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Mixpanel - Review of the Top Software Startups in America

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Mixpanel topped CNN's annual list of startups to bet on in 2015, and investors have agreed with that evaluation for about five years. The startup has received a total of $77 million in investments over the course of four rounds and five years. The latest round of investing was a Series B round in December 2014, which landed the startup $65 million of its total–all from a single investor. At the time, Mixpanel cofounder Suhail Doshi stated the startup was valued at $865 million–a huge step up from its Y Combinator roots in 2009.

So, what launched Mixpanel to the top of the hot software list in half a decade? The product, which is a serious analytics program, had a lot to do with the company's success. In fact, the program meets consumer needs so well that all the startups seem to be using it. According to a report in 2012, Andreessen Horowitz found that Mixpanel was a favorite among growing companies, which is why it invested in one of the first rounds. The firm just happened to be the investor that returned two years later for the impressive Series B funding mentioned above.

Doshi credits some of Mixpanel's success with an intelligent early move by the company. While Mixpanel analytics do work on websites, the startup originally concentrated on mobile. Doshi said it was a big bet, but with numerous bigger analytic players slow to respond to growing needs for mobile data, Mixpanel's decision positioned it to become what Doshi calls the "king of mobile analytics." According to numerous industry reporters, it's not posturing or marketing language on Doshi's part–despite being a young company with little more than 100 employees, Mixpanel is the name that comes up most when discussing mobile analytics.

Timing, then, was on Mixpanel's side. The startup also worked from the bottom up within the industry. The majority of the company's clients were startups, too, which made for a lot of turnover, but allowed Mixpanel to build quickly on previous successes and scale to larger clients over time.


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SlideMail - Review of the Best Software Startups

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SlideMail is an exciting startup that's newer than the two previously mentioned. The fledgling company managed to land $120,000 in seed investments through Y Combinator in mid–2014. What makes SlideMail hot is the way it takes a space that's been mined by giants such as Yahoo, Gmail, and Hotmail and makes it new again with a little bit of intelligence and one feature that may make SlideMail technology one of the big tech acquisitions of the future.

SlideMail is an app that helps you handle email interactions. The app does what a lot of the browser–based email applications attempt to do, but SlideMail's intuitive programming does it better. Much of the technology is based on natural language programming, which lets SlideMail interpret simple phrases within email as a human does. If an email contains phrasing about dinner tomorrow night, SlideMail makes a note within the app. As times approach, the mail program brings appointment– or time–based emails to the surface, ensuring users don't miss time–based messages in the hustle of daily communications.

SlideMail uses similar logic programming to adapt to user behavior. If you archive email from a certain person to the same folder repeatedly, SlideMail might prompt you to set up automatic archiving. It also suggests email actions in an intelligent fashion, which lets users move through over–burdened inboxes more efficiently.

These functions may sound familiar to users of existing email programs. Outlook and Gmail both have some functionality that can recognize times and dates, for example, and users can set up rule sets in both programs to automatically handle email. With SlideMail, however, the app suggests these things based on actual behavior so users don't have to come up with a list of behaviors on their own. Products that meet existing needs in a more efficient or convenient manner are often successful, which is why SlideMail would score well on Angel Kings' product checklist.

Even more than convenience, SlideMail's privacy option gives it an edge.  With increasing news stories about the eternal nature of online data–and a growing number of scandals involving hacked or leaked emails–users are growing more wary of email use. According to SlideMail, however, all data is stored within your instance of the application rather than on third–party servers. By deleting the app, you delete all information related to your email account. It's not perfect privacy, but it is more than most mobile email users get.

SlideMail hasn't hit its stride with marketing. Users and tech gurus have pointed out a number of branding and marketing options for the startup, however. The convenience and time–management features will resonate with college–aged audiences, particularly those who are always willing to step away from mainstream applications such as Gmail. Another market might be older users, who still rely on Yahoo or other sites for email and would like a robust mobile email program–SlideMail works with existing accounts through POP access.


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CipherCloud - Review of the Best Software Startups

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As of 2015, CipherCloud has around five years and $80 million in investments under its belt, and even the internal team couldn't provide a specific reason for attracting $50 million in Series B funding in an investment round in 2014. We're not surprised this startup has been successful so far–it punches most of the buttons on the Angel Kings investment checklist, including strong people, product, and timing.

The founder behind CipherCloud is Pravin Kothar. Kothar has plenty of experience in the technology and security space, and he's also got a history of launching successful startups. He was the founding Vice President of Engineering for ArcSight, which launched in 2000 and was acquired by Hewlett–Packard in 2010. Kothar was also involved with startup Agiliance, which garnered $24 million in investments from 2005 to 2015 and boasted an impressive growth rate of 4,909 percent from 2007 to 2010.

An experienced and established founder is one that investors can get behind, but he also needs a marketable product. CipherCloud entered the market at a time when cloud–computing itself was becoming a mainstream service, but users were still anxious about security concerns. With security an ever growing concern–and cloud computing an ever growing requirement among global organizations looking for cost–savings and efficiencies–CipherCloud's service is positioned to meet demands and psychological needs for an enormous market. No company wants to feel vulnerable to hackers, particularly those in sensitive niches. In fact, CipherCloud's first four years netted them 3 million users–including top banks, healthcare organizations, and government agencies.

CipherCloud doesn't offer a new solution; many companies in the second decade of the 21st century are bringing cloud security solutions to market. What CipherCloud does offer is out–of–the–box solutions that integrate with some of the biggest cloud software solutions on the market. The company offers security for Salesforce.com, Office 365, and Box, among others. Like Apttus, this smart startup used the tailcoats of larger organizations to get up to speed. Now that it's caught the eye of investors, CipherCloud intends to develop additional products and move into new markets.


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