Top 5 Predictions of the Next Billion-Dollar Startups



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.



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.



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.



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.

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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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Review of the Most Successful Lean Startups - GitHub


GitHub is another company that started as a private solution. Coders Tom Preston, PJ Hyett, and Chris Wanstrath were all using Github, which is an open source version control software. When they found they had trouble sharing their code with others after creating it, however, they decided to make a solution. The solution–GitHub–began as a simple weekend project for a group of coders. They funded the minimal resource needs–hosting and a domain–and shared the tool with friends.

It wasn't long before GitHub went the way of Carbonmade, with word of mouth spreading the product outside of the founders' social circles. At that point, the trio decided to launch GitHub as a business. Together, they were able to cover initial formation costs, but they didn't have enough cash to support themselves as fulltime employees. Instead of seeking immediate investment and spending cash resources on themselves, they worked other jobs and did consulting work to pay the personal bills while they grew the business.

By 2009, the company boasted 100,000 users and an award as the best bootstrapped startup. By 2012, GitHub was stable and impressive enough to score $100 million in investor funding from SV Angel and Andreessen Horowitz.

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