However, if you have ever had the opportunity to walk into a Cafe X coffee location and seen these robotic coffee makers seamlessly whip up the world’s best coffee blends, then you will understand why we are making such a bold prediction about this startup’s future. We recommend you try out Cafe X and see what everyone’s talking about. And within just a few years, Cafe X could have hundreds, or even thousands, of coffee locations near you too.

#3 Ranked Best Startup

#3 Ranked Best Startup

#4 Ranked Best Startup

#4 Ranked Best Startup

Our #4 best startup to watch is Homelight. Are you searching for a real estate agent? or want to buy a new home? Well, the good news is you can now use Homelight to do everything you need as a buyer, seller or realtor. Homelight is transforming the real estate industry. Move over Redfin and traditional real estate brokerages.

Now, for the first time in history, you have the freedom to pick and choose a realtor based on their past performance selling homes in your area. Previously, people chose a realtor based on whether they liked a person or if there was a referral from another friend. Not anymore. With Homelight, the power of making educated home buying and selling decisions is put in your hands. We fully expect Homelight to continue climbing our fastest-growing, hottest startup rankings, and you should go bookmark their site… and use their services if you haven’t already.


5.  ADHawk

#5 Ranked Top Startup

#5 Ranked Top Startup

Our #5 best startup to watch is 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 AdHawk team continues to grow as they add more than 400+ companies, and many more who remain on their waitlist. We're excited about the potential this startup has to become a billion dollar startup in the advertising and marketing technology channels.  Keep an eye out on AdHawk as they continue to grow on our startup rankings.

#6 Ranked Top Startup

#6 Ranked Top Startup

As our #6 ranked best startup, Bollyshake will make you move…literally. And if you love Indian Dance and all things about India’s culture, then Bollyshake is an even better site for you to see.

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 Top Ranked Startup

#7 Top Ranked Startup

Neurable Inc. is on our list as the #7 hottest, top startup to watch. Neurable creates software that utilizes brain-computer interface (BCI) research and innovations in neuroscience to power everything from neuroscience, biology, statistics, to machine learning. If you are into learning about how virtual reality, machine learning, and augmented reality work, you need to check out Neurable.

Neurable’s business model includes licensing its software development kit (SDK) to developers and headset manufacturers to create next-generation immersive experiences.

#8 Ranked Top Startup

#8 Ranked Top Startup

Notable Labs is our #8 hottest, fastest-growing startup in America. Everyone would love to say that they helped find the cure to cancer. Notable Labs is paving the way exactly for that. How does Notable Labs do it?  

First, your doctor will send a sample of your tumor to Notable Labs. Next, 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. Be sure to bookmark this startup and watch it continue to grow as one the World’s most important and hottest startups to watch.



Our #9 best startups on our rankings is Described as, “incentivizing the construction of an artificial intelligence hedge fund with Numeraire, a cryptographic token on the Ethereum blockchain…” Numerai is changing the way big data and financial trading work, together. As multi-trillion dollar industries, hedge funds and private equity funds have traditionally operated with massive data sets and extreme privacy. For the first time ever though, Numerai is open-sourcing its trading and investing data to allow crypto-fans, blockchain lovers, and everyone in fact, to make better predictions and correlations to that connect with this open-source data. If you love financial technology, you’re going to love Numerai, and you will quickly see why it’s one of our fastest-growing startups to watch.

#9 Ranked Top Startup

#9 Ranked Top Startup


#10 Ranked Best Startup

#10 Ranked Best Startup

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.

#11 Ranked Top Startup

#11 Ranked Top Startup


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The startup rankings on this official top startup list are ranked according to the following criteria:

  • People, product, process, traction and financials.

  • User growth rate.

  • Financials and revenue.

  • Social media traction.

  • Peer to Peer Review.

  • Net Promoter Score.

  • Employee Reviews.

  • Ratings and Reviews by Customers.