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Top 5 Predictions of the Next Billion-Dollar Startups

Dropbox

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Covered in depth in our book, Kings Over Aces, Dropbox offers cloud–based storage and file sharing. New users can open a Dropbox account for free; paid services are offered, as users require more space for data. As of 2015, this former startup boasted 300 million users from around the world.  We expect Dropbox to go public (IPO) by 2017.

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Buffer.com

Buffer.com is a social media management product that lets companies and users publish and analyze social media performance with convenience on a large scale. Buffer and its founders meet a number of the account.

inDinero

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We are proud to call this an Angel Kings investment company.  Having started several companies in the past, I realize how painful bookkeeping and accounting are for a business owner.  The inDinero platform has absolutely revolutionized the way small and mid–sized companies in America keep track of their books.  Jessica Mah and her team are on–track to become a bigger acquisition than Mint.com.  Every company in America should be – and might someday – be using inDinero to replace the headaches of dealing with QuickBooks and Intuit’s platform.  The future holds big things ahead for inDinero.

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GitHub

Leveraging the ongoing growth and popularity of open source collaboration, Github delivers a Windows–based collaboration platform. Teams from disparate locations can create code together via the downloadable, cloud–based application, which is free. Github offers cost–effective upgrades for teams that want to work in private environments.

Boosted Boards

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Boosted Boards delivers lightweight long boards with a literal boost–they operate on a battery and offer adjustable speed and power. A Bluetooth remote provides control, and the boards are popular in urban areas for running small errands or reducing travel times to and from work. Boosted Boards offers test rides to convert consumers to its unique concept.


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Successful Startups Focus on Timeless Solutions

Successful Startups Focus on Timeless Solutions

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Review of the Most Successful Lean Startups - Dropbox

Dropbox

Dropbox, founded by Drew Houston is a cloud–storage provider that offers both free and paid virtual storage for anyone who wants to sign up. A little research into the data–storage niche shows us that data storage problems and solutions have been around for years and are just increasing. Numerous concepts are driving individuals and businesses to virtual storage, including:

1.     The hard–to–manage growth of big data.

2.     A constant need to share documents and ideas with virtual teams and groups.

3.     Greater consumer understanding regarding the need to back up documents in a safe environment.

4.     A sustainability drive to reduce paper in both the home and business.

Dropbox supports return customers by offering options for expanding storage space; everyone gets a few gigs free, and customers pay for more storage as they need it. The brand encourages customer–based promotion through easy–to–use forms and an incentive plan–when you refer someone to Dropbox, you and the person who signs up get a 500MB increase in storage capacity for free. According to Dropbox founder Drew Houston, the referral program increased signups by as much as 60 percent.

Dropbox has demonstrated its staying power even in the face of competition from strong competitors. In fact, after Dropbox launched, Apple launched iCloud. According to reports, Houston, who believed in his company so much that he had turned down a nine–figure buyout offer from Steve Jobs, had a moment of concern over the iCloud launch. Because Dropbox offered a solution that is simple and accessible on almost any device, however, his worries were short–lived.

When Drew Houston started using principles from The Lean Startup, the company increased its user count by a factor of 4x in just a little over a year. Dropbox attributes this to product improvements identified during customer tests.


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